Local News

  • Crime briefs

    Driver involved in 2017 vehicular homicide case sentenced to prison

    A 23-year-old man will spend six years in prison for his involvement in a June 2017 car crash that killed a 21-year-old woman.

    David Broom was sentenced Oct. 25 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of reckless vehicular homicide and two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault earlier this summer.

  • Class-1 e-bikes allowed at Jeffco Open Space parks for good

    After piloting the idea for a year, Jeffco Open Space will permanently allow class-1 e-bikes on all trails.

    “Looking at the numbers and the opportunity that this is offering our visitors and the feedback that we’re getting on it, we would like to turn this pilot into policy,” said Mary Ann Bonnell, visitors services manager with Jeffco Open Space, during an Oct. 23 staff briefing with the commissioners.

  • West Metro planning for $70 million budget in 2019

    West Metro Fire Rescue is proposing a balanced budget of nearly $70.2 million in which the department continues to rely heavily on property taxes from both Jefferson and Douglas County residents.

    The full-service fire agency, which covers more than 108 square miles in two counties and serves nearly 280,000 residents, is expecting to bring in approximately $51.7 million in property taxes from Jeffco with an additional $1.7 million from Douglas County. Both amounts are just slightly more than what was budgeted for in 2018.

  • Report: Crime on the rise in Jeffco

    Crime is trending up in Jefferson County, according to a quarterly law enforcement report from Sheriff Jeff Shrader.

    Violent crimes are up slightly in Jefferson County, but perhaps even more so are property crimes, including motor vehicle thefts and criminal trespass to motor vehicles.

  • Costumed corgis and families enjoy a day at Clement Park

    A love for a particular, short-legged breed of dog was all it took to connect the folks gathered at Clement Park on Sunday morning.

    Corgi enthusiasts from South Jeffco and beyond found each other on Meetup, a website where people can connect with those with common interests. They formed The Littleton Corgi Meetup and began meeting regularly at the dog park. Last weekend, however, they had a particularly festive reason to assemble — the 4th annual corgi costume parade.

  • Generations join forces for an early Halloween celebration

    Splish, splash, they were takin’ a bath ....

    Students at Primrose School of Bear Creek joined forces with seniors at Willowbrook Place last Thursday for an early Halloween celebration. Together, they fashioned bubble bath costumes out of trash bags, balloons and shower caps decorated with rubber ducks and other bath toys.

    “So cute,” Jackie Liles, a resident at Willowbrook Place, said with a smile as she helped tape blue and white balloons onto some of the youngsters.

  • Two-vehicle accident snarls westbound I-70 traffic

    A two-vehicle accident near Lookout Mountain shut down westbound Interstate 70 on Tuesday afternoon.

    Colorado State Patrol received a call about the accident, which involved a 2006 Toyota SUV and a 2012 Peterbilt semi-truck, around 3 p.m., according to Trooper Josh Lewis with CSP. All three lanes of westbound I-70 at mile marker 256 were closed, but officials reopened two of the lanes about an hour after the accident.

    As of 4:30 p.m., one lane remains closed.

    According to reports, there is no indication of what caused the accident.

  • Dakota Ridge boys cross country team wins state

    COLORADO SPRINGS — For the first time since 2006, the Dakota Ridge boys cross country team is a 5A state champion.

    Running a tough course at the Norris Penrose Event Center, the Eagles finished with 47 team points, good enough to edge out Mountain Vista, who had 76 points.

    Currently, the Eagles are also the No. 7 team in the nation.

    Dakota Ridge's win came at the hands of several key athletes, led by juniors Connor Ohlson and Austin Vancil. 

  • Two-vehicle crash closed down westbound C-470

    A tire failure caused a two-vehicle collision Wednesday night that shut down westbound C-470 and injured one person.

    According to John Romero, spokesman with the Lakewood Police Department, a flatbed tractor trailer had a tire failure around 7:45 p.m. Oct. 24 and was hit head on by a tow truck.

    The driver of the tow truck was pinned in the vehicle and had to extricated by a team of first responders from West Metro Fire Rescue. He was transported to the hospital and treated for injuries.

  • 2018 Voter Guide

    Commissioner, District 3

    • Tina Francone, Republican, who was appointed to the seat earlier this year by a GOP vacancy committee after Don Rosier stepped down early.
    • Lesley Dahlkemper, Democrat, who previously served on the Jeffco school board and was a journalist for several years.