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  • Ex-principal facing sex-assault charge fired by district

    The Jeffco school district has fired the former principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School, who stands accused of sexual assault on a minor.

    The district placed Steven Weigum, 55, on administrative leave March 10, the day after his arrest. The school board was notified at its May 7 meeting that Weigum had been let go, district spokeswoman Lisa Pinto said.

    Pinto said the district would not comment on an ongoing legal matter. Weigum had been with Jeffco Public Schools since July 2001, when he was hired as principal at Bergen Valley Elementary in Evergreen.

  • Council approves construction-defects ordinance

    Citing a lack of action by the state legislature, the Littleton City Council has approved its own version of a construction-defects law.

    Several bills aimed at reforming the state law — which developers blame for a dearth of condo construction — failed in this year’s legislative session.

    Littleton’s new ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily

  • Suspect found dead after standoff at Essex House Motel

    A bank robbery suspect who barricaded himself in the Essex House Motel in Littleton after shooting an FBI agent on Friday afternoon died from a self-inflicted gunshot during the ensuing standoff.

    The suspect was identified by the Arapahoe County coroner’s office as Jesus Emmanuel Avila, 19. The FBI said in an interview with AP that Avila was wanted in connection with a series of bank robberies in the metro area committed by the “Longhorn Bandit.” The robber often wore a University of Texas Longhorns baseball hat.

  • Sheriff investigating after man impersonates deputy

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man wearing shorts and a T-shirt approached two teenagers on North Ranch Road in South Jeffco and claimed to be an off-duty deputy.

  • Autopsy: Jail inmate died from excessive vomiting

    An autopsy on the body of Jennifer Lobato, the Jeffco jail prisoner who died after waiting hours in vain for medical treatment, showed the cause of death was cardiac arrest due to excessive vomiting.

    Lobato, 37, died in her cell on March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. That morning, Lobato had complained to a deputy that she wasn’t feeling well. By afternoon, both Lobato and her cellmate had asked that she be seen by the jail’s medical staff.

  • Jeffco commissioners OK raises for DA’s employees

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given their initial approval to a requested salary increase for some employees of the district attorney’s office.

    District Attorney Pete Weir requested $120,648 from the board April 28 to address what he said were significant issues with salaries for newer attorneys in the DA’s office.

  • Southwest Plaza annexation on hold again

    A possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar is in a holding pattern again.

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, and Bow Mar have decided to delay the annexation plan until the company completes the ongoing $75 million to $80 million renovation of the shopping center. The renovations are set to be finished this fall.

  • Restrictions on sidewalk displays are retained

    By Ramsey Scott

    Staff Writer

    The Littleton City Council has temporarily put off making any changes to restrictions on retail sidewalk displays downtown.

    Last May, the council voted to let downtown merchants use the sidewalks in front of their stores to display merchandise for three days each month. Merchants must apply to the city for a free permit before putting out displays.

  • Meeting without minutes raises Sunshine Law questions

    The Littleton City Council didn’t keep minutes of a meeting during which it interviewed the seven candidates for an open council seat, a possible violation of the state Open Meetings Law.

    The law states that “local public bodies must keep minutes of meetings where formal action does or could occur.” Since all six members of the council were present at the April 14 meeting, formal action could have been taken on the vacancy.

  • Scouts plan suicide-prevention walk

    A group of Girl Scouts in South Jeffco has continued to work this year to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.

    For the third year, the seven members of Troop 50379 will hold the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on May 2 at Dakota Ridge High School. The event raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and raises awareness about the serious problem of suicide, said Sonja Singelstad, 16, a member of the troop.