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  • 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.

  • Summers, Kerr heading back to state House

    State Reps. Ken Summers and Jim Kerr, both Republicans, retained their seats in the state House in the Nov. 4 election.

    Summers was challenged by Lakewood Democrat Camille Ryckman, a former teacher and a current stay-at-home mom who is active in the local PTA. Kerr faced a challenge from a familiar foe, Littleton Democrat Tom Dittemore, who has run against him twice.

    "I'm feeling good," Summers said Nov. 7. "I'm pleased with the outcome, and it's exciting to have the opportunity to serve in the next session." Ryckman could not be reached for comment.

  • A lesson in free speech

    Michelle Obama's visit to Dakota Ridge High School on Nov. 3 was memorable for many reasons. But the Benson family will recall the day mainly for their battle with the Jeffco school district over free speech.

    During the election-eve appearance by the wife of Democratic candidate Barack Obama, 17-year-old junior Blake Benson and a group of friends made signs in support of Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin, as well as signs that said "Nobama." The small group mounted their protest on the front steps of the school.