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  • Commissioners OK security upgrades for admin side of courthouse

    In response to recent incidents of intimidation against county employees and anti-government demonstrations, Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday signed off on a personnel request from the Sheriff’s Office to add two full-time deputies to patrol the administrative wing of the Jefferson County courthouse.

  • Student organizes fund-raiser for coach’s daughter

    When Katie Day heard that her basketball coach’s daughter had leukemia, she wanted to do something to help.

    With the help of Dakota Ridge High athletic director Matt Heckel and the school’s booster club, the student organized a pancake dinner fund-raiser and special “orange out” basketball game in less than a month’s time. All funds raised at the event benefited coach Jeff Lodden’s family — mainly his daughter, Reagan, 9, in her fight against cancer.

  • Performance gaps among minorities persist in Jeffco schools

    New results from Jeffco Public Schools’ year-long Measures of Academic Progress test show that while overall student performance is improving, many minority students in the district continue to struggle with math and reading compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

  • Valero on West Quincy robbed at gunpoint

    A man wielding a semi-automatic weapon robbed a South Jeffco convenience store Wednesday night and escaped with several hundred dollars.

    A clerk at the Valero at 14011 W. Quincy Ave. — formerly a Diamond Shamrock — called the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office about 9:45 p.m. after being robbed at gunpoint. The clerk was not physically harmed. 

  • South Jeffco man shot in 'marijuana deal gone bad'

    A South Jeffco resident was shot outside his home late Tuesday in an incident the Sheriff's Office described as “a marijuana deal gone bad.”

    The shooting victim's wounds were described as non-life-threatening, but he was taken to a local hospital for surgery. The Sheriff's Office reported that two suspects in the shooting fled the scene and remain at large. 

  • South Jeffco man shot in 'marijuana deal gone bad'

    A South Jeffco resident was shot outside his home late Tuesday in an incident the Sheriff’s Office described as “a marijuana deal gone bad.”

    The shooting victim’s wounds were described as non-life-threatening, but he was taken to a local hospital for surgery. The Sheriff’s Office reported that two suspects in the shooting fled the scene and remained at large.

  • Crews contain two wildfires on Green Mountain

    Crews from West Metro Fire contained two blazes on Green Mountain in Lakewood early Monday. As of Monday afternoon, the fire department had reported that its investigators said both fires are suspicious, however there is no official cause released.

    According to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting, the first fire was on the north side of the mountain. It was reported about 1:30 a.m., and ended up burning about 1.7 acres, she said. The second was on the east side and started about 5 a.m., charring approximately 5.8 acres.

  • Fire restrictions enacted in Jeffco

    Due to current dry conditions, high risk of wildfire and limited availability of resources, stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted in Jefferson County at 6 p.m. Thursday by the Sheriff's Office.

    According to Sheriff Jeff Schrader, the restrictions apply to areas west of Highway 93, west of C-470, south and west of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470 and west of the South Platte River.

  • D’Evelyn principal found guilty of third-degree assault, harassment

    A jury on Thursday found the principal of D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School guilty of charges related to an assault on his wife last November. 

    Anthony Edwards, 36, was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of third-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment after a two-day trial. The jury deliberated for an hour. 

    Judge Mark Randall sentenced Edwards to two years of probation and 60 hours of community service, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. 

  • Jeffco district eyeing pay increase for next superintendent

    The next superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools likely will earn significantly more than outgoing Superintendent Dan McMinimee, after the district’s executive search firm recommended boosting the salary to attract higher-quality candidates.

    Last Thursday, Ray and Associates president Gary Ray shared his firm’s proposed schedule and process for finding a new superintendent with the school board during a study session.