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  • Man who fired at deputies during standoff convicted

    A Morrison man who fired shots at Jeffco sheriff’s deputies during an armed standoff last July was  convicted by a jury April 22 of 39 separate charges.

    Ralph Barnhardt, 45, was arrested at his home at 12574 W. Grand Ave. after a domestic violence incident led to the standoff with deputies. 

    According to court documents, Barnhardt and his wife had been separated for two months when he demanded that she and their son go to his home and feed his dogs. The woman and their 10-year-old son went to the house and found Barnhardt there. 

  • Marijuana-related explosion hospitalizes one

    An explosion at a townhome in Littleton on Saturday night that sent a man to the hospital allegedly was caused by butane being used to make marijuana hash oil, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    A man and a woman in the unit, which is south of Coal Mine Avenue and east of Kipling Parkway, were using butane to make the marijuana byproduct when the explosion occurred, the Sheriff's Office said. Two children, a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old, also were in the townhome but were uninjured.

  • Foothills’ online survey gauges support for property-tax increase

    A survey by the Foothills Park and Recreation District features several questions on a possible property-tax increase.

    The district has discussed putting a mill-levy increase on this November’s ballot to help pay for infrastructure work, including up to $8 million in repairs and upgrades at Clement Park. 

  • Assailant fought off by teen sentenced

    A man convicted of a violent attack and attempted sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in South Jeffco last year has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. 

    Xavier McDaniel, 22, was convicted of three felony charges by a jury on Feb. 20. The attack last April left the victim hospitalized for several days with a subdural hematoma, lacerations, bruising and a broken tooth. 

  • Man arrested in locker break-ins at The Ridge

    A perpetrator allegedly caught in the act of forcing his way into a gym locker has been arrested in two locker break-ins in the area.

    Mel Peter Trujillo, 53, is accused of using a bolt cutter to break into a locker April 15 at The Ridge Rec Center, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Trujillo has been charged with third-degree burglary and criminal mischief.

    Ron Hopp, executive director of the Foothills Park and Recreation District, said employees noticed a man acting suspicious when he entered the center. 

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  • Liquor store burglary could be linked to other recent break-ins

    A break-in early Sunday at a liquor store on South Kipling Parkway might be connected to a recent series of smash-and grab burglaries, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Security footage shows two people breaking into the store at 5055 S. Kipling Parkway about 1 a.m. April 13 by using large landscaping rocks to break the glass door. The pair, wearing work gloves, hooded sweatshirts and bandanas over their faces, took the cash register and liquor and left. 

  • Members of Jeffco pot task force selected

    The list of Jeffco residents who will serve on the county’s marijuana task force will be finalized this week. 

    The county commissioners are set to approve appointments to the task force on their consent agenda during a meeting April 15.

    Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, said the 10 members were selected out of 31 viable candidates. Selections were made to provide balanced views on retail marijuana sales. 

  • Three horses seized in Morrison

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies seized three malnourished horses Saturday at a property in Morrison.

    A veterinarian found the horses to be in poor condition and to have significant health issues, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The horses were taken to a horse rescue facility. 

    The identity of the horse’s owner has yet to be released. The property where the horses were seized is in the 17000 block of Forest Avenue.

  • Jeffco ‘tank’ gets 15 minutes of fame

    A picture labeling the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s armored personnel carrier a “tank” became a hot topic online last week.

    A disc jockey named Willie B on 106.7 KBPI posted a picture of the armored personnel vehicle on his Facebook account April 9 with the caption, “… They gotta Tank!! I’m absolutely sure this is to protect us and serve us … right?” 

    The post was shared on Facebook more than 1,200 times and made its way onto the social media site Reddit.