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Today's News

  • School officials get earful at budget forum

    Compensation levels for school administrators and spending on under-utilized schools raised ire among a crowd Nov. 13 at a forum on school district budget cuts.

    Jeffco Public Schools officials met with parents and community members in five locations across the district to collect input on $28 million in proposed budget cuts for the 2011-12 school year, including a reduction of 318 staff members through attrition or layoffs.

  • 2 deputies accused of beating passenger after traffic stop

    Two Jeffco sheriff’s deputies are named in a federal lawsuit alleging they pulled an intoxicated passenger from a car in March 2009, beat him and shocked him with a Taser before taking the man to a detox facility.

    Plaintiff Michael Pearson was riding in a vehicle driven by Karen Payne, a former aunt-in-law of Deputy Brandon Payne, who is a defendant in the suit.

  • Honoring local veterans

    Students at Columbine Hills Elementary School bid farewell to a handful of tattered United States flags at a Veterans Day ceremony, cutting the patriotic fabric into strips before placing the frayed bits into a fire and burying the ashy remains.

    The time-honored flag-retirement process was guided by West Metro and Littleton firefighters, who supervised wispy flames jumping from two iron basins.

  • Small fire extinguished near Wadsworth and Bowles

    Littleton firefighters responded at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 to a fire in a large metal trash bin in a parking lot near the Red Lobster restaurant at 5656 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

    The fire, which consumed bits of wood and other construction scraps, sent flames over the edge of the bin, as well as a plume of dark gray smoke that was visible from several miles away. The short-lived blaze was extinguished within about 10 minutes by two firefighters, who donned gas masks and entered the bin.

    The fire crew’s chief said the cause of the fire was not determined.

  • Reserve deputies serve and protect

    For much of its 150-year history, the Sheriff’s Office has relied on volunteer deputies — the reserves — to assist with public safety assignments throughout Jefferson County. These state-certified law enforcement officers are essential to our agency’s mission, and soon we’ll be looking to add a few new faces to their ranks. Do you have what it takes?
     
    Who are the reserves?

  • Stunning end for Rebels

    AURORA — Jonathan Beverly realizes that nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes, including the Columbine Rebels. Unfortunately, 5A’s No. 5 seed made a few too many on Nov. 12 at Legacy Stadium.

    Be it a blocked field goal in the first quarter, a botched attempt in the fourth or a late interception, Columbine stubbed its toes once too often against underdog Grandview. In the end, it cost the Rebels a 14-7 loss to the 21st-seeded Wolves in the second round of this year’s state playoffs.

  • Columbine’s Bloom ready to take game to Neb.-Kearney

    Amanda Bloom was an inexperienced volleyball player when she stepped onto the court four years ago at Columbine High School. Now, she leaves as a decorated leader of the Rebels and the latest recruit signed to play at nationally-ranked Nebraska-Kearney.

    The Columbine senior signed her letter-of-intent to play for the Lopers on Nov. 10, the first day of the early signing period. 

  • Cancer scare can’t slow down O’Brien

    There are success stories and then there’s Kevin O’Brien.

    The Chatfield tennis player, along with his playing partner Ross Donovan, not only took second place at No. 3 doubles in the 5A state tennis championship back in October at Denver’s Gates Tennis Center, but they beat the Regis Jesuit duo of Tyler Brasel and Garrett Cochran in the process.

    That in itself is impressive enough. Factor in that O’Brien was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, back in January and the magnitude of his story growth immensely.

  • Howes, Terrell lead Dakota Ridge to 2nd round

    LAKEWOOD — Going into the Class 4A state playoff opening round, seventh-seeded Dakota Ridge was looking to dominate — and hopefully shutout — Pueblo South.

    Dominate the Eagles did, but the shutout eluded Dakota Ridge when Pueblo South snuck in a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. But that was of no avail because by then the score was well in hand as Dakota Ridge rolled to a 27-7 victory on Nov. 13 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Jeffco man arrested after standoff with deputies

    A South Jeffco man who barricaded himself inside his foreclosed home was arrested on the afternoon of Nov. 16 after a SWAT team smashed through the home’s reinforced front door.

    David Rothe had reportedly refused to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Office for months, having allegedly locked himself inside the home on two other occasions since it was sold over the summer at a foreclosure auction.