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  • Jeffco coroner in group with other Denver area medical examiners

    Jeffco’s coroner has joined other Denver area medical examiners in a group dedicated to developing training practices and other procedures.

    Even though a statewide coroners group existed, the metro area medical examiners began gathering about a year ago to discuss issues relevant to their more urban jurisdictions.

    Katherine Loughry-Stemp, who was elected Jeffco coroner in 2007, recently asked the county commissioners to endorse her membership in the group.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in attempted kidnapping

    A South Jeffco man was arrested Dec. 16, accused of attempting to drag his estranged girlfriend into a home in the 9700 block of West Unser Avenue.

    Chris Mackey, 41, was charged with second-degree kidnapping, a parole violation and misdemeanor obstruction of a police animal, according to Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

  • Police locate alleged hit-and-run vehicle

    Police have located the car they believe struck 13-year-old Taylor Hunt on Dec. 12.

    Hunt was walking toward a bus stop on her way to Ken Caryl Middle School when a black 1997 Volkswagen Jetta struck her. The driver fled the scene.

    Hunt was taken to the hospital and released the same day but did suffer serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The car was found at 8545 S. Wadsworth Blvd., which is believed to be where the owner of the car lives.

    The State Patrol is urging anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

  • Jeffco commission OKs $387 million budget

    The Jeffco commissioners have adopted a 2009 budget that is nearly $8 million smaller than the one proposed at the end of November, mainly due to uncertainty about election equipment.

    The commissioners on Dec. 9 approved a budget of $387 million for Jefferson County in 2009, down from the $394.9 million budget that staffers presented at the end of November. Although the commissioners added $6.5 million in spending, they cut $14.4 million that staffers had recommended for new election equipment.

  • Police locate alleged hit-and-run vehicle

    Police have located the car they believe struck 13-year-old Taylor Hunt on Dec. 12.

    Hunt was walking toward a bus stop on her way to Ken Caryl Middle School when a black 1997 Volkswagen Jetta struck her. The driver fled the scene.

    Hunt was taken to the hospital and released the same day but did suffer serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The car was found at 8545 S. Wadsworth Blvd., which is believed to be where the owner of the car lives.

    The State Patrol is urging anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

  • GOP legislators plan stimulus package

    South Jeffco's state senator says Republicans will push several bills in the upcoming legislative session that will serve as their version of an economic stimulus package.

    "No doubt, people are feeling an economic pinch," said Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, chair of the GOP caucus. "There's a lot of anxiety out there."

  • Storey seeks 9 percent raise in 2009

    Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey is asking for $162,000 in salary in 2009, a pay raise of more than 9 percent.

    Most county workers have been getting raises in the 3 percent range.

    Storey, who was re-elected in November, earned $148,256 in 2008, the second highest for a DA in a five-county comparison that Storey provided the Jefferson County commissioners on Dec. 9. According to Storey, the other four counties' district attorneys are each asking for an average salary increase of 12.7 percent.

  • Chatfield High grad returns home to open medical practice

    Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.

  • Night lights: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield shines with the Christmas spirit

    As the Hogback was silhouetted by the encroaching dusk on Dec. 2, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield joined the eternal battle between darkness and light by illuminating more than 1 million Christmas bulbs.

    Those greens, blues, reds and whites are part of the Gardens' first-ever Trail of Lights, which nightly transforms the trees and riverbanks into a holiday wonderland. The Trail of Lights opened to the public Dec. 3 and will run through Jan. 4. People can visit between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. daily, and more than 4,500 turned out for the member-only night Dec. 2.

  • Sheriff working with bars, liquor stores on enforcement

    Earlier this year, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted sting operations at 51 liquor stores and bars. Cadets under age 21 with either fake IDs or no IDs were able to buy liquor at 28 of the 51 establishments. That 55-percent failure rate was not acceptable to Capt. Daniel Gard and other sheriff's office staff.