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Today's News

  • Sheriff warns of proliferation of phone scams

     Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink reported that phone scams and identity theft are on the rise, in his second-quarter report to the county commissioners on Aug. 5.

    “With a nationwide increase in frauds, (the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office) is streamlining its approach with the use of a fraud reporting hotline,” Mink said in his report.

    Over-the-phone scams in particular have been on the rise, Mink said. 

    “We have been inundated with calls and reports,” Mink said. “That’s why we created the fraud hotline.”

  • 2014 boys tennis capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Devin Van Treeck
    Assistant coach: Matthew Raml
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Players to watch: Brian Ross, Sr., singles; Patrick Ross, Soph., singles; Sam Meyer, Jr., doubles; John Simpson, Jr., singles/doubles; Chase Adams, Soph., singles/doubles; Austin Stutz, Jr., doubles
    Season opener: Aug. 26, Denver East, 3:30 p.m.

  • 2014 softball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Brooks Roybal
    Assistant coaches: Melissa Ryba, Jerry Nave, Jenny Branch, Anna Carpinello, Bryan Rodriguez
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 12-10, 3-5 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Carly Perry, Sr., SS; Madison Reuter, Sr., P; Shelby Copley, Sr., 1B
    Season opener: Aug. 21, vs. Douglas County, 4 p.m.

  • FRCS’ Roberts comfortable playing Wellshire

    DENVER — Jonathan Roberts likes playing at Wellshire Golf Club, and it showed Aug. 7 in the six-team 3A Mile High League tournament opener. The Front Range Christian junior carded a career-best 15-over-par 86 in the weather-delayed 2014 season debut.

    He shot a 45 on a grueling front nine before settling in for a 41 over the final nine holes to place eighth in a field of 24 golfers.

    “I was hoping to shoot right around what I got, so I’m pretty satisfied,” Roberts said.

  • Man dies after car plunges into Johnston Reservoir

    A 31-year-old Aurora man died after his car plunged into Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park early Monday.

    David Helding died from drowning according to the Jeffco Coroner's Office. He was pronounced dead after being transported to Littleton Hospital.

  • Littleton teacher arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on student

    A teacher at Euclid Middle School in Littleton was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

    Joel H. Fischer, 45, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student in 2009. Fischer teaches physical education at Euclid.
    Fischer was booked into the Arapahoe County jail on a $200,000 bond.

  • Two lanes of South Simms open at site of sinkhole

    A stretch of South Simms Street that has been closed since July due to a large sinkhole partially opened on Thursday. 

    Two lanes of the four-lane street are open, now that initial repairs beneath Simms are finished. The 400-square-foot sinkhole appeared June 25 near Ward Street after a metal culvert failed. 

  • Block party

    The train derailment was fraught with the potential for mayhem, as pizza and Ninja Turtles sailed through the air at Bemis Library.

    But it does help to have a contingent of dedicated hobbyists on hand to pick up the pieces — and snap them back together.

    The library on Saturday hosted the creations of the Denver Lego Users’ Group and the Colorado/Wyoming Lego Users’ Group, whose members had spent hours the night before assembling a massive Lego city, complete with operating trains, a working carousel, Batman and at least a few aliens. 

  • Caps and trade

    Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.

    “We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,” said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

    About a dozen people showed up for “Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.” Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.

  • MacBean's purchases: a breathtaking spending spree

    After former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean was sentenced to eight years in prison for theft, current chief Randy Simpson said he and the department had been waiting a long time for the day of reckoning.

    “It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders,” Simpson said outside the courtroom Friday evening. “This has been 19 months of hard work. I never expected to be in this position.”

    Simpson became volunteer chief in April after MacBean’s theft of more than $647,000 from the department surfaced in March 2013.