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On December 14th, 2017, at 12:11 AM, Patrol Officers responded to a report of a crash at North Airport Bl. and East Centertech Ave.  When they arrived, they found that a Grey 2002 Honda Civic had been travelling at a high rate of speed southbound on N. Airport Bl. approaching E. Centertech Ave. in the center lane. For unknown reasons, it started to lose control and moved into the left lane.  The driver overcorrected, started to spin and struck a tree on the right side of the road. 

The driver (sole occupant) was pronounced deceased on scene.  There were several witnesses that remained on scene to speak with Officers.  Traffic investigations is handling this crash.  The identity of the driver is not being released pending notification of next of kin. 

Speed is a contributing factor in this crash.  The Aurora Police Department reminds drivers that maintaining appropriate speeds saves lives.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Investigations
303 739 6374
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Dec 14, 2017 at 2:02 AM
  
On December 10th, 2017, at about 4:36 PM, one of our Officers attempted to stop a Silver 2005 Mitsubishi Galant for a minor traffic violation in the area of E. 17th Ave. and Nome St.  That vehicle took off north on Nome St. at a high rate of speed.  The Officer turned off his emergency equipment let the Galant go. 

About a block later, the Officer saw a cloud of debris from an accident six blocks north of where he was.  The Officer responded to that location and found that the Galant had hit a dip in the road at a high rate of speed and lost control.  The Galant struck an unoccupied 1999 GMC Yukon that was parked on the west side of Nome St. in the 2300 block.  The driver and sole occupant of the Galant had been ejected and was laying in the street near his car. 

The driver of the Galant was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.  No other information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.  Nome St. in the 2300 block will be closed until we conclude our investigation.

Sgt. William Revelle
Traffic Section
303 739 6374
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Dec 10, 2017 at 6:46 PM
  
Aurora Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead in Southeast Aurora early this morning.

At approximately 3:30a.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a disturbance at the Cambrian Apartments. In the parking lot of 15651 East Caspian Circle, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital were he later died from his injury. Police have no suspect information to release at this time and are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this homicide. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6213 or  Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster may remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 08, 2017 at 8:08 AM
  
On December 12th, 2017 at approximately 6:20p.m. Aurora Police responded to an apartment at 165 South Sable Boulevard on a welfare check. Upon arrival officers made entry into the apartment and located a deceased 57 year old female. Her death is being investigated as a homicide by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. 

The name 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 her next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 13, 2017 at 3:35 PM
  
Investigators have recently sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Law enforcement agencies use the company’s Snapshot™ DNA Phenotyping Service (Snapshot) for narrowing suspect lists and generating leads in criminal investigations.

Using DNA evidence from Mr. Oakey Kite’s Homicide investigation, Snapshot produced trait predictions for the associated person of interest. An individual’s predictions were made for ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite profile was produced that depicts what the person of interest may have looked like at 25 years old.

It is important to note that Snapshot composites are scientific approximations of appearance based on DNA, and are not likely to be exact replicas of appearance. Environmental factors such as smoking, drinking, diet, and other non-environmental factors, such as facial hair, hairstyle, scars, etc. cannot be predicted by DNA analysis and may cause further variation between the person of interest’s predicted and actual appearance.

On May 24th, 2004 Officers found the body of Oakey Kite in the basement of his town home at 2002 South Helena Street. Mr. Kite had failed to report to work which prompted co-workers to call the police for a welfare check. Mr. Kite had been bound, tortured, and killed with his own kitchen knives. The suspect cleaned the crime scene after the homicide and removed items of evidence from the scene. The investigation revealed that Mr. Kite had recently placed an ad in the paper and on the internet for a roommate. This ad was answered by the suspect, who used the name Robert Cooper. The information Robert Cooper gave the victim was false. After the murder, Mr. Kite’s credit card were used at nearby Wells Fargo ATM. The suspect was photographed at the ATM machine wearing a mask and gloves in the victim’s vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was returned near the victim’s residence.

If you or someone you know can provide information on this unresolved homicide investigation, you are encouraged to contact Agent Thomas Sobieski at (303) 739-6103, e-mail TSOBIESK@auroragov.org.

Sanpshot


Snapshot

Acting Sergeant Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Dec 11, 2017 at 3:16 PM
  

On December 16, 2017 at approximately 5:35 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to a residence at 1410 N. Clinton St. in northwest Aurora on the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, Officers found a deceased adult male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is actively investigating this incident.  There is currently not a suspect in custody in relation to this incident.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the positive identification of the victims and the notification of next of kin.

To protect the integrity of this open, active investigation no further information is being released at this time.  The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6113.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

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

 

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Dec 16, 2017 at 2:07 PM
  

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Post By: Elizabeth B

 

Deck the Halls:
Educational Family Games
Fun and Games

The holidays are here! That means nights are longer, the world is colder, and Great-Aunt Gertrude is packing her bags for her annual visit. Whether you have eight celebrations planned or are foregoing all holidays in favor of naps, you may be getting calls from loved ones asking when you can get together. Don't spend your winter dreading another conversation about politics over pie. Your local library has your back with six awesome, educational, and family-friendly games to fill those gaps in conversation with good memories instead.  

Each one is:  

  • Playable in 30 minutes
  • Builds important literacy skills
  • Available at Aurora Public Library to try!


1) For Kids Who Pore Over Picture Books: Dixit 

Dixit

Whether your kids can read yet or not, they'll love Dixit, a cheerful card game filled with fairy-tale imagery. One player names a prompt, like "music" or "The Little Mermaid." Everyone then chooses one of their cards that they think best represents the theme. Afterwards, all players try to guess what card the prompt-giver picked. With rabbit-shaped game pieces and lush illustrations, Dixit will leave you marveling at cuteness instead of stressing over winning.  

Recommended Ages: 6 and older 

Playtime: 30 minutes 

Literacy skills: Creativity, story-telling, communication 

 

2). For Your Niece Who Sleeps in a Tutu: Sparkle Kitty 
Sparkle Kitty

Cross Candy Land with Uno and you have this sugar-sweet game. The evil Queen Sparkle Kitty has locked the princesses of the land in towers! To escape, players must match cards and shout silly phrases to free themselves. Younger kids will love the bright colors and princess theme, while adults will enjoy the deck's diverse representation and vocabulary. (Plus, who says adults won't laugh over magic phrases like "Otter Devastation?")  

Recommended Ages: 6 or older. Younger kids may need a parent's help to read the words. 

Playtime: 15-20 minutes 

Literacy Skills: Colors, shapes, vocabulary 

 

3). For the Artist who Doodles in Notebooks: Tsuro 
Tsuro

Game play is marvelously simple: each player builds a path for their token, winding across the board. Players must avoid bumping into other players or falling off the edge of the board...but, as the board fills with paths, this gets harder and harder to do! Play it once and you'll know the rules. Play it twice and your friends will be placing tiles down with a conniving glint in their eyes.  

Recommended Ages: 8 and older. 

Playtime: 15-20 minutes 

Literacy skills: Strategy, spatial reasoning 

 

4). For Ralph the Reptile Lover: Coloretto 
Coloreto

Match colorful chameleons to win in this award-winning German card game. Players want to match one color with another, but beware: you don't want more than three different chameleon colors! Wordless and bright, the whole family will like this fast-paced card game. 

Recommended Ages: 8 and older 

Playtime: 30 minutes 

Literacy skills: Colors, counting 

 

5). For the Teen Who Loves to Yell: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking

Want to scratch that “spy” itch and strengthen communication skills at the same time? Teens at Mission Viejo and Iliff Square can’t get enough of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. The game’s premise is simple: only one player can see the bomb. They must explain what they see to anyone else playing, who desperately scour a rulebook looking for ways to defuse the bomb. Fail three times, and a loud explosion signals that it’s “Game Over.” Players can focus on reading, asking questions, or describing symbols, depending on their skills and confidence level.

 Recommended Ages: 12 and older, though younger kids can play with help.

Playtime: 5 minutes for a quick game, though I promise no one will quit after the first round

Literacy skills: Communication, advanced vocabulary, Morse code (yes, really)

 

6). For Anyone Who Won't Wash Dishes: Overcooked  
OverCooked

Everyone could stand to help a little more with household chores. And what better way to prompt that than by turning work into a fun game? In Overcooked, players must work together to cook various meals for their restaurant, passing burger patties and dirty dishes across the counters. The trick? You might be cooking on a moving truck, on an iceberg, in a spaceship, or with a flamethrower. Overcooked won multiple game awards for "Best Cooperative Game" in 2016, and after testing it with teens, young adults, and moms, I can confirm it's fun for video game addicts and novices alike.  

Ages: 12 and older.  

Playtime: 5 minutes for a quick game, though finishing every stage might take all winter. 

Literacy skills: Cooperation, time management 

 

Want more games? Or want to give these a test drive before committing?
 Check out our Tabletop Gaming Clubs at Mission Viejo and Iliff Square: 

Mission Viejo: Wednesdays, 4:30 PM: December 13, January 10, January 24
Iliff Square: Saturdays, 3 PM: December 2, December 16, January 6, January 20

Posted by behrhart@auroragov.org  On Dec 11, 2017 at 12:03 PM
  

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This Blog is for You

Blog

Post by Brittni E. 

Do you ever get that feeling of when you finish a book and feel so emotionally drained that you cannot even fathom reading a new book or series? That is a feeling I get all the time. I always feel incredibly invested in all of the characters that line the pages of the book I am reading that when I finally finish that last page-I can barely handle not having them in my life anymore. Recently, I re-read a Young Adult series that I had read when I was a teenager by Meg Cabot-the Mediator Series-and I devoured all 7 books within days. I instantly felt myself lost inside the words and characters of this series that when I finished-it felt impossible to not know what else Jesse and Susanna (trust me, read this series) were up to next. There was a hole in my world-which certainly only the characters of this series could fill-I NEEDED MORE. 

Nevertheless-the series was done and I knew I had to move on. But how do you start a new book-standalone or series-just like that. How could any other book possibly be as good and as invigorating? Of course, we all know this feeling eventually subsides right? We succumb to the fact that we must move on and start the search for our next great read. Do you struggle finding your next great read? Because honestly, I do. I’m a librarian and love books but I often find myself in a book rut-not knowing what to read next. 

This feeling-this fleeting, awful, disgusting feeling is something this blog aims to help you lose all together. Looking for your next great read? Look no further than our blog. Not only will our blog encapsulate family fun, book recommendations, author profiles, and all things library but it will (we hope) be a great avenue and forum for you and others to enjoy sharing, commenting, and growing through shared connections with others. 

Welcome to Aurora Public Library’s Blog. We are pleased to offer this site that showcases posts written and created for you by our library staff. Each week, expect to read new posts that will not only captivate you as a reader but also engage your family as well. This blog is for you-we hope you enjoy it. 

Posted by behrhart@auroragov.org  On Dec 04, 2017 at 1:22 PM
  
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit announces the arrest of Nickolas Khalil Vinson (Date of Birth 08/17/1998) in connection with the homicide that occurred on December 14, 2017 in the in the 2700 block of South Rifle St.  Due to the on-going criminal investigation, a mug shot of Vinson will not be provided at this time.

There are no other updates in this case, which is expected to be filed with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's office.  All further media inquires should be directed to their office.

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




Information previously released December 14, 2017:

On December 14th, 2017, at approximately 6:56 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a report of a party stabbed in the 2700 block of South Rifle St. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a stab wound. The male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A short time later, the suspect was contacted and placed into police custody. The identity of the suspect is not being released.

The victim’s identity 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.

There is no further information to release at this time.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616
Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Dec 18, 2017 at 3:14 PM
  

Paper snoflakes

Craft Time! Paper Snowflakes


Post by Justine C

With winter here and snow days waiting to happen, you might be wondering how you can keep kids occupied when it’s too cold for them to play outside. It certainly won’t do to put them in front of the TV or computer screen for hours on end. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun crafts you can do in the comfort of your own home with materials you most likely already own. All you need to make your own snowflakes is a white sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, some tape or glue, and yarn!

Materials:

  • A white sheet of paper cut into a square (try coffee filters if you don't have a piece of paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • A ball of yarn or string

Instructions (see below for a visual of each step):

  1. Fold your sheet of paper in half diagonally until it’s in a triangle shape.
  2. Fold it in half again so the pointed ends meet and it makes an even smaller triangle.
  3. Now fold the triangle into thirds. You’ll want them to be even, so make sure to do your adjustments before creating the creases.
  4. Cut across the bottom of the paper to create a triangle.
  5. Cut patterns into the newly formed triangle. Be creative! Just don’t cut it clean across - you’ll need to be able to unfold it.
  6. Unfold the paper completely and carefully. Now you have a unique snowflake of your very own!
  7. Cut a piece of yarn at least a foot long.
  8. With tape or glue, attach the yarn to one of the edges of your snowflake.
  9. Hang up your snowflake from the ceiling, in the window or somewhere else that could use some winterizing!

Snowflake Craft Visual How-To

This fun and easy craft is suitable for any child who’s comfortable using scissors and is something every member of the family can get in on! Once you’ve tried the way described here, try and make specific designs such as hearts or moons, or search the internet for extreme patterns that you can follow. Try starting with this Google search! Don’t take my word for it - try it out and be sure to share your results on Instagram or Twitter @APLReadingRocks!

Happy crafting!

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Dec 06, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  
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