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Military Notes

Destiny Williams completes navy training

Navy Seaman Recruit Destiny Williams completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

She is the daughter of Heidi and Paul Jones of Avondale, and is a 2008 graduate of La Joya Community High School in Avondale.

Travis Easley graduates from training courses

Travis Easley graduated from basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. He is stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado.

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Some safety tips for little goblins

West Valley officials have issued safety reminders for little ghosts and gremlins who will be out trick-or-treating during Halloween night on Saturday.

"There is no real 'trick' to making Halloween a real 'treat' for the entire family," said Art Snapp, a spokesman for Avondale Fire-Rescue. "We are urging families to celebrate Halloween by practicing some simple safety tips."

Major dangers are not from witches or spirits, but from preventable injuries such as falls and accidents involving cars and pedestrians, Snapp explained.

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Ariz. congressional delegates unite in support of Luke AFB

Besides having the support of more than 6,500 Arizona residents and business owners, Luke Air Force Base now has an official endorsement from the state's congressional delegation.

In a unified showing, the state's eight members of the House of Representatives and two senators sent a letter last week to top Air Force officials, stating why the Glendale base should be chosen to house the new F-35 jets.

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Avondale man accused of having sex with minor

An Avondale man is being held without bail on charges accusing him of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl.

David Leslie, 51, was arrested Sept. 23 after the alleged abuse was brought to the attention of police by a school counselor, said Rick Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Avondale Police Department.

Leslie was booked in a Maricopa County jail after police launched a criminal investigation, Rodriguez said.

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Avondale to name facility after Randall McDaniel

When you think of sports in Avondale, Randall McDaniel's name often comes to mind.

The Agua Fria Union High School graduate and NFL Hall of Famer has been recognized by the city in many ways and now his name will be commemorated for Avondale's future generations to come to know.

The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 19 to name the American Sports Centers' proposed Avondale facility the Randall McDaniel Sports Complex.

Councilwoman Stephanie Karlin was absent from the meeting. The naming had been discussed during a meeting earlier this month.

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Goodyear wrestles with ways to fund City Center

Goodyear might increase taxes to build its City Center project - but only if a "scientific" survey shows residents are willing to foot the bill.

A proposal to increase property taxes was mentioned during a work session of the City Council Monday evening. No voting occurred during the meeting.

Councilman Joe Pizzillo asked for the survey to determine if residents are willing to pay more in order to develop the entire City Center project.

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Luke gets bipartisan support

Besides having the support of more than 6,500 Arizona residents and business owners, Luke Air Force Base now has an official endorsement from the state's congressional delegation.

In a unified showing, the state's eight members of the House of Representatives and two senators sent a letter last week to top Air Force officials, stating why the Glendale base should be chosen to house the new F-35 jets.

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Generation renovation

Maria Gonzalez's toddlers are bright, curious and confident - it's obvious as soon as they greet visitors, wide-eyed and talkative.

Bringing out the best in her 1- and 3-year-old is Gonzalez's daily focus, she said.

It hasn't come easily, though. Babies don't come with a handbook to aid in their development. Recognizing she could use some additional resources when her daughter was born, Gonzalez got her family into Southwest Human Development's Healthy Families program.

The experience has been life-altering, she said.

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Buckeye reviewing court practices

When Buckeye Town Magistrate Gerald Osterfeld decided to retire in July, he left an opportunity for the town to evaluate its magistrate services.

The Town Council is considering a professional services agreement for magistrate services. Under the proposed agreement, the town would hire an individual on a six-month basis to act as the presiding municipal court judge, said Nancy Love, human resources director. Osterfeld is currently fulfilling those duties.

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FBI asking for public's help finding 'Hot Head Bandit'

The FBI is asking for help in finding a Valley bank robber who has been dubbed by agents as "The Hot Head Bandit."

The man, who is so named because he wears a blue baseball cap with flames on the bill, is believed to be responsible for five holdups, including ones in Goodyear and near Litchfield Park, authorities said.

The latest occurred Oct. 17 when the man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside the Bashas' supermarket at 5115 N. Dysart Road, north of Camelback Road.

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