Today's News

  • Sheriff’s Office to hire 28 more deputies

    The Jeffco commissioners have given preliminary approval for the Sheriff’s Office to hire 28 more deputies — six in patrol, 22 in the jail — and have $400,000 more in overtime for 2018.

    Formal approval to adjust JCSO’s 2018 budget to include these items will be a consent agenda item at an upcoming Board of County Commissioners hearing.

    At a March 13 staff briefing, Sheriff Jeff Shrader asked the commissioners for an additional 42 deputies — 20 on patrol, 22 in the jail — to meet increasing demand.

  • Man arrested after trying to use Lyft to leave the scene of break-in

    A man accused of breaking into a car in South Jeffco was arrested Tuesday morning after attempting to use Lyft’s ride-hailing service to leave the scene.

    Adam Vultaggio, 27, has since been booked into the Jeffco Jail, where he faces multiple charges, including criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, criminal possession of an identification document, criminal possession of a financial device and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is expected to appear in court today for a hearing on advisement.

  • Morrison installs noise ordinance signs

    Morrison has installed multiple signs warning of the town’s noise ordinance as part of a continuing crackdown on vehicle noise.

    After being instructed by the town board to actively enforce the ordinance, Morrison Police Chief George Mumma installed the signs. There are red signs warning of the noise ordinance, as well as digital signs asking motorcyclists to idle through town. The department is following a policy similar to Golden’s noise ordinance.

  • Diza-Mbelolo wins 1st-ever state track title

    LAKEWOOD — Going into last weekend’s state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium, D’Evelyn’s Esther Diza-Mbelolo was a favorite among the 3A girls hurdlers and sprinters.

    Although she made the podium in all of her four events with one eighth-place and two ninth-place marks, she won the crown in her first finals event on a rainy Saturday morning.

    In the 100-meter hurdles, competition remained close until near the midway point of the race, when Diza-Mbelolo pulled ahead to secure the narrow victory at 15.03 seconds.

  • Chargers, Eagles and Rebels all fare well at state track meet at Jeffco

    LAKEWOOD — It was a race to the finish in the truest sense, and the Chatfield boys 4x100 team had a lot to prove.

    As the last team to qualify for the finals race, the Chargers weren’t expected to do much of anything.

    But they did.

  • Rooney Valley Commission recommends rezoning Red Rocks Ranch

    The Rooney Valley Commission voted to recommend approval of rezoning Red Rocks Ranch, a proposed development at the northeast corner of C-470 and Morrison Road, at the conclusion of last Thursday’s third public hearing.

  • Columbine Knolls celebrates new pool house

    After more than 50 years, Columbine Knolls Recreation District has a new building for community members, recreation district staff and pool users to enjoy.

    Acquired in part with a $300,000 Jefferson County Open Space grant, the brand new building features a community room for homeowners’ association and recreation district board meetings, a spacious office for recreation district executive director Brett Rodewald, a room for lifeguards, updated locker rooms and more. It complements the new water slide and wooden shelter, which were both added to the facility in 2014.

  • Columbine boys lacrosse falls in the semifinals

    AURORA — This was supposed to be Columbine boys lacrosse’s year.

    At the beginning of the season, it had the big guns. It had the talent. It had the depth.

    But it just wasn’t meant to be.

    On May 16, the Rebel boys fell to No. 1-overall seeded Regis Jesuit 8-2 in the semifinals of the 5A state lacrosse playoffs in the same stadium where the football team’s state run ended last fall, also in the semis. Legacy Stadium has not been kind to them.

    Sophomore attacker Tanner Hollens was part of both teams.

  • West Metro partners with DispatchHealth to provide in-home treatment

    Residents in West Metro Fire Protection District may be able to avoid a trip to the emergency room thanks to West Metro’s new partnership with DispatchHealth, a Denver-based startup that provides in-home care for patients.

    The service, which kicked off Monday, is ideal for those who need medical attention that’s not emergent and can be provided by an emergency room-certified nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. It’s also one that West Metro believes will save money and provide convenience for district residents.

  • Olson, Moranetz win state titles in the pool

    Columbine junior Gavin Olson took first place in the 100-yard backstroke, and D’Evelyn swimmer Jack Moranetz took home the title in the 100-yard breaststroke during the state swimming championships last weekend.

    The two swimmers were among area athletes who competed at state. Following is a look at how Southwest Jeffco teams did.


    Olson had a target on his back going into the 5A state swim meet at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.