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  • Annual Courage Walk an opportunity for crime victims to join together

    Despite moving out of state, Tiffany Segura and her family return to Colorado every year for the Jefferson County Courage Walk.

    For Segura, the annual walk is a means of healing and way to remember her 2-year-old son, Donny Ro’Mello Romero, who was murdered in Lakewood in 2015. Last Saturday, she and a large group of family and friends made the short trek around the Jefferson County courthouse to the on-site courage garden, carrying flowers and a large banner honoring Donny.

  • Gonzales found guilty of child abuse after injuring girlfriend’s daughter

    A Jefferson County jury, after three hours of deliberation, found 22-year-old Joshua Gonzales guilty on a felony charge of child abuse with serious bodily injury after seriously injuring the 2-year-old daughter of his former girlfriend.

    The trial began April 9 and lasted four days. Gonzales is facing anywhere from 10 to 32 years in prison and will be sentenced May 31.

  • One suspect charged in murder of D’Evelyn graduate

    Charges have been filed against one of three suspects in the April 5 murder of 27-year-old Andrew Jenicek.

    Devon Drizzt Howard, 20, is charged with a number of felonies, including first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery and more. Howard was arrested April 10 in a joint effort by the Edgewater Police Department, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

  • Local nonprofit offers a night off for parents of kids with special needs

    Through her own family’s journey, Kristin Steadman recognized the need for respite care in South Jefferson County.

    In an effort to combat this, she created Night Lights, a respite care organization for children with special needs and their siblings housed in Waterstone Community Church. Seven years later, the nonprofit organization regularly meets capacity and has expanded to Arvada and Parker with plans for continued growth.

  • Jeffco teacher walkouts lead to school closures April 26

    Hundreds of teachers in Jefferson County, as well thousands of others across Colorado, are expected to participate in statewide walkouts late next week to demand better compensation and increased school funding from state legislators.

    According to Scott Kwasny, spokesman for the Jeffco Education Association, hundreds of Jeffco teachers are planning to participate in “day of action” activities at the state Capitol April 26 in tandem with a statewide call for action by the Colorado Education Association the following day.

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  • Students target gun reform with voter registration push

    Last month, hundreds of Jeffco students walked out of their classrooms in hopes of sending a message to lawmakers about gun violence in schools. Ten days later, they joined millions across the country in “March for Our Lives” demonstrations on March 24 that, again, were aimed at sending a message to politicians. Now the kids are sending another message to legislators: Do something about gun reform or we’ll vote you out of office.

  • New pediatric therapy facility opening

    Brenda Harkness knew something was off with her 7-year-old son’s speech, but she didn’t know how to move forward and address the issue.

    That’s where Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates came in. Harkness took her son, Dylan, now 8, for evaluation at the Centennial-based therapy center. Dylan had trouble making “s” and “th” sounds, but after a year of working with a speech therapist, he has made significant strides. In addition to improving his speech, therapy helped Dylan excel in spelling and reading, Harkness said.

  • Chatfield celebrates Unity Week

    What began last year as a one-day event at Chatfield Senior High School has morphed into a week-long celebration of diversity, inclusion and coexistence, and it’s a tradition organizer Aaron Abai hopes will continue long after his graduation in May.

  • O’Connor pleads not guilty in 285 crash

    The man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning and will return to court in September for a two-day jury trial.

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is charged with leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more.