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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2005 6:29 am | Updated: 8:31 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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CHANDLER

Sex offender moving into neighborhood

Police are notifying the public that a sex offender has moved into the area. Brandon Oakes, 20, is living at 860 N. McQueen Road, No. 1141. In 2003, Oakes was convicted in Maricopa County Superior Court of attempted sexual conduct with a minor and sentenced to lifetime probation. The man was 18 years old and the victim was 13 years old, police said. Oakes has brown hair and eyes and is 6 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. The law states that police must inform the community when a sex offender moves to the area.

Katie McDevitt, (480) 898-6334

Police kick off neighborhood event

The police department is hosting a kickoff event for its G.A.I.N. program, which helps residents get involved in their neighborhoods. The event will be 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Chase’s Diner, 2040 N. Alma School Road. For information go to www.chandlerpd.com and click on "Community Programs," then click on G.A.I.N.

Katie McDevitt, (480) 898-6334

GILBERT

Mammoth contest gets 260 entries

Gilbert has received 260 entries in a contest to name the remains of a Columbian mammoth discovered at a construction site near Pecos Road and Loop 202. Among the most popular names for the mammoth are "Gilbert," "Gilberto," "Columbo" and names along the lines of "Wooley." Mesa Southwest Museum found mammoth, prehistoric horse and prehistoric giant turtle bones at the site. Replicas of bones discovered will be given to the town to display at the Riparian Institute. A panel will choose the best name in the next few weeks.

Beth Lucas, (480) 898-6373

Comedy looks at U.S. Constitution

The Gilbert Fine Arts Center, 25 W. Washington, will present "We The People," a dramatic but comedic look at the preamble of the Constitution, at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Thursday and Sept. 24. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, seniors and the military. The event is held in conjunction with Constitution Week. For information or to retrieve the family lesson visit www.constitutionweek.com or www.gfaa.com.

Beth Lucas, (480) 898-6373

Self-defense class offered to women

Women can learn how to defend themselves at a class 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilbert Community Center, 100 N. Oak. Taekwondo instructor and black belt Joel Grissam of Gilbert is instructing the class, which is open to women of all ages and girls as young as 12. Registration is $45 each. For information, call (480) 733-8833.

Emily Gersema, (480) 898-6568

MESA

ASU to host education fair

Teachers and administrators are invited to attend Arizona State University’s annual education fair on Oct. 1. The fair will be at ASU Polytechnic, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Educators can choose from 40 workshops that discuss such issues as making science fun for students, grant writing and distance learning.

Registration is $20 and due by Sept. 25. For information, call (480) 727-1510.

Emily Gersema, (480) 898-6568

QUEEN CREEK

Schnepf Farms buys into ‘green’ energy

Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek has become the first business in the state to purchase renewable energy for 100 percent of its power needs. In a partnership with the SRP’s EarthWise Energy program, the farm committed this month to purchasing 186,000 kilowatt-hours per month of renewable energy. SRP sells the energy to businesses at $3 per 100-kilowatt-hour block. The charges are added on to the customer’s electric bill, and the renewable power purchased feeds into the grid that serves all of SRP’s customers.Renewable energy, such as solar, wind, landfill gas and low-impact hydroelectric, help SRP fund the development of more infrastructure to support those ‘green’ technologies.

Schnepf Farms, near the intersection of Rittenhouse and Cloud roads, opens its season on Oct. 1 for the annual Pumpkin & Chili Party. The farm will be open Thursday through Sunday throughout October.

For more information, visit www.schnepffarms.com or call (480) 987-3100. SRP customers interested in the Earth-Wise energy program can call (602) 236-2744 or visit www.srpnet.com.

Sara Thorson, (480) 898-6574

Desert Mountain Park wins honor

The town’s parks and recreation department recently received the 2005 Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Facility Award for the town’s Desert Mountain Park. The 33-acre park opened in April at the southeast corner of Ocotillo and Hawes roads. It contains amenities for youth sports, family outings, school physical education and equestrian trail riding. The park is environmentally sensitive, with its preservation of the Queen Creek Wash, the planting of native vegetation in the botanical garden, the use of decomposed granite in the trailhead staging area and reuse of salt cedar logs as parking curbs in the equestrian lot. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org or call (480) 987-9887.

Sara Thorson, (480) 898-6574

TEMPE

Robbery suspect caught in minutes

Police arrested a man minutes after a robbery Wednesday at a Wendy’s restaurant. Jasper Jones, a 20-year-old transient, was arrested in connection with the 8:50 p.m. robbery at 18th Way and West Elliot Road after witnesses’ descriptions, police said. The robber walked into the restaurant and jumped over the counter and pointed a handgun toward employees while demanding cash. He then fled. Police said the suspect was found at a nearby Circle K store. There were no injuries.

Katie McDevitt, (480) 898-6334

Police notify area of sex offender

Police are notifying the public of a sex offender, Donald Bruce Gregory, who has moved into 2108 N. Squire Ave. In 1994, Gregory pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old female acquaintance and was placed on lifetime probation. He violated his probation in 1997 and 1998, and was sentenced to five years in prison in 2000 after he violated probation a third time. The same year, he also pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender. State law requires police to inform the community when a sex offender moves into an area.

Katie McDevitt, (480) 898-6334

Police seek masher in August incident

Police are looking for a man who groped a girl working at a tanning salon. The man came into the business in August and told a 17-year- old employee he worked for Elite Modeling in Los Angeles and was in search of models. While talking with the girl, he placed his hands on her buttocks, hips and stomach. The girl, scared for her safety, moved away from the man. At the same time, customers came into the business and the man left. Police said the man repeatedly tried to contact the victim. The victim told the man she would bring her attorney to review the modeling contract and she did not hear from him again. Police called Elite Modeling and was told the company does not have anyone working in the Valley and that they do not conduct business in such a manner. The man, who used the name Michael, is described as white between the ages of 30 and 40. He is tan with short, brown hair and glasses. Police ask anyone with information to call (480) 350-8311.

Katie McDevitt, (480) 898-6334

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