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  • Inmate shot, killed by deputy during alleged escape attempt

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A Jeffco inmate who died Oct. 11 after being shot by a deputy during an alleged escape attempt while at a medical imaging center in Golden was identified Wednesday as 28-year-old Jesus Aguilar.

    Aguilar was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he was pronounced dead. The deputy, who has not been identified, fired one shot, a spokesman for the Golden Police Department said.

    The shooting occurred at 11:40 a.m., sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • EChO needs donations of food, personal items

    Evergreen Christian Outreach is in the business of giving hope.

    The organization, which helps the area’s needy, provides food, clothes, school supplies and firewood, and assistance with rent, utility bills and child care. The number of families in need has doubled since 2008 when the economy went south, according to Sharon Smith, EChO’s executive director. EChO helped 435 households between January and August 2011. Of those, 108 were new families.

  • Library board’s deliberations a closed book

    By Emile Hallez and Doug Bell

    Staff Writers

    The Jeffco library board is playing fast and loose with the state’s Open Meetings Law, possibly committing several violations in two recent executive sessions.

    Several provisions of the law, which restricts closed-door discussions by public bodies to specific topics named in advance, appear to have been breached:

    • The board appeared to offer the library system’s executive director position to a candidate on the phone without ever taking a public vote to make the job offer.

  • Grade-school parents warned about dangers of Internet, cell phones

    Parents of elementary school students need to keep track of their children’s activities on the Internet because even kids that young are falling prey to online sexual predators, two Jefferson County investigators said.

    More elementary-school-age children are becoming victims of sexual predators because more of them have cell phones and frequent social networking sites, said Mike Harris, an investigator with the Jeffco district attorney’s Child Sexual Offender Internet Investigations Unit.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    When the Vatican says ‘move,’ just move

  • Demolition begins on Lake Park rehab project

    After a couple of years in the concept stage, demolition work has begun on the Evergreen Lake Park renovation project.

    Groundbreaking was expected to start the by the end of the week of Oct. 10, and a completion date is anticipated before Christmas.

    The entire project is now expected to cost about $230,000, not including the resurfacing of the asphalt parking lot, which has been broken out as a separate project that will possibly include the city of Denver as a partner.

  • Gerou to represent three new counties in revamped HD 25

    Being the elected state representative from House District 25 has meant understanding the people of Jefferson County since the '70s. Now it means courting the people of Park, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties as well — a total population of about 78,000 constituents.

    On Sept. 19 the Colorado Reapportionment Commission approved a legislative-district map that puts four counties in HD 25 instead of one. If the map is allowed to stand by the state Supreme Court, Evergreen will be part of a multi-county district for the first time in years.

  • Neighbors weigh in on rezoning bid for Albertsons building

     

    Neighbors at a community meeting Oct. 6 questioned the prospect of allowing outdoor storage at the empty Albertsons supermarket building but were sympathetic to the need to lift the 20,000-square-foot size restriction on future tenants.

    There are no users under contract, and the building has been vacant for three years since the supermarket closed.

    About 25 people attended the gathering Oct. 6 in the lobby of the empty Stagecoach Boulevard store. There were about 10 too many people for the number of folding chairs set up in the drafty space.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A rather expensive free ride

  • Ethics panel’s staff releases report on McCasky probe

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission on Monday released its staff report in the investigation of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky’s hiring by the Jefferson Economic Council.

    The four-page report, which provides a timeline of events and notes about interviews with subpoenaed witnesses, can be viewed via a posting by Colorado Ethics Watch at http://crew.3cdn.net/963a1cfe38a66a78fd_7rm6iixx0.pdf.