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Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge High teacher under investigation for throwing a chair

    A teacher at Dakota Ridge High School is facing disciplinary action after throwing a chair in frustration during a study hall class.

    “No students were injured, but the incident was quite alarming,” said Jim Jelinek, principal at Dakota Ridge, in a letter sent home to parents. “This sort of behavior by a teacher is unacceptable. (The teacher) is facing disciplinary action and will be apologizing to the class (Thursday).”

  • Under the sea

    Mortensen Elementary School ventured under the sea last week during its drama club’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

    The Disney musical tells the familiar tale of a young mermaid named Ariel, who falls in love with a human prince and longs to live on land. She then acquires a pair of legs against her father’s will in a deal with Ursula, an evil sea witch.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    He wasn’t genuflecting on purpose

  • One arrested, another suspect at-large in connection with homicide

    One person has been arrested and an arrest warrant has been issued for a second in connection with a homicide in a South Jeffco neighborhood earlier this week.

    Jordan Lemarinel, 27, was arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Samuel Addison Stewart, 26. Lemarinel was initially arrested on unrelated drug and illegal weapons possessions charges and remains in police custody. Kenneth Crise, 55, remains at large.

  • South Jeffco shooting leaves one dead

    A man has died after a Friday night shooting in South Jeffco.

    Dominic Diego Perez, 20, was found in a car on the 7900 block of South Depew Street. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

    Around 6:25 p.m., the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an argument and subsequent gunshot in the 6900 block of South Newland Court. About 15 minutes later, they received a call reporting a gunshot victim in a car in the 7900 block of South Depew Street, about 2 miles from the reports of the argument.

  • Learning to protect oneself

    Picture this: You’re pointing a gun at someone and demanding their wallet. And then you hear it.

    “Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior?”

    Probably not what you were expecting, right?

    The words may be unexpected, but it is exactly what Penn Springs of Littleton would choose to say should he ever find himself in a similar predicament. In fact, Springs said, the nonsensicalness of the words is the perfect reason to say them.

  • Jeffco DA’s office investigating former Morrison police officer

    The Jefferson County District Attorney's office is investigating improprieties by a former Morrison police officer.

    Lt. Anthony Joiner resigned from his position with the Morrison Police Department in January after the town hired an outside firm to conduct an internal investigation.

  • Longtime Dutch Creek paraprofessional retires

    Ann Benninghoff has been in the education game for quite some time.

    But she is now bidding farewell to Dutch Creek Elementary School, the place she’s called home for nearly 40 years.

    She began volunteering at the South Jeffco elementary school, then became a teacher’s aide until landing in her eventual role of paraprofessional.

  • Deer Creek Middle School students showcase STEM projects

    What does a 21st-century classroom look like?

    This was the question students at Deer Creek Middle School were tasked with when they showcased STEM projects last Thursday to teachers, family members and friends. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    “Our sixth graders have spent the last month working on a problem-based learning project in which they have designed an effective 21st-century classroom,” said Brady Stambaugh, a Deer Creek sixth-grade teacher.

  • Community meeting notifies S. Jeffco of sexually violent predator

    Jeffco Sheriff’s officials on May 3 tried to allay the fears of residents living near Deer Creek Middle School because a sexually violent predator has moved into the area.

    Residents could only ask questions via notecards at the public meeting, but the concern of the audience, who packed the middle school cafeteria, was palpable. The ability of a sexually violent predator to move close to a school was a chief concern among neighborhood residents.