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Dec. 17, 2011 - Jan. 6, 2012 www.SanTanSun.com Relentlessly local coverage of Southern Chandler and our neighboring communities Police call abduction


attempts overhyped Chandler PD promoting awareness


by Miriam Van Scott


Despite recent local media reports of a half dozen or more attempted child abductions in the SanTan Sun area, Chandler police say the number of actual incidents is much lower. Offi cial police accounts reveal that only two attacks are being investigated as serious offenses, while the rest have been ruled out as kidnapping attempts. “We have had two cases that seem to be possible attempted abduction or kidnapping cases,” says Chandler Police spokesman Sgt. Joe Favazzo. “We have also taken reports on about six other cases. Of those, one was a grandfather telling his granddaughter to ‘get in the car!’ One was a child who later admitted he was trying to get on TV.”


Favazzo says a third case involved two children who saw a vehicle they


thought matched one suspected in a previous credible attempted abduction. “They ran away as a man got out of the car,” he says. “Yet another was a boy who reported a blue car had driven past him slowly, but the driver never spoke to him or stopped. These are what we consider suspicious calls and are in no way categorized as attempted abductions.”


Police have thoroughly investigated these complaints and concluded there is not enough evidence to indicate any crime took place.


“We have not been able to substantiate any actual abduction attempts other than the August and October cases that are still under investigation,” Favazzo explains.


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Firefighters offer holiday helping hand


by K. M. Lang


In his job as a Chandler fi refi ghter, Capt. Jason White has seen the grim need that can lurk behind a family’s front door, especially during the holidays. He’ll never forget one little girl, in particular, who’d never owned a pillow.


“I couldn’t believe that,” says the father of four, who recalls that he was greeted with skepticism when he later spoke of the incident. “There are extremely misfortunate families out there. I don’t think people believe it.” It was encounters such as those that led the Chandler Fire Department to start their holiday “adopt-a-family” program several years ago. Initially, fi refi ghters reached out to needy families they’d met on the job, showing up on Christmas day with toys, food, even furniture. As time passed, organizers felt a need to help more community members, and the program evolved into an annual toy drive that, in cooperation with the


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FOR THE KIDS: Chandler Fire Dept. Ass’t. Chief Tom Carlson, left, and Public Education Specialist Dick McBlane, former assistant chief, show off a sample of toys donated to the Chandler Fire Department during its recent toy drive at the Chandler Fashion Center.


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Arizona Ave. welcomes


new businesses Some stalled projects remain


by Miriam Van Scott


The SanTan Sun area economy continues to show promising signs, as evidenced by a string of commercial developments popping up along Arizona Avenue in Southern Chandler.


The largest of these is the new Paseo Lindo lifestyle village, a massive multi-phase project at the northeast corner of the intersection with Ocotillo Road. Target opened a 135,000-square-foot store


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GOING UP: A new Wendy’s fast-food restaurant is under construction in front of the new Target on Arizona Avenue at Ocotillo, and a Chick-fil-A will be starting soon.


this July as the site’s anchor, with additional restaurant and retail builds currently under way.


“We are very happy with Paseo Lindo,” says Steve Backman, vice president of development for property owner RED Development. “This is a great site with lots of potential and retailers recognize this. Right now we’re in talks with a number of different interested parties, including apparel, boutique, fi tness, children’s retail and restaurants. Having Target choose Paseo Lindo validates this site and makes it very appealing to other businesses.”


A Wendy’s fast food restaurant is nearing completion in the shopping center, and Chick-fi l-A is expected to begin construction soon.


“There is a need in the market for a variety of establishments that will be a great


fi t at Paseo Lindo,” notes Backman. “Plenty of restaurant owners and other retailers would love to be next to Target.”


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