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  • Woman pleads guilty in theft from youth sports groupee

    Carrie Smith pleaded guilty to theft Nov. 6, more than a year after she was fired as manager of the South Jeffco Sports Association for stealing more than $100,000.

    Smith, 44, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of $500 to $15,000, and three other counts were dismissed by Jefferson County District Judge Dennis Hall.

    Deputy District Attorney Tom Jackson recommended that Smith be given probation in the case. Charles Morphew, Smith's attorney, asked Hall for immediate sentencing, but Hall wanted a pre-sentence investigation. He set sentencing for Jan. 8, 2009.

  • A look back at Election ’08 in Jeffco

    Many people have commented in the last week that they're happy the election is over, regardless of the result. But as the 2008 election is relegated to the history books, a few items in Jefferson County merit mention:

    • Jefferson County saw a record number of ballots cast in the 2008 general election, according to Josh Liss, the county's deputy of elections.

    The previous record was about 272,000 ballots cast, and even without counting provisional ballots, the county had already processed 291,176 ballots.

    "It was a big election," Liss said.

  • Resident wants Foothills field to go to the dogs

    Lynda Fine’s black Labrador-rotweiler mix, Nala, has an abundance of energy, and a walk around their Westgold Meadows neighborhood usually isn't enough to wear Nala out.

    Fine sees a lot of neighbors walking their dogs, and she's also noticed a chunk of land attached to the Sgt. Timothy M. Mossbrucker Memorial Park that doesn't appear to be used for anything.

    Fine wants to turn it into an off-leash dog park.

    "I think it can happen," Fine said. "I really do."

  • Jeffco deputy at center of DNC controversy

    A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy pepper-sprayed two Denver police detectives posing as protesters Aug. 25 during a protest at the Democratic National Convention — an action the American Civil Liberties Union said exacerbated an already tense situation in which more than 100 people were ultimately arrested.

    Deputy Brian Shousse pepper-sprayed the detectives after they faked an attack on a Denver police commander, a ruse that was said to be necessary so the detectives could avoid having their undercover status compromised.

  • Lynda Fine’s black Labrador-rotweiler mix, Nala, has an abundance of energy, and a walk around their Westgold Meadows neighborhood usually isn't enough to wear Nala out.

    Fine sees a lot of neighbors walking their dogs, and she's also noticed a chunk of land attached to the Sgt. Timothy M. Mossbrucker Memorial Park that doesn't appear to be used for anything.

    Fine wants to turn it into an off-leash dog park.

    "I think it can happen," Fine said. "I really do."

  • Gifts that keep giving

    Hattie O’Brien and her husband, Brendan, wanted their kids' birthday parties to be a bit different.

    "We wanted our kids to learn to serve others," Hattie said at her home Nov. 6. So for the last few birthdays, the couple have asked their children to pick a theme, and then the parents found a way to make giving a central part of the theme.

    Last year, when Hattie's twin daughters, Evie and Lena, turned 11, they baked muffins and cookies and made cards to take to a local nursing home.

    Now it’s their son James’ turn.

  • School district to feel squeeze after rejection of 3A/3B

    Fewer teachers, less new technology and a virtual freeze on new construction and remodeling are in store for Jeffco schools in the wake of the failure of ballot issues 3A and 3B on Nov. 4.

    The companion bond and mill-levy issues were defeated by narrow 3 percent margins, indicating how deeply the county was divided. It was a stark reversal compared to 2004, in which similar school measures passed with 60 percent of the vote.

  • 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.

  • McCasky re-elected; Griffin tops Windels

    There will be only one new Jefferson County commissioner, and she won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    Griffin beat Windels by almost 4 percent, or about 10,100 votes, according to Jeffco elections data.

  • Tae kwon do parents slam rec district

    A popular tae kwon do instructor will be invited to return to teaching at the Buchanan Rec Center if he can prove that he can be a good contractor as well as an outstanding teacher.

    “I don’t think I have ever heard anyone call into question his teaching abilities. Teaching is his primary job, but not his only job,” said rec district board member Peter Eggers.