Briefs: Car break-ins mounting in South Jeffco

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South Jeffco experienced 64 car break-ins in the first two weeks of September, a 50 percent increase compared to September a year ago, according to a news release from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

All the incidents were committed at night and involved unlocked vehicles with no signs of forced entry. Most were in clusters, with 40 between Sept. 13 and 16.  The suspect or suspects are apparently walking the streets and trying doors to find ones that are unlocked.

Stolen items include laptop computers, GPS units, wallets, purses, tools, cell phones and cash. The Sheriff's Office encourages citizens to lock their cars and report suspicious activity immediately. 


Roundabout being reconstructed at Taj Mahal

The roundabout in front of the County Courts and Administration Building will remain open while undergoing reconstruction.

The project started Sept. 17 and is expected to finish on or before Oct. 16. The roundabout is at the main entrance to the building near the RTD station off West Sixth Avenue. Improvements will include a new raised concrete apron at the inner portion of the roundabout, as well as curb and gutter repairs on the east-facing side of the splitter island, north of the roundabout. 

New concrete will be placed this week. The contractor is Naranjo Civil Constructors of Greeley. Traffic controls will allow full movement of vehicles throughout the intersection. 


Repairs being made at Mount Falcon’s east parking lot

The east parking lot of Mount Falcon Park in Morrison will be closed during the week of Sept. 24 for repaving and other improvements.

The County Road and Bridge Division also will be repaving Forest Avenue and Vine Street, which people use to reach the parking lot and trailhead. The work is expected to take three to four days.


EDC launches grassroots job-creation campaign

The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. on Sept. 12 launched a grassroots initiative to generate jobs, boost the economy and combat negativity.

The goal is to encourage local businesses to hire one more employee. There are more than 20,000 businesses in Jefferson County, and if 5 percent of them hired new employees, that would equal 1,000 new jobs and people with paychecks helping out the economy. 

The website www.AddONE.orgshowcases various hiring resources available to businesses, tracks progress of newly created jobs and features success stories.


Scavenger-hunt hike planned at Chatfield

Take a hike along the lake with Great Outdoors Colorado ranger Tiffany Gagne and look closely at the environment to find everything on the Chatfield scavenger hunt list.

Meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Lakeview parking lot. The program is free, but each vehicle entering the park must have a parks pass ($8).

To schedule group programs or for more information, call 303-979-9115 or e-mail chatfieldgoco@gmail.com.


Drug take-back day is Sept. 29

The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency will hold a drug take-back day Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations are Dakota Ridge High School, 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave., west parking lot; and Evergreen Fire/Rescue, 1802 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen.

The program is an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications. Prescription and over-the-counter solid-dosage medications (tablets and capsules) will be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of the initiative.

 Contact Vicky Gits at vicky@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233      ext. 22