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  • 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.

  • An open-door policy

    A recent surge in vehicle break-ins and burglaries involving open garage doors has hit South Jeffco, and police are asking residents to avoid helping the criminals to commit the crimes.

    "They're assisting the crooks in becoming victims," said Capt. Patricia Woodin, who runs the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office south precinct. She said many of the recent burglaries and car thefts could have been prevented.

  • Exiled from the mall

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A South Jeffco man who had been banned from Southwest Plaza in March made a recent appearance at the mall, and a security guard with a sharp memory was moved to action. The offending party was sitting outside the northwest entrance of the mall, minding his own business, when the guard called the sheriff's office to have a deputy deliver a reminder about his status as a persona non grata. The man told the deputy that he thought his mall privileges had been suspended for just a year, while the mall maintained it had been three.

  • Gas price drops help county, but budget director says prices may not last

    Soaring fuel prices this summer forced Jefferson County to commit extra money to the county vehicles' gas tanks. But even though the recent price collapse will result in some savings, the county's budget director cautions that the low prices might not last.

    The county commissioners approved more than $930,000 in contingency funds for the county's fleet fund and the sheriff's patrol fund on Nov. 18 to meet unforeseen fuel costs. When Buck Benke, the fleet services manager, and other county leaders asked for more money, they were looking at fuel prices well above $3 per gallon.

  • Commissioners prepare to appoint new treasurer

    When it comes to choosing the new Jefferson County treasurer to replace the outgoing Faye Griffin, Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Kevin McCasky take a slightly different approach.

    Both agree that the most qualified person should get the job, but when it comes to politics, they are on different pages.

    "It is a Republican that had the seat, and Republicans have had some setbacks in elective office in the county," McCasky said. "It's not a key issue, but it's definitely something I'm very much concerned about."

  • Parishioners at Abiding Hope Lutheran assemble 1,000 boxes of food for struggling families

    Back in 1987, South Jeffco resident Jim Cronin decided that he and his family should help those less fortunate on Thanksgiving.

    Cronin gathered some friends from church, bought some food, and used his front lawn to assemble boxes. Cronin and his group were able to put together boxes to help 12 families celebrate Thanksgiving that year.

  • Jeffco taxpayers will continue funding Congrove's defense after he leaves office

    Jefferson County taxpayers will still be on the hook for Commissioner Jim Congrove's legal fees after he leaves office in January, even though the legal battle he's fighting does not officially involve the county.

  • County employee reportedly fears retaliation in Zinna case

    A county employee fears retaliation from Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Congrove for her testimony in a civil lawsuit against him, Congrove's attorney said Nov. 25.

  • Former Jeffco sheriff Cook found dead in his home

    Former Jeffco Sheriff Russ Cook was found dead in his home Nov. 21.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was asked to do a welfare check on Cook, who apparently had not been seen in several days, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the sheriff's office. A deputy found Cook dead on the floor.

    There were no apparent signs of foul play, and the Jefferson County coroner's office is investigating, Shires said.

  • Saturation patrol

    On Sept. 17, 2005, Jamey Ober died in a single-car accident.

    Ober, a 37-year-old Pro Stock driver, lived in Littleton and lost his life on northbound C-470 just north of the Morrison Road exit.

    A little more than three years later, a motorist was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at almost exactly the same spot where Ober lost his life.