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  • CSP closes investigation on hit-and-run at Chatfield High

    Unless it receives new information, Colorado State Patrol has closed its investigation into a Jan. 11 hit-and-run accident involving a Chatfield Senior High School student.

    Lorenzo Pranchke, 15, was seriously injured while crossing at a crosswalk near the intersection of West Chatfield Avenue and West Ken Caryl Avenue close to the South Jeffco high school. Witnesses told CSP they saw a blue or gray Toyota Prius hit Pranchke and drive off.

  • Daddy Daughter Dance a tradition for South Jeffco families

    As soon as the music began, youngsters in fancy dresses made their way to the dance floor, dads in tow.

    Chris Newton and his daughter Juniper were the first to make it there, and they danced hand-in-hand to the tunes of the Temptations. Juniper, decked out in a pink dress and sparkling tiara, stood patiently as her dad fastened an extravagant corsage onto the 4-year-old’s wrist.

  • Residents concerned about car-dealership proposal at C-470 and Kipling

    Residents in neighboring Chatfield Bluffs South, Ken-Caryl and Deer Creek Canyon are concerned about a plan to bring two indoor, high-end car dealerships to a plot of land south of C-470 and South Kipling Parkway.

    Many residents are opposed to the proposal, fearing the effects of additional traffic in an area that is heavily used by cyclists. Others worry rezoning five acres of a 20-acre lot might set a precedent and make it easier for the remaining 15 acres to be rezoned in the future.

  • ‘In it for the athletes’

    Sheila Rea held her breath as her daughter, Gina, tipped forward, gliding along the ice on one skate.

    “Now I can breathe again,” Sheila said after Gina triumphantly took a bow, signaling the end of her routine.

    The 25-year-old South Jeffco resident was one of many athletes from across the metro area who last Saturday competed in the Colorado Special Olympics Figure and Speed Skating Competition at South Suburban Ice Rink in Centennial.

  • Jeffco schools could receive $30 million in new state funding

    Recent revisions to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2018-19 state budget could land Jeffco Public Schools nearly double what it received in new state funding last year.

  • Locals participate in Denver, national pro-life marches

    A cross-section of Colorado — young, old, men, women, and people of various racial and ethnic groups — participated in mid-January’s Celebrate Life March & Rally in Denver.

    “There were families pushing young kids in strollers and very elderly people who had a hard time walking,” Janet Hill of South Jeffco said, adding that she marched near a group of dancers in traditional Mexican garb. “It was a very diverse group. It makes you realize how these issues touch us all throughout our society.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Affectionately yours, Ichabod Lucius Underhill

  • Jeffco surveying homelessness across the county

    Earlier this week, Jefferson County joined the rest of the metro area in conducting a yearly point-in-time survey of homelessness across the county.

    The survey, a nationwide initiative, helps communities understand trends and respond to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. The information also is provided to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In Jeffco, the effort began at sundown Monday and continued until after sundown the following day.

  • Park Briefs: Foothills January Meeting

    Community garden, orchard approved

    After months of discussion, the Foothills Park and Recreation board on Jan. 23 unanimously approved a Feeding Many community garden and orchard.

    The project will develop a garden and orchard on a plot of land at Weaver Creek Park on South Cole Street, adjacent to Kendallvue Elementary. The garden will be a resource for Kendallvue students and the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Jury trial set for South Jeffco murder suspect

    A jury trial has been scheduled for Jordan Lemarinel, a suspect in the 2017 murder of a Littleton man.

    Lemarinel, 27, was arrested last May in connection with the death of Samuel Addison Stewart, a 26-year-old Dakota Ridge High School graduate and Littleton native. He pleaded not guilty in September to felony charges of first-degree murder and will return to court Feb. 16 for a pretrial readiness conference and then Feb. 28 for trial.