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  • Foothills’ online survey gauges support for property-tax increase

    A survey by the Foothills Park and Recreation District features several questions on a possible property-tax increase.

    The district has discussed putting a mill-levy increase on this November’s ballot to help pay for infrastructure work, including up to $8 million in repairs and upgrades at Clement Park. 

  • ‘A path of purpose’

    About 100 people gathered Saturday in Clement Park to mark the 15th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. 

    The event, organized by the nonprofit gun-control group Colorado Ceasefire, also honored victims of mass shootings since Columbine, including the Aurora theater shootings in 2012 and the Arapahoe High School shooting late last year. 

  • Assailant fought off by teen sentenced

    A man convicted of a violent attack and attempted sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in South Jeffco last year has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. 

    Xavier McDaniel, 22, was convicted of three felony charges by a jury on Feb. 20. The attack last April left the victim hospitalized for several days with a subdural hematoma, lacerations, bruising and a broken tooth. 

  • Man arrested in locker break-ins at The Ridge

    A perpetrator allegedly caught in the act of forcing his way into a gym locker has been arrested in two locker break-ins in the area.

    Mel Peter Trujillo, 53, is accused of using a bolt cutter to break into a locker April 15 at The Ridge Rec Center, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Trujillo has been charged with third-degree burglary and criminal mischief.

    Ron Hopp, executive director of the Foothills Park and Recreation District, said employees noticed a man acting suspicious when he entered the center. 

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  • Liquor store burglary could be linked to other recent break-ins

    A break-in early Sunday at a liquor store on South Kipling Parkway might be connected to a recent series of smash-and grab burglaries, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Security footage shows two people breaking into the store at 5055 S. Kipling Parkway about 1 a.m. April 13 by using large landscaping rocks to break the glass door. The pair, wearing work gloves, hooded sweatshirts and bandanas over their faces, took the cash register and liquor and left. 

  • Survivors gather to mourn, find support

    One act of violence can have a lifetime of repercussions. 

    For most of the 200 or so people at this year’s Courage Walk at the Jeffco government center, those repercussions are well known. The event brings survivors and victims’ families together to pay tribute to those lost to violence and to survivors of violent acts. It concludes in the Courage Garden behind the Taj Mahal.

    It also gives attendees a chance to connect with others who understand their pain. 

  • Berry running for sheriff as independent

    John Berry will continue his campaign for Jeffco sheriff as an independent, after not receiving enough support to make the Republican primary ballot. 

    Berry received a little more than 9 percent of the vote from delegates at the Jeffco GOP’s County Assembly on March 22. To make the June 24 primary ballot, Berry needed at least 30 percent of the vote, said Bill Tucker, chairman of the Jeffco Republicans.  

  • Members of Jeffco pot task force selected

    The list of Jeffco residents who will serve on the county’s marijuana task force will be finalized this week. 

    The county commissioners are set to approve appointments to the task force on their consent agenda during a meeting April 15.

    Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, said the 10 members were selected out of 31 viable candidates. Selections were made to provide balanced views on retail marijuana sales. 

  • Three horses seized in Morrison

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies seized three malnourished horses Saturday at a property in Morrison.

    A veterinarian found the horses to be in poor condition and to have significant health issues, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The horses were taken to a horse rescue facility. 

    The identity of the horse’s owner has yet to be released. The property where the horses were seized is in the 17000 block of Forest Avenue.