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No Injuries in Early Morning Fire At “Uninhabitable” House

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LITTLETON, CO – Investigators are looking into the cause of an early-morning house fire in Littleton of a structure that had been cited for multiple code violations and was deemed “uninhabitable” by the city. No injuries were reported in the fire.

South Metro Fire Rescue responded to the fire at 6:15 a.m. this morning at 7874 South Windermere Circle. The home was significantly damaged, a press release said. SMFR marshals and Littleton Police detectives are conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire.

The City of Littleton released a timeline of the various code violations that had been reported for the property:

Continue reading @Patch.com

 

Project Unsolved: Reward increased for suspects accused of killing Colorado snow plow driver in ’16

in Crime/Local Roundup

LITTLETON, Colo. — Two kids growing up without their father continue to ask more questions about what happened to him. Jaime Villarreal was working a side job to help support his family in March 2016 when he left to plow snow after a storm and never came home.

“My daughter asks every day how come he’s not here, why other kids have their parents and their dad,” said Natasha Espinoza, Villarreal’s fiance.

It’s been three years since his murder and no one has been arrested. His loved ones recently contributed another $1,000 to the Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to a suspect’s arrest, bringing the total to $4,000.

Continue reading on The Denver Channel

Lyft partners with local officials to offer $10 ride credits for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

in Drinking & Dining/Local Roundup

DENVER — St. Patrick’s Day is a perennially popular event in Denver. Following Saturday’s parade, revelry can be found throughout the city, particularly in Lower Downtown.

Authorities are urging people to be safe while celebrating this weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation has partnered with AAA, the city of Denver, the Marijuana Industry Group and Lyft to provide free rides.

The groups are offering a total of $13,500 in free Lyft rides this weekend. People can sign up by taking a pledge through the CDOT website. After signing up, Lyft users will receive a $10 credit through their app. The credit can be used anywhere in Colorado until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Continue Reading @ KDVR

Bill would allow motorcycles to pass through red lights under certain circumstances

in Community/Government/Local Roundup

DENVER — Ever been stuck at a light that won’t change to green?

It often has to do with an underground sensor, which triggers the light when it senses vehicles. The problem, many motorcyclists will tell you, is that the sensor often doesn’t sense motorcycles.

The so-called “inductive loop” sensors run an electrical current underground, which can only be interrupted by a vehicle with a certain metal mass.

“When motorcycles come up to these lights, they don’t have enough metal mass to interrupt the signal underneath to tell the light that they’re there,” said State Senator Rachel Zenzinger, a Democrat from Jefferson County.

Continue reading @ 9 News.com

 

CDOT Answers Your Colorado Traffic Frustrations And Roadway Questions

in Community/Local Roundup

In metro Denver, the average commuter spends 200 hours a year stuck in traffic. And pretty much every Coloradan has an I-70 story.

That may be why so many questions about traffic and highways come in through the CPR News project Colorado Wonders.

CDOT’s chief engineer Josh Laipply answered a semi truck’s worth of questions, ranging from why highway on-ramp lights trigger a drag race to the meaning behind weird road signs across Colorado.

Continue reading @ Colorado Public Radio

Denver rents hold steady in February, up 2.4 percent in the past 12 months

in Community/Local Roundup

DENVER — The cost of renting an apartment in Denver has been essentially unchanged so far in 2019 but it’s still more expensive now than it was a year ago.

Median prices stayed at $1,060 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,340 for a two-bedroom apartment in February, according to the latest data from rental listing website ApartmentList.

While those numbers are unchanged from January, they’re 2.4 percent higher than the same time last year.

Continue reading at the source: The Denver Channel

Reports of injuries pile up at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, State confirms ongoing investigation

in Business/Local Roundup

LITTLETON, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials confirmed Wednesday there is an active investigation involving SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium that was initiated following dozens of complaints.

Denver7 obtained documents from the state showing at least 30 reports of injuries at the aquarium from June of 2018 through January of this year.

The injuries range from minor scratches to other cases that appear to be more serious. SeaQuest is required to self-report any injuries to the state as a part of a requirement to maintain its current license.

Continue reading at the source: The Denver Channel

South Denver metro area braces for potential flight-path changes

in Community/Local Roundup

Disruptions to daily life and disturbances to the environment are among the consequences south metro-area mayors fear could land on their cities if a federal plan to reroute airplane traffic is implemented as it has appeared so far.

“People want go to our parks and have a picnic lunch, or read a book under a tree,” said Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman, who said residents could have to react to quality-of-life changes. “The community isn’t equipped to deal with that.”

The Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen project — an effort to increase safety and efficiency of air transportation across the country — began in 2007 and is expected to be largely in place by 2025. The FAA tags it as “one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in U.S. history.”

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