Today's News

  • Former Littleton police officer pleads guilty to drug trafficking

    Former Littleton police officer Jeffery Johnston pleaded guilty to one drug-trafficking charge and one gun-possession charge in federal court Monday.

    The FBI arrested Johnston at his home in Parker on July 19 after Johnston purchased about 16 grams of Ecstasy from an informant.

    After Johnston was taken into custody, federal agents searching his home allegedly found cocaine, steroids, hundreds of prescription pills, several firearms and ammunition, along with tools used to portion and distribute drugs.

  • Q&A with school board candidates

    Six candidates are vying for the three open seats on the Jeffco Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election.

    School board candidates run in geographic districts in nonpartisan races, but voters throughout the county cast ballots in all the races.

    The Jeffco school board has five members who represent five districts. Board members are not paid and serve four-year terms. The terms of Laura Boggs, Paula Noonan and Michele Patterson expire in November.

    The terms of board President Lesley Dahlkemper and board member Jill Fellman end in November 2015.

  • A ray of sunshine

    The group descended on the backyard in south Littleton during the early-morning calm of the weekend.

    Armed with rakes and saws, plastic bags and hammers, the two dozen volunteers attacked a large pile of junk in back of the house. 

    The husband and wife who own the home, and who wished to remain nameless, have lived in the house for 43 years. The husband, a former engineer, had collected various items over the years that he either intended to fix or turn into something new. 

  • Marketing plans contentious in Littleton’s 2014 budget

    Littleton’s 2014 budget was approved unanimously by the City Council on Oct. 15, despite some reservations about changes in how the city plans to market itself. 

    For 2014, the city is moving its communications staff from the city manager’s office into a separate communications and marketing department. The city will also increase funding for special events by $135,000. 

    As part of that move, one of the current staff members would transition into the position of a full-time marketing and events coordinator for the city.

  • Education blooms at FestiFall

    Hudson Gardens will open its doors Saturday to bring back FestiFall for a second year. 

    The festival, which debuted in 2011 before skipping last year, gives people a chance not only to roam the gardens but to celebrate fall from an environmental and educational standpoint, said Melanie Feddersen, educational manager at Hudson Gardens. 

  • City Council weighs rules for marijuana growing in homes

    Now that Littleton has banned retail sales of marijuana for a year, it’s turning its attention to building codes as they apply to growing marijuana in a home. 

    Under Colorado’s voter-approved Amendment 64, residents can grow up to six marijuana plants in a locked, enclosed area in a home. 

    Littleton is concerned that home-grow set-ups could pose a fire risk by overloading circuits with poorly set-up equipment. The city also wants to mitigate mold developing in grow rooms and marijuana odor becoming a nuisance for neighbors. 

  • Search for new Community Corrections location ongoing

    The county is going to be on its own when looking for a new home for the Community Corrections program. 

    The search had been led by Colorado Investment and Development Co., which was also under contract to buy the old Community Corrections home on Kendall Street between 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, for $5 million. 

  • Foreclosures continue to decline in Jeffco


    The good news about Jeffco’s housing market keeps coming, despite a recent increase in delinquent mortgage payments in the county.

    If the county’s current foreclosure rate remains steady for the rest of the year, Jeffco will see 55 percent fewer home foreclosures started than in 2012. Through the first three quarters of 2013, Jeffco has begun 1,087 foreclosures. 

    If that pace holds up, the county will see about 1,449 foreclosures. In 2012, the county had 2,650 homes go into foreclosure. 

  • Drug court makes case for funds

    A group that works with families dealing with substance abuse asked Jeffco commissioners on Oct. 15 not to cut its funding as the county considers the proposed 2014 budget.

    Several people involved with the county’s Family Integrated Treatment Court spoke on behalf of the organization’s work during Jeffco’s first public hearing on its 2014 budget. FIT Court is funded through the Jeffco Human Services Division budget. 

  • Chatfield to host boys soccer state tourney opener

    The Chatfield Chargers (11-3-1), seeded 13th in the 32-team 5A boys soccer state tournament will play host to the 20th-seeded Littleton Lions (9-4-2) on Oct. 24 at Lakewood Memorial Field in the opening round. The winner will advance to the second round to face either No. 4 Pine Creek or No. 29 Lakewood. The Chargers enter the playoffs on a five-game winning streak and undefeated in their last six games.