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(January 13) The Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Aurora woman.

Lisa Marino-Dorsey, a 58-year-old woman, was last seen on December 28, 2021, at her residence near 3550 South Kittredge Street in Aurora. The Aurora Police Department was notified of her disappearance on January 3, 2022. Since then, detectives from the Major Crimes Unit have been attempting to locate Lisa but have been unsuccessful. Lisa left her home without her cell phone or belongings and has not communicated with anyone since December 28, 2021. Lisa is 5’4”, 130 pounds and has blonde hair.

Major Crimes Detectives believe that Lisa could have been in the Colorado Springs area at the time of her disappearance on or around January 3. While in Colorado Springs, Lisa would have been occupying a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage which has seen been recovered and seized by the Major Crimes Unit. A stock picture of the vehicle is provided below for reference.

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone who might have any information on the whereabouts of Lisa, has information regarding her disappearance, or might know how to contact her, is urged to call the Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 303.739.6523. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.

We are concerned for Lisa’s safety but are hopeful that someone has information that could assist us with locating her.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Missing Woman Lisa

Mitsubishi Mirage Stock Photo
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jan 13, 2022 at 3:00 PM
  
(January 12) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on East Colfax Avenue.

On Wednesday January 12, 2022, at approximately 6:25 a.m., Aurora Police responded a crash near the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and North Havana Street.

When first responders arrived, they observed an adult male in the roadway. This man was suffering from apparent traumatic injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. A vehicle was not immediately located on scene and officers began interviewing witnesses. Through their interviews, officers learned that this man might have been struck by an RTD bus. Officers were able to confirm this information with surveillance cameras in the area.

After reviewing the video footage, the man is seen exiting the rear doors of the bus. The man suffers what appears to be a medical issue, collapses to the ground and falls under the bus. The bus, after passengers were done exiting and entering the bus, pulls away from the stop not knowing that the man was underneath. The bus continued their route and was later tracked to Union Station. Officers responded to Union Station to contact the driver and bus and later found evidence linking the bus to the tragic incident.

Aurora Police Traffic Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors, but the driver of the bus volunteered and submitted to a blood draw to rule out any impairments.

The identification of the man will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and next-of-kin have been notified.

We ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash and has not yet spoken to police to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jan 12, 2022 at 4:44 PM
  
(January 5) On January 3, 2022, Aurora Police Officers located the suspect vehicle unoccupied at 992 South Dearborn Way. The vehicle was a 2006 black Dodge Mangum. Investigators will continue to work on identifying the driver involved in this crash. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional details are available.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash has dash-camera footage, or any additional information is asked to reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP. Your tips can remain anonymous, and you may still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released on December 29, 2021 
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(December 29) The Aurora Police Traffic Section investigates a fatal hit and run crash on E Montview Boulevard that tragically left a man dead.

During their investigation, parts of the vehicle were located on the scene. Investigators have ruled out that the suspect vehicle is gray. After further examining the parts, investigators believe the suspect vehicle is a black 2005-2010 Dodge Charger or Dodge Magnum. The vehicle should have damage to the driver's side front-fender and driver-side mirror. No additional information is available, and the investigation is still ongoing.  

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash-camera footage, or any additional information is asked to reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP. Your tips can remain anonymous, and you may still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released on December 26, 2021
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(December 26) The Aurora Police Traffic Section investigates a fatal hit and run crash on E Montview Boulevard that tragically left a man dead.

On December 26, 2021, at approximately 05:59 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a male lying on the street in the 19000 block of East Montview Boulevard. Officers located 28-year-old male suffering from significant injuries. The male was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Tragically, the male died from his injuries.

Investigators from the Traffic Section believe the male was struck by a vehicle as the vehicle was traveling eastbound on East Montview Boulevard. Evidence collected on scene indicates the suspect vehicle was gray, unknown make or model, and the suspect vehicle should have damage to the driver’s side front of the vehicle and side-view mirror.  Investigators will continue working on identifying the vehicle and driver involved in this crash. No additional information is available at this time.  

The identity of the male will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after he has been positively identified and his next-of-kin has been notified.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section asks anyone who may have witnessed this crash or otherwise have any information related to this incident, to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP. Your tips can remain anonymous, and you may still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by fsaucedo@auroragov.org  On Jan 05, 2022 at 12:10 PM
  
Teen Talk


Hey teens, let’s talk!
I'm Taylor, one of the Youth Services librarians at Aurora Central Library. 

Cartoon of woman with short hair, surrounded by rainbow border on corners

Each month at Aurora Public Library, I cover a variety of topics for teens. This month’s blog is all about studying. 
Swing by the Aurora Central Library's teen area to browse books, resources, and/or activities related to the monthly topic.


Studying... Ugh! If you are anything like me, studying can be a chore. 
When I was in school, I really struggled. I didn't do well on tests, had a hard time retaining information, and dreaded learning. Now, I work at the library where I eat books full of knowledge for breakfast! 😊

Image of Buddy the Elf from "Elf" with meme font that says "I like learning. Learning is my favorite"

It can feel like if you do not do well in school that you are not smart. I am here to tell you, that is not the case! The pressure to memorize facts and make straight A’s can leave you feeling inadequate when you do not perform well. I am living proof that you can do very poorly in school and still be intelligent. It can be challenging, but it isn't impossible. You can learn how to cultivate good study habits and discover what works for you.
Hopefully this blog will give you some advice that will help you feel more confident at school. 

These 3 articles go into depth on best studying practices:
5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques
The Complete Study Guide for Every Type of Learner
- Top 10 Tips on How to Study Smarter, Not Longer

After reading the above articles, here’s a few tips I would add:
1. Reframe Studying in Your Mind
Once I reframed the way I viewed school, studying and learning from a place of dread and like something I HAD to do, to something I wanted to do/had the opportunity to do—it really did help. Our brains have miraculous powers and we can trick ourselves with our thoughts. It can be helpful to think about school and learning as a way to acquire new knowledge and discover some cool stuff about life, rather than thinking about it as collecting boring facts or useless information that you need to know for a test and then toss. Maybe you will use what you learn in school in the future, maybe you won’t... but either way, it’s rad to know things. So why not spend the time to actually learn and maintain that knowledge in your mind. 

Cartoon showing steps of Cognitive Reframing
 

2. Take Some Deep Breaths
Simply breathing is your best friend! Anxious, overwhelming thoughts can consume our minds. Whenever your feel stressed, nervous, like things are too much or you are not good enough—just deeply inhale for several seconds and exhale for several seconds a few times in a row. This has been a helpful practice for me while I am studying, before taking a test or giving a presentation. 

Deep breaths infographic
 
3. Communicate with Friends, Parents, and Teachers
This is an unconventional tip, but one that I think can help. When we communicate our needs, challenges, intentions and so forth to those in our life it can help alleviate some pressure. When I was in school there would be times when I studied nonstop, but still failed the test. My parents would be upset with me. They didn’t think I studied at all. Rather than helping support me and try to find ways to improve my studying, they blamed my bad grades on a lack of commitment. I was left filled with guilt and shame for not being smart enough. Once I started communicating more, the people in my life knew where I was coming from, which allowed for more empathy and understanding. 

Drawn images of people talking to each other

4. Explore a Variety of Tactics
What works for one person, isn’t going to necessarily work for the other. It’s important to remember that we all learn differently. Even with yourself, what might help you with math may not work as effectively with history. Trying out different studying methods to see what fits is vital. 
Study Methods infographic

Study Methods infographic
 
Explore books & eContent regarding studying:


Check back next month for our next Teen Talk! 

Join me every Thursday at 4 p.m. for our weekly Teen Hang at Aurora Central Library (14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.). I'd love to meet you and hear about what topics you’d like featured. 
 
Taylor written in cursive

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 04, 2022 at 4:03 PM
  
(December 31) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating after a woman, who had been kidnapped in Aurora, was found dead in Douglas County today.

On December 16, 2021, the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit was notified by the Fort Collins Police Department regarding a missing person that they had been investigating. Information obtained through their investigation led detectives to believe that the missing person, a 29-year-old woman, was last seen in Aurora.

Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit immediately began investigating the case and believed that the woman might have been kidnapped in the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Victor Street on November 6. The suspects, two men and a woman, were last seen driving a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Detectives continually worked this case, following up on leads and gathering evidence, when they discovered that the Malibu was seen in Douglas County, near North State Highway 83 and Russellville Road, on November 7.

The vehicle has since been recovered and the three people believed to be involved are in custody.

The two men and woman involved with the female’s disappearance were arrested by local police in Sheridan Wyoming on December 29 for unrelated charges. Detectives from the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit drove up to Wyoming that day to question them. The next day, December 30, Aurora Police Detectives secured warrants for their arrest for first degree kidnapping. The three suspects currently remain in custody at the Sheridan County Detention Center.

Today, with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, investigators responded to that area of Highway 83 and Russellville Road where they located a deceased female, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The identity of this female will be confirmed and released by the Douglas County Coroner’s Office after a positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

The three suspects, previously charged with First Degree Kidnapping, will most likely be charged with First Degree Murder in the coming days. Included below are their booking photographs, courtesy of the Sheridan (WY) County Detention Center, and their names and ages are:
Shantel Edlund – 43 years old – from Sheridan Wyoming
Casey Childers – 39 years old – from Casper Wyoming
Leo VanBuskirk – 23 years old – from Sheridan Wyoming

We want to thank our partners from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Collins Police Department, Sheridan (WY) Police Department, Sheridan (WY) County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigations for their assistance in this complex investigation.

Anyone who might have information about this case, and has not yet spoke to police, is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. Tipsters can also remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Edlund

Childers
VanBuskirk

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2021 at 5:10 PM
  
(December 30) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on East Iliff Avenue.

On Thursday December 30, 2021, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Aurora Police responded a rollover crash near the intersection of East Iliff Avenue and South Elkhart Street.

When first responders arrived, they observed an Acura sedan resting on its roof, still occupied by the driver, a 28-year-old man. Tragically, this man was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger of the Acura, also an adult male, was able to crawl out of the vehicle but was injured and transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The adult female driver, and only occupant of a Chevrolet SUV, was treated for her injuries on scene.

The Aurora Police Traffic Section responded to the scene and is handling the investigation of this crash. Initial information from the scene is that the Acura sedan was traveling eastbound on East Iliff Avenue, approaching South Elkhart Street. The driver made an unsafe lane change, causing the rear driver’s side of the Acura to strike the front passenger side of the Chevrolet SUV. This impact caused the Acura to lose control, spin into the center median, where it then rolled onto its roof. It is believed that the driver of the Acura was not wearing a seatbelt, which we believe contributed to his death.

Aurora Police Traffic Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. Part of their ongoing investigation will determine the speed of the Acura at the time of the crash.

The identification of the driver will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and next-of-kin have been notified.

We ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash and has not yet spoken to police to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section or the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM
  
(December 27) On December 26, 2021, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Officers with the Aurora Police Department responded to the 900 block of S Peoria Street on reports of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they located a 57-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect left the scene before officers arrived.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating this homicide. At this early stage in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to the death, to include suspect information, are still being determined. There is no threat to the public.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the male after he has been positively identified and his next-of-kin has been notified.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
720.432.5095
Posted by fsaucedo@auroragov.org  On Dec 27, 2021 at 1:12 AM
  
(December 25) An argument at the Chelsea Park Village Apartments leads to shots being fired, leaving one dead.

On December 25, 2021, at approximately 06:36 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the Chelsea Park Village Apartments, located at 86 North Oakland Street, on reports of a shooting. Officers located a 35-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be responsible for investigating this homicide. The initial investigation reveals that there was an argument between two adult males outside of the apartment complex, who were known to each other. At some point during the argument, both adults produced firearms, and one of them shot the other. The shooter, a 33-year-old male, was not injured and stayed on the scene, and is cooperating with investigators. All witnesses on the scene are cooperating with investigators.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased after he has been positively identified and next-of-kin notified.

Detectives are actively working to determine who the primary aggressor is and the circumstances leading up to the shots being fired, but no arrests have been made at this moment. This investigation is ongoing. There is no threat to the public.

Anyone with information that has not yet spoken to police is asked to reach out to the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867, where tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by fsaucedo@auroragov.org  On Dec 25, 2021 at 11:51 PM
  
(December 22) The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Adam Holen (DOB: 02/21/1985). Holen was arrested for Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-103 2nd Degree Murder in relation to this homicide. The booking photo for Holen has been provided at the bottom of this news release.

This homicide is being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and any additional media inquiries should be directed there.

Suspect Photo

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on November 25, 2021
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(November 25) An argument in a southeast Aurora neighborhood leads to shots being fired between an adult and a teenager, who later died.

On November 24, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the 4900 block of South Addison Way on reports of a shooting. Officers located two males, both suffering from a gunshot wound. One of the persons shot, a 17-year-old, was transported to a local hospital where he was tragically pronounced deceased. The other, a 36-year-old, was also transported to the hospital where he is expected to survive.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be responsible for this investigation. After interviewing witnesses on scene, it is believed that there was an argument between the adult and a group of teenagers, after alleged careless driving through the neighborhood. At some point during the argument, both the adult and teenager produced firearms, and both fired shots at one another. Detectives are actively working to determine who the primary aggressor is and the circumstances leading up to the shot being fired, but no arrests have been made. Investigators will continue to work closely with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

It should be noted that the adult involved in this shooting is a former Greenwood Village Police Officer and is not currently employed by any other law enforcement agencies.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after the teenager has been positively identified and his next-of-kin notified.

Detectives will continue interviewing witnesses but are asking anyone that may have observed this incident, and have not yet spoken to police, to please reach out to the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867, where tipsters can remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 22, 2021 at 4:58 PM
  
On December 9, 2021, Aurora Police Officers investigated a concerning incident involving a sexual assault on a child in the 1300 block of N. Chester St.  It was alleged that a male suspect entered a residence, identified himself as an immigration official and proceeded to sexually assault a 7-year-old female victim.

Detectives from APD’s Crimes Against Children Unit responded to investigate the matter.  At approximately 9:00 A.M. on December 10th, 2021, Kenneth Dean Lee was arrested in connection with this incident for the charges of Sexual Assault on a Child and First Degree Burglary.  The case is currently in the hands of the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s office pending prosecution.  Our Victim Services Unit is working closely with the family to offer support and help them work through this difficult event.  

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Lee has a disturbing criminal history with a pattern of similar allegations.  It is believed that Lee has specifically targeted immigrant and refugee families to perpetrate his alleged crimes.  The Aurora Police Department wants residents to know that anybody in the City of Aurora, regardless of their immigration status, should feel safe reporting crimes and reported allegations will be taken seriously.  If you wish to report a crime involving Lee please do so by calling the Aurora911 Center at 303.627-3100.  

Kenneth Dean Lee
Kenneth Dean Lee (DOB 9/27/1956) 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 21, 2021 at 12:43 PM
  
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