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Today's News

  • Thousands find geocaching event in South Jeffco

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Unlike some geocaches, GeoWoodstock was easy to find.

    The annual event was held at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms on Sunday and brought thousands of people from across the country and globe to visit vendors, attend workshops and find some hidden treasures. 

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail dies; autopsy inconclusive

    A prisoner in the Jeffco jail died early Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, 53-year-old Patrick O'Day, who had been booked into the jail at 5:45 p.m. Monday, was found unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a holding cell in the booking unit. He was pronounced dead at the jail.

  • Tie vote derails proposed BMX track at Schaefer

    A tie vote by the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District has at least temporarily derailed a plan to add a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

    The 2-2 vote with one abstention means a licensing agreement with Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit that wants to build the track, will expire at the end of the year without further action. Despite changes in the agreement made to address neighbors' concerns that include adequate parking and noise and light pollution, the motion to renew the pact failed.

  • Two gun store burglaries reported in two days

    About 30 handguns were stolen early Tuesday from a gun shop in a strip mall on West Bowles Avenue, and another gun store to the east in Littleton was burglarized the next day. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer confirmed burglars tripped a silent alarm at Colorado Gun Broker, 8966 W. Bowles Ave., at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies reportedly arrived within five minutes, but the perpetrators were gone.

    Techmeyer said the gun store's surveillance cameras weren't operating during the break-in, but other cameras in the strip mall were being checked.

  • For the county by the county: a re-imagined Jeffco Fair & Festival

    This summer Jeffco is hosting the first-ever county fair planned by residents, dubbed the Jefferson County Fair & Festival.

    The four-day event Aug. 11-14 also will be the first to use the entire Jeffco Fairgrounds. There will be seven “zones,” each with a unique focus of activities and entertainment.

    “We’re taking the same concepts and traditions and putting different spins on them,” said Dexter Foxworth, the fair’s events coordinator.

  • Medical provider seeks to dismiss portions of lawsuit in jail death

    By Gabrielle Porter

    Staff Writer

    The medical provider being sued by the family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention has asked a federal judge to dismiss parts of the lawsuit, calling the complaint “scattershot.”

  • Firearm from gun-store burglary involved in accidental shooting of teen

    Police believe a gun involved in the accidental shooting of an Edgewater 13-year-old was among the dozens of firearms stolen from two Littleton gun stores last month.

    Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey said the teen was accidentally shot in the leg while standing with three other juveniles on an apartment balcony July 14. Mackey confirmed that the teen is expected to recover. 

  • Two in custody after early-morning home invasion in South Jeffco

    Two men have been arrested in the wake of a home invasion in South Jeffco early Tuesday morning.

    Colton Roley, 24, of the 6800 block of South Elati St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of felony first-degree burglary, as well as assault and illegal discharge of a firearm in an occupied residence, both misdemeanors. Tyler Derouin, 27, of the 6900 block of South Newland Court, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, a felony.

  • Miller stocking up on racing

    MORRISON — By day, Mike Miller works 8 to 5 as a high network stockbroker, placing trades for his clientele over the phone. By weekend, the 2010 Columbine High School graduate can usually be found at the racetrack, especially Bandimere Speedway.

    “I solely requested to be put on a (stockbroker) team where I would have weekends off,” the 24-year-old said. “Every weekend I’ll be at the racetrack. It’s what I love to do.”

  • Force one-ups daughter in finals

    MORRISON — Courtney Force didn’t let a little rain keep her from getting one up on her father ­­­­­— legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force — on the opening night of the 2016 Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.