Local News

  • Program designed to prevent sexual abuse of children

    Kim Lakin-Creger is on a mission to prevent sexual abuse of children Colorado.

    As someone who was sexually abused as a child, Lakin-Creger knows the warning signs and the long-lasting effects that abuse can have. She wants to ensure that what happened to her does not happen to others.

  • Inter-Canyon installs AEDs at all five fire stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District last week installed automated external defibrillators at each of its five fire stations.

    An AED corrects a life-threatening, irregular heartbeat by administering a controlled electric shock to the chest of a person suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Early application of an AED and CPR offer the best possible chance of survival, said Daniel Hatlestad, spokesman for Inter-Canyon.

  • Foothills announces reopening of Lilley Gulch pool

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District announced last week it is reopening the Lilley Gulch pool on Saturday, Oct. 15.

    The announcement comes about one month after Foothills officials were forced to close the Lilley Gulch pool, at 6147 S. Holland Way, because of a shortage of lifeguards. Following the closure, more than 150 people signed up for district’s lifeguard training course, according to a statement on the Foothills website.

  • Jeffco jail inmate used bedsheet to commit suicide

    A Jeffco jail inmate who committed suicide last week used a bedsheet to hang himself, a Jeffco sheriff’s  spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

    David Little, 40, of Wheat Ridge was booked into the jail on June 28 on suspicion of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree murder, attempted assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault on a child. Little was found unconscious in his cell about 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

  • Firefighters contain 3-acre blaze at C-470, West Bowles

    Fire crews achieved 100 percent containment on a grass fire at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    The blaze, which charred about 3 acres, was reported via several 911 calls about 1:30 p.m., according to West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting. 

    Scholting said at midafternoon that a couple of fire engines and brush trucks were on the scene. Traffic flow on C-470 was not hampered.

    The fire, which was on the west side of C-470, burned mostly grassy areas but at one point moved into some scrub oak. 

  • Jeffco school district dismisses rumors about threats related to ‘creepy clowns’

    Rumors about people dressed as clowns planning violent attacks at Jeffco schools have been determined to be unfounded.

  • KeyBank on West Chatfield robbed; suspect sought

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man that robbed a KeyBank in the 7300 block of West Chatfield Avenue earlier Thursday. 

    According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, about 12:15 p.m. the suspect told a bank teller he wanted to make a withdrawal and gave the teller a note saying he was armed. However, Fulton said no one saw a weapon. The man ultimately left on foot with $1,500 and is believed to have headed north.

  • County still seeking location for public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space officials met with the county commissioners earlier this month to inform them that the search continues for a location for a public shooting range.

  • West Metro crews contain two grass fires off U.S. 285

    Two grass fires broke out about 2 p.m. Tuesday near the Kipling and Simms exits of U.S. 285, but both were quickly contained by West Metro firefighters. 

    Though the fire at the Simms Street exit was the larger of the two, spanning nearly 13 acres, the fire department received more calls about the blaze at the Kipling Street exit because of heavier traffic there, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Commissioners OK raising of ducks in change to urban-agriculture zoning

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Sept. 13 unanimously approved a zoning change allowing residents to raise ducks on certain residential properties.

    In 2013, during the urban agriculture movement in the Denver area, Jefferson County adopted zoning regulations to allow the keeping of chickens and bees at certain single-family detached, two-family dwellings or duplex residential properties.