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  • County to add up to 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings.

  • Foothills taking applications for soon-to-be-vacant board seat

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is accepting applications for an upcoming vacancy on its board of directors.

    Board member Terri Maulik is set to resign her Ward 5 seat after the May 26 board meeting. Maulik and her family are planning to move to Parker by month’s end.

  • Council approves construction-defects ordinance

    Citing a lack of action by the state legislature, the Littleton City Council has approved its own version of a construction-defects law.

    Several bills aimed at reforming the state law — which developers blame for a dearth of condo construction — failed in this year’s legislative session.

  • Suspect in Sheridan homicide arrested in South Jeffco

    A suspect in a Sheridan homicide was arrested near West Hampden Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard on Wednesday morning.

    Nicholas Benhmida, 39, was wanted in connection with a homicide in Sheridan on Tuesday morning. He was arrested by Jeffco deputies without incident Wednesday.

  • Suspect found dead after standoff at Essex House Motel

    A bank robbery suspect who barricaded himself in the Essex House Motel in Littleton after shooting an FBI agent on Friday afternoon died from a self-inflicted gunshot during the ensuing standoff.

    The suspect was identified by the Arapahoe County coroner’s office as Jesus Emmanuel Avila, 19. The FBI said in an interview with AP that Avila was wanted in connection with a series of bank robberies in the metro area committed by the “Longhorn Bandit.” The robber often wore a University of Texas Longhorns baseball hat.

  • Bike race to roll through downtown Littleton

    Nationally ranked cyclists will cruise downtown Littleton streets on Saturday, Aug. 1, as part of the Littleton Twilight Criterium.

    The race, in its third year, will have cyclists zipping through a 1.3-kilometer course that loops through historic downtown at speeds close to 40 mph.

    This year’s race is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the Professional National Criterium Calendar, said Becky Motchan, marketing and event coordinator with the city. That means professional bicycle teams from across the country will be coming to Littleton to compete.

  • Recreational closures lifted on South Platte, its North Fork

    Officials have lifted the recreational restrictions that have been in place on the South Platte River and its North Fork since mid-June, according to a news release.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office closed the streams to recreational uses after rains and snowmelt created dangerously high water levels.

    The streams, which were closed to tubing, rafting, kayaking, fishing and swimming, were reopened as of Monday morning, according to the release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.

  • Littleton man, 18, dies when SUV hits tree

    An 18-year-old Littleton man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night when the SUV he was driving struck a tree.

    Evan Carlson died about 9 p.m. Saturday when his westbound 1999 Chevrolet Suburban struck a tree in the median on West Mineral Avenue near Long Drive, according to the Littleton Police Department. Carlson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  • Six jail deputies reprimanded in prisoner's death

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has reprimanded six jail deputies after an investigation into the March death of Jennifer Lobato, who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention. 

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the six deputies were given written reprimands for their actions or lack of action. Lobato died March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge.