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  • Commissioner Szabo opts to drive new county-owned vehicle

    County Commissioner Libby Szabo is driving a new county vehicle purchased specifically for her.

    County policy allows elected officials to use a county-provided vehicle or to receive reimbursement for mileage on a personal vehicle. Szabo chose a new Ford Taurus, at a cost of $40,000. Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier use their personal vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage.

  • RTD’s proposed fare increase finds opposition in South Jeffco

    A plan by the Regional Transportation District to increase fares and eliminate transfers continues to elicit protests, including opposition from South Jeffco commuters.

    At a public meeting April 8 at the Ken Caryl Ranch House, a handful of area residents criticized RTD’s proposed new fee structure, with several attendees expressing concern about the elimination of transfers and how that would affect low-income riders.

    Meanwhile, at a meeting in Denver on the same day, more than 100 people protested the planned changes, according to media reports.

  • Suspect sought in Walmart burglary

    The Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who stole $1,200 worth of video game and computer equipment from a locked display at a South Jeffco Walmart.

    According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man entered the Walmart at 13420 W. Coal Mine Ave. about 5:45 a.m. April 5, put several large pieces of cardboard into his cart, and proceeded to the store’s electronics department.

  • Victim identified in fire death

    Littleton police have identified the man who died in a fire on Monday.

    Roger Alan Conklin, 52, was found on fire in the backyard of a home in the 500 block of West Crestline Circle, just southeast of Cornerstone Park. Police are investigating the incident but said in a news release that the death did not appear to be related to a crime.

  • RTD’s drive for federal funding rolls through Littleton

    Users of public transit are being asked to stand up if they want to keep their seats on the bus.

    RTD parked its “Signature Bus” in downtown Littleton on Saturday to raise awareness of the need for long-term federal funding of public transit. Supporters signed the sides of the bus, which will take part in the Stand Up for Transportation Day parade in Denver on Thursday.

  • Panelists ponder coverage of racial issues

    • Was an NAACP office in Colorado Springs actually the target of a homemade bomb that was detonated in January, or was the explosion meant for a nearby tax preparer’s office?

    • Why was 5-year-old JonBenet Ramsey’s murder in 1996 covered in so much more detail than the rape and murder of a 9-year-old black girl two weeks later in a Chicago housing project?

  • Jeffco hoping to raise awareness of child abuse

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Jeffco’s Human Services Division wants to raise awareness about an issue that affects every community.

    Mary Berg, Jeffco’s deputy director of human services, said the county wants to inform community members about the tools available to help combat and prevent child abuse.

  • Lobato family contemplating legal action

    The family of Jennifer Lobato, the prisoner who died in the Jeffco jail while awaiting medical attention, will wait for the completion of an investigation before deciding whether to take legal action.

    David Lane, the lawyer representing the Lobato family, said the family has been in contact with the Sheriff’s Office about the investigation and will wait until a coroner’s report is complete before deciding on their next step.

  • Fire guts two apartments, leaves several residents homeless

    A fire in an apartment complex in Littleton on Friday afternoon left several people homeless.

    The blaze broke out about noon at Verona Apartment Homes, 29831 W. Centennial Drive, just south of West Belleview Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.

  • Fire reported in apartment building; residents forced to evacuate

    A 24-unit apartment building on South Federal Circle in Littleton was evacuated Monday after a fire was reported.

    City spokeswoman Kelli Narde said the structure itself was not believed to be in danger but that flames had been detected in the walls and roof.

    "It's a stubborn fire," she said. "It's under control. But it's in the walls and roof."