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  • West Metro crews contain two grass fires off U.S. 285

    Two grass fires broke out about 2 p.m. Tuesday near the Kipling and Simms exits of U.S. 285, but both were quickly contained by West Metro firefighters. 

    Though the fire at the Simms Street exit was the larger of the two, spanning nearly 13 acres, the fire department received more calls about the blaze at the Kipling Street exit because of heavier traffic there, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Commissioners OK raising of ducks in change to urban-agriculture zoning

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Sept. 13 unanimously approved a zoning change allowing residents to raise ducks on certain residential properties.

    In 2013, during the urban agriculture movement in the Denver area, Jefferson County adopted zoning regulations to allow the keeping of chickens and bees at certain single-family detached, two-family dwellings or duplex residential properties.  

  • Standoff involving barricaded man ends in arrest

    A man who had been barricaded inside a condo on South Alkire Street was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the Jeffco sheriff's SWAT team after an hours-long standoff. 

    About 10:30 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call about a domestic situation in the 7300 block of South Alkire involving a man and woman outside of the residence. According to sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, the caller said the situation became physical and the man forced the woman back inside. 

  • Summerset Festival scheduled this weekend at Clement Park

    As the temperatures cool and the days get shorter, South Jeffco residents and others can give summer an official farewell at the 32nd annual Summerset Festival this weekend in Clement Park.

    Event organizer Lora Knowlton said the three-day “goodbye to summer” is a free event, and takes over the majority of the park with everything from vendor booths to music to kids activities.

  • Assessment exams explored as possible graduation requirement

    Members of the class of 2021 could have some extra challenges to meet if they want to reach the finish line and graduate from Jeffco Public Schools — namely, the ability to pass a final assessment exam.

    At last week’s school board meeting, district staff presented a proposal to revise the district’s graduation goals, most of which are based on Jeffco’s “2020 Vision” plan and 2013 graduation requirements.

  • Jeffco deputies bid farewell to longest tenured undersheriff

    On Sept. 1, Jeffco Undersheriff Ray Fleer retired after 42 years in law enforcement, 37 of which were with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    During his career with Jeffco, Fleer was a member of the executive staff for five sheriffs and served as undersheriff for two. He is the longest serving undersheriff in the history of Jefferson County.

  • Custodian at two local schools arrested on suspicion of sending nude photos to student

    The Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that a Jeffco Schools employee was arrested this week on suspicion of sending nude photos to an underage student.

    Jeffco investigators on Monday arrested Jacob David Deal, 21, on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony. Deal, a custodian at Dutch Creek Elementary and Ken Caryl Middle School, is accused of starting to communicate with two sixth-grade girls in the spring by leaving handwritten messages, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • West Metro firefighters rescue 5-year-old from house fire

    West Metro firefighters responded early Friday morning to a house fire in Lakewood and saved a 5-year-old girl who was hiding inside her bedroom closet.

    The blaze was reported by the girl’s mother at 12:27 a.m. from inside the home, which is in the 9900 block of West Vassar Way, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for the West Metro Fire Protection District. Scholting said it was against West Metro policy to identify the members of the family of four, including the 5-year-old and her mother, father and older brother.

  • Jeffco sheriff lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco sheriff has lifted the temporary fire restriction for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including all federal lands, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire, the release stated. However, residents are encouraged to be vigilant, as fire danger is always present in the high country.

  • Jeffco sheriff warns residents about parking ticket scam

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a parking ticket scam.

    Last week a woman tried to pay the fine for a fake parking ticket at the Jefferson County courthouse. The ticket cited a violation of “inconsiderate parking for others” with a fine of $401.08. The “violation” was "issued" Aug. 30 in the 11000 block of West Sixth Avenue.