Douglas County sheriff briefs


Fire restrictions in place

Forget the personal fireworks and open burning: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for unincorporated Douglas County.

Sheriff David A. Weaver enacted the restrictions on June 10.

Allowable activities include fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas and fires within wood-burning stoves within buildings only.

Tiki torches and patio fire pit fires are also allowed on residential properties if they are supervised by a person at least 18 years of age.  

Also allowed are professional fireworks displays, fire suppression or fire department training fires, and small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits not to exceed four feet.

Fires in rock fire rings are not allowed, as rock rings are considered temporary.

Violations are punishable by up to a $1,000 fine. For more information, go to

Department frosted about cake

On June 1, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of criminal mischief on Acres Green Drive, near the intersection with Maximus Drive. There was a DCSO speed trailer parked on Acres Green Drive that had cake smeared all over the speed indicator, preventing drivers from reading their respective speeds.

The indicator appeared undamaged. There are no leads in this cake … or case.

Suitcase stolen from car

A resident of the 900 block of Summer Drive in Highlands Ranch placed a packed suitcase in his car about 9 p.m. on June 3, and about 8 a.m. the following day noticed that his doors were unlocked, a window in the vehicle was slightly cracked and the suitcase — containing clothes, sunglasses and medication — had been taken. He believed he had locked his car and left his windows up the night before, but there was no obvious damage to the car or signs of forced entry.

Valor hit with graffiti again

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of criminal mischief at 9:45 p.m. June 6 at Valor Christian High School, where they noticed silver spray-painted graffiti on the northwest building of the school 18 inches in height and 42 inches long. The message, painted four feet up from the ground, said: “If love is a bridge, we built it wrong.”

Back on April 13, deputies had assisted fire personnel in putting out a fire in a trashcan near one of the dugouts at the school’s softball field and also took note of multiple derogatory messages written on the dugout walls in chalk, which were pro-Satan and anti-Valor in nature. There are no leads in either case.

Car cleaned inside and out

A customer at a car wash in the 800 block of West Happy Canyon Road in Castle Pines dropped her car off to be cleaned about 2 p.m. June 9, and went to get her nails done at a salon in the same strip mall while it was being cleaned.

When she returned to pick her vehicle up one hour after dropping it off she discovered her iPhone had been taken from inside the car. Employees at the car wash denied taking the phone or any other items from the car.


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