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Today's News

  • Jeffco ‘tank’ gets 15 minutes of fame

    A picture labeling the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s armored personnel carrier a “tank” became a hot topic online last week.

    A disc jockey named Willie B on 106.7 KBPI posted a picture of the armored personnel vehicle on his Facebook account April 9 with the caption, “… They gotta Tank!! I’m absolutely sure this is to protect us and serve us … right?” 

    The post was shared on Facebook more than 1,200 times and made its way onto the social media site Reddit. 

  • Survivors gather to mourn, find support

    One act of violence can have a lifetime of repercussions. 

    For most of the 200 or so people at this year’s Courage Walk at the Jeffco government center, those repercussions are well known. The event brings survivors and victims’ families together to pay tribute to those lost to violence and to survivors of violent acts. It concludes in the Courage Garden behind the Taj Mahal.

    It also gives attendees a chance to connect with others who understand their pain. 

  • On the run — and loving it

    Six-year-old Katy Carpenter has a need for speed, and Powderhorn Elementary’s new Run Club is the solution. 

    “I can’t believe I can run that fast with a fake leg,” Katy said. “I can run as fast as a cheetah. I’m serious.”

    Katy has a prosthetic right leg; doctors had to sever her leg at the knee when she was a baby. 

    “(The Run Club) helps me get better running, because I have to get used to it without a leg,” Katy said.

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Commission candidate cites incumbent’s ‘disconnect’

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

     

    A Marine for most of his life

  • Judicial system plans truancy strategy

    A two-year grant will help the judicial system in Jefferson County identify the causes of truancy and help steer youths away from jail and back to the classroom.

    The grant, worth up to $70,000 a year, will fund implementation a problem-solving approach similar to family and drug courts. The focus is on treatment and on providing services that address underlying problems. 

  • County formulating disaster recovery plan

    Jeffco’s Emergency Management Office has started work on a disaster recovery plan, a first for the county, to identify which agencies are responsible for different phases of a recovery effort. 

    The agency, part of the Sheriff’s Office, is also re-evaluating its current response plan to find areas of improvement and cooperation with the county’s municipalities.

    County Commissioner Don Rosier said the lack of a recovery plan caused a delay in the transition to recovery after last fall’s flooding. 

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Third-ranked Chargers unleash long ball in a 17-3 rout of Mullen

    Nick Chamberlain and Blake Moore drove in four runs each — both hitting homers — and Chatfield broke out for 12 runs in the fourth inning of a 17-3 win over Mullen on April 12.
    Brennan Gaber also homered for the third-ranked Chargers, who improved to 11-0 on the season.
    Jake Carstensen scored three times and Patrick Barder struck out six in the complete-game victory.

  • Rebels still finding their way

    LAKEWOOD — Alex Befus is in her first season coaching the Columbine Lady Rebels’ lacrosse program, and the learning curve has been a steep one. But Columbine is still plugging away, just like it did against fifth-ranked Cherry Creek on April 12 at Trailblazer Stadium.