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Local News

  • South Jeffco Chase Bank robbed

    The Chase Bank branch on West Bowles Avenue east of C-470 was robbed Dec. 1. The branch, at 13184 W. Ida Ave., confirmed the robbery to the Courier Dec. 2 but wouldn't release any details.

    "We will work with local and federal law enforcement to apprehend any suspects," said Mary Jane Rogers, the regional spokeswoman for Chase Bank.

  • Hit-run driver strikes 13-year-old near Wadsworth and Chatfield

    A 13-year-old girl was struck by a hit-and-run driver about 6:40 a.m. Dec. 12 near the intersection of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Chatfield Avenue.

    Taylor Hunt was walking north while crossing a frontage road on her way to a nearby bus stop when she was hit from behind, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The car that struck her did not stop.

    Taylor was taken to Littleton Hospital in an ambulance. She was released that afternoon.

  • South Jeffco legislators hope committee assignments pay dividends for residents

    South Jeffco’s three Republican legislators say their committee assignments will bring benefits to residents of the area, despite the decidedly Democratic leaning at the statehouse.

    Sen. Mike Kopp

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, will serve on four committees in 2009. He'll sit on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Legislative Council. He'll also sit on the Senate's education and transportation committees, which he said might have a more direct impact on South Jeffco residents.

  • Local holiday sales show mixed results for big weekend

    A quick survey of retailers and shoppers at Southwest Plaza Mall on Dec. 1 found mixed reviews when it came to sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for stores.

    "It was phenomenal," said Josh Melver, general manager at the Sears store at Southwest Plaza. "The customer response was amazing."

    Melver said the store opened at 5 a.m. Nov. 28, but most of the staff came in about 3:30 that morning. Those employees were busy all day, he said, with lines at every register through about 4 p.m.

  • County’s approach to renewables: It must save money

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky wants the county to partner with renewable energy companies to power county facilities.

    The companies would get a venue to showcase their technology to prospective customers, and the county would save money on electricity bills.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff searching for missing Conifer woman

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for Laurette Doerr, an 86-year-old Conifer woman who has gone missing.

    Doerr left Conifer about noon Dec. 3 headed to south Denver to see her daughter. She was driving a blue 2000 Subaru Impreza with Colorado license plate PAZ-9120. Doerr likely traveling on U.S. 285 from Conifer to Denver.

    Doerr is 5-foot-1, with gray hair and brown eyes.

  • Missing Conifer woman found in Fairplay

    A Conifer woman who was reported missing at midmorning on Dec. 3 was found Thursday night in Fairplay.

    Laurette Doerr, 86, left her home in Conifer on Dec. 3 to visit her daughter in Denver and never arrived. Shortly before she was found a senior Amber Alert was released—the first time the state has done that.

    According to Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, a truck driver who had seen the Amber Alert was traveling on U.S. 285 and spotted Doerr’s blue 2000 Subaru Impreza. The truck driver notified the Fairplay Police Department.

  • County avoids trial in claims against Congrove, commission

    A woman accusing the Jefferson County commission and, in particular, Commissioner Jim Congrove of having her fired from a bank holding county funds has agreed to drop the claims.

  • Garage door openers used in burglaries

    Garage door openers in cars parked outside homes have been used in a spate of recent home burglaries, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

    The trend has become more prevalent since the beginning of November.

    The suspects' method is to find an unlocked car parked on the street and use the garage door opener inside the car to open the home's garage. Once inside, suspects enter cars parked inside the garage, where they steal wallets, purses, small electronic devices, and paperwork. At least three vehicles were also stolen from garages.

  • Stony Creek Elementary honors veterans

    The distinct sound of a bugle pierced the crisp, sunny morning Nov. 11, when Stony Creek Elementary hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration.

    John De Le Garza, the school's principal, an Army veteran and a member of the American GI Forum, invited a few members from his group. The men, dressed in black uniforms with black berets, performed a flag-raising ceremony while one played the bugle. The students and families looked on, and a group of Boy Scouts led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.