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  • Two arrested in storage-unit thefts

    Two men suspected of stealing truckloads of tools, sports memorabilia, jewelry and other items from numerous South Jeffco storage units were arrested early on Feb. 22 following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

    Jerod Stultz and Michael Magee, both 32, are suspected of more than 100 storage-unit burglaries in South Jeffco, Littleton, Lakewood, Douglas County and Arvada, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

  • Foothills gives preliminary OK to gun-safety class

    A National Rifle Association gun-safety course to be offered by Foothills Park & Recreation District was tentatively approved Feb. 22, with the board of directors awaiting a contract with a South Jeffco private instructor.

    Though the class will be taught with fake guns and will not be held in Foothills buildings, the premise of associating the district with firearms evoked concern from a few residents and board members.

  • Red White & You will return July 1

    Red, White & You, the once-annual Clement Park celebration filled with fireworks, music and jumping castles, is returning this year after a two-year hiatus, the Foothills Park & Recreation District has announced.

    The event, which was canceled less than a month before its scheduled date in 2009 due to inadequate funding, will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. July 1 at Clement Park.

    As in prior years, Red, White & You will feature numerous inflatable children’s attractions, live music and a fireworks display.

  • Justice has seniority

    Rose Moniak was happy when Ira, a regular customer at the casino-bus terminal where she worked in Lakewood, walked in as he had before, countless times.

    The two would often chat over coffee while Ira waited for his ride to Black Hawk, where he held a hotel job.

    Moniak, working alone, welcomed the company.

    But on a day in February 2006, Moniak, then 75, had her trust destroyed beyond full repair.

  • ‘Love your kids’

    Feb. 23 is not an easy day for Pattie Nelson.

    It was on that date last year that her son, Matthew Thieu, was shot in the chest after a gunman opened fire outside Deer Creek Middle School.

    But it was a day that by all accounts was spared from a far grimmer outcome.

    Still, the event left deep emotional scars, and it continues for some as a reminder of human fragility, one that has reinforced ties and highlighted the important things in life.

  • Golden resident named to county commission

     

    Republican John Odom, a former candidate in state Senate District 20, has been selected to succeed Kevin McCasky as the next Jefferson County commissioner.

    Odom, 43, a Golden resident who owns part of Blue Sky Medical, aWheat Ridgemedical-supply distribution company, was announced Tuesday as the Jefferson County Republican Party vacancy committee’s top candidate.

    Odom lost to Democrat Cheri Jahn in the 2010 general election by about 4 percentage points.

  • Borders starts going-out-of-business sale

    Media retailer Borders began discounting its merchandise Feb. 19 at its large Southwest Plaza store in preparation for the location’s closure.

    After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Feb. 16, the book, music and movie seller is moving to close about 30 percent of its stores. About 200 locations will be shuttered, including six retail stores in Colorado.

    A store manager at the Southwest Plaza location said he did not know when the store would finally be closed and was unsure of how large the initial discounts will be.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A walloping workout

  • Governor’s budget a bitter pill for Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools is considering making more staff cuts, charging for student transportation, and increasing fees for extracurricular activities in the wake of a proposed state budget that could reduce district revenue by $37 million.

    Following the unveiling of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget on Feb. 15, which cuts $332 million statewide in K-12 funding, Jeffco began preparing budget recommendations to deal with the cuts. Among the effects, student-teacher ratios are expected to increase throughout the district.

  • Trial postponed for alleged Deer Creek gunman

    The trial of alleged Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood was postponed last week by more than six months, following approval of a request from the prosecution to have the suspect’s mental health re-evaluated.

    Eastwood, who faces 15 charges, including four counts of attempted murder, waived his right to a speedy trial. The original trial date of March 8 was rescheduled during the Feb. 18 motions hearing to Sept. 16.

    The move came almost a year from the Feb. 23, 2010, shootings, which injured students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber.