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  • A hair-raising fund-raiser for fallen officer

    Littleton is being patrolled by a group of mountain men this month.

    More than 20 officers with the Littleton Police Department have put their razors away during November to raise money for the Carl Kisselman Foundation. Kisselman, a detective with the Englewood Police Department, died suddenly at his home in September.

    Littleton Officer Rick Redmond said he and two dozen of his fellow officers donated at least $20 each to the foundation to gain clearance to break the department’s facial hair policy.

  • Bandimere rezone raises few concerns at public meeting

    A public meeting last week on a potential rezoning of land surrounding Bandimere Speedway drew two dozen people, but only a few expressed concerns about the plan to add residential and commercial uses.

    The proposal, which is in the pre-application process with Jeffco Planning and Zoning, would involve more than 123 acres in unincorporated Jeffco, including the 106.8-acre racetrack property and 7.1 acres north and east of the track in Lakewood. About 20 acres of the property owned by the Bandimere family, just south of the track, are in Morrison.

  • Commissioners, library staff experience unhappy returns

    Jeffco Public Library staff saw their elation over winning a tax increase in this month’s election dimmed somewhat when two county commissioners demanded chapter and verse on how the additional revenue will be spent.

    The commissioners, library staff and the library’s board of directors discussed last week how the additional $8 million in property-tax revenue will be incorporated into the library’s 2016 budget.

  • Jefferson County district attorney on a crusade against sexting

    Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.

  • Prisoner in Jeffco jail commits suicide

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail committed suicide Thursday night in his cell.

    Harley Jefferson Smith, 32, was found hanging by a bed sheet at 6 p.m. by deputies during their rounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies administered CPR, but Smith was declared dead at 6:40 p.m. at the jail. Smith had been booked into the jail on traffic charges on Thursday about noon.

  • Hearing date set for campaign finance complaint

    The state has set a hearing date for a complaint filed by a Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • Deputies respond to report of suicidal man at Mount Falcon

    The east and west entrances to Mount Falcon Park were closed for several hours Tuesday morning while the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office responded to a man in the park who reportedly was suicidal.

    The Sheriff’s Office was contacted Tuesday morning by a family member of the man, said spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Both the east and west entrances to the park were closed during the incident.

  • Rash of mailbox thefts reported in South Jeffco, mountain areas

    Numerous mailbox break-ins in South Jeffco and the mountain areas in early November are believed to be related, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

    The perpetrators targeted clusters of mailboxes such as those at apartment complexes or for a group of homes in more remote mountain areas, said Deputy Gordon Neuenfeldt.

  • IREA customers complain of scammers

    Customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association have notified the electric co-op that an automated calling service has been claiming that their bills are past due.

    The call, which says electric service will be cut off in 30 to 45 minutes, instructs customers to make payment arrangements by calling an 888-prefix number, IREA says.

  • Council approves downtown smoking ban

    Sidewalks in downtown Littleton will be smoke-free starting in 2016.

    On Nov. 3, the City Council voted 4-3 to ban outdoor smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. Smoking would be allowed on rooftops, rear patios and in parking lots.

    The ordinance also classifies electronic cigarettes and vape pens as tobacco products. The restrictions will take effect Jan. 1.