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  • Online high school will lose money in first year, Stevenson says

    Jeffco Public Schools' new online high school will lose money its first year but should be self-supporting soon after, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson recently told a group of representatives from homeowner associations.

    Stevenson also gave an update on the district's budget and teacher contract negotiations at the June 3 meeting of the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment.

  • County chipping away at food-stamp backlog

    Nearly four months after Jefferson County's food assistance program led the state in backlogged applications, the county has reduced the log jam substantially.

    Some 96 applications are now lagging beyond the federally mandated 30-day limit for processing, down from 316 at the beginning of March. Lynnae Flora, the community assistance division's acting director, said the actual number is 56, because 40 of the applications are overdue because applicants haven't submitted all the necessary paperwork.

  • Man gets 55 years in kidnapping, robbery

    The man convicted of a brazen June 2008 South Jeffco home invasion and robbery was sentenced to 55 years in prison June 5.

    Garry W. Martin, 43, was named in seven felony cases in the wake of a six-month crime spree in 2008. Three of the cases are in Jeffco, two are in Denver, and there is one each in Arapahoe and Grand counties.

    Martin was convicted of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, extortion, identity theft, theft, assault and four violent crime counts related to a series of crimes on June 30, 2008, that started at Southwest Plaza.

  • Voters to decide on term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters will decide in November whether the county's elected officials - excluding the county commissioners - will be allowed to serve three consecutive terms, up from the current maximum of two.

    The decision by the county commissioners June 2 to refer the question to the November ballot marks an abrupt change from just several weeks ago, when District Attorney Scott Storey couldn't even get on the commissioners' agenda to propose a resolution extending his and other offices' term limits.

  • Dakota Ridge poms coach fired amid theft allegations

    The coach of the Dakota Ridge High School poms team was fired June 1, just days after the Jeffco sheriff's office charged her with stealing team money.

    Jessica C. Rosecrans was charged with theft May 29. She is suspected of spending about $500 of team money on personal items, including shoes, sunglasses and clothing.

  • Off-leash dog park lands $125,000 grant

    Advocates for creating a dog park in South Jeffco have been thrown a bodacious bone by the county commissioners.

    The commissioners have approved the use of $125,000 in Conservation Trust Fund monies to develop an off-leash area at Easton Regional Park, which belongs to the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

  • Citizen budgeters finalize recommendations

    Jeffco's Citizen Budget Review Panel is recommending that the county finance several major construction projects over the next 20 years and establish a fund to handle annual maintenance and replacement costs — all without raising taxes.

  • Burglars hit five South Jeffco homes over three nights

    Several South Jeffco homes have been hit by overnight burglaries recently, in some cases while the families were at home.

    Five burglaries were reported in the Columbine Knolls South and Foothill Green neighborhoods between May 26 and 28, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In three of those cases, the families were home at the time and were sleeping. The suspects never confronted the families.

  • County program would let more defendants make bail

    A new pretrial assessment program could make it possible for Jeffco judges to grant more defendants bail and dramatically reduce the population at the jail.

    The program would restructure the way judges make decisions on granting bail, which could reduce the jail population by up to 300 inmates per day, Tom Giacinti, the county's justice services director, told the county commissioners May 26.

  • Hot cards, cold cases: 21 unsolved Jeffco crimes featured on playing cards used by state inmates

    Valentine’s Day 2000 will forever be burned into the memories of two South Jeffco families.

    On that day, 15-year-old Nicholas Kunselman and 16-year-old Stephanie Hart were found murdered at a Subway sandwich shop on West Coal Mine Avenue near Columbine High School. More than nine years later, the case remains unsolved.