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Today's News

  • CDOT looking for funding to make WestConnect improvements happen

    Now that a study of traffic improvements along C-470 is complete, the Colorado Department of Transportation is working through its next obstacle — finding funding for the recommended projects.

  • Art gallery provides affordable art — with Red Rocks Amphitheatre as a backdrop

    It doesn’t take long for Jamie and Scott Jasper to explain how much they love Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. It’s the place where they met and later got engaged.

    “Oh man, I love everything about it,” Jamie said. “ … Hearing the music outside, being with 10,000 people outside, that’s what I love about Red Rocks.”

  • Husband-wife pair opens running store at former Red Rocks wedding chapel

    A love for running brought Deb Spence and Ken Pliska together.

    Though the pair lived just a few miles apart in Colorado, they met while competing in the Boston Marathon. Not long after, they were married at the finish line of the race.

  • News briefs

    Chatfield teen raising money for homeless fundraiser

    A South Jeffco student has coordinated two fundraisers to raise money for Bagging Homelessness.

    The initiative — created by Max Heupel, a Chatfield Senior High School student — raises money for Denver’s homeless community through the purchase of everyday necessities.

    Those interested can support the effort during one of two fundraisers:

    • Aug. 28, 5 to 9 p.m., at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 12512 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Unit C.

  • Teenage suspect to undergo mental health evaluation

    Proceedings against a teenager charged in a June 13 shooting in Lakewood have slowed pending a mental health evaluation from the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

    Quartez Smith, 18, was charged on July 19 with numerous felonies including attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and eight violent crime counts. Additionally, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition alleging delinquency — the charging document filed in juvenile court — against the second suspect in this case, a 13-year-old male.

  • Broom pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2017 case

    A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday for his involvement in a June 2017 vehicular homicide.

    David Broom pleaded guilty to a felony charge of reckless vehicular homicide as well as two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault. He returns to court for sentencing on Oct. 25.

    On June 24, Broom was driving on Deer Creek Canyon Road in South Jeffco near Hildebrand Ranch Park when he lost control of his Toyota Cressida, crossed the double yellow line and hit an oncoming Ford Explorer.

  • Jeffco joins lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

    Jefferson County is joining other Colorado jurisdictions in moving forward with litigation against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids.

    According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and others. Much like other counties in Colorado and other states and communities nationwide, Jeffco is concerned about the impact of opioid addiction.

  • A goodbye to summer: Annual Doggy Dip provides a swimming lesson for many

    The last day of Deer Creek Pool’s summer season means one thing — Doggy Dip Day.

    Before the pool opened Sunday evening, a lengthy line of people and their pups waited eagerly to make the sprint inside the gates and into the water. Hosted annually by Foothills Park and Recreation District, Doggy Dip Day signals the end of summer, but for many, the day is about more than a splashin’ good time. Many see it as the perfect opportunity to teach their dog to swim.

  • Missing South Jeffco man found

    An at-risk adult with dementia was located Tuesday evening after he walked away from a group home in South Jeffco earlier that day. 

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office announced it was looking for William Wolf, 69, around 2 p.m. Aug. 21. Wolf had last been seen a few hours prior at the group home where he lived, located at 11965 W. Brandt Place in Littleton. He was wearing a blue-gray polo shirt, jeans and a blue jacket or sweatshirt.  

  • Man steals truck, runs from deputies in South Jeffco

    A transient man faces several felony charges after crashing a stolen truck in South Jeffco and running from Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies.

    Michael Robert Donis, 33, is accused of stealing a white Chevrolet Silverado. Though it had been reported as stolen by Air Liquide Industries two days prior, dispatch was notified of the truck’s location around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13.

    According to the arrest affidavit: