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  • Charge against man who gave cop the finger to be dismissed

    The Colorado State Patrol requested Friday afternoon that the harassment charge against a man who flipped off an officer in South Jeffco last month be dropped.
    The district attorney’s office has already filed a motion to have the charge dismissed, a news release from the State Patrol stated.
    Shane Boor, 35, was charged with criminal harassment, a count that carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

  • Man charged after giving cop the finger

    An Arizona man ticketed last month for flipping off a state trooper in Jefferson County was denied his First Amendment rights, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

    Shane Boor, 35, was driving near C-470 and West Bowles Avenue on his way to work April 19 when he gave the finger to a trooper who had pulled over another driver. A different state trooper tracked him to his work site, where Boor received a summons for making the obscene gesture.

    The criminal harassment charge against Boor carries a maximum potential sentence of six months in jail.

  • Jeffco's Outdoor Lab Schools to remain open

    The Jeffco school district’s Outdoor Lab Schools have been spared from the chopping block, thanks to a grassroots effort to raise funds.

    Fund-raising groups have raised $625,000, and the school board will chip in the remaining $300,000 needed to keep the schools open next year, according to district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Burglar feels the heat

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A burglar with mysterious motives apparently broke into local barbecue hut Schneids’ Smokeshack on May 4, smashing the door lock but taking no items. The cash register, tip jar and even an iPod were left untouched, leaving meaty questions about the true motive behind such saucy behavior.

     

  • Pouring out knowledge

    When Dutch Creek Elementary School second-grade teacher Pat Taylor wanted to get her class’ attention, she often spoke in a Southern accent, a distinctive voice she spent decades refining.

    For Taylor, the method, along with sporadic impressions of Hollywood’s most famous Austrian, was but one tool she employed in a career of more than 30 years in Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Small-business owners voice economic concerns

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman walked away from a small-business forum May 19 with a slight surprise: Despite some evidence of a rebounding economy, the entrepreneurial outlook on that recovery is anything but sanguine.

    Small-business owners face numerous hurdles in making profits, many said, ranging from decreased credit lines to a tighter leash on government contracts. Some even cited a perceived decrease in “American values,” with an overall drop in work ethic and other issues, such as homeowners across the country walking away from mortgages.

  • Search begins to replace library district director

    The Jefferson County Public Library board initiated a search for a new executive director May 19, hiring a contractor for $16,000 to find a replacement for Marcellus Turner.

    The Seattle Public Library recently hired Turner to head its system. He will begin the new job in mid-August; his last day with Jefferson County is slated for July 15.

  • Pedestrian span installed over Wadsworth

    Jefferson County placed the long-awaited pedestrian bridge over South Wadsworth Boulevard near West Bowles Avenue on May 16, connecting two massive pieces that were constructed off site.

    The $3 million bridge, part of a larger $8.7 million road project that will make Wadsworth 10 lanes wide at the intersection, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

    The entire project adds another southbound lane to Wadsworth, making the road three lanes wide in each direction. The completed street will also include two left-turn lanes and two right-turn lanes.

  • Truck hits two pedestrians near apartment complex

    A large truck hit two pedestrians Friday afternoon near the Whisper Creek apartment complex, sending both to hospitals with serious injuries.
    Matthew Maccord, 20, and Robert Husak, 19, were sitting on a bench near a playground when a Ford F-250 driven by Sebastian Kowzan, 28, ran off the street at 3505 S. Nelson Circle, hitting both the pedestrians and the structure.

  • High school graduations schedule

     South Jeffco high school graduation schedule

     

    Chatfield High School

    Red Rocks Amphitheater (rain or shine)

    18300 W. Alameda Parkway

    Morrison

    May 20

    2 p.m.

     

    Dakota Ridge High School

    Comfort Dental Amphitheater

    6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.

    Greenwood Village

    May 26

    7 p.m.

    Free and paid parking between $10 and $15

     

    Collegiate Academy

    Water Stone Community Church