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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.

  • Jeffco ‘tank’ gets 15 minutes of fame

    A picture labeling the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s armored personnel carrier a “tank” became a hot topic online last week.

    A disc jockey named Willie B on 106.7 KBPI posted a picture of the armored personnel vehicle on his Facebook account April 9 with the caption, “… They gotta Tank!! I’m absolutely sure this is to protect us and serve us … right?” 

    The post was shared on Facebook more than 1,200 times and made its way onto the social media site Reddit. 

  • District seeks to revive talks with teachers

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Commission candidate cites incumbent’s ‘disconnect’

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

     

    A Marine for most of his life

  • Hickenlooper talks of sacrifice, service

    Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke about the meaning of service and sacrifice during an appearance Sunday morning at Columbine United Church in Littleton. 

    Hickenlooper, as part of the church’s “I Am Third” lecture series, told the congregation how he learned about selflessness as a child when his father was dying of cancer.

    Hickenlooper’s mother, who was his father’s primary caretaker, had promised to attend her son’s school play, but his father’s illness kept her away. 

  • Program targets child abuse, neglect

    Jefferson County is partnering with Denver on a program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect by educating parents. 

    SafeCare’s goal is to provide parents with needed tools and skills, said Mary Berg, deputy director of the Jeffco Human Services Division. 

    Many cases of abuse and neglect are caused by a lack of parenting skills or knowledge, Berg said.