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  • Columbine student flees to Canada, seeks asylum

    A 17-year-old Columbine

  • Inmates, Rose Society team up to teach the public about rose pruning

    On a deceptively cold, late-April morning, they gathered on the north side of the Jeffco sheriff’s office to garden. Some brought shears, some brought gloves, and many had both.

    Of the two dozen people on hand, all shared a common interest in rose bushes, and in the intricacies of taking care of them. What they didn’t have in common is where they came from.

    Five of the gardeners April 26 started their morning as inmates in the Jefferson County Jail, and would return to the jail when the day was through.

  • Kopp, Witwer push creation of committee to study wildfire mitigation

    Two Jeffco legislators are one step closer to creating a committee to study ways to deal with wildfires, especially in areas where homes and forests collide.

    These areas — referred to in firefighting circles as the “wildland-urban interface” — contain increasing numbers of homes and subdivisions, making it difficult for firefighters to effectively fight wildfires and protect homes and lives, according to Senate Joint Resolution 25. The resolution would create an interim committee that would meet this summer and make recommendations by Nov. 1.

  • My friend has this problem ...

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Not smart: Using a friend’s ID, then telling a deputy that you did not tell him your real name because you didn’t want to be accused of impersonating that friend. However ludicrous, that’s the excuse one woman used last week when arrested on an outstanding warrant. She was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over, and when asked to present an ID, she handed over a state ID card that belonged to a friend. Unfortunately for her, that friend had a warrant for her arrest, so the woman was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

  • Motorcyclist fleeing officer dies in crash at South Jeffco intersection

    The man killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV at South Simms Street and West Bowles Avenue on April 29 was fleeing from police, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Mill levy spurs hot debate in Ken-Caryl

    About 100 people jammed the meeting room at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House on Wednesday, April 23, for a sometimes-emotional debate over the proposed property-tax increase in the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District.

    The district is asking voters for the second time in six months to approve a 2.5-mill increase from the current 12.709 mills. The mill increase was defeated by a 54 percent no vote in the November election. A 2.5-mill increase would cost the owner of a house valued at $500,000 an extra $100 a year.

  • Suspect in theft from sports group waives hearing

    The South Jeffco woman charged with three felonies in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association waived her right to a preliminary hearing April 22.

    Carrie Smith will head straight to arraignment at 8 a.m. June 9 in district court, according to Tom Bennett, special projects director with the Jeffco DA’s office.

    Smith, 44, has been charged with theft of more than $20,000 and two counts of forgery by check.

    Charles Morphew, Smith’s attorney, did not respond to multiple calls seeking comment.

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  • Trio arrested in six-state theft ring

    A theft ring targeting Target stores in several states reportedly was disrupted Tuesday after an arrest at the Target on West Bowles Avenue.

    Deputies responded to a theft report at the store April 22, according to the Jeffco sheriff’s office. Store security took one male into custody and was seeking two additional suspects who left the store. Deputies found the other two suspects a short time later.

    The suspects were identified as Amy M. May, 25, Jordon A. Debow 20, and Corey K. Cornwell, 23.

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