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  • Crime in county, state declining

    Crime in Jefferson County and Colorado is on the decline, according to the annual Crime in Colorado report released last week by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

    But Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink says fraud and identity theft are on the rise.

  • Commissioners, Congrove face civil trial in harassment case

    County Commissioner Jim Congrove and the Board of County Commissioners face a civil trial in September in a case brought by a woman claiming Congrove harassed her and got her fired from her job.

    Lori Stille, a former employee with Chase Bank, alleges that Congrove harassed her and her daughter, and tried to get her fired from the bank in retaliation for helping longtime county critic and onetime boyfriend Mike Zinna in a civil lawsuit he filed against Congrove several years ago.

  • Rub-a-dub-dub ...

    SOUTH JEFFCO — The temperature in the Denver area reached a balmy 93 degrees on June 22, but things got even hotter in an off-limits hot tub occupied by two lovebirds on June 23. A deputy was dispatched to the Fairways apartment complex on West Bowles Avenue about 2:15 a.m. that morning, after a complex security guard found two young lovers in the hot tub. The male half of the duo admitted that the couple knew they weren’t supposed to be in the tub, and he apologized.

  • Drug ring with ties to Jeffco homes scuttled; West Metro Task Force announces 34 indictments

    An international cocaine and marijuana ring that allegedly did business at homes in Jefferson County has apparently been torpedoed by the West Metro Drug Task Force.

    The large-scale cocaine and marijuana distribution ring is targeted by 34 indictments, according to Jeffco officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • County administrator's evaluation made public to dispel 'cloud'

    Jefferson County officials released the personnel evaluation of County Administrator Jim Moore last week to combat a “cloud” over him and to affirm his authority.

  • Drug ring with ties to Jeffco homes scuttled; 34 indictments announced

    An international cocaine and marijuana ring that allegedly did business at homes in Jefferson County has apparently been torpedoed by the West Metro Drug Task Force.

    The large-scale cocaine and marijuana distribution ring is targeted by 34 indictments, according to Jeffco officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Trial continued in case of warring metro districts

    A trial in the longstanding case of two warring metro districts has been continued after one of the attorneys on the Ken-Caryl Metro District side suffered a medical emergency.

    The trial pitting the Ken-Caryl district and the Plains Metropolitan District in Jefferson County District Court was scheduled to start Monday, June 16. A new trial date has not been set, although the attorney, Richard Shearer of Stapleton Ireland of Denver, is reportedly back at work on a part-time basis.

  • Landowner scraps doggie day-care idea

    The Firehouse Animal Health Center has written off the option of building an indoor day-care or boarding kennel next to the new veterinary hospital at 12255 W. Bowles Ave., near Bowles and C-470.

    “We are taking the boarding, grooming and day-care thing completely off the table,” said Greg Waldbaum, CEO of Firehouse Animal Centers, a Denver-based chain with five hospitals that was founded in October 2004.

  • Gardens pulls amphitheater project from public process

    The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield informed Jefferson County on June 3 that it will no longer submit plans to modify and expand its amphitheater to a public site-approval process.

  • Separate library district put on hold — for now

    A nearly two-year effort by the Jefferson County Public Library to split from the county and form its own district came to an end June 17 when the county commissioners voted 2-1 against the proposal.

    "We're very, very disappointed," said Keith Grebe, chair of the Jefferson County Public Library's board of trustees. "We felt the case we presented was overwhelming in our favor." He said the commissioners had some misunderstandings, and the trustees and library staff will "get together and decide plan B."