Today's News

  • Jeffco planning $500,000 security revamp at Taj Mahal

      Jefferson County is spending $500,000 to beef up security at the Taj Mahal in response to increased court traffic and in anticipation of three additional judges who are scheduled to arrive next year.

    New magnetometers, or walk-through metal detectors, X-ray belts and a shuffling of desks and other structures in the building’s atrium are among the security revamp.

  • ‘Hero to everyone'

    The Deer Creek Middle School math teacher hailed as a hero for his quick action during last week’s shootings has returned in part to his normal routine, which includes refining his Smurf and kangaroo karate forms with his kids at a South Jeffco dojo.

    David Benke was honored Feb. 27 at Exclusive Martial Arts, a family-oriented karate studio at which he, his son and daughter have been taking regular lessons since late last year.

  • Eastwood charged with 4 attempted-murder counts in Deer Creek shootings


    Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood is facing a variety of charges, including four counts of attempted murder, in the shootings at Deer Creek Middle School on Feb. 23.

    Eastwood, 32, a former student at the school, was advised of the charges against him in Jefferson County Court on March 2.

  • Primary elections to be mail-in only

    The upcoming primary election in August will be conducted exclusively through mail-in ballots in Jefferson County. The board of county commissioners voted unanimously at a public hearing Feb. 23 in favor of the measure.

    The vast majority of public comment taken between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 supported the use of mail-in ballots, the county stated, and 94 percent of votes in the 2008 primary election were cast through the mail in Jefferson County.

  • Chargers get sour ending to Sweet 16

    There is one unfortunate consequence of March Madness: It can leave you quite, uh, mad.

    The games are close and crazy, the shots are big, the crowds are raucous and rude, and a thousand little moments accumulate into victory or defeat.

    Add overtime into the equation, and you might need a straightjacket to stay in your seat.

    “In a game like that, it’s always a free throw, a rebound or a turnover,” coach Gary Anderson said.

  • Old wounds are reopened for Columbine High students

    Though 3 miles and 11 years separate the shootings at Deer Creek Middle School from the infamous attack at Columbine High, old wounds were opened again this week.

    “I was shocked to see that (a shooting) would happen again, especially in Littleton, because it seems like a nice, quiet little town,” Columbine High senior Kelci Brady said Wednesday, a day after a gunman shot two students at Deer Creek. “You never know when something is going to happen or who is going to do it — it’s not like you can keep it from happening.”


  • Educators become heroes at a pivotal moment

    Math teacher David Benke grabbed the gunman and told him his reign of terror was over. Assistant principal Becky Brown seized the high-powered rifle and tossed it away.

    The two staff members at Deer Creek Middle School began the day Feb. 23 as educators. But they ended it as heroes.

    Both spoke to the media Wednesday morning in a news conference at district headquarters.

  • Parents, school district praise response, alerts

      Deer Creek Middle School parents and district officials are praising the response to the Feb. 23 shootings outside the school.

  • Father of suspect says his son needed help

    HUDSON — “To ‘criminal mind’ Bo,” says the inscription on a picture of the 2005 Broncos cheerleaders in the bedroom of Bruco Eastwood, who is suspected of shooting two Deer Creek Middle School students on Tuesday.

    War Eagle Eastwood, Bruco’s father, on Wednesday sat at his dining room table, his eyes shiny, and talked about his troubled son.

    “He’s a grown man, but it’s just hard,” he said. “He’s still my kid.”

  • A woman of letters

      Columbine High School teacher Paula Reed had some issues with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel “The Scarlet Letter.” A 10-year chronological gap in the story prompted a horde of student questions in the two decades Reed has taught the material.