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(June 23) On Tuesday June 22, 2021 at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station located at 15291 East Hampden Avenue.

Initial investigation suggests a 62-year-old male driver of a white 1993 Chevy Van experienced a medical episode while driving eastbound on East Hampden Avenue towards South Chambers Road. The van crossed over into westbound lanes of traffic, onto the North sidewalk striking an RTD bus bench, then into the Circle K gas station parking lot where the van struck some gas pumps causing the gas pumps to hit a parked and occupied Jeep in the parking lot.

The single occupant of the Jeep was transported to the hospital for minor injuries and released. The driver was transported to the hospital where tragically he died. It is unclear at this time if the driver died as a result of his injuries related to the crash, and/or the possibility of a experiencing a medical episode while driving. 

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have notified. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police. 

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 23, 2021 at 10:20 AM
  

(June 20) On Sunday June 20, 2021 at approximately 4:19 a.m., the Public Safety Dispatch Center (PSDC) received at least 50 calls for service reporting shots being fired or an active shooter in a shopping mall parking lot located at 12455 East Mississippi Avenue.

 Upon officer’s arrival to the scene they were confronted with a very large crowd where they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the adult male until he was transported to a nearby hospital. Tragically, he later succumbed to his injuries. His name is not being released at this time, but will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Four additional victims, three adult males and one adult female, self-transported to area hospitals. Their injuries range from minor to serious, but not life threatening.

 Information provided to investigators at this time has revealed there was a Juneteenth celebration in an unnamed unit of the shopping mall. At some point earlier in the evening presumed organizers of the celebration began denying access to the unit. This led many attendees to gather in the parking lot. 

 It is currently unknown who organized the gathering, or the name of the establishment in the unnamed unit.  That is information investigators will aim to determine in their ongoing investigation.

 Crime Scene Investigators continue to process the scene and have collected more than 114 shell casings as of this writing. Early information indicates there were multiple shooters involved in this incident. Investigators continue to interview witnesses to determine accurate suspect descriptions which will be shared publicly once known.

 This scene is expected to be active much of the day and will disrupt businesses operational capacity during this time.  If you have a vehicle at the scene inside of the crime scene, please call PSCD to get further information on how you can retrieve or access your vehicle if needed while the crime scene is active.

 We are asking anyone who has any information related to this incident to share their tips with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP. Their tips can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 20, 2021 at 11:59 AM
  

(June 20) On Sunday June 20, 2021 at approximately 12:51 a.m., officers responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash on southbound I-225 just South of East Colfax Avenue involving a 2005 Subaru WRX.

Initial investigation indicates the Subaru was traveling at approximately 120 mph on southbound I-225 when the driver lost control of the vehicle.  All three occupants of the vehicle were ejected and none were wearing a seatbelt.  Two adult occupants were treated for injuries at the hospital and one female tragically succumbed to injuries sustained as a result of the crash.  At this time, the deceased is only known to be female, and her age or identity has not yet been determined.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once she has been positively identified and her next of kin have notified. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police. 

 Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 20, 2021 at 6:12 AM
  
Leah Henderson

Welcome to Family Book Club! This is an exciting club for families who love to read and is appropriate for ages 8-15. The books chosen are always within the third to sixth grade level but both younger and older kids have enjoyed them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

This month we are reading "The Magic in Changing Your Stars" by Leah Henderson. Ailey loves to dance but struggles with fears such as stage fright. With a magical pair of tap shoes, Ailey travels back in time and meets his grandfather and together they help each other build confidence. However, now that Ailey has changed the past, can he get home again to the present? Genre: FANTASY.

Chapters 15 (Chicken’s Not My Name) – 29 (Spilling Truth)
1. If you were Ailey, would you try to convince your young grandpa you were from the future?
2. What would you do if you had a run in with someone like Bumpy?
3. Things changed between Ailey and Taps pretty quickly. How do you think Ailey will fix things?
4. If someone told you that they are your grandchild, would you believe them?

Next week read chapters 30 (Truth Rings True All the Way to Your Toes) – 43 (A Smidgen of Your Own Magic)
 
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, June 28 at 5 p.m. to meet the author! Please register here.
 
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's Reach Library. Please call 303.627.3050 if you'd like to put one on hold to be picked up at a different branch. Copies are also available through Prospector here.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM
  
Read It!

APL Reader's Corner
with Tessy

Welcome to APL Reader’s Corner! This month we are reading "Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata. Let us know what you think about the book in the comments! 
Check out "Convenience Store Woman" with your library card as either a hard copy, eBook or digital audiobook here.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 18, 2021 at 10:47 AM
  
On June 14, 2021 at approximately 5:15p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of an injury crash involving a motorcycle and a car at the intersection of South Parker Road (CO-83) and East Belleview Avenue. Upon arrival officers discovered the rider of the motorcycle, a 25-year-old man from Aurora, unresponsive.  He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.  

Initial investigation indicated that the motorcycle was traveling north on S. Parker Rd. through the intersection at E. Belleview Ave.  The driver of a 2006 Chevy sedan, which was southbound on Parker turning onto Belleview, turned left in front of the motorcycle, causing the crash.  Investigators from the Aurora Police Traffic Section believe the sedan may have taken the right-of-way of the motorcycle when it turned.

The driver of the sedan, a 48 year old man from Aurora, remained on-scene and was cooperative with the investigation.

The identity of the motorcyclist may be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been identified and his next of kin have notified.   

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Command Officer and Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 14, 2021 at 9:31 PM
  
Leah Henderson

Welcome to Family Book Club! This is an exciting club for families who love to read and is appropriate for ages 8-15. The books chosen are always within the third to sixth grade level but both younger and older kids have enjoyed them! If your child is younger, I encourage the family to read the book aloud together or listen to the audiobook (if available)!

This month we are reading "The Magic in Changing Your Stars" by Leah Henderson. Ailey loves to dance but struggles with fears such as stage fright. With a magical pair of tap shoes, Ailey travels back in time and meets his grandfather and together they help each other build confidence. However, now that Ailey has changed the past, can he get home again to the present? Genre: FANTASY.

Chapters 1 (If I Only Had a Brain) – 14 (A Deal is a Deal is a Deal) 
1. Have you ever tried out for a school performance?
2. Ailey said he wasn’t scared but, when up on stage, forgot everything he had practiced. What do you think happened?
3. Have you ever failed at something like Ailey did at the audition?
4. Do you have a passion? Something you love to do, that you are good at?
5. If you could travel back in time, where would you want to go?
 
Next week read chapters 15 (Chicken’s Not My Name) – 29 (Spilling Truth)
 
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, June 28 at 5 p.m. to meet the author! Please register here.
 
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's Reach Library. Please call 303.627.3050 if you'd like to put one on hold to be picked up at a different branch. Copies are also available through Prospector here.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 14, 2021 at 1:16 PM
  
On Friday, June 11th, 2021 at around 10:20p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of South Fraser Street and South Fraser Court in the Meadow Hills Neighborhood.  Upon arrival they located evidence of an apparent shooting at that location; however no victims were located at the scene. A short time later two shooting victims arrived at the Emergency Department of a local hospital by private vehicle. 

Tragically, one of the victim, who is an adult male, has died from his injuries.  The second victim, a 17-year-old male was treated and released from the hospital this morning.  The name of the deceased victim is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kind have been notified.

The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation into this homicide.  It is in the very early stages and at this time there is no additional information that is being released. Investigators are still in the process of interviewing witnesses, area residents and sorting through details to determine exactly what lead up to this fatal shooting.  

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about the case is asked to contact Agent Ethan Snow at 303.739.6523.  Tipsters can also report information by using Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer/Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 12, 2021 at 7:49 AM
  
Mental Health Spotlight

Resources listed are for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat a condition without the guidance of a mental health professional. If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please call 911 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1.844.493.TALK. 

Hey teens! Interested in mental health?

Every month, Aurora Public Library has a Mental Health Spotlight. For June’s spotlight, we’re celebrating Pride! A lack of support and understanding from community, family, and friends can impact the health of LGBT+ teens at a higher rate than their peers. Check out your local Aurora Library’s display for stories celebrating queer identity and LGBT+ voices, and visit Aurora Central Library’s Teen Resources display for additional community resources if you or someone you know is dealing with prejudice and hate.
 
Remember, your mental health matters.

For our June Spotlight, we will be celebrating PRIDE Month!  

Teen Resources - Pride Month
 
Pride Month is celebrated a celebration of LGBTQIA+ Americans! Each June, PRIDE serves to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQIA+ Americans. Learn more about PRIDE Month here.

LGBTQIA+ teens face mental health challenges at higher rates than their peers. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this, including stress regarding sexual orientation, bullying, feelings of isolation, etc. While many LGBTQIA+ teen struggle with their mental health, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Many teens have similar challenges and help is available. Read more here.

Celebrate Pride
 
Resources: 
The Trevor Project | CenterLink: The Community of LGBTQ Centers Q Chat Space It Gets Better Project We Are the Youth  | Rainbow Alley       
 
Articles: 
The Top 10 LGBTQ Social Media Influencers to Follow Right Now 
 
LGBTQ Youth and Mental Health  
 
20 Affirmations and Readings for Folks Raised in Anti-LGBTQIA+ Church Families

Here’s What It Means to be A Demi-Romantic Asexual Agender Teen 

5 Mental Health Takeaways From a Panel of Queer Asian Voices  

Inspiring Stories of LGBTQ High School Teens 
 
Supporting the LGBTQ Community 

What It’s Like to be Out as LGBTQ at School  
 

Pride Display


Explore more Young Adult novels & non-fiction focusing on queer experiences below.



For more resources for all ages, visit the non-fiction department at your local library and look for call number 306.76.
Resources are also available at Aurora Mental Health Center.

Check back in July for our next Mental Health Spotlight!   

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 10, 2021 at 4:21 PM
  

Aurora to Host Juneteenth Celebration Event
Singer-songwriter Toney Rocks among the performers


AURORA, Colo. - A Juneteenth celebration featuring live entertainment, kid's activities and community resources will be held Saturday, June 19, at Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Parkway. The event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Aurora Police Department, city of Aurora, Town Center at Aurora and ReACT (Responding to Aurora's Critical Topics), a volunteer group.

Aurora’s Juneteenth celebration is a family event that will include youth performances, a storyteller, local exhibitors, and musical acts, including Las Vegas singer-songwriter Toney Rocks.

The event will be located inside the shopping mall. "Town Center at Aurora is honored to partner with the City of Aurora to provide a free event in celebration of Juneteenth. We invite the community to join us as we work to create an equitable future for all based on empathy, love and respect." Joel Boyd, General Manager of Town Center at Aurora.

"Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and an opportunity to promote an inclusive community," said Claudine McDonald, Aurora Police Department's Community Relations Chief Executive. "When a community member brought the idea for this event to our ReACT group, we knew this fit right in with Chief Wilson's 'New Way' plan to elevate community voices and show our commitment to a collaborative and community-based future."

"A New Way" is Police Chief Vanessa Wilson's plan for restoring community trust.

"Planning a community event during the pandemic has been a challenge. But our desire to bring Aurora together to learn more about each other, recognize our humanity and where our lives may connect in surprising ways - this is what made us push forward with the event. We invite everyone to come learn more about history and grow together as a community," said Gerald Brewer, Chair, ReACT.

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached African Americans in Texas and commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The historical significance of the event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Aurora's diverse cultures.

For scheduled line up of events and exhibitors, please visit www.auroragov.org/Juneteenth.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 10, 2021 at 3:03 PM
  
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