Local News

  • School district says rumors of other threats untrue

    The Jefferson County School District is warning parents that rumors on social networking sites about threats to other schools in the district are not true. District officials are urging students to share only information that is factually based.

  • Two students shot at Deer Creek Middle School

    A 32-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday afternoon outside Deer Creek Middle School, wounding two students, before faculty members tackled and disarmed him.

    Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, who is accused of shooting the students with a high-powered rifle, was quickly subdued by faculty members and held down until he was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Math teacher David Benke reportedly tackled the suspect, and at least two other adults assisted.

  • School shooting suspect held on $1 million bond

    The suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, was advised shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday of a $1 million bond and the possible charges against him.

    Eastwood could be charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting, which sent two students to local hospitals, critically injuring 14-year-old Matthew Thieu. Other charges may also be filed, though a spokeswoman for the Jeffco district attorney’s office said she could not comment on any upcoming charges.

  • South Jeffco congregation assembles hygiene items for Haiti

    Members of a local church mustered some gusto Feb. 15 and assembled more than 1,000 hygiene kits to be sent to Haiti.

    About 80 volunteers bustled about in the warm glow of stained glass on Presidents Day at Faith Community Church in South Jeffco, forming assembly lines to pack toothbrushes, soap and other basic-needs items into plastic bags.

  • Deer Creek shooting victim recovering, in good spirits

    Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in last week’s shooting, is recovering well and showed remarkably good spirits Feb. 26 during an interview at Children’s Hospital. Thieu was discharged this week

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu told the Columbine Courier from his room at the hospital. The eighth-grader, who spends his free time skateboarding and enjoying the company of friends, added he is looking forward to returning to school and seeing his buddies.

  • Deer Creek to hold open house on Friday

    Deer Creek Middle School will hold an open house for parents and students on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a chance for students to gather any belongings left behind after the shootings on Tuesday.

    Students can also see teachers and visit the building to ease any anxiety about returning to school.

    Deer Creek is planning to resume classes on Monday with a regular school day for all students. Buses will run on

    their usual schedules.

    Counselors will be available in every classroom on Monday in case students or staff need to talk with


  • Fund-raisers dance the night away to help Haiti

      Flappers and jitterbugs filled Abiding Hope Lutheran Church on Feb. 20 and quite literally danced the night away. As many as 50 people gathered for a 1920s-style dance-a-thon fund-raiser that began at 7 p.m. and ended 12 hours later.

    And unlike some Haiti-relief benefits, the dance did not require donations of food or clothing — participants paid cash for the privilege of staying up all night, and 100 percent of the money generated by the event is set to go to the people of Haiti.

  • Coffee shop is a training ground at Workforce Center

    Jefferson County has a new addition to its Workforce Center that has employees buzzing: a small coffee shop that serves locally roasted beans and provides barista training to special-needs students and clients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

    Training Grounds, the aptly named café, offers everything one would find in a commercial coffee operation. Coda Coffee Co. provides fair-trade beans, and all of the sandwiches are made fresh daily by Warren Tech culinary-arts students.

  • Mr. Biggs owner trying to relinquish interest in business

    The owner of Mr. Biggs apparently intends to pull out of the South Jeffco entertainment center and is planning legal action to force the former owner to take back the business, a development that surfaced Feb. 18 at an unusual change-of-corporate-structure hearing before the county liquor-licensing board.

  • Man gets 40 years in sexual assault of South Jeffco resident

      A Littleton man was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week following a guilty plea to charges related to a 2009 attack on a 59-year-old woman in her South Jeffco home.

    Ryan Iliff, 23, admitted to failed attempts to gain access to another area home earlier on June 26, 2009. He gave up and went to the house next door, broke in and sexually assaulted the woman in her bedroom.