Local News

  • Panel: McCasky violated ethics standards

    Former Jefferson County commissioner Kevin McCasky violated Colorado law when he voted to approve $400,000 in county funds for the economic council to which he had applied and later accepted a high-paying job, a state ethics panel ruled Monday.

    The Colorado Ethics Commission made its ruling a little over a year after Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint against McCasky, alleging the former commissioner breached his fiduciary duty to the county by performing an official act in which he had a financial interest.

  • Toilet thief on the loose

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has blown the lid off a series of recent Denver-area thefts in which the perpetrator stole plumbing from toilets in commercial properties.

    Deputies are flush with pride after identifying Donald Allen Citron, 46, as the suspect in the run of thefts, which have occurred since Jan. 5.

    The perpetrator reportedly entered a variety of buildings, including a Taco Bell, a King Soopers, a theater, a university and a hospital. He entered carrying a backpack, then went to restrooms and stole pipes, flush valves and any other brass hardware.

  • Driver leaves scene after hitting cyclist

    The Colorado State Patrol plans to question a driver who left the scene of an accident Wednesday evening, after the man allegedly rear-ended and injured a cyclist in South Jeffco.

    Local resident Alex Romanyshyn was turning onto West Weaver Drive from South Kendall Street in the Leawood neighborhood when, he said, a red four-door sedan smashed into the back of his single-speed road bike. Romanyshyn, who was wearing a helmet, sustained minor injuries; he was treated for road rash by a Littleton Fire Rescue crew.

  • Fire damages Marina Pointe apartments

    An apartment fire at the Cay at Marina Pointe development damaged three units Wednesday afternoon and injured one resident.

    Residents smelled smoke about 1:35 p.m. and dialed 911. Two men living in adjacent buildings began knocking on doors and evacuating other residents after discovering the blaze.

  • Couple search for cat that fled house fire

    A strong wind gust was all it took to destroy almost everything Cherrie and Dan Denbeste had.

    Following a week filled with gale-force winds, a 35-mph gust jostled a thick electrical wire above the Denbestes’ deck on March 5, just enough to spark and ignite a fire that incinerated the South Jeffco couple’s home of 27 years on South Carr Street.

    No people were hurt in the blaze — the couple’s adult daughter was home vacuuming when she smelled smoke and escaped through the front door.

  • Nita the goose has met Harry and Sally

    Nita the goose is lonely no more.

    The 7-year-old goose, who lost her mate two months ago has found two new friends, a mated pair named Harry and Sally.

    Harry and Sally also are white Chinese geese like Nita, and they came to Nita’s owners, Marie and George McLaughlin of Morrison, through a High Timber Times subscriber.

    “She didn’t want her name used in the paper,” Marie said. The woman had rescued the two geese but she already had chickens, so she didn’t especially want the geese.

  • Of the teens and by the teens

    The Jeffco Public Library is relying on a logical approach to help young people stay engaged with books and other library offerings: Teens trust teens.

    The portion of the library’s website that features teen-targeted and teen-authored blogs experienced a 50 percent increase in traffic from 2010 to the end of 2011, teen services librarians say.

  • Littleton may ease penalty for late sewer payments

    Residents would be granted a five-day grace period for late sewer and storm-drain payments under a measure the Littleton City Council is considering.

    Late fees would also be reduced from 25 percent to 15 percent, or by about $23 for Littleton residents outside of sanitation districts, a change driven by customer complaints about unusually high fees and an unforgiving deadline.

  • Two candidates vying for Foothills board seat

    Two candidates are vying for the Foothills Park & Recreation District board of directors seat in Ward 5, although no candidates came forward for an open seat in Ward 2, including incumbent Jill Nunes.

    Incumbent Keith Sutton was the only candidate to register in Ward 1 for the May 8 election, ensuring he will retain his seat. In Ward 5, incumbent Terri Maulik will run against former Jefferson County Public Library trustee Clarence Kissler.

  • A local brew

    A new independent coffee shop in South Jeffco has brewed up a mélange of local flavor, and the owners hope the shop's neighborhood feel draws area coffee — and pastry — lovers.

    Tammy Teixeira and her husband, Rick, owners of Foothills Coffee, entered the restaurant business when they took over Chatfield Sports Bar in October 2010 at South Simms Street and West Brandt Avenue. They remodeled the bar, installed a dance floor and began hosting trivia nights.