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  • Two teens arrested in rash of thefts from vehicles

      Two teens are accused of stealing electronic devices and other items Jan. 21 from at least seven unlocked cars in the Friendly Hills area.

    The pair were arrested at 1:30 a.m. that day. They face felony charges punishable by thousands of dollars in fines and possible prison time.

  • Jobs that count available through the census bureau

      The U.S. Census Bureau is counting on you.

    At the beginning of each decade, the U.S. government surveys the American population to count how many people are living in the United States.

    The census day is April 1, 2010. 

    The questionnaires will be mailed out in mid-March. The census bureau recently initiated an advertising campaign to educate citizens about the census and encourage people to fill out the 10-question form and mail it back to the bureau.

  • Mr. Biggs owner face charges over topless fashion show

      The owner of Mr. Biggs is facing charges of violating a county ordinance after a fashion show at the business involving topless women.

    Meanwhile, Art Cormier, who purchased a share of the South Jeffco entertainment facility in October 2009, says he was in a coma at the time of the alleged incident.

  • County enacts 6-month ban on pot dispensaries

      Entrepreneurs aspiring to open medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Jeffco were dealt a formal setback last week when the county commissioners approved a six-month zoning moratorium on the businesses.

    “We are going to review this and make a decision within 180 days,” Commissioner Kathy Hartman said. “And that decision could be that our current zoning ordinance is adequate.”

  • Jeffco closes just one school

      The Jeffco school board voted Jan. 14 to close only one school as part of its long-awaited plan to address a massive budget shortfall through building closures.

    Arvada’s Russell Elementary will be shuttered after the end of the current school year. Students living within its boundaries will soon attend Arvada Middle School, which will become a K-8 facility. The board also voted in favor of closing and destroying all temporary classroom buildings at schools operating at less than 92 percent of capacity.

  • Power lunch: Ritter visits cutting-edge battery manufacturer in South Jeffco

    Gov. Bill Ritter paid a visit last week to a South Jeffco company that manufactures cutting-edge batteries that are about the size of a postage stamp and nearly as thin.

    “It is great to celebrate a local company,” Ritter said before a small audience of Infinite Power Solutions employees. “It’s also great to celebrate a company that has and will have in the future a significant global impact. … It is absolutely exciting.”

  • Moore may file lawsuit over firing by county

      Former county administrator Jim Moore is pursuing litigation against the commissioners and the county attorney through a potential wrongful-termination suit.

    Lawyer Dennis Polk said the board gave a misleading rationale for Moore’s Dec. 9 firing.

  • Open to a new challenge

      Ralph Schell says he never set out to become Jeffco’s county administrator.

    The outdoorsy Colorado native has spent the majority of his working life cultivating a career in open space and parks. He graduated from CSU with a degree in outdoor recreation planning and worked for Colorado State Parks for 20 years before joining Jeffco government, where until recently he had served as Open Space director.

  • Student who protested Michelle Obama speech gets $4,000

    A Dakota Ridge High School student who was detained by deputies during a November 2008 speech by Michelle Obama at the school has settled his lawsuit against the sheriff’s office and Jeffco Public Schools.

    Blake Benson, now a senior at the school, is set to receive $2,000 from each of the two agencies. Benson, who was represented by the ACLU, said his First Amendment rights were violated.

  • Man pleads guilty to sex assault

    A man charged with breaking into a South Jeffco home in June and sexually assaulting a woman in her 50s pleaded guilty Dec. 4 to charges related to the attack.

    Ryan R. Iliff, 22, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, a class 2 felony; sexual assault, a class 5 felony; and first-degree criminal trespass, also a class 5 felony.