Local News

  • Board's battle over accountability committee continues

    School board members continued their spat last Thursday over the formation of a new district accountability committee, with the board’s conservative majority approving guidelines for committee membership.

  • Father arrested after 2 toddlers are found in South Jeffco neighborhood

    The father of two toddlers who were found alone Wednesday in a South Jeffco neighborhood has been arrested on a charge of suspected child abuse not resulting in injury, a Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman said.

    Kyle McClelland, 25, was arrested several hours after his two sons were found walking near the 5400 block of South Quail Way in Littleton, a residential neighborhood.

  • Toddlers found alone in South Jeffco neighborhood; parents sought

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has identified the parents of two toddlers who were found alone Wednesday in a South Jeffco neighborhood, and charges are being contemplated.

    The Sheriff’s Office made the announcement via Twitter shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, and said the investigation was ongoing. No further information was immediately available.

  • 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.

  • RTD board member to host telephone town hall

    RTD will host a telephone town hall meeting for residents of South Jeffco and the foothills areas at 7 p.m. Oct 15.

    The town hall is for RTD’s District N, which covers a massive area from Coal Creek Canyon in the north to Green Mountain in the south, along with Morrison and much of South Jeffco and the Columbine area. Residents can hear about the five new light-rail lines opening in 2016 and RTD’s new fare structure, and can talk with Tina Francone, their representative on the RTD board.

  • Jail releases prisoner on bond in violation of new law

    The Jeffco jail ran afoul of a new law last month when it allowed a prisoner accused of sexual assault and child trafficking to post bond and leave before appearing in front of a judge.

    Sean Travis Crumpler, 48, faces 12 charges in Arapahoe County related to an alleged child sex-trafficking ring, including two counts of trafficking sexual servitude of a minor. He turned himself in at the Jeffco jail on the morning of Sept. 16. He posted bond several hours later and was released.

  • Love INC plans fund-raiser Oct. 15

    Love INC of Littleton, an organization that coordinates the efforts of 30 area churches to address such issues as senior care and emergency shelter for the homeless, is set to host its Empty Bowls fund-raiser Oct. 15.

    The fund-raiser, at the Wildlife Experience in Lone Tree from 5 to 8:30 p.m., will feature a menu of homemade soups, live and silent auctions, and guest speaker Eric Alexander, a climber, skier and mountaineer who runs Higher Summits, a motivational and spiritual organization.

  • Jeffco officials lift fire ban

    Vegetation in Jeffco is moist enough again for officials to lift a countywide fire ban.

    The fire ban was lifted at 8 a.m. Tuesday on all unincorporated areas in Jefferson County, including all federal land.

    Clear Creek County could also lift its fire ban soon, said Sheriff Rick Albers.

    Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the threat of wildfire in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

  • Suspect in Parker man's slaying to be prosecuted in Elbert County

    The man charged in a Jeffco court in connection with the slaying of Jason Michael Dosa, 44, of Parker will instead be prosecuted in Elbert County.
    Shawn Geerdes, 46, faces charges of first-degree murder and second-degree arson in the death of Dosa, whose body was found in a burning car in the Deer Creek area Sept. 20. Geerdes was arrested Sept. 23.
    The case was moved Sept. 30 because authorities believe the crime was committed in Elbert County, judicial spokeswoman Michelle Yi said.

  • Morrison bed and breakfast gutted by early-morning fire

    A fire early Thursday caused extensive damage at a historic bed and breakfast in Morrison.

    West Metro Fire Rescue received a call before 5 a.m. that a blaze had broken out in the basement of the Horton House Bed & Breakfast at 105 Cannon St.. Three people were in the building at the time of the fire, including one guest, but no one was injured, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire.