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  • South Jeffco businesses hit in smash-and-grabs

    When Anne Schade arrived to Rosie’s Wild Flour Bakery and Cafe early morning on Oct. 10, the glass door of her business was broken.

    Fortunately for Schade, nothing was stolen, and the person who broke in was “long gone.” But her business, which opened in July, was the first of many in South Jeffco to be hit early that morning in a series of smash-and-grab burglaries.

  • Morrison man charged with first-degree murder

    A Morrison man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 61-year-old Julene Isaacson.

    Jerald Arthur Cross, 64, was arrested Oct. 7 on suspicion of first-degree murder after he called the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. Both Cross and Isaacson lived at the home.

  • Jeffco EDC on track to meet goals for 2018

    As the year nears a close, the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation reports reaching or exceeding a number of its goals surrounding job creation, supporting existing businesses and working to attract new businesses to the area.

    “We are actually quite pleased with where we are today,” said Kristi Pollard, president of the EDC, during an Oct. 9 staff briefing with the Jeffco commissioners. “By the end of third quarter, we have surpassed our goals in a number of places.”

  • For young people, Cotillion is a lesson in social skills

    Youngsters dressed in fancy attire took to the dance floor last Thursday for the opening night of the 39th annual Columbine Cotillion.

    Led by JDW Cotillions, the Cotillion program teaches kids the art of social skills and dance education. And the latter is more than useful than one might think, said Jon D. Williams, who operates JDW Cotillions, a business originally opened by his father.

  • Colorow students celebrate books

    Students in third- and fourth-grade classes at Colorow Elementary traded school clothes for pajamas last Thursday during their inaugural “Drop Everything and Read” day.

    The day was all about having fun, being cozy and cultivating a love not just for reading but for books in general. Students were encouraged to bring in stuffed animals, wear pajamas and read anything their heart desired.

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  • Morrison walking tour points out local haunts, legends

    Ever walk the streets of Morrison at night and feel like you’re not quite alone?
    That’s probably because you’re not, as local legends and stories say that the ghosts of former Morrison residents frequently spend their days — or nights, rather — visiting their old haunts.
    Joel Chirhart, who runs the Morrison Ghosts & Legends Tour, said that, given the 430-some residents and the numerous buildings in town that are supposedly haunted, he likes to call Morrison the most haunted town per capita.

  • Ballot initiative proponents show up in support of Jeffco Schools

    A slight drizzle and unexpected chill didn’t stop a number of teachers, parents, school board members and staff from putting feet to the pavement Friday afternoon in support of Jeffco Public Schools’ ballot initiatives 5A and 5B and Amendment 73.

  • CFF awards grants for community wellness

    Over the past two years, the Community First Foundation awarded $1.75 million in grants to various Jefferson County organizations working to improve community wellness.

    According to its website, the Arvada-based nonprofit works to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County by helping donors and nonprofits join forces.

    “Investing in the health of Jefferson County is really important,” said Beth McConkey, director of communications with Community First.

  • Suspect in 2017 fatal accident deemed fit to continue

    The man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist was deemed mentally competent and will return to court in February for a motions hearing.

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, pleaded not guilty in April to felony charges of leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more.