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  • Paschall to face second trial in alleged kickback scheme

    Former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall will face another trial related to charges that he tried to solicit a kickback from a political appointee on his way out of office in 2006.

    Paschall was charged with two felonies — criminal attempted theft and compensation for past official behavior — and was acquitted on the attempted theft charge Feb. 15. The jury deadlocked on the other charge on an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, according to one juror, but the Jeffco DA's office says it is confident it will get a conviction in a second trial.

  • Sheriff's Calls: Stop in the name of pot

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  • DA gets sheriff's report on theft from sports association

    The on-again, off-again saga that is the investigation into the theft of $125,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association has reached another landmark, as the report from the sheriff's investigator handling the case was presented to the Jeffco DA's office late last week.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the officer completed his investigation and moved it to the DA's office late last week, but she declined to comment further.

    Pam Russell, spokeswoman for Jeffco DA Scott Storey, confirmed that their office had received the report.

  • Sex offenders will pay to register in Jeffco starting March 1

    The nearly 300 active registered sex offenders in Jeffco will soon have to pay to register.

    Starting March 1, the sheriff's office will charge convicted sex offenders $50 to register initially and a $25 re-registration fee, whereas there was no charge for the registration in the past.

    "We don't want to be an unintentional target for sex offenders," sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said, referring to the fact that sex offenders may have looked at Jeffco as a place to live without having to pay fees.

  • A tale of two counties: to bill or not to bill

    Jefferson and El Paso were the only two counties to bill Park County for assistance during a recent spate of snowstorms and high winds that spurred Parkco to declare a disaster, according to a Park County official, but Jeffco’s bill may be a simple misunderstanding.

    Larry Benshoof, director of Jeffco's Road and Bridge Department, said the charges in question were not intended to be billed to Park County; rather, Jeffco officials expected a state emergency management fund would cover the costs.

  • Suspect in South Jeffco murder case pleads guilty

    A suspect in the April 2007 murder of Dylan Newman pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and a violent crime count.

    Jeffrey S. Depault, 21, faces a mandatory prison sentence of at least 26 years but could be sentenced to as many as 48 years for his role in the April 3, 2007, shooting death of Newman.

    Depault will be sentenced Aug. 22.

  • Jeffco one of two counties to bill Park County for help with snow disaster

    Jefferson and El Paso were the only two counties to bill Park County for assistance during a recent spate of snowstorms and high winds that spurred Parkco to declare a disaster, according to a Park County official, but Jeffco’s bill may be a simple misunderstanding.

    Larry Benshoof, director of Jeffco's Road and Bridge Department, said the charges Park County is referring to were not intended to be billed to Park County; rather, Jeffco officials expected a state emergency management fund would cover the costs.

  • McCasky aims to remain focused on the issues

    If elected to a second term as county commissioner, Kevin McCasky said he'll be focused on infrastructure projects, including completing "the beltway."

    "It is critical for both transportation and mobility elements and planning to complete the beltway, to extend the Northwest Parkway through Jefferson County," McCasky said. "I believe it's critical for transportation purposes and significant economic benefits to all of Jefferson County in the next 30 years. It's critical to complete that connection as soon as possible."

  • Jeffco dysfunction takes center stage at trial

    While scandal is a subjective term, Mark Paschall’s trial on charges that he solicited a kickback from an appointee once again opened a window on the strange doings and apparent dysfunction that have plagued Jeffco government over the past decade.

    Paschall, Jeffco's elected treasurer from January 2003 to December 2006, was found not guilty Feb. 15 on one of two felony charges. He'll be back in court Feb. 28 to see if the Jeffco DA wants to pursue the second count from his indictment.

  • Driver in fatal head-on collision believed to have been drunk

    A man was drunk when his vehicle crossed into the opposite direction of travel Saturday morning and struck another car head-on, killing the woman inside, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Martin Lewis, 63, of Lakewood sustained minor injuries in the accident, but Malissa Coenen, 43, of Englewood was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis was traveling north on Wadsworth and drove into the southbound left turn lane of Wadsworth at Jefferson Avenue, according to the State Patrol, slamming head-on into Coenen's 1995 Chevy Lumina.