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  • Sergeant remembered for sense of duty — and humor

    Sean Renfro built a reputation as a person of character who valued his family, faith and his duty as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    But it was Renfro’s sense of humor and his smile that defined him, according to friends and family who spoke at his funeral Monday at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Littleton voters will weigh two charter amendments on urban renewal

    In March, Littleton voters will be presented with two choices on how, if at all, the city should restrict the use of urban-renewal tools.

    One amendment to the city charter, proposed by a group of residents, would require approval from city voters to use tax sharing, eminent domain, condemnation, tax-increment financing, revenue sharing, or cost sharing.

  • Funeral planned Monday for sheriff's sergeant

    A funeral is planned Monday afternoon for the Jeffco sheriff's sergeant killed by a car Jan. 3 while helping stranded motorists.

    Sgt. Sean Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. He is survived by his wife and four children.

  • ‘An angel stopped to help — and gave his life’

    Chauncey and Kenny Tate knew Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro for just a few minutes, but they will never forget him.

    Renfro stopped to help the Denver brother and sister Saturday after their car crashed on U.S. 285, and he was struck by another vehicle and killed. Chauncey’s 9-month-old son, Angus, also was in their car.

  • Littleton council OKs $200,000 loan to city’s urban renewal authority

    The Littleton City Council has approved a $200,000 loan to the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow.

    The loan, $50,000 of which was made available immediately and has a payback date of 2019, was approved by the council Dec. 16 on a 5-2 vote. The loan includes a provision that each additional distribution must get council approval.

  • Commissioners allocate $1.5 million in extra raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given initial approval to the distribution of $1.5 million in raises for county employees in several departments.

    The $1.5 million, equal to a 1 percent raise, was included in the 2015 budget to address a rising attrition rate among county employees. The money is in addition to a 2 percent merit-based pay increase in the 2015 budget.

  • 2014: Elections, annexations and school district turmoil

    Midterm elections, muddled annexations and school district gyrations marked 2014 for South Jeffco residents.

    The November election featured several hotly contested races, while a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by Bow Mar caused consternation for residents of South Jeffco and of the tiny town. Meanwhile, actions by the new school board majority sparked teacher sick-outs, student walkouts and national headlines.

  • Atomic bomb developer Simons dies at 92

    By Ann Imse, For the Courier

    In 1944, Sanford L. Simons had just graduated as a metallurgical engineer when he was drafted by scientists looking for the brightest minds they could find to help create the atom bomb that would go on to win World War II.

  • Jeffco commissioner is high on pot testing facilities

    While sales of recreational pot might not be in Jeffco’s future, the county commissioners have shown some interest in allowing marijuana testing facilities in the county.

    Commissioner Don Rosier presented his own ideas on retail marijuana sales and how, if at all, the county should get involved during a staff briefing on Dec. 16. Much of his focus was on testing facilities for recreational pot.

    Currently, Jeffco has a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses that is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016.