Aurora Police News
The Aurora Police News Blog was created in 2016 as a new way to share news and information from the Aurora Police Department with the community we serve. It is maintained by the staff of the Media Relations Unit.

Media Relations Unit Staff:

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-Commanding Officer
Agent Faith Goodrich-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org

To reach a Public Information Officer with the Traffic Section for information about traffic related incidents (crashes, traffic safety, DUI Enforcement) call 720.675.8915.

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Aurora, CO.- July 22, 2016, 6:45 p.m.-  Aurora PD patrol and Traffic officers responded to the intersection of E. Colfax Ave. and Jasper Street on a report of a motorcycle crash.  Upon arrival investigation revealed a motorcycle, driven by, Joseph Alfredo Chavez, 44yo, of Denver, was eastbound on E. Colfax Ave. when according to witnesses a forest green in color late model Ford Ranger with a matching bed topper made a left turn from southbound Jasper Street in front of the motorcycle.  Chavez attempted to brake but lost control and went down onto the pavement, flipping over.  The Ford Ranger did not stop and continued eastbound on E. Colfax Ave.  Chavez was not wearing a helmet and sustained severe life threatening injuries to his head.  He was transported to University of Colorado Hospital for emergency medical treatment, however Chavez succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced on July 25th, 2016 at 9:19 p.m.

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this crash under report# 2016-29148.  We are asking for anyone that may have witnessed the crash, or knowledge of the green in color Ford Ranger, to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit at 303-739-6202.  Again we are looking for a late model Ford Ranger, forest green in color with a matching bed topper. 

This is the 12th traffic related fatality for the City of Aurora this year. 

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland
Aurora Police Department Traffic Section
303-739-6326

 


Posted by Guest  On Jul 26, 2016 at 10:01 PM
  
Aurora, CO.- July 24, 2016, 10:45 p.m. - Aurora P.D. patrol and Traffic officers responded to the area of S. Chambers Road and Crestline Ave. on a report of a single vehicle crash.  Upon arrival the investigation revealed a black in color Ford Explorer was northbound on S. Chambers Road from S. Parker Road, and according to witnesses, traveling at a high rate of speed.  When attempting to make it around a curve the vehicle lost control, struck the curb line, and then struck several signal light poles, causing it to roll.  Both occupants, a 31 yo. male, and a 28 yo. female were ejected from the vehicle.  Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment and the female later died from her injuries while in surgery.  It is unknown at this time which occupant was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.  The male is currently in stable condition. 

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this crash under report # 2016-29430.  We are not releasing names at this time.  We believe alcohol intoxication, speeding, and not wearing seatbelts were all contributing factors in this crash.  This is the 11th traffic related fatality this year for the City of Aurora.    

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland
Aurora Police Department Traffic Section
Traffic Section Commander

Posted by Guest  On Jul 26, 2016 at 9:25 PM
  
Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to a missing person case of Lashaya Nae Stine 16 years old. Lashay was last seen July 15, 2016 at 2:30 a.m.. The conference will take place today at the front entrance of North Middle School (12095 East Montview Blvd ) at 3:30 p.m.. Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz will be providing an update on the event. The conference will be held in front of the school.

WHAT: The Aurora Police Department
WHEN: Saturday July, 23, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. 
WHERE: North Middle School, 12095 East Montview Blvd 
WHO: Chief of Police Nick Metz 
CONTACT: Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department (720) 432-5095 
NATURE: PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE MISSING PERSON LASHAYA NAE STINE 

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

Posted by Guest  On Jul 23, 2016 at 3:08 PM
  
The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has arrested Caterrius L. Martin DOB 08/23/82 for First Degree Murder in relation to the homicide investigation reported on July 18th, 2016 at 10782 East Exposition Avenue. Martin is currently being held at the Arapahoe County Jail with no bond. A photograph of Martin will not be released at this time as the incident is still being investigated. This is all the information that is available at this time.

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit is not looking for any other parties involved at this time. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent M. Yacano with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6090. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward.

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

Previously released on July 18, 2016:

On Monday July 18th, 2016 at 12:04 a.m. officers responded to 10782 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Due to this being an active and ongoing investigation there is not any suspect information available, nor have there been any arrests made. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once a positive identification has been made, and next of kin has been notified.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this case call Agent M. Yacano at 303.739.6090 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain
anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

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Officer Crystal McCoy 
Media Relations Unit 
Office of the Chief of Police 
Desk: (303) 739-6038 
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095 
Posted by Guest  On Jul 21, 2016 at 3:19 PM
  
Residents of Aurora are invited to celebrate National Night Out (NNO) with the Aurora Police Department and the rest of the country on Tuesday, August the 2nd. NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal of the campaign is to make Aurora a safer place.

The Police Area Representative Team for District 3, which serves the Southeast area of Aurora has announced the District's plans for the evening. A caravan of police officers and department vehicles will be traveling to and visiting NNO events throughout the District.  Below is a list of their scheduled stops.

4:00p.m.     Target Store, 7400 S. Gartrell Rd.
5:30p.m.     Eastern Hills Community Church, 25511 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
5:40p.m.     Sagebrush Park, 4744 S. Evanston Way.
6:15p.m.     Summit Park Townhomes, 4245 S. Fraser St.
6:20p.m.     Frontier Elementary School, 3200 S. Jericho Way.
6;55p.m.     Mission Viejo Park, 3999 S. Mission Pkwy.
7:00p.m.     Lake Shore, S. Zeno St. & E. Wesley Pl.
7:35p.m.     Tierra Park, 14793 E. Asbury Ave. & Peace with Christ Church, 3290 S. Tower Rd
Officers will spend about 30 minutes at each event. Times are subject to change.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616
Posted by Guest  On Jul 21, 2016 at 8:11 AM
  
Aurora Police Department’s K9 Deuce will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Deuce’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Erick Bumpass of Aurora, CO and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Bless this K9 in memory of Officer Doug Byrne”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K-9 Deuce

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
camsler@auroragov.org
Posted by Guest  On Jul 19, 2016 at 8:43 AM
  
On Saturday July 9, 2016 at 3:31 p.m. officers responded to 364 South Ironton Street Apartment 428 in Aurora. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive adult male. Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the male. The male was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

There was an adult female involved who remained at the scene. This is an ongoing investigation, and there have not been any arrests made. Police are not looking for any other parties at this time. The identity of the involved adult female will not be released, and the identity of the deceased was released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case call Agent Jaimie Krieger at 303-739-6113 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain
anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

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Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Desk: (303) 739-6038
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095
Posted by Guest  On Jul 11, 2016 at 8:06 PM
  
At about 8:36 AM, personnel with the Aurora Police department responded to S. Gartrell Rd., near the on ramp to westbound E-470 tollway, on a report of an auto vs. motorcycle crash.

Initial investigation indicates that an adult female was riding a motorcycle alone, southbound on S. Gartrell Rd. Additionally an adult female was driving an SUV alone, northbound on S. Gartrell Rd., and this motorist turned left, to the westbound E-470 on ramp, in the path of travel of the motorcyclist, causing a collision.

The motorcyclist was severely injured and was transported to a local hospital. Although she was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, she succumbed to her injuries.

The motorist in the SUV was uninjured, and remained at the scene, she is cooperating with investigators.

At this time, no alcohol or drug impairment is suspected. In addition, speed does not appear to be a factor.

The Aurora Police Traffic Section has taken over the investigation, and upon conclusion will recommend possible traffic and / or criminal charges if appropriate.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

All motorists are reminded, especially during warm weather months, to be extra mindful of motorcycles’ traveling the roadway.

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Traffic Section
303.739.6202


Posted by Guest  On Jul 07, 2016 at 1:49 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint commencing Friday, July 8th, 2016 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. This is part of our continuing commitment to the statewide effort to combat drunk drivers and reduce alcohol related traffic accidents and fatalities. This checkpoint is part of the DUI Checkpoint Colorado program, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend continuing through Labor Day weekend, and will include more than 100 checkpoints statewide by 11 participating agencies. This checkpoint will be located on Peoria St.

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer who will be looking for signs of intoxication and/or impairment in the driver. The checkpoint should cause only minor inconvenience to traffic along the targeted roadway, and highly visible signage will be posted leading into the checkpoint screening area. Drivers entering a checkpoint are asked to pay close attention to the officers directing traffic through the area. Motorists should also roll down their drivers’ side window as they approach the screening area. This allows for better communication between the motorist and the officer, quicker screening and a shorter delay overall.

The checkpoint is funded by an N.H.T.S.A. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) grant in partnership with the “Heat is On” campaign and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The APD Traffic Section will also have a dozen or so officers out of the streets conducting DUI Saturation Patrols, specifically looking for impaired drivers.

Please contact Traffic Section Commander, Lt. Michael McClelland with any questions. 

Lieutenant Michael McClelland
Section Commander
Traffic Section
720-675-8915  
Posted by Guest  On Jul 01, 2016 at 12:38 PM
  
Did you know that personal use of all fireworks, sparklers, novelties requiring ignition, and salutes that make a sound, are illegal in the city of Aurora? This includes all fireworks whether they leave the ground or not. Although many are sold right outside the city limits, a city ordinance mandates that you cannot legally use them in Aurora.

• Violations of the ordinance may result in a minimum of $250, and up to a $2,250 dollar fine.
• Besides the fine, you could get hurt, injure someone else, or start a fire.

If you've already purchased fireworks and want to get rid of them safely, drop them off at Aurora Fire Rescue Station at no risk of prosecution or fines.

The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited in the city of Aurora. These items include fireworks that leave the ground, need to be ignited, or have a report. This includes all items sold at a fireworks stand.

Use fireworks and pay the price:
• Up to $1000 fine.
• Liable for property damage.
• Liable for personal injury.

Starting next week Fire Investigators from the Aurora Fire Rescue Department will be patrolling the streets of Aurora along side Aurora Police Officers looking for violators. Leave the fireworks to the professionals, come down to the City of Aurora 4th of July Spectacular.

Note to Media: Requests for additional information or interviews should be directed the Aurora Fire Rescue Department at afdpio@auroragov.org .

Fireworks Are Illegal in Aurora

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Jun 29, 2016 at 1:52 PM
  
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