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  • A selfless goal: Jeffco sheriff's lieutenant heads up statewide law enforcement fund-raising for Special Olympics

    An inevitable byproduct of serving in law enforcement is seeing people at their worst — doing terrible things and having terrible things done to them.

    "You work as hard as you can not to get jaded," said Lt. Ron Leonard of the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. The 22-year sheriff’s office veteran said law officers periodically need to renew their faith in humanity, and for him that happens in his work to raise money for the Special Olympics.

  • Chatfield swim beach briefly closed after E. coli concerns

    The popular swim beach at Chatfield Reservoir was closed for a little more than a day last week because of high levels of E. coli bacteria.

    “The swim beach at Chatfield was closed on (July 14) and reopened (July 15),” said Colorado State Parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier.

    Frazier said when heavy rains blanket an area near a reservoir or lake, it’s not uncommon for bacteria such as E. coli to be washed into the water.

  • Ex-county attorney says commissioners broke laws in dealing with county critic

    Former county attorney Frank Hutfless said in a recent federal court filing that County Commissioner Kevin McCasky and former commissioner Jim Congrove, along with some assistant county attorneys, may have broken state and federal laws when dealing with a persistent critic of county government.

  • McClay faces trial in slaying with hammer

    Andrew McClay has been bound over for trial on first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Nicole "Coco" Burns, who was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in McClay’s South Jeffco apartment.

    Jefferson County District Judge Tamara Russell ruled July 16 that there was enough evidence for McClay to stand trial for first-degree murder, after sheriff's investigator Kate Battan testified about evidence in the slaying.

  • Car, bicycle collide on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    Barely a week after the Jeffco commissioners denied a special-event permit for a charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road because of safety concerns, a bicycle and a car collided.

    The cyclist, Robert Davis of Highlands Ranch, was riding up Deer Creek Canyon Road on July 8 when a car pulled out of South Valley Road into his path, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Victor Sargenti. Alan Danner of Bailey was driving the car.

    Davis was taken to Littleton Hospital with minor injuries, Sargenti said.

  • Answers from AJ: Makeshift memorials permitted for a short time in Foothills parks

    Question: What is Foothills Park & Recreation District's policy on impromptu memorials?

    Answer: Makeshift memorials are OK for a short time if they don't interfere with park users or create a safety hazard, but they will eventually be removed.

    The tragic death of 13-year-old Alexander Cook on July 8 near Weaver Hollow Park elicited the sympathies of those who knew him. Someone erected a makeshift memorial in the park, prompting a question on the rules about such things.

  • Jeffco commissioners on summer meeting schedule

    The Jeffco commissioners will cut back on their schedule of public meetings for the remainder of the summer.

    The July 14 meetings went ahead as scheduled, and the commissioners will hold public hearings followed immediately by staff briefings at 9 a.m. July 21. The meetings are then canceled July 28, with at least two of the commissioners traveling to Tennessee for a conference. Meetings will go forward as scheduled Aug. 4 but are canceled Aug. 11. They resume Aug. 18, but are canceled Aug. 25. Meeting times will go back to normal Sept. 4 and resume the weekly schedule.

  • South Jeffco sparks 70 percent of sheriff’s fireworks calls

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 237 calls related to fireworks over the July Fourth weekend, with nearly 70 percent of them in South Jeffco.

    “It makes sense,” said Capt. Patricia Woodin, head of the sheriff’s South Jeffco operations. “We do make up 50 percent of the (unincorporated) county’s population.”

  • Penry brings campaign to Jeffco

    MORRISON — Conservative state Sen. Josh Penry brought his nascent gubernatorial campaign to Jefferson County on Sunday, speaking to enthusiastic supporters and outlining his intentions for Colorado’s economy. He invoked former President Reagan and took swings at Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter along the way.

  • Looking beyond his limitations: Mike Shaak gets things started at Mile-High Nationals

    MORRISON — When Mike Shaak served as a starter Sunday at the Mile Hi Nationals, his spine tingled with the seismic vibrations of 14,000 horsepower, and his nostrils were assaulted by the smell of nitro-methane fuel.

    The senses of sound and smell are especially acute for Shaak. The former drag racer is now blind.

    Before Shaak lost his eyesight 16 months ago, he had raced Chevy Camaros for 10 years. And a few weeks prior to the Mile Hi Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, owner John Bandimere took Shaak out on the track.