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  • Woman lost sense of well-being; friend lost her life

    Editor’s note: This is one installment in a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which was observed in October.

    Darkness shrouds the door to Jenn’s home to such an extent that you don’t realize there’s a door there at all — until the porch light flickers on abruptly, betraying your presence to anyone and everyone nearby.

    Perhaps it’s just a default setting, but maybe it’s something more.

    Maybe it’s fear.

  • South precinct’s new captain looks to connect with community

    Scott Happ always knew he would one day be involved in public service; he just didn’t know how.

    Happ, a former military policeman and California native, was promoted in early September to captain of the south precinct of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office after serving as deputy sheriff and lieutenant for 15 years. As captain, he hopes to build better relationships with the community.

  • Bonfils Blood Center opens South Jeffco location

    Blood donors in South Jeffco now have a new place to give after Bonfils Blood Center opened its eighth community donation center on South Wadsworth Boulevard.

    Bonfils, which has been operating in Colorado since 1943, collects blood to provide to patients in about 100 different hospitals across the state.

    “When we’re able, we also provide blood to patients in other states, but Colorado’s needs always come first,” said Liz Lambert, a Bonfils spokeswoman.

  • Ballot question could prohibit new rooftop patios in Morrison

    New rooftop patios might soon be prohibited in downtown Morrison, depending on how residents vote in next week’s election.

    One of the town’s two ballot questions asks voters to choose whether to prohibit future rooftop patios at local establishments or set strict regulations for those built in the future.

    “It was a concern of some of the board and some residents, and the board just decided to refer it to the residents,” said Town Administrator Kara Zabilansky.

  • Thieves break into South Jeffco liquor store

    Three men reportedly broke into a South Jeffco liquor store about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, stole $1,150 worth of liquor and caused $3,100 in damage.

    After arriving at the Arrow Liquor Mart in the Bowles Crossing Shopping Center in the 8000 block of West Bowles Avenue, two of the men smashed the front window with a large rock. 

    The thieves took 18 bottles of liquor, damaging other bottles and one of the store’s cash registers, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton. 

  • Trump slams Clinton, corruption and Colorado balloting in Jeffco appearance

    At a Jeffco rally on Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump compared Hillary Clinton's e-mail troubles to the Watergate-level corruption and voiced suspicions about the validity of the state's mail-in balloting.

    With Election Day less than two weeks away, Trump addressed thousands at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon, hoping to sway undecided voters and solidify his supporters in this battleground state. 

  • Hundreds participate in Lights On Afterschool event at Foothills

    More than 300 South Jeffco students participated last Thursday in a special after-school celebration at the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

  • A scary good time: Haunted house raises funds for St. Jude’s Hospital

    Some families are crazy about Thanksgiving, while others prefer Christmas, Hanukkah or Easter.

    But for Debbie Christensen and her family, it’s all about Halloween.

    With the help of her children and siblings, the South Jeffco resident creates a haunted house in the front yard of her home each year. Through word of mouth and social media, the haunted house has continued to grow in its 15 or so years, and now Christensen and her family use it as a means of raising funds for organizations like Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • South Jeffco home damaged by fire

    A South Jeffco home was damaged by fire Sunday afternoon after flames ignited in the garage and spread.

    Crews from West Metro Fire responded to a house on Ridge Tree Drive about 3:49 p.m.

    “The owner was home at the time. When our crews got there, he was out on the front lawn” said West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting.

    No one was injured in the blaze.

  • Jeffco authorities participate in cross-country operation targeting sex traffickers

    The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force and local law enforcement partners — including the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and district attorney — last week targeted sex traffickers who put children up for sale in Colorado and Wyoming, arresting 11 pimps and 32 customers, and recovering nine children.