Local News

  • Permits available for cutting Christmas trees

    Even though the Halloween candy hasn’t yet turned stale, it’s time to think about the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.

    The U.S. Forest Service is offering $10 cutting permits for Christmas trees in the Pike National Forest near Buffalo Creek.

    Tree-hunters can purchase up to five permits, according to Barbara Timock, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. Last year the Forest Service sold 7,000 permits. This year, Timock is encouraging people to get their permits early.

  • GOP scores big in Jeffco

    Republicans claimed extensive victories in the Nov. 2 election, retaining the District 6 U.S. House seat and sweeping Jefferson County races.

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, a South Jeffcoairline pilot who campaigned for nearly two years, collected 31 percent, and late entry Rob McNealy, a Libertarian from Aurora,captured about 3 percent.

  • School board members to meet with public on budget cuts

    Jeffco school board members will meet with the public on Nov. 13 at five locations around the county to present the district’s 2011-12 budget development process and to gather feedback.

    The district will be facing tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts, with the fiscal impact looking grimmer than the previous budget year.

  • Man guilty of assaulting Lakewood woman

    A 44-year-old man faces 45 years in prison after pleading guilty Nov. 3 to sexually assaulting a 29-year-old Lakewood woman near her Green Mountain home in 2009.

    Arthur Louis Martinez attacked the woman on July 24, dragging her into a bush and punching her in the face multiple times.

  • Lakewood man convicted of sexually assaulting unconscious women

    A Lakewood man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting and videotaping two sisters while they were unconscious was sentenced Nov. 4 to 32 years in prison.

    Timothy Layne Martinez, 32, had previously been tried in court in 2006 for assaulting one of the women, the sister of his sexual partner. Though photographs were found of Martinez assaulting the woman while she was apparently drugged, a lack of evidence led jurors to acquit him.

  • Lakewood man found guilty in death of infant daughter

    A 25-year-old Lakewood father was found guilty Nov. 2 in Jefferson County Court in the death of his 9-week-old daughter last Thanksgiving.

    A jury found Marcus Anthony Leyba guilty on two counts, first-degree murder of a child by a person in a position of trust and child abuse resulting in death. Leyba, who faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole, will be sentenced Dec. 17.

  • Nightmares of war haunt Littleton man

    Bill Stofer watched as U.S. soldiers disappeared like lemmings into Italy’s Rapido River in the winter of 1944. Nazi troops lined the hillside and lit up the night sky with flares as the 36th Division, a group of Texans — many barely old enough to shave — attempted to cross. When the water was full of GIs, the Nazis efficiently dispensed rounds of precise artillery fire and countless mines, ultimately snuffing out nearly 2,000 young lives.

  • $1,000 prize offered for best photo made in open space parks

    The Jefferson County Open Space Foundation is inviting the public to submit photos for the first "Life in Our Parks" photography contest, which will run through March 15, 2011.

    The goal is to showcase the county's open space parks as well as the people that enjoy the parks and wildlife.

    Photos may be entered in one of three categories: wonderful wildlife, people in the parks, and spectacular scenery; and two age groups, 17 and under, and 18 and over.

  • Noted author donates half of speaker's fee to library

    Dennis Lehane, author of the novel “Mystic River” and other best-sellers made into movies, donated half his speaker's fee, or $6,500, to the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

    The donation was especially welcome because the library is facing a serious budget crunch due to reduced revenue from property taxes and mill levies.

  • Prosecutors not satisfied with evaluation of accused Deer Creek gunman

    Results of a state mental hospital’s evaluation of accused Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood have created a potential roadblock for the prosecution, apparently bolstering the suspect’s defense in his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

    Upon receipt of the evaluation, conducted by a doctor at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, prosecutors appealed for an additional assessment by a psychiatrist hired by the district attorney’s office.