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  • Jefferson County woman dies in attack by family dogs; son injured

    A Conifer woman was killed and her son injured Monday night in an attack by their two dogs at their home in the 31000 block of Black Widow Drive.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Susan Shawl, 60, died at the scene, and her son Richard Shawl, 36, was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

  • Jeffco begins live-streaming county commission meetings

    Jeffco has announced it will begin live-streaming county commissioners’ meetings on the Jefferson County website. 

    During the hearings, which typically take place Tuesday mornings, commissioners address public policies and issues that affect the Jeffco community. In addition to attending in person, residents can watch the hearings live online to stay informed and engaged about what is happening in the county.

  • Lifeguard shortage forces closure of Lilley Gulch indoor pool

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has been forced to close one of its indoor pools due to a shortage of aquatics staff.

    Foothills officials had already planned to close on Monday the pool at the Lilley Gulch Recreation Center, 6147 S. Holland Way, for its annual cleaning. But district officials decided not to reopen the pool due to a shortage of lifeguards. District officials announced the staff shortage also would affect open swim hours at the pools at The Ridge Recreation Center, 6613 S. Ward St.

  • Attempted kidnapping reported near Kipling and Belleview

    A man reportedly attempted to abduct a young girl Monday evening outside her home near South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, a 9-year-old girl was in her driveway about 8 p.m. in the 10000 block of West Grand Avenue when a man touched her on the shoulder and said, "Come with me." She immediately ran inside her house to report the incident to her parents, sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. The girl was uninjured.

  • Jeffco deputies searching for shingle slingers

    Jeffco deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who are suspected of damaging roofs and vehicles in South Jeffco.

    About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, residents of the 11000 block of West Chenango Drive witnessed two men on a parking lot garage roof. The men appeared to be ripping shingles from the roof and throwing them at parked cars — causing damage to at least two vehicles, according to a Jeffco sheriff's news release. 

  • B'nai Chaim plans annual Shabbat in the Park

    By Ramsey Scott, For the Courier

    Congregation B’nai Chaim is once again headed to Clement Park to take its Shabbat service out of the synagogue and celebrate under the summer sky this Friday night.

    The annual sojourn to Clement Park has become an end-of-summer tradition for the Morrison-based congregation, said Sandy Solove, the synagogue’s administrator and former congregation president. 

  • Foothills Park and Rec sprucing up newly acquired Fieldhouse

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District wasted little time in moving into its newly acquired Foothills Fieldhouse, and several projects already are under way in preparation for a grand reopening, which hopefully will take place in the fall.

  • Participants in bicycle race greeted by threatening graffiti

    Bicyclists who participated in Saturday’s Red Rocks Gran Fondo race saw a mix of encouraging and threatening graffiti on Brook Forest Road in Evergreen.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, vandals painted messages on the road surface in multiple locations and on rocks near 9000 Black Mountain Drive sometime before the race started Saturday morning.

  • Vandals cause thousands of dollars in damage at Montessori Peaks Academy

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two teenagers suspected of causing thousands of dollars in damage to a school in South Jeffco.

    At 6 a.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a call about a suspicious incident at Montessori Peaks Academy, 9904 W. Capri Ave. A neighbor of the school reported to 911 dispatchers hearing glass breaking and a consistent banging noise. The neighbor also said there were two people outside the school.

  • County sees declines in property crimes in second quarter

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader last week presented the commissioners the county’s crime stats for the second quarter of 2016, which showed interesting changes in the property-crime categories compared to prior years.