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Heightened awareness at area schools

By Deb Hurley Brobst

It was business as usual at Conifer schools the morning of Feb. 24, a day after a gunman shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in South Jefferson County.

Officials at West Jefferson Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary and Conifer High schools did not do anything specific to draw students’ attention to the shootings, but the incident was a grim reminder that teachers, staff and students must be mindful of safety.


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Thieu, 14, may return home Saturday

Deer Creek shooting victim recovering, in good spirits

By Emile Hallez

  Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in Tuesday’s shooting, is recovering well and showed remarkably good spirits Feb. 26 during an exclusive interview at Children’s Hospital. Thieu will likely be discharged and sent home by Saturday.

“It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu told the Columbine Courier from his room at the hospital.


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Young Evergreen actor sets in motion his Hollywood dream

By Vicky Gits

A 12-year-old Evergreen musician and acting prodigy gave up snowboards for surfboards and is finding his groove in Hollywood as a TV actor and singer in a boy band.


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Shooting suspect held on $1 million bond

By Emile Hallez

The suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, was advised shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday of a $1 million bond and the possible charges against him.

Eastwood could be charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting, which sent two students to local hospitals, critically injuring 14-year-old Matthew Thieu. Other charges may also be filed, though a spokeswoman for the Jeffco district attorney’s office said she could not comment on any upcoming charges.


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School district says rumors of other threats untrue

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The Jefferson County School District is warning parents that rumors on social networking sites about threats to other schools in the district are not true. District officials are urging students to share only information that is factually based.


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Two students shot at Deer Creek Middle School

By Emile Hallez

A 32-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday afternoon outside Deer Creek Middle School, wounding two students, before faculty members tackled and disarmed him.

Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, who is accused of shooting the students with a high-powered rifle, was quickly subdued by faculty members and held down until he was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Math teacher David Benke reportedly tackled the suspect, and at least two other adults assisted.


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Changes will take effect March 15

One-way bike trails coming to Apex Open Space Park

By Vicky Gits

Beginning March 15, some trail segments will become one-way only for mountain bikes on alternate days at Apex Open Space Park near Lookout Mountain.

The park connects the parking lot at Heritage Square with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center on Lookout Mountain.

The affected trails are Enchanted Forest, a middle segment of Apex Trail and a future trail that will provide a second route onto the park from the trailhead in the parking lot at Heritage Square.


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Friday, Feb. 26, special district election deadlines

By Vicky Gits

• 4:30 p.m.: Evergreen Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Deadline to submit self-nominations. Forms can be obtained at the district headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen. Director terms are four years, expiring in 2014. Seats held by Jeff DeDisse, George Goldbach and Charles Simons are up in 2010. All three incumbents intend to run for new terms.


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Envoy to Haiti finds little being done in rural areas

By Vicky Gits

When Paul Casey, executive director of the Colorado Haiti Project, returned from a trip to Haiti last week, he was overwhelmed by the need and suffering he encountered and largely underwhelmed by the degree to which big relief agencies were making an impact on rural areas.

The Colorado Haiti Project, which is based in Louisville, concentrates its efforts on a regional enclave, Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince.


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Anne Berry asks court for separate trial

Trial set for July in Berry case

By Vicky Gits

A trial rather than a plea bargain appears to be in store in the case of Ken Berry and his wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, an Evergreen couple accused of securities fraud.

A judge has set a trial date in July for the couple, who now have separate attorneys, although they appeared together in Jefferson County District Court on Feb. 16.

Anne Berry’s attorneys, Matthew Margeson and Jeremy Reed of Margeson and Reed of Denver, filed a motion asking the court to separate the trials instead of holding them concurrently. Margeson and Reed joined the case in September.


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