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  • MacBean's purchases: a breathtaking spending spree

    After former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean was sentenced to eight years in prison for theft, current chief Randy Simpson said he and the department had been waiting a long time for the day of reckoning.

    “It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders,” Simpson said outside the courtroom Friday evening. “This has been 19 months of hard work. I never expected to be in this position.”

    Simpson became volunteer chief in April after MacBean’s theft of more than $647,000 from the department surfaced in March 2013.

  • Foothills poised to seek 53 percent tax increase

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is poised to ask residents for a 53 percent property-tax increase in November. 

    The district's Board of Directors will vote on ballot language for the 4-mill boost at its Aug. 26 meeting. The board unanimously supported the proposal at its July 22 meeting. 

    The increase would raise annual taxes by $95.52 for a $300,000 home in the district. The current mill levy is 7.559, which does not include special subdistricts; the owner of a $300,000 home would pay $276.03 annually if the increase is approved. 

  • Jeffco gathering details on town's proposal to annex Southwest Plaza

    Residents of Jeffco and Bow Mar will have to wait several weeks before the final details of the town's proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza will be available. 

    The county is calculating how much it spends on law enforcement services for the mall and on street maintenance, including snow plowing, for the portions of South Sheridan Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue that Bow Mar would have to claim for the "flagpole" annexation.

  • Eatery plans fund-raiser for deputy’s family

    Hurricane Grill & Wings has teamed with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to raise money to support the family of Sgt. David Baldwin, who died in a highway accident while on duty in January.

    The restaurant on West Bowles Avenue across from Clement Park will donate 25 percent of sales on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to the Baldwin family and the Jeffco Memorial Fund. Baldwin was killed Jan. 26 when an SUV struck his motorcycle on Colorado 93 while he was on patrol.

  • MacBean sentenced to 8 years in prison for theft

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean was sentenced Friday afternoon to eight years in prison for stealing more than $647,000 from the Morrison-based fire district over a three-year period.

    MacBean was sentenced to six years in prison for two theft counts and two years for an embezzlement charge. MacBean pleaded guilty in April.

    The sentence also includes five years of probation after prison. MacBean faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in jail.

  • Jeffco clerk supports gay marriage

    Jeffco Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson is publicly supporting the right of gay couples to wed, even though the county will not issue same-sex marriage licenses until the issue is resolved in the courts. 

    "I believe strongly in individual rights, and I personally support marriage equality and look forward to the day when that right is available to all," Anderson, a Republican, said in a letter to her constituents this month.

  • Residents question proposal for mall annexation

    During three meetings last week on the possible flagpole annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar, it was clear that residents of the town and South Jeffco still have more questions than answers.

    During a monthly meeting of Bow Mar’s trustees on July 21, a presentation by the mall’s owner, General Growth Properties, on July 22, and a town hall meeting hosted by Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe on July 24, the public sought more specifics. 

  • Question on recreational pot sales won't be on ballot

    Jeffco's county commissioners won't ask residents to vote this fall on whether recreational marijuana stores should be allowed in the county's unincorporated areas. 

    The commissioners decided July 22 against putting a measure on the November ballot, a decision that will let the county’s marijuana task force complete its work and present findings to the board. 

  • Urban renewal authority still taking flak

    Littleton’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, is asking residents not to jump to conclusions about the current urban renewal plan after another contentious board meeting on July 21.

    The board is finalizing the boundaries for urban renewal plans for four areas: Broadway, Columbine Square, Littleton Boulevard and South Santa Fe Drive. Once a plan has been finalized, it will go before the city’s Planning Board and then to a final vote by the City Council. 

  • 'It's training and reaction'

    When Jeffco sheriff’s Deputy Fred Haggett came face to face with an armed criminal, only one thing went through the deputy’s mind.

    “He was trying to get into and hijack another vehicle; I couldn’t let that happen,” Haggett said.

    Haggett tackled Christopher David Sullivan on Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain on July 23 after a burglary and carjacking spree.