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UPDATE: Jospeh Lugo (DOB 09/19/1978) has been arrested in connection with the homicide and shooting that occurred on March 20, 2018 at 1097 S. Evanston Way.

This incident remains an active investigation. If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Detective Doug Kasten at (303) 739-6107.

Joseph Lugo

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Information previously released on March 20, 2018

A suspect has been identified in the shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead in Aurora on March 20, 2018.  Joseph Goudy Lugo (DOB 09/19/1978) is wanted on charges of First Degree Murder for shooting two victims outside of an apartment building located at 1097 S. Evanston Way, on March 20, 2018, at about 8:15 A.M.   Lugo is 5'9", 245 lbs., with long black hair, brown eyes, a tattoo of a name on the left front of his forehead and smaller tattoos (also names) on his left and right temples.  Potros Mabany (DOB 8/13/1996) has been identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office as the 21-year-old who was killed in yesterday’s shooting.  The other adult male, who was also shot at the aforementioned location and fled to a nearby 7 Eleven, has since been released from an area hospital. 

We depend on the Aurora community to be an integral part of combating crime, as the community employs thousands of eyes and ears that are not those of police officers.  The Aurora Police Department is therefore asking the public for assistance in locating Lugo because his whereabouts are currently unknown.  Lugo should be considered armed and incredibly dangerous.  If any member of the public sees Lugo, please call 911 immediately and do not approach him.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.


There have been some questions as to why the Aurora Police Department did not initially release the identity of Lugo.  We would like to remind the public that protecting the integrity of active investigations remains a priority and is paramount to successfully solving criminal cases.  We also want to reiterate that the safety of the public is at the core of our very mission and is a great consideration throughout investigations where suspects are at-large. Often times, identifying suspects prematurely can send dangerous criminals on the run and can give them a desperate edge.  We thank the public for their patience and we want to ensure you that there is much work being done behind the scenes that is aimed at getting dangerous criminals off the street and bring justice to victims. 

Joseph LugoJoseph Lugo

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Information previously released on March 20, 2018

On March 20, 2018 at approximately 08:15 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the area E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Sable Blvd. on the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival to the area, it was learned that two adult male victims were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the area.  One male victim was outside of an apartment building at 1097 S. Evanston Way and the other male victim had arrived at the 7 Eleven located at 14593 E Mississippi Ave.  It is believed that both men were shot at 1097 S. Evanston Way and then one of the males walked to 7 Eleven on foot after being shot.



Both males were transported to an area hospital.  The male who was located at 7 Eleven is in stable condition while the other victim, who was located at 1097 S. Evanston Way, was pronounced deceased.  Out of an abundance of caution, Gateway High School was placed on lockdown when officers initially responded to the report of a shooting, due to the geographical proximity of the school.  It has been determined that this shooting has no nexus to Gateway High School and no parties involved were Gateway High School Students.  


The Aurora Major Crimes/ Homicide Unit responded to the location to resume the criminal investigation.  Detectives are working diligently to identify who is responsible for the shooting.  We are asking members of the public to come forward with any information pertaining to this incident.  Members of the public should report any known information to Detective Doug Kasten at (303) 739-6107.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.


The deceased victim will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office at a later date, pending the notification of next of kin.  There is no further information available for public release at this time.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095


Posted by  On Mar 28, 2018 at 4:09 PM
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has made an arrest of Corderio Lark (DOB 08/17/1986) in connection with the homicide that occurred on March 24, 2018 at 1802 S Havana St. Lark’s mugshot is displayed below.

Earlier today, the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office identified George Craig Pappas (DOB 09/11/1956) as the adult male victim.

The case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District and therefore further public inquiries into the details of the case will be referred to their organization.

If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Detective Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113.

Corderio Lark


Information previously released on March 24, 2018

On March 24, 2018 at approximately 6:29 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a report of an unresponsive male in the area of S Havana St and E Colorado Ave.

Officers quickly arrived on scene and located an adult male suffering from apparent trauma in the parking lot of a U-Haul business located at 1802 S Havana St. The male was pronounced deceased on scene.

The Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the location and are actively investigating this incident as a homicide. 

We are asking members of the public to come forward with any information related to this incident. Members of the public should report any known information to Detective Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once the victim has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
Posted by  On Mar 27, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Lost Lenore

Post by Tessy W. 

Mild Spoilers Ahead  

Stumbling across the dramatic cover, a scarlet wing on a field of black, the title embolden on the side, I was intrigued.

"Why haven't I heard of this series before?" I asked myself, excited by the possibility of an undiscovered story.

A dystopian sci-fi, "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown has an interesting plot summary. In a socially stratified society based on colors, the main character, Darrow, is a Red. Tolling under the surface of Mars in the hope that one day their decedents will gain a habitable planet, the Red's are subservient to an upper class of Golds. When Darrow finds out otherwise, that Mars has been habitable for generations, he seeks bloody vengeance as he aims to infiltrate the golden upper class to eliminate his enemies. 

With the promise of complex politics and societal upheaval with a brooding hero who would risk becoming the very thing he hated to reach his goal, I downloaded the eBook via Overdrive immediately.

For a purported young adult series edging into adult fiction, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that Darrow was married at the beginning of the novel.

I should have been suspicious.

But I was too fascinated by the idea of a main character already taken, side-stepping the standard young adult love plot. With his clever red-headed wife, Eo, who was as political as Darrow was tenacious, I was flipping pages at light speed at the prospect of a power couple waging guerilla warfare against an unscrupulous upper class.  As Darrow's character became fleshed out, theRed Rising worldbuilding of the cramped subterranean caverns beneath the Martian surface expanded. Lit by flickering holoCan screens full of propaganda espousing brave pioneers, dusted, desperate people toiling in the mines to free the helium-3 that would terraform the planet, and the heavy pulse of the drills vibrating through my imagination, built itself into a fascinating world. Then, I started to notice that Eo's character wasn't keeping pace.

"Oh no," I whispered, hands stilling.

Eo is murdered on page forty-five. Thus spurring Darrow's long (four books with the fifth coming later this year) and bloody vengeance.

There are various names for this overarching phenomenon: "The Lost Lenore", "Stuffed in the Fridge", "I Let Gwen Stacy Die", or "Disposable Women".  As storytelling patterns, these tropes center around the death of a character in the name of moving the plot forward for the main character, with the variations centering on the manner of death and how relevant the killed-off character was to the protagonist.

Eo is a Lost Lenore. To be a Lost Lenore, you must do more for the story dead, then alive. Your memory spurs the hero to greater adventures, to deeper emotional depths, but you however, will always be a ghost, reduced to whatever characteristics the main character chooses to remember. 2

The trouble with these plot devices are their frequency, and their targets. 

It only took a few descriptions of Eo's beauty and her fragility, her descriptor as "the spirit of her people",3 coupled with the overarching revenge plot-line to make me suspicious enough to search for spoilers. Because inevitably, in a world where female protagonists are still an exciting novelty, we have male heroes with female supporting characters, and they will die first.

I only had to flip a few chapters forward before my foresight was rewarded. Darrow is devastated, and then swiftly ensnared by the machinations of the main plot line, haunted by his dead wife and spurred by the injustice of her death.

The Red Rising Saga is a popular series. Reviewers and Goodreads alike are exultant with their praise for Darrow's characterization and the fast-paced action of "Man vs. Society".

But I put the book down.

The media we consume has been improving in its representation of diverse characters. I can find books with interesting female protagonists of color or movies featuring complex LGBTQ characters. They aren't always easy to find, but I no longer have to resist the urge to edit all of the pronouns in a five hundred page novel or dismiss an author's character description in favor of my own.

So when I'm faced with a book that is taking a few steps backward in our cultural evolvement of storytelling, I don't have to read it.


Looking for sci-fi/fantasy? Try a few from my bookshelf (in no particular order)!


Brown, P. (2014). Red Rising. New York: Del Rey.
TV Tropes. (2018). The Lost Lenore - TV Tropes. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
Brown, P. (2014). Red Rising. New York: Del Rey, p.15.

Posted by  On Mar 20, 2018 at 10:34 AM

On March 16, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded from around the entire city to the Town Center at Aurora Mall located at 14200 E. Alameda Ave. on the report of shots fired from inside the mall.

As Officers quickly arrived on scene, it was discovered that this was not an active shooter situation but rather an isolated disturbance between three adult male parties.  Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that a physical fight took place between parties and at least one gunshot was fired as a result of the physical altercation.  All three parties fled from within the mall and were quickly apprehended outside of the mall.  Two of the three male parties were transported to area hospitals to be evaluated for minor injuries.

Certain parts of the mall were briefly secured or evacuated during this incident but a speedy resolution to the incident allowed the mall to stay open for business.  The Aurora Police Department would like to note that the strong working relationship between the police department and mall management was evident during yesterday’s incident.  Police Officers were able to work closely with mall staff and officers even viewed live security camera feeds at the mall to efficiently take parties into custody.

Two males have been arrested in connection with this incident and are identified as Keshaun Thomas-Dunn (07/29/1998) and Devonte Shead (02/22/1998).  Thomas-Dunn was arrested with Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender and Aggravated Assault.  Shead was arrested for Attempted Second Degree Murder.  Thomas-Dunn’s and Shead’s mugshots are listed below.  The third male, who was in the company of Thomas-Dunn and Shead, was arrested for unrelated warrants and he is currently not facing charges in relation to this incident.  This third male is not being identified since he is not facing charges stemming from this incident.

The case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District and therefore further public inquiries into the details of the case will be referred to their organization.  It should be noted that all arrests in this case are merely accusations and the arrested persons are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.

Keshaun Thomas-Dunn  Devonte Shead
Keshaun Thomas-Dunn                                                       Devonte Shead

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by  On Mar 17, 2018 at 4:41 PM

The Aurora Major Crimes/ Homicide Unit has identified the adult male suspect who was arrested during this murder investigation.  Travon Sanders (02/26/1986) was arrested on 03/16/2018 for the charge of First Degree Murder.  Sanders' mugshot is displayed below.

The case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District and therefore further public inquiries into the details of the case will be referred to their organization. 

If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Detective Chad Lampson at (303) 739-6013.

Travon Sanders

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Information previously released on March 16, 2018.

On March 16, 2018 at approximately 5:20 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of N. Sable Blvd. on the report of a shooting. 


An adult male victim was located inside of a residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  This male was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  


It was learned very early on in the investigation that an adult male suspect had fled the residence on foot after the shooting incident occurred.  Dozens of officers saturated the area and a perimeter was established as a search for the suspect commenced.  Out of an abundance of caution for the community, a reverse 911 notification was made to the surrounding neighborhood.  Officers knew the identity of the alleged shooter at the start of the search.


Diligence paid off, as our officers were able to take the suspect into custody just a couple of blocks from the scene of the shooting.


The victim in this incident will be identified at a later time by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the notification of next of kin.  


The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling the investigation into this matter.  Because the investigation is open and active, no further information is available at this time.  The suspect will be identified at a later date.


If you have any information in regards to this incident, please call Detective Chad Lampson at (303) 739-6013.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by  On Mar 17, 2018 at 4:08 PM
On Friday, March 16, 2018 at approximately 2:09 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a shooting in the area of East Mississippi Avenue and South Peoria Street.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult female suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the Village East Grocery Store located at 1161 S Peoria St.

It is believed that the female victim is the owner of the grocery store and that she sustained her injuries during a robbery of the business. The female was transported to a local hospital where she currently remains in serious but stable condition.

During the investigation, officers determined that a Good Samaritan confronted the robbery suspect outside of the grocery store and the Good Samaritan shot the suspect. The suspect then fled the area.

A short time later, officers made contact with an adult male who was suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of South Joliet Street and East Garden Drive. Officers believe that the male was the robbery and shooting suspect who had fled from the area of the grocery store. The male was placed in custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

This robbery and shooting is still being investigated. We are asking if anyone has information about this incident to contact Sergeant Thomas Graham at 303-739-1809

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
Posted by  On Mar 16, 2018 at 7:40 PM

March new releases banner

Post by Kristin S.

Spring is almost upon us, which means it's time to head outside with a new book to work on that sun tan or hunker down at night during a storm with a great movie. Check out the recent bestsellers and newly released DVDs below. Stop in to your Aurora Public Library to pick up your copy or read and watch online!

Books that recently premiered on the New York Times Bestseller List:

New Fiction

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Borrow: [Normal Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

A former prisoner of war returns from Vietnam and moves his family to Alaska, where they face tough conditions.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

A newlywed couple's relationship is tested when the husband is sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Borrow: [Print] [Large Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Louisa Clark moves to New York and is torn between high society and the life she enjoys at a vintage clothing store.

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner

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Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren teams up with a torture survivor to find a missing teenager whose family members were gunned down.

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman

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Homicide detective Milo Sturgis enlists the psychologist Alex Delaware to help solve a John Doe case.

Dark in Death by J. D. Robb

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas must find a killer inspired by police thrillers before another victim is murdered.

Fall from Grace by Danielle Steel

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A widow left out of her husband's will tries to make a new life as a fashion designer.

The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews

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A counterintelligence chief and her lover, who is a C.I.A. agent, learn of Vladimir Putin’s plan to assassinate a United States official.

City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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A New York City detective and an F.B.I. special agent track down a killer.

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

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Flavia de Luce, a young British sleuth, gets involved in solving a murder after experiencing a family tragedy.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

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A C.I.A. analyst's job and family are threatened when she discovers Russian agents in the United States.

Munich by Robert Harris

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Two former friends who attended Oxford accompany Hitler and Neville Chamberlain to a meeting in 1938 and are forced to make a consequential decision.

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

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The fourth book of the Red Rising Saga. A hero of the revolution finds his fate tied up with others as the war continues.

New Nonfiction

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

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A case for using reason, science and humanism to counter pessimistic views of Western civilization.

All-American Murder by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey

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The story of Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end convicted of first-degree murder.

Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

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A divinity school professor examines her tacit beliefs when she learns she has colon cancer.

Directorate S by Steve Coll

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How the United States failed to understand a secret wing of a Pakistani intelligence agency and doomed two wars.

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Borrow: [Print]

The journalist describes nine causes of depression and anxiety, and offers potential solutions.

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Borrow: [Print]

The decline of democracies in Europe and Latin America and ways to avoid authoritarianism.

Trumpocracy by David Frum

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A former speechwriter for George W. Bush argues how America might become an illiberal democracy.

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

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A memoir by a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who is the grandson of a Mexican immigrant.

Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman

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A history of Israel’s targeted assassination programs, with accounts from current and former members of the Israeli government.

Brave by Rose McGowan

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The Hollywood actress details growing up in a cult and the traumas of the entertainment industry.

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

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A Yemeni-American doorman travels to a civil war-engulfed Yemen in the hopes of restoring a nearly lost art of coffee cultivation.

Jackie, Janet & Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

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A biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; her mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss; and her sister Lee Radziwill.

It's Even Worse Than You Think by David Cay Johnston

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how he believes the scope of the Trump presidency differs from all the others.

Happiness is a Choice you Make by John Leland

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Wisdom and stories from six New Yorkers age 85 and older that challenge notions of aging.

Together We Rise by Women's March Organizers and Conde Nast

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Photographs and profiles of the organizers and participants of the 2017 Women’s March.

The Square and the Tower by Niall Fergusen

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The historian uses network theory to understand the past and the present.

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and asha bandele

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Reflections on love, justice and humanity from a founder of Black Lives Matter.


 DVD New Releases (Dec-Jan):

Thor: Ragnarok

Borrow: [DVD]

Thor must race against time to stop Ragnarok - the destruction of his world and the end of Asgardian civilization at the hands of the ruthless Hela.

Daddy's Home 2

Borrow: [DVD]

When it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) finally have this co-parenting thing down. That is, until their dads come to town, putting their newfound partnership to the ultimate test in this hilarious comedy.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

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The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.

Same Kind of Different as Me

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The inspiring story of an international art dealer who must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives.

The Star

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Bo, a brave donkey, and all his new hilarious animal friends go on the adventure of their dreams filled with lots of laughter.

The Disaster Artist

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The true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau (James Franco); a celebration of friendship and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on the best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy's cult-classic disasterpiece The Room.

Molly's Game

Borrow: [DVD]

Molly's Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

The Phantom Thread

Borrow: [DVD]

Set in the glamour of 1950's London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets Alma and finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

Call Me by Your Name

Borrow: [DVD]

Amid the summer splendor of 1980's Italy, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire that will alter their lives forever.


Borrow: [DVD]

In DisneyPixar's extraordinary adventure, a boy who dreams of becoming a great musician embarks on a journey to uncover the mysteries behind his ancestor's stories and traditions.

Battle of the Sexes

Borrow: [DVD]

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

The Darkest Hour

Borrow: [DVD]

As Hitler's forces near the United Kingdom, it is up to Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) to decide between negotiating peace or fighting against impossible odds.

Lady Bird

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A warm, affecting comedy about a high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school.


Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist

Posted by  On Mar 13, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Today, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz remarked, "Every student and faculty member in a school not only has the right to be safe when at school, but they also have the right to feel safe at school.  It is our duty as law enforcement officers to keep the community safe and reduce the fear of crime.  My officers go to great lengths every day to accomplish this mission."  Recent tragedies in schools have touched the lives of many people in our communities across the nation.  The men and women of the Aurora Police Department are very cognizant of how such tragedy affects a community and our hearts go out to the many victims and survivors of these atrocious incidents.  

In light of recent acts of violence in schools, the Aurora Police Department has investigated an extraordinary number of threats directed toward Aurora’s schools.  With the advent of current technology, the vast majority of these threats have been made on social media platforms.  Individuals have made threats on Snap Chat, Facebook, Twitter, chat rooms, online gaming forums, and via other means.  The Aurora Police Department takes threats of violence towards our schools incredibly serious and we investigate each and every threat that comes to our attention to our fullest ability.

It is believed that some of the individuals making these threats are doing so for attention, as a joke, or for notoriety.  Regardless of their intent, such threats create fear and uncertainty for our students, faculty and parents.  We will not tolerate threats directed towards our schools.  Rather, we will conduct comprehensive investigations utilizing an array of technologies made available to us and we will seek to arrest any person who has made a threat directed towards a school.  The following is a compiled list of recent school threat incidents that have resulted in criminal charges.  Please note that several of the investigations remain open and the offenders are identified as juveniles, therefore releasable information is limited:

-2/17/2018 Corrected date is 2/14/2018, Hinkley High School threat incident, pending charges against one juvenile male

-2/23/2018, North Middle School threat incident, pending charges against one juvenile male

-2/23/2018, North Middle School threat incident, three juvenile females charged in connection with threats

-2/23/2018, Horizon Middle School threat incident, juvenile female charged in connection with threats

Threats to harm students and staff create fear and are not an appropriate way to garner attention.  If you make a threat, APD Officers will work diligently to arrest you.  Many other school threat investigations remain open and we are confident that more arrests will be made.

We continue to work closely with the Cherry Creek School District, Aurora Public Schools, and private institutions to insure the safety of our schools. 


Safety in our schools is everyone’s responsibility.  If you see something, say something.  Suspicious or threatening activities, viewed in-person or online, should be reported immediately to our dispatch center by calling 911.  Students, teachers and parents can also report incidents anonymously to Safe2Tell by calling (877) 542-7233.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by  On Mar 12, 2018 at 7:59 AM

Academy Awards introduction

 Post by Chris G.

Well, it's red carpet season, and the Academy Awards, the most prestigious award show for film, is in its 90th year. Whether you're looking for this year's nominees or the Best Picture from 1929, you can find an abundance of Academy Award-winning films on the shelves of your library. This post showcases Aurora Public Library's current DVD holdings of this year's nominees, as well as former Best Picture and Best Animated Feature winners. This year's nominees are organized alphabetically and include the number of awards for which they've been nominated. The Best Picture and Best Animated Feature winners are organized reverse chronologically by the year they won, so the most recent is first. The Academy didn't start giving out the Best Animated Feature award until 2001, so that is where that list ends. You can click on any of the film's titles to place a hold. Many of this year's nominees are not on video yet, but the library has placed most of them on order, and they'll start circulating as soon as they're available. You can get in line for one of those by clicking through to the catalog record, selecting "Request It" and entering your account information. And the Oscar goes to...

This Year's Nominees and Winners

 "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" - 1 nomination
 "All the Money in the World" - 1 nomination
 "Baby Driver" - 3 nominations
 "Beauty and the Beast" - 2 nominations
 "The Big Sick" - 1 nomination
 "Blade Runner 2049" - 5 nominations
 "The Boss Baby" - 1 nomination
 "The Breadwinner" - 1 nomination
  "Call Me By Your Name" - 4 nominations
 "Coco" - 2 nominations
 "Darkest Hour" - 6 nominations
  "The Disaster Artist" - 1 nomination
 "Dunkirk" - 8 nominations
 "Ferdinand" - 1 nomination
 "The Florida Project" - 1 nomination
 "Get Out" - 4 nominations
 "The Greatest Showman" - 1 nomination
"Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" - 1 nomination
 "I, Tonya" - 3 nominations
 "Kong: Skull Island" - 1 nomination
  "Lady Bird" - 5 nominations
  "Logan" - 1 nomination
  "Loving Vincent" - 1 nomination
 "Marshall" - 1 nomination
 "Molly's Game" - 1 nomination
 "Phantom Thread" - 6 nominations
  "The Post" - 2 nominations
  "Roman J. Israel, Esq." - 1 nomination
 "The Shape of Water" - 13 nominations and 2018 Best Picture
 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - 4 nominations
  "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" - 7 nominations
  "Victoria & Abdul" - 2 nominations

 "War for the Planet of the Apes" - 1 nomination
 "Wonder" - 1 nomination

Best Picture Winners

 "Moonlight" (2016)
  "Spotlight" (2015)
  "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" (2014)

 "12 Years a Slave" (2013)
 "Argo" (2012)
 "The Artist" (2011)
 "The King's Speech" (2010)
 "The Hurt Locker" (2009)
  "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008)

  "No Country for Old Men" (2007)

"The Departed" (2006)
 "Crash" (2005)
 "Million Dollar Baby" (2004)
 "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003)
 "Gladiator" (2000)
  "American Beauty" (1999)
 "Shakespeare in Love" (1998)
 "Titanic" (1997)
 "The English Patient" (1996)
  "Braveheart" (1995)
  "Forrest Gump" (1994)
 "Schindler's List" (1993)

 "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
  "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989)
 "Rain Man" (1988)
 "The Last Emperor" (1987)
 "Out of Africa" (1985)
  "Terms of Endearment" (1983)
  "Gandhi" (1982)
 "Chariots of Fire" (1981)
 "Ordinary People" (1980)
 "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979)
 "Annie Hall" (1977)
 "Rocky" (1976)
  "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)
 "The Godfather, Part II" (1974)
"The Sting" (1973)
 "The Godfather" (1972)
 "The French Connection" (1971)
  "Patton" (1970)
 "A Man for All Seasons" (1966)
  "The Sound of Music" (1965)
 "Tom Jones" (1963)
  "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962)
 "West Side Story" (1961)
 "Ben-Hur" (1959)
 "Gigi" (1958)
"The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
 "On the Waterfront" (1954)

 "From Here to Eternity" (1953)
  "An American in Paris" (1951)
  "All About Eve" (1950)
 "All the King's Men" (1949)
 "Hamlet" (1948)
 "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947)
  "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)
 "The Lost Weekend" (1945)
 "Going My Way" (1944)
 "Casablanca" (1943)
"Mrs. Miniver" (1942)
 "How Green Was My Valley" (1941)
 "Rebecca" (1940)
 "Gone with the Wind" (1939)
 "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937)
 "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936)
 "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935)
  "It Happened One Night" (1934)
  "Cimarron" (1930-31)
 "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1929-30)
 "The Broadway Melody" (1928-29)

Best Animated Feature Film Winners

 "Zootopia" (2016)
 "Inside Out" (2015)
 "Big Hero 6" (2014)
 "Frozen" (2013)

 "Brave" (2012)
  "Rango" (2011)
  "Toy Story 3" (2010)
 "Up" (2009)
  "WALL-E" (2008)
  "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (2005)

  "The Incredibles" (2004)
 "Finding Nemo" (2003)
 "Spirited Away" (2002)

 "Shrek" (2001)

With so many movies on this list, you ought to keep busy until next year's Oscars! This year's winners were announced on Sunday, March 4th and the selected titles will be available in the coming months as they are released. 

Posted by  On Mar 05, 2018 at 12:50 PM

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Post by Assetou Xango

When I would play dress up as a kid, get into my mother’s closet while she was at work. Her dresses, shoes and jewelry were all fair game. This was, indeed, the basis of growth: emulating who you want to be. For me, the most imperative part of the dress up ritual, was the towel I wrapped around me head. I would pretend it was the long curl-less hair all the women in the movies. The ones, who were loved, irresistible, pursued: worthy.

As I write this, my mother is obsessing over all the material she can find about Black Panther: the largest selling box office movie with a fully black cast to date. We saw it yesterday as a family and today, she is oooohing and awwwhing and telling all the actors how good they look in their various interview outfits and magazine spreads. I am upstairs taking a bath and she is literally calling me on my cell phone to give me updates on the new things she has learned about the actors.

“You know, the bald head women with a spear; the main one?”
“Yeah, mama?”
“She’s from Uganda. And Nakia, she’s Kenyan.”
“Where is the sister from, mom?”
“I don’t know! I’ll call you when I do!”

She is a kid again. This is the same mother who rolled her eyes at my dashiki the day before (I HAD to dress up for the movie). This is the same mother who did not want me to get dreadlocks in college but she was afraid they’d look too “messy”. This is the mother who permed my hair throughout all of high school until she discovered the fatal chemicals in the product. This is the same mother, who reluctantly told me a few weeks ago, “I hate to say this, I REALLY hate to say this…but you look best with a bald head.” This is the same mother who watches young black girls explain how they style their hair on YouTube every weekend. This is the same mother who wears a wig to work everyday, covering her beautiful, thick, salt and pepper hair. When I ask her why she does it, her answer is a jumbled mess of angst and defeat. She tells me about ageism, about the rapport she has finally gained as a black woman and that she can’t let that be stripped away.

She is a proud woman who cannot show it. She was raised in the ghettos of Miami. This is the way she has learned to survive. Ways in which I will never have to be skilled because she overcame the things that might bound me. Beneath every scoff at my tribal-inspired makeup, behind every head shake, concealed in every eye roll, I can hear her begging me to be safe. “You are already black,” the voice whispers, “why do you have to make yourself more of a target?”

But something happened, as my family watched at those large as life, proud to be black, figures dance across the big screen. Something happened for my mother when Angela Bassett removed her headdress and revealed a head full of glorious, white, hair. Something happened for me seeing black men shamelessly love, seek and kneel to their black women. There is a feeling in my house right now of celebration. There is an inescapable liberatory air in these walls.

You may consider it just a movie. For us, it is a statement of purpose, a right to be do it visibly. It is the signal we have been waiting for. The one that says it’s safe to come out from underneath our various methods of survival and thrive. It did not start with this movie. We have been fighting for this moment a long time. It has been grassroots and homegrown. It has started in the kitchen, in the barbershop, at poetry venues. It started on Pinterest, on Facebook and Twitter. They say we are a people divided. That may be true, but all of our infighting and distrust is over shadowed by our ever rising call to freedom. My mother found it by hiding in plain sight (think Wakanda). This new generation is building off of that strength and making ourselves known. Making it known that our lives matter. Black Panther is more than just a film. It is less than game changer. This monumental moment is a benchmark, a checkpoint, a confirmation. We are on our path. We will not cease. We are here.

Posted by  On Feb 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM
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