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  • JCHS says alleged forgery had little impact

    Jefferson County Human Services says the alleged forgery by its former employee had no negative implications for the children and families it serves.

    Richelle Schultz, 53, was indicted in September on 22 felony counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery and is accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. According to the Jefferson County grand jury, Schultz is accused of committing the alleged crimes between April 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, while working as a child welfare casework with the county.

  • Event commemorates teenagers lost to suicide

    On a beautiful October morning, hundreds gathered at Clement Park to honor teenagers lost by suicide and to help raise money to prevent it.

    Although last Saturday’s 16th annual Second Wind Run/Walk did include a run and a walk, there was more to the day than that. Second Wind Fund staff, volunteers and community members congregated in South Jeffco for a fun-filled day, which included a short program, a memorial dove release, live music, family entertainment, sponsored booths and food. Mostly, though, the event was one of remembrance.

  • Morrison combating vehicle noise

    To some extent, noise will always be a concern for the town of Morrison.

    In a tourist-driven town that is home to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and Bandimere Speedway, much of it is to be expected.

    Now board members are discussing ways to combat a different type of noise – sound from vehicles and altered exhaust systems. The idea has come up in board meetings before but was reinforced by a recent letter from a resident.

  • Denver man facing new charges in fatal crash

    The initial case against a Denver man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 285 that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist has been dismissed, but new charges have been filed, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, previously was facing various felony charges, including leaving the scene involving death and vehicular homicide. He appeared in Jeffco court on Friday and will return for a continued preliminary hearing on Dec. 22.

  • Zombies take to the streets of Littleton for annual downtown crawl

    Dripping in blood and dressed in ripped clothing, dozens of zombies gathered last Saturday at the Woodlawn Shopping Center.

    The dead then hit the streets, creeping through downtown Littleton and shocking those who unknowingly passed by. The horde of zombies ultimately ended its trek outside of the Reinke Brothers store on Prince Street for a celebratory pig roast.

  • Former Morrison police officer pleads not guilty

    A former Morrison police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to charges of theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.

    Anthony Joiner, 38, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury in July on 29 counts. He is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town of Morrison between December 2010 and February 2016 through a private fund he created called the “5280 Police Motors Memorial Fund,” according to a news release from the Jeffco District Attorney’s office.

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  • Budget preparation begins for Indian Hills

    Budget talks have begun for Indian Hills Fire Rescue, and the fire department is expecting to bring in $48,314 more than it planned for in 2017.
    In the first draft of its 2018 budget, Indian Hills has planned for a net income of $22,094. Last year, it budgeted a loss of $26,220. The substantial increase largely is due to increased property valuations, which will provide the department with a supplementary $30,572 in income.

  • GJ executive named new Jeffco EDC head

    A Grand Junction woman with ties to the U.S. Senate has been named the new president and CEO of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp.

    Kristi Pollard, the outgoing executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, was appointed the EDC’s new head by the board of directors Sept. 22 after a months-long national search.

  • West Metro, Army Corps agree to extend easement

    An easement between the Army Corps of Engineers and West Metro Fire Rescue has been extended.

    The West Metro board of directors unanimously approved the decision in a Sept. 26 meeting.

    The agreement allows West Metro to house its station nine on property owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. The station is located on the northeast corner of C-470 and Morrison Road, north of Bear Creek Lake Park. It serves the town of Morrison, as well as various other entities such as Bandimere Speedway and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.