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Today's News

  • Crise trial heads to jury deliberation

    When Kenneth Crise began detailing his recollection of events on May 1, 2017, his former cellmate at the Jefferson County Jail began writing.

    “I’m one to try and make sense of everything,” the cellmate, who isn’t being named for privacy, said Monday while on the stand at Crise’s murder trial. “ … Part of me was like there’s more to the story.”

  • Colorado Assisted Living resident reflects on her 109 years of life

    Mabel Elisabeth Nesmith’s blueprint to living a long life is really quite simple: Dance.

    “Just stay active,” she said, smiling, “and dance a lot.”

    If there is anyone’s word to take, it’s Nesmith’s. The resident at Colorado Assisted Living in South Jeffco recently turned 109. Nesmith might not dance much anymore, but in her younger years, she loved it. And as a Texan, she preferred the country western variety.

  • Eagles outlast Regis in girls lacrosse marathon

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — It took two and a half hours, but the Dakota Ridge girls lacrosse team walked out of a rainy Trailblazer Stadium with a victory March 15.

    The Eagles, No. 10 in the CHSAANow.com girls lacrosse preseason rankings, escaped with a 17-12 victory over Regis Jesuit. There were plenty of twists, turns and sitting around during the non-league game.

  • Charger girls lacrosse falls to Colorado Academy

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — The three-time defending girls lacrosse state champions paid a visit to Chatfield at Trailblazer Stadium on March 15.

    Chatfield fell to 1-3 overall with a 19-4 loss to Colorado Academy, ranked No. 2 in the CHSAANow.com girls lacrosse preseason rankings.

  • JCSO asks for $1 million more in overtime to meet call demand

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is asking the county to authorize an adjusted 2018 budget to pay for more overtime and/or more full-time employees.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader has recommended the county hire an additional 42 deputies — 20 on patrol, 22 in the jail — to meet increasing demand. Alternatively, he suggested Jeffco approve an overtime budget of approximately $3.2 million, which is about $1 million more than what was in the county’s 2018 proposed budget.

  • CDOT contractor dies in Clear Creek Canyon accident

    A CDOT contractor died after falling in Clear Creek Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.

    Jaime Sarinana-Herrera, 40, was part of a crew doing rockfall mitigation work along U.S. 6 when the accident occurred. Sarinana-Herrera fell between 50-70 feet.

    The scene of the incident was initially investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The specific cause of the accident will be determined during a future OSHA investigation.

    The rockfall work included rock-scaling efforts, rock anchors and adding 285,000 square feet of wire mesh.

  • Crise trial underway in South Jeffco murder

    The ex-wife of a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Samuel Addison Stewart testified on Friday that she found a bullet in her bedroom, which sits above the garage of her home.

    Nancy Crise, the ex-wife of Kenneth Crise, also testified that she reset Kenneth’s cell phone. She told Deputy District Attorney Jed Greenblatt that she didn’t close Kenneth’s Facebook account and couldn’t recall doing anything else he asked after May 1, 2017, the date Stewart, 26, died.

  • Judge denies unsupervised visits for Eastwood

    The man who shot a high-powered rifle at Deer Creek Middle School, injuring two students, will not be allowed temporary, unsupervised visits from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

  • Gunshot sounds in Ken Caryl turn out to be faulty generator

    The sounds heard on Feb. 23 in Ken Caryl that were thought to be gunshots turned out to be made by a faulty generator.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office “determined the cause of the sounds to be a malfunctioning generator located on the roof of the Safeway shopping center building in the 12000 block of West Ken Caryl Avenue,” according to a news release. “Safeway has been very cooperative throughout our investigation and is currently taking steps to fix the problem.”

    Residents also reported hearing the same sounds Friday morning.

  • JCSO searching for suspects in coffee shop arson

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects accused of lighting chairs on fire and shooting guns outside of Tomari’s Coffee across the street from Tiny Town in late January.

    The suspects were caught on surveillance video lighting furniture on fire outside of the Morrison coffee shop around 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Before putting out the flames, the video shows the men shooting their guns at the ignited furniture.