Local News

  • City approves development on Littleton Boulevard

    Littleton has approved a new mixed-use development that will include 160 age-restricted apartments across the street from the city’s historic courthouse.

  • Longtime school board critic announces candidacy

    School board candidate Regan Benson, a former Jeffco parent and a longtime vocal critic of past school board members, said her rocky relationship with the board spurred her candidacy and her call for higher academic standards.

    Benson is running for the District 5 seat currently held by recall target Ken Witt. Also in the District 5 race are veteran Jeffco educator Ron Mitchell and former school board member Paula Noonan. 

  • Board's battle over accountability committee continues

    School board members continued their spat last Thursday over the formation of a new district accountability committee, with the board’s conservative majority approving guidelines for committee membership.

  • Both parents face charges after toddlers found wandering street in South Jeffco

    The parents of two toddlers who were found alone Oct. 7 in a South Jeffco neighborhood both face charges of child abuse. 

    Kyle McClelland, 25, was arrested several hours after his two sons were found walking near the 5400 block of South Quail Way in Littleton, a residential neighborhood. McClelland pleaded not guilty to two charges of criminally negligent child abuse not resulting in an injury on Oct. 8, and a Jeffco judge set his bond at $2,000. 

  • Toddlers found alone in South Jeffco neighborhood; parents sought

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has identified the parents of two toddlers who were found alone Wednesday in a South Jeffco neighborhood, and charges are being contemplated.

    The Sheriff’s Office made the announcement via Twitter shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, and said the investigation was ongoing. No further information was immediately available.

  • RTD board member to host telephone town hall

    RTD will host a telephone town hall meeting for residents of South Jeffco and the foothills areas at 7 p.m. Oct 15.

    The town hall is for RTD’s District N, which covers a massive area from Coal Creek Canyon in the north to Green Mountain in the south, along with Morrison and much of South Jeffco and the Columbine area. Residents can hear about the five new light-rail lines opening in 2016 and RTD’s new fare structure, and can talk with Tina Francone, their representative on the RTD board.

  • Jail releases prisoner on bond in violation of new law

    The Jeffco jail ran afoul of a new law last month when it allowed a prisoner accused of sexual assault and child trafficking to post bond and leave before appearing in front of a judge.

    Sean Travis Crumpler, 48, faces 12 charges in Arapahoe County related to an alleged child sex-trafficking ring, including two counts of trafficking sexual servitude of a minor. He turned himself in at the Jeffco jail on the morning of Sept. 16. He posted bond several hours later and was released.

  • Love INC plans fund-raiser Oct. 15

    Love INC of Littleton, an organization that coordinates the efforts of 30 area churches to address such issues as senior care and emergency shelter for the homeless, is set to host its Empty Bowls fund-raiser Oct. 15.

    The fund-raiser, at the Wildlife Experience in Lone Tree from 5 to 8:30 p.m., will feature a menu of homemade soups, live and silent auctions, and guest speaker Eric Alexander, a climber, skier and mountaineer who runs Higher Summits, a motivational and spiritual organization.

  • Jeffco officials lift fire ban

    Vegetation in Jeffco is moist enough again for officials to lift a countywide fire ban.

    The fire ban was lifted at 8 a.m. Tuesday on all unincorporated areas in Jefferson County, including all federal land.

    Clear Creek County could also lift its fire ban soon, said Sheriff Rick Albers.

    Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the threat of wildfire in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

  • Suspect in Parker man's slaying to be prosecuted in Elbert County

    The man charged in a Jeffco court in connection with the slaying of Jason Michael Dosa, 44, of Parker will instead be prosecuted in Elbert County.
    Shawn Geerdes, 46, faces charges of first-degree murder and second-degree arson in the death of Dosa, whose body was found in a burning car in the Deer Creek area Sept. 20. Geerdes was arrested Sept. 23.
    The case was moved Sept. 30 because authorities believe the crime was committed in Elbert County, judicial spokeswoman Michelle Yi said.