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  • Witness dodges gunfire, helps cops nab robbery suspects

    A witness to the robbery of a South Jeffco liquor store who tried to follow the fleeing perpetrators dodged gunfire before giving authorities information that led to two arrests.

    Several people stole liquor at 11 a.m. Friday from the store in the 9000 block of West Peakview Drive, according to a news release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The perpetrators fired at a witness who attempted to follow their car, but the witness was uninjured and provided identifying information to authorities, the Sheriff’s Office said.

  • Jeffco faces challenges as wages increase but fail to keep pace with housing costs

    Wages in the county are up slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but rental rates and home prices continue to outpace the rise in salaries, making it difficult for many employees to live in the county where they work, according to a recent economic report.

  • Jeffco faces challenges as wages increase but fail to keep pace with housing costs

    Wages in the county are up slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but rental rates and home prices continue to outpace the rise in salaries, making it difficult for many employees to live in the county where they work, according to a recent economic report.

  • Fliers backing Trump tossed from vehicle in South Jeffco

    Small slips of paper tossed from a vehicle recently in South Jeffco urge voters to support the Trump presidential ticket, but the county Republican Party says it’s not connected to the scattershot campaigning.

    Don Ytterberg, chairman of the Jeffco GOP, said the local party is claiming no credit for the mini-fliers, in which “a concerned grandmother” criticizes Hillary Clinton and suggests that future generations will be miffed if Donald Trump isn’t elected president.

    The message on the paper reads:

  • Secretary of State Williams discusses ballot measures

    Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams met with students and other members of the public Oct. 12 at Arapahoe Community College to discuss and explain various ballot measures in the November election, including the highly controversial ColoradoCare and a law permitting assisted suicide.

    Williams emphasized that his job includes reviewing ballot initiatives and analyzing whether or not they meet the legal requirements.

  • Columbine High graduate had key role in making of movie

    When “American Honey” hits the Esquire Theatre in Denver and the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton on Friday, South Jeffco residents may recognize a familiar name in the credits.

    Allison Rose Carter, a 2001 graduate of Columbine High School, worked as a line producer on the film, which is directed by Andrea Arnold and stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough.

    As a line producer, it was Carter’s job to work with the director, analyze the cost of the film, create a budget, hire the crew and help bring together the film’s larger elements.

  • Normandy teacher Carrie Jordan wins presidential award

    Carrie Jordan’s class photos run the length of Normandy Elementary’s gym wall. Every year from 1995 to 2016, 25 or so students surrounded their teacher in each photo. And while the fashion and hairstyles changed over those years, the smiles on their faces did not.

    And, maybe today, those students don’t remember the mathematics principles their teacher, “Miss Jordan,” taught them. But, if nothing else, they likely do remember how she taught it — with fun games and a positive attitude.

  • County commissioners review draft 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

    The county’s draft 2017 budget was presented to the commissioners by budget and risk management director Mary O’Neil and budget manager Dan Conway, who said next year’s spending plan amounts to $541.3 million. The budget is balanced assuming the use of $29.3 million in reserve funds, they said.

  • Thief on a roll steals bench from home

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is searching for a fleet-footed thief accused of stealing a bench from a South Jeffco home on Oct. 3 or 4. 

    “It was stolen sometime between the 3rd and the 4th of October, probably overnight on the 3rd into the morning on the 4th,” said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • One-time Denver officer convicted of two felonies in Jeffco court

    A one-time Denver police officer, who was accused of arranging a tryst at a Burger King in South Jeffco with a DA’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old, has been convicted of two felonies.

    Joseph Ellsworth, 60, of Colorado Springs was found guilty last week of internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. Ellsworth, who is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1, faces nine years to life in prison.