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  • Property taxes still primary funding source for West Metro

    West Metro Fire Rescue is taking a first look at its 2018 budget, a balanced spending plan of $68.2 million that relies heavily on property taxes.

    The department, which is a full-service agency covering more than 130 square miles in two counties, serves nearly 280,000 residents. Thus, the district expects to bring in approximately $53 million in property taxes in the upcoming year, a figure that makes up 76 percent of West Metro’s total general fund revenue.

  • Gonzales, Mangeri appear in court

    A Jefferson County judge on Oct. 26 found probable cause to move forward with a case against 22-year-old Joshua Gonzales.

    Gonzales is accused of seriously injuring a toddler in September and has been charged with one count of felony child abuse with seriously bodily harm. If convicted, he faces a mandatory prison sentence of 10 to 32 years.

  • The Great Pumpkin Haul brings a crowd to Chatfield Farms

    Fittingly, there were pumpkins – and pumpkin puns — aplenty at The Great Pumpkin Haul last Saturday at Chatfield Farms.

  • JCSO addresses high number of school threats

    Local law enforcement addressed threats at schools during each of the first four weeks of the school year, Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said.

    Shrader presented the third-quarter 2017 Law Enforcement Authority report at the Board of County Commissioners’ Oct. 24 meeting, stating that several Jeffco schools received threats that required investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's searching for at-risk male

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an at-risk male last seen at a residence in the 13900 block of Dancing Bear Trail in Littleton.
    Steven Einspahr, 61, was last seen Oct. 27 at a friend’s house on Dancing Bear Trail. According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Einspahr left the home around 7 p.m. His car was later located near the Littleton home, but Einspahr hasn't been seen since.
    Einspahr is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 280 pounds. He has blonde hair and hazel eyes.

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  • Suspects sought in reported burglary at SW Plaza

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing a search for four suspects accused of crashing a truck into Southwest Plaza and stealing merchandise from J.C. Penney Co.

    Around 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 26, a red Chevrolet pickup truck was seen backing up to the doors of the South Jeffco J.C. Penney Co. store and then ramming the doors open, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Four males, who haven’t been described or identified, reportedly went into the department store and took merchandise.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue severs ties with its namesake foundation

    West Metro Fire Rescue officially severed ties with the West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation.

    According to its website, the West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation was incorporated in 1995 as a public nonprofit foundation. The foundation’s mission is, in part, to provide education and financial assistance to West Metro.

    “Our primary task is to raise money for projects that support firefighters and the community’s well-being and safety,” wrote foundation board president Deanna Hanna to the West Metro board of directors.

  • West Metro board member steps down

    Due to a move to Texas, Kent Johnson resigned from his position on the West Metro Fire Rescue board of directors on Oct. 17.

    Johnson had been on the board since November 2016 when West Metro Fire Rescue and Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District merged and entered into an intergovernmental agreement.

  • Mother facing assault charges

    A Lakewood woman was arrested Oct. 19 in connection with the assault of her then 2-year-old daughter.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Melissa Mangeri, 28, was present during one or more of the assaults on her daughter and failed to seek assistance. This placed the child “in a situation that posed a threat of injury or death,” reads a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.