Today's News

  • Kerr to committee witness: ‘Lady, shut it’

    State Rep. Jim Kerr defended in an interview Sunday his curt response to a prison nurse who interrupted him last week during a hearing about proposed changes to the state’s personnel system.

    Kerr, a Republican in his final year representing House District 28, said the nurse, Kim Bodin, had interrupted him several times, prompting him to slightly raise his voice.

  • Panel: McCasky violated ethics standards

    Former Jefferson County commissioner Kevin McCasky violated Colorado law when he voted to approve $400,000 in county funds for the economic council to which he had applied and later accepted a high-paying job, a state ethics panel ruled Monday.

    The Colorado Ethics Commission made its ruling a little over a year after Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint against McCasky, alleging the former commissioner breached his fiduciary duty to the county by performing an official act in which he had a financial interest.

  • Toilet thief on the loose

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has blown the lid off a series of recent Denver-area thefts in which the perpetrator stole plumbing from toilets in commercial properties.

    Deputies are flush with pride after identifying Donald Allen Citron, 46, as the suspect in the run of thefts, which have occurred since Jan. 5.

    The perpetrator reportedly entered a variety of buildings, including a Taco Bell, a King Soopers, a theater, a university and a hospital. He entered carrying a backpack, then went to restrooms and stole pipes, flush valves and any other brass hardware.

  • Driver leaves scene after hitting cyclist

    The Colorado State Patrol plans to question a driver who left the scene of an accident Wednesday evening, after the man allegedly rear-ended and injured a cyclist in South Jeffco.

    Local resident Alex Romanyshyn was turning onto West Weaver Drive from South Kendall Street in the Leawood neighborhood when, he said, a red four-door sedan smashed into the back of his single-speed road bike. Romanyshyn, who was wearing a helmet, sustained minor injuries; he was treated for road rash by a Littleton Fire Rescue crew.

  • Fire damages Marina Pointe apartments

    An apartment fire at the Cay at Marina Pointe development damaged three units Wednesday afternoon and injured one resident.

    Residents smelled smoke about 1:35 p.m. and dialed 911. Two men living in adjacent buildings began knocking on doors and evacuating other residents after discovering the blaze.

  • Couple search for cat that fled house fire

    A strong wind gust was all it took to destroy almost everything Cherrie and Dan Denbeste had.

    Following a week filled with gale-force winds, a 35-mph gust jostled a thick electrical wire above the Denbestes’ deck on March 5, just enough to spark and ignite a fire that incinerated the South Jeffco couple’s home of 27 years on South Carr Street.

    No people were hurt in the blaze — the couple’s adult daughter was home vacuuming when she smelled smoke and escaped through the front door.

  • Amme, Columbine has their way with Dakota Ridge

    LAKEWOOD — Everybody loses sometimes. It's just a matter of how people deal with it whenever they lose. Dakota Ridge had a tough time accepting its 18-10 loss to Columbine on March 10 at Trailblazer Stadium.
    With one second to go in the game, Lady Eagles senior Amy Franks was given a penalty for dangerous play. She was then ejected from the game for vehemently disagreeing with the call. Dakota Ridge coach Kimberly Peyrouse declined comment after the game and wouldn't allow anyone on the team to comment either.

  • Spring sports preview: Girls lacrosse

    Head coach: Adam Everett
    Assistant coaches: Neil Mellberg, Cliff Allen, Shiloh Nicols
    League: Jeffco
    2011 record: 12-5
    Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost to Kent Denver, 24-9, in the second round
    Players to watch: Shelby Piper, Soph., attacker/midfielder; Rachel Walker, Soph., attacker/midfielder; Kendra Lanuza, Fr., attacker/midfielder; Savannah Mellberg, Soph., defensive midfielder

  • Spring sports preview: Boys lacrosse

    Head coach: Kevin O’Brien
    Assistant coach: Clark Woodward
    League: Foothills
    2011 record: 7-10
    Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost to Mountain Vista, 15-4, in the first round
    Players to watch: Garrett Cox, Sr., attacker; Casey Kopchik, Jr., attacker/midfielder; Drew Erickson, Jr., goalie; Mike Banich, Sr., defenseman; Ryan Schneider, Soph., midfielder

  • Resilient Rebels surprise Regis

    LAKEWOOD — If there were any questions just how resilient of a bunch the Columbine Rebels can be those were answered right off the bat.
    Ryan Kelly scored the game-winning goal late in overtime after Regis Jesuit had tied the score in the closing seconds of regulation as Columbine upended the defending state champions 8-7 in the boys lacrosse season opener March 9 at Trailblazer Stadium.