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  • 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.

  • Suit seeking to invalidate West Metro election fails

    A lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of May’s board election in the West Metro Fire District has failed. 

    The suit, filed June 2 by District 3 candidate Clyde Wadsworth and District 2 candidate Devin Howard, both of whom lost their respective races, and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, claimed the ballot-counting process violated citizens' right to a secret ballot. 

  • 12 homes evacuated near Blue Heron Lake after bottle bombs found

    Two explosive devices found near Blue Heron Lake in South Jeffco spurred the evacuation of 12 homes Tuesday morning.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and West Metro Fire Rescue evacuated the homes in the 10700 block of West Berry Place as a precaution when the first device was discovered, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

    The devices were made out of plastic bottles and fireworks. Authorities detonated the two devices along the trail near Blue Heron Lake, Techmeyer said. No one was injured.

  • Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

  • Tip-a-Cop

    State Patrol troopers and athletes from the Special Olympics worked at the Chili’s at 8454 S. Kipling Parkway on Sunday to raise awareness and funds. Along with donations made at the tables, Chili’s statewide donated 15 percent of the profits from July 20 to Special Olympics.

    “It helps bring an awareness that there’s a charity out there that gives these remarkable young people trying to participate help,” said Trooper Nate Reid, the State Patrol spokesman. “It’s a small token for us to give a few hours of our time.”

  • Sinkhole repairs on Simms might take awhile

     Repair work on a massive sinkhole will close South Simms Street between West Cooper Avenue and South Ward Street for the foreseeable future.

    Jeffco shut down Simms last week to begin repairing a culvert that collapsed beneath the street on June 25. The collapsed culvert created a 20-foot-wide sinkhole about 400 square feet in total size.

  • Roundabout eyed for South Prince, Centennial Drive

    Littleton is considering its first traffic roundabout as a solution to numerous accidents at South Prince Street and Centennial Drive.

    The intersection has been the site of a pattern of accidents; the majority occur when eastbound traffic on Centennial, which has a stop sign, collides with through traffic on Prince, said Charlie Buck, a traffic consultant from Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig.

  • Jurors find local woman guilty in stabbing death of husband

     A South Jeffco woman was found guilty by a jury last week in the stabbing death of her husband last year.

    Sandra Lee Schreiber, 71, was arrested in the slaying of her husband of 43 years, 79-year-old Michael Schreiber, in May 2013. On July 16, she was found guilty of first-degree murder and assault on an at-risk adult, both felonies, after a 12-day trial in Jefferson County court.

  • Inter-Canyon board scraps Youth Patrol

     Inter-Canyon Fire's Board of Directors voted unanimously July 17 to end the district’s Youth Patrol program because of concerns over inadequate supervision and insurance coverage in the event of an injury.

    “These kids are put at risk, and we have no … way of supervising them (properly),” said Karl Firor, Inter-Canyon board treasurer.