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  • Two motorcyclists killed in I-70 accidents; lanes closed

     One lane of westbound I-70 was open as of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday after two accidents, both involving motorcycles, closed down the road at mile marker 257 near Lookout Mountain about noon, the State Patrol said.

    The first accident was at 11:46 a.m. when a rider lost control of his bike and crashed. A female passenger died at the scene. The rider was taken to a local hospital. While approaching the initial crash, a second motorcycle crashed at 11:49 a.m., after rear-ending a vehicle. The rider on that motorcycle also died.

  • Park district to preview draft master plan

    The public is invited to a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Buchanan Rec Center to hear a presentation on the draft park district 10-year master plan which has been in progress since January and a topic of discussion for the last couple of years.

    The consulting firm GreenPlay LLC will start off the proceedings, which will be followed by some form of opportunity for public comment.

  • Man charged in fraud case appears in court

    The arraignment of a former Evergreen man accused of taking more than $1 million in a couple of related investment scams was continued Aug. 2 while attorneys work on a possible plea bargain.

    A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Israel Mursuli, 58, in May 2011 on 28 counts of securities fraud and two of felony theft from 2005 to 2009, according to court documents.

    Mursuli, who operated two businesses in Evergreen, is accused of coming up with an investment proposal and offering it to a number of personal acquaintances.

  • Age of structure eyed in deck collapse

    Age of the structure was the likely cause of a deck collapse that injured 12 people during a barbecue party Saturday at a home on Lookout Mountain, a county building official said.

    Two people were critically injured when the deck collapsed on the second story of the home at 227 Lamb Lane. About 12 of the 25 people reportedly on the deck at the time had to be transported to the hospital by various agencies.

  • Hiwan Hills resident named to park district board

    The park district board interviewed five candidates in two hours and unanimously picked Hiwan Hills resident Peter Lindquist to fill the position created by the departure of board member Pat Callahan, who resigned in July after 15 months.

    Five people submitted their names for consideration after Callahan announced he was resigning to move to Slovakia, where his wife, Julie, was being sent on a year-long foreign assignment for IBM.

  • Deck collapse injures 12 on Lookout Mountain

    A deck collapsed at a home on Lookout Mountain on Saturday afternoon, leaving 12 people injured, at least two of them seriously.

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office said the second-floor deck fell about 4 p.m. at a home on Lamb Lane where a barbecue was being held.

    Reports indicated more than 20 people were on the deck when it collapsed without warning.

    The injured were taken to area hospitals.

  • 3 arrested in slaying of man whose body was found on Lookout Mountain

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people in connection with the slaying of a man whose body was found last week on Lookout Mountain, and authorities are looking for a fourth suspect.

    Sheriff’s investigators on Tuesday arrested Tina Moya, 39, Raul Nunez-Soto, 46, and a female juvenile, 17, in the fatal stabbing of Denver resident Richard Limon, 69.

  • County commissioners don’t reject short-term rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners rejected Aug. 23 the county planning commission’s recommendation against allowing short-term vacation rentals.
    The issue is being sent back to the planning commission and will likely be heard at its Oct. 5 hearing. The commission is now being asked to develop a definition of short-term rentals and edit the county planning staff’s revision to the zoning resolution.

  • Man found dead on Lookout Mountain was stabbed

    A man found dead last week on Lookout Mountain was stabbed to death, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, confirming that the case is being investigated as a homicide.

    The body of Denver resident Richard Limon, 69, was slumped over a guardrail Aug. 17 when it was spotted by two bicyclists who had stopped to rest along Lariat Loop Road.

    The Jefferson County coroner completed an autopsy of Limon’s body last week.

  • Conifer Library supporters make case against closure

    Conifer Library supporters made a case at the Aug. 18 library board meeting against closing the community’s branch library, saying only trivial savings would result from the closure.

    But the board has a limited number of options in crafting a perpetually unsustainable budget, nearly all of which will result in some form of decreased services.