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  • Woman's common-law husband in custody in her slaying

    A 34-year-old woman was found slain in her South Jeffco apartment last Friday evening, and her common-law husband has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

    The body of Michele Elaine Lucero was found in her apartment in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive about 9 p.m. March 21.

    The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, 33-year-old Michael Allen Sommerfield, called and turned himself in a short time after Lucero’s body was found. Sommerfield had his first court date for advisement on Saturday. 

  • County eyes permanent ban on pot social clubs

    Jeffco is working to make permanent a moratorium on marijuana social clubs and cooperative growing operations in the county’s unincorporated areas.

    The current moratorium, which ends in May, prohibits clubs and establishments where members can consume or exchange marijuana or grow and manufacture marijuana cooperatively. 

    The proposed permanent ban would also limit to 12 the number of marijuana plants in one home, regardless of the number of residents in the dwelling. Amendment 64 allows people age 21 and older to grow six plants at a time. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

    At home with Winston and Virginia Slimm

  • Booster club's treasurer arrested in theft

    The treasurer of a booster club for the Chatfield High School girls volleyball team has been arrested on suspicion of stealing almost $10,000 from the organization. 

    The woman, Kathleen McGrath, 56, is facing one charge of theft. 

    McGrath, a Littleton resident, is accused of stealing $9,976 during her time as treasurer of the Spikers Booster Club from March 2012 to February 2013. 

  • Gerou won’t seek re-election

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou, a prominent Evergreen Republican who is in her sixth year at the statehouse, will not run for re-election in November.

    Gerou, the first female member of the House to chair the powerful Joint Budget Committee, has represented District 25 in western Jeffco since first being elected in 2008. She is planning to return to her architecture career.

  • Jeffco, Arapahoe emergency dispatch teaming up

    A newly formed partnership among the Littleton, Evergreen, South Metro and West Metro fire departments and the Metropolitan Area Communications Center Authority will create the largest computer-assisted dispatch system in the state. 

    The new group, working under the name Jefferson-Arapahoe Consolidated CAD, will provide dispatch services for more than 1 million people across 23 cities and multiple unincorporated areas, and will handle roughly 66,000 fire and emergency calls annually.  

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Forecasters fall out

  • Chargers’ Sweet 16 loss ends a magical two-year run

    CENTENNIAL — One by one, Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler embraced his players in the locker room.

    “It’s a special group of guys. It’s real emotional. This team will always have a special place in my heart,” Schimpeler said.

  • Jefferson County seeks volunteers for marijuana task force

    Jeffco is accepting applications for volunteers who would like to serve on a marijuana task force that will report on retail pot sales in the county’s municipalities. 

    The county enacted a moratorium through February 2015 on marijuana sales in unincorporated areas but wants to know about effects on public safety, health and business communities, said Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation.

  • Leadership team will continue to act as superintendent for Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools’ core leadership team will continue to act as superintendent for the rest of the school year as the Board of Education moves forward with its search for a successor to Cindy Stevenson.

    After discussion at the board’s meeting last Thursday, no change was made to the previous week’s decision not to appoint an individual to serve as interim superintendent.  

    On Feb. 18, the board voted 3-2 not to make a temporary appointment, with the agreement that the board would discuss the topic again Feb. 27.