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  • County fears late fees, increase might torque vehicle owners

    Jeffco officials are preparing for the worst when it comes to how county residents might react to looming increases in vehicle registration fees and mandatory late fees for those who fail to register vehicles on time.

    The county will spend $55,000 hiring off-duty police officers to provide security at three of its five motor vehicle offices, including South Jeffco's office at 6004 S. Kipling St., Unit A.

  • Storey, McCasky clash over term limits

    An effort by Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey to extend term limits for his office might be over before the question even goes to voters.

    Storey, who began his second term in January, has been trying to get support to extend limits for his and the sheriff's office to three terms, or 12 consecutive years. Current law allows for two consecutive terms, or eight years, for all Jefferson County elected officials.

  • Plan to expand Meadows Golf Course in the rough

    A plan to add a golf school and more holes to the Meadows Golf Course in South Jeffco fell apart late last week.

    South Jeffco resident Doug Wherry approached Foothills Park and Recreation District officials about establishing one of his Elite Golf Schools at the district's 18-hole Meadows Golf Course on South Simms Street more than a year ago, according to district executive director Ron Hopp.

  • South Jeffco woman killed in accident involving school bus

    An 89-year-old South Jeffco woman was killed May 15 in an accident with a school bus after she apparently failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the bus' path.

    Elizabeth R. King was driving a gray 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo east on West Brook Drive about 3:55 p.m. May 15, according to Trooper David Hall of the Colorado State Patrol. She apparently failed to stop at the stop sign at West Brook Drive where it intersects with South Wadsworth Boulevard, just north of Wadsworth and C-470.

  • Citizen budgeters recommend county finance $60 million in projects

    Jeffco’s Citizen Budget Review Panel will formally recommend that the county spend $5 million annually for the next 20 years to finance more than $60 million in construction and equipment needs.

    The panel, made up of county residents, has been meeting since late February to help officials prioritize spending on construction and equipment. Over the last few months, the group has met with various county departments to hear about the most pressing needs and has grappled with how to generate funds to finance the projects that county officials say are desperately needed.

  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.

  • Dakota Ridge custodian suspected of 'sexting' with student

    A custodian at Dakota Ridge High School suspected of exchanging sexually explicit material with a student via text messages has been suspended. The custodian could face charges from the Jefferson County sheriff's office.

    Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, confirmed May 5 that the custodian is being investigated under the criminal statute related to sexual exploitation of a child. If convicted, the employee could face four to 12 years in prison, or heavily supervised probation that would require lifetime registration as a sex offender.

  • Teen charged with arson in blaze at area townhomes

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on charges of arson and reckless endangerment after a fire at a townhome complex at 9298 W. Ontario Drive in South Jeffco, about a block east of Mr. Biggs entertainment center.

    The fire started about 8 p.m. May 6 in a complex near Coal Mine Avenue and Kipling Parkway. The boy is suspected of starting an evergreen bush on fire with a lighter, and the fire spread to the townhomes.

     Four families were displaced, two units were heavily damaged by fire, and one was condemned because of water damage. No one was seriously injured.

  • Schools, law enforcement struggle to deal with ‘sexting’

    Law enforcement agencies across the country, and in Jeffco, are struggling with the recent “sexting” craze among teenagers.

    Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said his office has made more than 500 presentations at schools on dangers of the Internet and cell phones. That work has mainly been done by Mike Harris, who heads up Storey's child sex offender Internet investigations unit.

  • Deputy responding to call in two-car accident

    A sheriff's patrol car responding to a call collided with another car May 5 at Wadsworth Boulevard and Chatfield Avenue, and the deputy in the patrol car and the other driver both were taken to the hospital.

    The deputy, whose name was unavailable, was driving south on Wadsworth with lights and siren on about 5:30 p.m., according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. As the deputy rolled through the intersection of Wadsworth and Chatfield, the other driver apparently didn't see or hear the patrol car, and his vehicle slammed into the passenger side of the deputy’s car.