Today's News

  • Meth toxicity blamed for death of man in custody

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A South Jeffco man who died June 7 while in police custody succumbed to methamphetamine toxicity, the Jeffco coroner’s office reported after completing a lengthy death investigation.

    In June, 34-year-old Russell Jess Arnold Jr. died in the back of an ambulance while being restrained by deputies.

    Though drug toxicity was cited as the cause of death, the coroner was unable to ascertain whether the stun gun deputies used on Arnold was a contributing factor.

  • DUI Task Force out in force this weekend

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has announced that it will host a metro DUI Task Force from 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, to  4 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2. All areas in unincorporated Jeffco will be included in the effort, using more than 30 law-enforcement personnel from the participating jurisdictions.
    The Sheriff's Office will join forces with the State Patrol, Wheat Ridge and Denver police departments, and the Arapahoe and Douglas county sheriff's offices to crack down on drunken drivers.

  • Human-services needs increasing in Jeffco

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Demand for food stamps and financial assistance is projected to rise substantially by the end of the year, and the county Human Services Division is pressing for a larger budget in 2012.

  • Commissioners OK rules for distressed properties

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jeffco commissioners on Sept. 20 approved a long-awaited ordinance holding vacant-property owners accountable for securing the homes and addressing safety hazards.

    The “distressed real property ordinance” was necessary, the Sheriff’s Office has said, because foreclosed homes have increasingly become flophouses at which young people hold wild parties and bonfires. Further, police have had no one to contact when such homes incur serious damage ranging from ruptured pipes to roofs teetering on collapse.

  • A hero in the classroom

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Most students in D’Evelyn teacher Briant McKellips’ physics classes could recite with little hesitation the educator’s daily mantra, “Good morning. Are you ready for another day in which to excel?”

  • Late-entry school board candidate Powers concerned with closings, need for options

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Lakewood architect Jim Powers opted to run against District 4 school board candidate Lesley Dahlkemper at virtually the last possible minute, filing an affidavit with the state on Aug. 29, the day such documents were due.

    Though Powers wasn’t sure months ago about his desire to run, he said he began paying attention to school issues this year, and that led to some serious concerns.

  • Late-entry school board candidate Branaugh critical of transparency, spending policies

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Jeffco Board of Education candidate Preston Branaugh slipped into the previously uncontested race in District 3 just hours before filing deadlines, registering with the secretary of state on the last possible day.

    But for Branaugh, a father of two daughters who attend Jeffco schools, the decision to run against candidate Jill Fellman came after months of deliberation, he said.

  • School board candidate forums

    • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Wheat Ridge: City Council Chambers, Wheat Ridge United Neighborhoods

    • Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m., Golden: Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), 14350 W. 32nd Ave., JUC Social Responsibility Council

    • Oct. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lakewood: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W.20th Ave., Jeffco League of Women Voters

    • Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Littleton: Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., League of Women Voters

  • Mintz, Lady Chargers win pitchers’ duel

    The words Chatfield starting pitcher Rebecka Mintz spoke were simple ones as to how important Chatfield’s 2-1 upset of Dakota Ridge on Sept. 24 was.
    “It’s so big, especially the past two years losing to Dakota. We came out the whole season wanting this game. It’s huge,” Mintz said.

  • Chargers’ Berry among the favorites at 5A state tourney

    To say that Nick Berry has had a really good season would be, well, an understatement.
    The Chatfield senior opened the boys golf season with a 66 at Aurora Hills. He won two of six league matches. He was named league and regional medalist. And, now, he’s got to be considered at least one of a handful of favorites to win the 5A state title next week at Brookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
    “I basically accomplished my two primary goals of winning league and regional. It’s everything I can hope for,” Berry said.