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  • Firearm from gun-store burglary involved in accidental shooting of teen

    Police believe a gun involved in the accidental shooting of an Edgewater 13-year-old was among the dozens of firearms stolen from two Littleton gun stores last month.

    Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey said the teen was accidentally shot in the leg while standing with three other juveniles on an apartment balcony July 14. Mackey said the teen was expected to recover. 

  • China honors local resident for efforts to help giant panda

    It was 1999 when South Jeffco resident Suzanne Braden first came face to face with a giant panda.

    Braden was in China visiting the Wolong National Nature Reserve, which today encompasses nearly 500,000 acres and is home to about 150 giant pandas. The reserve also consists of four panda bases, including the China Conservation Research Center for the Giant Panda, where veterinarians and conservationists raise pandas and panda cubs in captivity.

  • Jeffco commissioners back Raise The Bar movement

    During staff briefings July 19, two of Jeffco's county commissioners asked staff to draft a letter in support of “Raise the Bar: Protect Our Constitution.”

    Spearheaded by former state senators Greg Brophy and Dan Gibbs, Raise the Bar is a ballot initiative aimed at making it more difficult to change Colorado’s constitution. Brophy, a Republican who represented Colorado’s 1st Senate District for nearly a decade until his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2014, appeared July 19 before the commission.

  • Jeffco set for debut of ‘Up Canyon Segment’ of Peaks to Plains Trail

    This week, Jeffco Open Space will celebrate its first milestone in the broader statewide effort to promote outdoor recreation when it opens a newly constructed section of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon.

  • Groundwater not tested after toxin found at Lockheed

    Neither the Colorado health department nor Lockheed Martin tested groundwater at the company’s Waterton Canyon facility in South Jeffco after a toxic waste deposit was discovered there last October.

    Publicly disclosed about a month ago, the solid waste deposit was a sodium nitrate waste salt containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — and it measured approximately 1 to 2 feet thick, 20 feet wide and 50 feet long, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

  • Two in custody after early-morning home invasion in South Jeffco

    Two men have been arrested in the wake of a home invasion in South Jeffco early July 26.

    Colton Roley, 24, of the 6800 block of South Elati St., was arrested July 26 on suspicion of felony first-degree burglary, as well as assault and illegal discharge of a firearm in an occupied residence, both misdemeanors. Tyler Derouin, 27, of the 6900 block of South Newland Court, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, a felony.

    According to the district attorney’s office, the two were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to be advised of charges.

  • Rec district partners with Mormon Church, local HOA on playground

    Early next month, about 200 volunteers are expected to come together to construct a new playground at West Laurel Park in South Jeffco.

  • Rides just a phone call away with RTD service

    By Babzanne Barker

    For the Courier

    RTD’s green and white Call-n-Ride buses have been operating in South Jeffco for the past four years, but many area residents still may not know the service is available or how to hitch a ride.

    Tim Edgar, who lives in the Leawood subdivision, has been riding the vans daily since their inception in January 2012, and would have a much harder time getting to work without them.

  • Street tacos coming to Southwest Plaza mall

    Street tacos have been all the rage in recent years, with both food trucks and brick-and-mortar eateries getting crafty with the seemingly simple Mexican staple. R Taco threw its hat in the ring six years ago in Dallas, and its third Colorado location is scheduled to open this week at Southwest Plaza.

  • ‘Still here after 100 years’

    England was in the throes of World War II when London resident Mary Barry went into labor with her first child.

    She remembers many of the roads were closed because of the bombing. Shells exploded all around the ambulance as it meandered its way to the hospital.

    On an earlier occasion, Barry recalled how she and her husband, Jim, were caught off guard by a sudden barrage that was so intense they were unable to escape to shelter. Hunkered down in the street, Mary asked Jim if he thought they would survive until morning.