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  • Ready for their first collar

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office welcomed three new members to its ranks in a ceremony last week. And all three new deputies received vigorous head rubs and ear scratches.

    The three canines, introduced March 19, are named Thorn, Bigi and Klaus. All three were trained in Florida and have been bonding with their human partners since being brought to Colorado several weeks ago.

  • Woman who stole funds from booster club gets work-release

    The woman who stole nearly $10,000 from the volleyball booster club at Chatfield High School has been sentenced to one year in a jail work-release program and five years of probation.

    Kathleen McGrath, 57, of Littleton pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to theft, a class 4 felony. While treasurer of the Spikers Booster Club from March 2012 to February 2013, McGrath reportedly spent $9,976 on items not related to the team.

    During McGrath’s one-year sentence, she will be permitted to work outside the Jeffco jail during the day before reporting back at night.

  • Jared’s owner wins approval for volleyball facility, brewpub

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have rezoned a portion of Jared’s Nursery to allow an indoor volleyball event center and a brewpub on the southwest corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Oak Street.

    The vote to rezone a portion of the property was 2-1, with Commissioners Libby Szabo and Don Rosier approving the change.

  • Council declines to change Santa Fe urban renewal plan

    The Littleton City Council declined on March 17 to make changes to the Santa Fe Drive urban renewal plan — a move that would have triggered a citywide election in the wake of voters’ recent approval of Question 300.

    The changes, which would have started the clock on tax-increment financing in the South Santa Fe corridor north of Mineral Drive, originally were presented to the council on Feb. 17. Council members voted then to delay any changes until after the March 3 election.

  • School board approves salary guidelines for newly hired Jefferson County teachers

    The Jeffco school board has unanimously approved salary guidelines for teachers hired this year who have teaching experience in other districts, have master’s degrees, or are working in hard-to-fill positions.

  • Littleton hires public works director

    Littleton has hired a new public works director.

    Mark Relph was selected from 64 applicants to replace former public works chief Charlie Blosten, who retired Feb. 28. Relph will start his new position on April 14.

  • Principal charged in sexual assault case

    Steven Weigum, the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a minor, was officially charged March 17.

    Weigum, 55, faces counts of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, all felonies. An additional charge of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, was filed after Weigum’s first court appearance.

  • Littleton’s Kempe has challenger for seat on IREA board

    Two foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association are up for re-election, and both are banking on their experience on the power co-op’s board to help them retain their seats.

    Littleton resident Mike Kempe represents an area from Aspen Park east to Castle Pines and down to Roxborough. Kempe is opposed by Morrison resident Gregory Edwin Lee Sanchez.

  • Deputy derided prisoner who died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.”

  • Judge approves supervised trips for Deer Creek gunman

    Bruco Eastwood, the gunman who shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in 2010, will be allowed to leave the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for limited supervised trips after a judge’s ruling last week.

    The request was made by doctors at the state hospital as part of Eastwood’s treatment for schizophrenia. The trips would occur once or twice a week with other patients from the hospital and under the supervision of medical staff.