Local News

  • ‘American Idol’ run ends for former area resident

    A former South Jeffco resident achieved international fame recently, having made her way to the top 16 contestants in the ninth season of “American Idol.”

    Singer Lilly Scott, 20, whose parents live in the area, won over the show’s sometimes finicky judges and thousands of fans, who sent in text-message votes in attempts to keep her on the show.

    She was cut from the running last week, when the show’s four contestants receiving the bottom rung of votes were cast off.

  • Mr. Biggs property owner hopes business go in new direction

      The owner of the property that houses the troubled Mr. Biggs entertainment center is trying to distance the business from its recent history of run-ins with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Following a March 4 liquor-license hearing that halted alcohol sales at the entertainment center, building owner George Shakiban said a new tenant is being sought and that the business will henceforth cater specifically to families. But even though rowdy club nights and late-night concerts are a thing of the past, Shakiban said, the fate of Mr.

  • Parents, faculty ask questions about shooting response

      About 70 people, including faculty and parents from Deer Creek Middle and Stony Creek Elementary schools, questioned school district staff and sheriff’s officials March 10 about the response to the February shootings at the middle school.

    The community meeting was held to address safety concerns and response efforts to the Feb. 23 shootings, but concern seemed to be focused less on the efforts at Deer Creek and more on the lockdown response at the neighboring elementary school.

  • Marine clinic named for Columbine grad

      A Columbine High grad was posthumously honored March 12 when a Marine Corps medical facility was dedicated in his name. The Charles Luke Milam Clinic in North Carolina will treat injured Marines and serves to bolster the memory of a Navy hospital corpsman who deployed on four combat tours.

    Luke Milam was killed in action in September 2007 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

  • Eastwood affidavit describes '02 mental-health hold

      The arrest affidavit of Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood indicates he was placed on a mental-health hold by Littleton police in 2002.

    The affidavit, released March 12, also says Eastwood told investigators he heard voices emanating from a Nielson television-ratings box in his apartment and described hearing voices since then, including on Feb. 23, the day of the shooting.

  • Marijuana dispensary appealing zoning citation

      The owner of a South Jeffco medical-marijuana dispensary is appealing a county-issued zoning violation that would force the business to close its doors if upheld.

    Marc Giuliani, owner of Footprints Health & Wellness, is scheduled to appear before the county board of adjustment March 17 at 10:30 a.m.

  • County's election-year caucuses set for March 16

    Jefferson County residents will gather March 16 for precinct caucuses, gatherings that provide party members a voice before the election and offer an early taste of the upcoming primaries.

    Voters will gather at party-specific locations in their respective precincts and nominate delegates to different assemblies.

  • At Adrenaline Cycles, 2 entrepreneurs pedal their dreams

      At 37 and 43, Frank Harney and Sean Fey are not exactly senior citizens. But the pair of dedicated extreme-sports enthusiasts decided they were too old for their favorite pastime of racing sport motorcycles at breakneck speeds. So they traded their crotch rockets for two-wheelers powered by their own legs, and their newfound passion led them to open South Jeffco’s newest bike shop.

    Adrenalin Cycles, a small boutique catering to the needs of discerning, spandex-clad riders and elite triathletes, opened its doors Feb.

  • Shooting victim recalls horrific day from hospital bed

      Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in last week’s shootings, is recovering at home and showing remarkably good spirits. Thieu was discharged from The Children's Hospital in Aurora late in the day on March 1.

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu said Friday from his room at the hospital in an exclusive interview with the Courier.

  • Liquor sales halted at Mr. Biggs after brawl

      Another wild weekend at Mr. Biggs has resulted in a temporary halt to the entertainment facility’s liquor sales. Meanwhile, the future of the business remains murky in the wake of a liquor-licensing board hearing that left nearly everyone involved scratching their heads.

    A Feb. 27 incident at the business prompted another appearance of owner Art Cormier before the county liquor-licensing board.