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  • County OKs chicken coops, beehives in residential areas

    A proposal to allow chicken coops and beekeeping in Jeffco has soared over its final hurdle. 

    The county commissioners voted 3-0 to allow citizens in unincorporated residential areas to keep up to six chickens and two beehives on properties of at least 4,000 square feet. 

    Originally, the proposal would have allowed one hive for every 4,000 square feet, but the planning staff made the change after feedback from several beekeepers. 

  • Littleton weighs options for legal services

    Littleton is weighing options for rep lacing city attorney Kirsten Crawford, who resigned Feb. 1, citing personal reasons.

    Earlier this month, the City Council heard a report from City Manager Michael Penny on the options for obtaining legal services. The city contracted with outside counsel for an analysis of its legal services and needs. 

    The report said one option is to hire an outside law firm, as opposed to hiring a full-time city attorney. Penny told the council members they should bring in law firms for interviews. 

  • Man charged in threat left on lawmaker's phone

    A man has been arrested and charged after a threatening voice message was left for state Sen. Andy Kerr, D-South Jeffco.

    David Cassidy has been charged in connection with a voice message left on Kerr’s cell phone March 4 saying he and the rest of the Democrats working on gun-control legislation would regret their action, and, “either by ballots or by bullets, we’re going to get you out of office.”

    Kerr said he reported the message to the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Demonstrators show up at Taj to protest Odom no-shows

    A small group of protesters with a one-man band and a bugler gathered March 26 in front of the Jeffco government building to protest what they see as the unethical behavior of former county commissioner John Odom.

    After losing the District 2 seat in last November’s election to Democrat Casey Tighe, Odom stopped attending meetings. Starting after the Nov. 15 regular meeting of the commission, Odom missed up to six meetings. 

  • Body found on Hogback near C-470 and Bowles

    A skeleton was found by a hiker early Tuesday morning near the Hogback.

    The bones were found about 5:30 a.m. in open space west of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue. The remains were not near a trail and were in an area that isn't subject to routine traffic, said Jacki Kelly, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Because of the remote location, authorities had to wait until daybreak to travel to the site. No gender, identity or cause of death had been determined. 

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  • Suspect in Jeffco slaying, on FBI's Most Wanted list, turns self in

    A suspect in a 2011 Jeffco homicide that had been on the FBI's Most Wanted list has turned himself in and is back in the U.S.

    Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, 29, is a suspect in the August 2011 slaying of Richard Limon, 69. The FBI said Gracias turned himself in voluntarily.

    Gracias was transported from El Salvador by FBI agents in coordination with the Salvadoran government and the FBI's San Salvador legal attache office. He is currently in custody in Jefferson County.

  • Council OKs controversial longevity incentive for city manager

    The Littleton City Council has approved a measure designed to encourage the city manager to stick around long term, but some council members complained that the move violates the spirit of the city charter.

    At its regular meeting March 19, the council voted 4-3 to add a longevity bonus scheme to the contract of City Manager Michael Penny. Penny’s $155,000 yearly salary will be augmented with a month’s salary, to be paid when he leaves the job, for every year he remains in the position, with the bonus capped at 11 months’ pay. 

  • Littleton police chief candidates narrowed to five

    The search for Littleton’s new police chief has been narrowed to five candidates. 

    Littleton has released the names of the five finalists to replace Police Chief Heather Coogan, who announced her retirement Jan. 18. Coogan’s retirement takes effect April 1. 

    The list of five was narrowed from 45 applicants. 

  • Jail prisoner who committed suicide identified

     

    The prisoner found dead in his cell at the Jefferson County jail has been identified as Eric Vasquez, 24. 

    Vasquez had been transferred by the Colorado Department of Corrections to Jeffco for a hearing on an identity-theft charge, said Katherine Sanguinetti, spokeswoman for the DOC. Vazquez had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance and had been sentenced to 18 months in prison.