Posted 6/4/13

Man dies in custody An uncooperative and suicidal 55-year-old man stopped breathing and was later pronounced dead, after being taken into custody …

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Man dies in custody

An uncooperative and suicidal 55-year-old man stopped breathing and was later pronounced dead, after being taken into custody June 2.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a 55 year-old man who was reportedly under the influence of drugs, and making suicidal statements at a Conifer residence, shortly before 7 a.m. The reporting party was the man’s brother, who stated the man was wandering around the property and carrying a gun. 

According to the Sheriff’s department, when the deputies contacted the man, they were able to determine the gun he was carrying was a BB gun. The man refused deputies instructions to drop the BB gun, and deputies deployed a Taser to subdue the man and take him into custody.

While escorting the man to a patrol car, deputies determined he was having difficulty breathing. Medical personnel immediately began assessing the man, who subsequently stopped breathing. Life saving measures were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced deceased on scene at 7:57 a.m. The Sheriff’s department Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is reported to be investigating the incident. The man’s identification is pending notification of family members. The cause of death will be determined by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

Shelter Cat Month

Foothills Animal Shelter is offering a special “Pick Your Purrfect Price” promotion for the month of June to celebrate Shelter Cat Month. The shelter will offer any cat, six months of age or older, at whatever price they wish to pay.

The regular adoption process still applies, including the set costs to vaccinate, microchip, health check, and spay/neuter all animals.

Visit to see available cats.

Summer concert series

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) has announced three special concerts for its 2013 summer concert series.

The first performance on July 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. will take place at the Evergreen Music Festival and Art Show.

The program, appropriately titled Salute the Red, White & Blue will feature a variety of patriotic music and American standards to celebrate the holiday.

The JSO concert is the final musical performance of the festival. Admission for the entire day of events including the concerts, art show and kid’s activities is $10 paid at the gate (kids under 12 years of age are free).

For its second concert of the summer season, the JSO will once again join The Queen City Jazz Band for a concert at the Arvada Center amphitheater.

The concert, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. will feature Dixieland jazz as well as American classical pops including selections by John Williams, Aaron Copeland and John Philip Sousa.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 720-898-7200, and by visiting the Arvada Center box office at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada.

For directions and amphitheater policies go to

Ticket prices are Premium Covered $22; Covered $18; GA Lawn $10, GA Lawn Child $5.

The final concert in the JSO Summer Series is a free performance at Parfet Park in Golden on August 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

The JSO will perform its Salute the Red, White & Blue program complete with patriotic marches as well as Aaron Copeland’s Four Dance Episodes from the ballet Rodeo which concludes with the well-known Hoe-Down. In addition, selections from the Broadway musical Oklahoma will be performed. The concert caps off the Golden Fine Arts Festival held over the weekend of August 17-18. 

For more information go to or call 303-278-4237.


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