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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Second opinion sought

  • Aspen Park lots rezoned for mini-storage

    The Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning of four lots in Aspen Park to allow for mini-storage.
    According to information provided at last week’s public hearing, three of the four lots that make up the 1.66-acre property located at 9529 Davis Ave. in Conifer were rezoned in 1993 to allow for self-storage. The applicant, Richard Larson, recently proposed rezoning all four lots to allow for self-storage under one official development plan.

  • Comprehensive plan amendment process underway

    Morrison residents at a Sept. 11 community meeting tended to prefer limiting or altogether restricting growth and development in northwest Morrison.

    In a question about whether northwest Morrison is an appropriate location to accommodate growth, 53 percent said no, while 33 percent said yes, if it’s limited.

  • 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.

  • Jeffco eliminating county’s portion of business personal property tax

    Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to eliminate the county’s portion of the business personal property tax, which taxes businesses for goods and products, including equipment.

    The decision will cut nearly $7 million or 1.3 percent of the county’s budget. Commissioners Libby Szabo and Tina Francone — both of whom are business owners — felt strongly in favor of eliminating the tax, while Commissioner Casey Tighe had concerns.

  • 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.

  • 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.