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  • Residents urged to maintain septic upkeep

    Jeffco Public Health officials are encouraging mountain area residents with septic systems or onsite wastewater treatment systems to revisit the maintenance of their systems.

    The department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its annual “SepticSmart Week” Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, wherein the EPA and local health departments provide extra outreach and tips for residents who maintain their own septic systems.

  • Marshdale shooting suspect’s arraignment continued

    A man suspected of shooting his tenant at their Marshdale residence on May 20 has had his arraignment continued to October.
    David Donald Claussen, 46, has been charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth.
    Bond was set at $75,000 cash/surety after Claussen’s first court appearance on May 21. He made bond that same day.
    Claussen was scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 10, but it has been continued to 10 a.m. Oct. 22. This will be his first chance to enter a plea.

  • Charges still pending in I-70 crash that killed 2-year old

    Charges are still pending in the case of an August crash on Interstate 70 that killed a 2-year old girl and injured three others.

    According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office, the DA is still waiting for the Colorado State Patrol to present its investigative findings in the case and has yet to decide about filing charges against Samantha Maestas, 28, of Westminster, the driver believed to have caused the accident.

  • Suspect in El Rancho armed robbery still at large

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a male suspect who held up an Evergreen dry cleaning employee at knifepoint a week and a half ago.

    The suspect, who was described as a white male in his 30s, wearing raggedy camouflage clothing, possibly a tan shirt, a black bandana and a black hat, is believed to have entered a drying cleaning business in the 1000 block of El Rancho Road around 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 8, threatened the clerk with a knife and then left — possibly with cash.

  • O’Connor jury trial postponed

    The jury trial for the man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist has been postponed while the defendant undergoes a “mental condition evaluation,” according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Arraignment set for identity theft ring suspects

    Seven of the eight people indicted in August for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area will be arraigned Oct.15.
    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Seven of the eight have been arrested, while one suspect — Faith Knight — remains at large.
    The following individuals have been arrested:
    • Jacob Westfall, 20.
    • Matthew Lane, 42.
    • Michael John Mancuso, 28.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire board president resigns

    Inter-Canyon Fire board president Leslie Caimi resigned in August due to a move to Montrose, and resident Mike Swenson was appointed to replace her during the fire protection district’s Sept. 12 meeting.

    Swenson, an Iowa native, now lives in The Homestead in Morrison with his wife, Jan. The couple both graduated from the University of Missouri, where Swenson studied journalism, and lived for many years in Chicago before moving west.

  • Burgett named interim fire chief at Platte Canyon Fire

    Joe Burgett, Platte Canyon’s longtime assistant fire chief, has been named interim fire chief after the retirement of Mark Wesseldine in July.

    Confirmed at the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District’s monthly board meeting last month, Burgett’s appointment comes after more than 20 years with the department.

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  • Wildfire contained at Staunton State Park

    Firefighters from Elk Creek Fire have contained a small wildfire that burned a half acre at Staunton State Park in Conifer on Saturday afternoon.

    According to Elk Creek Deputy Chief Jacob Ware, the fire was first reported at 2:11 p.m. and was found in an area about 3 miles from the West Meadow Trail. Nine firefighters responded to the fire, which was 100 percent contained as of 7 p.m.

    Ware said that the fire was human-caused, stemming from an illegal campfire started at an illegal campsite in the park, separate from Staunton's official camping sites.