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The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Parker Road leaving one pedestrian dead.

At around 10:30 p.m. a large white pick-up truck was traveling south on Parker Road near South Peoria Street.  The pick-up truck struck a 56-year-old male who was crossing the roadway.  The driver of the pick-up truck did not stop and continued driving on Parker Road towards I-225. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injures.  The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once next of kin have been notified. 

This investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash camera footage, or has any information about this incident, to please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit

Posted by  On Aug 12, 2020 at 10:14 AM
A Yarn About the World - Iceland
with Tyler

Our resident globetrotter Tyler shares his travel experiences. This time, take a trip to Iceland. Tyler shares the history of the country and some of its highlights, both man-made and natural, including Aurora Borealis! 

Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!
Posted by  On Aug 12, 2020 at 9:22 AM
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess 

August's Book: "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer

Chapters 1-8: "Cassius Clay Clouds" to "Glass of Water"

1. Do you know who Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali was? Look him up! Why would Delphine describe the bumpy airplane ride as a "Cassius Clay-left-and-a-right jab"?
2. Have you ever been to California? What would you want to do if you could go?
3. Have you ever flown in a plane? How did you like it?
4. The girls' mother, Cecile, is cold and mean. Do you think she will change by the end of the book?
5. What do you think Cecile is hiding in the kitchen?
6. Remember that this novel takes place in 1968 - 52 years ago! With your parents' permission, look up some history of that year. What was going on in America? Why did the sisters feel they needed to be on their best behavior? Why were there so few other African Americans on the flight? Even the term "Negro" is a word we would not use today. What other differences have you noticed?

Share your thoughts on the book so far in the comments below!

Join us in discussing "One Crazy Summer" live on Zoom! We'll be meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31. Sign up for the Zoom program here. 

Posted by  On Aug 10, 2020 at 3:03 PM 1 Comment
CORRECTION: It was originally reported that this incident occurred on Joplin Circle, that information was incorrect, it actually occurred on Jasper Circle.  We apologize for the error.  There are no new updates to report on this case at this time.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer 
Media Relations Unit

(Information originally released on August 9, 2020)

Shortly after midnight the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment home in the 200 block of South Joplin Circle in the Centre Pointe Neighborhood.

Upon arrival officers found an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound, he was pronounced at the scene. Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded and are actively investigating this case which is in it's early stages.  No information about what lead up to this shooting or details about the suspect(s) are available at this time.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified about his death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000. 
Posted by  On Aug 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM
Create It!

It's #MakeItMonday! Today, Karen shows how to create your own fruit wreath - the perfect decor for the end of summer!

Posted by  On Aug 10, 2020 at 1:16 PM
The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating an Auto Vs. Pedestrian Crash that occurred on East Arapahoe Road Saturday night.

At around 10:00p.m. a Chevy sedan was traveling Eastbound in the far right lane of the 14700 block of East Arapahoe Road. The vehicle struck an adult male who was walking in the lanes of traffic.  That section of roadway was not illuminated by street lights at the time of the accident.  The male pedestrian was pronounced at the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Officer once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified of his death.

The investigation into the cause of this crash is in it's early stages and is on-going. Any witnesses who did not stop and remain at the scene are asked to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
Posted by  On Aug 09, 2020 at 1:03 AM
Check It Out!
a movie review by Deana

Featured movie

Eleanor's Secret
What's the basic plot?
Nathaniel and Angelica are moving into their Great-Aunt Eleanor’s house after their parents inherit it. Nathaniel who everyone calls Nat doesn’t know the secret from the books that his great-aunt left him. When he finds out that his dad needs money to repair the house, he offers the books that he never wanted in the first place to pay on the repairs. Little does Nat knows that the books have a special magic that only he can protect.  This French film has also been translated into English, with both versions available on Kanopy. 

Why you might like it
Nat and his sister Angelica have just moved into their great aunt’s house near the beach. We find that Nat isn’t interested in reading books since he can barely read, yet his great-Aunt has just left him all of her fairytale book collection. Nat cherished these books when she read them to him on their summer visits. Angelica his sister has been given a special doll that she thinks has no value or use for in her life. As we journey through the secrets of the fairytale books, Nat and Angelica will race against time to keep their great Aunt’s secrets in the family. Just when their dad decides to sell the books to Mr. Pickles, a neighbor who has always tried to get Eleanor’s prize fairytale collection, Nat, Angelica and a few friends go on an adventure through wonderland. Will their great aunt Eleanor’s secret disappear or can Nat, Angelica and friends save the day? You may enjoy this movie if you like animated films, family adventures and fairytales. It's a heartwarming story of adventure. 

Reasons you  might not like it
If you’re not a fan of family animated films, this may not be the movie for you. This movie isn’t a high tech 3-D animated version that so many of us are used to watching. The colors aren’t as brightly vibrant and the visual graphic art designs can be quite simple. But it’s a film that will warm your heart as you take an adventure through the looking glass of fairytale characters trying to save the day.  
Who's in it?
This film features the voice over talents of:

Paul Bandey                                  Jeanne Moreau  

Pascal Berger                                Julie Gayet  

Christine Flowers                         Lilane Rovere  

Joanne Forrest                              Pierre Richard  

David Gasman  
Where to watch it
Every title I recommend is available for you to watch instantly, for free, using our digital library services. 

”Nocturna” can be accessed using Kanopy , with a direct link here:

Don't have a library card? Don't worry! You can sign up for a virtual library card here. 

Posted by  On Aug 07, 2020 at 2:15 PM
Let's Get Gardening with Tagawa Gardens: Planting for Pollinators

Let's get gardening! We have partnered with our friends at Tagawa Gardens for a series of gardening videos showing tips and tricks to get your garden growing!

In this week's video, Luan discusses planting for pollinators! Learn about what types of perennials do well in Colorado's climate and support pollinators, including bees, butterflys and even hummingbirds. Luan also shares tips for planting and caring for your new perennials.

Posted by  On Aug 07, 2020 at 9:06 AM
This afternoon Chief Wilson terminated the employment of Officer Javen Harper.

On October 17th, 2019, a supervisor smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Officer Harper’s breath. Following department protocols at the time, a preliminary breathalyzer was administered which found that his breath alcohol content was .059. The breath test was followed up by a blood draw which showed that his blood alcohol content at the time of the draw was .035.

After the completion of the Internal Affairs Bureau investigation the case was reviewed by a discipline review board and the Independent Review Board (IRB). Officer Harper was sustained for violating three department directives. After reviewing all the facts and circumstances regarding this case Chief Wilson made the decision to terminate his employment.

Officer Harper joined the Aurora Police Department in 2002 and was assigned to the Traffic Section. During the time of this incident he was on restricted duty and not armed.

“Since my appointment as Interim Chief, and now as the newly appointed Chief of Police, I have pledged to hold my officers accountable for their actions,” said Chief Wilson. “Being transparent regarding issues of officer misconduct is paramount for rebuilding trust and legitimacy with our community.”

IA Investigation Summary Report

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
Posted by  On Aug 04, 2020 at 9:54 PM
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess 

Reading Schedule for "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer
August 3-9: Chapters 1-8 (Cassius Clay Clouds - Glass of Water) 
Discussion Questions posted to blog on Monday, Aug. 10

August 10-16: Chapters 9-17 (Inseparable - Big Red 5)
Discussion Questions posted to blog on Monday, Aug. 17

August 17-23: Chapters 18-25 (China Who - San Francisco Treat)
Discussion Questions posted to blog on Monday, Aug. 24

August 24-30: Chapters 26-34 (Wish We Had a Camera - Afua)
Zoom meeting on Monday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Register here:
Posted by  On Aug 03, 2020 at 1:53 PM 1 Comment
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