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  • 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.

  • Asphalt shortage threatens road projects statewide

    A nationwide asphalt shortage is jeopardizing road projects across the state during the peak of the 2008 paving season.

    "This caught us completely by surprise," said Jeff Kullman, a regional director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. "There are critical interstate projects we won't be able to deliver on."

    CDOT says 34 projects could be affected by the shortage.

    In the last two weeks, CDOT has learned from suppliers that there will not be enough asphalt to complete projects that have already gone out to bid.

  • Time travelers make a trip to commissioners' offices

    It was late in the workday July 2, and Pam Penton was getting ready to leave her job at the information desk just inside the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

    And then things turned weird.

    A man outfitted from head to toe in Revolutionary War regalia, accompanied by two children in similar garb, asked where he could find the commissioners’ offices. The man also was carrying an American flag on a 5-foot pole.

  • Endless summer construction: Two major projects causing headaches in South Jeffco

    South Jeffco commuters are no strangers to road construction, as several major projects have snarled traffic in recent weeks.

    A project designed to make the intersection of Ken Caryl Avenue and Continental Divide Road safer meant closing Ken Caryl between Kipling and Simms for a time. It has reopened, but the next few weeks will bring lane closures in alternating directions.

    The westbound lanes of Ken Caryl from Kipling to Simms were to be closed for three weeks starting July 7.

  • Getting in the spirit: Sunday liquor sales come to Colorado

    Teresa Teaff walked down the aisle Sunday at Tipsy’s Liquor World browsing bottles of wine from the southern region of France. Sunday spirit shopping was a welcome experience for the Tennessee resident, who was in town on business. Buying liquor on a Sunday was also a welcome experience for many Coloradans.

    July 6 was the first Sunday that Colorado liquor stores have been open since before Prohibition. Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill in April repealing the state’s blue law, joining 34 other states with Sunday liquor sales.