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Multiple victims in shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, authorities say

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Authorities believe at least two people were injured in a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

A ranking law enforcement source told Denver7 that at least one victim was shot and that one suspect was down. Authorities were looking for two other suspects, the source said.

The sheriff’s office tweeted that the incident was an “unstable situation” at the STEM school, which is located off South Ridgeline Road and Plaza Drive.

Continue reading @ TheDenverChannel.

4 victims killed in fiery crash on I-70 identified

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The four people who were killed in Thursday’s fiery crash on Interstate 70 were identified Sunday evening by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. The victims are:

  • Doyle Harrison, 61, of Hudson, Colorado
  • William Bailey, 67, of Arvada, Colorado
  • Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24, of Denver, Colorado
  • Stanley Politano, 69, of Arvada Colorado

Learn more about the victims in this tragic accident @ 9News.

Sol Pais found dead near base of Mt. Evans ending massive manhunt, sources say

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DENVER — After a massive manhunt along the Front Range and foothills west of Denver, Sol Pais was found dead Wednesday morning near the base of Mt. Evans, according to multiple sources.

The 18-year-old woman from Surfside, Fla. had been wanted by authorities since Tuesday morning after allegedly making “credible” threats toward schools in the Denver metro area. Multiple sources told Denver7 Wednesday morning that she had been found dead around the base of Mt. Evans. The FBI tweeted shortly afterward that there was no longer a threat to the community.

Continue reading @ TheDenverChannel.

All major Denver-area school districts cancel class Wednesday

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DENVER — Several of the state’s largest school districts are canceling class Wednesday in an unprecedented move while law enforcement searches for 18-year-old Sol Pais. She’s accused of making threats to carry out an act of violence against the Denver area.

The cancelations started with Cherry Creek Schools and Douglas County Schools just before midnight Tuesday. Within minutes, several other districts posted their notices including Denver, Aurora, Jefferson County, Douglas County, Englewood, Adams 12, Mapleton, Boulder Valley, and St. Vrain.

Littleton Public Schools is closed as well. See the complete list @ 9News.com

FBI, authorities search for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect after ‘credible threat’ to schools

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Several Jefferson County schools, including Columbine High School, were placed on lockout Tuesday afternoon because of what the sheriff’s office said “appears to be a credible threat.” The FBI and other authorities are looking for an 18-year-old woman who is believed to be connected to the lockouts and who is considered armed and dangerous, according to the FBI.

A Jeffco Public Schools spokesperson said several schools in the Columbine and mountain areas of the district were on lockout at 1 p.m. but said “everyone is safe.” The spokesperson, Diana Wilson, said business was operating as usual within the schools but no one was allowed inside or outside.

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How the relationships between Columbine families have evolved in the 20 years since the shooting

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado — In the post-shooting library at Columbine High School, the crush of media and attention is no surprise to the people impacted 20 years ago.

“My name is Sean Graves and I was shot outside the cafeteria on April 20, 1999,” Graves said. “With the media looking in (20 years ago), this became a glass bowl and as a community, we were looked to and we were asked how do we move forward from this.”

From the injured to the heartbroken to the traumatized, they will all say the reason they can even talk about the tragedy 20 years later is because of each other.

See more of this heartwarming story @ 9News.

Columbine School Shooting Documentary Follows Survivors 20 Years Later

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Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School this month, a new feature documentary revisits the hallways of the Colorado school and explores the topic of school shootings through the experiences of survivors.

We Are Columbine, directed by one such survivor, Laura Farber, will be released in select theaters on April 9 by Virgil Films. It will also be on DVD and video on demand ahead of a streaming engagement on Hulu starting April 15.

Columbine was among the first high-profile cases of mass shootings erupting on a school campus. The heavy burden carried by survivors has returned to the news with two survivors of last year’s Parkland shooting in Florida committing suicide in recent weeks. The father of a young victim of the Sandy Hook tragedy also died by apparent suicide last week.

Continue reading @ Deadline.com

The Post-Columbine Question Remains The Same: Can School Shootings Be Prevented?

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Littleton High School’s resource officer Jason Gallardo walks the hallways, greeting students and talking to them in the cafeteria.

“Hey, D-money, how’s it going? How’s ultimate Frisbee?” he called to one student on a recent day. “Don, you OK?” he asked another.

He does this so he knows the students — and it’s part of his job in threat assessment at the school. He watches out for kids who may be depressed or at risk of harming themselves or may want to harm others.

Continue reading and check out a podcast at Colorado Public Radio.

Chances Are You Live Near A Former Meth Lab In Littleton

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LITTLETON, CO – Methamphetamine, the powerful and highly addictive stimulant that gained national fame with the hit AMC show “Breaking Bad,” is an extremely serious problem in the United States. A 2017 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 5.4 percent of people at least 12 years old had tried meth at least once in their lifetime. That number was 3 percent for adults 18 to 25, and 6.4 percent for adults ages 26 and older.

Those numbers include many individuals from Colorado.

The problem is so widespread that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has tracked addresses where law enforcement agencies reportedly found chemicals or other items suggesting the site is home to either clandestine drug labs or dumpsites. The most recent addresses are several years old, but they show a snapshot of where meth labs have been located in Lakewood.

Continue reading @Patch.com

Arapahoe High School Spanish Teacher Accused Of Sexual Assault On A Child

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Sarah Porter, a Spanish teacher at Arapahoe High School, has been arrested, accused of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. She has been placed on leave.

Porter, 24, is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old student. She was arrested on March 22 on charges of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust and sexual exploitation of children/pornography/obscene material.

She has been teaching Spanish at Arapahoe High School since August 2018. Porter also worked at the school as an assistant volleyball coach and assistant track coach.

Continue reading @ CBS4 Denver

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