Local News

  • Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot during Aurora robbery attempt is expected to recover

    The Jeffco sheriff’s deputy who was seriously injured when he was shot while off duty Jan. 26 is still in intensive care after two surgeries, but is expected to recover, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

    Deputy Jose Marquez was shot in the parking lot of the Courtyards at Buckley Apartments in Aurora during an attempted robbery. He initially was hospitalized with “life-threatening” injuries but is currently in stable condition in an intensive-care unit, according to the department’s social media.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Superintendent says school lunch seizure was 'unfortunate'

    Superintendent: Seizure of lunch was an ‘unfortunate incident’

    A Fitzsimmons Middle School staff member who took a student’s lunch away in mid-January because there was no money in the student’s lunch account was acting against district policy, according to the Platte Canyon superintendent.

    Platte Canyon schools Superintendent Brenda Krage said the student was in the school’s self-serve lunch line when the incident occurred.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • Residents concerned about Federal Center hosting immigrant kids

    A Jan. 19 telephone town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ed Perlmutter gave Jeffco residents some answers about the anticipated spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, but some questions linger, local officials said.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.

  • West Metro, Wheat Ridge fire districts negotiate pending merger

    West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi says consolidating his district with the Wheat Ridge Fire District would benefit both agencies.

    “We can provide a better depth of service,” Lombardi said. “It’s good for both West Metro and Wheat Ridge.”

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closes

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closed permanently Jan. 17.

    The store is among 154 Walmarts closing across the country, said company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. The bulk of the closures under way involve Walmart Express stores, which have been in operation since 2011. Only a handful of neighborhood markets and supercenters are closing, she said.

    A corporate decision about closing selected Walmart stores has been under consideration since last fall, Hatfield said.

  • Second suspect is arrested in Craigslist robbery

    A second suspect has been arrested in the robbery at a South Jeffco home in which thehomeowner fatally shot an alleged perpetrator, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    David Ernest Mascarenas, 55, was apprehended at an apartment complex in Federal Heights on Friday through combined efforts of Jeffco deputies and other agencies, according to the report. Mascarenas is facing charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and identity theft, and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Jeffco jail.

  • Foothills again considering property-tax increase

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board is considering asking district residents for a property-tax increase, despite tax hikes being rejected by voters twice since 2008.  

    The board on Jan. 12 discussed seeking a 1.75-mill increase in the district’s levy, which would generate an additional $1.9 million in annual revenue for the cash-strapped district. If placed on the ballot by the board and approved by voters in May’s election, the added tax would be in effect for a 10-year period.