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  • Askins arraignment continued again

    The arraignment for the man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22 has been continued for the fourth time.

    Andrew Askins, 18, was charged in late April with two Class 4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

    He appeared before the court Monday afternoon for an arraignment but asked for a continuance. At an arraignment, the rights of the defendant are formally read and a plea is entered. Askins will return to court at 1 p.m. Jan. 16.

  • Sharing kindness in South Jeffco

    For many, the holiday season reinvigorates a desire to donate to a charity, volunteer with a local nonprofit organization or lend a helping hand to a neighbor.

    But for these individuals, every day is an opportunity to give back.

    The Ken-Caryl Kindness Crew

    When Sarah Quirke received two notices about her front yard from the Ken-Caryl Homeowners’ Association, it got her thinking. How many others were receiving similar notices but struggling to fix the problem?

  • Meals on Wheels creates relationships

    Riggs and Bobbi Smith of Littleton pull up to an apartment complex in South Jeffco and park their sedan.

    It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving, and the backseat is filled with empty grocery bags and a cooler full of packaged meals. Riggs hops out, grabbing a bag with a steaming hot chicken dinner and a cup of apple slices. Bobbi decides she’ll wait in the car for this stop.

    Knock. Knock. Knock.

  • Eastwood could be granted temporary, unsupervised trips

    Bruco Eastwood could be granted temporary, unsupervised trips from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, depending on how a Jefferson County judge rules at a Dec. 15 hearing.

    Eastwood, 39, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in October 2011 for the February 2010 shooting at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton. During the shooting, Eastwood was accused of bringing a high-powered rifle into the school and injuring two eighth-grade students, Matthew Thieu and Reagan Weber.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Math problem
    WEST QUINCY AVENUE
    — Not long ago, Cole replaced about 50 feet of his back fence with clean, new boards. Not long after that, he found the bright-red number “47” spray-painted across the pristine pickets. With no active feuds in the neighborhood and no idea what the significance of the number 47 might be, Cole asked JCSO to weigh in. Arriving in full investigation mode, deputies had nothing to investigate because the energetic Cole had already “sanded” away the evidence. Officers 86ed the case.

  • Gonzales pleads not guilty to child abuse charges

    The man accused of seriously injuring a toddler pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of felony child abuse with seriously bodily harm.

    Joshua James Gonzales, 22, will return to court Jan. 17 for a motions hearing. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, Gonzales posted a $100,000 cash or surety bond on Oct. 27 and is no longer in custody.

  • Community solar garden is considered

    The town of Morrison may one day receive power from a community solar garden.

    After hearing a presentation from Oak Leaf Energy Partners of Denver in a Nov. 7 town meeting, the board of directors decided to move forward with the data-collection process. The company has been around for about 12 years and has completed approximately 70 projects similar to one it proposed for Morrison.

  • Morrison’s Flights Wine Café on the move

    While Flights Wine Café is not closing its doors for good, the Morrison business is saying goodbye to the quaint and quirky cottage it currently calls home.

  • Red Rocks Elementary honors those who’ve served

    For students at Red Rocks Elementary School, last Friday was a day of remembrance as students, teachers and community members gathered for the school’s annual Veterans Day celebration.

    After a formal flag ceremony with an honor guard posting the flag outside of the school, various veterans stopped by classrooms to share stories of their time in the military.

  • Jeffco jail opens new housing unit for military veterans

    As soon as Dale Murphy heard about the new veterans’ housing unit at the Jefferson County Jail, he signed the papers to join.

    “I wanted to help perpetuate the program,” the four-year Army veteran said.

    “I don’t want to expect anything too much, but I do have high hopes. Man, I really have high hopes for people to come later,” Murphy added. “With it being so new, I’m not going to be able to get the full benefits, but I wanted to be here to help kick it off.”