Local News

  • 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.

  • Incumbents prevail in Littleton City Council races

    With five seats on Littleton’s City Council up for election, the city’s voters re-elected the incumbents.  

    Official results in the Nov. 3 election showed incumbent Councilman Bill Hopping besting challenger Brenda Stokes in District 1 by 419 votes, receiving 60 percent of the votes overall.

    In District 4, incumbent Debbie Brinkman won 53 percent of the vote against challenger Carol Brzeczek, prevailing by 167 votes.

  • Hang-glider pilot injured in crash on Lookout Mountain

    A hang-glider pilot crashed on Lookout Mountain on Thursday and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

    The pilot's glider crashed about 100 yards below the road, and rescue crews had to rapel down to reach him. Golden spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley said the man was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in serious condition.

    Lookout Mountain Road was closed for a time after the accident.

  • Man arrested in attempted murder case

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect Oct. 16 in an attempted homicide case, a day after deputies searched a South Jeffco neighborhood in vain for the man.

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing related to an alleged Oct. 13 assault on Jadin Michael Cruickshank, 21.

  • Lawsuit takes issue with open space, parking garage at The Grove

    A group of residents near the proposed development known as The Grove, which was recently approved by Littleton’s city staff, have filed a lawsuit against the city.

    The project by Denver-based Zocalo Community Development, to be built on 4.5 acres at 2100 W. Littleton Blvd. at South Bemis Street, was approved in early October by the city’s community development department.

  • Lakewood officer wounded by ricochet at shooting range

    A Lakewood police officer suffered a bullet wound in her leg Tuesday morning at the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office's shooting range.

    The non-life-threatening injury occurred when a shot ricocheted and hit the officer, according to the sheriff’s Twitter account. The Rooney Range shooting area, north of Bandimere Speedway, is used by several law-enforcement agencies for training.

  • Littleton installs charging station

    Littleton is charging into the future.

    The city has installed its first public charging station for electric vehicles at South Rio Grande Street and West Crestline Avenue. The station can accommodate two cars at once and is free to the public.

    Littleton received a grant from the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office to cover the $6,052 cost of the charging station, and the city paid the $5,000 installation cost, said city spokeswoman Kelli Narde.

  • Deputies searching for suspect in attempted homicide

    Law enforcement is searching an area in South Jeffco for a suspect in an attempted homicide.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are searching for Zachary Zuchowski, 21, in relation to an incident that apparently stemmed from a disagreement about money.

    The Sheriff’s Office said Thursday night via its Twitter account that deputies were searching an area near the 6500 block of West Frost Drive, near West Ken-Caryl Avenue and South Pierce Street. They were unsuccessful in locating Zuchowski.

  • Criminal justice career day planned at ACC

    Those interested in a career in law enforcement and criminal justice have a chance to hear directly from potential employers at Arapahoe Community College on Oct. 21.

    The college is planning a criminal justice career day at the Littleton campus, with representatives from more than 17 law enforcement agencies talking with potential recruits about what makes a desirable candidate and what it’s like to work for their agencies.

    The college will also have its own police force on hand, along with representatives from ACC’s Law Enforcement Academy.