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  • Shooting victim recalls horrific day from hospital bed

      Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in last week’s shootings, is recovering at home and showing remarkably good spirits. Thieu was discharged from The Children's Hospital in Aurora late in the day on March 1.

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu said Friday from his room at the hospital in an exclusive interview with the Courier.

  • Liquor sales halted at Mr. Biggs after brawl

      Another wild weekend at Mr. Biggs has resulted in a temporary halt to the entertainment facility’s liquor sales. Meanwhile, the future of the business remains murky in the wake of a liquor-licensing board hearing that left nearly everyone involved scratching their heads.

    A Feb. 27 incident at the business prompted another appearance of owner Art Cormier before the county liquor-licensing board.

  • Jeffco planning $500,000 security revamp at Taj Mahal

      Jefferson County is spending $500,000 to beef up security at the Taj Mahal in response to increased court traffic and in anticipation of three additional judges who are scheduled to arrive next year.

    New magnetometers, or walk-through metal detectors, X-ray belts and a shuffling of desks and other structures in the building’s atrium are among the security revamp.

  • ‘Hero to everyone'

    The Deer Creek Middle School math teacher hailed as a hero for his quick action during last week’s shootings has returned in part to his normal routine, which includes refining his Smurf and kangaroo karate forms with his kids at a South Jeffco dojo.

    David Benke was honored Feb. 27 at Exclusive Martial Arts, a family-oriented karate studio at which he, his son and daughter have been taking regular lessons since late last year.

  • Eastwood charged with 4 attempted-murder counts in Deer Creek shootings


    Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood is facing a variety of charges, including four counts of attempted murder, in the shootings at Deer Creek Middle School on Feb. 23.

    Eastwood, 32, a former student at the school, was advised of the charges against him in Jefferson County Court on March 2.

  • Primary elections to be mail-in only

    The upcoming primary election in August will be conducted exclusively through mail-in ballots in Jefferson County. The board of county commissioners voted unanimously at a public hearing Feb. 23 in favor of the measure.

    The vast majority of public comment taken between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 supported the use of mail-in ballots, the county stated, and 94 percent of votes in the 2008 primary election were cast through the mail in Jefferson County.

  • Old wounds are reopened for Columbine High students

    Though 3 miles and 11 years separate the shootings at Deer Creek Middle School from the infamous attack at Columbine High, old wounds were opened again this week.

    “I was shocked to see that (a shooting) would happen again, especially in Littleton, because it seems like a nice, quiet little town,” Columbine High senior Kelci Brady said Wednesday, a day after a gunman shot two students at Deer Creek. “You never know when something is going to happen or who is going to do it — it’s not like you can keep it from happening.”


  • Educators become heroes at a pivotal moment

    Math teacher David Benke grabbed the gunman and told him his reign of terror was over. Assistant principal Becky Brown seized the high-powered rifle and tossed it away.

    The two staff members at Deer Creek Middle School began the day Feb. 23 as educators. But they ended it as heroes.

    Both spoke to the media Wednesday morning in a news conference at district headquarters.

  • Parents, school district praise response, alerts

      Deer Creek Middle School parents and district officials are praising the response to the Feb. 23 shootings outside the school.

  • Father of suspect says his son needed help

    HUDSON — “To ‘criminal mind’ Bo,” says the inscription on a picture of the 2005 Broncos cheerleaders in the bedroom of Bruco Eastwood, who is suspected of shooting two Deer Creek Middle School students on Tuesday.

    War Eagle Eastwood, Bruco’s father, on Wednesday sat at his dining room table, his eyes shiny, and talked about his troubled son.

    “He’s a grown man, but it’s just hard,” he said. “He’s still my kid.”