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  • Lakewood mother pleads not guilty to felony child abuse

    The Lakewood woman arrested in October in connection with the alleged assault of her then 2-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty to all charges on Dec. 11.
    Melissa Mangeri, 28, will return to court for a motions hearing on Feb. 8.
    According to the arrest affidavit, Mangeri was present during one or more of the reported assaults on her daughter and failed to seek assistance. This placed the child “in a situation that posed a threat of injury or death,” according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

  • New program at Jeffco Jail benefits Foothills Animal Shelter

    Dogs at the Foothills Animal Shelter now have new beds to lie in thanks to a new program for inmates at the Jefferson County Jail.

    The program, which began in September, teaches inmates to sew by refurbishing old bedding materials into dog beds.

    “This is product that would otherwise be going to landfills,” said Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader. “It just makes sense that we would partner with an organization like (Foothills Animal Shelter).”

  • South Jeffco attempted kidnapping incident a misunderstanding

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has determined there was no-ill intent in a reported attempted kidnapping of a young boy on Tuesday.
    According to sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, around 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 2, an 11-year-old boy was walking home from a martial arts class at a shopping center near West Chatfield Avenue and South Kipling Parkway.
    A father of a fellow martial arts classmate offered him a ride home, Fulton detailed, however, the boy didn't recognize the man and refused.

  • Attempted kidnapping reported near Chatfield and Kipling

    Law enforcement is searching for a man who reportedly attempted to kidnap a young boy on Tuesday near West Chatfield Avenue and South Kipling Parkway.
    According to Jeffco Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jenny Fulton,  around 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 2, an 11-year-old boy was walking alone from a shopping center to his home when a man he didn't recognize approached him and offered a ride home.
    When the boy refused, the man told him he'd seen him before and again offered to give him a ride. The boy refused again and ran home from the shopping center.

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  • County proclaims day celebrating Mother Cabrini

    Exactly 100 years after she died, Jeffco honored Mother Frances Cabrini’s contributions to Colorado and the county by declaring a day in her honor.
    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Friday, Dec. 22, as St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Day in recognition of her overall legacy and her shrine in Golden.

  • Rosier’s successor to be selected in mid-January

    A replacement for Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier is scheduled to be selected on Jan. 17, the Jefferson County Republican Party confirmed.
    Joe Webb, the party’s chairman, stated in an e-mail that Rosier will vacate the office on Jan. 15, and the vacancy committee cannot vote on a successor until the office is vacated.
    Webb confirmed that six individuals applied for the position, but one has had to withdraw.

  • South Jeffco residents provide gifts for family in Friendly Hills

    Ellen Haviland is quick to describe herself as a busy mother of eight. But to her children, she is much more than that.

    “She’s on the go, on the clock 24/7. (And) she doesn’t give up on us,” 19-year-old Tristen Haviland said.

    “(She is) Wonder Woman,” Donavan Haviland, 24, added.

    Ellen also caught the attention of her Morrison neighbor Kathleen Hulme. And because of this, Christmas came early for the Haviland family.

  • Morrison contemplating roundabout near Red Rocks Elementary School

    Though the idea is in the preliminary stages, the town of Morrison is weighing the pros and cons of installing a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 74 and 8.

    Town board and community members had mixed feelings about the issue at a Dec. 19 board meeting. Some were in support, while others questioned the safety of a roundabout, particularly because the intersection is near Red Rocks Elementary School.

  • Probable cause found in case of fatal U.S. 285 accident

    After a lengthy preliminary hearing on Dec. 22, a Jefferson County judge found probable cause to move forward with a case against the man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 285 that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist.