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Aurora Police Department’s K9 Loki will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Loki’s vest is sponsored by Darby Kelly and Vanessa Ernissee of Heroes with Paws

and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Heroes with Paws”.  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,247 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. 

 The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest.  Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.  For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.   

Loki

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Apr 23, 2021 at 2:51 PM
  

Aurora Police Department’s K9 Factor will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Factor’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”.  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,247 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. 

 The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest.  Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.  For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.   

Factor

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Apr 22, 2021 at 6:17 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 MYTHOLOGICAL TRICKSTERS vs. PROBLEM-SOLVING PROTAGONISTS and the winner by just one vote was…MYTHOLOGICAL TRICKSTERS! 

Check out three of Elizabeth’s recommendations for retellings of our favorite mythological tricksters! 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!



All three recommendations available instantly via hoopla digital!
“Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 1” by Al Ewing |“The Wicked + The Divine Vols. 1: The Faust Act” by Kieron Gillen | “Aru Shah and the End of Time” by Roshani Chokshi
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 22, 2021 at 4:47 PM
  

The Colorado Cyber Guardian Task Force, which consists of the Aurora Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, partnered in a two-day online operation targeting those who engage in the enticement of children for sexual purposes online.

This operation was conducted on April 8th and 9th, 2021, within the city of Aurora resulting in the arrest of the below suspects who were attempting to arrange sexual encounters with a minor. We have provided the suspects name, age, self-declared or otherwise known profession, and their self-declared city of residence as follows:

  • Edgar R. Pando-Caprio, 23, Denver, is employed as a contracted overnight janitor working within the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD). The CCSD is aware of this arrest and will independently provide additional information to staff, parents and the public.
  • Laurentino Espinoza-Pena, 56, Aurora, is a self-employed providing maintenance services
  • Tommy Kilcher, 43, Aurora, self-declared employment at Cardinal Health
  • Joseph M. Goetz, 59, Aurora, self-declared Business Owner of Rio Leasing LLC
  • Jeremy J. Steward, 42, Aurora, historically reported as working in the restaurant/bar industry
  • Brent W. Murray II, 30, Highlands Ranch, has historically self-declared employment as a drone pilot and with USA Security.
  • Joshua J. Wagner, 46, Denver, did not declare employment at time of arrest
  • Dylan J. Cornhoff, 27, Aurora, did not declare employment at time of arrest 
  • Peter D. Rodriguez, 50, Denver, declared employment with a company only identified as Performance and worked as a loader
  • Joshua D. Garcia, 37, Westminster, declared employment with Hertz as a car attendant

The above suspects, also shown in the attached image, were individually charged with at least the following Colorado Revised Statutes, and prosecution will be handled by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office:

  • 18-7-402 Soliciting for Child Prostitution, a Class 3 Felony
  • 18-2-101 Criminal Attempt, a Class 4 Felony
  • 18-7-40 Patronizing of a Prostituted Child, a Class 4 Felony

Our ongoing partnerships with HSI and CBI are invaluable to the Aurora Police Department and the communities we all serve. This collaboration contributed greatly to the overall success of the operation, and our commitment to safety for our community members both online and offline.

According to HSI, “We are proud to work closely with our partners including Aurora PD and Colorado Bureau of Investigations to protect children and arrest individuals who prey on children,” said Steven Cagen, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, Denver. “Child sex abuse is one of the most serious crimes HSI investigates due to the lasting psychological and physical damage it can inflict on victims.”

The Aurora Police ICAC Unit, HSI, and CBI would like to remind parents to be aware of and have an active role in your child’s online presence.  Have discussions with the children in your life about the dangers of online chats or conversations, especially with strangers. We strongly encourage parents to routinely monitor your child’s online activity to prevent them from becoming a victim of a child sex predator or worse.

To learn more about online safety and the Aurora Police Department ICAC Unit please click HERE or copy and paste this URL into your browser:

https://www.auroragov.org/residents/public_safety/police/aurora_for_youth/online_safety_for_kids

Any additional media inquiries related to this operation and associated arrests are respectfully requested to be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office during the prosecution phase.

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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Apr 20, 2021 at 12:57 PM
  
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 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 "Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer" by Kelly Jones. City girl Sophie has no idea what to do when her family moves to a farm they have inherited. Soon things get stranger when she realizes the chickens have superpowers! When a local farmer finds out what the chickens can do and tries to steal them, it’s up to Sophie to keep them safe! Genre: FANTASY.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Chapters 19 (June 18, 2014 later) – 27 (June 26, 2014 to Mr. Brown)
 1. Do you think Sophie could have caught the black streak chicken another way even though she didn’t have tomatoes?
2. Did you know there were so many different kinds of chickens? (Yes, the different breeds are real but the superpowers are not).
3. When Sophie calls Gregory, she uses a very old phone. Below is what it looked like. Have you ever seen a phone like this?'

4. My brother used to draw comics all the time, just like Chris. Sophie likes to draw what is going on in her life as well. How about you?
Next week read chapters 28 (June 26, 2014 to Agnes) -36 (July 10, 2014)! 
   
We will be having a special virtual event on April 26 at 5 p.m. to meet the author! Register here to receive the WebEx link.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's Reach Library. Call 303.627.3050 to place a hold.
Copies are also available through Prospector.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 19, 2021 at 3:15 PM
  
Read It!
APL Reader's Corner
with Tess & Elizabeth

Welcome to APL Reader’s Corner! This month we are reading "Into the Drowning Deep" by Mira Grant. Let us know what you think about the book in the comments! 

Check it out instantly as a digital audiobook from hoopla digital here.

INTO THE DROWNING DEEP
New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life. The ocean is home to many myths, But some are deadly...Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 15, 2021 at 12:31 PM
  
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, we learn more about jellyfish, including how to spell it and sign it in American Sign Language!
Visit your library and pick up a free Grab & Go jellyfish craft kit (available while supplies last).

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 15, 2021 at 10:57 AM
  
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 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 "Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer" by Kelly Jones. City girl Sophie has no idea what to do when her family moves to a farm they have inherited. Soon things get stranger when she realizes the chickens have superpowers! When a local farmer finds out what the chickens can do and tries to steal them, it’s up to Sophie to keep them safe! Genre: FANTASY.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Chapters 10 (June 14, 2014) – 18 (June 18, 2014)!
1. Do you think the woman from Briar Farm really lost her chickens or do you think she is after Henrietta for a reason?
2. Agnes, from Redwood Farm, has told Sophie that Henrietta was her Uncle Jim’s chicken. She also said there are more. Where do        you think they went and do you think they’ll come back?
3. Have you ever begged your parents for a pet? What did they say?
4. What do you think Ms. Griegson was doing with that hawk/rooster?
Next week read chapters 19 (June 18, 2014 later) – 27 (June 26, 2014 to Mr. Brown)! 
   
We will be having a special virtual event on April 26 at 5 p.m. to meet the author! Register here to receive the WebEx link.
 
This event is in collaboration with Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and their Young Reader's Book Club. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Tallyn's  cReach Library. Call 303.627.3050 to place a hold.
Copies are also available through JCPL and Prospector.
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 12, 2021 at 3:33 PM
  
Create It!

DIY Coasters
by Karen

Karen shares a fun DIY to make your own coasters, perfect for a picnic! 

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 12, 2021 at 12:49 PM
  
by Nicole

Upcycle old jeans into a new toy for a furry friend! Nicole shows how to make a DIY denim dog toy in today’s APL How-To! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Apr 09, 2021 at 1:03 PM
  
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