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Today's News

  • Errors, Fruita’s timely hitting trips Ken-Caryl in state opener

    By Ryan Ward
    For the Courier
    THORNTON — The Ken-Caryl Little League baseball team was defeated 10-0 by Fruita Monument during the first round of the Colorado state playoffs at Northern Lights Little League fields on July 21.
    Fruita Monument, the defending state champions, jumped on the scoreboard by hitting back-to-back doubles to start the bottom half of the second inning. With just one out, another double stretched the lead to 2-0.

  • Littleton’s Berry right at home at Bandimere

    MORRISON — Mike Berry didn’t have high expectations coming into the weekend. The 47-year-old Littleton resident has struggled in 2013. But Berry had reason to be optimistic with his 2010 Buell XB9R Pro Stock motorcycle.
    “(It was) better than we almost expected,” Berry said between qualifying sessions at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway on July 20. Berry qualified third for the elimination round in 7.281 seconds.

  • Life is such a drag

    MORRISON — Randy Cruickshank has a need for speed, but sometimes, even for him, it can be a little too much.
    Case in point: the 1970 Camaro he was racing a few years ago. It was just too fast. So now his wife, Brandy, races it. But Cruickshank still lives life in the fast lane with his 2011 Dragster and 1963 McAmis Top Sportsman cars.

  • Learn how to thwart cyber crime

    If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past 40 years of fighting crime, it’s that you need to be smarter than the crooks. Lately they’ve found a new place to prowl — online.

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  • Littleton police officer free on bond in drug case

    A Littleton police officer who was arrested on suspicion of buying Ecstasy from an FBI informant is free on $100,000 bond.

    The FBI arrested Jeffery Johnston at his home in Parker on July 19. According to the complaint against him, Johnston is suspected of purchasing about 16 grams of the drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy, from an FBI informant for $1,300.

  • Bicyclist injured in accident on Pierce Street

    The Colorado State Patrol responded to an accident last Wednesday afternoon involving a 24-year-old man on a bicycle and a 2005 BMW driven by a 30-year-old male, according to Trooper Nate Reid.

    The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. on South Pierce Street between West Portland and Coal Mine avenues. The bicyclist, Eric Rooney, was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital with moderate, non-life threatening injuries, said Colorado State Trooper Josh Lewis. The driver of the BMW was not injured.

  • Busying idle hands

    Even though Troy Gill started carving wood as a way to occupy his time while recovering from surgery last August, he wouldn’t necessarily call it a form of therapy. 

    “It couldn’t be therapy because I kept slicing my fingers,” Gill said. 

    What started for Gill as a hobby has become Celtic Wood Works, Gill’s custom Irish-themed wood-carving business. This past weekend’s Colorado Irish Festival at Clement Park marked the first time Gill has taken his work from his garage to a festival. 

  • Jeffco seeks land swap for inmate home

    Jeffco is working on a land deal that would exchange the county’s current home for Community Corrections for a new one.

    The deal involves swapping the Community Corrections headquarters at Kendall Street between 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, and 4 acres at West Colfax Avenue and Wild Acres Road in unincorporated Jeffco next to Lakewood.

  • Littleton considers assessing impact fees on new development

    Littleton is growing — and with that growth comes a need to expand the city’s services and infrastructure. 

    The question is: Who’s going to pay for it?  

    The city is considering implementing impact fees on new residential and commercial developments, something that many other Colorado cities charge, to help defray the cost of expanding city services.