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Local News

  • Fire reported in apartment building; residents forced to evacuate

    A 24-unit apartment building on South Federal Circle in Littleton was evacuated Monday after a fire was reported.

    City spokeswoman Kelli Narde said the structure itself was not believed to be in danger but that flames had been detected in the walls and roof.

    "It's a stubborn fire," she said. "It's under control. But it's in the walls and roof."

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Ready for their first collar

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office welcomed three new members to its ranks in a ceremony last week. And all three new deputies received vigorous head rubs and ear scratches.

    The three canines, introduced March 19, are named Thorn, Bigi and Klaus. All three were trained in Florida and have been bonding with their human partners since being brought to Colorado several weeks ago.

  • Woman who stole funds from booster club gets work-release

    The woman who stole nearly $10,000 from the volleyball booster club at Chatfield High School has been sentenced to one year in a jail work-release program and five years of probation.

    Kathleen McGrath, 57, of Littleton pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to theft, a class 4 felony. While treasurer of the Spikers Booster Club from March 2012 to February 2013, McGrath reportedly spent $9,976 on items not related to the team.

    During McGrath’s one-year sentence, she will be permitted to work outside the Jeffco jail during the day before reporting back at night.

  • Council declines to change Santa Fe urban renewal plan

    The Littleton City Council declined on March 17 to make changes to the Santa Fe Drive urban renewal plan — a move that would have triggered a citywide election in the wake of voters’ recent approval of Question 300.

    The changes, which would have started the clock on tax-increment financing in the South Santa Fe corridor north of Mineral Drive, originally were presented to the council on Feb. 17. Council members voted then to delay any changes until after the March 3 election.

  • Investigation continues into Jeffco jail death

    An investigation into the death of a female inmate at the Jeffco jail is awaiting the findings of an autopsy report.

    The Sheriff’s Office has completed interviews in its investigation and is awaiting the coroner’s report on Jennifer Lobato, 37, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. That report could take several more weeks to complete.

  • Littleton hires public works director

    Littleton has hired a new public works director.

    Mark Relph was selected from 64 applicants to replace former public works chief Charlie Blosten, who retired Feb. 28. Relph will start his new position on April 14.

  • Principal charged in sexual assault case

    Steven Weigum, the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a minor, was officially charged March 17.

    Weigum, 55, faces counts of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, all felonies. An additional charge of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, was filed after Weigum’s first court appearance.

  • Littleton’s Kempe has challenger for seat on IREA board

    Two foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association are up for re-election, and both are banking on their experience on the power co-op’s board to help them retain their seats.

    Littleton resident Mike Kempe represents an area from Aspen Park east to Castle Pines and down to Roxborough. Kempe is opposed by Morrison resident Gregory Edwin Lee Sanchez.

  • Deputy derided prisoner who died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.”