(CBS4) – Police in Commerce City arrested a 51-year-old man on a tentative charge of manslaughter after a shooting. They identified the suspect as Danuel Smith.

It happened just after 6 p.m. on Sunday on the 11800 block of Jasper Street not far from Buffalo Run Golf Course.

A man reportedly was suffering from a single gunshot wound and taken to the hospital. He later died of his injuries.

Police initially described the incident as a possible accidental shooting within a home.

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DENVER (CBS4) – If you’re looking for a new pet to join your family this is the perfect weekend to make it happen. The Riverdale Animal Shelter in Adams County is offering 50 percent off adoption fees for pets that are 6 months or older.

The discount on adoption fees is valid this weekend only, May 14-15. The shelter is located at the Riverdale Regional Park in Adams County. You can get there off 120th Avenue from Interstate 76 or Highway 85.

You will notice a lot of construction in and around the area of the regional park. Big things are in the works, including a partnership with the Denver Zoo and the Denver Botanic Gardens. The nearly 1,200 acre park is larger than New York’s Central Park and will offer many more cool family fun features once fully developed.

A series of trails for biking and walking are available along with over a dozen murals to enjoy. You can even stop by animal shelter for a visit with some of the pets that are up for adoption.

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Another fire sparked inside the Suncor oil refinery in Commerce City on Monday afternoon, the company announced.

The fire occurred in the gasoline-making unit, the company said on its website. There were no reported injuries.

“We are working to determine the cause of the fire,” Suncor officials wrote. A company spokesperson did not answer additional questions from The Denver Post in an email.

The fire is at least the third at the Commerce City plant since November, following self-reported incidents Dec. 17 and Nov. 29.

The refinery just north of Denver is the largest single source of air pollution in the state, and has for years been the target of state and local authorities and community groups concerned with toxins being spewed from the facility. The director of Colorado’s Pollution Control Division, Michael Ogletree, at a recent public meeting said Suncor represents a “monumental challenge” for the state.

The aging oil refinery will be the focus of three separate air quality monitoring programs, the latest mandated by a 2021 state law.

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New Municipal Court Judge Brian Bowen was officially sworn into his position by Mayor Benjamin Huseman during the City Council meeting on Monday, May 2. Judge Bowen takes over the Municipal Court following the retirement of Judge David Juarez, who we thank for his two decades of service in the role. 

Judge Bowen’s career has covered Adams County and the surrounding region, touching cities such as Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton, Fort Lupton, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, and Commerce City. In 2011, he was appointed as an Adams County Court Judge and assigned to a Criminal Trial Docket. Bowen established and served as the Presiding Judge for Adams County Court for Veterans, which was the first Veteran Treatment Court accredited in Colorado by the Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office, Supreme Court.  

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity to preside over the Municipal Court and work on behalf of the people of Commerce City during this time of growth and change,” said Bowen. 

Brian Bowen started his secondary education at Metropolitan State College, now named Metropolitan State University. He received his B.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1981. He was admitted in the Colorado Bar in 1987 after earning his Juris Doctor at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1986.  

The Municipal Judge is a part-time position appointed by the City Council to preside over Municipal Court matters for a two-year term. Multiple candidates were considered for the position, with City Council interviewing three finalists on January 31 before offering the position to Judge Bowen.   
 
Learn more about the Municipal Court at c3gov.com/court

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) — What appeared to be single-vehicle crash caused delays on Interstate 76 Wednesday morning. The interstate reopened close to 7 a.m.

According to CDOT’s website, all westbound lanes were closed on I-76 from Highway 85 to the exit for 96th Avenue.

Copter4 was above the active scene at 6 a.m., where one vehicle could be seen damaged in the grassy median of the interstate.

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Veterans Commission Event

On Saturday, April 2, the Commerce City Veterans Commission hosted an event at the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center, 6060 Parkway Dr., to assist veterans to explore the benefits they have earned and are eligible to obtain as a result of their service to our nation.

The event consisted of representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Adams County Veteran Service Office, American Legion Post 322 at Denver International Airport, and the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Also in attendance was Crystalle Guss, a commercial and residential real estate advisor with the Invalesco Real Estate Company, an innovative development and realty boutique. Beth Hale, a loan originator with Mortgage Right Mortgage Company, also attended along with Ms. Guss to assist veterans in dealing with home purchases.

The event, the third of many to come, was very successful. Veterans Commission Vice-chair Robert Carpenter, a resident of Commerce City, Vietnam War veteran; United States Air Force veteran, and Post Chaplain American Legion Post 322 stated that “the next seminar will expand on the various issues that are important to our veterans community of Commerce City.”

Veterans Commission Chairperson Craig Kim, United States Air Force veteran and Commerce City resident, stated that “The Veterans Commission will continue to provide the needed services by connecting through outreach to inform our veterans community of Commerce City.”

Veterans Commissioner Juan A. Lopez, a United States Air Force veteran who spearheaded the overall project at the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center, stated, “As veterans in Commerce City make important decisions about family, finances, education, and health care, it’s important that they spend a few moments exploring the VA benefits they might be eligible for. The Commerce City Veterans Commission wants to assist veterans with that kind of outreach.”

The next event for the Commerce City Veterans Commission is the city’s annual Memorial Day Parade, which opens with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at 8:45 a.m. on Memorial Day. The ceremony includes a dedication and commemoration, with the parade set to begin at 9:30 a.m. The Veterans Commission is assisting the Memorial Day Parade planning committee in the preparations for this event.

Mayor Benjamin Huseman, United States Air Force veteran, will be speaking and acknowledging the initial Commissioners of the Veterans Commission during the dedication ceremony, as well as acknowledging and commemorating the fallen warriors who have sacrificed honorably for our nation. The Grand Marshals for this year’s event are Barry Reece, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War, and Shawn Moss, a Navy and Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After the parade, the city is hosting a Memorial Day event at Veterans Memorial Park featuring a concert with the band “Titonic” thanks to assistance from the Commerce City Cultural Council. There will also be food trucks and booths from various veterans service organizations, city boards and commissions, and others.

The Commerce City Veterans Commission was created on March 2, 2020, with the passage of Ordinance 2261. The Veterans Commission was established to increase visibility of veterans within the city, increase community engagement by veterans, inform the veteran community of available services, advocate for issues important to veterans, and participate in the planning of the city’s annual Memorial Day Parade. Each Commissioner serves a two (2) year term.

The members of the Veterans Commission are as follows:
Mayor Benjamin Huseman, United States Air Force
City Councilmember, Oscar Madera, Ward I
Staff Liaison Timothy Kleeman, United States Navy
Chairperson Craig Kim, United States Air Force
Vice-Chairperson Robert Carpenter, United States Air Force
Commissioner Gary Reed, United States Army
Commissioner Kelvin Reed, United States Air Force
Commissioner Juan A. Lopez, United States Air Force
Commissioner Scott Hefty, United States Army
Commissioner David Lewis, United States Air Force
Commissioner Erik Melendez, United States Army
Commissioner Kathryn Nay, United States Air Force [Air National Guard]
Commissioner Mark Chadwick, United States Marines
Commissioner Travis Watkins, United States Navy

The Veterans Commission meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m

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The sister of Karina Rodriguez spoke during a debate on a fentanyl bill at the Colorado State House. The bill is meant to tighten penalties for fentanyl dealers.

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Four Adams City High School athletes signed their letters of intent April 1 at the school. Cy Renney, who placed fifth at the state wrestling tournament in February, signed to wrestle at Concordia …

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