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  • Jeffco inmate who was found unconscious committed suicide

    A Jeffco jail prisoner who was found unconscious in his cell last week and died a day later committed suicide, the Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday.

  • Bike race to roll through downtown Littleton

    Nationally ranked cyclists will cruise downtown Littleton streets on Saturday, Aug. 1, as part of the Littleton Twilight Criterium.

    The race, in its third year, will have cyclists zipping through a 1.3-kilometer course that loops through historic downtown at speeds close to 40 mph.

    This year’s race is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the Professional National Criterium Calendar, said Becky Motchan, marketing and event coordinator with the city. That means professional bicycle teams from across the country will be coming to Littleton to compete.

  • Recreational closures lifted on South Platte, its North Fork

    Officials have lifted the recreational restrictions that have been in place on the South Platte River and its North Fork since mid-June, according to a news release.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office closed the streams to recreational uses after rains and snowmelt created dangerously high water levels.

    The streams, which were closed to tubing, rafting, kayaking, fishing and swimming, were reopened as of Monday morning, according to the release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.

  • Littleton man, 18, dies when SUV hits tree

    An 18-year-old Littleton man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night when the SUV he was driving struck a tree.

    Evan Carlson died about 9 p.m. Saturday when his westbound 1999 Chevrolet Suburban struck a tree in the median on West Mineral Avenue near Long Drive, according to the Littleton Police Department. Carlson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  • Six jail deputies reprimanded in prisoner's death

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has reprimanded six jail deputies after an investigation into the March death of Jennifer Lobato, who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention. 

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the six deputies were given written reprimands for their actions or lack of action. Lobato died March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. 

  • Accident on C-470 kills Morrison man

    A Morrison resident was killed Friday morning in a two-car crash in the westbound lanes of C-470 near Platte Canyon Road, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Tyler Spier, 22, died in the accident, which occurred about 7 a.m. when Spier's 2007 Subaru sedan collided with a 2008 Dodge SUV, State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis reported. The driver of the SUV, Steven Latino Jr., 28, of Parker was not injured. 

  • South Jeffco man arrested after girlfriend is found injured

    A South Jeffco man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on July 13 after his girlfriend was found covered in blood and wandering around an apartment complex at night.

    The woman, who lived in the complex in the 3500 block of South Nelson Circle with her boyfriend, was found by a resident who attempted to give aid and called 911. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. 

  • Commissioners wary of pilot marijuana program

    Jeffco’s county commissioners will decide soon if the county should develop a pilot program to allow recreational marijuana cultivation and manufacturing.

    The key question for the commissioners: Is it worth county resources and staff time to develop a program that could potentially be so restrictive that no businesses would apply?

  • New site proposed for Jeffco’s Community Corrections

    Jeffco’s years-long search for a new Community Corrections facility could be reaching an end.

    The county has identified a potential new site for Community Corrections near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street in Lakewood. The current location on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is in need of $5 million to $6 million in repairs, along with several million dollars in upgrades.