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Stabbing at apartment complex

Three people were stabbed — one fatally — early Sunday morning in Lakewood.

At around 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, Lakewood police responded to a disturbance call in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 285 S. Jay St. When officers arrived at the scene they found three people had been stabbed.

One of the victims sustained relatively minor injuries, but the two others were taken to local hospitals. One of the victims — a male in his mid twenties — died of his injuries. The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

Police have a juvenile male in custody in regards to the incident. Detectives are investigating what, if any, relationship the victim had with the suspect and what started the altercation.

Lakewood police officers ride to remember Davies

On Monday, April 22, members of the Lakewood Police joined others from Aurora, Denver and Englewood on a 50-mile bike ride in memory of officers killed in the line of duty in 2012.

Lakewood officers will be riding in honor of Agent James Davies, who died on Nov. 9, 2012, when we was mistakenly shot by a fellow officer.

The riders stopped at each city’s police station to present a $5,000 check to the family members of the fallen officers.

Kerr moves three bills through the Senate

Sen. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) was able to move three bills through the state Senate on April 19 and onto the House for consideration and concurrence on amendments.

SB13-224 passed 26-to-9 and establishes a Protect Our Rivers license plate, which would raise $25 per plate sold for Colorado Trout Unlimited.

HB13-1135 passed 20-to-15 and allows for 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. The registration becomes active when they turn 18.

HB13-1119 passed 32-to-3 and allows U.S. veterans to have a veteran identifier on their driver’s licenses at no cost.

House approves Tyler’s
SBDC funding bill

On April 17 the House approved Rep. Max Tyler’s (D-Lakewood) bill to increase funding for Small Business Development Centers.

HB13-1002 was sent to the Senate with a 41-22 vote.

It will increase annual funding to $300,000 for the SBDC system.

The SBDC program matches federal dollars to provide coaching and consultation to startup companies needing help with such basics as writing a business plan and securing capital.

The idea is to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses that are successful.

In 2012 there was $85,000 spent on Colorado’s 14 SBDCs.

Lakewood giving away mulch

The City of Lakewood is giving away free mulch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Lakewood Greenhouse, 9556 W. Yale Ave.

Both fine and course mulch will be available for pick up as long as supplies last.

Forestry staff will be on hand to assist with loading the material, and residents are welcome to take as much as they can use.

For more information, contact the Urban Parks Division’s office at 720-963-5240.