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The Aurora Police Department, in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, area school districts, and local nonprofit organizations, will host a Summer Kick-Off event on Saturday, June 5, at Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave. in Aurora. This free event is open to the public and will provide food and resources to 1,000 Aurora families. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until all food has been distributed.

All Aurora households are eligible regardless of income, size or status. Food items will include ready-to-eat meals, canned and boxed goods, grains, fresh produce, dairy and protein. In addition, 30,000 diapers, 5,000 pounds of pet supplies and 1,000 summer activity packs will be distributed to community members. Summer activity packs include books, at-home activities, water bottles, online resources and community engagement opportunities for kids and teens.

If you drive to the event, remain in your car and wait your turn in line; do not park and leave your vehicle. If you are walking, please remember to practice social distancing while waiting your turn and wear a face covering.

For more information about this event, contact APDCommunity@auroragov.org or 303.739.7281.

What: The Aurora Police Department, in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, area school districts, Denver7 News and other nonprofit organizations, is hosting a drive-thru kick-off event to provide food and resources to 1,000 Aurora families.
Who: Aurora Police Department, Food Bank of the Rockies, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek School District, Denver7, Aurora Animal Services, Colorado Pet Pantry, Racing for Paws, SECORCares, WeeCycle and Servicios de La Raza have partnered on this event.
When: Saturday, June 5. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until all food has been distributed.
Media is invited for interviews between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Overland High School
12400 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, CO 80012
Why: The past year has caused hardships for many local families. By leveraging resources, community partners are able to expand their reach with the goal of helping Aurora families start the summer with much needed food, baby and pet supplies and summer activity packs to keep teens and kids active.

Event Coordinator: Joshua Nicholas, Senior Community Engagement Specialist, Aurora Police Department

Interview Opportunities:
• Claudine McDonald, Community Relations Chief Executive– Aurora Police Department
• Katie Lopez, Assistant Director of Nutrition Services – Aurora Public Schools
• Erin Pulling, President/CEO – Food Bank of the Rockies
• Julissa Soto, Director of Statewide Programs, Servicios de La Raza
• Amy Pfister, Community Outreach Coordinator, SECORCares
• Christina Stinson, Executive Director, Aurora Interfaith Community Services
• Community Volunteers


Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

KickOff KickOff

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 04, 2021 at 7:52 AM
  
(June 2, 2021) On May 17, 2021, around 5:54 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Flying J, located at 16751 East 32nd Avenue, on an injured person call. An adult male was transported to the hospital after falling backwards and hitting his head in the parking lot of the business. This male was later pronounced deceased on May 20, 2021.

The Adams County Coroner later performed an autopsy and has since ruled this death a homicide. Following this determination, detectives with our Major Crimes Homicide Unit has been investigating this case. The victim has been positively identified as 72-year-old Kevin Stymiest.

Investigators have determined that an argument in the parking lot led to a physical altercation between the victim and another adult male. During the fight, the victim was punched and fell backwards which is when he suffered the fatal injuries. The other male involved in the altercation is cooperating with the investigation and we are consulting with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges, if any. This other male will not be identified at this time. 

Anyone who might have information on this case, that has not yet spoken to detectives, is asked to submit an online crime tip by going to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers or calling 720.913.7867. Tipsters can also remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 03, 2021 at 1:47 PM
  
Cat toys have never been so easy! Make these fun cat toys for your favorite feline or donate them to Aurora Animal Shelter for cats to play with as they await their forever homes! 
Grab & Go craft kits available at Hoffman Library (1298 Peoria St.) while supplies last (limit one per person). 

In partnership with the Aurora Animal Shelter. Visit AuroraAnimalShelter.org for more information and to donate. 

Thank you to Cat Toy Lady letting us share DIY Fuzzy Tail Ring Toy. Follow Cat Toy Lady for more feline fun!

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 03, 2021 at 10:54 AM
  
(June 2, 2021) On Monday, May 31, 2021, the Aurora Police Department received a report pertaining to allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving a suspect, Enrique de Jesus Carrillo-Rivera (DOB: 07/02/2002), a classroom monitor who was employed by the Aurora Public School District and worked at Vaughn Elementary School.

Investigators are still working to investigate this matter. At this time, limited information is being released as to protect the integrity of this very active, open investigation. Aurora Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Detectives are investigating this incident as well as seeking any information about potential victims that haven’t been reported involving Carrillo-Rivera. The Aurora Police Department is working closely in conjunction with the Aurora Public School District.

On June 1, 2021, Carrillo-Rivera was arrested and booked into the Aurora City Jail on the following charges: Internet Luring of a Child and Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Carrillo-Rivera is no longer employed by the Aurora Public School District.

It is possible that there are additional persons who may have been victimized by Carrillo-Rivera and have not yet reported it. The Aurora Police Department is asking anybody who is a witness or has information about circumstances surrounding this investigation to please call the Internet Crimes Against Children Tip-Line at (303) 739-6164. If there are any additional victims who are wishing to report to police, they are asked to call Police Dispatch at (303) 627-3100 immediately. A photo is being released to the public in the event that there are additional victims who have not yet come forward in filing a report with Police.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Carlos Carrillo-Rivera
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 02, 2021 at 4:04 PM
  

LEGO Club has gone virtual! Build a LEGO creation that matches our monthly theme, post a photo of your creation on social media or email it to APLReadingRocks@AuroraGov.org and be entered to win a LEGO kit free from your library!

June's theme is ANIMALS! Make a replica of your pet or favorite animal!  Send entries to APLReadingRocks@AuroraGov.org. Entries received by Friday, July 2 will be entered into the drawing.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jun 01, 2021 at 2:03 PM
  
Van EekHout

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 “COG” by Greg Van Eekhout. Cog (short for Cognitive Development) looks like a normal kid but is actually a robot. When he gets damaged and is returned to the lab for repairs, he discovers his creator has disappeared. With the help of four robot friends, Cog sets out on a mission to find her. Genre: SCIENCE FICTION.

Chapters 1 - 11
1. What is your favorite biofuel (food)?
2. What do you think Cog’s shopping experience taught him?
3. Do you think uniMIND is creating good or bad technology?
4. Take a guess –what is the X-module?
5. The scientists at uniMIND have created Cog, given him intelligence and self-awareness, but do not give him much respect. He does not want his brain removed but Nathan will not listen. Is this fair even though he is a robot?
6. Have you ever done a food competition? If so, how did you feel afterward?
7. Do you think Gina is at the Tower? 
 
Next week read chapters 12-22!
 
We will be having a special virtual event on Monday, June 14 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. Unlimited copies of the eAudiobook and eBook are also available through Hoopla Digital.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 31, 2021 at 2:02 PM
  
Read It!

Votes have been counted and it's time for this month's Three on a Theme recommendations!

This month's options were retellings of GREEK MYTHOLOGY vs. NORSE MYTHOLOGY and the winner by just one vote was…GREEK MYTHOLOGY!

Check out three of Nicole's recommendations for retellings of Greek mythology! Links for each title below.



TELL US in the comments – what’s your favorite mythology retelling?
And let us know if you plan to check out any of these titles!

- “Beasts of Olympus” Series by Lucy Coats
- “Abandon” Series by Meg Cabot
- “Circe” by Madeline Miller - https://bit.ly/3bWssPi
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 28, 2021 at 9:37 AM
  
(May 26) On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at approximately 09:00 a.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a shooting at 1305 South Elkhart Way.

Officers located an adult male who had been shot inside of an apartment. This male suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Suspect information was gathered by witness statements and a positive identification of the shooter was obtained. The suspect, Demajhea Tuggle (02/02/2003), was quickly located and arrested by our Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team. He was booked into the Aurora Jail on 1st Degree Murder charges. A booking photo is available at the bottom of this press release.

This case continues to be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe 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

Demajhea Tuggle

*there has been a correction to the suspect's name above. It was previously spelled Demaijhea, but should have been Demajhea*
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On May 27, 2021 at 3:06 PM
  
HELLO

Welcome to HELLO, Hands-On Literacy for Little Ones! Join us each week as we learn about the letter of the month, each week focusing on a different activity or skill! This video is the final HELLO for now; stay tuned for more early literacy programs from Aurora Public Library!

May’s letter of the month is K and the word of the month is KANGAROO! In this video, Miss Julie shares a fun kangaroo craft and Miss Karen shares science and literacy tips to practice at home! Visit your Aurora Public Library to pick up a free Grab and Go craft kit, while supplies last.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On May 27, 2021 at 10:31 AM
  
This is your opportunity to learn something new! This week, Miss Tess shares the alphabet in American Sign Language and shows how to sign your name!

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 26, 2021 at 10:05 AM
  
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