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  • Sichting sentenced to 10 months in assault, kidnapping case

    Wynn Ray Sichting, the Conifer man accused of beating and imprisoning his 21-year old nephew in a metal shipping container last year, was sentenced Thursday morning to 10 months in jail and four years probation after pleading guilty in August to one felony count of second-degree assault, one felony count of second-degree kidnapping and one misdemeanor count of theft.

    Sichting, who was originally slated to stand trial this month on more than a dozen felony counts associated with the case — including first-degree attempted murder — faced up to 12 years in prison.

  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide in Morrison

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death at a Morrison residence as a homicide.

    According a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a home in the 5200 block of Pintail Court in Morrison around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday after receiving reports of a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, they found an adult female who had been shot. The female, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, has not been identified pending notification of family.

  • Ultra-runner sacrifices success to help competitor

    Kindness can be found in unusual places.

    Steven Palmer of Evergreen, an ultra-runner, decided to stop while in the 96th mile of the 104-mile Run Rabbit Run ultra-marathon in Steamboat Springs in September to help another runner who had shin splints so bad that he couldn’t walk.

    Steven knew he probably wouldn’t make the next checkpoint to continue the race anyway — a requirement for ultra-marathons — but he decided to ensure that result by stopping to help, making sure the other racer got the medical attention he needed.

  • Slick roads lead to multiple accidents on U.S. 285

    Slick and icy roads were to blame for multiple crashes on U.S. 285 on Wednesday morning, including a multi-car pileup involving two RTD buses.

    According to Colorado State Patrol, the call about the accident, which involved seven vehicles and happened on southbound U.S. 285 near South Turkey Creek Road, came in just after 7 a.m. There were a total of 30 passengers on the two RTD buses, but there were no injuries.

  • Three-vehicle accident causing traffic delays near Turkey Creek Canyon

    A multi-vehicle accident on southbound U.S. 285 is causing traffic delays near Turkey Creek Canyon.

    According to State Trooper Gary Cutler, the crash was reported at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on southbound U.S. 285 at the RTD Park-n-Ride at mile marker 245 and involved three vehicles. 

    As of 5 p.m., Cutler did not know how many people were involved in the accident or if there were injuries. While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, Cutler said heavy fog in the area may have been a factor.

  • Officials cite work being done on justice center

    According to information presented in a Oct. 2 county commissioners meeting, there were 456 reported cases of felony domestic violence in 2017.

    That is a 28 percent increase since 2016.

    “We’ve got much more work to do,” said Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir regarding the statistics.

  • Morrison walking tour points out local haunts, legends

    Ever walk the streets of Morrison at night and feel like you’re not quite alone?
    That’s probably because you’re not, as local legends and stories say that the ghosts of former Morrison residents frequently spend their days — or nights, rather — visiting their old haunts.
    Joel Chihart, who runs the Morrison Ghosts & Legends Tour, said that, given the 430-some residents and the numerous buildings in town that are supposedly haunted, he likes to call Morrison the most haunted town per capita.

  • Morrison noise ordinance outlines permitting process for amplified sound

    Morrison Town Board approved a new ordinance that outlines a permitting process for those who want to “amplify sound at a stationary source.”

    The ordinance will mostly affect Morrison residents who wish to have a party or event with amplified sound that exceeds what is currently allowed by the town’s noise regulations, according to Town Manager Kara Winters and Town Attorney Gerald Dahl. The ordinance outlines a process for receiving a permit to do so and is not for enforcement.

  • CFF awards grants for community wellness

    Over the past two years, the Community First Foundation awarded $1.75 million in grants to various Jefferson County organizations working to improve community wellness.

    According to its website, the Arvada-based nonprofit works to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County by helping donors and nonprofits join forces.

    “Investing in the health of Jefferson County is really important,” said Beth McConkey, director of communications with Community First.

  • News briefs

    Soldier Box donations being accepted
    It’s time again to start collecting donations for Soldier Boxes.
    The boxes, which are shipped to soldiers overseas during the holidays, are the pet project of Gail Sharp, owner of TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon. She’s on a mission to fill 250 boxes, which will provide travel-size toiletries and other items to 2,500 soldiers. Each box contains 10 of everything. Last year, the effort filled 227 boxes.