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Friends of teen murder victim celebrate her life with vigil

Friends, fellow students and teachers of a recently slain teen celebrated the girl's life during a candlelight vigil at Mile High Academy in Highlands Ranch on Jan. 16. Mya Pena, 17, was a student at … more

Sheriffs' views vary on Colorado red flag law

Two years and a day after Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish was fatally shot by a mentally ill man, a controversial red flag law named for him went into effect. The state law allows a … more

Family files discrimination complaint against Douglas County School District

A Highlands Ranch family has confirmed it filed a discrimination complaint against the Douglas County School District with the Colorado Division of Civil Rights over the district's medical marijuana … more

Mother who killed her baby gets life in prison

A woman convicted of killing her own newborn child was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at a Nov. 15 hearing. The sentence for Camille Wasinger-Konrad, 25, was mandatory … more

Case moves forward against mom accused of killing child

The Highlands Ranch woman who was recently charged with the murder of her daughter more than two years after the girl's death appeared in a Douglas County courtroom Nov. 1 as a judge heard … more

Second driver sentenced in chase that ended in fatal crash

The second driver in a police chase that ended with a crash that killed two young people was sentenced to three years in prison on Oct. 21. Mario Jose, 25, fled from Douglas County deputies in a … more

Woman suspected of sexual assault in winter shelter

A woman who stayed in a Douglas County winter shelter in December 2018 was arrested this month and charged with sexually assaulting three young boys while there. Brittnie Simmons, 20, had been … more

Two years after child's death, mom charged with murder

A former resident of Highlands Ranch has been arrested and charged with 13 counts in connection with the August 2017 death of her 7-year-old daughter. An 18th Judicial District grand jury returned an … more

So far, more than $70,000 donated to campaigns for Douglas County School Board

Although candidates are distancing themselves from the term “slate" — which has been a popular approach to running for school board in recent elections — three candidates for the Douglas County … more

District attorney urges firm stance on illegal sales of firearms

When it comes to preventing gun violence, the cause hits close to home for District Attorney George Brauchler. Brauchler has watched his 18th Judicial District endure multiple high-profile tragedies … more

Douglas County School District seeks ouster of charter school that has armed staff

A Douglas County charter school that allows staff to carry firearms on campus has been asked to leave the Douglas County School District and is negotiating an agreement to transfer its charter to the … more

Douglas County commissioners: Schools can apply for portion of $10 million to enhance safety

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has confirmed it will allow local schools to suggest how to spend funds the board pledged for school safety through an application process, but the … more

How to help STEM shooting victims

An official fundraising page has been set up for STEM School Highlands Ranch via The Foundation for Douglas County Schools. It can be found at www.coloradogives.org/STEMstrong more

Report finds good variety of senior services, but gaps remain

Throughout recent years, Douglas County has made moves to address projections that the nation's senior population will boom over the next decade. The Partnership of Douglas County Governments (PDCG) … more

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community … more

Coalition focuses on preventing substance abuse among county’s youth

The Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition — which works to prevent substance use among young people — reports to the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative, a partnership of … more

Schools test out cellphone, technology bans

Last year, after seeing students exchanging hurtful messages online, Kendra Hossfeld, principal of North Star Academy in Parker, challenged her eighth-graders to a “detox week” free of device … more

Culture shift affects jail population

Law enforcement and mental health experts point to a culture shift in the approach to mental health treatment in the 1960s for the drastic rise in inmates with mental illness. In 1963, President John … more

‘All of our jails are psychiatric facilities’

At 17 years old, Michael was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He also was battling an addiction to heroin. Through his father’s private insurance, he received treatment and medication for both. In … more

Checkups mean ‘I’m more likely to stay sober’

Wearing an orange T-shirt and pants, Samuel Cardona sat at a round table in a small glass-walled room of the Douglas County jail, as he talked to a reporter. It was an afternoon in January. He had … more
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