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Brandon Johansson

Reporter for the Aurora Sentinel, Brooding


A rendering of the race car that will be on display tomorrow at the Colorado Freedom Memorial. Phoeo courtesy Colorado Freedom Memorial.

As you might expect with Memorial Day just a week away, there’s plenty happening at the Colorado Freedom Memorial. For one, the memorial, 756 Telluride St., near Beck Recreation Center and Buckley Air Force Base, will host Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Chevrolet from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Martin Truex, Jr. will race […]

Water gushes out of a fire hydrant May 7 near I-225 and East Mississippi Avenue. During the massive droughts in 2003 and 2004, water officials looked into ways to recapture water in scenarios like this, but determined it wasn’t worth the cost to capture the water and transport it somewhere else.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

For the past day and a half, a fire hydrant in the parking behind the Village Inn at Interstate 225 and East Mississippi Avenue has run nonstop — dumping more than 38,000 of gallons into the gutter

The relationship between the police and the media can be a touchy one. While the two sides often rely on each other — reporters need the cops to answer our calls, cops often need us to get their message out — the at-times symbiotic relationship is prone to trouble. Usually, the flare-ups in these otherwise-friendly […]

Even on a day filled with heartbreaking stories, the occasional bit of good news pokes through. As our photographer Marla Keown and I headed back this afternoon from Gateway High School — where we tried talk to people connected to Friday’s movie theater massacre — we spotted some of that good news. Perched on top […]

Critics of a controversial police traffic stop have moved from online message boards to Wikipedia. A reader today sent us a link to Aurora police Chief Dan Oates’s Wiki page, which now includes some edits critical of Oates. The edits are a series of criticisms of the department’s controversial decision last month to stop several […]

Good-mood food? An Aurora man appears to disagree that a trip to Arby’s will leave customers feeling good. In a lawsuit filed last week in El Paso County District Court, an Aurora man accuses an Arby’s in Monument of having a defective urinal that shot a blast of hot steam on his genitals a few […]

Aurora police working a seat belt checkpoint last weekend saw a pretty incredible lapse in judgement by a local parent.  Rather than strap their toddler into a car seat, a parent apparently strapped a gas can into the car seat and the child into a regular seat last weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation posted […]

Nov. 6 could be a very busy day for Leslie Hansen. The long-time Arapahoe County prosecutor is running for District Attorney and if she wins this month’s primary against George Brauchler, her name will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. By itself, that makes for a hectic Tuesday. But this morning, she added another lofty […]

Memorial Day weekend proved to be a busy one on Aurora’s crime beat. In Aurora, there were two separate homicides, one Saturday, another Monday. We hope to have some updates on both later today. An Aurora man was also arrested after Englewood police say he slammed his car into an officer and another man there […]

Bird busted on Colfax

It’s not all busting bad guys and solving crimes for Aurora police. Photographer Marla Keown and I learned that firsthand Tuesday when we strolled along East Colfax Avenue with officers Gene Colwell and Bob Benner for this story on beefed up surveillance along the gritty thoroughfare. During a visit to House of Flowers, 9955 E. […]

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