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  • Rides just a phone call away with RTD service

    By Babzanne Barker

    For the Courier

    RTD’s green and white Call-n-Ride buses have been operating in South Jeffco for the past four years, but many area residents still may not know the service is available or how to hitch a ride.

    Tim Edgar, who lives in the Leawood subdivision, has been riding the vans daily since their inception in January 2012, and would have a much harder time getting to work without them.

  • Two suspects sought in three home burglaries in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County deputies continue to search for two suspects wanted in connection to a string of residential burglaries last week in South Jeffco.

    The crimes, encompassing at least three burglaries and the theft of a vehicle, took place between 3 and 4 p.m. last Tuesday, July 12 near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The suspects, who had not yet been identified as of Monday morning, are a man and woman, both between the ages of 20 and 30, and are described as being white or Hispanic.

  • Brush fire north of I-70 burns 4 acres

    A wind-whipped brush fire north of I-70 near the Morrison exit closed the westbound lanes of the highway for four hours Sunday before ground crews and a helicopter were able to contain the blaze.

    No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. when trash blew out of a truck and hit power lines, then fell to the ground and ignited brush.

  • Stage 1 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

     Jefferson County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban. 

    According to a news release, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.

    • Selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers.

  • Grass fire burns 2 acres near federal prison

    A grass fire burned 2 acres Monday night near South Kipling Parkway and West Quincy Avenue before it was extinguished by firefighters.

    According to West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting, six engines and three brush trucks from the department responded to the blaze, which was reported about 9 p.m. near the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution.

    Scholting said it took more than an hour to contain the fire, whose cause remains undetermined. An investigation continues.

  • Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility

    Lockheed Martin has publicly disclosed that a solid mass of industrial waste containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — was discovered at its Waterton Road facility last October.

    The state health department confirmed that the waste was safely removed along with surrounding soil, and said the health of the public and company employees was never at risk. The department also said the waste “had no impact on surface or ground water.”

  • Tie vote derails proposed BMX track at Schaefer

    A tie vote by the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District has at least temporarily derailed a plan to add a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

    The 2-2 vote with one abstention means a licensing agreement with Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit that wants to build the track, will expire at the end of the year without further action. Despite changes in the agreement made to address neighbors' concerns that include adequate parking and noise and light pollution, the motion to renew the pact failed.

  • 50,000 expected at annual Red, White & You event

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will host the annual Red, White & You event July 1 at Clement Park, with an expected attendance of 50,000 throughout the park.

    Regina Smith, Foothills' arts and events supervisor, said this year's event will have more amenities, more vendors and booths, and likely more attendees. She says the district expects 20,000 people will be in the immediate event area.

  • Man stabbed at Clement Park

    A man was stabbed late Tuesday during an altercation at Clement Park, and the person who wielded the weapon remains at large.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said the victim, whose injuries were not life threatening, was taken by private car to Swedish Medical Center Southwest, then later transferred to Swedish Hospital in Englewood for surgery.

    Techmeyer said the incident occurred about 10 p.m. He gave this description of the altercation:

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail dies; autopsy inconclusive

    A prisoner in the Jeffco jail died early Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, 53-year-old Patrick O'Day, who had been booked into the jail at 5:45 p.m. Monday, was found unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a holding cell in the booking unit. He was pronounced dead at the jail.