Today's News

  • Legislative session previewed election

    In one way or another, virtually every one of the 120 days in the 2009 session of the Colorado General Assembly was some kind of preview of the 2010 elections.

  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.

  • Diving for gold

    John Fox could have done a cannonball, belly flop or just walked out on the diving board and sang a song May 16 and still would have won the Class 5A state diving championship. He was that good.

    Fox, however, stuck his last dive like he’s trained to do all season, and put an emphatic stamp on his last state meet and first state title.

    “It was great,” said Fox, a senior at Chatfield and Kentucky signee. “I was really serious all meet. It was a huge weight off my shoulders from all four years.”

  • Dakota Ridge custodian suspected of 'sexting' with student

    A custodian at Dakota Ridge High School suspected of exchanging sexually explicit material with a student via text messages has been suspended. The custodian could face charges from the Jefferson County sheriff's office.

    Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, confirmed May 5 that the custodian is being investigated under the criminal statute related to sexual exploitation of a child. If convicted, the employee could face four to 12 years in prison, or heavily supervised probation that would require lifetime registration as a sex offender.

  • Teen charged with arson in blaze at area townhomes

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on charges of arson and reckless endangerment after a fire at a townhome complex at 9298 W. Ontario Drive in South Jeffco, about a block east of Mr. Biggs entertainment center.

    The fire started about 8 p.m. May 6 in a complex near Coal Mine Avenue and Kipling Parkway. The boy is suspected of starting an evergreen bush on fire with a lighter, and the fire spread to the townhomes.

     Four families were displaced, two units were heavily damaged by fire, and one was condemned because of water damage. No one was seriously injured.

  • Schools, law enforcement struggle to deal with ‘sexting’

    Law enforcement agencies across the country, and in Jeffco, are struggling with the recent “sexting” craze among teenagers.

    Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said his office has made more than 500 presentations at schools on dangers of the Internet and cell phones. That work has mainly been done by Mike Harris, who heads up Storey's child sex offender Internet investigations unit.

  • Gillmore preserves Chargers’ title hopes

    ENGLEWOOD — Anna Lowe saved her first goal of the season for something special.

    How about a 40-yard free kick, hit on a rope, which sails over the opposing goalkeeper and turns out to be the only goal in the Class 5A state semifinal game?

    “That’s my first of the season,” Lowe said May 16 with a bag of ice on her knee at Englewood Stadium. “For it to come there is amazing.”

  • Deputy responding to call in two-car accident

    A sheriff's patrol car responding to a call collided with another car May 5 at Wadsworth Boulevard and Chatfield Avenue, and the deputy in the patrol car and the other driver both were taken to the hospital.

    The deputy, whose name was unavailable, was driving south on Wadsworth with lights and siren on about 5:30 p.m., according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. As the deputy rolled through the intersection of Wadsworth and Chatfield, the other driver apparently didn't see or hear the patrol car, and his vehicle slammed into the passenger side of the deputy’s car.

  • Falcons earn respect in state semifinal loss

    PUEBLO — The Falcons have landed.

    Although few at Hobbs Field could probably find Front Range Christian on a map, the Falcons showed the Class 2A baseball field – and the defending champions, particularly – what they’re all about Friday in the state semifinals.

    “I’m excited. I think we represented ourselves well,” coach Dave Sherman said. “We could have played better, but we played all 21 outs to the best of our abilities, and that was our goal.”

  • West light-rail corridor gets $40 million in federal funds

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced May 7 that the Regional Transportation District will receive $40 million in federal funds for the west corridor light-rail project.

    "By getting these funds to the Regional Transportation District now, we're providing a boost that will help this project keep moving forward while jump-starting the economy and putting people back to work," LaHood said.