Retired Aurora police chief selected to review law enforcement response to Uvalde school shooting
Aurora’s retired police chief Kristen Ziman is one of nine people selected to review law enforcement’s response to the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, recently that killed 21 people.chicagotribune.com
As Aurora mayor, GOP governor candidate Richard Irvin said charges against girlfriend would be ‘taken care of’ at scene of her arrest in the suburb, police report shows
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said charges against girlfriend would be ‘taken care of’ at scene of her arrest last year, police report shows.chicagotribune.com
Abortion protests in Illinois
Holding a sign that reads "I regret My Abortion", Nancy Kreuzer, left, along with other protesters, stand outside of Stericycle along North Eola Road on May 22, 2019, in Aurora. Kreuzer said that more than 25 years ago she an abortion after getting a diagnosis of hydrocephalus and Down syndrome. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)chicagotribune.com
Former choir teacher accused of having sexual conduct with student on multiple occasions at Aurora high school: DuPage County officials
Nathan Bramstedt, 42, of Oswego, is accused of sexually assaulting the student, who was 17 years old at the time, on multiple occasions and at multiple locations at Metea Valley High School from February 2019 to June 2019.chicagotribune.com
Denver suburb where Elijah McClain died ousts police chief
Police Reform-Chief Fired-Colorado FILE - Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson addresses members of the media to discuss a shooting at Nome Park on Nov. 15, 2021, in Aurora, Colo. The Denver suburb where a Black man died after being confronted by police in 2019 has ousted its police chief, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, nearly two years after she took over vowing to rebuild community relations and reform the department. In a press release, Aurora's city manager implied that while Wilson prioritized community involvement, she didn't effectively manage the police department. “In an effort to justify getting rid of Chief Wilson, the City and Council have engaged in a conspiracy to leak misinformation to the media and falsely attribute responsibility for the department’s long-standing historical problems to Chief Wilson,” Wilson's lawyers said. Twombly also said he had ongoing conversations with officers in the department and was concerned about the number of officers who have left.wftv.com
Justice Department Secures Settlement to Resolve Disability Discrimination Against People with Opioid Use Disorder
Today the Justice Department reached a settlement agreement with Ready to Work, a not-for-profit residential, work and social services program for individuals who are homeless, with facilities in Aurora and Boulder, Colorado. The settlement agreement addresses civil rights violations identified during the course of an investigation conducted by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “People with opioid use disorder are too often subject to discrimination rooted in myths and stereotypes rather than in science,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. For more information on the Civil Rights Division, please visit www.justice.gov/crt. The settlement agreement can be viewed here.justice.gov
High winds are expected to taper off on Sunday afternoon, but a mix of rain, snow and freezing temperatures are to follow, forcasters say
Although there is a warning for gusty winds for the earlier part of Sunday afternoon, the winds will diminish into the evening hours and will back out by this evening. A mix of rain and snow is expected to land on Monday.chicagotribune.com
On the anniversary of the Pratt warehouse shooting in Aurora, state police say they are reducing backlog of FOID card reviews
Three years after a deadly warehouse shooting in Aurora killed five employees, Illinois State Police said they are continuing to focus on reducing a backlog of FOID card reviews.chicagotribune.com
Boy, 5, dies after Denver area apartment building fire
Fatal Apartment Fire In this photo released by the Aurora Fire Rescue is the scene where a fire swept through a three-story apartment building in Aurora, Colo., Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Officials in suburban Denver say that a child died after firefighters rescued people unable to escape on their own before dawn. (Aurora Fire Rescue via AP) (Uncredited)AURORA, Colo. — (AP) — Fire swept through a three-story apartment building in suburban Denver early Monday and a 5-year-old boy died after firefighters rescued people unable to escape on their own, officials said. Firefighters using ladders rescued about nine people from the building, said Lt. Dan Pollet, a spokesperson for Aurora Fire Rescue. The unidentified boy died in a hospital, Aurora Fire Rescue said in a statement.wftv.com
Child dies after apartment building fire in suburban Denver
Fatal Apartment Fire In this photo released by the Aurora Fire Rescue is the scene where a fire swept through a three-story apartment building in Aurora, Colo., Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Officials in suburban Denver say that a child died after firefighters rescued people unable to escape on their own before dawn. (Aurora Fire Rescue via AP) (Uncredited)AURORA, Colo. — (AP) — Fire swept through a three-story apartment building in suburban Denver before dawn Monday and a child died after firefighters rescued people unable to escape on their own, officials said. Firefighters using ladders rescued about nine people from the building, said Lt. Dan Pollet, a spokesperson for Aurora Fire Rescue. The child died in a hospital and three other people were taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Aurora Fire Rescue said in a series of tweets.wftv.com
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s GOP challengers face a steep financial disadvantage, latest campaign records show
Fundraising by Republican contenders for governor in Illinois is dwarfed by the campaign account of billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the latest campaign records show. That could change if the state's richest man, Ken Griffin, follows through on his vow to defeat Pritzker.chicagotribune.com
Bone found in submerged SUV belongs to Ohio mom who vanished with kids in 2002
Missing family: Stephanie “Van” Nguyen, 26, of Delhi Township, Ohio, and her two children, Kristina and John Nguyen, vanished in April 2002 after Nguyen left notes telling family she was driving into the Ohio River with the children. — A single bone found in the submerged SUV of an Ohio woman who vanished with her children in 2002 has been positively identified, authorities said. Missing family: A steamboat is docked at the Grand Victoria Casino & Resort at Rising Sun, Ind., in a 2019 photo. The stop was conducted near a boat ramp on the Ohio River. The Nissan Pathfinder the family vanished in was pulled from the Ohio River Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Aurora, Ind.wftv.com
Bone in SUV is from Ohio mom missing since 2002 with 2 kids
Missing Ohio Family SUV Found This Oct. 2021 photo released by Indiana State Police shows authorities working on the river during the recovery of the SUV near Aurora, Ind. DNA testing has confirmed that a bone found in an SUV pulled last fall from the Ohio River in Indiana is from an Ohio woman who vanished with her two young children in 2002. Indiana State Police announced Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 that Dearborn County's coroner learned Friday the bone was confirmed as belonging to Stephanie Van Nguyen. — (AP) — DNA testing has confirmed that a bone found in an SUV pulled last fall from the Ohio River in Indiana is from an Ohio woman who vanished in 2002 along with her two young children, authorities said Tuesday. McCreary said that once the weather improves, authorities plan to make another dive in the Ohio River to search for additional human remains.wftv.com
Billionaire Ken Griffin pushes Illinois GOP to back his slate of candidates for 2022, with Aurora mayor potentially filling the slot for governor, sources say
Allies of billionaire Ken Griffin are pushing Illinois Republican Party to back his slate of statewide candidates next year in exchange for major funding help.chicagotribune.com
'Panther' the cat rescued after days-long utility pole perch
Panther stayed put despite efforts by his co-owner, Alexis Soberanis and others to coax him down in Aurora. Neither pleading nor the enticement of food did the trick, Sentinel Colorado reports. The cat went missing earlier this week and was first spotted atop the police on Wednesday. Standard practice, according to another utility is to give cats time to make their way back down on their own, Sentinel Colorado reported. After getting the truck into place, firefighters rescued the cat.wftv.com
Teen shootings in Denver suburb renew focus on gun violence
It was lunchtime on a mild day in the sprawling Denver suburb of Aurora when a truck full of teens pulled into a high school parking lot where students were gathered, and gunfire rang out. One of the boys charged in the Nov. 19 shooting later told investigators he brought his armed friends to an expected gang fight because “it’s the way it is in this town,” court documents said. The shooting was one of several involving teenagers within a two-week span that have placed renewed attention on a long-running problem of gun violence and gangs in the state’s third largest city, where the police department has been under scrutiny for its treatment of Black residents.news.yahoo.com
Man arrested by DuPage-Kane task force on I-88 accused of having six pounds of cocaine, other drugs in secret compartments in vehicle
A Melrose Park man is facing a number of felony drug charges after members of a new Kane-DuPage task force say his vehicle was found to have secret compartments filled with more than six pounds of cocaine, other drugs and cash during a traffic stop Wednesday near the border of Naperville and Aurora.chicagotribune.com
3 wounded in Colorado high school shooting; 16-year-old facing attempted murder charge
School shooting injures 3 Stock illustration depicting gun violence in a school setting. A 16-year-old Colorado student is facing an attempted murder charge related to a Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, shooting in the Hinkley High School parking lot that wounded three teenagers. (fstop123/Getty Images/iStockphoto)AURORA, Colo. — A 16-year-old Colorado student is in custody and facing an attempted murder charge related to a Friday shooting in the Hinkley High School parking lot that wounded three teenagers, the Aurora Police Department confirmed. >> Read more trending newsThe shootings occurred just after noon, and responding officers found one teenager in the parking lot who had been shot. Meanwhile, an Aurora Police Department school resource officer fired his weapon during the attack, but it was not immediately clear if his shots struck anyone.wftv.com
Police: 3 students shot in Denver-area school parking lot
APTOPIX Colorado School Shooting Edgar James, center, hugs his daughter, Mia, right, and his wife, Olga Aguirre, left, as they are reunited outside Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Three people were shot Friday in the parking lot of the school, police said Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP) (Andy Cross)AURORA, Colo. — (AP) — Three students were shot Friday during a fight in the parking lot of a high school in the Denver suburb of Aurora, the police chief said, only days after six teenagers from a nearby campus were shot and injured at a park. Two were students at Hinkley and the third from APS Avenues School, which serves students grades 7-12, Wilson said. The shooting followed another Monday in which six students from Aurora Central High School were the victims of bullets fired from a car driving by. KCNC-TV obtained cellphone video that the TV station said was taken from a car inside the parking lot as shots were being fired.wftv.com
Denver suburb will pay $15M to settle Elijah McClain lawsuit
DENVER — (AP) — The Denver suburb of Aurora has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the parents of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after suburban Denver police stopped him on the street and put him in a neckhold two years ago, the city and a family attorney have announced. A judge accepted terms of the settlement Friday, said Qusair Mohamedbhai, an attorney for McClain's mother, Sheneen McClain. McClain was a 23-year-old massage therapist who played his violin for cats in a rescue shelter. However, a grand jury indicted the officers and two paramedics in September following an investigation by Attorney General Phil Weiser ordered by Gov. One of the three officers who arrested McClain was fired last year, but not for stopping him.wftv.com
Cops: 3 people shot in suburban Denver school parking lot
Colorado School Shooting People gather outside Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021., where three people were shot in the school's parking lot, police said. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP) (Andy Cross)AURORA, Colo. — (AP) — Three people were shot Friday in the parking lot of a high school in the Denver suburb of Aurora, and the school is on lockdown, police said Friday. The shooting came after six students from another Aurora high school were shot and injured Monday at a park near their school. Police cars converged on the high school with officers setting up yellow crime tape in the parking lot. Numerous shell casings fired from different guns were found at the scene of Monday's shooting and it is possible some rounds were fired by someone on foot, police said.wftv.com
Police looking for vehicles in shooting that wounded 6 teens
Colorado Park Shooting Aurora Police officers investigate the scene of an early afternoon shooting at Nome Park near Aurora Central High School, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Aurora, Colo. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP) (Helen H. Richardson)AURORA, Colo. — (AP) — Police asked the public for help Tuesday in finding two vehicles believed to have been involved in a drive by shooting in a park near a suburban Denver high school that left six teenagers wounded. They are all students at Aurora Central High School in Aurora, a diverse city east of Denver. Officers who responded to the shooting applied tourniquets to at least two of the wounded students, police said. Student Aariah McClain, 15, said she heard gunfire as she was walking near the school’s football field during lunch. After the shooting, Wilson said needed everyone to be “outraged” by what happened and come forward with any information they might have to help police find those responsible.wftv.com
6 teens injured in drive-by shooting near Denver area school
The victims, who range in age from 14 to 18, are all students at Aurora Central High School, Aurora police chief Vanessa Wilson said. Three patients from the shooting were taken to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, a diverse city east of Denver. Mitchell said she is frustrated because another shooting involving three teens happened near the school on a recent weekend. Mitchell added parents get blamed for youth violence, but there are no affordable activities offered for students in the area. According to U.S. News and World Report's high school rankings, 67% of the school's approximately 2,000 students are considered economically disadvantaged, qualifying for free or reduced lunch.wftv.com
AP source: MLB moving All-Star Game to Denver's Coors Field
Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Haunted by mass violence, Colorado confronts painful history
On Wednesday, Reinfeld was reeling from the latest mass shooting even closer to home, after authorities say a 21-year-old gunned down shoppers at a local grocery store. “I could see at some point leaving because of all this,” said Reinfeld, a gun control activist. But it's also been haunted by shootings that have helped define the nation's decades-long struggle with mass violence. The Aurora shooting brought that terror from schools to a movie theater. After each of Colorado's biggest massacres, the local gun control movement has gained heartbroken new recruits.
Cops fired over photos tied to Elijah McClain not reinstated
The Aurora Civil Service Commission issued a decision Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, upholding the firings of officers Marrero, Dittrich and Jason Rosenblatt over this and similar photos. Police Chief Vanessa Wilson fired the three officers last year over two photos taken at a memorial to McClain two months after his death. AdDittrich texted the photos to two officers who stopped McClain — Rosenblatt and Nathan Woodyard — to try to cheer up Woodyard, authorities said. Besides the neckhold, McClain was injected with the sedative ketamine. Rosenblatt initially tried to put McClain in the neckhold but couldn’t because of his position, so Woodyard did, authorities said.
Northern Lights again possible in parts of contiguous US
ORLANDO, Fla. – Seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis is on the bucket list of many people. The northern lights are a result of these storms. Typically the northern lights hang out closer to the poles, way up north in Canada, Alaska and northern Europe, but during a strong event like this one, they can be seen further south. Northern Lights forecastThe further south you are, the lower in the sky the potential glow will be. The northern lights have been seen in Florida a few times, but it’s extremely rare and takes a large disruption of Earth’s magnetic field from an intense geomagnetic storm.
Uber, hard-hit by pandemic, sells its robot-vehicle division
SAN RAMON, Calif. – Uber is selling off its autonomous vehicles development arm as the ride-hailing company slims down after its revenues were pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic. Self-driving vehicle technology company Aurora will acquire the employees and technology behind Uber's Advanced Technologies Group in an stock transaction, the companies said Monday. Uber will also invest $400 million into Aurora, and Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join Aurora's board of directors. After the transaction, Aurora will be worth $10 billion and Uber will hold 26% stake in the company, Aurora CEO Chris Urmson said in an interview. San Francisco-based Uber will lose a critical piece of its company after the pandemic cut into its finances by suppressing demand for shared rides.
A look at a Colorado Black man's death in police encounter
McClain, a 23-year-old Black man in the Denver suburb of Aurora, died in August after police officers confronted him as he was walking to a store. McClain was a massage therapist who planned to go to college, his younger sister, Samara McClain, told The Denver Post. According to a report by District Attorney Dave Young, Aurora officers responding to the report said McClain was uncooperative when they confronted him. Federal authorities also said they were considering an investigation into photos of Aurora police released last week. WHAT IS THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE PHOTOS TAKEN AT MCCLAIN'S MEMORIAL?
Police chief defends pepper spray at Elijah McClain vigil
Wilson said in a statement that the suspended officers were "depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died." Aurora Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said the officers were responding to a small group of agitators among the largely peaceful crowd Saturday. Three white officers stopped McClain as he walked down the street last August after a 911 call reported him as suspicious. The officers who stopped McClain were cleared by prosecutors and returned to the force, but the governor has ordered the state attorney general to reopen the case. A separate internal police investigation is underway into photos of Aurora officers taken near where McClain died.
Officers put on leave over photos tied to Elijah McClain
The interim police chief of the city of Aurora, Vanessa Wilson, said in a statement that the suspended officers were "depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died." In McClain's case, police body-camera video shows an Aurora officer getting out of his car, approaching McClain and saying, Stop right there. The chief's decision could be appealed by the officers under investigation, which would delay the results being released, he said. The three officers who stopped McClain did not face any criminal charges after an investigation by the district attorney, but Democratic Gov. Who didn't do it the right way were those agitators who were arming themselves, that were putting on helmets and gas masks and throwing rocks at my officers, Wilson told KUSA-TV.
Boy on dirt bike seriously injured in Melbourne crash, police say
MELBOURNE, Fla. – A dirt bike rider was seriously injured in a crash involving a sedan in Melbourne, according to police. Officers said the crash took place Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Aurora and North Wickham roads. According to police, the boy was riding a Suzuki dirt bike east along the sidewalk on the north side of Aurora Road when he crossed over Wickham Road and was thrown from the bike into the path of a Hyundai going west on Aurora Road. The boy, whose name and age have not been released, was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital to be treated for serious injuries, police said. Officers have not said what caused the boy to be thrown from the bike, or whether the woman driving the Hyundai will face charges.