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(January 16, 2021) Investigators have made an arrest in the case of two explosive devices that were recently detonated in Southeast Aurora. 

Last night at around 11:00 p.m. the Aurora Police Department SWAT team arrested Scott Alan Campbell at his residence (3563 South Uravan Street) for the following criminal offences: 
  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  • 1st Degree Arson
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
Campbell was transported to the City of Aurora Detention Center where he is currently being held on a one million dollar bond.  This case remains and open and active investigation and no additional details are being released at this time. The case will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office for formal charging. 

The explosions, which occurred on December 25th and January 7th each caused damage, but no injuries were reported. The incidents occurred within one mile of each other. 

This case was a joint investigation between the multi-jurisdictional Regional Anti-Violence Enforcement Network (R.A.V.E.N.); the Aurora Fire Rescue Department Fire Investigations Bureau; the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.) and the Aurora Police Department.

Scott Campbell
Scott Alan Campbell (Date of Birth: 3/2/1976)

Information previously released by the Aurora Fire Rescue Department on January 7, 2021:

Investigators are asking for public assistance in two separate incidents involving explosions.

Aurora Fire Rescue and Aurora Police Department investigators are currently working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate two separate explosive devices and the circumstances leading up to their detonations. The explosions each caused damage, but no injuries were reported. These incidents occurred within one mile of each other. Investigators are interested in any information about these explosions, including security camera footage, doorbell camera videos or photos that local area residents may have around the time of the incidents could be helpful. 

Incident 1: An explosive device was detonated on Dec. 25 at approximately 5:30 a.m. and was reported by residents nearby. The explosion caused damage to 2 homes in the 18000 block of E. Mansfield Ave.

Incident 2: At approximately 4:45 a.m. today, Thursday, January 7, a 911 caller reported the sound of shots fired in the area of their home. Responding officers from the Aurora Police Department found a detonated explosive device which caused damage to one home in the 4600 block of S. Pagosa Circle. 

Both events are under investigation and the publicly available details are limited at this time.

If you have any information or recordings in the area during the dates and times below, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or 

December 25 between 5:00-6:00 a.m.
Area of E. Mansfield Ave. and E. Loyola Drive

January 7 between 4:00 and 5:30 a.m. 
Area of S. Pagosa Way and S. Pitkin St.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit

Posted by  On Jan 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Building Healthy & Delicious Meals
with Natural Grocers

We have partnered with Natural Grocers for a series of videos focusing on healthy living to start the new year! To start, let's get back to the basics! Discover the importance of getting off the blood sugar roller coaster using high-quality proteins, fats & carbohydrates to build healthy & delicious meals.

Posted by  On Jan 16, 2021 at 8:37 AM
APL How-To: Button Art 
with Nicole

Join us on the second Friday of each month for a quick and easy tutorial for a DIY you can do at home!

This month, Nicole shares how to make a beautiful and unique piece of art using buttons! 
Posted by  On Jan 15, 2021 at 12:40 PM
(January 14, 2021) On June 19th, 2020 a 17-year-old male was shot and killed while attending a Juneteenth celebration at Rocky Ridge Park located at 16200 E. Mississippi Ave.

This homicide investigation is still actively being investigated and we continue to ask for the publics help. The Major Crimes Homicide Unit is announcing a total reward increase of up to $7,000.00 for eligible tips being allotted from the following entities:

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000.00.

The Aurora Reward Fund is offering a reward of up to $5,000.00.

We are asking for anyone who has any information on this homicide to please call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP where your tips remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. 

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department

(June 19, 2020) This evening at approximately 8:37 p.m. Aurora Police Department officers responded to multiple reports of a shooting at a Juneteenth celebration being held at the Rocky Ridge Park located at 16200 East Mississippi Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they located a 17-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries this evening.

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

Currently we believe this was an isolated incident between the victim and the suspect(s) no longer posing an immediate threat to the general public. No one is currently in custody, but investigators are working diligently to identify any and all suspect(s) responsible.

This homicide is being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We urge anyone with information or video about this homicide to call Agent Glenn at 303.739.6068. Alternatively, tips can be sent to Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where your tips may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00 and you can remain anonymous.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Posted by  On Jan 14, 2021 at 1:14 PM

HELLO stands for Hand-on Early Literacy for Little Ones. In this program children will sing songs, work on fine and gross motor skills, learn about letters, numbers and science and develop early literacy skills. Ages 0-6.

This week's video is all about the letter F, as in fish!

Posted by  On Jan 14, 2021 at 9:37 AM
Readers' Realm

Readers' Realm: Adventure!
with Lisa

The adventure continues! Keep commenting or join in now. 

A new discussion topic will be posted each week through January 27 - then on to a new genre/category.   
Feel free to post as much as you like. Be sure to read others’ comments and respond to them.  Let’s get to it!

Adventures can truly take place anywhere.  Where is your adventure taking place? Tell me about it.  Do you think that’s a good place for adventure?  Is it unique, or is it overused? Please include the title and author of the book you’re reading in your post (some of us want to add to our reading list!) 

The book I’m reading, "The Tomb" by S. A. Bodeen,  starts in ancient Egypt.  But there’s a twist!  The Egypt parts have actually all been a virtual reality simulator.  The two main characters are on a small spaceship that they name the Tomb.  This totally makes sense, as some of the Egyptian activities were not actually from ancient times.  It’s a great setting, as now these two teens are alone in space, heading toward another space craft.  All kinds of things can go wrong.

 The Tomb

What’s happening in your book? 
Posted by  On Jan 13, 2021 at 8:10 AM
Read It!

Family Book Club: "The Green Ember" by S.D. Smith
Aurora Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library welcome S.D. Smith, author of "The Green Ember" for a virtual visit on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. Register for the event here

The Green Ember

Get ready for this special event by reading "The Green Ember" throughout January! Free copies (that you can keep) are available at Aurora Public Libraries, while supplies last. Please call your branch to see if there are copies remaining. Unlimited copies of the eAudiobook are available free with your library card via HooplaDigital
For JCPL patrons, "The Green Ember" is available for checkout and online as an eAudiobook via HooplaDigital and Axis360.
Below is a suggested reading schedule. Every Monday, there will be a new blog post related to the chapters we read that week! 
- Monday, Jan. 4 - Sunday, Jan. 10: Prologue - Chapter 14 (Forest Flight)
- Monday, Jan. 11 - Sunday, Jan. 17: Chapter 15 (Picket's Check) - Chapter 30 (The Green Ember)
- Monday, Jan. 18 - Sunday, Jan. 24: Chapter 31 (Jupiter's Crossing) - Chapter 44 (The Beginning)
Chapters Prologue - 14 (Leave your thoughts in the comments below)
- When Father is telling Heather and Picket the story of King Jupiter, did you feel like the family was connected to the King somehow?
- When the wolves arrived, were you worried their parents Heather and Picket would not escape? Do you think their parents and Jacks are okay?
- Who are the two rabbits that helped save Heather and Picket?
- Why do you think Picket doesn't like Smalls?
- Can you guess why the wolves are destroying towns?

Don't forget to register to virtually meet S.D. Smith on Jan. 25!
Posted by  On Jan 11, 2021 at 3:29 PM
Create It!

Create It! Snowmen
by Karen

Bring the magic of snowy days indoors by creating your own snowmen that never melt! Karen shares a DIY to make your own winter decor.

Posted by  On Jan 11, 2021 at 1:52 PM
Made in a Mug

Made in a Mug: Gingerbread Mug Cake
by Tessy

Need a sweet treat? A savory mouthful? Join us for "APL Made in a Mug" for your next bite-sized recipe! 

January's recipe is Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll in a Mug.
Recipe from Gathered Nutrition by Mia Zarlengo. Thanks to Mia for letting us share this recipe! Check out the full recipe here.

Let us know if you try this recipe and what you think of it!

Posted by  On Jan 08, 2021 at 1:01 PM
In October of last year, Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson unveiled her five-point plan for rebuilding community trust, called “A New Way.” One of the most important leadership components of the plan is to elevate community relations to the highest level of the organization by adding a non-sworn member to lead those efforts to the Chief’s Executive Staff.

Chief Wilson is pleased to announce the appointment of Claudine McDonald as the Aurora Police Department’s Chief Community Relations Officer. Prior to accepting this new position with the APD, she was the Community Relations Manager for the City of Aurora.

In her new role Claudine will oversee and direct the operations of the department’s newly created Community Relations Section which includes Recruiting, Community Relations Officers, Aurora for Youth Programs, Police Explorers, the Chief’s Community Police Advisory Team and Chief’s Youth Advisory Team. She will also continue to serve as a liaison for the Aurora Community Police Task Force. 

Claudine spent 22 years in the public sector working for a non-profit as the Director of Member Engagement and Inclusion before joining the City of Aurora. As the Community Relations Manager she advocated for the effective use of available human, community and social service resources in the city. She oversaw the city’s Human Relations Commission, Veterans’ Affairs Commission and coordinated groups such as the Aurora Key Community Response Team, Aurora Community of Faith, ReACT (Responding to Aurora’s Critical Topics).

Claudine has received two Governor of Colorado appointments. One for the Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council where she promoted diversity and competency to increase quality of services. The second where she was appointed to the Senate Bill 211 Advisory Commission to Cover All Colorado Kids to promote healthcare coverage for all Colorado children.

Claudine is a former two-term elected member of the Chery Creek School District Board of Education. She was the first Chicana/Pacific-Islander to serve in that capacity. During her tenure she was a continuous voice for addressing issues impacting students/families of color and inclusive excellence.

Claudine earned her degree in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has trained on the topic of Healthcare Diversity/Cultural Competency issues to over 70,000 individuals around the country and has worked to integrate diversity/disability perspectives into organizational structures.

“I am so happy that Claudine has accepted this important position on my Executive Team. I’m excited to see the new ideas and initiatives she brings to our organization and community” said Chief Wilson. Her vast experience, education and knowledge in the field of community relations will be a great benefit to the department as we move forward with our “A New Way” plan for rebuilding trust with our community”

“I am looking forward to continuing to advocate for our community while building stronger meaningful relationships with the members of the Aurora Police Department. I believe that listening and collaborating together are key to bringing about the changes we all want to see” said Mrs. McDonald.

Claudine McDonald
Chief Community Relations Officer Claudine McDonald

Lieutenant Chris Amsler, PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
Posted by  On Jan 07, 2021 at 4:03 PM
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