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Today's News

  • Alberga’s sentencing delayed a third time

    The sentencing hearing was postponed a third time for the second suspect accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

    Daniel Alberga faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, two prior sentencing hearings were delayed while Alberga was screened for community corrections. He is now scheduled to be sentenced 8 a.m. April 18.

  • Arrest made in connection with Brinson's death

    An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson, a Littleton man who hadn’t been seen since January. 

    Blake Quinlan was being held in the Sherman County Jail in Texas on unrelated charges, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to Jeffco on Thursday and booked into the Jeffco Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. 

  • Deputies crack down on drivers without seat belts

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies were set up at various locations in Evergreen and Conifer last week in an effort to get more drivers to wear seat belts.

    The effort to increase seat belt usage in rural areas was funded by a grant, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Statistics show that in 2018, 86 percent of Colorado drivers wore seat belts, which is below the national average of 90 percent. In addition, 53 percent of the fatalities involved a driver or occupant who wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

  • Rohrer: America is looking for a little respect

    I laughed out loud when I read that a man leading the Alaskan dogsled Iditarod race had his dogs stop pulling after he spoke harshly to one of them. Although he had a significant lead, he lost it because the dogs were upset enough by the man’s actions to refuse to pull the sled. Disrespect one dog and you disrespect all of them.

  • Romberg: More civility and respect needed

    There’s always a tension between the majority and minority in legislative bodies and the minority has limited tools. At the federal level, the fact that most actions of the United States Senate can be stopped unless 60 percent of senators agree for them to move forward is an important tool for incremental change.

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  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office honors deputies in annual awards ceremony

    Most working in law enforcement would tell you they’re not in it for the awards. But courageous acts and hard work are worth recognizing, and that’s what the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office did last month during its annual awards ceremony. 

    More than 50 employees and volunteers with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, as well as local businesses and nonprofit organizations, were honored in a March 7 ceremony at the Wedgewood Weddings venue in Ken-Caryl.

    Deputy Kyle Coburn

  • DECA teaches Conifer students some ‘real world’ skills

    Conifer High School’s DECA program teaches students about business and marketing, but for most, it does a lot more than that. 

    “… It teaches you so much about life,” said Adde Hollander, who is the club’s vice president of public relations. “… More than your math class and English class will.”

    President Reece Miller agreed, noting that she wasn’t sure she wanted to go into business when she first joined the club.

  • Driver in fatal U.S. 285 accident gets 34-year sentence

    The Denver man accused of driving under the influence and killing a 53-year-old motorcyclist in August 2017 will spend 34 years in prison. 

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and driving under the influence on Feb. 20. He received his sentence during a hearing on Friday.

  • Jeffco, Green Tree Metro District working toward settlement

    Though nothing is finalized, Jefferson County is working toward a settlement with Green Tree Metropolitan District so the county can be reimbursed for a $6.4 million loan for construction of the C-470 and Alameda interchange. 

    In part, Green Tree was formed to help finance the interchange, and it entered into an agreement with Carma Lakewood LLC, the predecessor to Solterra, as well as the city of Lakewood and Jefferson County to do so.