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Today's News

  • Custodian at two local schools arrested on suspicion of sending nude photos to student

    The Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that a Jeffco Schools employee was arrested this week on suspicion of sending nude photos to an underage student.

    Jeffco investigators on Monday arrested Jacob David Deal, 21, on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony. Deal, a custodian at Dutch Creek Elementary and Ken Caryl Middle School, is accused of starting to communicate with two sixth-grade girls in the spring by leaving handwritten messages, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • West Metro firefighters rescue 5-year-old from house fire

    West Metro firefighters responded early Friday morning to a house fire in Lakewood and saved a 5-year-old girl who was hiding inside her bedroom closet.

    The blaze was reported by the girl’s mother at 12:27 a.m. from inside the home, which is in the 9900 block of West Vassar Way, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for the West Metro Fire Protection District. Scholting said it was against West Metro policy to identify the members of the family of four, including the 5-year-old and her mother, father and older brother.

  • Assessment exams explored as possible graduation requirement

    Members of the class of 2021 could have some extra challenges to meet if they want to reach the finish line and graduate from Jeffco Public Schools — namely, the ability to pass a final assessment exam.

    At last week’s school board meeting, district staff presented a proposal to revise the district’s graduation goals, most of which are based on Jeffco’s “2020 Vision” plan and 2013 graduation requirements.

  • Jeffco deputies bid farewell to longest tenured undersheriff

    On Sept. 1, Jeffco Undersheriff Ray Fleer retired after 42 years in law enforcement, 37 of which were with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    During his career with Jeffco, Fleer was a member of the executive staff for five sheriffs and served as undersheriff for two. He is the longest serving undersheriff in the history of Jefferson County.

  • Foes ramp up efforts to thwart rezoning in Rooney Valley

    The group that launched a petition opposed to rezoning that could bring auto and motorcycle dealerships, retail and commercial flex-use space to the Rooney Valley area near Dinosaur Ridge is ramping up efforts ahead of county commissioners’ hearings on the rezoning later this month.

  • Jeffco sheriff warns residents about parking ticket scam

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a parking ticket scam.

    Last week a woman tried to pay the fine for a fake parking ticket at the Jefferson County courthouse. The ticket cited a violation of “inconsiderate parking for others” with a fine of $401.08. The “violation” was "issued" Aug. 30 in the 11000 block of West Sixth Avenue.

  • Jeffco sheriff lifts fire restrictions

    The Jeffco sheriff has lifted the temporary fire restriction for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County, including all federal lands, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire, the release stated. However, residents are encouraged to be vigilant, as fire danger is always present in the high country.

  • Jeffco Public Health announces syringe exchange program

    Jeffco Public Health has opened the newest state-approved syringe exchange program in Colorado, joining locations in Boulder County, Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Grand Junction, according to a county news release.

  • County Manager Ralph Schell announces retirement

    County Manager Ralph Schell announced Thursday he will retire in March 2017, according to a Jeffco news release.

    Schell has served Jefferson County for more than 18 years, including as director of Open Space and Parks before becoming county manager in December 2009. 

  • Foothills taking applications for vacant board seat

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is accepting applications for a vacancy on its board of directors.

    Board member John Bradley Jr. resigned his Ward 4 seat Sept. 2 because he no longer owns property in the district, according to a Foothills news release. Bradley is planning to move to Loveland.

    Ward 4 primarily encompasses an area south of West Bowles Avenue between South Kipling Parkway and South Pierce Street north of West Chatfield Avenue. For a map of the district's wards, visit www.ifoothills.org.