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  • Nine indicted in wide-ranging identity-theft ring

    Five men and four women alleged to be in an identity theft and forgery ring operating in Jefferson County have been indicted by a grand jury for racketeering under laws designed to prosecute organized crime.

    Those indicted are accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that operated in Jefferson County, the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs between October 2008 and February 2009.

  • Compensation study shows county workers underpaid

    Jefferson County has paid a quarter of a million dollars to discover what many county employees already suspected: They’re underpaid.

    The study, which ended up costing a total of $245,000, was presented less than a week before the Board of Commissioners will meet to revise the county’s proposed 2010 budget.

    Implementing pay adjustments for employees who earn less than market wages could cost between $107,000 and $1.4 million per year, depending on which groups would be selected for raises and how close to market rates they would be paid.

  • Littleton soccer coach sentenced to 24 years in prison for sex with 13-year-old girl

    A 46-year-old Littleton soccer coach was sentenced Nov. 6 to 24 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual assault of a child after having sex with a 13-year-old girl twice and lying to police during the search for the girl.

    Myers was arrested following a massive search for the 13-year-old girl in Littleton on Oct. 24, 2008, that ultimately ended when he turned himself into police. Myers was the goal-keepers skills coach for the girl’s team in the Littleton Soccer Club.

  • Colorado national forests get stimulus funds

    Three national forests in Colorado will benefit from $5.6 million from the federal economic recovery program.

    About $500,000 will pay for a program in which the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps will employ up to four 10-person teams of young adults to reduce fuels in wildland-urban interface areas.

  • Courier attorney: Access to county commissioners' e-mails falls short

    An online system that displays e-mails among the three Jeffco commissioners - created after the Courier confronted the commission over an apparent violation of the state Open Meetings Law - has been used just once.

    And, according to First Amendment attorney Chris Beall, the system still doesn’t bring the commissioners into full compliance with the law.

  • Realtors, banks work to maintain foreclosed homes

    Some Realtors and an official at Colorado’s biggest bank say they’re doing everything they can to keep foreclosed homes looking spiffy in Jefferson County.

    Their work comes as sheriff’s deputies and county commissioners are discussing how to levy fines or other penalties on banks and others that don’t maintain the properties. County officials also want those responsible for the properties to register their names so they can be contacted if crimes are committed.

  • Fatal stabbing reported at apartment complex

    Two people were stabbed, one fatally, at an apartment complex in South Jeffco on Sunday morning.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office identified the pair as: James K. Sack, 37, and Yesenia Avila, 26. Avila died from her injuries.

    The stabbings occurred about 9:30 a.m Nov. 1 at the Dakotas Apartments near Southwest Plaza.

    Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Sack is in custody at the hospital, and that the circumstances around the death are still under investigation.

     

  • Calculating the casualties of war

    While classrooms across the country honored veterans Nov. 10 with patriotic plays, songs or flag ceremonies, math teacher Jean Coyne’s students celebrated with protractors and calculators.

    “We’re making a pie graph representing the total number of years for each (U.S.) war,” said 13-year-old Ken Caryl Middle School student Mark Sherman.

    The Veterans Day exercises made class interesting, Sherman said, because students used real-life data to create graphs revealing how much war affects soldiers and the country.

  • Jeffco schools win award for tech-savvy approach

     

    The Jefferson County School District is certainly on top of technology, as it was named first in the nation by the Center of Digital Education as part of the Digital School District Survey.

    The award came after an electronic survey was taken in school districts nationwide gauging how they integrate the use of technology in curriculum and district use.

    Jeffco placed first in districts with more than 15,000 students.

  • Bat study sheds light on nocturnal fliers

    Blood-sucking, rabies-carrying, flying-blind mice might seem like suitable subjects for a school research project, especially around Halloween.