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  • Littleton police officer free on bond in drug case

    A Littleton police officer who was arrested on suspicion of buying Ecstasy from an FBI informant is free on $100,000 bond.

    The FBI arrested Jeffery Johnston at his home in Parker on July 19. According to the complaint against him, Johnston is suspected of purchasing about 16 grams of the drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy, from an FBI informant for $1,300.

  • Bicyclist injured in accident on Pierce Street

    The Colorado State Patrol responded to an accident last Wednesday afternoon involving a 24-year-old man on a bicycle and a 2005 BMW driven by a 30-year-old male, according to Trooper Nate Reid.

    The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. on South Pierce Street between West Portland and Coal Mine avenues. The bicyclist, Eric Rooney, was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital with moderate, non-life threatening injuries, said Colorado State Trooper Josh Lewis. The driver of the BMW was not injured.

  • Jeffco seeks land swap for inmate home

    Jeffco is working on a land deal that would exchange the county’s current home for Community Corrections for a new one.

    The deal involves swapping the Community Corrections headquarters at Kendall Street between 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, and 4 acres at West Colfax Avenue and Wild Acres Road in unincorporated Jeffco next to Lakewood.

  • Littleton considers assessing impact fees on new development

    Littleton is growing — and with that growth comes a need to expand the city’s services and infrastructure. 

    The question is: Who’s going to pay for it?  

    The city is considering implementing impact fees on new residential and commercial developments, something that many other Colorado cities charge, to help defray the cost of expanding city services. 

  • Input from meetings will help shape Clement Park master plan

    Foothills Parks and Recreation District will host the first of three public meetings on July 22 to help shape the new master plan for Clement Park.

    The 25-year-old Clement Park needs an estimated $7 million to $8 million in repairs and upgrades, according to the district. Much of the park’s facilities and equipment, including the irrigation system, are original and need repair or replacement. 

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  • Unincorporated Jeffco now under stage 1 fire restrictions

    Due to recent rainfall, the stage 2 fire ban in unincorporated areas of Jefferson County was lifted last Friday, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Unincorporated areas are still under stage 1 fire restrictions, which allow recreational fires within a permanent fire grate in a park, campground, residence or picnic area.

    Fireworks that leave the ground and/or explode are prohibited, and smoking must be done in areas cleared of combustible material.

  • Early-morning fire at Columbine High quickly put out

    A second fire in 10 days at Columbine High School has been extinguished.

    A carpet dryer being used by a construction crew at the school early Thursday morning malfunctioned and caused a small fire. The flames were quickly extinguished but caused a large amount of smoke.

    No injuries were reported.

    It was the second fire in two weeks at Columbine High. On July 3, a fire in the ceiling of the school was started by welders putting in a new metal door.

  • Soil testing to end on parcel at Reynolds Landing Park

    A quarter of an acre of open space near the future home of the Breckenridge Brewery will no longer undergo annual tests of its contaminated soil but instead will be subject to a ban on excavation.

    Littleton and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District have agreed to stop testing the soil at Reynolds Landing Park and instead have placed environmental restrictions on the 0.24-acre parcel. No excavation could take place without the consent of the city and South Suburban.