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  • Eastwood jury appeared in matching clothes during trial

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Jurors in Bruco Eastwood’s attempted-murder trial displayed an unusual collective behavior during the second week of proceedings, donning uniform colors of clothing every day.

    On Sept. 26, each of the jurors walked into the courtroom wearing a shade of purple. The move raised a few eyebrows, though prosecutors and public defenders didn’t mention anything to Judge Christopher Munch.

    The following day, it was green. On Sept. 28 it was blue, then gray.

  • School board candidates not specific about cuts

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    About 150 people packed a Jeffco school board candidate debate Sept. 26 at Colorado Christian University in which the four candidates attempted to differentiate themselves but largely avoided suggesting specific changes in the school system.

    Jeffco District 3 candidates Jill Fellman and Preston Branaugh squared off, followed by District 4 candidates Jim Powers and Lesley Dahlkemper.

    Among topics in the District 3 discussion were union relations, education experience, fiscal responsibility and school vouchers.

  • Woman dies after being injured by car in driveway

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A South Jeffco woman died early Tuesday morning after being injured by a car in her driveway the previous evening.

    Shirley Gallegos, 76, was attempting to enter the front passenger door of a 2006 Honda Accord at 7:15 p.m. at 9717 W. Peakview Drive as the vehicle was moving, the Colorado State Patrol said. Gallegos fell, and it is unclear how the car injured her.

  • Ethics panel’s staff releases report on McCasky probe

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission released its staff report Oct. 3 in the investigation of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky’s hiring by the Jefferson Economic Council, an organization for which he sought additional funds while still serving as a commissioner.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Catnap at the crossroads

  • Meth toxicity blamed for death of man in custody

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A South Jeffco man who died June 7 while in police custody succumbed to methamphetamine toxicity, the Jeffco coroner’s office reported after completing a lengthy death investigation.

    In June, 34-year-old Russell Jess Arnold Jr. died in the back of an ambulance while being restrained by deputies.

    Though drug toxicity was cited as the cause of death, the coroner was unable to ascertain whether the stun gun deputies used on Arnold was a contributing factor.

  • DUI Task Force out in force this weekend

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has announced that it will host a metro DUI Task Force from 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, to  4 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2. All areas in unincorporated Jeffco will be included in the effort, using more than 30 law-enforcement personnel from the participating jurisdictions.
    The Sheriff's Office will join forces with the State Patrol, Wheat Ridge and Denver police departments, and the Arapahoe and Douglas county sheriff's offices to crack down on drunken drivers.
     

  • Human-services needs increasing in Jeffco

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Demand for food stamps and financial assistance is projected to rise substantially by the end of the year, and the county Human Services Division is pressing for a larger budget in 2012.

  • Commissioners OK rules for distressed properties

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jeffco commissioners on Sept. 20 approved a long-awaited ordinance holding vacant-property owners accountable for securing the homes and addressing safety hazards.

    The “distressed real property ordinance” was necessary, the Sheriff’s Office has said, because foreclosed homes have increasingly become flophouses at which young people hold wild parties and bonfires. Further, police have had no one to contact when such homes incur serious damage ranging from ruptured pipes to roofs teetering on collapse.

  • A hero in the classroom

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Most students in D’Evelyn teacher Briant McKellips’ physics classes could recite with little hesitation the educator’s daily mantra, “Good morning. Are you ready for another day in which to excel?”