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  • Getting in the spirit: Sunday liquor sales come to Colorado

    Teresa Teaff walked down the aisle Sunday at Tipsy’s Liquor World browsing bottles of wine from the southern region of France. Sunday spirit shopping was a welcome experience for the Tennessee resident, who was in town on business. Buying liquor on a Sunday was also a welcome experience for many Coloradans.

    July 6 was the first Sunday that Colorado liquor stores have been open since before Prohibition. Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill in April repealing the state’s blue law, joining 34 other states with Sunday liquor sales.

  • Area theater troupes team up for fund-raiser

    The Main Street Players, Littleton’s longest-running community theater group, and the Ovation Players are looking for a bit of support in exchange for dinner and a show July 12.

    The troupes will be hosting a fund-raising gala July 12 at Columbine Country Club. Tickets cost $45 and include dinner and a scene from “Eleemosynary” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The groups will also perform 11 numbers from other musicals staged during the 25-year history of the Main Street Players.

  • Mailing it in: Election officials pushing postal option

    Jeffco election officials are continuing to suggest that registered voters sign up to be permanent mail voters and join the 58 percent of registered county residents — 152,038 as of June 30 — who have chosen that option.

    Becoming a mail voter will help ease the Election Day burden at the polls and ensure that residents don’t feel rushed to vote, said Pam Anderson, Jeffco’s clerk and recorder. She added that many voters also have a hard time making it to their polling places on Election Day.

  • School board member pleads guilty to assault

    Jeffco school board member and state House candidate Vince Chowdhury pleaded guilty July 8 to a third-degree assault charge stemming from accusations that he slapped and choked his 16-year-old daughter.

    A harassment charge and a charge for violating a protective order were dismissed during the proceeding in Jefferson County Court. Chowdhury, 48, was given a supervised, one-year deferred sentence and ordered to complete anger management and parenting classes. If he completes the classes and stays out of trouble, the case will be dismissed in one year.

  • School board seeks Chowdhury’s resignation in wake of guilty plea

    Jeffco school board member and state House candidate Vince Chowdhury should resign his board position after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from accusations that he choked and slapped his 16-year-old daughter, the school board said July 8.

  • Arrest made in robbery at South Jeffco home

    A suspect has been arrested in the case in which a South Jeffco man was terrorized and robbed at his home on June 30. At least one suspect remains at large.

    SWAT teams from the Aurora and Lakewood police departments executed search warrants at two homes and found evidence from the crime in the Aurora home of Garry Martin. Evidence was also found in a Lakewood home, but no suspects were arrested there.

  • Fireworks: the legal and the illegal

    If it leaves the ground, or if it explodes, chances are it’s illegal.

    That’s the advice from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office when it comes to which fireworks Jeffco residents should enjoy when celebrating the nation’s 232nd birthday this weekend.

  • Botanic Gardens' changes will go through public hearing after all

    After some confusion about whether the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield would submit its amphitheater modification plans to a county approval process, a hearing date has been set, and the public will have the chance to weigh in.

    The plan will be aired before the county planning commission at 3:15 p.m. July 23 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building in Golden.

  • Crime in county, state declining

    Crime in Jefferson County and Colorado is on the decline, according to the annual Crime in Colorado report released last week by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

    But Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink says fraud and identity theft are on the rise.

  • Commissioners, Congrove face civil trial in harassment case

    County Commissioner Jim Congrove and the Board of County Commissioners face a civil trial in September in a case brought by a woman claiming Congrove harassed her and got her fired from her job.

    Lori Stille, a former employee with Chase Bank, alleges that Congrove harassed her and her daughter, and tried to get her fired from the bank in retaliation for helping longtime county critic and onetime boyfriend Mike Zinna in a civil lawsuit he filed against Congrove several years ago.