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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Operation First-Degree Burn | 31 Gang Members Charged in 22 Murders Around Aurora

Aurora Police Chief Bill Powell (Tribune Photo)

As part of a three-year investigation called "Operation First-Degree Burn" and a multiple-agency task force, 31 Latin Kings gang members were charged by a special Kane County Grand Jury related to 22 murders going back two decades.

"It should rattle the foundation of that entire street gang (Latin Kings)."
John Barsanti, Kane County State's Attorney

The joint investigation included the FBI, Kane County Sheriff, Aurora Police Department, Montgomery Police Department and Kane County State's Attorney.

>See Chicago Tribune story or Daily Herald story or see inside for more...


chicagotribune said...

By James Kimberly and Gerry Smith
Tribune staff reporters

June 29, 2007

A three-year investigation, unprecedented in its size and scope in Kane County, culminated this week with 31 Latin Kings street gang members charged in connection with 22 slayings in and around Aurora during the last two decades, officials announced Friday.

All but two of those charged were in custody. Police are seeking the other two.

Officials said they hoped the results of the investigation, dubbed Operation First-Degree Burn, would comfort the families of murder victims, debilitate the Latin Kings and discourage others from joining gangs.

"Hopefully, these arrests will put an end to the false perception that gang members can get away with murder, because that is not true," said William Monroe, special-agent-in-charge of the FBI in Chicago.

"It should rattle the foundation of that entire street gang," said Kane County State's Atty. John Barsanti.

The charges are the result of a joint investigation involving the Aurora and Montgomery Police Departments, the FBI, the Kane County sheriff's police and the Kane County state's attorney. Indictments were issued by a special grand jury that had met in secret since April.

The slayings ran the gamut. There was the 2003 death of Robert Rem, 17, who was gunned down days before Christmas on the evening before he was to travel to Germany to meet his mother, who had been stationed in Iraq. Police said Rem had no gang affiliation and was killed as a result of a mistaken identification.

A Kane County sheriff's police detective called Rem's mother, Wendy Galloway, in Germany early Friday to tell her two men had been charged in her son's slaying. She was "happy and relieved," said Sheriff Pat Perez.

There was the killing of Willie Arce, 20, shot to death through a window in June 1989 as he walked down the basement stairs of his home in the 700 block of Liberty Street. Police said Friday that Angel "Doc" Luciano, 55, of Aurora and his son Michael Luciano, 34, of Mesa, Ariz., were charged in Arce's death. Doc Luciano was once the highest ranking Latin King in Aurora, said Aurora Police Chief William Powell.

And there was the 1996 slaying of Noe Salinas, 16, who was on his way home from a friend's house when he was chased down and shot to death at 5 p.m. in January 1996. His body was found less than a block from his home.

"I felt like crying this morning so badly when they told me [suspects] had been caught," said Salinas' grandmother, Paulita Salinas.

Marie de Jesus had tears in her eyes as she recalled her slain cousin.

"He was very young. He was very special to us," de Jesus said.

Aurora is a diverse city racially, economically, even geographically. With more than 140,000 residents, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois, and it has become over the last two decades another bedroom community where commuters can afford upscale homes on large lots. But its downtown—a former booming industrial center struggling to make a comeback—and some of its inner-city neighborhoods struggle with the same crime and social problems as big cities.

Aurora recorded its first gang-related homicide in 1984, and over the next two decades, homicides soared from two or three a year to more than 20 annually. During the 1990s, 163 people were murdered in Aurora, and 98 of those killings were gang-related, according to Aurora Police Department statistics.

Aurora Police Chief William Powell would not say how many of those gang slayings remain unsolved.

Powell said the department battled street gangs single-handedly for years and had some success. But he said the department has really started to make headway against gangs since partnering with federal agencies such as the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department.

"In policing, the mentality sometimes is, we can do it ourselves, we don't need help," Powell said. "We've come to realize we have to collaborate."

Police began working with federal agencies in 2002, and Powell said it is having an effect. In 2005 the city saw nine gang-related murders, and last year there were three, a drop from 2002 when 15-gang related homicides were committed in Aurora.

The massive gang sweep announced Friday was the ninth conducted in Aurora, said police spokesman Dan Ferrelli. The first eight resulted in federal prosecutions on drug or weapons charges and provided investigators with leads and information about some unsolved crimes, Ferrelli said.

Three years ago, the Aurora Police Department and the FBI formed a cold case task force to investigate unsolved gang crimes.

"We had targets on some of these crimes maybe four, five, six years ago, but we have to corroborate things we suspect," Powell said.

The cold case task force continues to operate, and Powell said investigators have told him they are close to solving several other gang-related homicides.

"I want to guarantee to everybody who has suffered a loss through gang violence that we are not going to give up," Powell said.

Barbara Wesby said she was close to giving up hope that police would ever charge someone for the 1995 slaying of her son. Larry Wesby, 17, was shot to death while standing in the parking lot of an Aurora apartment complex on East Indian Trail on Aug. 28. She said she was shocked when police called her this week to tell her two men had been charged with the murder.

"The whole thing unfolds in your mind again: the phone call, waiting at the hospital," she said. "It doesn't seem like 12 years. It's fresh in your mind, like it just happened."

She added, "But I'm sure those who were caught were shocked after 12 years, too."

dailyherald said...

When Noe Salinas’ family got the call 11 years ago that the 16-year-old had been shot in an Aurora yard, they thought his killer would go unpunished.

Noe was a funny teen who was good with his hands. He shied away from gangs, but a gang member killed him. To the family, there seemed to be no leads.

Until this week, when police arrested Shane Lopez, 31, and Johnny Gonzalez, 32, in connection with Salinas’ death during the largest single gang sweep in the suburbs in more than 25 years.

“I felt like crying so badly this morning when they told us he had been caught,” said Noe’s grandmother, Paulita Salinas.

The sweep, three years in the making, brought charges against 32 people in 22 murders dating back to 1989. Ten of the people already were in custody on other crimes. Most of those arrested live in Aurora, one man lives in Montgomery, one in Oswego, and one man, Michael Diaz, is from North Aurora.

Several people are no longer in the area, living as far away as Arizona and Ohio.

Three individuals remain on the loose. Most of those arrested are in their 30s with the oldest in his 50s and still active in the gang.

“There has never been an operation quite this large with state charges and this number of people indicted since 1979,” Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti said.

All of those charged are affiliated with the Latin Kings, Aurora’s largest street gang. The arrests netted several past leaders of the gang and some “possible” current high-ranking members, police said.

“This is unprecedented in our county and this is huge for Aurora,” Aurora Police Chief William Powell said.

Aurora has had eight murders this year, up from four last year but down from a high in the upper 20s in the last 10 years.

The arrests targeted walk-by and drive-by shootings, the hardest to track because of a lack of witnesses or witnesses’ fear of coming forward to police.

In all the cases a gang member or ex-gang member cooperated with police, but the cases were not all connected.

Most of the murders involved gang members attacking other gang members, though there are a few exceptions, including Salinas and Robert Rehm. In December 2003, Rehm was shot walking to his mother’s home on Star Lane. He had just finished a five-month tour in Iraq and was preparing to head to Germany to visit his mother, who was in the Army.

The sweep, dubbed Operation First Degree Burn, began Wednesday and continued through Friday. Police from Batavia, Naperville, Montgomery, Aurora, the FBI and the Kane County sheriff’s department helped with the arrests.

“I hope this brings some types of closure to the families of the victims and results in successful prosecutions,” Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said. “An even bigger hope is that it puts a crippling effect on the Latin Kings in the county that they won’t recover from.”

Powell said the cooperation between the law enforcement agencies and the state’s attorney’s office will continue. He expected more arrests in the near future.

“We are trying to eradicate (gangs) and we are trying to send a message to younger individuals who are thinking about joining gangs,” Powell said.

fishwrap said...

BY STEVE LORD Staff Writer

GENEVA — Aurora, Kane County and federal authorities Friday announced 31 indictments of mostly Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora gang members for 22 outstanding murders in Aurora dating back as far as 1989.

Using terms like “unprecedented” and “unbelievable cooperation,” officials announced they had 28 of the 31 indicted in custody, with a warrant out for a 32nd suspect, a juvenile, who already is in custody.

Officials identified those arrested as either members of the Latin Kings street gang, or those affiliated with the gang. Known as “Operation First Degree Burn,” it involved more than 100 police officers and law-enforcement personnel.

“Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened here,” said William Monroe, an FBI special agent who was part of the task force. “The cooperation was truly impressive.”

Police arrested 19 of the 29 suspects between Wednesday and Friday throughout Aurora, Montgomery, North Aurora and Batavia. Police agencies in those towns cooperated, and some of the arrests were made by the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

Aurora Police Chief William Powell said the arrests were made “without incident” in what turned out to be a “very, very safe operation.” He and other officials said in many cases, those indicted were people who thought they had gotten away with murder.

“This is unprecedented; this is big for the city of Aurora,” Powell said. “We hope these efforts send a message to gang members that they will be caught. We will never take the pressure off. We don’t care if the homicide occurred 18 years ago, or 25 years ago, you are not going to get away with it.”

The oldest murder among the incidents was 18 years ago. Willie Arce, 20 at the time, was shot through a window as he walked down his basement stairs in the 700 block of Liberty Street. Charged with that murder was Michael Luciano, 34, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Aurora, and Angel “Doc” Luciano, 55, of the 300 block of Spruce Street. The elder Luciano was the leader of the Latin Kings in Aurora at the time.

Both Angel and Michael Luciano were among five defendants on the list charged in connection with several murders. They also were charged in connection with the 1990 murder of Albert Gonzalez, 18, of the 300 block of Grove Street.

Also charged in multiple murders were: Shane Lopez of Aurora, in connection with the 1996 murder of Noe Salinas, 16, of Aurora, and the 1996 murder of Curtis Thompson, 25, of Aurora; and Michael Diaz, 31, of North Aurora, charged in connection with the 1995 murder of David Jiminez, 31, of Aurora, and the 1995 murder of Larry Wesby, 17, of Aurora.

Another suspect, Quentin Moore, 25, of Aurora, was charged in connection with three murders: the 2001 double-homicide of Sharon Paulette, 20, of St. Charles, and Larry Postelwaite, 17, of Aurora, the 2003 murder of Jorge Uriostigue, 19, of Aurora, and the 2005 murder of Jorge Caro, 21, of Aurora.

State’s Attorney John Barsanti said many of the cold cases were cracked due to witnesses who agreed to come forward and testify before a grand jury convened in April. Getting the witnesses to cooperate came about through tenacious investigation by detectives and other law enforcement personnel, he said.

Certainly these charges will “rattle the whole foundation of that particular street gang.” Barsanti said he and other officials even hope this could “deal a death blow” to the Latin Kings.

“There’s a cooperating witness in every single one of these cases,” Barsanti said. “This cost a lot of money, took a lot of time and took a lot of people. In my experience going back to 1979, there has been nothing quite this large on state charges.”

Powell said the task force work is ongoing, and that police are close to solving several more cold case murders. It all came from Powell’s challenge to his detectives to solve four cold cases a year.

“I promise you, this is not the end,” he said.

fishwrap said...

By STEVE LORD Staff Writer

GENEVA -- As Aurora Police Chief William Powell talked seriously about the "removal of cold-blooded killers from our society," there was one situation that brought a reserved smile to his lips Friday afternoon.

One of those charged in the 31 indictments connected to 22 unsolved murders was a familiar name to Aurora police and Aurorans as well: Angel "Doc" Luciano.

Luciano, 55, has long been identified as a major Latin King gang leader in Aurora.

Luciano's hair and goatee are mostly gray now, but Powell said it was nice to finally connect the gang leader directly to a major crime.

He was charged in connection with two murders going back to 1989 and 1990.

He has been charged with other offenses, and even done time in prison, but rarely served out his full sentence. At age 25, Luciano was sentenced to seven years in connection with the sale of counterfeit currency and carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony.

At age 33, Luciano pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, a felony, and was sentenced to six years in prison. At age 40, he was sentenced to 4-1/2 years for unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

At 43, he accepted a plea bargain after he sold cocaine to a police informant and served less than 10 years.

Powell said this is the first time police have connected the leader directly to a crime, without lower-level gang leaders protecting him. Luciano was back on the streets when police arrested him this week.

"This is the first time we've actually tied him directly," Powell said.

He added there are several other well-known gang leaders among those indicted this week.

But Luciano is the longest-term leader, and Powell said it is good for police to think he might "never be in the community again."

fishwrap said...

June 30, 2007


AURORA -- After 12 years, Barbara Wesby had stopped scrutinizing every mug shot in the paper, wondering whether she was looking at the face of her son's killer. She had stopped asking police for updates in the murder investigation. She had put away his first-grade picture.

"I thought it's a dead issue," Wesby said. "He's just another black kid gone. No one cared."

Her anger turned to relief Friday, however, when police charged two Aurora men in 17-year-old Larry Wesby's shooting as part of an unprecedented breakthrough in two decades of Aurora-area murders. The charges against 31 suspects in 22 homicides left victims' family members reeling from a mix of shock and relief.

Jennifer Salinas could find no words to explain how she felt after learning that police had arrested the two men who more than 10 years ago may have been the ones who chased her teenage brother through a string of back yards and then shot him.

Police charged Aurorans Shane Lopez and Johnny Gonzalez with six counts of murder in the death of 16-year-old Noe Salinas, who relatives remembered for his sense of humor.

"I felt like crying this morning so badly when they told me that (Lopez and Gonzalez) had been caught," said Noe's grandmother, Paulita Salinas.

Police, who collaborated with county and federal agents on the 22 investigations, remained in contact with victims' relatives, even though the crimes dated back to 1989.

"Certain families called me or wrote a letter at least once a month," said Aurora Police Chief Bill Powell.

The Rev. Dan Haas, whose community group, the Prayer Coalition for Reconciliation, has held vigils for nearly every victim listed in the indictments, called the charges "one further step in the grieving process."

Aurorans still waiting to see their loved ones' killers brought to justice met Friday's announcement with mixed emotions, however.

"It's wonderful that these cases were able to be solved," said Mary Ann Signorelli, whose son Jeff was killed five years ago in a drive-by shooting. "But our son's murderer is still walking the streets."

Police expect murder charges in more cold cases before the year is out, Powell said, promising "this is not the end."

The long wait concluded for Barbara Wesby when police arrived at her home Friday morning to explain that Aurorans Michael Diaz and Jimmy Torres are facing five counts of murder in her son's death.

"Now I know it's over with," she said. "Now I know that those guys will get what's coming to them. The system works. It does work. It just takes time."

suspect review said...

June 30, 2007

• George Torres, 30, of the 700 block of Hamilton Avenue, Aurora, is accused of killing 21-year-old Fernando Dieppa of Aurora. Dieppa was shot at 9:05 p.m. Nov. 4, 1997 while he sat in a car parked in an alley on East Illinois Avenue. A woman in the car with Dieppa drove him to an Aurora hospital, where he died the next morning. Torres is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Julian Acosta, 23, of the 1000 block of Second Avenue, Aurora, and Arnoldo Aguilar, 22, of the 700 block of Superior Street, Aurora, accused of killing 26-year-old Brian Lambert of Aurora. Lambert was shot at 9:41 p.m. May 19, 2001, while he sat in a parked car on North Anderson Street. Acosta and Aguilar are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

• Roel Soto, 35, of the 0-99 block of Pueblo Road, Montgomery, accused of killing 19-year-old Michael O'Gara of Elgin. O'Gara was shot at 2 p.m. Jan. 30, 1997, while driving on South Broadway. Two passengers riding with O'Gara were not injured. Soto is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Andres Beltran, 23, of the 100 block of North Kendall Street, Aurora, accused of killing 17-year-old Steven Quigley of Aurora. Quigley was killed in his home on Superior Street when multiple shots were fired from outside at 1:50 p.m. April 16, 2006. Quigley's 20-year-old sister was hit in the thigh but recovered. Beltran is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Omar Soto, 29, of the 700 block of Delius Street, Aurora, and Rashaan Thomas, 31, of the 12200 block of South Vincennes, Blue Island, are accused of killing 17-year-old Demetrius Washington of Aurora. Washington was shot at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 16, 1995, while he sat on the front porch of his home on Flagg Street. Soto and Thomas are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

• Michael Luciano, 34, a former Aurora resident who now lives in Mesa, Ariz., and his father, Angel "Doc" Luciano, 55, of the 300 block of Spruce Street, Aurora, accused of killing 20-year-old Willie Arce of Aurora. Arce was shot through a window at about 10:30 p.m. June 29, 1989, as he walked down his basement stairs in his home on Liberty Street. The Lucianos are each charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Shane Lopez, 31, of the 1600 block of Kensington Place, Aurora, and Johnny Gonzalez, 32, of the 800 block of Superior Street, Aurora, accused of killing 16-year-old Noe Salinas of Aurora. At 5:10 p.m. Jan. 20, 1996, Salinas was chased through yards on Rural Street and shot to death. Lopez and Gonzalez are charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

• Shane Lopez also is accused of killing 25-year-old Curtis Thompson of Aurora. Thompson was shot just after midnight Jan. 6, 1996, as he sat in his car parked on North Ohio Street. Lopez is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Michael Diaz, 31, of the 100 block of Hickory Street, North Aurora, is accused of killing 31-year-old David Jimenez of Aurora. Jiminez was shot at 1 p.m. Sept. 27, 1995, as he stood in the driveway of a house on Bangs Street. Diaz is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Michael Diaz also is charged, along with Jimmy Torres, 32, of the 500 block of South LaSalle Street in Aurora, with the murder of 17-year-old Larry Wesby of Aurora. At 10:25 p.m. Aug. 28, 1995, Wesby and two other men were standing in the parking lot of an apartment complex on East Indian Trail when multiple shots were fired at them. All three men were hit, but the other two men survived. Diaz and Torres are each charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Jose Javier Ramirez, 29, of the 700 block of Liberty Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 26-year-old Rogelio Hernandez of Aurora. Hernandez was at a pay phone near Liberty and Beach streets at 1:40 a.m. April 24, 1995, when a man approached him and opened fire. Ramirez is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Irving Childress, 32, of the 1000 block of Light Road in Oswego; Michael Rodriguez, 33, of the 1000 block of Sill Avenue in Aurora; and Michael and Angel "Doc" Luciano are accused of killing 18-year-old Albert Gonzalez of Aurora. Gonzalez was shot at 7:21 p.m., Oct. 31, 1990, as he stood in a bedroom in his home on Grove Street. The shots were fired from a grassy hillside across the street from the home. Several others were injured but survived. Childress, Rodriguez, Michael Luciano and Angel Luciano are each charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

• Abraham Estremera, 37, of the 1000 block of Front Street, Aurora, and Michael J. Reyes, 34, of the 900 block of Solfisburg Avenue, Aurora, are accused of killing Aurora brothers, 20-year-old Jesus Montoya and 19-year-old Francisco Montoya. At about 2:30 p.m. March 9, 1993, the bodies of the Montoya brothers were found in a van parked on Spencer Street. They had been shot execution style. Estremera and Reyes are charged with eight counts first-degree murder.

• Charles Lantz, 26, of the 100 block of North Fourth Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 25-year-old Donald Goodman of Aurora. Goodman was shot multiple times at 11:10 p.m. April 12, 1998, as he stood in the front doorway of his home on Grove Street. Lantz is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

• Quentin Moore, 25, of the 800 block of East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, is accused of killing 20-year-old Sharon Paulette of St. Charles and 17-year-old Larry Postlewaite of Aurora. Paulette and Postlewaite were shot at about 9:20 p.m. Feb. 8, 2001, by someone who walked up to their car in a driveway on North Fourth Street. Moore is charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

• Quentin Moore also is accused of killing 19-year-old Jorge Uriostigue of Aurora. Just after midnight Aug. 8, 2003, Uriostigue was shot in the front yard of a home on North Smith Street. Moore is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Jose F. Melero, 26, of the 200 block Fifth Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 30-year-old Raul Romero of Aurora. Romero was out with friends at 1 a.m. Aug. 28, 2004, when he was severely beaten by several men in a downtown Aurora tavern. He suffered massive head wounds and died Oct. 31, 2004. Police said the attack was unprovoked. Melero is charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

• Juan Carlos Verdugo, 25, of the 300 block of South Spencer Street, Aurora, and Jorge Alanis, 32, of the 3100 block of Cambria Court, Aurora, are accused of killing 17-year-old Robert L. Rem of Aurora. Rem was shot multiple times at about 8:10 p.m. Dec. 21, 2003, while walking to his grandmother's house on Star Lane. A few days later, Rem was supposed to have visited his mother in Germany, where she was stationed with the U.S. Army after finishing a five-month tour in Iraq. Verdugo and Alanis are each charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

• Quentin Moore; and Aurorans Ruben Hernandez, 24, of the 600 block of North Lincoln Avenue; Juan Vargas, 18, of the 200 block of High Street; Max Aguilar, 17, of the 500 block of Fifth Street; and Roman Lucio, 26, of the 800 block of Birchwood Drive, are accused of killing 21-year-old Jorge Caro of Aurora. Caro was found beaten to death in a yard on North Lincoln Avenue at 4:15 a.m. Sept. 4, 2005. Moore, Hernandez, Vargas, Aguilar and Lucio are charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

• Jesse M. Lopez, 25, of the 500 block of Palace Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 22-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez of Oswego. Just after midnight on July 9, 2003, Rodriguez was shot three times by a man at a convenience store in Montgomery. He died later at the hospital. Lopez is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Openline for the complete press reports and full information.

Thank you to John Barsanti, Chief Powell, Sheriff Perez, Montgomery police and the FBI.

The families of those victims at least have the comfort of knowing that justice hopefully will be served.

Kane County can move forward. United without partisan concerns.


Anonymous said...

I wonder how many of these murderers are illegals or have illegal parents. Is it illegal to ask?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Openline, for bringing these killers to justice. We know it was your hard work that made this possible.

Anonymous said...

I give credit to Chief Powell for realizing how limited the Aurora Police Department is in dealing with violent crime.

We should have gone to the FBI years ago when Stover was in that seat. It was even worse when Stover became mayor, we had no protection from violent crime.

He was such a loser (who is drawing a double city pension and playing golf in the sunny south).

Anonymous said...

Chief Powell deserves his 9-1-1 money for his community.

Don't lose your memory Chief.

Anonymous said...

Exactly how many traffic stops and tickets were responsible for these arrests????

Anonymous said...

If any of then are illegal send then back to wherever they came from. Save us more money. If their family is send them back also. It is now time to do something about everything. While they are in jail make them say the Pledge of Aligance everyday and sing the Star Spangled Banner like that sheriff, I believe is in AR, is making the illegals who are in jail do.

Anonymous said...

Great day for Aurora. Not even Openline seems dumb enough to ruin this story. Thanks

Is 9-1-1 money from the phone tax?
I don't get it. Or is that 9/11 money? Whatever it is he deserves it, plus extra. Please fire the police officer who has memory issues.

Anonymous said...

If you send them back to where they came from, they will simply laugh and return. Rememeber, Aurora has done its part, now if the federal government would cooperate and secure our borders, your solution would be an option. Not at this time with ineffective borders.

Anonymous said...

In MHO we should thank the Aurora Police Department's Investigative unit, the FBI and KCSA office for doing an excellent job getting these guys off of our streets. Chief Powell can take all the credit he wants but he doesnt deserve a lick of it because the cold case task force didnt even start under him.

Anonymous said...

12:14 your opinion is useless

It is the nature of any elected job to follow through or cancel previous plans. With your logic - who gets credit for the Prairie Parkway started as an idea 20 years ago? It is all shared and kindness. And quite the contrary to you stating you are humble, you are a self-centered, mean spirited person.

you're fired also.

Anonymous said...

ps. elected/appointed/hired/ etc job

Anonymous said...

To 12:28 PM

Prairie Parkway? Who cares about that? We are talking about 22 Solved homicides, not a parkway. Thanks for firing me Chief.... Ill remember that when I collect my check hehe.
As far as me being mean spirited well I'm only giving credit where it is due. If that is self centered than I guess thats what I am and proud to be so. Your streets are now safer, but you probably dont live in Aurora anymore anyway.

Anonymous said...

This effort was started three years ago; during the Stover/Lawler time frame. Give credit where credit is due, Lawler and Stover starting this operation and they should be commended. All these guys did was follow a great lead. I say thanks to Stover and Chief Lawler for getting the ball started to get these guys.

Anonymous said...

From the very beginning to the end of this, THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Where was frigging Rick? weisner wouldn't know a g-bang if he sidled up to one .

Anonymous said...

I agree that this is a major breakthrough, however, there is still plenty of work to do, as they have just been indicted, not convicted. Even more, beyond these 22 cases, there are still plenty more that needs done. Aurora can do it's part by finding these people and bringing them to justice. The Federal Government needs to do its part now too. Secure the boarder. We can worry about the amnesty/no amnesty thing later. Secure the damn boarder!

Stay the course.

Anonymous said...

These 31 arrests is nothing when there's hundreds of gangbangers still on the streets. This is a drop in a bucket. It's nothing but a political pat on the back for the police. Do you really think we have now dissolved the gangbangers in Aurora? Hardly. The gangs aren't going away because of these arrests. They will now just step up their recruitment to backfill those that they lost. They will be back bigger and stronger.
Wise up people.

Anonymous said...

Hello Aurora, does anyone see a what a great contribution hispanics have made to Aurora. They get us in the headlines. This is what happens when you depend on someone else to raise your kids or you do not know how to raise kids. What difference does it make to take a few off the street, 50 more come here each day. In 20 years violence will be a way of life in Aurora.

Anonymous said...

this site has deteriated by the grade school kids doing their extra credit assignments

"All these guys did was follow a great lead."

uhhh, yeah, that is all. I nominate that as top ten in dumbest posts of the year
...Did you ever think of what would happen if they did not follow the lead at all.

"weisner wouldn't know a g-bang if he sidled up to one ."

you must be proud to know them all,
I don't know that many myself, if any. Another Top ten retard quote

"These 31 arrests is nothing "

I believe this one has to be Number One Dumbest statement of the year.

Can we please get an IQ filter on this site that would say allow only 90 and above.

Are all the smart folk on Summer vacation? What site are they on so I can follow em?

... I found, see ya

Anonymous said...


Since you can't give constructive opinion or criticism on the subject but only attacks on those that do, you show that your IQ even approaches 90. Nice try anyway Chief Powell. Now go round up and arrest the other 400 gangbangers in town.

Anonymous said...

You watch, the duces will be everywhere trying to overcome the Kings with this type of arrest. When we arrested the duces a couple years ago, you saw Kings all over / spray painting. Watch out.

Anonymous said...

12:10 I fired you, get your courtesy box , pack up your belongings and depart ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Like the other poster said, your IQ doesn't even approach 90. How are you?....10??

Anonymous said...

Most of them were born "HERE" and not illegal. And if anbody was around in the 90's knows that that is how it was. Where were the cops then? Obviously whoever is trickin knew a whole lot of stuff. Because the cops couldn't figure it out then.
Rest in peace DOG

Anonymous said...

the g-bangers are like cockroaches...because they will continue to get rid of 31 and 61 come back...they are like illegals...deport 31 and a 131 will replace them in a day.
The city feels like they did us a great service but when you get right down to it, it won't make a hill of beans difference and anyone who thinks different is a city employee, a crony or a dreamer.

Anonymous said...

If illegal aliens have children here they are not citizens of the U.S. This is due to the fact the parents are doing a criminal act(being here illegally)snd that makes the citizenship of their children null and void.

Leonard said...

In today's Beacon there is a story about these arrests and at least one person talks about the need for more programs to keep kids off of the street. Programs are nice but where is the discussion of parental responsibility?

Most people seem to grow up and not enter the world of gangs.

I suspect that at least one common thread is parental involvement and caring.

Anonymous said...

The problem is that there are tons of programs for elementary school age kids, these programs die off at the middle school and high school level. With referendums failing; and schools cutting programs, we need to look where the kids need us the most, middle school and high school. This is where parental involvement drops off significantly.

Anonymous said...

Today's newspaper has Clayton saying that all those guys were black or hispanic; I noticed one white guy in there -- wasn't his name Frank??

Anonymous said...

"you get rid of 31 and 61 come back...they are like illegals...deport 31 and a 131 will replace them in a day"

and you arrived at these marvelous facts how?

Not only are you fired, now you are under arrest for being a stupid citizen who's ancestor stowed away illegally to Ellis Island years ago.

I'll take 10 hard working illegals in place of your one dumb-ass.

fact checker said...

is 131 a pun on the school district? you guys are tricky...or are ya...

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of friggin' ingrates. If you all think this is no big deal, I suppose we don't even need a police department. Then where would we be? All the law enforcement people should be complimented, not ridiculed. You whiners are mere morons who will bitch about anything everything.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the APD! Lets have a lot more of this...

Anonymous said...

"I'll take 10 hard working illegals"

It's the unAmerican profiteer like this idiot who would sell our country down the river so he can drive his freaking Mercedes. This is why we have the problem we have in this country.

Anonymous said...

Parents need to do their jobs. Whatever happened to church envolvement, clubs outside of schools, getting jobs? Parents get on the phone, e-mail, etc. and find out what there is to do out there. There are many hispanics, blacks, asians, whites out there in the same situations, but do not resort to gangs. Many are willing to help, but if these ones everyone is talking about do not do something to help theirselves, then what good is it. No one can depend on someone else, school or agency to do it all for them, they have to take half a step to help themselves, or nothing will work. And there are plenty of jobs out there is they want one, but do they, as they will not make near the money they do dealing drugs, etc. Working for pay is small change to what they get now. If you don't believe this I have some prime land to sell you in New York.

Anonymous said...

In our society, priorities have changed and not for the better.

Ex. Michael Moore was bumped from his slot on Larry King Live because the Paris Hilton was being released from prison. We could have a debate on the best ways to fix a health care system that leaves 45 million people uninsured, or talk about how prison is not hot. As journalism, this is crap.

Many of the viewers of this episode don't have health care coverage. The reason why politicians don't take the American people seriously is because they believe we see Hollywood bad girls more important to us than real issues.

Anonymous said...

You are so right. This is why it is so hard for those of us who do take things seriously to get things done. More people than not have their priorities in the wrong place. I have learned it really does no good to say anything to to others or post the right thing on this blog, just to do the best I can. Yes, I do accomplish things.

Anonymous said...

Willie Arce homicide: Michael Luciano, 34 ; bail $2 million;

· Willie Arce homicide: Angel Luciano, 56 ; bail $3 million;

· Albert Gonzalez homicide: Michael Luciano, 34 ; bail $2 million;

· Albert Gonzalez homicide: Angel Luciano, 56 ; bail $1 million;

· Albert Gonzalez homicide: Irving Childress, 32 ; bail $2 million;

· Albert Gonzalez homicide: Miguel Rodriguez, 33 ; bail $1.5 million;

· Jesus & Francisco Montoya homicide: Michael Reyes, 34; bail $3 million;

· Jesus & Francisco Montoya homicide: Abraham Estremera, 37; bail $1 million;

· Rogelio Hernandez homicide: Jose J. Ramirez, 29 ; bail $3 million;

· Larry Wesby homicide: Michael Diaz, 31 ; bail $1 million;

· Larry Wesby homicide: Jimmy Torres, 32 ; bail $1.2 million;

· Demetrius Washington homicide: Rashaan Thomas, 31 ; bail $800,000;

· Demetrius Washington homicide: Omar Soto, 29 ; bail $1 million;

· David Jimenez homicide: Michael Diaz, 31 ; bail $1.4 million;

· Noe Salinas homicide: Shane Lopez, 31 ; bail $2 million;

· Noe Salinas homicide: Johnny Gonzalez, 32 ; bail $1.2 million;

· Curtis Thompson homicide: Shane Lopez, 31 ; bail $2 million;

· Michael O’Gara homicide: Roel Soto, 35 ; bail $1 million;

· Fernando Dieppa homicide: George Torres, 30 ; bail $750,000;

· Steven Quigley homicide: Andres Beltran, 23 ; bail $2 million;

· Sharon Paulette-Larry Postlewaite homicides: Quentin Moore, 25 ; bail $1 million;

· Brian Lambert homicide: Julian Acosta, 23 ; bail $800,000;

· Brian Lambert homicide: Arnoldo Aguilar, 22 ; bail $800,000;

· Juan Rodriguez homicide: Jesse Lopez, 25 ; bail $1 million;

· George Caro homicide: Max Aguilar, 17 ; bail $500,000;

· George Caro homicide: Quentin Moore, 25 ; bail $1 million;

· George Caro homicide: Juan Vargas, 18 ; bail $800,000;

· George Caro homicide: Ruben Hernandez, 24 ; bail $2 million;

· Robert Rehm homicide: Juan Verdugo, 25 ; bail $800,000;

· Robert Rehm homicide: Jorge Alanis, 32 ; bail $1 million;

· Donald Goodman homicide: Charles Lantz, 26 ; bail $1 million;

· Raul Romero homicide: Jose Melero, 26 ; bail $1 million;

· Jorge Uriostigue homicide: Quentin Moore, 25 ; bail $5 million

fact checker said...


way overreaction post,

My response was merely an over the top statement to respond to a stupid poster who made up some nonsense.
I do not have to stay above the dumb. Sometimes you just have to respond dumb to dumb. I am not reponsible for millions of illegals. Profiteer - my ass, like you work for free. Many variables to a business. Employees are one. Enjoy the fireworks.

Anonymous said...

"Sometimes you just have to respond dumb to dumb."

Responding to a stupid poster puts you down at their level or beyond. Doesn't say much about you does it?

NewAurora said...

On the illegal issue, the fact of the matter is that illegals have no right to be in this country. Plain and simple. They are ILLEGAL.

However, this isn't about illegals. It is about other people breaking other laws. Murder is a very serious crime, in fact, it is the most despicable thing a human can do. Perhaps this will send a message to the street gangs that they aren't going to get away with this crap anymore. Perhaps it won't... but it is better than sitting on our hands saying "oh well that's the way it has been and always will be."

People need to start taking an active role in making Aurora better. Complain about the polichickens all you want, but remember, it was us who put them there. If they are doing a bad job, then it is OUR responsibility to fix it.

Anonymous said...

to newaurora,

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that so many will sleep better knowing their loved ones murderer has been finally caught. For the innocent victims I hope this helps.
I have to say this and I hope it's taken the right way. Many of the victims of gang violence are gang members. They kill one another for turf rights. They are thinning their own troops. They are the ugliest crimes because at the heart they are fighting over the right to sell drugs to your children. They are killing one another so they can get stronger hold on Aurora. I am greatful to everyone involved including the scum that rolled over on these guys so we could have safer streets.This isn't over of course and we need to promote better lifestyles for our kids so these preditors can't get to our kids. Maybe we shouldn't call them members of anything, maybe we should just call them what they are and promote personal growth for our kids and lose the Gang mentality all together.

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th of July Aurora!

Riled Richard said...

The Beacon printed "The Aurora Housing Authority has been allowed to operate its 650-plus units in the shadows, none of which are licensed or inspected by the city like all other rental properties."

Who runs the City's rental licensing program and let this happen. FIRE THE BUM!

No one should be excluded from this necessary program.

Scotter said...

Hi, I am Rick Lawrence. I am an abortion that survived. What fries my ass is not getting my way. My therapist blames that issue on my spending the first twenty-four hours alive in a trash can, where I was breast fed by a homeless man. My early childhood was spent roaming the country side looking for cows. I love cows and they love me. Later on, I was hit by a falling tree and remained brain dead for seven years. I had many pleasant dreams of being Captain Marvel, and Jiminy Cricket. I am still friends (bffl) with Mr. Cricket. With severe brain damage, I have managed my way into local politics and was elected as an alderman. I thought that position would help spread the word of Jesus, but I was troubled to learn ALTARMAN was the position I was seeking, not ALDERMAN. I even had a robe made up with “Here I am to save the day” on it. Well, I have to go now, and save the pigeons in my local park. I loved the pigeon scene in Home Alone II, it made me weep. Please feel free to call me if you need to be saved. Yours truly an idiot, Rick Lawrence.

Anonymous said...

That more than disgusting posting by scotter 7/6 @ 11:31 needs to be removed. It is something that is not wothy of being on this blog.

Leonard said...

Scotter, the ramblings of ________.

If the upbringing described will create someone that is as dedicated and passionate about his position and this City as Rick is then I say that more people need to be raised in such a manner.

Anonymous said...

obviously these are a lot of jag-offs that should mind there own business. why do we have a system that says innocent until proven guilty and have a bunch of ignorant pieces of white trash already thinkin these defendants have been proven guilty. they should never allow the internet at the trailer parks for all these scumbags.

Albanian Lord said...

I was born and raised in Aurora. I think it's the greatest city in the world.A-TOWN! There has always been gangs in Aurora.It has gotten alot better than it was.I went to school in the 90's, and back then it was ROUGH! Now the schools are like Naperville schools.And to all the people who keep saying thank you to the Aurora Police Department.They didn't do anything! The only reason this huge sweep happend, was because somebody didn't want to serve there time and tricked.Thats how cops solve most of there cases.So thank the gang member who didn't want to go to jail.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see all these dudes in custody, but some have already have gotten the "Not Guilty" sentence. George Torres?? He's done the dirt. He killed Fernando Dieppa.
Why don't they check into Rudy Ortiz. I bet he knows a lot.
He was a big time flake himself.

Anonymous said...

the law is not going to win. there youngsters see there cusins going away for murder . but there famous to the streets. theres gonna be more...

Anonymous said...

to all of the ignorant comments why does it always have to resort to illegals last i checked we are all illegals i think you should freshen up on your history some of you think its ok for a n ex gangmember to roll over on there once pals but the truth of the matter is there was a reason and that reason was to get out of trouble themselves not for the grater good just remember these snitches may just be in the same check out lane with you at the a store or a park ect. and as for the wonderfull APD. where were they 20 years ago when this all started? they were right there with there hands out to these gangmembers profiting from all the violence thats where they were so theres no credit due if we had real cops i mean real decent respectable cops the bad outway the good

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