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  • 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.

  • Super Tuesday pretty average at Southwest Plaza

    Based on the recent attention paid by cable news outlets, one might believe Tuesday, Feb. 5, was to politics what the Super Bowl is to football or the Academy Awards to filmmaking.

    But an afternoon stroll through Southwest Plaza — where a diverse cross-section of the South Jeffco population can be found on any given day — reveals that many people are aware of Super Tuesday and its implications, but either don't see its significance or simply don't understand it.

  • South Jeffco Democrats welcome Super Tuesday

    No sooner had the Dakota Ridge High School cheerleading squad finished practicing in the cafeteria Feb. 5 than the room began to fill with South Jefferson County Democrats eager to participate in deciding their party’s next presidential candidate.

    “I know this is the first time we’ve had that many Democrats in a room in southwest Jeffco since I don’t know when,” said Nancy Parker, who organized the caucus for the Jefferson County Democrats.

  • Bill calls for re-testing of voting machines

    A bill that may go a long way in resolving Jeffco's voting machine conundrum passed the state Senate on Feb. 4, and it may render a county appeal of the secretary of state’s decertification of voting machines moot.

    "If that bill passes, I'm not sure what the secretary of state would do with pending appeals," said Josh Liss, Jeffco's deputy of elections. The bill would allow the secretary of state to recertify voting machines that were decertified late last year after abbreviated retesting and more input from counties and manufacturers.