Local News

  • Prisoner in Jeffco jail commits suicide

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail committed suicide Thursday night in his cell.

    Harley Jefferson Smith, 32, was found hanging by a bed sheet at 6 p.m. by deputies during their rounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies administered CPR, but Smith was declared dead at 6:40 p.m. at the jail. Smith had been booked into the jail on traffic charges on Thursday about noon.

  • Hearing date set for campaign finance complaint

    The state has set a hearing date for a complaint filed by a Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • Deputies respond to report of suicidal man at Mount Falcon

    The east and west entrances to Mount Falcon Park were closed for several hours Tuesday morning while the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office responded to a man in the park who reportedly was suicidal.

    The Sheriff’s Office was contacted Tuesday morning by a family member of the man, said spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Both the east and west entrances to the park were closed during the incident.

  • Rash of mailbox thefts reported in South Jeffco, mountain areas

    Numerous mailbox break-ins in South Jeffco and the mountain areas in early November are believed to be related, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

    The perpetrators targeted clusters of mailboxes such as those at apartment complexes or for a group of homes in more remote mountain areas, said Deputy Gordon Neuenfeldt.

  • IREA customers complain of scammers

    Customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association have notified the electric co-op that an automated calling service has been claiming that their bills are past due.

    The call, which says electric service will be cut off in 30 to 45 minutes, instructs customers to make payment arrangements by calling an 888-prefix number, IREA says.

  • Council approves downtown smoking ban

    Sidewalks in downtown Littleton will be smoke-free starting in 2016.

    On Nov. 3, the City Council voted 4-3 to ban outdoor smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. Smoking would be allowed on rooftops, rear patios and in parking lots.

    The ordinance also classifies electronic cigarettes and vape pens as tobacco products. The restrictions will take effect Jan. 1.

  • Shortwave enthusiast has long reach

    It’s rare when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reaches Conifer, but it does happen.

    Earlier this year, tense Middle Eastern politics threatened to thwart the efforts of Conifer resident Tom Quinlan to make contact with a “ham” radio operator in every recognized nation.

    The 78-year-old Quinlan, a Vietnam veteran, has been a ham operator for 61 years, ever since his neighbor introduced him to the hobby when he was a teenager growing up in New Jersey. 

  • Bandimere possibly looking to add commercial, residential uses in future

    The owners of Bandimere Speedway are seeking a rezoning of their property that would keep the existing use of a racetrack but add residential and commercial uses to about 150 acres along C-470.

    The rezoning, which is in the pre-application process with Jeffco Planning and Zoning, would involve more than 123 acres in unincorporated Jeffco, including the 106.8-acre racetrack property, along with 19.4 acres south of the track in Morrison and 7.1 acres north and east of the track in Lakewood.

  • Commissioners never tire of bike-lane debate

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a vote — for the third time — on new transportation rules that would require striped bicycle lanes to be added to some roads.

    The commissioners voted Oct. 27 to delay a final vote on the changes amid continued disagreement over the striped bicycle lanes. The amendments were originally presented Sept. 1 and again Sept. 29.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire expecting jump in property-tax revenue

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is expecting a boost in 2016 tax revenue after assessed values of homes in the district increased by about 16.6 percent.

    The department is expecting about $130,000 more in tax revenue in 2016 than in it did in 2015, according to board treasurer Karl Firor.

    Firor said he hopes to put the extra money into reserves for future equipment needs or possibly for pension-fund payouts. The district board had its first budget strategy meeting for 2016 in October.