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  • Mom launches war on drug that killed her son

    The week before he took the six or seven Ecstasy tablets that killed him, Tony “Toaster” Trujillo, 16, had been invited to enroll in an Advanced Placement English class.

    A sophomore at Columbine High School, Tony Trujillo was a handsome kid with scores of friends and an irresistible sense of humor. Everyone knew him as “Toaster,” a variation on an earlier nickname, “the Tonester.”

  • Trading spaces, South Jeffco style

    SOUTH JEFFCO — In what was perhaps an odd attempt by pranksters to act out the popular TLC television show “Trading Spaces,” a man reported June 10 that somebody had switched all his patio furniture, potted plants and his welcome mat with those of his neighbor. He said he went to bed June 9 with everything in place, and when he woke up June 10, everything had been switched. His neighbor told deputies that one of her potted plants was broken during the prank — the only casualty of the incident.

  • Jeffco inmate apparently commits suicide

    A man being held on a misdemeanor traffic warrant was found dead in the Jefferson County Jail on June 12 about three hours after his arrest.

    A deputy discovered the 47-year-old man hanging in a holding cell, according to a statement released June 12 by the sheriff's office. Deputies immediately began performing CPR and called for additional medical assistance. The man was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital, and he was pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m.

    The Jefferson County coroner's office was withholding the man's name until his family could be notified.

  • Tancredo pushes bill to mandate flex-fuel vehicles

    If Tom Tancredo gets his way, all cars produced in America after 2018 will have to be capable of running on more than just gasoline.

    Tancredo — the five-term Littleton Republican representative in the twilight of his congressional career — introduced federal legislation June 10 that would mandate that every car in America produced after the 2018 model year either run on alternative fuels or be a flex-fuel vehicle capable of running on gasoline and other fuels.

  • Motorcycle crash kills Lakewood man early morning June 16

    A 24-year-old man died June 16 after crashing his motorcycle in South Jeffco.

    Mitchell Marsolek of Lakewood was driving his motorcycle southbound on South Holland Way at about 2 a.m. when he drifted off the west side of the road, causing the motorcycle to roll near the intersection with West Maplewood Place, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Marsolek was thrown off the motorcycle and collided with multiple objects, sustaining serious injuries. He was transported to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood and pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m.

  • Lyons Ridge gets final approval

    Jefferson County commissioners have voted 2-1 in favor of a proposed subdivision near C-470 and U.S. 285 that will bring 230 homes to land near the scenic Dakota Hogback.

    The final hearing was June 10.

    The 284-acre parcel, owned by Colorado Christian University, will be sold to Shea Properties, which will complete the project. Abandoned buildings at the location from a former college campus will be torn down by December, a Shea representative said.

    Commissioner Kevin McCasky led the vote in favor of the development, with Commissioner Jim Congrove also approving it.

  • CDOT nixes beltway study; Jeffco vows to plow ahead

    The Colorado Department of Transportation cited a lack of funding June 9 in ending its study on completing the highway connection from C-470 to U.S. 36, a project Jeffco officials have been pushing hard.

    Although CDOT will end its study and publish a report on what it has learned to date in July, Jeffco officials vow to march forward in creating a highway to “buckle the beltway.”

  • Lyons Ridge gets final approval

    Jefferson County commissioners have voted 2-to-1 in favor of a proposed subdivision near C-470 and U.S. 285 that will add 230 homes to that South Jefferson County.

    The final hearing for the Lyons Ridge rezoning application was June 10.

    Colorado Christian University, who owns the 284-acre parcel, will be selling land to Shea Properties for the development. Abandoned buildings at the location from a former college campus will be torn down by December, a Shea representative said.

  • School district seeks funds for building upgrades, educational needs

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will be asked to decide this fall whether to allow the school district to issue $323 million to $350 million in debt and assess taxpayers between $32 million and $36 million a year.

    The district is proposing a two-part program — the bond issue and a “mill levy override.” The mill levy override is an increase in the mill levy, above and beyond what taxpayers have previously approved.

    The mill levy override would cost a homeowner about $3.35 a month for each $100,000 of assessed valuation.

  • County Briefs: Residents without DTV signal should contact stations

    Jefferson County residents who suddenly stopped receiving free, over-the-air digital television signals when a new antenna was installed on Lookout Mountain on May 12 should contact the local broadcast stations.