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  • Bane officially kicks off campaign to unseat McCasky

    Mom and Dad came in with a box full of food. The woman who owned the home scrambled around, preparing for an unknown number of guests, putting out soda and wine, beer and water.

    If you had stumbled into Leona Lawrence’s Golden home on Feb. 12, you would have thought that a family and a few friends were preparing for a birthday party or some other celebration.

    It was a celebration, indeed, and it was a birthday of sorts, as Jason Bane’s campaign to unseat District 2 Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky was officially born.

  • Paschall found not guilty of soliciting kickback

    More than a year after being indicted in an alleged kickback scheme when investigators produced a recording that seemed to suggest guilt, former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall was found not guilty of one of the felony counts he was facing.

    The second count — compensation for past official behavior — left the jury deadlocked, and lawyers will come together at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 to determine if that charge will be retried or dismissed.

  • School district weighs putting tax hike on November ballot

    Jeffco Public Schools is in early discussions regarding a possible bond issue and tax increase on the November ballot.

    Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said the district has begun talking about the idea of a bond and mill levy with its staff and the public. The decision ultimately lies with the school board, which has until August or September to move forward.

    “I would say there’s a likelihood we will, but the decision has to be formalized by the Board of Education,” Stevenson said.

  • Paschall trial in the hands of jurors

    On Wednesday, the political appointee at the center of accusations that former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall solicited a kickback testified that she was the one being set up, not him.

    Testifying at the second day of Paschall’s trial on theft charges in Jefferson County court, Redmond said Paschall, her boss, offered her an $18,000 bonus in December 2006 on the condition that she give him a half.

    "I was the one being set up," said Kathy Redmond. "I was trying to find a way out."

  • Paschall claims 'payback' as his trial begins

    Former Jeffco Treasurer Mark Paschall — on trial on two felony counts related to an alleged kickback scheme — will argue that Commissioner Jim Congrove set him up in a case of political “payback,” according to opening statements in Paschall’s trial.

    “This case is not about a kickback,” said David Lane, Paschall’s attorney. “It’s about a payback.”

  • Neighborhood works to foster sense of pride

    A trip through the Columbine West neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon finds families playing at the Dutch Creek Elementary playground, couples walking their dogs and neighbors enjoying a quiet day.

    Nestled north of West Coal Mine Avenue and east of South Wadsworth Boulevard, Columbine West is a mature neighborhood where many residents have stayed after raising their families. And the sense of community is genuine, as those involved with the neighborhood’s civic association work to keep a close-knit feeling.

  • Presidential pick of Jeffco Republicans drops out

    Two days after winning a presidential straw poll in Jeffco, Mitt Romney has pulled out of the race.

    "If this were only about me, I would go on," Romney said Feb. 7 during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "But I entered this race because I love America. And because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country."

  • Unlocking the truth: DNA leads to suspect in '76 slaying of Columbine student

    DNA is unlocking the doors to ice-cold cases once believed unsolvable.

    Samples from convicted felons led police to a suspect in the 1976 slaying of Columbine High student Holly Marie Andrews in Clear Creek County. Suspects also were identified in a string of violent rapes from 2004 and 2005 in Denver, Aurora and Arapahoe County.

    Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Department arrested a suspect Feb. 1 in connection with the 1976 slaying of Andrews, who was 16 years old.

  • Sheriff investigating theft from sports association — again

    The sheriff's office has again opened its investigation into the theft of $125,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association, marking the third time since September that the sheriff has investigated the theft.

    The saga began when some of the association's leaders and office staffers noticed some irregularities with checks and other payments, and then learned that an office worker had been forging checks and otherwise manipulating the books to steal money.

  • Romney wins Jeffco as GOP voters caucus

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won a Jeffco presidential straw poll running away at GOP caucuses Feb. 5, according to unofficial results provided to the Courier by the Jeffco GOP.

    The non-binding straw poll conducted across 365 Jeffco precincts during the Feb. 5 caucuses showed that Romney pulled in 4,999 votes, compared to 1,419 for Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 727 votes, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul pulling in 553, as of 10:30 p.m.