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  • RTD’s drive for federal funding rolls through Littleton

    Users of public transit are being asked to stand up if they want to keep their seats on the bus.

    RTD parked its “Signature Bus” in downtown Littleton on Saturday to raise awareness of the need for long-term federal funding of public transit. Supporters signed the sides of the bus, which will take part in the Stand Up for Transportation Day parade in Denver on Thursday.

  • Panelists ponder coverage of racial issues

    • Was an NAACP office in Colorado Springs actually the target of a homemade bomb that was detonated in January, or was the explosion meant for a nearby tax preparer’s office?

    • Why was 5-year-old JonBenet Ramsey’s murder in 1996 covered in so much more detail than the rape and murder of a 9-year-old black girl two weeks later in a Chicago housing project?

  • Jeffco hoping to raise awareness of child abuse

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Jeffco’s Human Services Division wants to raise awareness about an issue that affects every community.

    Mary Berg, Jeffco’s deputy director of human services, said the county wants to inform community members about the tools available to help combat and prevent child abuse.

  • Lobato family contemplating legal action

    The family of Jennifer Lobato, the prisoner who died in the Jeffco jail while awaiting medical attention, will wait for the completion of an investigation before deciding whether to take legal action.

    David Lane, the lawyer representing the Lobato family, said the family has been in contact with the Sheriff’s Office about the investigation and will wait until a coroner’s report is complete before deciding on their next step.

  • Fire guts two apartments, leaves several residents homeless

    A fire in an apartment complex in Littleton on Friday afternoon left several people homeless.

    The blaze broke out about noon at Verona Apartment Homes, 29831 W. Centennial Drive, just south of West Belleview Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.

  • Fire reported in apartment building; residents forced to evacuate

    A 24-unit apartment building on South Federal Circle in Littleton was evacuated Monday after a fire was reported.

    City spokeswoman Kelli Narde said the structure itself was not believed to be in danger but that flames had been detected in the walls and roof.

    "It's a stubborn fire," she said. "It's under control. But it's in the walls and roof."

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Ready for their first collar

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office welcomed three new members to its ranks in a ceremony last week. And all three new deputies received vigorous head rubs and ear scratches.

    The three canines, introduced March 19, are named Thorn, Bigi and Klaus. All three were trained in Florida and have been bonding with their human partners since being brought to Colorado several weeks ago.

  • Woman who stole funds from booster club gets work-release

    The woman who stole nearly $10,000 from the volleyball booster club at Chatfield High School has been sentenced to one year in a jail work-release program and five years of probation.

    Kathleen McGrath, 57, of Littleton pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to theft, a class 4 felony. While treasurer of the Spikers Booster Club from March 2012 to February 2013, McGrath reportedly spent $9,976 on items not related to the team.

    During McGrath’s one-year sentence, she will be permitted to work outside the Jeffco jail during the day before reporting back at night.

  • Council declines to change Santa Fe urban renewal plan

    The Littleton City Council declined on March 17 to make changes to the Santa Fe Drive urban renewal plan — a move that would have triggered a citywide election in the wake of voters’ recent approval of Question 300.

    The changes, which would have started the clock on tax-increment financing in the South Santa Fe corridor north of Mineral Drive, originally were presented to the council on Feb. 17. Council members voted then to delay any changes until after the March 3 election.