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Today's News

  • Olson, Lady Rebels adjust to the situation

    LAKEWOOD — Marin Olson and her Columbine Lady Rebels teammates have had to adjust. First, they lost leading goal scorer Tatum Barton to injury in the last week of the regular season, and then there was the weather. Rain pelted Lakewood Memorial Field on May 8 for the second round of the 5A state girls soccer tournament.

    But the sophomore midfielder/defender had an upbeat attitude about the conditions. You just have to go out and play, she said, and that’s what her team did, even though it was facing archrival and thorn-in-the-side Chatfield.

  • Suspect found dead after standoff at Essex House Motel

    A bank robbery suspect who barricaded himself in the Essex House Motel in Littleton after shooting an FBI agent on Friday afternoon died from a self-inflicted gunshot during the ensuing standoff.

    The suspect was identified by the Arapahoe County coroner’s office as Jesus Emmanuel Avila, 19. The FBI said in an interview with AP that Avila was wanted in connection with a series of bank robberies in the metro area committed by the “Longhorn Bandit.” The robber often wore a University of Texas Longhorns baseball hat.

  • Sheriff investigating after man impersonates deputy

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man wearing shorts and a T-shirt approached two teenagers on North Ranch Road in South Jeffco and claimed to be an off-duty deputy.

  • A walk on the creative side

    Despite cloudy skies, downtown Littleton’s First Friday art walk last week was colorful and crowded.

    The city, Town Hall Arts Center, and Arapahoe Community College put on the event, the first of four monthly art walks through August. Eleven downtown galleries participated, ranging from the Steve Adams Gallery on Curtice Street to the Depot Art Gallery five blocks away on West Powers Avenue. From 6 to 9 p.m., the downtown area was lined with street musicians, food vendors and artists giving live demonstrations of their work.

  • Autopsy: Jail inmate died from excessive vomiting

    An autopsy on the body of Jennifer Lobato, the Jeffco jail prisoner who died after waiting hours in vain for medical treatment, showed the cause of death was cardiac arrest due to excessive vomiting.

    Lobato, 37, died in her cell on March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. That morning, Lobato had complained to a deputy that she wasn’t feeling well. By afternoon, both Lobato and her cellmate had asked that she be seen by the jail’s medical staff.

  • A blooming interest

    The hikers had covered less than 50 yards along Two Brands Trail at Hildebrand Ranch Park before stopping to inspect a small patch of pinkish petals a few inches off the ground.

    Pam Little, a native plant master volunteer from Conifer with Jeffco Open Space, gathered the group around as she identified the delicate flora as red-stemmed filaree. A non-native plant, it was introduced by the Spanish via the feed they brought for their horses.

  • Open Space chief discusses crowded parks

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.”

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks.

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Jeffco commissioners OK raises for DA’s employees

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given their initial approval to a requested salary increase for some employees of the district attorney’s office.

    District Attorney Pete Weir requested $120,648 from the board April 28 to address what he said were significant issues with salaries for newer attorneys in the DA’s office.

  • Citizen group urges humane option for controlling prairie dogs

    A group of prairie dog lovers wants the Foothills Park and Recreation District to always consider a humane option when controlling the rodents on its properties.

    Tina Gurdikian and Gina Writz, members of the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, urged the rec district board April 28 to move a colony of prairie dogs from the future home of a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex to another section of that property. The citizen-created group also suggested passive relocation be employed throughout Foothills’ park system.

  • Southwest Plaza annexation on hold again

    A possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar is in a holding pattern again.

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, and Bow Mar have decided to delay the annexation plan until the company completes the ongoing $75 million to $80 million renovation of the shopping center. The renovations are set to be finished this fall.