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  • Judge approves supervised trips for Deer Creek gunman

    Bruco Eastwood, the gunman who shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in 2010, will be allowed to leave the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for limited supervised trips after a judge’s ruling last week.

    The request was made by doctors at the state hospital as part of Eastwood’s treatment for schizophrenia. The trips would occur once or twice a week with other patients from the hospital and under the supervision of medical staff.

  • Littleton to end use of red-light cameras

    Littleton will pull the plug on red-light cameras later this year.

    The City Council voted unanimously March 3 to end the program when the current contract between the city and American Traffic Solutions ends on July 31.

    The program began in 2009 at West Littleton Boulevard and South Broadway and expanded to four other intersections: South Santa Fe Drive and West Mineral Avenue, South Santa Fe and West Bowles Avenue, South Broadway and West Mineral Avenue, and South Platte Canyon Road/South Lowell Boulevard and West Bowles.

  • Board rejects volleyball, brewpub on nursery land

    A sand volleyball center and brewpub proposed for a section of the Jared’s Nursery property on West Bowles Avenue was unanimously rejected by the Jeffco Planning Commission on Feb. 25.

    The proposal now goes to Jeffco’s county commissioners for a final decision. The board has scheduled a public hearing on the plan for March 17.

  • Jail prisoner who died was awaiting medical attention

    A shoplifting suspect who died March 2 while in custody at the Jeffco jail requested medical attention during the afternoon but stopped breathing hours later and died before she was seen by medical professionals. 

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, complained to jail staff that afternoon about feeling ill, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. A deputy then notified the jail’s medical staff that Lobato was throwing up and had asked to see a doctor.

  • Bond set at $50,000 for principal accused in sex assault

    Bond was set at $50,000 on March 11 for the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School, who was arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a child that began more than 10 years ago.

    Steven Weigum, 55, was taken into custody March 9 and booked into the jail on charges of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

    The arrest affidavit alleges that the assaults took place between 2004 and 2010.

  • Holtzmann, Chaparral end Dakota Ridge’s best season

    The last two fingers on Jake Holtzmann’s left hand were taped together, the result of a dislocation a few weeks prior. Unfortunately for the Dakota Ridge Eagles, the Chaparral senior is right-handed and has a pretty good shot, especially from the foul line.

  • Recreation district puts brakes on BMX-bicycle track

    A BMX-bicycle track next to the Schaefer Athletic Complex is on hold while the Foothills Park and Recreation District board considers comments from concerned neighbors.

    The track is being proposed by Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit, on Foothills land near South Kipling Street and U.S. 285 that had been occupied by a nine-hole disc golf course. The course was moved to Fehringer Ranch, another Foothills property.

  • Clement Park building closed

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has closed the aging Clement Park building used as a concession stand and restroom facility for the park’s four baseball fields.

    The ground sinking under the two-story building has caused breaks in water and sewage lines, creating a public safety issue, said Ron Hopp, executive director of Foothills. In some places, the ground has sunk so much there’s a 4- to 6-inch gap underneath the concrete floor.

  • Littleton set to celebrate its 125th birthday

    Littleton is planning a big birthday bash this weekend.

    The city will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its founding on March 8-9 with a variety of events ranging from a fireworks show Saturday night to a free pancake breakfast the next morning.

    “It’s important to know where we come from and where it is we’re headed and celebrate everything between,” said Becky Motchan, Littleton’s manager of marketing, communication and events. “We wanted to get all of the community involved.”

  • Inter-Canyon Fire receives $220,500 donation from resident’s estate

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is planning to buy a new ambulance after the family of a South Jeffco woman announced they would donate $220,500 from her estate to the district.

    The gift from the family of Evelyne Nordheim, who lived in the area for more than 50 years and died in May 2013, is the single largest donation the department has ever received and is equal to nearly a quarter of the district’s annual budget, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Hatlestad said.