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  • Suspect charged in Aug. 13 fatal shooting in Littleton

    Joshua Hoppe has been charged with three felony counts in Arapahoe County Court in connection with the Aug. 13 shooting death of 55-year-old James Barnes in Littleton. 

    Hoppe was arrested Aug. 20 in east Denver, a week after the fatal shooting of Barnes in the 500 block of West Peakview. He faces charges of first-degree murder and two other felony counts.  

    The shooting took place in the front yard of a residence in the area. A man reportedly fled toward Broadway after the shooting. 

  • Littleton Planning Board delays vote on two urban renewal plans

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hit pause on its decision on two urban renewal plans approved by Littleton Invests for Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. 

    The Planning Board discussed plans for two of the four areas being considered for urban renewal projects, Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe corridor, during its Aug. 25 meeting. The board voted to continue its discussion at a special meeting Sept. 11. 

  • Stables remain closed at Chatfield State Park

    Horses in the stables at Chatfield State Park have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, and so the stables will remain closed until the infected horses have been treated and no signs of the virus remain. 

    The stables were closed Aug. 21 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife after several horses displayed symptoms of the malady, and testing was done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals. 

  • CDOT outlines toll-lane project on C-470

    The Colorado Department of Transportation thinks adding a tolled express lane in each direction on C-470 between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard is the right solution to traffic congestion. 

    CDOT presented possible funding options for the project Aug. 19 during one of several town hall meetings scheduled over the next month. The tolls would cover a large chunk of the project’s $230 million price tag, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford. 

  • Driver sentenced to community corrections in death of deputy

    The driver who struck and killed a Jeffco motorcycle deputy in January has been sentenced to six years in community corrections.

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, had pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide in the death of sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin. The community corrections sentence means Hosch avoids jail time and will be able to arrange day trips out of the facility.

  • One arrested in shutdown of C-470

    A threat against deputies investigating an illegal camp led the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to shut down both directions of C-470 at West Bowles Avenue on Sept 1.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said deputies were checking on a report of an illegal camp under the overpass at Bowles and C-470 when they were threatened by two people.  

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    Jeffco teacher salaries will remain at 2013-14 levels entering September after the school board rejected a fact-finder’s recommendations at Thursday’s school board meeting in Golden.

    A tentative contract agreement reached by bargaining teams would have given raises to educators rated “effective” and “highly effective,” but teachers rated “partially effective” would also have received a pay increase.

  • Planners to review proposed changes to Jeffco oil and gas rules

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission was scheduled to review proposed changes to the county’s oil and gas regulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    The proposed changes would add planned-development and special-use zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.

    The amended resolution also would align current setback requirements for oil and gas operations with those of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

  • Pot task force likely to recommend against retail sales

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force will end several months of work Sept. 9 when its members vote on whether or not to recommend allowing retail marijuana sales in the county. 

    But it appears a forgone conclusion that the task force will not recommend allowing retail sales, growing operations, testing and manufacturing related to retail marijuana. 

  • Stables closed at Chatfield State Park

    The stables at Chatfield State Park are temporarily closed due to a possible outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in the horses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed the stables while it waits for test results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

    During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals, said Matt Robbins, a Parks and Wildlife spokesman. Owners who wish to bring their horses to Chatfield to ride may still do so, but Robbins said they will be cautioned about the possible outbreak.