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  • Lady Rebels eliminated in state soccer quarterfinals

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The graduation of six seniors and injuries — lots of them — were just part of what the Columbine Lady Rebels had to overcome in 2015. There also was the proverbial bull’s-eye that is always on a defending state champion.

  • Suspect in laundromat burglary fails to get away clean

    A suspect in a burglary at a South Jeffco laundromat was arrested early Wednesday after his vehicle struck several cars, including a Jeffco sheriff’s patrol car, during a failed getaway attempt.

    Nicholas Vaughn, 28, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree assault of a peace officer, felony vehicular eluding and violation of a bail bond.

  • Commissioners delay decision on Homestead rezoning in Morrison

    After a five-hour hearing May 4, Jeffco’s county commissioners delayed their decision on a contentious rezoning request that would let developers install hiking trails and possibly a mini-ski slope in a Morrison subdivision.

  • Ex-principal facing sex-assault charge fired by district

    The Jeffco school district has fired the former principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School, who stands accused of sexual assault on a minor.

    The district placed Steven Weigum, 55, on administrative leave March 10, the day after his arrest. The school board was notified at its May 7 meeting that Weigum had been let go, district spokeswoman Lisa Pinto said.

    Pinto said the district would not comment on an ongoing legal matter. Weigum had been with Jeffco Public Schools since July 2001, when he was hired as principal at Bergen Valley Elementary in Evergreen.

  • Sheriff investigating after man impersonates deputy

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man wearing shorts and a T-shirt approached two teenagers on North Ranch Road in South Jeffco and claimed to be an off-duty deputy.

  • Autopsy: Jail inmate died from excessive vomiting

    An autopsy on the body of Jennifer Lobato, the Jeffco jail prisoner who died after waiting hours in vain for medical treatment, showed the cause of death was cardiac arrest due to excessive vomiting.

    Lobato, 37, died in her cell on March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. That morning, Lobato had complained to a deputy that she wasn’t feeling well. By afternoon, both Lobato and her cellmate had asked that she be seen by the jail’s medical staff.

  • Jeffco commissioners OK raises for DA’s employees

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given their initial approval to a requested salary increase for some employees of the district attorney’s office.

    District Attorney Pete Weir requested $120,648 from the board April 28 to address what he said were significant issues with salaries for newer attorneys in the DA’s office.

  • Southwest Plaza annexation on hold again

    A possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar is in a holding pattern again.

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, and Bow Mar have decided to delay the annexation plan until the company completes the ongoing $75 million to $80 million renovation of the shopping center. The renovations are set to be finished this fall.

  • Restrictions on sidewalk displays are retained

    By Ramsey Scott

    Staff Writer

    The Littleton City Council has temporarily put off making any changes to restrictions on retail sidewalk displays downtown.

    Last May, the council voted to let downtown merchants use the sidewalks in front of their stores to display merchandise for three days each month. Merchants must apply to the city for a free permit before putting out displays.

  • Meeting without minutes raises Sunshine Law questions

    The Littleton City Council didn’t keep minutes of a meeting during which it interviewed the seven candidates for an open council seat, a possible violation of the state Open Meetings Law.

    The law states that “local public bodies must keep minutes of meetings where formal action does or could occur.” Since all six members of the council were present at the April 14 meeting, formal action could have been taken on the vacancy.