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Today's News

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • ‘An angel stopped to help — and gave his life’

    Chauncey and Kenny Tate knew Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro for just a few minutes, but they will never forget him.

    Renfro stopped to help the Denver brother and sister Saturday after their car crashed on U.S. 285, and he was struck by another vehicle and killed. Chauncey’s 9-month-old son, Angus, also was in their car.

  • Jeffco deputy dragged by fleeing vehicle

    A fleeing suspect dragged a Jeffco deputy with his vehicle Thursday night, leaving the officer with minor injuries.

    Andrey Pavlovich Mishenin, 23, is wanted on second-degree assault charges.

  • Baby left at West Metro fire station

    A baby was dropped off at a West Metro Fire station Tuesday morning by a couple who said they’d been given the infant at a store in Lakewood.
    The middle-aged couple brought the baby, which was in good health, to West Metro’s Station 1 in Lakewood. West Metro firefighter/paramedics transported the baby to an area hospital for medical care.
    The Colorado legislature passed a safe haven law in 2000 that allows for a parent to drop off an unharmed child to a hospital or fire station within 72 hours of being born.

  • Lady Chargers add state qualifiers at Jeffco Invite

    ARVADA — Frustration could’ve easily set in for Chatfield Senior swimmer Abby Oglesby. So many times this season, she been close to qualifying for the 5A state meet in the 50-yard freestyle only to come up short.

  • Eagles eye late push, rip Gators

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    After handling Standley Lake for the second time this season, the Dakota Ridge hockey team proclaimed itself ready for The Push.
    “Tonight was that stepping stone,” head coach Alec Hines said after his sixth-ranked Eagles peppered the Gators with 54 shots on goal and improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the Foothills League with a 5-1 victory Jan. 24 at The Edge Ice Arena. “We’re getting into the bulk of our season, and we put the work in tonight.”

  • 2014 a good year for economic development

    Jefferson County is thriving in terms of its economic vitality, said Doug Bene, executive vice president of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp.

    In 2014, 2,213 jobs were retained and created in Jeffco, and new capital investments totaled $488 million, he said during a recent presentation to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee. Other good news is that the unemployment rate in Jeffco has dropped to 4.4 percent.

  • Buchli, Lady Eagles stave off Columbine

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Coming out of a timeout shortly after Columbine had taken just its second lead of the game with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left on its first basket by someone other than Bridget Snow and Carly Perry, Dakota Ridge girls basketball coach Rich Gavelda issued two specific directives.

    First: Shoot the basketball, which Sydney Buchli did. Second: Try to get Snow, who had riddled Dakota Ridge for 19 points but had three fouls, on the bench.

  • Resilient Eagles keep rolling, stay undefeated

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Call it the Dirty Dozen.

    Dakota Ridge, No. 3 in last week’s CHSAA 5A boys basketball poll, ran its record to 12-0 with a 50-45 victory at Columbine on Jan. 14.

    “Pretty typical for our games,” head coach Curi Yutzy said after his Eagles improved to 3-0 in 5A Jeffco play. “It was far from pretty, but we had enough guys step up and make just enough plays. Our guys are resilient. That’s not the first game we’ve been in like this.”

  • BUILDING BLOCKS

    Standing in his purple and gold warmup suit, there’s a sense of pride for 126-pounder Poe Di and his Littleton High School wrestling teammates. After all, five years ago, there was no such program. None. Zilch. Wrestling was non-existent over at 199 E. Littleton Blvd.

    Sitting dormant for two decades, Littleton High didn’t have a wrestling team. The mats — some 16 or so of them — sat idle in the school’s gymnasium. Nowadays, although there are still growing pains, the Lions are back on the mat.