Local News

  • Proposal for South Jeffco dog park is put on hold

    Plans for a dog park in South Jeffco have been put on hold. 

    The project was to be a joint venture between the Foothills Park and Recreation District and the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District. But Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp said he had heard very negative feedback about the proposal. 

    One design had the dog park being built near the parking lot of Sledding Hill, at West Ken Caryl Avenue and South Kipling Parkway.  

  • Jeffco inmate released by mistake back in custody

    An inmate inadvertently released from the Jeffco jail on Tuesday is back behind bars. 

    Damon Elliot Slayton, 41, was taken into custody Thursday morning by a Jeffco deputy in downtown Denver near Broadway and Larimer Street. 

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies had been searching the downtown area based on tips from Slayton’s family and other friends. 

    Slayton surrendered without incident, Kelley said. 

  • Woman's common-law husband in custody in her slaying

    A 34-year-old woman was found slain in her South Jeffco apartment last Friday evening, and her common-law husband has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

    The body of Michele Elaine Lucero was found in her apartment in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive about 9 p.m. March 21.

    The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, 33-year-old Michael Allen Sommerfield, called and turned himself in a short time after Lucero’s body was found. Sommerfield had his first court date for advisement on Saturday. 

  • County eyes permanent ban on pot social clubs

    Jeffco is working to make permanent a moratorium on marijuana social clubs and cooperative growing operations in the county’s unincorporated areas.

    The current moratorium, which ends in May, prohibits clubs and establishments where members can consume or exchange marijuana or grow and manufacture marijuana cooperatively. 

    The proposed permanent ban would also limit to 12 the number of marijuana plants in one home, regardless of the number of residents in the dwelling. Amendment 64 allows people age 21 and older to grow six plants at a time. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

    At home with Winston and Virginia Slimm

  • Booster club's treasurer arrested in theft

    The treasurer of a booster club for the Chatfield High School girls volleyball team has been arrested on suspicion of stealing almost $10,000 from the organization. 

    The woman, Kathleen McGrath, 56, is facing one charge of theft. 

    McGrath, a Littleton resident, is accused of stealing $9,976 during her time as treasurer of the Spikers Booster Club from March 2012 to February 2013. 

  • Gerou won’t seek re-election

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou, a prominent Evergreen Republican who is in her sixth year at the statehouse, will not run for re-election in November.

    Gerou, the first female member of the House to chair the powerful Joint Budget Committee, has represented District 25 in western Jeffco since first being elected in 2008. She is planning to return to her architecture career.

  • Jeffco, Arapahoe emergency dispatch teaming up

    A newly formed partnership among the Littleton, Evergreen, South Metro and West Metro fire departments and the Metropolitan Area Communications Center Authority will create the largest computer-assisted dispatch system in the state. 

    The new group, working under the name Jefferson-Arapahoe Consolidated CAD, will provide dispatch services for more than 1 million people across 23 cities and multiple unincorporated areas, and will handle roughly 66,000 fire and emergency calls annually.  

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Forecasters fall out

  • Chargers’ Sweet 16 loss ends a magical two-year run

    CENTENNIAL — One by one, Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler embraced his players in the locker room.

    “It’s a special group of guys. It’s real emotional. This team will always have a special place in my heart,” Schimpeler said.