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  • A long road to justice

    South Jeffco resident Carrie Smith, who stole more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association, was sentenced Jan. 8 to nine months in the county jail, despite a recommendation from the prosecution that she be given only probation.

    District Judge Dennis Hall also sentenced Smith to 100 hours of community service and four years of probation. She will be given work release during her jail sentence.

  • Jeffco’s elected officials sworn in

    A week before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, recently elected and re-elected officials in Jefferson County were being installed in their own ceremony.

    The swearing-in ceremony, slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden, recognized 18 elected officials. The officials — judges, commissioners, the district attorney and a new treasurer — were sworn in by District Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

  • Short-term gains?

    South Jeffco motorists pay considerably less for gasoline than people in Denver and across Colorado, according to a review of 11 area gas stations by the Courier.

    Drivers in an area bordered loosely by South Simms Street, Ken Caryl Avenue, West Belleview Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard paid an average of $1.43 per gallon of regular Dec. 17. Drivers in the Denver area paid an average of $1.52, and drivers statewide paid $1.60.

    The lowest price in the South Jeffco area Dec. 17 was $1.37 per gallon of regular unleaded, and the highest was $1.49.

  • Rec districts struggle with federal pool safety act

    Recreation districts are having a hard time keeping up with a new federal law designed to prevent kids from being trapped by suction in swimming pools, but the law is not likely to force any pool closings in the immediate future.

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act required that all pools and spas be in compliance as of Dec. 20.

    The law, signed by President Bush on Dec. 19, 2007, was passed in the aftermath of the 2002 drowning death of the 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker.

  • Stories of the year

    Anyone living in South Jeffco knows how generous this community can be. And during 2008, a few more people and a bobcat found out.

    Tessa Paprocki recently learned she has stage 4 breast cancer. Paprocki, 28, found out about her illness in October, days after giving birth to her son Landon. Her friends and family hosted a fund-raiser a few weeks later at an area bar, netting more than $23,000. On Dec. 19, her friends and family hosted another fund-raiser at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Illuminating Christmas

    As the weather turns frosty and the holidays approach, one South Jeffco family faces 100 hours of labor, a $200 increase in their electric bill, and a lot of rubber-necking motorists driving by their home.

    But for the Flanders family, it’s all more than worthwhile.

    How much do Matthew, Linda and Rachel Flanders love Christmas?

    • 25 tannenbaums worth.

    • Enough to have their Woodburn home festooned inside and out with enough holiday finery to fill two rooms and a shed when they dismantle the displays.

  • Jeffco coroner in group with other Denver area medical examiners

    Jeffco’s coroner has joined other Denver area medical examiners in a group dedicated to developing training practices and other procedures.

    Even though a statewide coroners group existed, the metro area medical examiners began gathering about a year ago to discuss issues relevant to their more urban jurisdictions.

    Katherine Loughry-Stemp, who was elected Jeffco coroner in 2007, recently asked the county commissioners to endorse her membership in the group.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in attempted kidnapping

    A South Jeffco man was arrested Dec. 16, accused of attempting to drag his estranged girlfriend into a home in the 9700 block of West Unser Avenue.

    Chris Mackey, 41, was charged with second-degree kidnapping, a parole violation and misdemeanor obstruction of a police animal, according to Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

  • Police locate alleged hit-and-run vehicle

    Police have located the car they believe struck 13-year-old Taylor Hunt on Dec. 12.

    Hunt was walking toward a bus stop on her way to Ken Caryl Middle School when a black 1997 Volkswagen Jetta struck her. The driver fled the scene.

    Hunt was taken to the hospital and released the same day but did suffer serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The car was found at 8545 S. Wadsworth Blvd., which is believed to be where the owner of the car lives.

    The State Patrol is urging anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

  • Jeffco commission OKs $387 million budget

    The Jeffco commissioners have adopted a 2009 budget that is nearly $8 million smaller than the one proposed at the end of November, mainly due to uncertainty about election equipment.

    The commissioners on Dec. 9 approved a budget of $387 million for Jefferson County in 2009, down from the $394.9 million budget that staffers presented at the end of November. Although the commissioners added $6.5 million in spending, they cut $14.4 million that staffers had recommended for new election equipment.