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School break-in under investigation Renovated Englewood campus debuted last month By Peter Jones Less than a month after the grand opening of the new and renovated Englewood High School campus, police are investigating a weekend break-in that caused several small fires and thousands of dollars in damage to the $45 million state-of-the-art facility. Video surveillance shows that at least three males who appeared to be in their 20s entered the school in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, according to Englewood Police Investigator Kevin Sage. The suspects did not appear to be high school students. Sage says the men smashed several school windows, damaged property in the computer lab and started multiple fires in the band room. The sprinkler system put out the fires, but some rooms, including an orchestra
pit, were flooded. Englewood firefighters were the first responders to the scene due to a fire-alarm activation. They contacted police after broken glass was discovered. The three suspects entered from the south side of the old high school and caused damage there before making their way to the new areas of the campus. Once inside, they caused extensive damage by destroying property and starting fires. Several items of evidence were discovered, according to a police press release, but details were not provided. Classes for EHS and Englewood Leadership Academy, which also uses the building, were cancelled on Jan. 13 Officers from Arapahoe County, Cherry Hills Village and Sheridan assisted in the investigation.
2014 DUI enforcement kicks off with 431 arrests Fewer alcohol-related fatalities continues as goal for CDOT, law enforcement New Year’s Eve celebrations quickly turned sour for many users of Colorado roadways who chose to ring in 2014 by driving impaired. Preliminary reports indicate that 431 people were arrested for DUI during the New Year’s Eve enforcement period in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s ongoing The Heat Is On impaired driving prevention campaign. The New Year’s Eve crackdown began on Dec. 27, and lasted through Jan. 2. Arrest totals in 2013 were lower than the 2012 New Year’s Eve enforcement period, when 501 people were arrested for DUI. During the 2013 New Year’s Eve enforcement period, there was one alcoholrelated fatality In encouraging Coloradans to “Drink and Don’t Drive,” CDOT supports an individual’s right to celebrate, so long as they do so responsibly and don’t put the lives of others in danger. Overall, 6,989 people were arrested during 12 enforcement periods in 2013, a 28 percent decrease from the 9,784 arrests reported during the same enforcement periods in 2012.
“Our troopers operate under the mission of keeping Colorado safe, first and foremost,” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We hope that people continue to hear the message about the dangers of driving impaired. Being arrested for DUI is a real nightmare—it’s expensive, it can result in loss of driving privileges and it’s incredibly dangerous for the individual and those around them.” “It’s comforting to know that CSP and many other top-notch Colorado law enforcement agencies are doing their part to keep impaired drivers off Colorado roads,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “Each year we strive for zero fatalities—2014 is no exception.” Preliminary reports show that the highest arrest totals came from the Denver Police Department (49 arrests), Aurora Police Department (36 arrests), Colorado Springs Police Department (28 arrests) and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (26 arrests). The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year with 12 DUI enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. More details, including DUI enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips, at HeatIsOn Colorado.com.
Police are investigating a weekend break-in that caused several small fires and thousands of dollars in damage to the new $45 million Englewood High School campus. File photo
Book donations still needed for ‘Colorado Reads – The Early Literacy’ book drive One third of fourth graders read below a basic level. This number is significantly higher in minority groups, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Denverites can fight for childhood literacy by donating new or gently used books for third graders and younger to Colorado Reads – The Early Literacy Initiative book drive. The drive is collecting books now through Jan. 17 at a variety of local locations. The AmeriCorps Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition, a program based at Denver Human Services, is one of several AmeriCorps Colorado programs seeking 25,000 new and gently used book donations for children in third grade and
younger. “Books are a valuable resource that allows people to use their imagination to access the world around them,” said Nelson Hardin, AmeriCorps CBPYT Member. “This drive will directly impact the youth that we serve all across Colorado. We still need thousands of book donations to reach our goal, especially books that are written for Spanish-speaking children.” The book drive coincides with AmeriCorps CBPYTs Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. All donated books will be sorted on Martin Luther King Day and distributed to organizations impacted by the recent Colorado floods and nonprofits that help at-risk youth.
AmeriCorps CBPYT has partnered with the following organizations where donors can drop off new and gently used books: Denver Human Services Castro Building (1200 Federal Blvd, Denver) Webb Building (201 W Colfax Ave., Denver) Stella’s Coffee (1476 S Pearl St., Denver) Alfalfas (1651 Broadway St., Boulder) Golden Public Library (1019 10th St., Golden) Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder) Teens INC (151 E 1st St., Nederland) For a complete list of drop off locations, visit www.cbpytameri corps.org.
Libraries provide free movie and music streaming Patrons can view up to 5 titles per month By Peter Jones Arapahoe Library District has been checking out CDs and DVDs for years, and now patrons can get their free movies and music without even leaving home. If that sounds like Netflix with a library card, you’re streaming in the right direction. Starting this month, the district enters the world of cyber entertainment via new contracts with Hoopla
Digital and IndieFlix, which together are providing more than 15,000 movies, television shows and songs to local library cardholders. “We’re really trying to get into the digital space in offering our patrons content in the way they want to consume it,” said Oli Sanidas, Arapahoe’s digital-services director. “The trend is going toward streaming, even beyond downloading.” Arapahoe is the fourth Colorado library district to offer free streaming through services such as Hoopla, a website geared toward its more than 40 library-system clients, and
IndieFlix, a movie-oriented site that also sells individual memberships. In the case of Arapahoe’s cardholders, patrons can simply go to the two websites and input their library-card number. Content can be streamed immediately. By contract with the two providers, cardholders can stream up to five titles per month, which can be viewed on computers, tablets, smartphones and some gaming devices. There is also a Hoopla app. The district has budgeted $39,600 annually for the services now available to the district’s
250,000 cardholders. Library patrons from other districts can also stream content by acquiring an Arapahoe sticker for their card. More than 300 people have opened accounts since the services began on Jan. 2. “We’re trying to get the word out that libraries are a place where you can get digital content. That’s always a bit of a struggle,” said Cindy Phillips, the district’s manager of library materials. The other challenge is keeping a diverse catalogue of material. Although Hoopla has contracts with the likes of Paramount Pictures,
Warner and MGM, the two library services are not as comprehensive as Netflix or Amazon Prime, for example. “What we’re trying to figure out is the scale of it,” Sanidas said. “Getting all of the Triple-A content – that is the hard part.” The larger trend is libraries providing services well beyond the traditional book checkout. Arapahoe even offers a digital recording studio free of charge. “We’re always looking for opportunities for our patrons to use the library and new ways for them to think of us,” Sanidas said.