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  • Ex-principal gets year in jail for sex assault on minor

    Steve Weigum, the former principal at Ute Meadows Elementary School in South Jeffco who pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, was sentenced Aug. 31 to 387 days in jail and 10 years of intensive supervised probation.

    Weigum, 55, was arrested March 9 and charged with three class 3 felonies related to repeated sexual assault on a female minor between 2004 and 2010. The victim came forward earlier this year and told her mother about the assaults.

  • Littleton again revises rules on sidewalk displays

    The Littleton City Council has made another change in the rules governing retail sidewalk displays in the historic downtown, and will now permit displays on an unlimited number of days while reducing their allowable size.

    The council voted 7-0 in favor of the changes on Aug. 1. Merchants can now apply for a permit to display merchandise in front of their stores for an unlimited number of days. The size of the displays will be limited to 10 square feet, a reduction from the 20 square feet allowed previously.

  • Littleton council delays vote on downtown smoking ban

    The Littleton City Council has delayed a vote on a potential smoking ban downtown until November, after a large contingent of residents and business owners spoke in opposition to the measure.

    The council voted 6-1 on Sept. 1 to table a vote on the ordinance until Nov. 3. Councilwoman Debbie Brinkman, who had presented the proposed ban to the council, voted against tabling the decision.

  • County clerk says recall will be on Nov. 3 ballot

    The recall question targeting the three conservative members of the Jeffco school board will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to a spokeswoman from the county clerk’s office.

  • Raises reduce attrition among Jefferson County employees

    Jefferson County has seen a significant improvement in employee retention in its Human Services Department and in the Sheriff’s Office, after additional pay raises were approved for both agencies this year.

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen its attrition rate for deputies decrease from 15.7 percent in 2014 to 8.5 percent so far in 2015, closer to the target rate of 5 to 6 percent. The attrition rate in Human Services dropped from 23.6 percent last year to 11.5 percent so far this year, on target to the public-sector market average of 12 to 14 percent.

  • Evergreen homeowner who shot bear cubs faces two felony charges

    The Evergreen homeowner who fatally shot two bear cubs on Sept. 1 as they were trying to get into his trash is facing two felony charges, according to a news release from the Jeffco district attorney's office.

    One of the cubs died instantly, and the other had to be put down. The live round that hit the cubs then hit the window of a neighbor's house in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive.

    The Sheriff's Office on Sept. 2 identified the homeowner as Daniel C. Williams, 50. The district attorney said Williams faces the following charges: 

  • School board approves contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Proposed Community Corrections move angers site’s neighbors

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a decision on purchasing a new site to house the Community Corrections program after a contentious four-hour meeting Aug. 18 at which neighbors of the property loudly objected to the plan.

    Neighbors of the proposed new location near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street in Lakewood accused the county of dishonesty and said their concerns were being ignored. Dozens of residents said locating the facility in their neighborhood would put their families at risk and lead to an increase in crime.

  • Teachers voting on contract this week

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union were expected to finish voting on the newly reworked contract with Jeffco Public Schools on Wednesday.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and planned to have a final result by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to JCEA spokesman Scott Kwasny. (Visit HighTimberTimes.com for the results.)

    If JCEA members ratify the agreement with a simple majority, the school board then will vote on it Thursday.