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Jefferson County man charged with 34 counts after 17-hour standoff with police
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A Jefferson County man has been charged with 12 counts of attempted first-degree murder after a 17-hour police standoff where he exchanged shots with police. John Cruz Jr. John Cruz Jr., 40, faces 22 other charges in connection with the July 12 incident on 2500 block of Fenton Street. Those additional charges include four counts […]

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Jefferson County middle school assistant principal accused of providing alcohol to underage boy
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An assistant principal at a Jeffco Public Schools middle school has been arrested on suspicion of providing an alcoholic beverage to an underage boy, police said. Michael Pate, 38, was arrested at his Littleton home on Friday morning, according to police. Pate is an assistant principal at Carmody Middle School, 2050 S. Kipling St., Lakewood, […]

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Robber dubbed “Pompom Bandit” hits three Jefferson County banks in one week, FBI says
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The same bank robber struck three times in the past week robbing west-metro banks in Arvada and Lakewood, according to the FBI. The man, who hands a demand note to tellers and flees on foot, has been dubbed the “Pompom Bandit” because of the winter hats he’s worn during robberies. .@FBIDenver, @ArvadaPolice, and the @LakewoodPDCO […]

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Authorities investigate suspicious death after woman’s body found in Jefferson County
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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death after a woman’s body was found Monday morning. The body was discovered around 7 a.m. behind a commercial building in the 4800 block of Ward Road in unincorporated Jefferson County, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Investigators are calling the death suspicious. The […]

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Man sentenced to 192 years in prison for south Jefferson County kidnapping, assault
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A man who strangled a woman from the back seat of a car, while she sat in a front seat, was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County District Court to 192 years in prison. Jeremy Scott Hackbarth, 34, was sentenced after being convicted of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and aggravated motor vehicle theft, according to […]

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Two men sentenced to prison in “brutal, one-sided attack” on man at Jefferson County bar
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Two men who brutally assaulted a man who was with his young daughter at a Jefferson County bar last year have been sentenced to prison. Joel Wilson, left, and Devon Premer Joel Michael Wilson, 32, and Devin Lee Premer, 24, were sentenced to six and five years in prison, respectively, on Friday. Wilson pleaded guilty Nov. […]

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Woman panics, makes break through ceiling at Jefferson County jail
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A woman who had just been released from the Jefferson County jail told deputies she was having a psychotic episode before she climbed out of a women’s bathroom and dropped through the ceiling and into the jail’s lobby in November. Jessica Leger The woman, 29-year-old Jessica Leger, caused about $400 damage during her climb out […]

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Female Jefferson County jail inmate escapes in RTD bus while being transferred
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A 33-year-old female inmate escaped early Wednesday while she was being transferred from the Jefferson County Jail to a Denver detention facility and then made her get away in an RTD bus, officials say. Leigha Bowie was booked into jail on Oct. 22 on various charges including second-degree assault and theft. All but a menacing […]

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Foul odor from car trunk in Jefferson County leads to body discovery
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A suspicious death investigation is underway in Jefferson County where deputies on Thursday, in heinous heat, found a body in the trunk of a car. “The smell was enough for us to get a search warrant,” said Mark Techmeyer, a sheriff’s spokesman. Deputies were called about 2:30 p.m. to 3505 S. Nelson Circle, the Whisper […]

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Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatal DUI crash in Jefferson County
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First Judicial District Attorney Ah Jung A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for vehicular homicide involving a DUI crash in Jefferson County that killed an 85-year-old man. Ah Jung also will serve five years of probation when his prison sentence is completed, according to the district attorney’s office. Jung was […]

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Jefferson County inmates give back to community by making pet beds for homeless animals
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Every month, the Jefferson County Jail threw away about $5,000 worth of worn out inmate uniforms, bed sheets, pillow cases and other everyday linens. Then, last fall, staff members came up with an eco-friendly way to recycle the cloth: They’re turning it into pet beds. Jail employees continually search for ways to keep inmates busy. […]

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