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  • Authorities: Pais died by suicide same day she arrived

    The Florida woman believed to have been a threat to the community died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound the same day she arrived in Denver, authorities have confirmed.

  • Indian Hills Fire trains for mass casualty incident

    A cold, foggy morning made the perfect backdrop for a grim emergency rescue training exercise.

    The training, held Saturday in the field across Parmalee Gulch Road from Indian Hills Fire Rescue, was meant to simulate a mass casualty. There was a school bus, borrowed from Jeffco Public Schools, a group of “injured” Cub Scouts and neighborhood kids, a team of Indian Hills firefighters and paramedics, and dozens of parents watching.

  • Hiwan Hills property owner withdraws lot application

    A hearing to decide whether to remand a case back to the Jeffco Planning Commission ended in the applicant withdrawing his proposal altogether.

  • Suspect charged with first-degree murder in Brinson's death

    The man arrested last week in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson has been charged with first-degree murder.

    Blake Alan Quinlan, 18, was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on April 4. He is being held without bond and will return to court for a May 6 hearing in which a preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

  • Firefighters aid deer who fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen firefighters made a water rescue at Evergreen Lake Saturday morning — not of a person or a pet, but a young deer.

    The deer fell through the ice on the southeast end of the lake above the dam, and a woman who was jogging around the lake at about 7:30 a.m. called 911. About 15 firefighters responded, with two putting on their ice-rescue gear to climb into the frigid water to help the wild animal.

  • County dollars secured for PorchLight Family Justice Center

    Jefferson County will officially provide funds for PorchLight Family Justice Center after the center successfully raised more than $100,000 in a little more than a month.

    During a staff briefing in February, the county committed to match funds up to $250,000 if PorchLight received at least $100,000 in funding from a number of potential sources by April. District Attorney Pete Weir and others associated with the project attended an April 9 staff briefing to share that the goal had been met.

  • News Briefs

    Fire guts Aspen Park home
    Firefighters from three mountain-area fire departments spent hours Friday night putting out a blaze that destroyed a home in Aspen Park.
    According to Elk Creek FIre Protection District, when firefighters arrived on scene at 25758 Rea Avenue, a few miles east of JJ Madwells, they found about 50 percent of the house on fire. The home eventually was a total loss, but there were no injuries.
    The call came in at 10:15 p.m. A cause is still under investigation.

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  • Elk Creek Fire looks to halt Conifer development until fees established

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is asking the Jefferson County commissioners for a moratorium on new development in Conifer — at least until it can establish an impact fee agreement for developers.

    “The developer would pay into a fund that would just be dedicated for … purchasing fire engines or stations or things that are needed as you grow. So that the existing people that live here don’t have to pay for … the impacts of the new development,” said Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin.

  • Driver gets four years for crash that killed Hern

    For the Hern family of Evergreen, April 4 marked a new chapter in the story of their grief. That’s because Daltyn Hollon, 21, was sentenced to four years in prison. 

    Hollon was sentenced for a Jan. 20, 2018, one-car accident on Highway 74 where he was driving between 65 and 80 mph in El Rancho when the speed limit is 40 mph. Rachel Hern, who was in the car when Hollon lost control, was ejected and later died from her injuries.