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  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run enters not-guilty pleas

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy along I-70 during a March snowstorm pleaded not guilty earlier this week.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, entered innocent pleas to four charges: leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and careless driving resulting in injury.

    District attorney's spokeswoman Pam Russell said Landsperg has a pretrial conference scheduled for early November, and remains free on $10,000 bond.

  • Indian Hills residents hear suggestions from 2015 groundwater study

    Recommendations from the 2015 Indian Hills groundwater study drew mixed reactions last week as representatives of Jeffco Public Health met with the Indian Hills community.

    No final decisions or policies were announced at the town hall meeting last week. Instead, Jeffco officials hoped to share the results of the study and receive feedback from residents in Indian Hills, a community of approximately 1,200 people.

  • Jeffco jail inmate used bedsheet to commit suicide

    A Jeffco jail inmate who committed suicide last week used a bedsheet to hang himself, a Jeffco sheriff’s  spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

    David Little, 40, of Wheat Ridge was booked into the jail on June 28 on suspicion of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree murder, attempted assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault on a child. Little was found unconscious in his cell about 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

  • Residents pore over issues at Coffee with a Cop

    Discussion at Coffee with a Cop in Evergreen on Friday ran the gamut of issues affecting residents — everything from vehicle break-ins to shooting guns on private property.

    The two-hour event was an easy-going sit-down at the Bagelry in Bergen Park with three Jeffco sheriff’s personnel, who answered questions and talked about crime-related issues.

    Jack Wolfe and Ken Carlson, who live in the Troutdale subdivision, attended to learn about issues facing Evergreen.

  • County commissioners review proposed 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

  • Cemetery tour to return for second year

    Mix one part local history with one part genealogy and a dash of fear, and you’ll get the recipe for a little fun.

    The Conifer Historical Society’s annual historical cemetery tour returns for a second year this weekend, and, according to Suzi Morris, president of the society, the tour comes with a bigger history component this year.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    School district lands thousands for lead testing

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has awarded Jeffco Public Schools $10,528 to test the district’s drinking water for lead over the 2016-17 school year.

  • Express lane improves summer travel times

    The eastbound express lane on I-70 from Empire through Idaho Springs was a benefit to travelers in its first summer, state officials report.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the toll lane’s added capacity led to a 38 percent improvement in travel times.

  • Hitchhiker accused of pulling gun on motorist is arrested

    A hitchhiker who is accused of pulling a gun on a driver in Evergreen was arrested Wednesday morning.

    Steven Garcia, 25, of Denver is facing charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and menacing, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said a motorist stopped about 9:55 a.m. to pick up a hitchhiker near the intersection of Brook Forest and Blue Creek roads. The motorist told deputies that he stopped because the hitchhiker was carrying a lot of items.

  • Inmate dies at Jeffco jail

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail died Wednesday after being found unresponsive, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies began CPR and called for additional medical assistance after finding inmate David Little unresponsive and with a ligature around his neck at 4 p.m., the release said. Little was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m.