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  • Police officer shoots self in hand at his South Jeffco home

    A Denver police officer shot himself in the hand Tuesday morning while examining a gun in the bathroom of his South Jeffco home, in an apparent accident.

    Detective Bret Starnes, a 12-year veteran of the Denver department, had been firing a Smith & Wesson 9mm at a shooting range earlier in the day. That gun malfunctioned, Starnes said in a Jeffco sheriff’s report, and he returned to his home in the 13000 block of West Arlington Place to pick up a replacement pistol from his gun safe.

  • Sex assault defendant suspected of violating bond agreement

    A Jeffco man currently charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on a child was arrested last week on suspicion of violating the terms of his bond agreement.
    James Craig Bird, 64, faces new charges, including two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of violating his bond conditions. Bird is expected to appear in court to be advised of the charges on June 10.
    A Jeffco judge set bond at $100,000 cash, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office stated.

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  • Man dies after being restrained by deputies

    A 34-year-old South Jeffco man died early Tuesday morning after police restrained him and loaded him into an ambulance.

    The man, who the Sheriff’s Office said appeared to be under the influence of drugs, stopped breathing at about 4:35 a.m. and was taken to Littleton Adventist Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m.

  • Kids helping kids

    Nine Girl Scouts from Powderhorn Elementary School spent a year collecting donations to help kids entering Denver’s foster care network. And when they delivered the goods recently, the Scouts also imparted a message: “There are people out there who love you.”

    Those are the words of 11-year-old Skylar Lotus, a student at Powderhorn and a member of Troop 2035, which braved heavy rain and waterlogged streets on May 18 to deliver 250 care packages to the Denver Department of Human Services.

  • Former reporter seeks school board seat

    Former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper is running for the Jeffco school board, and she says she would take the district in a more decisive and cohesive direction.

    Community dialogue should be given more emphasis, Dahlkemper said, and the board needs to take a hard-line stance on cost-saving measures — even if it means closing more schools.

  • School board candidate Fellman touts teaching, administrative experience

    Jill Fellman spent 18 years teaching math in Jeffco schools and another 12 as an administrator before she retired in 2009.

    Now, the 53-year-old Arvada resident is running for a seat on the Jeffco school board in November’s election.

    Fellman, currently facing no opposition, is seeking to replace Dave Thomas, who is not seeking a second term. Fellman is running in District 3, which encompasses north Jeffco.

    With 30 years of employment in the district and two more supervising student teachers, Fellman said she has experience on her side.

  • Grads throw arms around the future

    Columbine High School Hall of Fame Award recipients Maddie Tedford and Vinny Sonderby received their diplomas along with more than 350 of their classmates on May 28, and for the pair, the long-awaited graduation still seems surreal.

    “It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Tedford said of the ceremony, which took place at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village. “In the back of my mind I’m still going to be at Columbine next August.”

  • Library patrons checking out new book sorter

    Patrons of the Columbine Library are noticing a big difference when returning materials — they now feed books into a computerized system that weeks ago replaced the tried-and-true depository bin.

  • Library board violated Open Meetings Law, press lawyers say

    The Jeffco Public Library board violated the state’s Open Meetings Law on May 19 when the public was removed from a meeting involving its budget, say two Colorado Press Association attorneys.

    The board, which includes two practicing lawyers and an executive member of the Colorado Freedom of Information Council, held the executive session at the Arvada Library, citing a section of the law that allows for closed meetings about matters involving negotiations.