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  • Deer Creek shooter won’t be released for day trips

    The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo has rescinded its request to allow Deer Creek Middle School shooter Bruco Eastwood to take limited, supervised trips as part of his treatment. 

    Eastwood was found not guilty by reason of insanity in October 2011 of attempted murder in the shootings of Deer Creek students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber on Feb. 23, 2010.

  • EDC has new plan to get help from county

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has received positive feedback on a proposal to partner with the county on an initiative to find real estate that could serve as areas for economic development.

    The EDC is seeking a shared-services agreement to identify those properties and work to turn them into potential sites for business expansion. The county would provide an employee to act as a liaison to planning and zoning departments in the county for developers looking to expand in Jeffco.

  • Littleton council approves overhauled comprehensive plan

    The Littleton City Council has approved an overhaul of the city’s comprehensive plan, the document that helps guide development. 

    The council voted 7-0 for a document that outlines a vision for the city’s future and for where it needs to focus its efforts to get there. 

  • Street projects planned in South Jeffco

    Several major streets in South Jeffco are set for improvements in 2014. 

    Jeffco’s Transportation and Engineering Department plans to finish construction this year on improvements to West Quincy Avenue between Kipling Parkway and Wadsworth Boulevard. 

    The improvements include adding a through lane in both directions, said Kevin French, head of Transportation and Engineering. 

  • Deputies’ lawsuit over pay dismissed

    A lawsuit filed against the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office by current and former deputies over pay raises has been dismissed. 

    About 40 employees filed the suit in federal court late in 2012, claiming that a salary schedule used as a recruitment tool was essentially a guarantee of future raises. The employees sued for back wages and overtime starting in 2012.  

    Yet in his ruling Jan. 13, Judge Wiley Daniel said the deputies were at-will employees and that the pay schedule posted by the sheriff was a promise, not a contract. 

  • A financial meltdown: Inter-Canyon Fire board missed chances to prevent alleged theft

    By Ann Imse, For the Courier

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board failed to investigate serious overspending for five years, records show — and that allowed $643,000 to vanish before the fire chief was indicted on embezzlement charges.

    The board did not discover the alleged theft until there was no money left in the bank, in December 2012.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Brawl in the family

  • Jeffco motorcycle deputy killed in collision with SUV

    A Jeffco sheriff's deputy, Sgt. David Baldwin, died on Sunday morning when his patrol motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV on Colorado 93 north of West 64th Parkway.

    The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. when a southbound 2004 Saturn Vue reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane while passing on a curve. Baldwin's Harley-Davidson, which was traveling in the left northbound lane, was struck by the SUV, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. Baldwin was thrown from the bike; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • 8 South Jeffco schools on lockout

    Eight South Jeffco schools were on lockout Thursday morning after a reported threat. 

    The schools were: Columbine Hills, Dutch Creek, Governor's Ranch, Leawood, Normandy, Ken Caryl Middle, Columbine High School and Blue Heron.

    A lockout means business at usual within the schools, but with no one allowed to enter or leave.

    Check back at ColumbineCourier.com for more details as they become available.

  • Lockout at 8 schools in Columbine area ends

    A lockout at eight South Jeffco schools, including Columbine High School, has ended, according to a tweet from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    The schools went into lockout after several threats were phoned in to Columbine, but the Sheriff's Office determined later that the threats were neither "local or credible."