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    Victim psychology

  • Jeffco hires new director of elections

    Jefferson County’s new director of elections is Christi Coburn.

    “The diversity of her experience and management expertise will be a wonderful complement to our department,” said Pam Anderson, county clerk.

    Coburn brings 18 years of public service experience to Jeffco, including eight years at the Colorado secretary of state’s office. Before that, Coburn served as chief deputy, Teller County’s position responsible for elections.

  • Former Littleton cop sentenced to four years in drug case

    A former Littleton police officer who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges has been sentenced to federal prison. 

    Jeffery Johnston, 48, pleaded guilty to federal drug-trafficking and firearms counts last October. He was sentenced Feb. 3 to 48 months in federal prison along with a $25,000 fine to keep his house from being seized. 

    Johnston was arrested by the FBI at his home in Parker on July 19, 2013, after a confidential informant reportedly sold him 16 grams of the drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy, for $1,300.

  • Sheriff candidate disciplined for 2013 incident with jail inmate

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy running in this year’s election to replace Sheriff Ted Mink reportedly was disciplined last year for an inappropriate incident involving a jail inmate.  

    Denver’s 9News reported that Sgt. Jim Shires was disciplined for tapping an inmate on the face twice with a rule book to get his attention on Nov. 3. 

  • Soopers on Broadway closed for year-long makeover

    With the King Soopers at Broadway and Littleton Boulevard closed for a year-long renovation, Littleton residents have one fewer option for groceries in 2014. 

    The store closed late last month for its planned $20 million expansion into more than 27,500 square feet of vacant retail space in the shopping center. It’s set to reopen in January 2015.

    While the store is closed for the year-long project, several alternatives exist for residents who might not be able to get to another grocery store on their own. 

  • Denver cathedral to honor Evergreen founder

    St. John’s Cathedral in Denver is planning to honor one of Evergreen’s founders on Feb. 16 with a day of music and historical observances.

    Father Charles Winfred Douglas built the Hiwan Homestead, established the Evergreen Conference Center and earned an international reputation for his contributions to music in the Episcopal Church.

  • Science fair answers questions about (some of) life’s mysteries

    Will grass grow faster to the sound of music? Does playing video games increase a person’s blood pressure? Does a higher SPF level of sunscreen really provide better protection against the sun’s rays?

    Those were among many questions addressed by students who participated in this year’s Mountain Area Science Fair. More than 200 elementary school students from Jefferson and Clear Creek counties displayed their projects at the fair held at Evergreen Country Day School on Saturday.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Hunk-power hybrid

  • Gas leak shuts down Bowles Avenue near Southwest Plaza

    A natural gas leak closed down a section of West Bowles Avenue next to Southwest Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office shut down Bowles from South Wadsworth Boulevard to Cross Drive after a natural gas line in the area was cut, according to West Metro Fire Rescue. Later the Sheriff's Office reported that only the eastbound lanes would be affected.

  • Suspect identified in standoff that spurred evacuation of South Jeffco neighborhood

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office took a man into custody Wednesday evening after a neighborhood was evacuated following reports of a gas leak and that a despondent resident was making threats against himself and others.