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Today's News

  • Cold comfort: Jeffco's cold-case investigator looks into the past to solve murders

    Judy Pillman, a 24-year-old Denver woman, got out of a car on Oct. 16, 1986, just east of downtown on her way to an alcoholics anonymous meeting.

    She was never seen alive again.

    Her body was found 10 days later in an overgrown ravine on the west side of Chatfield Reservoir. Investigators back then were unable to find her killer and could never provide her family with answers.

    Pillman's murder is one of nearly 40 cold cases under review by Jefferson County sheriff's Investigator Cheryl Moore, the lone member of the Cold Case Unit.

  • Chargers tighten grip on Jeffco lead

    LAKEWOOD — Billy LaGreca saw daylight. And in one kick, the midfielder gave the Chargers a little of their own.

    LaGreca’s 26-yard free kick sparked Chatfield’s 3-0 victory over Green Mountain on Sept. 24, which put the Chargers a game and a half up on the pack chasing them in the Class 5A Jefferson County League.

    Sure, most picked Chatfield to win Jeffco at the start of the season, but the games still must be played. And won.

  • Rams spoil Chargers' playoff hopes

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield softball team desperately needed to win its game against Green Mountain on Sept. 27.

    The Chargers needed to “up” their Jefferson County League record for a chance to make it into the Class 5A district playoffs.

    Chatfield had won just two league games this season and teams with four league wins are almost guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.

    But, the Chargers couldn’t hold off the Rams and took a 4-1 loss at Green Mountain High School.

  • Experience pays dividend

    To get to where they used to be, and where Columbine currently is, Dakota Ridge softball coach Dave Atencio has spent a good deal of time this season earning his title as coach.

    With a team comprised primarily of underclassmen – third baseman Christa Murphy is the team’s lone senior – the Eagles (1-7 Jeffco, 7-9 overall) have hit hard times in Class 5A Jefferson County League play, losing their last six games, including a 12-1 setback to Columbine on Sept. 27 at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Trison Studios matches trainers to clients' needs

    Longtime personal trainers Christopher Cody, Jon Swenson and Bryan Lundstrom know what works and what doesn't in a gym.

    The trio recently opened Trison Studios, a gym where a stable of personal trainers give clients personal and customized attention.

    "It's a place not just for a quick fix," said Swenson. "It can help you in your functional life."

    Trison Studios is located just south of West Chatfield Avenue and South Shaffer Drive, in a new upscale office development just off the Deer Creek Golf Club.

  • Griffin accused of campaign finance violation

    Jefferson County Treasurer Faye Griffin will go before an administrative judge Sept. 30 after being accused of a campaign finance violation in her quest to become the next District 1 county commissioner.

    Nancy C. Johnson, a Lakewood attorney, filed a formal complaint with the Colorado secretary of state's office Sept. 17 alleging that Griffin broke the law by not listing the occupations and employers of 11 donors who gave her campaign $1,550. The donations were listed in a state campaign-finance filing through July 17.

  • In the line of fire: 5 amendments should be defeated

    When witnesses testified about being in untenable situations before legislative committees on which Cliff Bryan served in the mid-’80s, the folksy appliance salesman-turned-state representative from Loveland often said, “It seems like we’ve put these people between the fire hydrant and the dog.”

  • In the line of fire: 5 amendments should be defeated

    When witnesses testified about being in untenable situations before legislative committees on which Cliff Bryan served in the mid-’80s, the folksy appliance salesman-turned-state representative from Loveland often said, “It seems like we’ve put these people between the fire hydrant and the dog.”

    Colorado voters find themselves in the dog’s direct line of fire this fall as unnecessary and competing citizen initiatives have found their way onto our ballot.

  • Farmers take it to Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — The two facets of offensive football were laid bare on a sunny Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium.

    The Dakota Ridge Eagles passed and ran for small chunks of yardage Sept. 20, moving the ball deliberately and delicately down the field against the Wheat Ridge Farmers.

    The Farmers, however, went for minimum effort and maximum gain – big plays and big results.

  • Karate instructor nabs burglary suspect

    A burglary suspect got a rude awakening Sept. 16 after emerging from Front Range Christian Elementary School.

    The suspect exited the back of the school into an alley, and he was confronted by Kevin Kowalczik, a martial arts instructor and co-owner of ProRank Karate.

    "We were training and getting ready for a competition, doing some extra training for one of the classes," Kowalczik said. "I happened to look out the back door, and I saw a guy walking down the alley looking kind of shady."