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  • Council eyes prohibition on eminent domain, condemnation

    The Littleton City Council could soon vote on whether to eliminate eminent domain and condemnation as possible tools in the city’s soon-to-be finished urban development plan. 

    The council, on a 6-0 vote, asked city staff to create a statement saying the city would not use eminent domain and condemnation as part of Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. The request included a statement that property owners who seek condemnation could still do so. 

  • Things get prickly on county's pot panel

    Things are anything but mellow on Jeffco's marijuana task force.

    Ronn Nixon, a paralegal and cannabis advocate, said former CBI head and fellow task force member Bob Cantwell threatened him physically after a tense meeting on July 21.

    Nixon said Cantwell felt that he'd been rude to the chair of the 14-member group, Lakewood City Councilwoman Ramey Johnson. 

  • Sheriff warns of proliferation of phone scams

     Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink reported that phone scams and identity theft are on the rise, in his second-quarter report to the county commissioners on Aug. 5.

    “With a nationwide increase in frauds, (the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office) is streamlining its approach with the use of a fraud reporting hotline,” Mink said in his report.

    Over-the-phone scams in particular have been on the rise, Mink said. 

    “We have been inundated with calls and reports,” Mink said. “That’s why we created the fraud hotline.”

  • Man dies after car plunges into Johnston Reservoir

    A 31-year-old Aurora man died after his car plunged into Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park early Monday.

    David Helding died from drowning according to the Jeffco Coroner's Office. He was pronounced dead after being transported to Littleton Hospital.

  • Littleton teacher arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on student

    A teacher at Euclid Middle School in Littleton was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

    Joel H. Fischer, 45, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student in 2009. Fischer teaches physical education at Euclid.
    Fischer was booked into the Arapahoe County jail on a $200,000 bond.

  • Two lanes of South Simms open at site of sinkhole

    A stretch of South Simms Street that has been closed since July due to a large sinkhole partially opened on Thursday. 

    Two lanes of the four-lane street are open, now that initial repairs beneath Simms are finished. The 400-square-foot sinkhole appeared June 25 near Ward Street after a metal culvert failed. 

  • MacBean's purchases: a breathtaking spending spree

    After former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean was sentenced to eight years in prison for theft, current chief Randy Simpson said he and the department had been waiting a long time for the day of reckoning.

    “It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders,” Simpson said outside the courtroom Friday evening. “This has been 19 months of hard work. I never expected to be in this position.”

    Simpson became volunteer chief in April after MacBean’s theft of more than $647,000 from the department surfaced in March 2013.

  • Foothills poised to seek 53 percent tax increase

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is poised to ask residents for a 53 percent property-tax increase in November. 

    The district's Board of Directors will vote on ballot language for the 4-mill boost at its Aug. 26 meeting. The board unanimously supported the proposal at its July 22 meeting. 

    The increase would raise annual taxes by $95.52 for a $300,000 home in the district. The current mill levy is 7.559, which does not include special subdistricts; the owner of a $300,000 home would pay $276.03 annually if the increase is approved. 

  • Jeffco gathering details on town's proposal to annex Southwest Plaza

    Residents of Jeffco and Bow Mar will have to wait several weeks before the final details of the town's proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza will be available. 

    The county is calculating how much it spends on law enforcement services for the mall and on street maintenance, including snow plowing, for the portions of South Sheridan Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue that Bow Mar would have to claim for the "flagpole" annexation.

  • Eatery plans fund-raiser for deputy’s family

    Hurricane Grill & Wings has teamed with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to raise money to support the family of Sgt. David Baldwin, who died in a highway accident while on duty in January.

    The restaurant on West Bowles Avenue across from Clement Park will donate 25 percent of sales on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to the Baldwin family and the Jeffco Memorial Fund. Baldwin was killed Jan. 26 when an SUV struck his motorcycle on Colorado 93 while he was on patrol.