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Today's News

  • Sports briefs

    SOFTBALL
    Chatfield locks up 5A Jeffco League championship with win
    WESTMINSTER
    — Rebecka Mintz struck out 13 and Chatfield scored the game-winning run in the eighth for a 4-3 victory over host Standley Lake on Oct. 1.
    The win locked up the 5A Jeffco League softball championship for the Lady Chargers (14-3, 8-0 5A Jeffco League). Chatfield held a one-game lead over Dakota Ridge entering its regular-season finale on Oct. 4 at Lakewood. The Lady Chargers hold the tiebreaker, thanks to a 2-1 win over Dakota Ridge earlier this season.

  • Ethics panel’s staff releases report on McCasky probe

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission released its staff report Oct. 3 in the investigation of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky’s hiring by the Jefferson Economic Council, an organization for which he sought additional funds while still serving as a commissioner.

  • Campaign-finance rule is unfair

    When former state representative Kathleen Curry changed her party affiliation from Democrat to unaffiliated before the 2010 session of the Colorado General Assembly, she bit off more than any politician could be expected to chew.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Catnap at the crossroads

  • Meth toxicity blamed for death of man in custody

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A South Jeffco man who died June 7 while in police custody succumbed to methamphetamine toxicity, the Jeffco coroner’s office reported after completing a lengthy death investigation.

    In June, 34-year-old Russell Jess Arnold Jr. died in the back of an ambulance while being restrained by deputies.

    Though drug toxicity was cited as the cause of death, the coroner was unable to ascertain whether the stun gun deputies used on Arnold was a contributing factor.

  • DUI Task Force out in force this weekend

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has announced that it will host a metro DUI Task Force from 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, to  4 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2. All areas in unincorporated Jeffco will be included in the effort, using more than 30 law-enforcement personnel from the participating jurisdictions.
    The Sheriff's Office will join forces with the State Patrol, Wheat Ridge and Denver police departments, and the Arapahoe and Douglas county sheriff's offices to crack down on drunken drivers.
     

  • Human-services needs increasing in Jeffco

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Demand for food stamps and financial assistance is projected to rise substantially by the end of the year, and the county Human Services Division is pressing for a larger budget in 2012.

  • Commissioners OK rules for distressed properties

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jeffco commissioners on Sept. 20 approved a long-awaited ordinance holding vacant-property owners accountable for securing the homes and addressing safety hazards.

    The “distressed real property ordinance” was necessary, the Sheriff’s Office has said, because foreclosed homes have increasingly become flophouses at which young people hold wild parties and bonfires. Further, police have had no one to contact when such homes incur serious damage ranging from ruptured pipes to roofs teetering on collapse.

  • A hero in the classroom

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Most students in D’Evelyn teacher Briant McKellips’ physics classes could recite with little hesitation the educator’s daily mantra, “Good morning. Are you ready for another day in which to excel?”

  • Late-entry school board candidate Powers concerned with closings, need for options

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Lakewood architect Jim Powers opted to run against District 4 school board candidate Lesley Dahlkemper at virtually the last possible minute, filing an affidavit with the state on Aug. 29, the day such documents were due.

    Though Powers wasn’t sure months ago about his desire to run, he said he began paying attention to school issues this year, and that led to some serious concerns.