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City of Tempe hires Tom Ryff as Police Chief by quotes
October 30, 2006, 10:04 pm
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City of Tempe hires Police Chief

 

Homegrown candidate raised and educated in Tempe

 

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe City Manager Will Manley has announced the hiring
of a new Police Chief for the city: lifelong Tempe resident and 27-year
department employee Tom Ryff.

Ryff, who has served as an Assistant Police Chief in Tempe since 2004,
will become Chief on Jan. 1.

 

“I’m excited and honored to serve our community and all members of the
Tempe Police Department as the new Chief of Police. My goal will be to
continue to provide quality services to our residents as well as to our
staff,” Ryff said. “As a lifelong resident and as Police Chief, I look
forward to working with our Mayor and Council to help our city manage
this new phase of our growth to ensure a safe community and high quality
of life for all.”

 

Several employee and community forums were held so that residents and
Tempe Police Department employees could ask questions of Ryff. He has
received unanimous support of the Tempe Officers Association Executive
Board.

 

Ryff was raised in Tempe, attending grade school, middle school and high
school in the city. He was part of the first class at Scales Elementary
School, attended Gililland Middle School and graduated from Tempe High
School.

 

After 27 years as a Tempe police officer, Ryff has moved through the
ranks from officer to assistant chief. He has served as Commander of
every Tempe Police Department bureau, including Patrol, Special
Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Investigations, and
currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police over the Support Services
Division. Ryff will be Tempe’s first Hispanic police chief and has been
recognized for his work by the League of United Latin American Citizens
(LULAC) and the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

 

Ryff has many goals for the Tempe Police Department in 2007, including
focuses on: neighborhood quality of life; recruitment and retention of
officers; opening the department’s new substation on Apache Boulevard;
and integrating new technology, such as interoperable radios and a new
records management system.



Ability Counts Winners Overcome Disability Obstacles by quotes

 Ability Counts Winners Overcome Disability Obstacles

Eleven Valley individuals and organizations were recognized recently for their ability to overcome barriers and significantly contribute to the advancement of people with disabilities at the 2006 Ability Counts Community and Student awards luncheon.

The Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues and the city’s Equal Opportunity Department coordinate the Ability Counts Community Awards Program, which recognizes various individuals and organizations each year.

This year’s community award winners are:

  • Don Aldrich Advocacy Award – Dr. Lori Latowski Grover
  • Employer of the Year Award Matrixx Initiatives Inc.
  • Employee of the Year Award – Sharon Gibbs, Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Architectural Accessibility Award Schumacher European Ltd.
  • Phoenix Mayor’s Award – Gary S. Corcoran

The annual student awards program recognized six outstanding students with disabilities for their personal and academic achievements. The students received financial awards based on their grade level. The winner in grades one through six received a cash award of $500 and the winner in grades seven through nine received a cash award of $1,000. The winner in grades 10 to 12 received a cash award of $1,500 and the three college winners received a cash award of $2,000 each. The John F. Long Foundation and the Phoenix Suns Charities provided the scholarship funds.

This year’s five student awards winners are:

Grades 1 – 6

Halie Bayless, R.E. Simpson Elementary School

Grades 7 – 9

Connor Westberg Doty, Desert Vista High School

Grades 10 – 12

Adam Schmuki, Shadow Mountain High School

College

Jessi McDonald, IIA (International Institute of Americas)

John “Matt” Hoie, Paradise Valley Community College

Jenna Gibbs, Arizona State University West Campus

The event was sponsored by the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues, Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department. Here is information about the winners:

Dr. Lori Latowski GroverDon Aldrich Advocacy Award

Dr. Grover has provided an immense amount of awareness for the population of individuals with vision impairment, especially for children with vision loss. She has worked for the Foundation for Blind Children, a non-profit agency serving visually impaired children and adults for the past three years. At the foundation, Dr. Grover developed the area’s first comprehensive agency-based low-vision department serving underprivileged populations with eye care.

Dr. Grover has served as a volunteer representative from the Arizona Optometric Association Legislative Committee since 2000. She played a major role in the inclusion of new language for driver’s license recently implemented in January 2006 to include people with low vision, bringing Arizona to the table with 38 other states who afford safe and legal driving for qualified adults with vision impairment.

She has given hours of personal time educating doctors and the public through lectures about the abilities of people with vision loss. Dr. Grover’s other volunteer activities include collaborative

efforts with the University of Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. She has provided medical care to children at high risk of vision impairment as a “Health Safari” volunteer doctor.

Matrixx Initiatives Inc. Employer of the Year

Matrixx Initiatives Inc. is recognized for its outstanding efforts to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The company made it possible for Gompers Center Vocational Department and Valley of the Sun Vocational Services to employ more than 150 adults with disabilities through hand and machine packaging jobs.

Beginning October 2005 through April 2006, these centers were busy completing more than 480 thousand units of products for local and national retail stores. Matrixx Initiatives Inc. provided machinery and installed the necessary assistive components for these individuals to learn new skills and use the machines.

Sharon Gibbs, Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Employee of the Year

Sharon Gibbs first came to the center 15 years ago as a client who lost an eye to glaucoma and had limited vision in the other eye. She began volunteering as the centers receptionist and answered hundreds of calls daily. Gibbs assumed responsibility for helping clients and members of the community purchase or replace adaptive aids and devices like mobility canes, talking watches and Braille paper machines.

She enthusiastically filled the position of volunteer coordinator and began revising the screening and recruiting process to provide better security. Gibbs developed an orientation program, personally instructed all new volunteers in sighted-guide techniques and created a diversity of recognition and appreciation methods to continually let the volunteers know how valued they were to the success of the organization. After 15 years as a volunteer, she become a full-time employee.

Schumacher European Ltd. Architectural Accessibility

Schumacher European Ltd, a Mercedes-Benz dealership, was carefully planned and designed with more than the minimum required amenities for people with disabilities. The vision during the design process was to be accommodating to all customers.

The architect and contractor were instructed to do “their best” and the final result was a dealership that is an excellent example of a facility that accommodates people with disabilities. The facility offers accessible parking at all entrances, high-low drinking fountains, a customer waiting room with a coffee bar that provides for wheelchair seating at both the counter and tables and a customer lounge with wheelchair accessible seating at its Internet computers.

Gary CorcoranPhoenix Mayor’s Award

Gary Corcoran has volunteered thousands of hours serving as a representative of persons with disabilities for more than a decade. He continuously demonstrates the outstanding abilities of a professional person with a disability. Cocoran served as chair of the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues (MCDI) and co-chaired MCDI’s transportation and housing committees. He is a respected advisor to City Council members, businesses and non-profit organizations in Phoenix and helped to establish the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council.

Cocoran is a member of the Phoenix Citizens Transit Commission, city of Phoenix Development Advisory Board, Alhambra Village Planning Commission and the Maricopa County Housing Authority. He is, or has been, a member of accessibility oversight committees for numerous projects including Chase Field, US Airways Center, Dodge Theatre and the Phoenix light rail project. He also has given many recommendations for improving accessibility at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Through his effective team building and sensitivity to the needs of others, Corcoran has made far-reaching policy recommendations in structuring, implementing and overseeing Transit 2000, establishment of the monthly Dial-A-Ride pass, citywide transit vehicle accessibility and improved housing policies. He also has participated in numerous city bond campaigns.

Grades 1 – 6

Halie Bayless – R.E. Simpson Elementary School

Halie Bayless is an ambitious fifth grader with a “can do” spirit despite the fact that she is blind. In the classroom, she earned the title “teacher of the day” for her reading efforts and also was selected as “student of the month” for her overall efforts in academics and community spirit. She works hard to increase her skills with the use of assisted technology for her academics.

Bayless recently won the Alhambra District’s fourth grade poetry contest and was published. She also was runner up in the Junior Miss beauty pageant. She is on the Washington School pool dive team and finished fourth in her age group out of five.

For the last two years, she has been top child fund raiser for the FFB Bowling for the Blind. Bayless also sings in the children’s church choir. Along with the Girl Scouts from her troop 1273, she is sending cookies and cards to our service people in Iraq. Her response to situations always exceeds expectations and sets the bar for others.

Grades 7 – 9

Connor Westberg Doty – Desert Vista High School

Connor Westberg Doty set a goal to be successful in school, not just in subjects he lived, but in the ones he didn’t like math and science. He is a lover of animals and his teachers count on him to take care of class pets. Doty’s passion has translated into a love for biology and zoology. He has made straight As in science and recently won an award for computer technology. His future goal is to go to college and find a job saving endangered species.

Doty finished the last school year on the honor roll. He also won two awards at the eighth grade awards ceremony and has received recognition for his hard work and academic accomplishments. The Altadena teachers and staff awarded him with the “Whatever it Takes Award” for students who despite huge obstacles and challenges do whatever it takes to become successful. Although Doty is autistic, he has never let his disability hinder him from his dreams.

Grades 10 – 12

Adam Schmuki – Shadow Mountain High School

Adam Schmuki qualified to compete in the 2004 and 2005 National Junior Disability Championships and in 2004, he won all five events he entered despite a spinal condition he has had

since birth. Since middle school, he has used a wheelchair as his primary means of mobility. In 2006, he competed in the Grand Canyon State Games with non-disabled athletes and qualified for the State Games of America Nationals in swimming, where he received the APS Power Player Award for display of extraordinary character.

With ongoing surgeries, Schmuki has worked to maintain a 3.5 GPA with a rigorous schedule and classes required for college. His love for reading has helped him become knowledgeable in many areas with history as his current favorite subject.

College

Jessi McDonald – International Institute of Americas (IIA)

Since the age of nine, Jessi McDonald has participated in the “Special Friends Program” under the umbrella of the state’s Child Protective Services. The program allowed him to participate in the community under the supervision of licensed CPS volunteers. During Jessi’s senior year, he was a recipient of the “Student of the Month Award” and was recognized for his service to his school.

On his graduation in May 2005, Jessi was awarded a prestigious honor sponsored by the Peoria Education Enrichment Foundation. The award was presented to one outstanding boy and one outstanding girl per high school. The scholarship award is called “Against all Odds.” Jessi’s grade point average offered him the opportunity to pursue higher education at IIA (International Institute of the Americas). He recently received his certificate for “Front Office Medical Administration.”

Jenna Gibbs – ASU West Campus

Jenna Gibbs began her life-long community service efforts as a Girl Scout who was always willing to help. She has interned and volunteered for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Arizona Humane Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp and the West Valley Crisis Nursery. At a very early age, her parents were told that she would never walk, talk or communicate. She does all three very well.

She recently completed a social work internship with the Glendale Family Development Center where she provided support to families attend the center as well as the staff. Gibbs was an honor roll student in high school and was in the Society of Women Scholars all four years. She maintained a 4.0 GPA in college graduating with a degree in psychology. Gibbs has begun her second year of a two-year Master of Social Work curriculum at ASU West.

Currently, she is placed as a hospital social worker at Banner Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital. Gibbs will graduate in May 2007 with her master’s in social work.

John “Matt” Hoie – Paradise Valley Community College

John “Matt” Hoie has a goal to help others and has volunteered more than 500 hours of service to community recreation programs, serving teens and young adults with disabilities. He is a member of Arizona’s State Leadership Team on Transition and has been a panel presenter in Washington D.C.

Another goal of his has been to participate in drama, and over the past four years, he has landed roles in three performances at his high school. In May 2006, Hoie graduated from Paradise Valley High school with a 3.71 GPA. He was voted “most outstanding senior” by the special services faculty and was the recipient of the Bryan J. Pollan Memorial Scholarship. As he prepared for graduation, he took and passed the AIMS test with an excelling score in writing.

Last spring he began a part-time job at the Scottsdale YMCA where he is developing new skills. Hoie has earned nine hours of college credit and currently is enrolled to continue his education at Paradise Valley Community College. His goal is to study exercise science.

A Special Recognition award was presented to the Phoenix Police Department’s Accessibility Enforcement (ACE) Program Volunteers. The ACE Program Volunteers respond throughout the city issuing disabled parking citations. Their mission is to provide safe and accessible parking spaces for the disabled community through enforcement and education. Directed response is accomplished by responding to locations identified through the Save Our Space Hotline. Currently there are 20 volunteers providing more than 250 hours of service and writing up to 200 citations each month.

The luncheon this year is dedicated to Randy Werner, a strong advocate for the disability community. His gift of song, compassion, big heart and endless smile gave others the courage and will to help them overcome barriers to self-development, employment and independent living. Werner passed away in December 2005, but his spirit of giving lives on.

He started Upward Motions in the early 1990s, a disability counseling and consulting business. Through his church and business, Werner worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with disabilities through his money, time, energy and support. He maintained and supported disability organizations including ABIL (Arizona Bridge to Independent Living) and the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues.

The Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues commemorates Randy Werner’s life and recognizes his commitment to the disability community.

For more information on the awards and the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues,

Call 602-262-7486/voice, 602-534-1557/TTY or visit phoenix.gov/mcdi.



Police Arrest Suspect in Baseline Killer Case by quotes

 Police Arrest Suspect in Baseline Killer Case

Phoenix and police officials today announced the arrest of a man in connection with a sexual assault attributed to a suspect known as the “Baseline Killer.” Mark Goudeau, 42, was arrested Tuesday evening near 28th Street and Thomas Road.

Police said the Baseline Killer began a spree of sexual assaults and killings in August 2005 and that he is responsible for 23 crimes, including eight murders and several sexual assaults.

“We’re fortunate today to have another monster off the streets. Thanks to many people and to so many organizations for their help,” said Mayor Phil Gordon, who addressed the media this morning at a press conference at City Hall.

Mayor Gordon praised the diligent and collaborative work of law enforcement officials that included the Phoenix Police Department, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Department of Corrections. He also thanked the community for working hand in hand with the city’s 3,000-member police force in providing leads that led to yesterday’s arrest.

Police Chief Jack Harris said, “All I can tell you at this time is that there is forensic evidence tying Mr. Goudeau to this specific case. I want to praise the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department who worked tirelessly and sacrificed significantly to get to the point we are at today.”

Police said that the Baseline Killer’s last known attack was in June, when he abducted a woman from a carwash near 32nd Street and Thomas Road and killed her.

The Baseline Killer is one of two serial predator cases in the Phoenix area.

In the other, dubbed the “Serial Shooter” investigation, police arrested Dale S. Hausner, 33, and Samuel J. Dieteman, 30, last month.

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Back To School – It’s time to start thinking about school zone safety by quotes

Back To School – It’s time to start thinking about school zone safety

The start and end of each school day are the busiest times on local school campuses.  Children are taught safe walking rules, but are easily distracted and impulsive. Do not assume if the children see the car, that the driver of the car can see them, because this is not always true.  A few simple tips will help keep our children safe.  Practice these safe-walking behaviors with your children:

— Walk children in grades k-3rd to school. Do not allow them to cross the street alone.

— Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. Do not cross mid-block!

— Look for traffic before crossing — look left, then right, then left again.

— Do not play around or push friends while waiting to cross.

— Prohibit children from playing near driveways, streets and parking lots.

— Wear bright colors. Drivers will see the children better.

If your child rides a school bus, talk with them about:

— Be at the bus stop on time.  Never run to or from a bus.

— Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well away from the street.

— Stay out of the danger zone.  The driver cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 ft. to the bus.

— If something falls under or near the school bus, tell the driver.  Never try to pick it up yourself.

— Hold the handrail as you get on and off the bus.  Do not push or shove.

— Keep your head and arms inside the bus.  Do not throw anything outside the windows.

— Always follow the bus driver’s instructions.  Be familiar with the rules for emergencies.

If your child will be riding a bike to and from school, remember:

— Make sure the bike is in good working condition.

— Wearing a bike helmet can reduce injuries up to 85%.  Let your child pick out one that fits them now, not one that they will grow into.  Purchase a bright color so your child will be easily seen.

— Leave your helmet with your bike, scooter, or roller blades.  That way you will more likely remember to put it on.

— Always ride on the right side of the road.  Obey all other traffic rules.

— Watch out for cars coming out of driveways and alleys, or pulling away from the curb.

— Walk your bike across the crosswalk.

If you have questions regarding school zone safety, please contact Jean DeStories Transportation Safety Educator at 480.644.3398, or jean.destories@cityofmesa.org.

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Arizona Serial Killers – Phoenix Serial Killer Suspects Arrested – Police Arrest Two Suspects by quotes

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon announces arrest of Arizona serial killers suspectsArizona Serial Killers – Phoenix Serial Killer Suspects Arrested – Police Arrest Two Suspects

Phoenix and police officials today announced the arrest of two men in connection with a series of shootings and killings dating back to May 2005.

Dale S. Hausner and Samuel John Dieteman were arrested early this morning.

“These are two of the monsters we’ve been hunting,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who addressed the media this morning at a press conference at Phoenix City Hall. “I thank the Phoenix Police Department for all of their dogged and relentless pursuit of these criminals, and whose tireless work continues. I’m so grateful to all of our officers and their families.”

Gordon especially praised the investigative and collaborative work of a special crime task force that consisted of law enforcement officials from Phoenix, Tolleson, Mesa and Scottsdale police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

“Over the course of the year, investigators cast a wide net over a vast array of shooting cases that included homicides, aggravated assaults and animals as victims,” said Police Chief Jack Harris. “The community in which we live has responded positively to this crisis with thousands of calls to Silent Witness.”

More than 200 Phoenix police officers worked around the clock investigating more than 6,000 tips from residents who called in with information.