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  • New pediatric therapy facility opening

    Brenda Harkness knew something was off with her 7-year-old son’s speech, but she didn’t know how to move forward and address the issue.

    That’s where Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates came in. Harkness took her son, Dylan, now 8, for evaluation at the Centennial-based therapy center. Dylan had trouble making “s” and “th” sounds, but after a year of working with a speech therapist, he has made significant strides. In addition to improving his speech, therapy helped Dylan excel in spelling and reading, Harkness said.

  • Chatfield celebrates Unity Week

    What began last year as a one-day event at Chatfield Senior High School has morphed into a week-long celebration of diversity, inclusion and coexistence, and it’s a tradition organizer Aaron Abai hopes will continue long after his graduation in May.

  • O’Connor pleads not guilty in 285 crash

    The man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning and will return to court in September for a two-day jury trial.

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is charged with leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more.

  • Lighting a spark: Chatfield Farms offers fun for those with memory loss

    June Reid held up a potted spearmint plant, relishing in its minty fresh scent.

    “Oh, I like that,” June said with glee. “I’d like to take that home.”

    On April 3, the 97-year-old Centennial resident was one of about eight participating in the Spark program at South Jeffco’s Chatfield Farms. The program is part of a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Association and the Denver Botanic Gardens that offers sensory-friendly, garden-related activities for people with mild memory loss.

  • Participating Jeffco agencies consolidate dispatch

    After seven years of conversation, including five years of planning, law enforcement agencies and fire departments across Jeffco are now officially dispatching through one consolidated dispatch center — Jeffcom 911 — housed at West Metro Fire Rescue.

    The final participating agencies went live last week, including Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District and other mountain fire districts.

    Formally called the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, the center provides services to eight member agencies and supports an additional 14.

  • Renovating Jeffco schools would cost $647 million

    The Jeffco School Board has discussed using a bond issue on the November ballot to raise $647 million that experts said would be needed to make Jeffco schools more efficient, more equal and safer.

    The board has made no decision on whether to put a bond issue on the ballot, which would need to be done before late August, but board members asked for further information to take to upcoming community meetings.

  • Commissioners consider repurposing fairgrounds

    The county commissioners questioned allowing Jeffco Parks to purchase equipment for the fairgrounds in case the land is repurposed in the near future.

    During an April 3 staff briefing, Parks Director Tom Hoby and Dexter Foxworth, division director of Jeffco Events & Venues, asked the commissioners to authorize $105,000 to replace a grounds tractor and a maintenance vehicle. Both are past their 10-year lifespan and are used on a regular basis, they said.

  • Third suspect arrested in murder of D'Evelyn grad

     After a five-day search, the final suspect was arrested in connection with the Thursday night murder of 27-year-old Andrew Jenicek.

    Devon Drizzt Howard, 20, was arrested around 4 p.m. Tuesday. For this arrest, the Edgewater Police Department worked in conjunction with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

  • D’Evelyn graduate murdered in Edgewater

    The Edgewater Police Department is looking for suspects wanted in connection with the Thursday night murder of a D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School graduate.

    Andrew Jenicek, 27, was going to pick up food from a restaurant located in the 2000 block of Sheridan Boulevard in Edgewater around 8:40 p.m., when a silver or white sedan pulled up. A passenger got out of the car and shot Jenicek once in the chest. A witness saw the incident and called 911, according to Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey.

  • Bills to watch: The 2018 legislative session

    The 2018 legislative session kicked off Jan. 10 at the state Capitol in Denver, commencing the second session of the 71st General Assembly in Colorado. What follows is a brief summary of bills that state representatives and state senators who serve the Littleton, Morrison and South Jeffco communities are the primary sponsors of, as well as updates on previously introduced bills that have passed or failed since the Courier’s last update Feb. 28.

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, House District 25