Today's News

  • Suspect in Parker man's slaying to be prosecuted in Elbert County

    The man charged in a Jeffco court in connection with the slaying of Jason Michael Dosa, 44, of Parker will instead be prosecuted in Elbert County.
    Shawn Geerdes, 46, faces charges of first-degree murder and second-degree arson in the death of Dosa, whose body was found in a burning car in the Deer Creek area Sept. 20. Geerdes was arrested Sept. 23.
    The case was moved Sept. 30 because authorities believe the crime was committed in Elbert County, judicial spokeswoman Michelle Yi said.

  • Morrison bed and breakfast gutted by early-morning fire

    A fire early Thursday caused extensive damage at a historic bed and breakfast in Morrison.

    West Metro Fire Rescue received a call before 5 a.m. that a blaze had broken out in the basement of the Horton House Bed & Breakfast at 105 Cannon St.. Three people were in the building at the time of the fire, including one guest, but no one was injured, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire.


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  • School board tensions erupt over accountability committee

    The Jeffco school district’s fledgling accountability committee is looking for volunteers, following a heated discussion last Thursday among school board members.

    The transitional District Accountability Committee is planned to be a group of parents, teachers, community members and a school administrator, among others. Once the school board selects the members of the committee, it is expected to work with school-level accountability groups and the board on a variety of issues, including budgets, test scores and discipline.

  • State to Jeffco: Please return $360,000

    An error by the state apparently resulted in an overpayment of almost $360,000 over three years to the Jeffco Human Services Department.

    Now the state suddenly would like the cash back, despite the fact that the cause of the mistake was found in an audit eight years ago. And the county commissioners aren’t very happy about it.

  • Man arrested in connection with body found in burning car

    Authorities have arrested a man after a body was found in a burning car in the Deer Creek area on Sunday.

    Shawn Geerdes, 46, was arrested about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 85 north of Meadows Parkway near Castle Rock. He was in court Thursday morning to face charges of first-degree murder and second-degree arson in connection with the slaying of Jason Michael Dosa, 44, of Parker.

    A judge Thursday denied bond for Geerdes, who is being held in the Jeffco jail in Golden.

  • Chatfield student dies after suffering anaphylactic reaction to peanut

    A 16-year-old Chatfield High School student died Sept. 21 after suffering an allergic reaction to food containing peanuts. 

    According to news reports, Simon Katz was at a bonfire for Chatfield’s homecoming when he ate a s’more that contained peanuts. Katz went into anaphylactic shock soon after eating the food and then died.

    Katz was a guitar player in the band Boats Without Oars, and his Facebook page was filled with messages from friends and fellow musicians. 

  • School board candidates forum scheduled Tuesday evening in Conifer

    A forum featuring candidates for the Jeffco school board will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer.

    The event will begin at 6:30 with candidates manning tables for informal discussions with voters. The formal portion of the evening will start at 7:30, when candidates will make opening statements and then respond to questions prepared by Evergreen Newspapers and the Conifer Area Council, the sponsors of the event.

  • Witt seeks ethics investigation of himself

    School board president Ken Witt, one of three targets of a recall in the Nov. 3 election, has announced that he is requesting an investigation into himself by the state’s Independent Ethics Commission to counter ballot language that accuses the school board’s conservative majority of violating the Open Meetings Law.

    The recall language on the ballot accuses Witt and board members John Newkirk and Julie Williams of “repeatedly violating Colorado open-meetings laws by secretly making major decisions behind closed doors.” 

  • Father arrested after 2 toddlers are found in South Jeffco neighborhood

    The father of two toddlers who were found alone Wednesday in a South Jeffco neighborhood has been arrested on a charge of suspected child abuse not resulting in injury, a Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman said.

    Kyle McClelland, 25, was arrested several hours after his two sons were found walking near the 5400 block of South Quail Way in Littleton, a residential neighborhood.