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COUNTY» A ju­ve­nile DOU­GLAS with a loaded gun was ar­rested Tues­day on the grounds of Cha­parral High School. The school re­source of­fi­cer re­sponded to a “sus­pi­cious sub­ject” about 2:15 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the Dou­glas County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. The ju­ve­nile walked away from the of­fi­cer but was re­strained. Af­ter be­ing taken into cus­tody, a hand­gun, stolen in Pue­blo, was found in the ju­ve­nile’s back­pack. The sus­pect, who is not a Cha­parral stu­dent, was taken to the Ju­ve­nile As­sess­ment Cen­ter in Cen­ten­nial. Charges are pend­ing.

Poet whose book on so­cial jus­tice and racism an­chored a city read­ing ini­tia­tive will host a talk with Han­cock.

The sixweek Den­ver Talks pro­gram cul­mi­nates Wed­nes­day night with a free pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion be­tween poet Clau­dia Rank­ine and Mayor Michael Han­cock.

The city­wide ini­tia­tive dis­trib­uted more than 1,600 free copies of Rank­ine’s book “Cit­i­zen: An Amer­i­can Lyric.”

“Cit­i­zen,” pub­lished in 2014, has won awards in­clud­ing the Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle Award in Po­etry and the 2015 PEN Open Book Award. Rank­ine teaches at Yale Univer­sity and is the re­cip­i­ent of the MacArthur Fel­low­ship.

The pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion Wed­nes­day at the Boettcher Con­cert Hall, on 14th and Champa streets, is free, but at­ten­dees are asked to RSVP on­line. The link to regis­ter is avail­able un­der Up­com­ing Events on Den­verTalks.org. Doors open at 6 p.m. The con­ver­sa­tion is sched­uled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Driver who died in rearend traf­fic crash is iden­ti­fied.

LAKE­WOOD» A driver who died in a six-ve­hi­cle crash Mon­day morn­ing has been iden­ti­fied. Anna Huff­man, 43, was driv­ing a mini­van when it was rearended by a black Ford pickup, ac­cord­ing to Lake­wood po­lice. The crash, which in­volved six ve­hi­cles, hap­pened about 7:15 a.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of West Alameda Av­enue and Oak Street. Five west­bound ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing the mini­van, were stopped at a red light when the chain-re­ac­tion col­li­sion hap­pened, po­lice said. A young boy in the van, the only pas­sen­ger, was taken to Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Aurora. The driver of the Ford truck was taken to a hos­pi­tal. That driver was not iden­ti­fied.

Steam­boat pot sales on track to ex­ceed $10 mil­lion in 2017.

Steam­boat Springs mar­i­juana sales are on track to sur­pass $10 mil­lion this year. But for the first time, two con­sec­u­tive months have shown only sin­gle-digit in­creases over the pre­vi­ous year. Sales were up 9 per­cent in Au­gust and 5 per­cent in Septem­ber over the same months in 2016. Steam­boat mar­i­juana store own­ers be­lieve sales even­tu­ally will sta­bi­lize. The ques­tion is when will it hap­pen? “We’re go­ing to see a plateau at some point,” Rocky Moun­tain Reme­dies coowner Kevin Fisher said. So far this year, mar­i­juana sales at Steam­boat’s three busi­nesses are up 14 per­cent over 2016 with a to­tal of $9,383,275. In 2016, to­tal sales were up 18 per­cent over 2015.

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