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  • Custodian at two local schools arrested on suspicion of sending nude photos to student

    The Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that a Jeffco Schools employee was arrested this week on suspicion of sending nude photos to an underage student.

    Jeffco investigators on Monday arrested Jacob David Deal, 21, on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony. Deal, a custodian at Dutch Creek Elementary and Ken Caryl Middle School, is accused of starting to communicate with two sixth-grade girls in the spring by leaving handwritten messages, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • West Metro firefighters rescue 5-year-old from house fire

    West Metro firefighters responded early Friday morning to a house fire in Lakewood and saved a 5-year-old girl who was hiding inside her bedroom closet.

    The blaze was reported by the girl’s mother at 12:27 a.m. from inside the home, which is in the 9900 block of West Vassar Way, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for the West Metro Fire Protection District. Scholting said it was against West Metro policy to identify the members of the family of four, including the 5-year-old and her mother, father and older brother.

  • Jeffco sheriff lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco sheriff has lifted the temporary fire restriction for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including all federal lands, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire, the release stated. However, residents are encouraged to be vigilant, as fire danger is always present in the high country.

  • Jeffco sheriff warns residents about parking ticket scam

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a parking ticket scam.

    Last week a woman tried to pay the fine for a fake parking ticket at the Jefferson County courthouse. The ticket cited a violation of “inconsiderate parking for others” with a fine of $401.08. The “violation” was "issued" Aug. 30 in the 11000 block of West Sixth Avenue.

  • Foes ramp up efforts to thwart rezoning in Rooney Valley

    The group that launched a petition opposed to rezoning that could bring auto and motorcycle dealerships, retail and commercial flex-use space to the Rooney Valley area near Dinosaur Ridge is ramping up efforts ahead of county commissioners’ hearings on the rezoning later this month.

  • Foothills taking applications for vacant board seat

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is accepting applications for a vacancy on its board of directors.

    Board member John Bradley Jr. resigned his Ward 4 seat Sept. 2 because he no longer owns property in the district, according to a Foothills news release. Bradley is planning to move to Loveland.

    Ward 4 primarily encompasses an area south of West Bowles Avenue between South Kipling Parkway and South Pierce Street north of West Chatfield Avenue. For a map of the district's wards, visit www.ifoothills.org.

  • Foothills taking applications for vacant board seat

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is accepting applications for a vacancy on its board of directors.

    Board member John Bradley Jr. resigned his Ward 4 seat Sept. 2 because he no longer owns property in the district, according to a Foothills news release. Bradley is planning to move to Loveland.

    Ward 4 primarily encompasses an area south of West Bowles Avenue between South Kipling Parkway and South Pierce Street north of West Chatfield Avenue. For a map of the district's wards, visit www.ifoothills.org.

  • DA warns of scams posing as charities

    In the wake of recent national and global disasters, law enforcement and judicial authorities are warning consumers to be on the lookout for charity scams.

    “When disaster strikes, people naturally feel compelled to do something to help,” Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir says. “As unthinkable as it is, there will be fraudulent attempts to solicit money on behalf of those whose lives are in ruin. People should take care as they make their giving choices.”

  • DA warns of scams posing as charities

    In the wake of recent national and global disasters, law enforcement and judicial authorities are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams posing as charities.

    “When disaster strikes, people naturally feel compelled to do something to help,” Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir says. “As unthinkable as it is, there will be fraudulent attempts to solicit money on behalf of those whose lives are in ruin. People should take care as they make their giving choices.” 

  • Arapahoe commissioners ask Jeffco to consider taking a position on tobacco tax hike

    Arapahoe County's commissioners have asked their Jeffco counterparts to consider taking a position on Initiative 143, also known as Tobacco Taxes for Health Related Purposes, which aims to increase the state’s tobacco tax by $1.75 per pack of cigarettes.