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On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of three disposal sites in Aurora.

Central Aurora: The Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St.
Northeast Aurora: Pickens Technical College, 500 Airport Blvd.
Southeast Aurora: Saddle Rock Emergency Room, 22500 E. Dry Creek Rd.

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM
  
Every 15 Minutes Presented by  Hinkley High School & Aurora Police Department on April 3-4, 2017

Life's lessons are best learned through experience. Unfortunately, when the target audience is teens and the topic is drinking and driving, experience is not the teacher of choice.

The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of driving impaired. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

Prior to the start of the program, involved students and school faculty members begin by making a short video that will be played at the end of day two to the rest of the Junior and Senior class. This is the video that was produced.

Special thanks to all student participants and community partners who made this possible:
Aurora Public Schools- Hinkley High School
Aurora Fire Rescue
Arapahoe County Coroner
City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center
Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Department of Transportation
Falk Rocky Mountain- Aurora
Health One Air Life
Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
M&M Auto Reconditioning


Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 04, 2017 at 3:25 PM
  

UPDATE: Yesterday the Aurora Police Department held a press conference to update the media on this ongoing investigation. You can view an unedited version of the conference here.




Information previously released on April 1st, 2017

On Saturday April 01, 2017,  officers from the Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team, Strategic Response and Tactics unit, and Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force were conducting surveillance on a wanted adult male suspect known to be armed and dangerous. The suspect  was wanted for aggravated motor vehicle theft out of Denver. Throughout the course of the surveillance the officers received information the suspect was in a vehicle near the 1500 Block of North Sable Boulevard.
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Our officers were able to locate the vehicle and at approximately 3:00 p.m. they attempted to apprehend the suspect. During the course of the apprehension the suspect fled in the vehicle which ended up in a ditch a short distance away.   During the incident an officer fired his weapon at the suspect. The officers rendered aid to the suspect who was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. New charges are pending. There was a juvenile female passenger in the vehicle who was unharmed.

 

The officers has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

The investigation is being handled by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department. This is due to the passage of Senate Bill 219 which requires law enforcement agencies to team up with neighboring agencies to investigate officer involved shootings.

 

Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to call Detective Michael Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6127.

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 04, 2017 at 1:49 PM
  

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

WHAT:          The Aurora Police Department and the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office

WHEN:           Monday April 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Aurora Police Headquarters, Office of the Chief of Police, 15001 East Alameda Parkway

WHO:             Chief of Police Nick Metz 

CONTACT:    Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department

                         (303) 739-6022

 

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police Department will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to an officer involved shooting involving an Aurora Police Officer that occurred near East Colfax and North Sable Boulevard.

 

The conference will take place today at Aurora Police Headquarters (15001 East Alameda Parkway) at 5:00 p.m. Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz be providing an update on the events of last Saturday.

 

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive prior to 5:00 p.m. at the north doors of police headquarters near the crime lab vehicles. A representative of the Media Relations Unit will then provide access into the building.

 


Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 03, 2017 at 3:08 PM
  
Local Organizations Host First “Every 15 Minutes” Program in Aurora Colorado
Two-day simulation to educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving

WHO: Aurora Police Department (PIO: Diana Cooley 720-432-5095)
Aurora Public Schools, Hinkley High School (CCO: Patti Moon 303-326-7805)
City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center (PIO: Michael Bryant 303-739-7181)
Children’s Hospital Colorado (PIO: Hollon Kohtz, Media Pager: 303-890-8314)
Aurora Fire Rescue (PIO: Tony Krenz 720-477-0315)
Falck Ambulance
Arapahoe County Coroner
Health One Air Life
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Denver Metro Teen Drivers

WHAT: The “Every 15 Minutes” Program is a two-day event that brings together high school juniors and seniors and challenges them to think about the consequences of drinking and driving. The program also educates students on personal safety, responsible and mature decision making and the impact their decisions can have on family, friends, the community and their futures. Students work with local organizations and family members to craft a scenario to act out in front of peers and role play the consequences of their decisions and actions.

WHEN: Monday, April 3
(Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. to set-up before the crash scene begins at 12 p.m.)

WHY: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., more than homicide and suicide combined. There are at least 60 traffic fatalities in Colorado every year that can be attributed to distracted driving. Alcohol-related collisions are the leading cause of death among teenage youth.

The Aurora Police Department and Aurora Public Schools are partnering with Hinkley High School to host the first-ever “Every 15 Minutes” program in Aurora Colorado. The event brings together community leaders including the City of Aurora, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora Fire Department, City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center, Arapahoe County Coroner, Health One Air Life, Falck Ambulance and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to take a proactive step in educating local high school students about making mature decisions when alcoholic beverages are involved.

Additional Information and Media Opportunity:

Media is welcome to attend the crash scene that will be simulated on April 3 at 12 p.m. There will be a designated area for media to set up, as there will be many moving components during the scenario (arrival of ambulances and a helicopter).

Interviews will be provided to media before or after the crash scene on April 3. If interested in filming other parts of the event, please contact the designated PIO to make arrangements.

Media are invited to attend the second day of the event on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 a.m. at Hinkley High School. Students, parents and teachers will gather to watch the video that was created on April 3, and there will be speakers including members of the Aurora Police Department, Hinkley High School and MADD.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
[email protected]
Posted by [email protected]  On Mar 30, 2017 at 9:26 AM
  
On March 7th, 2017, at about 6:57 PM, Aurora Police Traffic Officers responded to an Auto Pedestrian crash at East 28th Avenue and North Tower Road.  When they arrived, they found that a 52 year old male was walking west across North Tower Road on the north side of the intersection.  The intersection is not controlled by traffic signals.  A 1993 Toyota Corolla driven by a 70 year old male was northbound in the left through lane of traffic.  The driver of the Toyota saw the pedestrian and tried to brake but was unsuccessful.  The pedestrian was struck by the Toyota.

The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where he later died.  Detectives are currently trying to positively identify him.  Once identified, his identity will not be released until next of kin are notified.

The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota remained on scene.  He was not injured.  His identity is not being released at this time.

Traffic investigators continue to work the scene.  At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash.  It will take some time to determine fault.  Northbound Tower Road remains closed during this investigation.

Sergeant William Revelle
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303 739 6374
Posted by [email protected]  On Mar 07, 2017 at 8:18 PM
  
UPDATE: Investigators are releasing video footage of the crash which is attached to this news release. They are  searching for additional witnesses to this crash. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Steve Chinn with the Traffic Investigations Section at 303.739. 6342.

VIDEO FOOTAGE: 





Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on February 14th, 2017 at 6:10PM.


UPDATE:  Investigators have reviewed surveillance video at the railroad crossing. The videos show that the driver of the van pulls into the railroad crossing area and stops prior to the crossing gates being activated by the approaching RTD A-Line commuter train. He remains idle for approximately 38 seconds and then drives directly into the path of the train.  Investigators have now focused their investigations into whether or not the actions of the driver were intentional.

North Chambers Avenue and East Smith Road will remain closed until midnight tonight.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
72-432-5095

Information previously released on February 14th, 217 at 08:05a.m.

On Tuesday February 14, 2017 at approximately 3:49 a.m. a passenger van traveling south bound on North Chambers Road was struck by an eastbound A-Line RTD train while the van was on the train track between the crossing gates.

An Aurora Police Officer was present and working at this train crossing intersection, as well as an employee contracted by RTD, at the time of the crash and witnessed this incident. The Aurora Police officer attempted to stop the driver of the passenger van from traveling onto the tracks as the A-Line RTD Train was approaching on the tracks, but the van failed to stop and was struck by the train.   After the collision the train continued to travel for approximately 1/4 of mile before coming to a complete stop. The adult male driver of the van was extricated from the vehicle by the Aurora Fire Rescue Department. He was pronounced at the scene.

At this time we know 56 occupants were on board the RTD A-Line train. Four total patients were treated with only one being transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The identity of the driver is not being released at this time. His name will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section will be the lead agency investigating this crash. The Federal Railroad Authority and Regional Transportation District (RTD) are also involved with this investigation.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 16, 2017 at 4:34 PM
  

UPDATE-Press release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office:

17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young announced Friday that formal charges of first-degree murder after deliberation have been filed against Jose Luis Lozoya in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Alonzo Devault on Monday.
Aurora police responding to a 911 call found Devault with multiple stab wounds on the ground in a parking lot at 14551 E. Colfax Avenue on at about 12:20 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.

Lozoya (DOB 11/04/92) is charged with one count of first-degree murder after deliberation (F1). He was advised of the charge Friday morning and a preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 21 in Division T of Adams County District Court. Lozoya is held without bond.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact Aurora Police Detective Jamie Krieger at 303-739-6113.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Sue Lindsay
Public Information
17th Judicial District Attorney's Office
303-835-5639


Information previously released on January 16, 2017

On January 16, 2017, at approximately 12:20 p.m. Aurora Police were dispatched to a report of a physical altercation between two parties in the 1600 Block of N. Eagle St. Upon arrival officers located an adult male who had been stabbed. Officers on scene rendered aid to the victim and rescue personnel were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

 
The suspect, an adult male,  was located by officers in the area. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The identity of the suspect is not being released at time. They are actively investigating this case and interviewing witnesses.  

 

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case.

 

The name of the deceased victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they have positively identified him and his next of kin have been notified.

 

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call Agent Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113.

Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 20, 2017 at 2:08 PM
  
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Department District 2 Detective Unit is seeking the public's assistance in obtaining photos and videos of last nights disturbance at the Town Center of Aurora. Detectives are particularly interested in obtaining photos and videos that show criminal activity such as fighting, assaults, and property damage.  

Anyone with this type of media is asked to contact Agent Eric White at 303-739-6011 or [email protected]

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 

Information previously released on December 26th, 2016

At approximately 4:45 this afternoon Aurora Police responded to a large disturbance at the Town Center of Aurora (14200 East Alameda Parkway).

An APD officer that was working off-duty encountered a fight that was taking place in the Food Court. When the officer went to arrest one of the subjects involved he was surrounded by a unruly crowd. As the officer was attempting to escort the arrestee to the Aurora Police Substation inside of the Town Center the crowd continued to advance on the officer and several other fights broke out. A citywide call for help was aired over the radio and all available APD units responded to the center.  The crowd grew in size to approximately 500 people (mostly juveniles). After consultation with Town Center management the decision was made to close the mall in the interest of public safety. 

Assistance was requested from the Denver Police Department and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. Early estimates show that over 50 law enforcement officers responded to the Town Center. 

During the incident several skirmishes occurred in the parking lots of the Century Theatre and the RTD Centrepoint Station. One male was assaulted at that location, his injuries were not serious.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries during the disturbance, one arrestee had very minor injuries and no officers were injured. 

5 arrests were made, all of the suspects are juveniles. Charges they are facing include Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction, and Resisting Arrest.

It is believed that a post on social media announcing a fight at the Town Center is what drew this unruly crowd to the Town Center of Aurora.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Dec 27, 2016 at 5:24 PM
  
Fatal Crash

On 11-25-16, at  6:45 pm, The Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Department responded to East 26th Avenue and North Picadilly Road on the report of a rollover crash. The crash scene was approximately 1/2 mile east of North Picadilly Road on East 26th Avenue.
The preliminary investigation showed a Chevy Tahoe was westbound on East 26th Avenue when, for unknown reasons, it went partially off the north side of the roadway. The driver tried to steer the Tahoe back onto the roadway but over corrected causing the Tahoe to roll approximately two times before coming to rest in the middle of East 26th Avenue. There were three occupants inside the Tahoe - an adult male driver and two juvenile male passengers. The driver and one of the juveniles had to be extricated from the Tahoe. All three occupants were transported to local area hospitals. Unfortunately, the driver and one of the juvenile males were later pronounced dead. The other juvenile male had minor injuries.  At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the cause of the crash. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit will continue its investigation of this crash. 

Sgt. Craig Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 25, 2016 at 11:08 PM
  
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