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  • Program targets child abuse, neglect

    Jefferson County is partnering with Denver on a program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect by educating parents. 

    SafeCare’s goal is to provide parents with needed tools and skills, said Mary Berg, deputy director of the Jeffco Human Services Division. 

    Many cases of abuse and neglect are caused by a lack of parenting skills or knowledge, Berg said. 

  • County formulating disaster recovery plan

    Jeffco’s Emergency Management Office has started work on a disaster recovery plan, a first for the county, to identify which agencies are responsible for different phases of a recovery effort. 

    The agency, part of the Sheriff’s Office, is also re-evaluating its current response plan to find areas of improvement and cooperation with the county’s municipalities.

    County Commissioner Don Rosier said the lack of a recovery plan caused a delay in the transition to recovery after last fall’s flooding. 

  • Judicial system plans truancy strategy

    A two-year grant will help the judicial system in Jefferson County identify the causes of truancy and help steer youths away from jail and back to the classroom.

    The grant, worth up to $70,000 a year, will fund implementation a problem-solving approach similar to family and drug courts. The focus is on treatment and on providing services that address underlying problems. 

  • Habanero peppers suspected in hospitalization of students

    Habanero peppers have been identified as the irritant that sent seven students from the Jeffco Open School in Lakewood to the hospital on Monday.

    West Metro Fire Rescue evacuated the campus Monday afternoon after 30 students and one teacher's aide were affected by the then-unknown substance. All of those affected were decontaminated at the school by West Metro.

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Accident kills two on South Kipling

    A crash on South Kipling Parkway between Ken-Caryl Avenue and Chatfield Drive left two people dead on the evening of April 6.

    One of the drivers, Diane Iannella, 66 of Littleton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Armando Mendez, 39 of Littleton, was transported to Littleton Hospital where he died of his injuries.

  • Phone scammer posing as Xcel rep calling businesses

    At least four businesses were victims of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as a representative of Xcel Energy, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    The scammer would call a businesses and say its Xcel bill was past due. The caller then said that unless a payment was made immediately with a reloadable cash card, the power would be turned off, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Investigators: Parents should monitor kids’ use of technology

    Parents need to be vigilant in keeping track of their children’s activities on cell phones and on the Internet because they are falling prey to sexual predators, two Jefferson County investigators said recently.

    Even children in elementary school are becoming victims of sexual predators because more of them have cell phones and frequent social-networking sites, said Mike Harris, an investigator with the Jeffco district attorney’s Child Sexual Offender Internet Investigations Unit. 

  • Littleton hoping to foster neighborly niceties

    While it’s easy to meet people online, it often seems harder and harder to connect with people living next door. 

    Littleton wants to make it easier to be a good neighbor. The city has launched a new program to help residents develop a stronger sense of community and to foster better relationships between residents and city government.