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  • 2 deputies accused of beating passenger after traffic stop

    Two Jeffco sheriff’s deputies are named in a federal lawsuit alleging they pulled an intoxicated passenger from a car in March 2009, beat him and shocked him with a Taser before taking the man to a detox facility.

    Plaintiff Michael Pearson was riding in a vehicle driven by Karen Payne, a former aunt-in-law of Deputy Brandon Payne, who is a defendant in the suit.

  • Honoring local veterans

    Students at Columbine Hills Elementary School bid farewell to a handful of tattered United States flags at a Veterans Day ceremony, cutting the patriotic fabric into strips before placing the frayed bits into a fire and burying the ashy remains.

    The time-honored flag-retirement process was guided by West Metro and Littleton firefighters, who supervised wispy flames jumping from two iron basins.

  • Small fire extinguished near Wadsworth and Bowles

    Littleton firefighters responded at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 to a fire in a large metal trash bin in a parking lot near the Red Lobster restaurant at 5656 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

    The fire, which consumed bits of wood and other construction scraps, sent flames over the edge of the bin, as well as a plume of dark gray smoke that was visible from several miles away. The short-lived blaze was extinguished within about 10 minutes by two firefighters, who donned gas masks and entered the bin.

    The fire crew’s chief said the cause of the fire was not determined.

  • Jeffco man arrested after standoff with deputies

    A South Jeffco man who barricaded himself inside his foreclosed home was arrested on the afternoon of Nov. 16 after a SWAT team smashed through the home’s reinforced front door.

    David Rothe had reportedly refused to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Office for months, having allegedly locked himself inside the home on two other occasions since it was sold over the summer at a foreclosure auction.

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  • Permits available for cutting Christmas trees

    Even though the Halloween candy hasn’t yet turned stale, it’s time to think about the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.

    The U.S. Forest Service is offering $10 cutting permits for Christmas trees in the Pike National Forest near Buffalo Creek.

    Tree-hunters can purchase up to five permits, according to Barbara Timock, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. Last year the Forest Service sold 7,000 permits. This year, Timock is encouraging people to get their permits early.

  • GOP scores big in Jeffco

    Republicans claimed extensive victories in the Nov. 2 election, retaining the District 6 U.S. House seat and sweeping Jefferson County races.

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, a South Jeffcoairline pilot who campaigned for nearly two years, collected 31 percent, and late entry Rob McNealy, a Libertarian from Aurora,captured about 3 percent.

  • School board members to meet with public on budget cuts

    Jeffco school board members will meet with the public on Nov. 13 at five locations around the county to present the district’s 2011-12 budget development process and to gather feedback.

    The district will be facing tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts, with the fiscal impact looking grimmer than the previous budget year.

  • Man guilty of assaulting Lakewood woman

    A 44-year-old man faces 45 years in prison after pleading guilty Nov. 3 to sexually assaulting a 29-year-old Lakewood woman near her Green Mountain home in 2009.

    Arthur Louis Martinez attacked the woman on July 24, dragging her into a bush and punching her in the face multiple times.

  • Lakewood man convicted of sexually assaulting unconscious women

    A Lakewood man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting and videotaping two sisters while they were unconscious was sentenced Nov. 4 to 32 years in prison.

    Timothy Layne Martinez, 32, had previously been tried in court in 2006 for assaulting one of the women, the sister of his sexual partner. Though photographs were found of Martinez assaulting the woman while she was apparently drugged, a lack of evidence led jurors to acquit him.