Local News

  • Sheriff’s deputy shoots fleeing suspect in South Jeffco

    By Ramsey Scott

    Staff Writer

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot a fleeing suspect and a K-9 unit bit the man late Friday at a South Jeffco shopping center.

    The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. outside Governor’s Plaza Shoes & Service. The suspect, Michael Manaois, 38, sustained two gunshot wounds and was taken to Swedish Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Longtime board member steps down at Inter-Canyon Fire

    A longtime board member for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District has stepped down to spend more time with his family.

    Joseph Marcus, who has served on the board for more than 40 years, resigned at a Dec. 9 meeting. Marcus said he has 20 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    “There’s a bunch of them, and when you get to be close to 78 years old, it’s like, ‘What the hell am I doing? …’ ” he said. “I am 77-and-a-half years old, and it’s about time to go.”

  • I-70 traffic flows freely as toll lane debuts

    The eastbound peak-period toll lane on Interstate 70 made its long-awaited debut Sunday, and returning skiers found the traffic flow smooth and steady throughout the day.

  • Fire prevention gets tech savvy with new tablets

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District has used an anonymous $6,000 donation to buy three tablets for its fire marshals.

    “Out in the field they will be able to have access to databases and software," Fire Chief Mike Weege said. "They won’t have to take notes on paper and then spend a full day in the office entering the information.”

  • CDOT to waive tolls for opening of new peak-period lane this weekend

    Tolls will be waived this weekend during the opening of the new eastbound peak-period toll lane on Interstate 70.

    "The date has not yet been determined when tolling will start," said CDOT spokeswoman Megan Castle. "CDOT is opening the express lane and waiving tolls in order to allow the public to learn how to use the lane and while additional testing is being completed."

  • School board to get sunshine-law training — in secret

    Jeffco’s five new school board members will take about two hours at their next meeting to hear legal advice on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public officials.”

    The sunshine-law training will be held behind closed doors in an executive session.

  • District to hire communications director

    Jeffco Public Schools is in the process of hiring a new communications director, a move schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee delayed for several months during the run-up to the election.

  • Securities commissioner rejects recommendation absolving church pastor

    Colorado’s securities commissioner has reached a mixed decision in the administrative case examining whether a former Conifer-area pastor accused of securities fraud should be banned from selling securities in the state.

    Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome rejected a recommendation in favor of former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire from a panel of state Securities Board members who heard several hours of testimony.

  • Area park organizations request grant funding from Jeffco Open Space

    For area park organizations, December is the traditional time to request grant funding from Jeffco Open Space for anticipated projects and improvements in the coming year.

    Representatives from Conifer, Morrison and Evergreen were among those presenting requests at the Dec. 3 meeting of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee.

  • Judge finds probable cause in child-abuse case involving Evergreen couple

    A Jefferson County judge found probable cause last Thursday for the felony child abuse charges an Evergreen couple are facing.

    Jason Matthew Barton, 40, and Katherine Clark Barton, 36, were arrested in June by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office after their 6-year-old daughter reportedly was found to be suffering from long-term malnutrition.