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  • Rash of vehicle break-ins reported at South Jeffco fitness centers

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office suspects a string of vehicle break-ins at fitness centers across the county are related.

    Over the last two months, more than 38 cars have been broken into while parked at fitness centers. According to the Sheriff’s Office, almost all the vehicles had their windows broken, and purses were stolen from inside. 

  • Developers win delay of vote on Open Space master plan

    A final vote on Jeffco Open Space’s master plan has been delayed for a month by the county commissioners to allow more comment. 

    The vote had been scheduled for Feb. 11, but a delay was requested by several real estate development groups. The commissioners voted 3-0 to delay final approval by a month. 

  • Jefferson County prohibits electronic-smoking devices in buildings

    Jeffco has banned electronic cigarettes and similar devices from county buildings.

    The addition of electronic smoking devices such as electronic cigarettes and tobacco and marijuana vaporizers to the current ban on smoking tobacco and marijuana is due in part to the increasing popularity of the products, said Deputy County Administrator Kate Newman. 

  • Jeffco native competing in Sochi Olympics

    Olympic cross-country skier Noah Hoffman has fond memories of his childhood in west Jefferson County, playing behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum and at Bergen Meadow Elementary School.

    Hoffman, 24, who lived in Indian Hills and then in Evergreen until he was 7, is a member of the U.S. Nordic ski team and is competing in three events in Sochi, Russia. So far, he has placed 35th in the cross-country men’s skiathlon and 31st in the cross-country men’s classic. He will compete in the 50K skate race on Feb. 23.

  • West Metro firefighter dies

    A West Metro firefighter died Saturday night while off duty.

    Mike Miller, a 39-year-old firefighter and paramedic with West Metro Fire Rescue, died in his sleep Feb. 15. Miller had served with West Metro for seven years.

    “(Miller) was a valued member who was committed to serving our citizens in a professional and caring manner,” West Metro Fire Rescue Fire Chief Don Lombardi said in a news release. “Mike will be greatly missed.”

    Miller is survived by his wife and daughter.

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  • Jeffco hires new director of elections

    Jefferson County’s new director of elections is Christi Coburn.

    “The diversity of her experience and management expertise will be a wonderful complement to our department,” said Pam Anderson, county clerk.

    Coburn brings 18 years of public service experience to Jeffco, including eight years at the Colorado secretary of state’s office. Before that, Coburn served as chief deputy, Teller County’s position responsible for elections.

  • Former Littleton cop sentenced to four years in drug case

    A former Littleton police officer who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges has been sentenced to federal prison. 

    Jeffery Johnston, 48, pleaded guilty to federal drug-trafficking and firearms counts last October. He was sentenced Feb. 3 to 48 months in federal prison along with a $25,000 fine to keep his house from being seized. 

    Johnston was arrested by the FBI at his home in Parker on July 19, 2013, after a confidential informant reportedly sold him 16 grams of the drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy, for $1,300.

  • Sheriff candidate disciplined for 2013 incident with jail inmate

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy running in this year’s election to replace Sheriff Ted Mink reportedly was disciplined last year for an inappropriate incident involving a jail inmate.  

    Denver’s 9News reported that Sgt. Jim Shires was disciplined for tapping an inmate on the face twice with a rule book to get his attention on Nov. 3. 

  • Soopers on Broadway closed for year-long makeover

    With the King Soopers at Broadway and Littleton Boulevard closed for a year-long renovation, Littleton residents have one fewer option for groceries in 2014. 

    The store closed late last month for its planned $20 million expansion into more than 27,500 square feet of vacant retail space in the shopping center. It’s set to reopen in January 2015.

    While the store is closed for the year-long project, several alternatives exist for residents who might not be able to get to another grocery store on their own.