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  • Eatery plans fund-raiser for deputy’s family

    Hurricane Grill & Wings has teamed with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to raise money to support the family of Sgt. David Baldwin, who died in a highway accident while on duty in January.

    The restaurant on West Bowles Avenue across from Clement Park will donate 25 percent of sales on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to the Baldwin family and the Jeffco Memorial Fund. Baldwin was killed Jan. 26 when an SUV struck his motorcycle on Colorado 93 while he was on patrol.

  • MacBean sentenced to 8 years in prison for theft

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean was sentenced Friday afternoon to eight years in prison for stealing more than $647,000 from the Morrison-based fire district over a three-year period.

    MacBean was sentenced to six years in prison for two theft counts and two years for an embezzlement charge. MacBean pleaded guilty in April.

    The sentence also includes five years of probation after prison. MacBean faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in jail.

  • Jeffco clerk supports gay marriage

    Jeffco Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson is publicly supporting the right of gay couples to wed, even though the county will not issue same-sex marriage licenses until the issue is resolved in the courts. 

    "I believe strongly in individual rights, and I personally support marriage equality and look forward to the day when that right is available to all," Anderson, a Republican, said in a letter to her constituents this month.

  • Residents question proposal for mall annexation

    During three meetings last week on the possible flagpole annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar, it was clear that residents of the town and South Jeffco still have more questions than answers.

    During a monthly meeting of Bow Mar’s trustees on July 21, a presentation by the mall’s owner, General Growth Properties, on July 22, and a town hall meeting hosted by Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe on July 24, the public sought more specifics. 

  • Question on recreational pot sales won't be on ballot

    Jeffco's county commissioners won't ask residents to vote this fall on whether recreational marijuana stores should be allowed in the county's unincorporated areas. 

    The commissioners decided July 22 against putting a measure on the November ballot, a decision that will let the county’s marijuana task force complete its work and present findings to the board. 

  • Urban renewal authority still taking flak

    Littleton’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, is asking residents not to jump to conclusions about the current urban renewal plan after another contentious board meeting on July 21.

    The board is finalizing the boundaries for urban renewal plans for four areas: Broadway, Columbine Square, Littleton Boulevard and South Santa Fe Drive. Once a plan has been finalized, it will go before the city’s Planning Board and then to a final vote by the City Council. 

  • 'It's training and reaction'

    When Jeffco sheriff’s Deputy Fred Haggett came face to face with an armed criminal, only one thing went through the deputy’s mind.

    “He was trying to get into and hijack another vehicle; I couldn’t let that happen,” Haggett said.

    Haggett tackled Christopher David Sullivan on Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain on July 23 after a burglary and carjacking spree.

  • Suit seeking to invalidate West Metro election fails

    A lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of May’s board election in the West Metro Fire District has failed. 

    The suit, filed June 2 by District 3 candidate Clyde Wadsworth and District 2 candidate Devin Howard, both of whom lost their respective races, and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, claimed the ballot-counting process violated citizens' right to a secret ballot. 

  • 12 homes evacuated near Blue Heron Lake after bottle bombs found

    Two explosive devices found near Blue Heron Lake in South Jeffco spurred the evacuation of 12 homes Tuesday morning.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and West Metro Fire Rescue evacuated the homes in the 10700 block of West Berry Place as a precaution when the first device was discovered, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

    The devices were made out of plastic bottles and fireworks. Authorities detonated the two devices along the trail near Blue Heron Lake, Techmeyer said. No one was injured.

  • Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.