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  • Woman who stole funds from booster club gets work-release

    The woman who stole nearly $10,000 from the volleyball booster club at Chatfield High School has been sentenced to one year in a jail work-release program and five years of probation.

    Kathleen McGrath, 57, of Littleton pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to theft, a class 4 felony. While treasurer of the Spikers Booster Club from March 2012 to February 2013, McGrath reportedly spent $9,976 on items not related to the team.

    During McGrath’s one-year sentence, she will be permitted to work outside the Jeffco jail during the day before reporting back at night.

  • Council declines to change Santa Fe urban renewal plan

    The Littleton City Council declined on March 17 to make changes to the Santa Fe Drive urban renewal plan — a move that would have triggered a citywide election in the wake of voters’ recent approval of Question 300.

    The changes, which would have started the clock on tax-increment financing in the South Santa Fe corridor north of Mineral Drive, originally were presented to the council on Feb. 17. Council members voted then to delay any changes until after the March 3 election.

  • Littleton hires public works director

    Littleton has hired a new public works director.

    Mark Relph was selected from 64 applicants to replace former public works chief Charlie Blosten, who retired Feb. 28. Relph will start his new position on April 14.

  • Principal charged in sexual assault case

    Steven Weigum, the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a minor, was officially charged March 17.

    Weigum, 55, faces counts 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, all felonies. An additional charge of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, was filed after Weigum’s first court appearance.

  • Deputy derided prisoner who died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.”

  • Littleton to end use of red-light cameras

    Littleton will pull the plug on red-light cameras later this year.

    The City Council voted unanimously March 3 to end the program when the current contract between the city and American Traffic Solutions ends on July 31.

    The program began in 2009 at West Littleton Boulevard and South Broadway and expanded to four other intersections: South Santa Fe Drive and West Mineral Avenue, South Santa Fe and West Bowles Avenue, South Broadway and West Mineral Avenue, and South Platte Canyon Road/South Lowell Boulevard and West Bowles.

  • Board rejects volleyball, brewpub on nursery land

    A sand volleyball center and brewpub proposed for a section of the Jared’s Nursery property on West Bowles Avenue was unanimously rejected by the Jeffco Planning Commission on Feb. 25.

    The proposal now goes to Jeffco’s county commissioners for a final decision. The board has scheduled a public hearing on the plan for March 17.

  • Jail prisoner who died was awaiting medical attention

    A shoplifting suspect who died March 2 while in custody at the Jeffco jail requested medical attention during the afternoon but stopped breathing hours later and died before she was seen by medical professionals. 

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, complained to jail staff that afternoon about feeling ill, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. A deputy then notified the jail’s medical staff that Lobato was throwing up and had asked to see a doctor.

  • 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.