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  • Program seeks to help struggling families pay for child care

    Families working their way out of poverty face a disressing catch-22 known as the “cliff effect” — a small increase in income can lead to a loss of benefits, more than countering the additional money they’re earning.

    Jeffco’s Human Services Department is part of a state pilot program designed to address that situation by continuing to provide child-care assistance even when a family’s income exceeds an arbitrary threshold.

  • Commissioners apparently violate Open Meetings Law

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners appeared to violate Colorado’s Open Meetings Law when they continued to discuss a measure involving changes to county regulations while the board was in recess.

    The apparent violation occurred Sept. 29 during a public hearing on proposed changes to county regulations governing such things as roadway design, land development and storm drainage. The board went into a short recess after Commissioner Don Rosier asked if the hearing could be postponed to a later date to give the board more time to analyze changes to the proposal.

  • County still trying to get reimbursed for some flood-related costs

    Jeffco continues to be frustrated by the reimbursement process from the federal government for funds spent to repair damage from the September 2013 flooding.

    The county’s infrastructure sustained about $6 million in damage, repair costs for which were eligible for state and federal assistance. For expenses approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government pays 75 percent, the state government pays 12.5 percent, and the county pays the remaining 12.5 percent.

  • Southwest Plaza searched after bomb threat

    A search of Southwest Plaza spurred by a telephone bomb threat Monday evening turned up nothing suspicious, and the mall’s doors were reopened to customers.

    Patrons were barred from entering the mall while the search took place, though customers inside weren’t evacuated.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter account at 8:14 p.m. that nothing was found during the search.

  • Suspect in attempted murder is apprehended

    A suspect in an attempted homicide has been taken into custody, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing, the Sheriff's Office announced via its Twitter account at 11:57 p.m. Friday. The Sheriff’s Office and other agencies had searched for Zuchowski since Thursday night after an incident that apparently stemmed from a disagreement about money.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Wednesday and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • Woman found unresponsive at Chatfield Reservoir

    A woman paddleboarding at Chatfield Reservoir was found unresponsive and rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, authorities say.

    According to Jeffco sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, an adult female was found unconscious shortly after 1 p.m. near the Chatfield swim beach. Medical personnel transported her to Littleton Hospital and were performing CPR en route.

  • Student artwork lands in high-profile exhibit

    The walls of the student services office at the School of Education at Metropolitan State University are now the permanent home to 15 pieces of artwork by students at Normandy Elementary.

  • Woman's attacker could face extended sentence

    A South Jeffco man who was convicted of attacking his girlfriend last July has a hearing this week to consider whether his prior felony convictions could be considered during the habitual criminal phase of his sentencing.

    Chuck Martinez was arrested in July 2015 after his girlfriend was found covered in blood at her apartment complex in the 3500 block of South Nelson Circle. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, including a skull fracture and brain bleed.

  • District weighing options after medical-marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.