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  • Area couple sent to prison in child-abuse case

    A Jefferson County district judge sentenced Randal and Christine Arnold to 18 and 22 years of imprisonment, respectively, after they were convicted April 18 of multiple counts of child abuse with serious bodily injury involving their adopted son. Both are expected to file appeals.

    At the end of the 90-minute hearing on July 13, Judge Lily Oeffler said that based on the evidence she heard during the trial, she did not believe the boy's injuries were self-inflicted. Nor did she believe the boy was starving himself.

  • County lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has lifted the fire restrictions that have been in effect in the foothills for much of the summer.

    A news release from the Sheriff's Office said recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the danger of wildfire; still, people are encouraged to be vigilant in the high country. 

    Campers and hikers are reminded to use caution when starting and extinguishing campfires. People are also cautioned to use care when disposing of lighted cigarettes and in other activities that involve the use of fire or sparks.

  • Sheriff's Office names emergency manager

    An assistant chief at West Metro Fire Rescue is the new emergency manager for Jefferson County. He replaces Tim McSherry, who is retiring, according to a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

    Clint Fey has 22 years of professional and volunteer fire service experience, including 17 years at West Metro Fire Rescue. Fey has served as an incident commander, chief of West Metro’s wildland team, chief of EMS and safety, and as a plans team manager for Colorado Task Force 1, a FEMA urban search and rescue team. Fey's appointment begins immediately.

  • A sweet ride

    By Alison Mahnken

    Think of it as a meal on wheels, with a twist — a frosting twist.
    “I was driving back from a wedding one day and just started thinking about what we should do, and a short bus came across my mind,” said Justin Swartz, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes in Littleton’s Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center.
    “So I came back here and told some of the employees, and they thought it was going to be hilarious and not taken seriously.”
    Thus was born the cupcake bus. And a conundrum.

  • Jeffco's Chapman plans to re-apply for trustee job

    After resigning along with nine other public trustees, Jefferson County public trustee Margaret Chapman is planning to re-apply for the position, saying she has been an exemplary employee and was well qualified to be a manager when she was appointed in 2007.

    County Administrator Ralph Schell said he's never seen anything other than excellent, quality management from Chapman's department and her employees.

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  • Body of Chatfield Reservoir drowning victim identified

    A man who drowned in Chatfield Reservoir has been identified as an evacuee from the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs.

    The Douglas County coroner's office identified the victim as Gustav Stark, 37. His body was found on July 4.

    The cause of death is being listed as accidental drowning, according to Coroner Lora Thomas.

    Stark reportedly was camping with friends in the Loop C area near the reservoir when he was reported missing June 30, according to the Gazette of Colorado Springs.

  • Author finds publishing niche in digital books

    Aspiring author Kathy Lynn Harris noticed a year ago that it seemed like everybody on airplanes was using e-readers and not reading print books anymore.

    So she decided it was time to give up the dream of finding a traditional publisher and publish her novel, "Blue Straggler," the digital way.

    Within a few months, "Blue Straggler" was successful enough to attract 30,000 downloads, 59 reviews on Amazon.com and an ink-on-paper indie-book publisher, 30 Day Books of Seattle, which is getting her book into bookstores.

  • Party spirit prevails despite fireworks ban

    Although attendance was down, the mood was definitely upbeat at the annual Red, White & You celebration at Clement Park on Tuesday, July 3.

  • Denver Water building satellite office in Littleton

    Denver Water, which provides water to Littleton and much of Arapahoe County, is building a new satellite office building, garage and storage unit at the northwest corner of South Lowell Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue.

    The $5 million complex on 3.4 acres will house about 20 people who mostly work in the vicinity, said Stacy Chesney, spokesperson for Denver Water.