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  • DA’s office arrests Arizona teacher on Internet child-exploitation charge

    The Jeffco district attorney’s office arrested an Arizona teacher on July 11 on suspicion of Internet child exploitation.

    Eighth-grade science teacher Justin Ray Sargent, 33, is accused of contacting a DA’s employee who was posing as a 15-year-old girl in an online chat room. According to an arrest affidavit, Sargent sent a number of sexually explicit messages and repeatedly asked the supposed teen for nude photos.

  • Man faces charges in gun incident outside The Edge

    The man suspected of brandishing a gun July 7 outside The Edge Ice Arena was charged last week with five felony counts, including a charge of first-degree kidnapping, the district attorney’s office said.

    Charles Belter appeared in court July 14. He faces additional charges of stalking, felony menacing, automobile trespassing, violation of a protective order and child abuse not resulting in injury, the DA’s office said. Belter’s next court hearing is slated for July 25, when a preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

  • Mental-health evaluation again shows Eastwood mentally ill

    Results of an additional evaluation of Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Eastwood consistently indicate he suffered from mental illness, a conclusion prosecutors contend was not the case when he allegedly shot two students in February 2010.

  • Neighbors say damage from driving range is out of bounds

    Several South Jeffco residents are teed off at the management of a local driving range that they say has failed to prevent errant golf balls from flying into yards and breaking windshields.

    The Deer Creek Golf Club hasn’t maintained its massive nets along the south side of the range, and hundreds of balls land in front yards every year, residents say.

    Years ago, neighbors might have complained about the nets’ visual presence — the view to the north is occluded by the weatherworn fabric and imposing, 50-foot-tall metal posts.

  • Chatfield swim beach reopens

     Chatfield State Park reopened its swim beach Thursday, after water tests indicated bacterial levels had returned to safe limits.

    The park closed its swim beach Wednesday due to high levels of E. coli in the water. The closure was the second in less than two weeks.

  • Woman sues Jeffco deputy over alleged rights violation

    A Golden woman filed a lawsuit July 16 against a Jeffco deputy and a Colorado School of Mines campus police officer, alleging her Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures were violated when the pair entered her home to serve a harassment summons.

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  • Library system may close branch in 2012

    The Jeffco Public Library system is weighing the closure of at least one of its branch libraries next year, a measure it said could be necessary to meet $1.6 million in projected budget cuts.

    The library board, which presented a general list of cuts to the county commissioners last Thursday, did not specify which branches would be considered for closure. About $985,000 would be saved through at least one closure, the library said, in addition to separate cuts of $195,000 in operating expenses and $440,000 in efficiency measures.

  • Chatfield swim beach reopens

    Chatfield State Park’s swim beach reopened Tuesday morning, after employees determined bacterial levels returned to safe limits.

    Officials had closed the beach on July 7, after a routine test revealed high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The contamination was attributed to several days of heavy rain, the park said, which washed material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which encouraged bacterial proliferation in the swim beach’s shallow water.

  • Pick up where your dog leaves off

    The number-two business is picking up.

    At least that’s what local groups are hoping dog owners will do once Fido pulls off the trail and says howdy to a patch of grass.

    The Jefferson County sheriff’s Animal Control Office, in conjunction Jeffco Open Space, Foothills Park & Recreation, Prospect Recreation & Park District and Jeffco Planning and Zoning, has kicked off its Poop Fairy campaign to ask dog owners to pick up after their pooches in parks, on trails and in neighborhoods.