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  • Summerset Festival returns for 34th annual summer sendoff

    While Summerset Festival may technically serve as a goodbye to summer, it certainly didn’t feel like it last Saturday at Clement Park.

    The sun was bright, and the temperatures were warm as people gathered for the 34th annual event. The festival, hosted by the Foothills Foundation, is a fundraiser for Foothills Park and Recreation District.

    This year, it featured craft beer tasting, live music from Nothing but Nineties and Halleway, kids entertainment, local business and nonprofit booths, food trucks and much more.

  • South Jeffco robbery, kidnapping suspect sentenced to 26 years in prison

    One of the men accused of kidnapping and robbing a man and woman in South Jeffco was sentenced to 26 years in prison Thursday during a hearing.

    Casey Cleveland, 33, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated robbery in late August. His co-defendant, 34-year-old Jeremy Hackbarth, also was found guilty after a six-day jury trial. Hackbarth will be sentenced on Dec. 6.

  • Two Deer Creek teachers placed on leave after alleged inappropriate comments

    Brent Resler, one of the two Deer Creek Middle School teachers placed on administrative leave last week, has been accused of making sexually-inappropriate comments to female students.

    According to a police report filed with the Jeffco Sheriff's Office on Sept. 13, a student alleged that Resler, 43, who teaches seventh-grade social studies, talked to female students about sex and suggested that students imagine having sex with him.

  • Guard pleads guilty to sexual exploitation charges

    The guard accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor at Betty Marler Youth Services Center pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

    Sandy Fisher, 25, faces prison time for the guilty plea to felony charges of sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. He returns to court for sentencing on Nov. 27.

  • Jeffco residents urged to maintain septic upkeep

    Jeffco Public Health officials are encouraging mountain area residents with septic systems or onsite wastewater treatment systems to revisit the maintenance of their systems.

    The department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its annual “SepticSmart Week” Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, wherein the EPA and local health departments provide extra outreach and tips for residents who maintain their own septic systems.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire board president resigns

    Inter-Canyon Fire board president Leslie Caimi resigned in August due to a move to Montrose, and resident Mike Swenson was appointed to replace her during the fire protection district’s Sept. 12 meeting.

    Swenson, an Iowa native, now lives in The Homestead in Morrison with his wife, Jan. The couple both graduated from the University of Missouri, where Swenson studied journalism, and lived for many years in Chicago before moving west.

  • Crime briefs

    O’Connor jury trial postponed

    The jury trial for the man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist has been postponed while the defendant undergoes a “mental condition evaluation,” according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    When words collide

  • Adaptive Adventures hosts fun-filled outdoor adventures for people with physical disabilities

    A series of loud honks echo through Chatfield State Park as Shweta Broberg and Cody Homola celebrate making it to the top of the rock climbing wall.

    “Mom, your car’s in my way,” Shweta joked to her mom, Joelle Broberg, who stood below watching.

  • Jeffco searching for man accused in assault at Red Rocks

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of assaulting someone during a Joe Russo’s Almost Dead concert at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on Aug. 16.

    According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect punched another male in the face during the band’s set break while the two concert-goers sat on the third row of the venue, close to center stage. The attack, which happened around 9:45 p.m., was reportedly unprovoked and left the victim hospitalized with serious injuries.