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  • 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.

  • Morrison bed and breakfast gutted by early-morning fire

    A fire early Thursday caused extensive damage at a historic bed and breakfast in Morrison.

    West Metro Fire Rescue received a call before 5 a.m. that a blaze had broken out in the basement of the Horton House Bed & Breakfast at 105 Cannon St.. Three people were in the building at the time of the fire, including one guest, but no one was injured, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire.

  • State to Jeffco: Please return $360,000

    An error by the state apparently resulted in an overpayment of almost $360,000 over three years to the Jeffco Human Services Department.

    Now the state suddenly would like the cash back, despite the fact that the cause of the mistake was found in an audit eight years ago. And the county commissioners aren’t very happy about it.

  • Jefferson County officials enact fire ban

    After the wet spring and early summer, things have finally dried out.

    Last Thursday, Jeffco officials announced a fire ban because of continuing high fire danger. Any fires built in must be in existing fire grates at parks and campgrounds.

    In addition, residents are not allowed to:

    • Shoot off fireworks.

    • Smoke anywhere other than an enclosed car or building, or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of combustible material.

    • Do anything else that produces a spark or flame.

  • Littleton rates as 24th most livable city

    The city of Littleton often boasts that it’s a great place to live. It’s not alone in that opinion.

    Littleton was rated the 24th best place to live in the United States by Livability, a company that publishes monthly and annual rankings of the top places to live in the U.S. The ratings list more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 in more than 40 categories, including cost of living, diversity of population, infrastructure, amenities and the education system.