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  • Deputy struck, injured by stolen vehicle

    The driver of a stolen vehicle struck a Jeffco sheriff’s deputy Saturday night as he and another deputy were struggling with a second suspect on West Remington Avenue in South Jeffco.

    Authorities said one suspect was in custody and another remained at large in the incident, which spanned three jurisdictions and left two police cars damaged. The deputy was treated for minor injuries.

  • One Dem candidate remains in race to run against Szabo

    Marti Smith of Arvada is the only remaining Democratic candidate seeking to run for county commissioner against incumbent Republican Libby Szabo.

    However, Smith still must be approved by a vote of the Democratic vacancy committee, which will meet at 6 p.m. April 28 at the Arvada Center for the Arts.

  • School board won’t change former superintendent’s separation pact

    Jeffco school board President Ron Mitchell said the board will not change the separation agreement of former superintendent Cindy Stevenson, but instead will “clarify” parts of the pact that banned her from volunteering in schools.

    School board members in March considered renegotiating Stevenson’s separation agreement to let her volunteer at district schools. 

  • Face, voice of Jeffco Sheriff’s Office stepping down

    Jacki Kelley is accustomed to being associated with bad news.

    The head spokesperson for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Kelley stood in the Conifer High School parking lot in 2012 and fielded questions from a gaggle of reporters and television crews just hours after a smoldering controlled burn on Foxton Road reignited into the deadly Lower North Fork Fire, which killed three people and destroyed more than 4,000 acres.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts under construction on South Kipling

    A large sign with the Dunkin’ Donuts logo announces the anticipated opening of a new shop on South Kipling Parkway in the coming months. The steel framework for the building is in place at the site, where construction workers are making progress on completing the project by this summer.

    Josh Blanchard, one of the owners of the franchise, says he is thrilled to be opening a second Dunkin’ Donuts in Littleton. Another shop is on West Mineral Avenue.

  • Front Range Christian School offering privately funded vouchers

    Front Range Christian School has launched a privately funded voucher program for families seeking a religious-school alternative for their children.

    A limited number of the “freedom vouchers,” which pay for partial tuition at the private school in South Jeffco, is available for families wishing to make a switch from a public school.

  • Morrison police to begin bicycle patrol in May

    While roads in Morrison are popular with area cycling enthusiasts, sometimes-heavy car traffic creates a need for everyone to take extra care and follow the rules of the road, authorities and a bicycling group say.

    Jennifer Barbour of Team Evergreen, an area cycling organization, says motorists sometimes don’t see bicycles while searching for parking or making their way through the small town.

    “You can pretty much just get run off the road,” Barbour said.

  • Intruders damage home's interior while owners on vacation

    Burglars caused more than $200,000 in damage to a home in the 8700 block of South Jellison Court while the homeowners were on vacation between April 1 and 10, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    The intruders apparently did not steal property but caused extensive water damage to the interior of the home and to personal property in it, according to the report. 

  • Ending pay-for-performance not top priority for some board members

    All five members of the Jeffco school board want to return to paying teachers on a regular salary schedule and end the controversial 2014 move toward pay-for-performance made by now-recalled conservative board members.

    But some current members said April 7 that moving back to a salary grid isn’t their top priority when compared with other needs.

  • AEDs helping hearts beat the odds

    Call it a case of being in the right place at the right time — with the right training.

    In January, Doug Parce, a volunteer captain with Inter-Canyon Fire, was going through security at JFK International Airport in New York on a business trip to Europe when another passenger told a TSA agent that somebody wasn’t well.

    Parce saw the man, who was sitting on a bench where passengers put their shoes back on.