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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.

  • Missing South Jeffco girl found safe

    A South Jeffco teen who apparently ran away from home in the early-morning hours Tuesday has been found safe and is being reunited with her family.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter feed about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday that the 15-year-old girl was found near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. She had been discovered missing at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday from her home in the 9100 block of West Chatfield Drive, southeast of West Chatfield Avenue and Kipling.

  • Pot dispensary will open on Jeffco’s border

    A new marijuana dispensary is set to open in a portion of Denver that is surrounded by unincorporated Jefferson County, where pot sales are prohibited.

    Native Roots, which will offer medical and recreational sales, is scheduled to open by late August in a shopping center at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Quincy Avenue. While much of the surrounding area is in Jeffco, the shopping center was annexed into Denver in the early 1970s.

  • Columbine grad making film about aftermath of shootings

    A Columbine High School graduate is making a documentary about how the shootings on April 20, 1999, have affected the adult lives of her classmates.

    Filmmaker Laura Farber was a freshman when two student gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher. Farber, who now lives in Minneapolis, hopes her film, “We are Columbine,” will change public perception of the school, as well as show how the horrific event affects the lives of former students today.

  • Commissioners set to allow marijuana-testing businesses

    Two years after placing a moratorium on all businesses related to retail marijuana, Jeffco’s county commissioners are set to allow testing of the drug.

    But a ban will remain in place on grow operations and retail sales outlets of pot in areas of the county outside municipalities.

    The commissioners gave initial approval July 21 to an ordinance that would allow marijuana plants and marijuana-infused products to be tested in laboratory settings. The board is set to officially vote on the measure during a yet-unscheduled public hearing.

  • Denver woman pleads guilty in accident that killed Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Renfro

    The 23-year-old woman whose car struck and killed Conifer resident and Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro in January on U.S. 285 has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts, including careless driving resulting in death.

    Denver resident Blair Gledhill, who was 22 at the time of the accident, was driving south on an icy U.S. 285 near Windy Point on Jan. 3 when her car went out of control. According to reports, her car crossed the median, hitting Renfro and two other people.