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  • Reverse-911 glitch sent wrong people packing during Oxyoke Fire

    When Buffalo Creek resident Vicki Porter got a reverse-911 call July 20 during the Oxyoke Fire notifying her household of a mandatory evacuation, she and her family acted immediately, filling boxes and preparing to flee.

    But the family’s panic was short-lived — and unnecessary. Another call came a half-hour later saying that the first was in error: Porter’s home was one of 1,350 households that were wrongly contacted because of a glitch in the notification system.

  • Jeffco enacts fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has announced temporary fire restrictions for all unincorporated areas of the county.

    The restrictions also include a portion of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road and will be in effect until further notice.

    While the restrictions are in effect, the following activities are prohibited:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground or picnic area.

  • Suspect in custody in robbery at credit union

    A suspect in the armed robbery at the Bellco Credit Union at South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue on Wednesday morning surrendered to authorities late in the afternoon.

  • Oxyoke Fire 50 percent contained

    The Oxyoke Fire 5 miles north of Deckers was 50 percent contained early July 22 thanks to the efforts of 225 firefighters over two days.

    More than a dozen homes had been evacuated in the Oxyoke area since the fire was reported Sunday afternoon. The blaze had burned more than 145 acres along County Road 67 and the South Platte River in Jefferson County.

    The North Fork and Platte Canyon fire districts were among the departments that responded.

    Firefighters were expected to have the blaze 100 percent contained by the end of the day July 22.

  • Trial scheduled in theft from South Jeffco Sports Association

    South Jeffco resident Carrie Smith pleaded not guilty July 21 in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association.

    Jefferson County District Judge Dennis Hall scheduled a motions hearing for Nov. 6 and a trial date of Dec. 2, but Smith's attorney doesn't think it will get that far.

  • Trial begins for Zamora brothers in Dylan Newman slaying

    On what would have been Dylan Newman's 22nd birthday, his parents sat in a Jefferson County courtroom as two Lakewood men went on trial in the slaying of their son.

    Aaron Zamora and his older brother Adam are both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the April 3, 2007, slaying of Newman. Two other men charged in the slaying, Jeffrey S. Depault and Eric Rooney, have already pleaded guilty and are expected to testify for the prosecution.

  • Former treasurer's second kickback trial coming up

    The second kickback trial of former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall is scheduled to begin July 28, a proceeding that could once again shine a light on the county’s inner political turmoil.

    Paschall, who was acquitted of a charge of attempted theft in February during the first trial, still faces a charge of compensation for past official behavior for allegedly offering Kathy Redmond, one of his two political appointees, an $18,000 post-tax bonus on the condition she give him half.

  • Trial begins in Dylan Newman slaying

    On what would have been Dylan Newman's 22nd birthday, his parents sat in a Jefferson County courtroom as two Lakewood men went on trial in the slaying of their son.

    Aaron Zamora and his older brother Adam are both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the April 3, 2007, slaying of Newman. Two other men charged in the slaying, Jeffrey S. Depault and Eric Rooney, have already pleaded guilty and are expected to testify for the prosecution.

  • Necessities for bears: Littleton resident's group dedicated to helping endangered pandas

    The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck China on May 12 was devastating not only to people and property, but also to an endangered species that has captured the imagination of Littleton resident Suzanne Braden.

    And Braden, along with her nonprofit organization Pandas International, continues to help.

    In early June, Braden visited the Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in western China’s Sichuan Province, home to the last remaining wild pandas.

  • It's my party, and I'll call the cops if I want to

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A South Jeffco man learned a quick lesson in the perils of drinking and crashing a party July 3: He was accused of breaking and entering. The man said that he got off work and went to a bar to meet some friends. One of those friends then drove him to a house where a party supposedly was taking place. The party seeker walked into the garage and then into the home, but before he could grab a beer from the fridge, an occupant of the home confronted him. The intruder apologized and told the man he must have walked into the wrong house.