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On May 6th, 2021, at approximately 1:18 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a motorcycle crash on East Yale Avenue at South Truckee Street.

The initial investigation revealed an adult male motorcyclist was traveling northbound on South Ventura Street through a sharp westbound curve onto East Yale Avenue. While traveling in the curve, the motorcyclist attempted to pass a vehicle by entering the eastbound oncoming lanes of traffic of East Yale Avenue. The motorcyclist was then struck by an oncoming vehicle traveling eastbound on East Yale Avenue at South Truckee Street.

Neither the driver nor occupants of the vehicle were injured. The driver of the vehicle did remain on scene. Drugs, alcohol nor speed are considered factors leading to the crash by the driver of the involved vehicle. 

The overtaking of the vehicle on a sharp curve by the motorcyclist led to the crash. Additionally, the motorcyclist’s helmet was strapped to the motorcycle, and therefore not being worn at the time of the crash. At this time the investigation is still active and ongoing, and it is not yet known whether speed, alcohol or drugs were also contributing factors.

The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified. 

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

This is the second traffic fatality this month in Aurora involving a motorcyclist. Since 2015, nearly half of all motorcycle accidents in Aurora resulted in the motorcyclist sustaining injuries or worse.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the riding season is upon us. Please check your blind spots for motorcycles, look twice before pulling into the roadway, and remove all distractions while driving. Motorcyclists should do the same. Additionally, wearing glasses, helmets and gloves will help protect the body. If you are an inexperienced motorcyclist seek training schools to strengthen your ability to ride safe.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 07, 2021 at 3:26 PM
  
HELLO

Join us each week as we learn about the letter of the month, each week focusing on a different activity or skill! 

May's letter of the month is K and the word of the month is KANGAROO! 

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 06, 2021 at 9:15 AM
  
This is your opportunity to learn something new! This week, staff shows how to draw a portrait in the Japanese cartoon style of manga. If you draw your own portrait, share a photo of it in the comments!

Join us every Tuesday in May as we share new things to learn!

Kids ages 5 - 12, with parent's permission, can submit a photo or video of what they learned this month (a fun fact, a new song, a new language, a new dance - almost anything!) via social media or an email to APLReadingRocks@AuroraGov.org to be entered to win a prize! Last day to enter is Friday, May 28. Click here for more info.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 04, 2021 at 2:03 PM
  
May Family Book Club

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 3rd-6th 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 “Just South of Home” by Karen Strong. Cousins Sarah and Janie, along with two friends, unearth a tragic event in their small Southern town’s history. With their new knowledge, it is up to them to heal their community. 
Please note: This novel contains religious themes as well as spooky moments involving ghosts (or haints). 
Genre: PARANORMAL MYSTERY

Chapters 1 (Red Velvet Miracle) – 10 (Cursed)
1. Sarah wants a quiet summer but knows her cousin Janie is trouble. Do you have any family members like that? (You don’t have to answer this in detail!)
2. If you were stuck with a difficult guest for two weeks that you thought you didn’t have anything in common with, what would you do to get through it? Would you try to connect with the person and entertain them or let them be?
3. Why do you think Sarah does not stand up for herself when Janie is offensive? 
4. Do you think the boy they saw at the church was a haint?
5. Do you think the mysterious boy came to write “Take It Back” on the window or do you think someone is playing a trick on them?
 
Next week read chapters 11 (Seed of Doubt) – 19 (The Deaconess)
 
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, May 24 at 5 p.m. to meet the author! Register here to receive WebEx link.

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.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 03, 2021 at 2:58 PM
  
On May 1st, 2021 at approximately 3:00a.m. the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on North Fitzsimons Parkway and North Victor Street.

Initial investigation revealed that a passing motorist noticed a motorcycle laying on the side of Fitzsimons Parkway.  When he stopped to investigate he found the unconscious and unresponsive adult male rider several feet away from the motorcycle.  

The rider was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.  His identity is not being released at this time and will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified. 

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

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer/Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2021 at 10:16 AM
  
On May 1st, 2021 at approximately 2:40a.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a single vehicle roll over crash on westbound I-70 between the E-470 tollway and the East Colfax Avenue Exit.

Upon arrival officers located a single vehicle that had traveled off of the right side of the roadway and rolled over.  During the crash the adult male driver of the vehicle had been ejected, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The westbound lanes of the Interstate were closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.

The cause of this crash is still under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  The identity of the driver will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer/Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2021 at 9:42 AM
  
National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month may be coming to an end, but you can celebrate the beauty of poetry all year long! Check out some of these recommended titles and find more at your library! (Click on each title to be taken to our catalog)

Check out more poetry recommendations instantly on hoopla digital here.

            





































        
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 30, 2021 at 3:19 PM
  
(April 29) On Sunday, April 4th, 2021, at approximately 07:15 p.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a shooting at East 35th Avenue and Helena Street.

Officers located an adult male who had been shot and was immediately transported to the hospital. This male suffered fatal injuries and was declared brain dead on April 7th, 2021. An autopsy was performed on April 12th by the Adams County Coroner where it was then officially ruled a homicide. This case is actively being investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit and has not yet resulted in any arrests. Detectives have been able to determine that the incident and shooting happened after the victim left the Maverik Gas Station at North Chambers Road and East 38th Avenue. Detectives were able to identify three vehicles that were potentially involved in this homicide. Those vehicles, pictured below, are believed to be a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, a Volkswagen sedan, and a BWM 7 Series.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and his next-of-kin has been notified.

Anyone that has information about this case is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Suspect Vehicle Suspect 2 Suspect 3
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 29, 2021 at 10:51 AM
  
Create It Pets

Welcome to Create It: Pets! Each month, in partnership with the Aurora Animal Shelter, we will be sharing a fun, easy DIY to make for furry friends! 

Create some stress relief for your favorite feline with an easy cardboard scratcher. In partnership with the Aurora Animal Shelter.
Scratchers donated to the Aurora Animal Shelter can be 9-12 inches long. Reverse dimensions are also acceptable (12 inches [strip length] x 1.5 in [strip width] x 5 inches [entire board length]).

For more information on donating to Aurora Animal Shelter, visit AuroraAnimalShelter.org.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 29, 2021 at 9:34 AM
  
HELLO

Join us each week as we learn about the letter of the month, each week focusing on a different activity or skill! 

April's letter of the month is J and the word of the month is JELLYFISH! This week, Miss Julie shares how to make a fun jellyfish craft and Miss Karen shares early literacy tips to keep practicing HELLO at home.
Visit your library and pick up a free Grab & Go jellyfish craft kit (available while supplies last).

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 29, 2021 at 9:11 AM
  
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