Local News

  • Two suspects sought in three home burglaries in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County deputies continue to search for two suspects wanted in connection to a string of residential burglaries last week in South Jeffco.

    The crimes, encompassing at least three burglaries and the theft of a vehicle, took place between 3 and 4 p.m. last Tuesday, July 12 near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The suspects, who had not yet been identified as of Monday morning, are a man and woman, both between the ages of 20 and 30, and are described as being white or Hispanic.

  • Brush fire north of I-70 burns 4 acres

    A wind-whipped brush fire north of I-70 near the Morrison exit closed the westbound lanes of the highway for four hours Sunday before ground crews and a helicopter were able to contain the blaze.

    No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. when trash blew out of a truck and hit power lines, then fell to the ground and ignited brush.

  • Stage 1 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

     Jefferson County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban. 

    According to a news release, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.

    • Selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers.

  • Program helps hungry kids during the summer

    For some children, the summer months seem to fly by. Between summer sports, camping, nature walks, swimming and other outdoor activities, there's always something to do. But, is there always something to eat?

    With school ending, kids who rely on school breakfasts and lunches as their only stable source of food might struggle to find proper nutrition during the summer.

  • Grass fire burns 2 acres near federal prison

    A grass fire burned 2 acres Monday night near South Kipling Parkway and West Quincy Avenue before it was extinguished by firefighters.

    According to West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting, six engines and three brush trucks from the department responded to the blaze, which was reported about 9 p.m. near the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution.

    Scholting said it took more than an hour to contain the fire, whose cause remains undetermined. An investigation continues.

  • Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility

    Lockheed Martin has publicly disclosed that a solid mass of industrial waste containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — was discovered at its Waterton Road facility last October.

    The state health department confirmed that the waste was safely removed along with surrounding soil, and said the health of the public and company employees was never at risk. The department also said the waste “had no impact on surface or ground water.”

  • Hikers raising money, awareness for veterans’ causes

    Operation: New Trails.

    It sounds like a military operation, and, in some small and unofficial way, it is. More than 60 hikers from across the nation — including one from Canada — are taking to the Colorado Trail this week to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

  • Tie vote derails proposed BMX track at Schaefer

    A tie vote by the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District has at least temporarily derailed a plan to add a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

    The 2-2 vote with one abstention means a licensing agreement with Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit that wants to build the track, will expire at the end of the year without further action. Despite changes in the agreement made to address neighbors' concerns that include adequate parking and noise and light pollution, the motion to renew the pact failed.

  • 50,000 expected at annual Red, White & You event

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will host the annual Red, White & You event July 1 at Clement Park, with an expected attendance of 50,000 throughout the park.

    Regina Smith, Foothills' arts and events supervisor, said this year's event will have more amenities, more vendors and booths, and likely more attendees. She says the district expects 20,000 people will be in the immediate event area.

  • Man stabbed at Clement Park

    A man was stabbed late Tuesday during an altercation at Clement Park, and the person who wielded the weapon remains at large.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said the victim, whose injuries were not life threatening, was taken by private car to Swedish Medical Center Southwest, then later transferred to Swedish Hospital in Englewood for surgery.

    Techmeyer said the incident occurred about 10 p.m. He gave this description of the altercation: