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Local News

  • Council declines to change Santa Fe urban renewal plan

    The Littleton City Council declined on March 17 to make changes to the Santa Fe Drive urban renewal plan — a move that would have triggered a citywide election in the wake of voters’ recent approval of Question 300.

    The changes, which would have started the clock on tax-increment financing in the South Santa Fe corridor north of Mineral Drive, originally were presented to the council on Feb. 17. Council members voted then to delay any changes until after the March 3 election.

  • School board approves salary guidelines for newly hired Jefferson County teachers

    The Jeffco school board has unanimously approved salary guidelines for teachers hired this year who have teaching experience in other districts, have master’s degrees, or are working in hard-to-fill positions.

  • Littleton hires public works director

    Littleton has hired a new public works director.

    Mark Relph was selected from 64 applicants to replace former public works chief Charlie Blosten, who retired Feb. 28. Relph will start his new position on April 14.

  • Principal charged in sexual assault case

    Steven Weigum, the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a minor, was officially charged March 17.

    Weigum, 55, faces counts 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, all felonies. An additional charge of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, was filed after Weigum’s first court appearance.

  • Littleton’s Kempe has challenger for seat on IREA board

    Two foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association are up for re-election, and both are banking on their experience on the power co-op’s board to help them retain their seats.

    Littleton resident Mike Kempe represents an area from Aspen Park east to Castle Pines and down to Roxborough. Kempe is opposed by Morrison resident Gregory Edwin Lee Sanchez.

  • Deputy derided prisoner who died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.”

  • 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.