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  • Family of inmate who died while waiting for medical attention sues

    The family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours for medical attention has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff, county commissioners, eight deputies, and the outside medical company contracted by the jail, including six of its employees.

  • New school board members get training on sunshine laws

    Jeffco’s new school board heard an overview of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law and Open Records Act during a public meeting last Thursday before moving behind closed doors to ask specific questions.

    The board — whose five members were elected in November — originally was slated for a two-hour executive session to receive training on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public officials.”

  • Deputy shoots suspect in South Jeffco

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot a fleeing suspect and a K-9 unit bit the man late Friday at a South Jeffco shopping center.

    The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. outside Governor's Plaza Shoes & Service. The suspect, Michael Manaois, 38, sustained two gunshot wounds and was taken to Swedish Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

  • School board to get sunshine-law training — in secret

    Jeffco’s five new school board members will take about two hours at their next meeting to hear legal advice on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public officials.”

    The sunshine-law training will be held behind closed doors in an executive session.

  • District to hire communications director

    Jeffco Public Schools is in the process of hiring a new communications director, a move schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee delayed for several months during the run-up to the election.

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • Snow Squad needs volunteers to shovel seniors’ sidewalks

    Littleton needs volunteers for its Snow Squad, which shovels the white stuff for low-income senior citizens and those who cannot physically perform the task.

    The program, run through the city’s Aging Well Resource Center, is always on the lookout for volunteers to shovel sidewalks at clients’ homes, said Kay Wilmesher, community program manager for the center and administrator of the program.

  • Case closed: Commissioner Rosier’s open-meetings objection off track

    A drawn-out drama involving a proposal to add striped bicycle lanes on certain roads veered into strange territory last week when County Commissioner Don Rosier accused fellow Commissioner Casey Tighe of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law by talking to a reporter.

    At a meeting Nov. 24, Rosier said Tighe violated the sunshine law by giving an interview to a Courier reporter after the commissioners on Oct. 27 voted a third time to delay a final decision on the bike lanes.

  • Commissioners OK bike-lane requirement

    After delaying a vote three times, Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved changes to transportation codes that will require striped bike lanes on certain roads.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo voted yes; Commissioner Don Rosier abstained, objecting to an interview Tighe gave to a Courier reporter amid the lengthy bike-lane saga.

  • Carjacking reported at Mineral light-rail station

    A carjacking was reported Saturday afternoon at the Mineral Avenue light-rail station in Littleton, and police continue to search for the stolen vehicle.

    According to Littleton police, a man parking his truck at the station about 4 p.m. Saturday was approached by two African-American men, who attacked the vehicle’s owner.

    The station’s parking lot is on the northwest corner of South Santa Fe Drive and West Mineral Avenue, near the Aspen Grove Shopping Center.