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Hot Desert, Cold Cases: Drew Jameshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/1632Police11/20/2020 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/5PYx1fExAcoHot Desert, Cold Cases: Drew James<div class="ExternalClassC2A8684153C44EAC8750D9F34BF94560"><html> <em>The Phoenix Police Department is bringing attention to cold case homicides in a video series called "</em><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list%3DPLFNuct3MvVGawo0R67-EnAV04LGzM_VBl&source=gmail&ust=1605889021457000&usg=AOvVaw2J7u0rSkKJ94kiZIkIcf1Y" target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFNuct3MvVGawo0R67-EnAV04LGzM_VBl"><em>Hot Desert, Cold Cases</em></a><em>." ​The series highlights the area's homicide cases that have gone unsolved.  </em> <br> <em> </em> <br> <em> In addition, Silent Witness is upping the reward for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect/s of the crime. The reward will be $5,000 for the first four cold cases.    </em> <br> <div> <br> </div> <div> <div> Birdie Bitsui holds up family photos, pointing out her son, Drew James. Drew was a brother, a soon-to-be husband, a father to two little girls, with one more on the way.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> But on the night of April 4, 2020, Drew was shot outside his apartment near 57th Avenue and Thomas Road. He was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive.  </div> <div></div> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> "As a mother, your heartache does never go away," Birdie said through tears. "It's always there. Every moment you get up, you think about him. Everything you do, you think about him. It's hard. But I know I have to go on. I have to go on for my grandkids." </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Drew's fiancé, Key Meh, was seven months pregnant with their third daughter when Drew was killed. She and Drew met in school and had been together since, with plans to tie the knot in December. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Key said there is a lot she misses about her fianc<span style="font-size:13.3333px;">é</span>​. Perhaps her fondest memories are of Drew telling stories to their girls each night, in his family's traditional Native American way. </div> <div></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"It feels like everything in my life is not complete any more," Key said. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <div>Both Key and Birdie said Drew had no enemies, and cannot understand who would have wanted him dead. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix Police Cold Case Detective Kevin Ham, who was called out to the scene that night, said investigators are still asking that question, too. <br></div> <div></div> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> "This is a senseless act," Det. Ham said. "There was no motivation that we really have determined at this point and for this to occur, this family needs justice."  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <div>Detective Ham said witnesses heard shots fired around 11:30 that April night, they saw a man get in a car, possibly driven by a woman, and saw that car speed away onto Thomas Road. Home video surveillance caught the light colored sedan drive away. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"There was one unique feature on the vehicle," Det. Ham noted. "It had a missing front driver's side hubcap." <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Beyond that, Det. Ham said there are no further leads and this case has gone cold. Phoenix Police and Drew's family are asking the public for any information that could help in this investigation. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"It's especially important for us to get the word out to citizens out there," Det. Ham urged. "They often find people sometimes see things but they don't realize what they're seeing." </div> <div></div> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> If you have any information regarding this case, contact Silent Witness at 480-Witness, or leave an anonymous tip on the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.silentwitness.org/&source=gmail&ust=1605889021457000&usg=AOvVaw0AjpnuzlII6EYCK9c7iKtH" target="_blank" href="http://www.silentwitness.org/">Silent Witness website</a>. You will remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward.  ​ </div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolicePhoenixPolice Silent WitnessPhoenix Police, Cold Cases, Hot Desert Cold Cases, Silent WitnessPolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security12/2/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass99EFDB74EC954A3EB443746B4669204B"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testing Events</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Learn more.</a> <br></p> <h3>Phoenix Requires Face Coverings; Frequently Asked Questions</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1353">Face masks are still required in the City of Phoenix. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/resources">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/COVIDrelief">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Special Events More Than 50 People </h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/citymanager/specialevent">Help slow the spread of COVID-19! Download application to host a Special Event of more than 50 people in Phoenix. Learn more.</a> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testing Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security12/2/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testing Events<div class="ExternalClass74B914703CB545F39C6EA528FF954D5C"><html> <p>Community partners are holding free COVID-19 testing sites on select dates. Pre-registration is required. No cost to community members with no insurance. Mobile Testing Van Locations are listed below.<span style="color:rgb(191, 0, 113);text-decoration-style:solid;text-decoration-color:rgb(191, 0, 113);">​​</span></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><strong></strong><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561"><strong>Related:</strong> Find information related to the COVID-19 virus and City of Phoenix, including testing, resources, and city impacts. <strong>Visit the information page.</strong></a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><h2 style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:rgb(191, 0, 113);">COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van</span></h2><p style="text-align:center;">No cost​ testing for those without insurance. The Mobile Testing Van offers viral and antibody tests with <strong>rapid results within 15 minutes</strong>. Testing is limited. Appointments required.<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1455"> Read about the City of Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van</a>.</p><div><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><h3>Thursday, December 3, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food & Drug Stores<br>1815 W. Glendale Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021<br>Council District 5<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, December 4, 2020</h3><p>Conchos Elementary School<br>1718 W. Vineyard Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85041<br>Council District 8<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><h3>Saturday, December 5, 2020</h3><p>Devonshire Community Center<br>2802 E. Devonshire Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85016<br>Council District 6<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Sunday, December 6, 2020</h3><p>Cholla Library<br>10050 N. Metro Pkwy E. Phoenix, AZ 85051<br>Council District 1<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Monday, December 7, 2020</h3><p>Ed Pastor Elementary School<br>2101 W. Alta Vista Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85041<br>Council District 8<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Tuesday, December 8, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food Store<br>8325 W. Indian School Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85037<br>Council District 5<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Thursday, December 10, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food Store<br>3511 W. Peoria Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85029<br>Council District 1<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, December 11, 2020</h3><p>Longview School<br>1209 E. Indian School Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85014<br>Council District 4<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, December 12, 2020</h3><p>Mountain View Community Center<br>1104 E. GroversPhoenix, AZ 85022<br>Council Districts 2/3<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Sunday, December 13, 2020</h3><p>D5<br>Washington Park<br>6655 N 23rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br>Council District 5<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Monday, December 14, 2020</h3><p>Valley View Elementary School<br>8220 S. 7th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85041<br>Council District 8<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Tuesday, December 15, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food Store<br>4230 W. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85009<br>Council District 4<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Thursday, December 17, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food Store<br>1815 W. Glendale Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021<br>Council District 5<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, December 18, 2020</h3><p>Irene Lopez Elementary School<br>4610 S. 12th St. Phoenix, AZ, 85040<br>Council District 8<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, December 19, 2020</h3><p>Acacia Library<br>750 E. Townley Ave.<br>Council District 3<br>7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:rgb(191, 0, 113);">Drive-Thru Testing Sites</span></h2><h3>Saturday, December 5</h3><p>Trevor Browne High School<br>7:00 a.m. – Noon. Appointment encouraged at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/</a></p><p>North High School<br>7:00 a.m. – Noon. Appointment encouraged at  <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/</a></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>   </p><h4>Media Contact</h4><p>Tamra Ingersoll<br>Cell: (602) 376-3981<br>Email <a target="_blank" href="mailto:tamra.ingersoll@phoenix.gov">tamra.ingersoll@phoenix.gov</a></p></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Councilwoman Pastor Applauds Eight Years of Perfect Scores on the Municipal Equality Indexhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-4/1648City Council District 412/3/2020 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1648/Newsroom_Council_News_04.jpgCouncilwoman Pastor Applauds Eight Years of Perfect Scores on the Municipal Equality Index<div class="ExternalClassFB8A9F02165D4B0A9FD6271762672C5A"><html>​Today, the City of Phoenix received a perfect score of 100 for its efforts to ensure equal treatment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. 2020 marks the eighth year in a row that Phoenix has received a perfect score. <br><br>“Year after year, this perfect score is an example of Phoenicians embracing and celebrating our city's diversity. Phoenix's broad diversity is what makes our city a wonderful place to live and work for everyone. The momentum we have had since the 2012 expansion of the city's anti-discrimination ordinance has been extremely promising. <br><br>While the ordinance makes its unlawful to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing and government contracts, discrimination still occurs. My office is proud to stand with the LGBTQ community as an ally every single day. Our fight for equality is far from over, but its important we continue to make strides and milestones, like this perfect score."<br><br>About the Municipal Equality Index (MEI): The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality.<br><br><p>To access the full report, visit <a href="https://www.hrc.org/mei" target="_blank">hrc.org/mei</a>.​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district4News

 

 

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