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Judge rules for neighbors in Wright Street dispute with City Hall

“The land at issue was park land or open space, and it is undisputed that the land has been used as open space and park land since the lots around it were developed in the 1970s and 1980s.” – District Judge Margie Enquist

Ward 4 Council race sets record as City’s most costly per vote

Candidates Betty Boyd and Dave Wiechman together raised and spent more than $40,000 in November’s Ward 4 council race. Boyd’s also spent $2,500 on unspecified credit card expenditures.

Victims of fatal C-470 collision identified, investigation continues

Denver woman and her 8-year-old daughter killed in Monday’s accident. Another daughter, who is 10, was injured and hospitalized after the two-car collision and roll-over.

Council opposes impound intitiative on November’s ballot

Council goes on record against proposal that would require seizure of any vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver. Police say it would require more staff and raises too many questions.

Neighborhood preservation leads way in 2010 citizen survey

Respondents urge retention and recruitment of small businesses but more than half don’t recognize the names of elected city leaders. The survey also finds considerable dissatisfaction with the way tax dollars are spent.

Report of possible gun-toting man puts Alameda High on lockdown

Report of possible gun-toting man puts Alameda High on lockdown

Student told the school resource officer he saw man with what appeared to be a handgun. Police searched the campus for hours without turning up anything suspicious by mid-afternoon although the search was continuing.

Liquor store clerk gets stretch in jail after again selling booze to a teen

Liquor store clerk gets stretch in jail after again selling booze to a teen

Van Thien Pham, who already was on probation for selling liquor to a teen involved in a fatal car accident when he was snared in a police sting at a Lakewood liquor store, faces 42 months behind bars.

Annual DA’s Safety Fair helps folks safeguard their homes, health

Annual DA's Safety Fair helps folks safeguard their homes, health

Everything from crime prevention to health concerns were addressed at Saturday’s Safety Fair. An expected 1,000 people picked up information on avoiding Internet crime and identity theft, as well as other family issues.

Foothills Animal Shelter opens in grand style at Jeffco Fairgrounds

Foothills Animal Shelter opens in grand style at Jeffco Fairgrounds

New, more animal- and community-friendly animal shelter celebrates move with a party for its friends, patrons and critters. The shelter doubled its number of intakes in its first weeks at the new site.

Police say kindergarten girl had no idea gun was in backpack

Girl’s father faces charges after his loaded, small-caliber handgun was found by a teacher in his daughter’s backpack in a classroom at Mulholm Elementary School Wednesday afternoon.

City Council sends impound initiative to November ballot

Voters will determine whether Lakewood police should be required to seize vehicles operated by unlicensed drivers. Opponents of the initiative say it will handcuff police and increase the cost of public safety operations.

Kids flock to West Metro’s 17th annual Family Fire Muster

Kids flock to West Metro's 17th annual Family Fire Muster

West Metro’s annual free family event draws thousands to fun, games, give-aways and the public safety messages that could save lives in the event of an emergency.

Rabid bat found in foothills, prompts warning

Infected bat found on S. Turkey Creek Road had no known contact with humans, but health officials warn county’s residents to avoid bats and make sure pets are vaccinated, secured.

Opponents drop challenge to “impound initiative”

Opponents drop challenge to

If City Council decides to send measure to voters in November, it must act quickly to meet the early September ballot deadline. Plan would require vehicles of unlicensed drivers to be seized.

Ice cream man jailed in suspected sexual assault of child

Ice cream man jailed in suspected sexual assault of child

Police urge anyone with information about the suspected crime, which was reported earlier this month or the suspect, Adolfo Luna-Hernandez, to call Lakewood Police.

Council sends limited Charter change to voters

City Council scraps plan to place all petition-driven ballot measures on November ballots except those scheduled earlier at Council’s discretion. Instead voters will decide whether to double the the City Clerk’s Office processing time.

Children’s advocate gets work-release in theft of funds

Children's advocate gets work-release in theft of funds

Cheryl Fugett, who skipped out on closing arguments and the verdict in her trial in June, was convicted of taking more than $20,000 for her own use, including repairs to her hot tub and pool.

Federal agents arrest Lakewood slaying suspect at border crossing

Suspect faces extradition to Colorado in beating death at victim’s Lakewood home. Another suspect remains jailed without bond and a third faces trial on theft by receiving charges.