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  • 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.

  • West light-rail corridor gets $40 million in federal funds

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced May 7 that the Regional Transportation District will receive $40 million in federal funds for the west corridor light-rail project.

    "By getting these funds to the Regional Transportation District now, we're providing a boost that will help this project keep moving forward while jump-starting the economy and putting people back to work," LaHood said.

  • Jeffco ranks second in state in motorcycle deaths: Safety classes recommended for riders

    As the weather improves, more and more people are pulling their motorcycles out of hibernation and taking to the streets and highways.

    But according to state data, more and more motorcycle riders are getting seriously hurt, especially in Jefferson County, which was second only to El Paso County in motorcycle deaths in 2008.

  • Mind games: Five local teams head for World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind

    What could the average adult make with toothpicks, straws, ping-pong balls, rubber bands, plastic forks, trash bags and a roll of tape?

    It might be hard to imagine these junk-drawer objects as anything terribly useful. But a young mind can conjure many options with these objects: a miniature building or car, or, when they are pasted onto a painted piece of cardboard, a backdrop for a skit.

  • School closed due to flu will reopen

    A Jeffco Public Schools charter school in Arvada was expected to reopen May 7 after closing for several days when one of its students tested positive for the H1N1 flu.

    Lynn Setzer, spokeswoman for the district, said the student is expected to make a full recovery, but Excel Academy was closed "as a precaution." The school's 450 students were working from home.

  • Jeffco school employees say they’re underpaid: But most think they are effective at work

    Jeffco Public Schools' employees generally believe they are effective in their jobs, feel safe at work and have positive relationships with their supervisors, according to a recent survey.

    But the workers surveyed, which included teachers, staff and administrators, continue to feel they are not paid fairly for the work they do and aren't paid according to market value.

  • Hammer was used in South Jeffco slaying

    A hammer reportedly was the weapon used in the slaying of a woman found dead at a South Jeffco apartment on April 24, according to documents from the Jefferson County district attorney's office.