Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge students walk out to demonstrate peace, unity

    Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, senior Mat McCormick walked out of his Advanced Placement calculus class for 17 minutes.

    So did about 400 other students throughout Dakota Ridge High School.

    The crowd flooded out of the school toward the west side of the building, where McCormick — speaking through a megaphone — asked them to introduce themselves to someone new.

    There was a chorus of introductions before he addressed them again.

  • JCSO asks for $1 million more in overtime to meet call demand

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is asking the county to authorize an adjusted 2018 budget to pay for more overtime and/or more full-time employees.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader has recommended the county hire an additional 42 deputies — 20 on patrol, 22 in the jail — to meet increasing demand. Alternatively, he suggested Jeffco approve an overtime budget of approximately $3.2 million, which is about $1 million more than what was in the county’s 2018 proposed budget.

  • Judge denies unsupervised visits for Eastwood

    The man who shot a high-powered rifle at Deer Creek Middle School, injuring two students, will not be allowed temporary, unsupervised visits from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

  • Gunshot sounds in Ken Caryl turn out to be faulty generator

    The sounds heard on Feb. 23 in Ken Caryl that were thought to be gunshots turned out to be made by a faulty generator.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office “determined the cause of the sounds to be a malfunctioning generator located on the roof of the Safeway shopping center building in the 12000 block of West Ken Caryl Avenue,” according to a news release. “Safeway has been very cooperative throughout our investigation and is currently taking steps to fix the problem.”

    Residents also reported hearing the same sounds Friday morning.

  • JCSO searching for suspects in coffee shop arson

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects accused of lighting chairs on fire and shooting guns outside of Tomari’s Coffee across the street from Tiny Town in late January.

    The suspects were caught on surveillance video lighting furniture on fire outside of the Morrison coffee shop around 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Before putting out the flames, the video shows the men shooting their guns at the ignited furniture.

  • Crise trial underway in South Jeffco murder

    The ex-wife of a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Samuel Addison Stewart testified on Friday that she found a bullet in her bedroom, which sits above the garage of her home.

    Nancy Crise, the ex-wife of Kenneth Crise, also testified that she reset Kenneth’s cell phone. She told Deputy District Attorney Jed Greenblatt that she didn’t close Kenneth’s Facebook account and couldn’t recall doing anything else he asked after May 1, 2017, the date Stewart, 26, died.

  • Lemarinel found guilty of second-degree murder, other charges

    Jordan Lemarinel, one of two men arrested in connection with the May 1, 2017, death of 26-year-old Samuel Addison Stewart, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday.

    The 12-member jury, after more than a day of deliberation, also found Lemarinel, 27, guilty of felony murder, tampering with a deceased human body, tampering with physical evidence, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery with the intent to kill, maim or wound, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and more. He was arrested May 5, 2017.

  • Proposed statewide tax increase could yield $1.6 billion for education

    Taxpayers across the state could see a $1.6 billion tax increase question on their November ballots this fall if backers of a new school funding measure are able to collect enough voter signatures between now and July 11.

  • Bill to allow permitless concealed carry passes Colorado Senate

    Roughly two weeks after state House Democrats rejected three gun control bills that would have allowed — among other things — concealed weapons in schools, the Republican-controlled state Senate passed a bill last Thursday that would allow Coloradans to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

  • Chatfield students relishing chance to work on projects for NASA

    Have you ever wondered what astronauts do about trash? Or how they keep track of their belongings in a microgravity environment?

    These are legitimate problems NASA astronauts at the International Space Station face, and they are ones Chatfield Senior High School students aimed to solve through the HUNCH — high school students united with NASA to create hardware — program.