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Dysart Rd. N. 132nd Ave.
Laid off from your job? This camp might help
by Sara Bisker staff writer
A lot of learning and valuable experi- ences can come out of the LaidOffCamp SW Valley, but Parrish Spisz has a particular experience in mind for participants. Spisz, a city of Goodyear employee and
ence how being laid off or being unhappy in a career can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.
organizer of the August camp, said the half- day event will show participants how to take a new career path. He said he knows from personal experi-
“I understand when you’re laid off you might feel overwhelmed. I understand that if
you’ve been laid off you might have feelings of anxiety and depression and you might find yourself getting in a rut,” he said. “I want to let people know they’re not alone; this has happened to other people and they can gain self-confidence and control over what [their] path is going to be.” LaidOffCamp SW Valley offers many dif- ferent topics for participants to choose from. Some discussions center on practical skills and tools, such as how to write or update a resume, how to network and how to look for a job or new career. Others focus on different aspects of technology and how they can help you, such as social media and website building, said
Police seek man for pointing rifle
View report Goodyear police are searching for a heavily tattooed ex-
convict they accuse of aiming an assault rifle at another man. The suspect, Leo Ruffus Rodriguez Jr., 35, has been
identified as a member of a street gang in Phoenix, said John Rowan, a Goodyear police spokesman. Rodriguez, who uses the street name “Bozo,” has numerous tattoos on his face, neck and head, Rowan said Tuesday. “He has an extensive criminal
record,” he said. “The public should not attempt to apprehend this individual, as he is believed to be armed and dangerous.” The alleged assault took placed July 25 in the area of Las Flores Avenue and Santa Cruz Drive, northeast of Yuma and Litchfield roads, he said. Rodriguez was released from prison Dec. 5 after serving a nearly nine-year stretch for aggravated assault and making threats, accord- ing to the Arizona Department of Corrections. People with information about Rodriguez are urged to call 911 or Goodyear police at 623-932-1220.
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Goodyear police are investigating a hate crime that happened late last week. A small swastika was written on the garage of a house in the 16400 block of West Monroe Street, police spokes- man John Rowan said. The vandalism occurred between 7 and 9:15 p.m. July 14. The targeted home was that of a black family, he said. Another swastika was found on the community mail- box just a few feet from the home, Rowan said. “Due to the offensiveness of the graffiti and the fact that the residents are African American, we are investi- gating this crime as a potential hate crime,” Rowan said. “If you’re found guilty of a hate crime, the defendant can receive additional penalties under law.” Those guilty of a hate crime receive additional penalties because the crime is publicly viewed as heinous, he said. “Because hate crimes victims are singled out due to their race, gender or sexual preference, we as a society have deemed that additional penalties should be placed upon those who have committed these crimes,” he said. The incident is under investigation, Rowan said.
Officials are exploring whether the crime was an isolated event or if it has been a recent problem seen by other area agencies.
Sammi Curless, an economic development specialist with the city of Avondale. Still others focus on how participants can
follow a new career path by starting their own business.
“People might realize, ‘Maybe what I thought I was meant to do wasn’t what I was really meant to do,’” he said. “I understand the power of thinking like this in terms of how your thoughts really can influence how you feel about yourself and the opportunities that come your way.”
they will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road in Avondale.
Goodyear police investigate swastika graffiti as hate crime
Each class is about 45 minutes long and
Valley cities, EMCC, the Southwest Valley and Buckeye Valley chambers of commerce and several businesses have joined forces for the westside’s first LaidOffCamp. Larger cities including Phoenix and Chan-
dler have been holding them for a while, Curless said, and those camps have been highly attended.
that registration is almost full. As of press time, only 17 of 150 spots were still avail- able, Curless said. Registration can be done at http://laidoff- campswvalley.eventbrite.com
. If registration fills, a wait list will be opened.
Former PTSA treasurer gets 6 months in jail
by Brent Whiting staff writer
An Avondale woman who stole money from a Parent
Teacher Student Association has been sentenced to a delayed six-month jail term. Lori Christine Wingo, 34, who pleaded guilty to a
charge of fraudulent use of the credit card, was sen- tenced July 12 in Maricopa County Superior Court. A judge ordered that Wingo won’t have to start serv- ing the jail sentence until June 2, 2012, court records show. Wingo also was placed on an immediate three-year probationary term and ordered to pay $11,336 in restitu- tion to the Estrella Vista Elementary School PTSA, the court records show. Wingo, who served as the PTSA treasurer at the Littleton Elementary District school, was named in a criminal complaint filed Nov. 22, 2010, following an investigation by Avondale police. Police alleged that from Feb. 12 to Sept. 2, 2010,
Wingo pocketed a total of $11,336 belonging to the PTSA.
The theft occurred after leftover money from a previ- ous year was transferred from one bank account to another, according to court documents. Authorities alleged that Wingo obtained a debit card for the new account and started using it for personal expenses.
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