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  • County still trying to get reimbursed for some flood-related costs

    Jeffco continues to be frustrated by the reimbursement process from the federal government for funds spent to repair damage from the September 2013 flooding.

    The county’s infrastructure sustained about $6 million in damage, repair costs for which were eligible for state and federal assistance. For expenses approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government pays 75 percent, the state government pays 12.5 percent, and the county pays the remaining 12.5 percent.

  • Southwest Plaza searched after bomb threat

    A search of Southwest Plaza spurred by a telephone bomb threat Monday evening turned up nothing suspicious, and the mall’s doors were reopened to customers.

    Patrons were barred from entering the mall while the search took place, though customers inside weren’t evacuated.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter account at 8:14 p.m. that nothing was found during the search.

  • Suspect in attempted murder is apprehended

    A suspect in an attempted homicide has been taken into custody, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing, the Sheriff's Office announced via its Twitter account at 11:57 p.m. Friday. The Sheriff’s Office and other agencies had searched for Zuchowski since Thursday night after an incident that apparently stemmed from a disagreement about money.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Wednesday and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • Wildfire response exercise planned in Ken-Caryl area

    A full-scale wildfire preparation exercise is planned for the Ken-Caryl area on Saturday. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Grant Program, the exercise will involve neighborhood evacuations, a mock shelter at Chatfield High School and more.

  • Mercury Rising

    Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.

  • School district, teachers union reach contract agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations.

    The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises, $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase and a transparent pay schedule. It retains a slightly modified version of the controversial pay-for-performance system instituted by the previous school board.

  • Superintendent: Options exist for addressing facilities needs

    If Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan isn’t approved next month, the district will have to consider other solutions to the issue of its aging buildings and the capital needs associated with repairing and replacing those facilities.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, year-round school, a split-shift schedule and a bond issue focused on deferred maintenance all are possibilities.

  • Jury convicts Littleton man in slaying of common-law wife

    A Littleton man accused of killing his common-law wife was convicted Monday of first-degree murder. 

    Michael Sommerfield, 35, was found guilty by a jury in the slaying of Michele Lucero, 34, in 2014. On March 21, 2014, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was called to Lucero’s home in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive, where she was found dead. An autopsy later concluded the woman had died from ligature strangulation. 

  • DA’s office reviewing complaint about forged signatures on Keyser’s petitions

    The economic crime unit of the Denver DA’s office is reviewing a complaint from ProgressNow Colorado, a political group that has alleged signatures were forged on the petitions of Jon Keyser in his bid to make the GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

    After receiving a letter from Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow, the district attorney's office agreed to review the complaint, said Lynn Kimbrough, Denver DA’s spokesperson.

    “We are in the process of looking at documents,” Kimbrough said.