Local News

  • Congrove won't seek re-election

    Jeffco District 1 Commissioner Jim Congrove will not seek re-election this fall, according to a statement from the Jefferson County Republican Party.

    Congrove said through the statement that he is endorsing Jeffco Treasurer Faye Griffin for his seat, which represents northern Jeffco.

    Griffin will face off against state Sen. Sue Windels, D-Arvada, for the commission seat, according to filings in the county clerk's office.

  • 'Don Vito' pleads guilty to possession of cocaine; 12 other counts dismissed

    Vincent Margera — better known as "Don Vito" from MTV's "Viva La Bam" — pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to possession of a gram of cocaine and was given probation.

  • DA reopens criminal probe in embezzlement from sports group

    The Jeffco sheriff closed an investigation into a person suspected of stealing more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association without seeking charges — but the district attorney, for one, wants to know more about the case.

    “The DA’s office requested the reports from the sheriff’s department,” said Pam Russell, spokeswoman for District Attorney Scott Storey. “Essentially, the case is reopened.”

  • It will be a cold day in my pants ...

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Nobody ever said that smoking copious amounts of marijuana makes you do the smartest things in the world, and one South Jeffco man played to the stereotype a couple weeks ago. This brilliant pothead walked into the Safeway on South Kipling Parkway, shoved a quart of ice cream into the waistband of his pants, and tried to leave the store. An eagle-eyed security guard saw the cool concoction disappear into the 18-year-old man’s pants and stopped him by the deli.

  • Zamora brothers to be tried together in slaying

    Adam and Aaron Zamora will face a jury together later this year when they go on trial in the slaying of 20-year-old Dylan Newman in a South Jeffco home last April.

    The brothers, 21 and 19, respectively, appeared in Jefferson County District Court on Friday to argue that they should be tried separately on charges of felony murder and robbery.

  • Foothills management fills Easton's post on interim basis

    Until the Foothills Park and Recreation District fills the executive director position left open by the retirement of Bob Easton, a team of six of its directors team will take responsibility.

    Responsibility is shared among the district’s directors, with a rotating “point person” sitting in the executive director’s chair during board meetings.

  • South Jeffco crash kills 2

    Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in a deadly crash Friday night in South Jeffco, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Brady Kraft, 21, of Morrison and Steven Senter, 23, of Lakewood were killed about 10 p.m. Jan. 11 when the 2000 Lincoln Continental they were traveling in went out of control after hitting a raised concrete median just south of West Belleview Avenue while heading south on South Kipling Street. The car ran off the right side of the road, hit a signal light pole and burst into flames. Kraft was driving.

  • County awaits decision on voting machines

    As state legislators wrapped up the first week of the 2008 session, the issue of what to do about the tens of millions of dollars of voting equipment that has been partially or fully decertified throughout the state looms large.

    But an election official in Jefferson County — which faces the possibility of having to replace all its decertified voting equipment at an estimated cost of more than $14 million — says getting rid of the equipment and starting over is “not an option.”

  • Robotics Club gears for a new challenge

    With its new six-week season under way, the South Jeffco Robotics Club is finding increased experience and the addition of more mentors a benefit as it builds a new machine for competition.

    The South Jeffco team is most spirited in the early months of a new year as it participates in FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The students, from a handful of area high schools, are again tasked with creating a robot to tackle a specific set of challenges.

  • A prairie dog tale: Ken Caryl Middle School students learn ecological, political lessons

    Perhaps the Littleton City Council saw its shadow. Or it simply felt weather predictions by Pennsylvania’s famous Punxsutawney Phil are sufficient.

    For a group of six Ken Caryl Middle School students who stood before the council last month, the forecast was undoubtedly gloomy.