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Local News

  • Child abuse suspect to be tried in April

    After a lengthy motions hearing, a jury trial has been set for the Lakewood man accused of seriously injuring a toddler in September.

    Joshua Gonzales, 22, was charged with one count of felony child abuse with serious bodily harm. If convicted, he faces a mandatory prison sentence of 10 to 32 years. Gonzales will return to court April 9 for his trial, which is scheduled to last nine days.

  • 19-year-old pleads guilty in March’s North Turkey Creek Fire

    The 19-year-old accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to one class-6 felony count of firing woods or prairies, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

    Andrew Askins of Conifer was charged in late April with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

  • Morrison Country Store set to close its doors

    After more than 30 years, the Morrison Country Store will soon be closing its doors.

    An official closing date has not been set, but employees expect the Morrison Country Store will be open for another month. All merchandise is 50 percent off, and everything must be sold. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sunday, when the shop opens at 11 a.m.

  • Ken-Caryl Ranch residents, board at odds over proposed trail

    A new trail set to be built in Ken-Caryl Ranch is causing contention amongst residents who oppose it and Master Association board members and others who support it.

  • Jefferson County residents participate in second annual Women’s March

    Amidst a government shutdown, women, men and children from Jefferson County and across Colorado gathered Saturday for the second Women’s March in downtown Denver.

    Though tens of thousands attended this year’s event, it was smaller than last year’s, which occurred the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Both years, the Denver event coincided with sister marches across the state and country.

  • Francone to fill Rosier’s seat as Jeffco commissioner

    Tina Francone, the current Regional Transportation District director, has been named by Jeffco Republican officials as the replacement for former Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A not-so-blessed event

  • Sheriff’s office searching for suspects in South Jeffco graffiti spree

    Eighteen pieces of property, including vehicles, windows and mailboxes, were defaced on New Years Eve in South Jefferson County, and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help locating the suspects.
    The graffiti was done between 7 p.m. Dec. 31 and 8 a.m. Jan. 1 along a stretch of West Fair Avenue from South Pierson Court to South Lewis Street. Among other things, a white truck, a mailbox, a neighborhood sign and a fence all were defaced with black spray paint.

  • Women’s March in Denver to return on Saturday

    The annual Women’s March on Colorado, which took place in downtown Denver the day after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration last January, will return to Denver later this month.

    Organized partially as a response to Trump’s election as president of the United States last year and partially to promote “social justice, human rights, and equality for all women and all people nationwide,” last year’s event drew more than 100,000 people from across the state to Civic Center Park.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    School district updates policy language on employee conduct

    Despite public concerns that recent changes to the language of Jeffco Public School’s policy on employee conduct will mean less transparency about employee arrests and criminal convictions, as well as weapons possession and other issues, the school district says the changes are nothing more than a consolidation of redundant policies.