Local News

  • 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.”

  • State Patrol uses data on accidents to focus its efforts — and the strategy appears to be working

    Interstate 70 is, by far, the most accident-prone road in Jefferson County, according to data compiled by the Colorado State Patrol.

    But the agency’s data also show that crashes, injuries and fatalities from traffic accidents are down over the last couple of years on I-70, C-470 and U.S. 285.

  • Fitz-Gerald leaves state Senate to campaign for congressional seat

    State Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Coal Creek Canyon, announced Tuesday that she is resigning to focus full-time on her campaign to replace Congressman Mark Udall, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

  • A caring community: Residents of Woodlane/West Gold Meadows pull together for strength

    A sense of community comes not simply through how neighbors react to tragedy, but also in the small gestures each resident shows another.

    The Woodlane neighborhood and West Gold Meadows, tucked away just north of West Bowles Avenue and east of South Alkire Street, is one in which residents respond — in big ways and small — to show support.

    “It’s just really close-knit,” said Dyanne Pritchett, a 17-year resident of Woodlane.

  • Community rallies around two families struck by illness

    The Wiggins and Gillman families have had intersecting lives in the Columbine community.

    In the 2006 high school baseball championship, Nick Wiggins’ two-run single tied the game for Columbine High School. C.J. Gillman helped win it in extra innings on a squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth.

    Now Nick and C.J. each have a younger sibling who has recently spent significant time in the hospital.

    And both families are grateful for the support they have received from the community.

  • Chatfield Senior High lockdown caused by pellet gun

    Chatfield Senior High School was under an hour-long lockdown Nov. 8 following an incident in which two men apparently brandished what turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun.

    The incident happened at 11:20 a.m., according to Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects, a registered student at Chatfield Senior High, and a young adult who was not a student, were taken into custody at Mount View Detention Center under charges of felony menacing, Kelley said.

  • Foothills begins planning for potential mill levy funds

    Foothills Park and Recreation District staff presented a draft of potential capital repair projects at the board’s last meeting outlining potential costs and schedules of work that could be done with a mill-levy increase.

    The repairs are based on a prioritized list of work the district seeks to begin, and is calculated based on the scenario of a successful 3-mill increase in the May 2008 election.