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  • Dakota Ridge teacher accused of having sex with former student

    A Dakota Ridge High School teacher has been placed on paid leave while Jeffco Public Schools investigates whether any district policies were violated in connection with allegations that the teacher had sex with a former student.

    According to Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman, police have determined the male student was 18 years old at the time and that no laws were broken.

  • Fire destroys part of South Jeffco home

    By Alison Mahnken / For the Courier

    A blaze consumed part of a home near U.S. 285 and South Kipling Street on Friday evening. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.


    A West Metro Fire medical unit arrived at 3742 S. Lee Court in Lakewood about 6:25 p.m., right after smoke was spotted.

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  • Residential use proposed for 2-acre parcel on South Platte Canyon Road

    Community members appeared generally pleased that a property owner wants to rezone a vacant 2-acre property on South Platte Canyon Road for townhomes, condominiums, single-family houses or assisted-living units.

    The land is zoned C-1 commercial but has been on the market for 10 years and has failed to attract interest. It is bordered on the north by DePew Street and on the east by South Platte Canyon Road.

    The area could appeal to people who want to live close to the Columbine Trail, an asphalt bicycle path that borders the property along Platte Canyon Road.

  • Principals fear dire consequences if 3A/3B don’t pass

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property-tax increase.

    Principals at Jeffco schools are concerned about the increased class sizes and decreased support staff they will face if voters reject two proposed tax increases in November.

  • Zoning officials OK parking off-duty cabs in residential areas

    The Jeffco Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Aug. 8 to uphold the zoning administrator's decision to allow parking of off-duty taxis on the street in a residential subdivision.

    The Columbine Knolls North Home Owners Association had appealed to the board to reverse the zoning administrator's decision that the practice was legal according to county rules.

    But zoning administrator Mike Chadwick said the rules are evolving under the incumbent Board of Commissioners and becoming more liberal on the subject.

  • DA’s Safety Awareness Day planned at fairgrounds

    If you have a pesky box of old documents that needs shredding or a bottle of pills you’ve been meaning to dispose of, you might want to visit the district attorney’s Community Safety Awareness Day on Saturday.

    The event offers Jeffco residents “a one-stop safety shop,” said Cary Johnson, director of crime prevention for the DA’s office and safety fair event director.

    Community Safety Awareness Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds 15200 W. Sixth Ave. in Golden.

  • Former D’Evelyn band teacher sentenced for taking video of female students

    Former D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School band teacher Matthew James Taylor has been sentenced to two years of weekends in the county jail for using his cell phone to record video under the skirts and shorts of female students.


    Taylor — who had pleaded guilty on June 11 to attempted sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony, and harassment — was brought to justice after one student used her own cell phone to take photos of Taylor’s interactions with other girls.

  • Cyanobacteria closes Johnston Reservoir

    Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park is closed temporarily as a result of an outbreak of blue-green algae blooms.

    The blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Signs have been posted warning against wading, fishing or contact with water in the lake, which has been closed since early August.

    Colin Insley, director of parks, planning and construction for the Foothills Park and Recreation District, said the record heat in the area this summer likely led to the growth of the cyanobacteria.

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