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  • 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.

  • Jeffco eliminating county’s portion of business personal property tax

    Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to eliminate the county’s portion of the business personal property tax, which taxes businesses for goods and products, including equipment.

    The decision will cut nearly $7 million or 1.3 percent of the county’s budget. Commissioners Libby Szabo and Tina Francone — both of whom are business owners — felt strongly in favor of eliminating the tax, while Commissioner Casey Tighe had concerns.

  • An opportunity to say thanks: Lakewood teen meets with West Metro paramedics who saved her life

    Shannon Knight shouldn’t have been home that day, and she certainly didn’t consider it lucky when she hurt herself at work and was sent home on concussion watch.

    But, in a way, she was. Because of this, she was home on the morning of July 18 when her 17-year-old daughter, Taylor Knight, went into cardiac arrest.

    On Sept. 11 — two months and a lot of recovery later — Taylor, now a Lakewood High School senior, visited West Metro Fire Rescue Station 8 to meet the paramedics who saved her life.

    What happened

  • Man gets prison sentence for 2017 RTD assault

    The man who bit off a piece of an RTD bus driver’s ear outside of Southwest Plaza in early 2017 will spend 20 years in prison.

    Richard Allen Mathis, 40, was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree assault on Aug. 18. Jefferson County Judge Diego Hunt called the assault – Mathis’ fourth felony conviction – “savage” during the sentencing hearing.

  • 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.

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  • Chaucer Park gets new playground equipment

    By Sierra Penrod
    For the Courier

    What first looked like a lawn full of giant Tinker Toys soon became an entirely different arena for play, thanks to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Foothills Parks and Recreation District.
     Throughout the course of the day on Aug. 11, more than 200 volunteers transformed a blank lawn at Chaucer Park, 10558 W. Vista View Drive, into an elaborate playground.

  • Littleton Fire Chief resigns

    Littleton Fire Chief Christopher Armstrong announced last week that he will be resigning from his position in October.

    Armstrong, who has been with Littleton Fire Rescue since December 2013, has accepted a new position as fire chief in Hall County, Ga. He began his career at Miramar Fire-Rescue in Florida, working his way up from a paramedic to deputy chief of operations. His new position will allow him to be closer to family.

  • Morrison board briefs

    Initial budget talks underway

    Initial budgets talks in Morrison indicate the town will end 2019 with a budget deficit of more than $533,000 — despite having $3.77 million in its general fund balance.

    The Morrison Town Board took a first look at next year’s budget during its Sept. 4 meeting. The initial proposal presented in the board packet estimates the town will bring in approximately $2.51 million while spending about $3 million.

  • Honoring the fallen: Red Rocks stair climb serves as a way to remember 9/11

    Shelly Bennett came to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for the first time Tuesday morning with plans for a hike.

    But those plans soon changed when she saw the hordes of people gathered in the amphitheater’s upper south parking lot. Quickly, Bennett and her crew from Wisconsin — Taylor and Sheila Hibl and Kevin Bale — became four of about 2,300 people who participated in the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.