Local News

  • Mobile DUI billboard reported stolen in South Jeffco

    A thief reportedly made off with an unlikely prize this week in South Jeffco – a massive DUI warning sign the Colorado Department of Transportation had placed on a trailer.

    The rolling billboard was likely stolen between 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 8:15 a.m. the following morning, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release. The trailer and sign were placed near the intersection of West Chatfield Avenue and South Garrison Street.

  • Jeffco library board votes to block porn on computers

    Pornography will soon be blocked on all computers at Jeffco libraries, the board of trustees decided Aug. 18, following weeks of outcry over the availability of such content on public computers.
    Though the filtering system will eventually be designed to block only images deemed pornographic on adult-accessed computers, websites could be filtered in their entirety on all library computers in the more immediate future.

  • Deputy under investigation in attempted traffic stop by civilian

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a jail deputy who reportedly was riding July 31 with a civilian friend who allegedly attempted to make a traffic stop at Wadsworth and Bowles.

    The deputy, whom the office has not named, is currently on duty pending the outcome of the investigation. The driver of the car has also not been named but could face charges related to the incident, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

  • 3 arrested in slaying of man whose body was found on Lookout Mountain

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people in connection with the slaying of a man whose body was found last week on Lookout Mountain.

    Sheriff’s investigators on Tuesday arrested Tina Moya, 39, Raul Nunez-Soto, 46, and a female juvenile, 17, in the fatal stabbing of Denver resident Richard Limon, 69.

    The two adult suspects were being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder at the Jefferson County jail. The juvenile, who is facing the same charge, was being held at the Mount View Youth Services Center.

  • DA’s Safety Fair slated Aug. 27

    Free children’s attractions including a bicycle rodeo and bounce castle will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the third annual Jefferson County District Attorney’s Safety Fair at the county fairgrounds.

    Also on tap are important adult attractions, including free credit reports, document shredding, small-electronics recycling and 911-only cell phones for seniors.

    Following the event’s theme, attractions and booths emphasize safety, particularly related to Internet use, fraud prevention, driving, health and recreational activities.

  • Planning commission approves changes to South Jeffco blueprint

    The county planning commission unanimously approved a revision to the South Jefferson County Community Plan on Aug. 10, altering the existing plan to encourage more mixed commercial and residential development.

    The most significant difference in the new plan is the addition of “neighborhood centers,” mixed-use parcels that could one day be home to small developments similar to Belmar. If redeveloped, the areas would function as small communities in which residents would live, shop and potentially work in the same general locales.

  • County won’t redraw commission districts

    Jefferson County’s commissioner districts will not be redrawn following results of the 2010 U.S. census, the Board of Commissioners decided at an Aug. 10 meeting.

    Because the three districts have population variances of less than 5 percent from the average number of residents in each, the county is not legally required to alter any of the boundaries, county staff said.

  • Developers buy Green Gables Country Club

    The 150-acre Green Gables Country Club will likely be replaced in the near future with a mix of housing and retail.

    Land development company Urban Frontier and other investors purchased the 83-year-old club at 6800 W. Jewell Ave. last month for more than $15 million, with plans to plow under the golf course and develop the land.

    Urban Frontier founder Garrett Baum, a Bow Mar resident, spoke at a county planning commission meeting Aug. 11 in favor of the updated South Jeffco community plan, now dubbed “The South Plains Area Plan.”

  • Two candidates remain for director of Jeffco libraries

    The Jefferson County Public Library board pared its list of 26 candidates for library director to two last week.

    The library named as finalists David Farnan, the Douglas County Libraries’ associate director of community services, and Cynthia Kolaczynski , deputy director of the Maricopa Public Library District. The person selected will succeed former Jeffco libraries director Marcellus Turner, who was hired to head the Seattle Public Library system.

    Both Farnan and Kolaczynski hold master of library science degrees.

  • Library board considers filters to block porn on computers

    Pornographic images may soon be blocked from computers in Jefferson County public libraries, though the textual content of websites such as those of Playboy and Penthouse may not.

    At a library study session Aug. 11, board members weighed several options in regulating Internet content, including doing nothing at all. Other possible choices include blocking only images considered pornographic or blocking pornographic websites in their entirety.

    Though library staff and board members seemed to favor filtering images, that process would have several flaws.