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  • Searching for Santa: Jolly St. Nick revels in busy season at the mall

    The jolly bearded man in the bright red suit was a bit elusive on Friday at Southwest Plaza.

    His enclave near JC Penney seemed almost neglected. A handful of parents with strollers surrounded Santa’s set, but few children were venturing to his lap.

    But there was a reason for this lull in the general festivities: St. Nick was about to take a lunch break.

  • Man arrested in Internet luring of a child

    Donald Joseph Cameron, 40, of Thornton was arrested Monday night on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child. Cameron, the editor of Ski Racing International, is alleged to have engaged in sexual online chat with someone he believed to be a teen under age 15.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Cameron performed sexual acts on a webcam knowing that the teen he knew to be under-aged was watching. The under-aged teen was actually an undercover district attorney’s investigator.

  • 73-year-old Loveland man charged with Internet luring

    A 73-year-old Loveland man was charged Nov. 20 with one count of Internet luring of a child. Elmer Eldor Ehlers was arrested by Jefferson County district attorney investigators on Nov.13.

    Ehlers is accused of having met someone he believed to be an under-aged teenage girl on the Internet and engaged in graphic sexual online “chat.” The teen actually was an undercover Jefferson County district attorney’s investigator.

    Ehlers was released from the Jefferson County Jail on $10,000 bond. He has until Nov. 29 to schedule a preliminary hearing.

  • SCFD, Jeffco end dispute over 2004 election costs

    The Scientific Cultural and Facilities District and Jefferson County have agreed to end all legal action after an agreement was reached last week in a dispute over costs related to the 2004 elections.

  • Car break-in ring broken up, but Sheriff says it's jut the tip of the iceberg

    An Oct. 24 arrest by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office led to the breakup of a car break-in ring tied to at least 10 break-ins and to the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property.

    But the arrest of several juveniles and an adult in the case didn’t even put a dent in the problem of car break-ins, according to the sheriff’s office. Car break-ins are particularly common around Red Rocks Park and Matthews/Winters Park, with 215 since January.

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  • Without a trace: One year later, Nonnie Dotson's fate remains a mystery

    A homicide investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says it’s “rare” that people vanish without a trace in this era of e-mails, credit cards, cell phones and other technology-based activity.

    That is the case, however, with 33-year-old Nonnie Dotson, a single mother and Air Force nurse based in San Antonio, Texas, who vanished while visiting her brother, Tony, in Littleton on Nov. 19, 2006, when she left his home to go to a nearby store.

  • Bob Easton to leave Foothills at year's end

    Foothills Park and Recreation District executive director Bob Easton has announced he is leaving his position, ending more than 31 years as a district employee.

    Easton, who began working for Foothills in 1974 as superintendent of parks, will serve as executive director through Dec. 31. He plans to continue Foothills’ campaign for a mill-levy boost as a part-time consultant through June 2008.

  • Suspect's months-long saga raises questions about medical marijuana law

    A man walked out of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office recently with his marijuana and a broken glass marijuana pipe that had been seized months earlier, ending a months-long process that has one attorney claiming that the district attorney’s office harassed his client.

    “I think there’s been a great amount of patient harassment, which is what I consider to have happened to Mr. Marquez,” said Brian Vicente, a lawyer who represented Anthony Marquez in a marijuana case.

  • Voter turnout 38%; '08 voting machine issues loom

    Fewer than 40 percent of Jefferson County voters participated in the Nov. 6 mail elections, according to Jeffco Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson.

    “We had a pretty low turnout this year — it was about 38 percent,” Anderson said. “I think the thinking behind low turnout is that there were no statewide issues driving out the vote this year, which is unusual — not to have a statewide issue.”