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boul­der county» Five teens from 14 to 17 have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with bur­glar­ies of mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries in Boul­der County. They are sus­pected of sim­i­lar crimes at dis­pen­saries across the state.

The five face counts of mar­i­juana dis­tri­bu­tion, sec­ond-de­gree bur­glary, at­tempted bur­glary, theft, crim­i­nal mis­chief, ag­gra­vated mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft, pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun by a ju­ve­nile and first-de­gree crim­i­nal tres­pass across ju­ris­dic­tions.

Be­cause they are be­ing charged as ju­ve­niles, their names have not been re­leased.

They are sus­pected of rob­bing mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries be­tween May and Oc­to­ber in un­in­cor­po­rated Boul­der County.

Each time, glass­ware or mar­i­juana was stolen and prop­erty was dam­aged. In to­tal, the teens are sus­pected of steal­ing 40 to 50 pounds of mar­i­juana worth $47,000 to $82,000 and $2,000 of glass­ware.

They are ac­cused of caus­ing $13,000 dam­age.

The teens are also sus­pected in sim­i­lar bur­glar­ies at dis­pen­saries across the state.

Dur­ing the last bur­glary, a stolen ve­hi­cle with a stolen gun in­side was found on a nearby street, lead­ing to a break in the case.

Santa’s civil­ian helpers come through af­ter dire warn­ing from Toys for Tots. Coloradans have

come out in force, stock­ing the 17,000-square-foot Toys for Tots Den­ver ware­house with so many toys that the Marine Corps Re­serve char­ity can ac­cept no more do­na­tions.

Sgt. Jon Kilpela said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is “swamped with toys,” in stark con­trast from last week, when he said the pro­gram had re­ceived about 100,000 re­quests for toys but was only able to fill 10,000.

More than 47,000 re­quests and have been filled so far, he said.

Po­lis pledges to sup­port Mus­lims B

fort collins» A Colorado con­gress­man has pledged to sup­port Mus­lim cit­i­zens amid fears about fu­ture poli­cies that may be cre­ated by Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

The Re­porter-Her­ald re­ports that U.S. Rep. Jared Po­lis, a Demo­crat, on Tues­day met with of­fi­cials at the Is­lamic Cen­ter for Fort Collins, where he spoke to mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion about their con­cerns about the fu­ture pres­i­dent, in­clud­ing those about a Mus­lim registry.

Po­lis, who is Jewish, said Tues­day that he would op­pose any faith-based registry.

If one were cre­ated, he said, he would reg­is­ter him­self as Mus­lim as an act of civil dis­obe­di­ence.

Cou­ple get late-fall visit from bear B

colorado springs» John Grewe was sur­prised to dis­cover a black bear on his back porch last week — scarf­ing seeds from bird feed­ers the day be­fore a win­ter storm slammed into Colorado.

He grabbed his cam­era and snapped photos as the 120-pound bear am­bled around the rail­ing. Stand­ing in the cold, a thought came: Shouldn’t the bear be sleep­ing?

Kyle David­son of Colorado Parks and Wildlife said most of Colorado’s bears are hi­ber­nat­ing and will stay in their dens un­til April or May. But a few might still be hun­gry.

“It’s not un­com­mon for bears to be ac­tive in par­tic­u­lar ar­eas and neigh­bor­hoods year-round,” David­son said. “When their nat­u­ral food source dies off, they know it’s time to go in.

But if they live by a neigh­bor­hood where they have ac­cess to food, some of them will keep com­ing

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