Man sentenced to 33 years in prison in connection with Aurora carjacking that left woman paralyzed
Darrell Frazier, 20, of the 1770 block of Burnham Avenue, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular hijacking, a class X felony, and agreed to the sentence, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.chicagotribune.com
Aurora Pride files lawsuit against city stemming from parade controversy
Aurora Pride, which organizes the annual Pride Parade in the city, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the city ordinance that they said led to the event’s permit being revoked last summer before the parade was eventually held.chicagotribune.com
Colorado police officer accused of attacking disabled woman
A police officer in suburban Denver is facing a felony charge after allegedly punching a disabled woman who was walking her dog outside his apartment complex while he was off-duty. Aurora officer Douglas Harroun, 32, was charged with third-degree assault against an at-risk adult following Wednesday's encounter, Sentinel Colorado reported. According to an arrest affidavit, Harroun and his wife were driving up to the apartment complex as the disabled woman was walking her unleashed dog in the middle of the road, forcing Harroun to drive slowly behind her as he approached the parking garage.news.yahoo.com
Aurora police launch program for community to give feedback through text message survey after 911 calls
A new program launched by the Aurora Police Department will send a bilingual message to people asking their views of the police department and how their interaction with officers went.chicagotribune.com
Kane County state’s attorney says Aurora police acted properly in moments before fatal crash that followed vehicle pursuit
Aurora police officers were justified in pursuing two suspects believed to be involved in an Arlington Heights stabbing in June in the moments before a fatal car crash, officials with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said Friday.chicagotribune.com
Coloradans take housing into their own hands with initiative
Fed up with sky-high housing prices, Coloradans are taking the issue into their own hands with a November ballot initiative that would direct a portion of the state's income taxes to affordable housing projects. As housing crises bubble up nationwide, Colorado's Proposition 123 is the first statewide housing initiative in the country to make the ballot for the 2022 election, according to a database of ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures. “We’ve reached a tipping point and we cannot continue to wait on the sidelines and hope that something happens,” Jackie Millet, mayor of the Denver suburb of Lone Tree, told a campaign kickoff event Tuesday in Aurora.news.yahoo.com
Teenager killed, 2 people injured in Kane County 3-vehicle crash that split BMW in half, ejected driver
A 17-year-old girl and a 53-year-old man, both from Aurora, suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The 19-year-old man driving a BMW died at the scene of the crash, which was the result of unsafe speeding, officials said.chicagotribune.com
Like another before him, alleged Highland Park mass shooter passed through Illinois gun-permitting system intended to stop him
Three years after a mass shooting at an Aurora warehouse spurred a major attempt to reform the gun-permitting process in Illinois, the Highland Park parade massacre showed more flaws in the system.chicagotribune.com
Highland Park parade was not the first time a mass shooting took place in the Chicago suburbs
The shooting at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade Monday put the North Shore town in chilling company with other communities across Chicago and the suburbs where neighbors, coworkers, students and residents have faced terror and tragedy when gunmen opened fire.chicagotribune.com
Restoring the Aurora, a cruise ship with a storied past
Built in the 1950s to carry tourists on day trips from the German port of Hamburg, one of the last surviving cruise ships of that era looked bound for the scrap heap, until Chris Willson found the rotting vessel for sale on Craigslist.cbsnews.com
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
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.
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.
Police department with Elijah McClain case gets new chief
Three white police officers confronted him, with police body-camera video showing one approaching McClain and telling him: Stop right there. In the video, McClain tells officers: Let go of me. Aurora police have said McClain refused to stop walking and fought back when officers tried to take him into custody. The officers used a chokehold that cuts off blood to the brain a tactic recently banned in several places following Floyds death. A local district attorney decided last year not to charge the Aurora officers, citing a pathologists determination that it was inconclusive exactly how McClain died.
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.
Could 'Joker' Controversy Hurt Film's Opening?
There was heavy security at Wednesday night's New York opening of the controversial new movie "Joker." All New York theaters showing the movie will reportedly have a police presence. In the movie, Joaquin Phoenix plays a downtrodden loner who adopts the Joker persona to inflict extreme violence. Some critics fear the movie may prompt violence after the 2012 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where The Dark Knight Rises was being shown. Reviews were mostly positive and at last months Venice Film Festival, the film received a seven-minute standing ovation.
Air Force Academy's longest-serving falcon mascot dies
(CNN) - Aurora, a falcon that served the Air Force Academy as mascot for 23 years, has died, the school announced Wednesday in a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter. The bird was a fixture at Air Force Academy sporting events as well as military and community events. Aurora was the school's longest-serving live mascotThe Air Force Academy's first class, which began courses in 1955, chose the falcon as a mascot, as they felt the species channeled the Air Force's fighting spirit. Other mascots to serve the school were named named Atholl and Baffin. A successor, Glacier, served the school from 1980 to 1995, becoming the longest-serving mascot up to that point.
Relatives of Aurora Shooting Victims Worry 'Joker' Could Inspire Violence
Titled "Joker," Phoenix stars as failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who ultimately becomes the comic book villain. Several victims of the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, are expressing their concerns in particular. The film feels like a "slap in the face," Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was killed in Aurora, told The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't think it's the responsibility of a filmmaker to teach the audience morality or the difference between right or wrong," Phoenix told IGN. Relatives of those killed in the Aurora shooting are asking Warner Brothers, the studio behind the film, to donate to anti-gun violence causes.
5 Toddlers Born Within 2-Week Span Have Adorable Photo Shoot Every Year
A group of five toddler girls born within a two-week span of one another get together each year for an epic photo shoot. The girls Aurora, Olive, Haven, Lyla and Aubrey are all 3 years old and their moms all know each other and happened to give birth around the same time. Photographer and mom Alex Bolen, 26, shot the groups photographs every three months for the first year of their lives. I would like to introduce you to the cutest group of gal pals ever. The little girls get along as well and two of them, Olive and Haven, are best friends born on the same day.
Beth Chapman remembered in second memorial service in Colorado
Beth Chapman was remembered for her strong personality and kindness at a memorial service in her hometown of Aurora, Colorado, on Saturday. Chapman, who starred in popular reality series "Dog the Bounty Hunter" with her husband Duane "Dog" Chapman, was 51 when she died on June 26 in a Honolulu hospital. "She was our lion tamer of the Chapman family," he said. The couple rose to fame as the stars of their 2004-1012 hit reality show, which followed the adventures of their family-owned bounty-hunting business. The Chapman family held a public memorial at Fort DeRussy Beach in Waikiki, Hawaii, on June 29.
On this day: July 20
2012: Gunman James Eagan Holmes opens fire in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater during a midnight showing of the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and wounding 70 others. Holmes was arrested outside the theater minutes later. In the summer of 2015, Holmes was convicted on 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences plus 3,318 years without parole. Hide Caption