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  • Bond set at $50,000 for principal accused in sex assault

    Bond was set at $50,000 on March 11 for the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School, who was arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a child that began more than 10 years ago.

    Steven Weigum, 55, was taken into custody March 9 and booked into the jail on charges of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

    The arrest affidavit alleges that the assaults took place between 2004 and 2010.

  • Holtzmann, Chaparral end Dakota Ridge’s best season

    The last two fingers on Jake Holtzmann’s left hand were taped together, the result of a dislocation a few weeks prior. Unfortunately for the Dakota Ridge Eagles, the Chaparral senior is right-handed and has a pretty good shot, especially from the foul line.

  • Recreation district puts brakes on BMX-bicycle track

    A BMX-bicycle track next to the Schaefer Athletic Complex is on hold while the Foothills Park and Recreation District board considers comments from concerned neighbors.

    The track is being proposed by Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit, on Foothills land near South Kipling Street and U.S. 285 that had been occupied by a nine-hole disc golf course. The course was moved to Fehringer Ranch, another Foothills property.

  • Clement Park building closed

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has closed the aging Clement Park building used as a concession stand and restroom facility for the park’s four baseball fields.

    The ground sinking under the two-story building has caused breaks in water and sewage lines, creating a public safety issue, said Ron Hopp, executive director of Foothills. In some places, the ground has sunk so much there’s a 4- to 6-inch gap underneath the concrete floor.

  • Littleton set to celebrate its 125th birthday

    Littleton is planning a big birthday bash this weekend.

    The city will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its founding on March 8-9 with a variety of events ranging from a fireworks show Saturday night to a free pancake breakfast the next morning.

    “It’s important to know where we come from and where it is we’re headed and celebrate everything between,” said Becky Motchan, Littleton’s manager of marketing, communication and events. “We wanted to get all of the community involved.”

  • Inter-Canyon Fire receives $220,500 donation from resident’s estate

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is planning to buy a new ambulance after the family of a South Jeffco woman announced they would donate $220,500 from her estate to the district.

    The gift from the family of Evelyne Nordheim, who lived in the area for more than 50 years and died in May 2013, is the single largest donation the department has ever received and is equal to nearly a quarter of the district’s annual budget, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Hatlestad said.

  • Littleton voters OK limits on financing methods for urban renewal

    Littleton residents have voted overwhelmingly to put limits on the financing methods the city uses for urban renewal projects.

    Both Question 300, which will require voter approval of the financing for virtually any urban renewal plan, and Question 2A, which will limit the city’s ability to use condemnation and eminent domain, were approved in the March 3 special election. Final results showed Question 300 prevailed by a margin of 5,755 votes to 3,811; Question 2A had 6,583 yes votes to 2,890 opposed.

  • Woman prisoner dies in Jeffco jail

    A woman died Monday night while in custody at the Jefferson County jail.

  • Vandals cause $25,000 in damage at Meadows Golf Club

    Authorities are on the lookout for vandals who caused more than $25,000 in damage to golf carts and fencing at the Meadows Golf Club in South Jeffco.

    Vandals visited the course on three separate occasions over the past month and were apparently discouraged during the third incident by recently installed surveillance cameras that photographed two suspects and a vehicle. 

  • Voters set to decide on limits on urban renewal tools

    Littleton voters will decide March 3 if they’ll get the last word on the city’s future urban renewal plans.

    The special election has two question on the ballot, both pertaining to urban renewal. Question 2A would limit the city’s ability to use eminent domain and condemnation; Question 300 would require citizen approval for any new urban renewal plan, or for significant changes to existing plans.