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Today's News

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Rub-a-dub-dub …

  • Legislators should read the constitution, too

    I remember Michael McConnell, my constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago, opening a textbook with a picture of the members of the Supreme Court on the inside cover. “What’s wrong with this?” he asked.

    At first blush, it makes sense that a book on the Constitution would have a picture of the highest judges in the land. But to McConnell, the photo represented a fundamental misunderstanding about the constitution: namely, only courts have the ability to read and interpret our greatest law.

  • Hot spring for Dakota grad

    When it comes to baseball, Chad Jacobsen is on the path back to home.

    The 2004 Dakota Ridge graduate parlayed his selection as Division II player of the year at the University of South Carolina-Aiken into getting selected June 6 by the Colorado Rockies in the 18th round of the MLB draft.

    Jacobsen’s diamond days began in Littleton, then went to Sterling’s Northeastern Junior College before he made his mark in the Peach Belt Conference.

  • Exempla may move out of The Peak

    The Exempla Family and Occupational Medicine clinic at The Peak Community and Wellness Center may be on its way out.

    Yannick LeRolland, director of IT services for Foothills Park & Recreation District, said a deal may be in the works to let Exempla vacate the space it occupies in The Peak in exchange for forgiveness of nearly $50,000 Foothills owes Exempla.

  • Foes seek injunction against Mount Morrison TV tower

    Canyon Area Residents for the Environment has asked Jefferson County District Court for an injunction to prevent construction of a 135-foot horizontal, high-definition TV antenna array on top of Mount Morrison.

    The issues are separate but similar to the dispute surrounding the construction of the digital TV tower on Lookout Mountain, which was stalled until Congress got involved and overruled local courts in 2006.

  • Mom launches war on drug that killed her son

    The week before he took the six or seven Ecstasy tablets that killed him, Tony “Toaster” Trujillo, 16, had been invited to enroll in an Advanced Placement English class.

    A sophomore at Columbine High School, Tony Trujillo was a handsome kid with scores of friends and an irresistible sense of humor. Everyone knew him as “Toaster,” a variation on an earlier nickname, “the Tonester.”

  • Trading spaces, South Jeffco style

    SOUTH JEFFCO — In what was perhaps an odd attempt by pranksters to act out the popular TLC television show “Trading Spaces,” a man reported June 10 that somebody had switched all his patio furniture, potted plants and his welcome mat with those of his neighbor. He said he went to bed June 9 with everything in place, and when he woke up June 10, everything had been switched. His neighbor told deputies that one of her potted plants was broken during the prank — the only casualty of the incident.

  • Jeffco inmate apparently commits suicide

    A man being held on a misdemeanor traffic warrant was found dead in the Jefferson County Jail on June 12 about three hours after his arrest.

    A deputy discovered the 47-year-old man hanging in a holding cell, according to a statement released June 12 by the sheriff's office. Deputies immediately began performing CPR and called for additional medical assistance. The man was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital, and he was pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m.

    The Jefferson County coroner's office was withholding the man's name until his family could be notified.

  • Tancredo pushes bill to mandate flex-fuel vehicles

    If Tom Tancredo gets his way, all cars produced in America after 2018 will have to be capable of running on more than just gasoline.

    Tancredo — the five-term Littleton Republican representative in the twilight of his congressional career — introduced federal legislation June 10 that would mandate that every car in America produced after the 2018 model year either run on alternative fuels or be a flex-fuel vehicle capable of running on gasoline and other fuels.

  • Motorcycle crash kills Lakewood man early morning June 16

    A 24-year-old man died June 16 after crashing his motorcycle in South Jeffco.

    Mitchell Marsolek of Lakewood was driving his motorcycle southbound on South Holland Way at about 2 a.m. when he drifted off the west side of the road, causing the motorcycle to roll near the intersection with West Maplewood Place, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Marsolek was thrown off the motorcycle and collided with multiple objects, sustaining serious injuries. He was transported to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood and pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m.