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  • 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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  • A message of hope and healing

    On a blustery Sunday in Clement Park, as people nearby played softball and soccer and flew kites, a small group gathered in the park’s northeast corner to remember what happened at Columbine High School on the same day nine years before.

    About 10 people were on hand as Nancy Dzurilla of New Life Church in Colorado Springs read Bible passages and shared thoughts and prayers for the victims of the Columbine shootings, their families and the victims of last year’s Virginia Tech shootings. The first anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy was marked last week.

  • Church gets preliminary OK from county to build youth center

    The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church came closer Tuesday morning to realizing its plan to add a two-story teen center building after a crucial vote of the Jefferson County commissioners.

    After two lengthy public hearings, two of three members of the board voted to endorse a version of the March 26 planning commission decision approving an expansion from 26,000 square feet to about 48,000 square feet of floor area. The church argued that it had the legal right to build up to 63,000 square feet.

  • You started it

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Start a fight. Participate in the fight. Head straight from the fight to the Southwest Plaza security office. Find out you were the one in the wrong. That sequence played out for one man last week, and a deputy told the pugilist he would not be permitted to press charges because he had started the altercation. The deputy watched a surveillance video that showed the man walking up to a group of men and exchanging words with them. This eventually led to an exchange of punches.

  • South Jeffco residents have a full plate of ballot issues to chew on

    In a year with heightened political activity nationally, it would be easy to overlook local issues, but South Jeffco residents ignore them at their peril. Local and regional ballot items from May through November range from district-level tax increases to the race to replace Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

    Ken-Caryl Metro District

    The Ken-Caryl Metro District is seeking a 2.5-mill increase this spring, which would cost the owner of a $500,000 home an extra $100 per year. The current mill levy is 12.709, and that was set in 1988.

  • Jeffco trying to get its piece of federal earmark pie

    Jefferson County wants $7.6 million in federal funds earmarked for various county projects in fiscal 2009.

    The money is for projects ranging from completing work on the air-traffic control tower at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport to efforts to prevent the exploitation of senior citizens.

  • Voting equipment good to go, but critics still skeptical

    It’s been an up-and-down year for election equipment in Jeffco.

    In December 2007, Jeffco’s electronic voting machines were decertified, despite county officials’ contention that there was nothing wrong with them, and that it would cost too much to replace the equipment so close to a major election. Jeffco appealed the decision to the secretary of state’s office in January, and it wasn’t until March that the equipment was “conditionally” certified.