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  • Grand Junction police officer found dead in Jeffco

    A Grand Junction police officer accused of sexual assault and burglary was found dead in a Jeffco hotel room Oct. 6.

    Glenn Coyne, 35, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a room at the Days Inn Hotel at 15059 W. Colfax Ave., according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

    Coyne had recently posted a $250,000 bond to get out of the Mesa County jail. He was being held on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary.

  • Jeffco sheriff leads effort to allow sick-day ‘donations’

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is leading an effort to allow employees to donate unneeded sick time to co-workers who may need it.

    Sheriff Ted Mink said a deputy had used a lot of his sick time while helping his wife through a trying health situation. Not long after that, the deputy was diagnosed with cancer himself, and had little sick time left.

    Mink said the deputy should be fine and his treatment schedule can be managed, but the situation showed the need for a change in policy to let employees with more sick time than they need donate it to others.

  • Correction

    A story in the Oct. 7 issue of the Courier incorrectly stated that private investigators were permitted to question a student at Shaffer Elementary. Although they were allowed to see the girl, they did not actually speak with her.

  • County wants registry for foreclosed properties

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink says the county should have the authority to require banks and other property owners to maintain foreclosed and abandoned properties to help head off crime and preserve property values.

    "With all these foreclosures out there, there's a lot of additional criminal activity," Mink told the county commissioners Sept. 15. "They attract crime, and the neighbors get upset. Some cities have authority to force banks to do something with the properties; counties don't."

  • Jeffco sheriff involved in large pot bust

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office and the West Metro Drug Task Force bagged another elaborate marijuana grow operation on public land Sept. 29, the third bust of its type in or near unincorporated Jefferson County this summer.

  • Supreme opportunity: State's top court gives Columbine students front-row seat to justice

    Justice may be blind, but Columbine High School students had their eyes opened to the judicial process when the Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases in the school auditorium on Oct. 1.

    The session was part of Courts in the Community, an educational outreach effort started by the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in 1986. The Supreme Court has heard arguments in high schools twice a year ever since.

  • Poor weather forecasts postpone Pumpkin Festival at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

    Forecasts for poor weather have forced the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield to postpone the annual pumpkin festival for a week.

    The pumpkin festival has been rescheduled for Oct. 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    “All the weather forecasting made it look like this weekend was not best weekend to have people come out,” said gardens spokesman Will Jones. “We don’t want people to get caught in mud and snow or whatever else Mother Nature will throw at us.”

  • Foundation targets curricular activities at Columbine

    A group of Columbine High parents, teachers and principal Frank DeAngelis have formed a foundation that will raise funds just for academics.

    The Frank DeAngelis Columbine High School Academic Foundation launched Oct. 6 just ahead of parent-teacher conferences at the school.

  • H1N1 flu cancels little league football games

    Officials from the Jeffco Midget Football Association will meet this week to decide how to handle a local outbreak of H1N1 flu that has already forced cancellation of several games.

    Rebecca Schloegl, office manager of the South Jeffco Sports Association and past president of the JMFA, said several games have been canceled because team members have confirmed cases of H1N1 flu " and more cancellations could be coming.

  • Effort to create off-leash dog park founders

    Efforts to establish an off-leash dog park on Foothills Park & Recreation District property apparently are dead in their tracks.

    Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp confirmed that discussions between the district and Lynda Fine, the main proponent of a South Jeffco off-leash park, are on hold at best — or completely scuttled, at worst.

    "We decided to take a break from looking at (potential sites for the dog park) until we could find a viable, collaborative community partner," Hopp said.