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Today's News

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Accident kills two on South Kipling

    A crash on South Kipling Parkway between Ken-Caryl Avenue and Chatfield Drive left two people dead on the evening of April 6.

    One of the drivers, Diane Iannella, 66 of Littleton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Armando Mendez, 39 of Littleton, was transported to Littleton Hospital where he died of his injuries.

  • Phone scammer posing as Xcel rep calling businesses

    At least four businesses were victims of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as a representative of Xcel Energy, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    The scammer would call a businesses and say its Xcel bill was past due. The caller then said that unless a payment was made immediately with a reloadable cash card, the power would be turned off, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Overcoming challenges with work, commitment

    Dakota Ridge High School senior Ian MacDonald has left a positive legacy within our school and community. Beyond the exemplary standard of excellence he demonstrates in the classroom, on the basketball court and within the community, he has learned to succeed and perform at the highest levels despite a significant learning disability.

    Challenges and strategies

  • Chariots and fire

    There’s something to be said for following a childhood dream into adulthood — especially when that dream involves horses, acrobatics, sword fighting, chariot races and fire.

    The cast of “Gladius,” which is in the middle of a six-week run at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, lives that dream every time they take the stage. 

  • Fire exercise targets communications challenges

    Firefighters don’t have time to iron out kinks in communications equipment during a wildfire. 

    That’s why about 25 firefighters from the West Metro Strike Team were in the Willowbrook subdivision in Morrison on March 18. The team, which includes personnel from West Metro Fire, along with the Arvada, Fairmount, Golden and Wheat Ridge fire departments, practiced deploying resources to the neighborhood. 

  • Duel at the GOP corral

    South Jeffco’s Republican representative in the state House has a challenger from his own party, and their rivalry is heating up well ahead of June’s primary election.

    First-term state Rep. Justin Everett is being challenged by Loren Bauman, his foe in the same race in 2012. This time, however, Bauman is ripping Everett for his performance at the Capitol. 

    Bauman, a co-owner of Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Gardening Center on West Bowles Avenue, has taken issue with Everett’s attendance record. 

  • Littleton Museum moooved to ballyhoo bovines

    Cows are marvelous creatures. And that’s no bull.

    The Littleton Museum paid tribute to the bovine residents on its two working historical farms with a Bovines are Divine Day on March 29. Visitors learned about how Littleton’s founding fathers and mothers depended on cows every day.

    And gave them a chance to moo like a cow. 

    “It was funny to see people mooing,” said Jade Roulston, 10, whose friends competed in the mooing contest. “It’s been great.”

  • Investigators: Parents should monitor kids’ use of technology

    Parents need to be vigilant in keeping track of their children’s activities on cell phones and on the Internet because they are falling prey to sexual predators, two Jefferson County investigators said recently.

    Even children in elementary school are becoming victims of sexual predators because more of them have cell phones and frequent social-networking sites, said Mike Harris, an investigator with the Jeffco district attorney’s Child Sexual Offender Internet Investigations Unit. 

  • Littleton hoping to foster neighborly niceties

    While it’s easy to meet people online, it often seems harder and harder to connect with people living next door. 

    Littleton wants to make it easier to be a good neighbor. The city has launched a new program to help residents develop a stronger sense of community and to foster better relationships between residents and city government.