Local News

  • Jeffco jail inmate used bedsheet to commit suicide

    A Jeffco jail inmate who committed suicide last week used a bedsheet to hang himself, a Jeffco sheriff’s  spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

    David Little, 40, of Wheat Ridge was booked into the jail on June 28 on suspicion of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree murder, attempted assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault on a child. Little was found unconscious in his cell about 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

  • Firefighters contain 3-acre blaze at C-470, West Bowles

    Fire crews achieved 100 percent containment on a grass fire at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    The blaze, which charred about 3 acres, was reported via several 911 calls about 1:30 p.m., according to West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting. 

    Scholting said at midafternoon that a couple of fire engines and brush trucks were on the scene. Traffic flow on C-470 was not hampered.

    The fire, which was on the west side of C-470, burned mostly grassy areas but at one point moved into some scrub oak. 

  • Jeffco school district dismisses rumors about threats related to ‘creepy clowns’

    Rumors about people dressed as clowns planning violent attacks at Jeffco schools have been determined to be unfounded.

  • KeyBank on West Chatfield robbed; suspect sought

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man that robbed a KeyBank in the 7300 block of West Chatfield Avenue earlier Thursday. 

    According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, about 12:15 p.m. the suspect told a bank teller he wanted to make a withdrawal and gave the teller a note saying he was armed. However, Fulton said no one saw a weapon. The man ultimately left on foot with $1,500 and is believed to have headed north.

  • County still seeking location for public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space officials met with the county commissioners earlier this month to inform them that the search continues for a location for a public shooting range.

  • West Metro crews contain two grass fires off U.S. 285

    Two grass fires broke out about 2 p.m. Tuesday near the Kipling and Simms exits of U.S. 285, but both were quickly contained by West Metro firefighters. 

    Though the fire at the Simms Street exit was the larger of the two, spanning nearly 13 acres, the fire department received more calls about the blaze at the Kipling Street exit because of heavier traffic there, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Commissioners OK raising of ducks in change to urban-agriculture zoning

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Sept. 13 unanimously approved a zoning change allowing residents to raise ducks on certain residential properties.

    In 2013, during the urban agriculture movement in the Denver area, Jefferson County adopted zoning regulations to allow the keeping of chickens and bees at certain single-family detached, two-family dwellings or duplex residential properties.  

  • Standoff involving barricaded man ends in arrest

    A man who had been barricaded inside a condo on South Alkire Street was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the Jeffco sheriff's SWAT team after an hours-long standoff. 

    About 10:30 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call about a domestic situation in the 7300 block of South Alkire involving a man and woman outside of the residence. According to sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, the caller said the situation became physical and the man forced the woman back inside. 

  • Summerset Festival scheduled this weekend at Clement Park

    As the temperatures cool and the days get shorter, South Jeffco residents and others can give summer an official farewell at the 32nd annual Summerset Festival this weekend in Clement Park.

    Event organizer Lora Knowlton said the three-day “goodbye to summer” is a free event, and takes over the majority of the park with everything from vendor booths to music to kids activities.

  • Assessment exams explored as possible graduation requirement

    Members of the class of 2021 could have some extra challenges to meet if they want to reach the finish line and graduate from Jeffco Public Schools — namely, the ability to pass a final assessment exam.

    At last week’s school board meeting, district staff presented a proposal to revise the district’s graduation goals, most of which are based on Jeffco’s “2020 Vision” plan and 2013 graduation requirements.