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🚨 Cracking Down on Teen Troubles, Legislators in the Hot Seat, and Arizona's Sky-High Car Plans Take Flight!

Issue #99 - February 8, 2024

🚨 Recent Arrests Mark Progress in Gilbert's Fight Against Teen Violence

💊 Controversial Proposal for Legislator Drug Testing Introduced in Arizona

🥏 Arizona Prepares for the Arrival of Flying Cars with New Legislation

🌟 Celebrating Life’s Milestones: The Unique Lens of Kara Hendricks Photography

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Recent Arrests Mark Progress in Gilbert's Fight Against Teen Violence

In a significant development in the ongoing efforts to address teen violence in Gilbert, local law enforcement officials have taken decisive action with the arrest of two individuals and the submission of charges against a third, all linked to an assault incident that occurred in December 2022.

The focus of these legal actions is an alleged assault at a home near Higley and Elliot roads, which has now seen Gage Garrison, 19, and Cody Kostoryz taken into custody, each facing charges of aggravated assault and burglary.

Garrison, who finds himself under arrest for the second time in connection with a separate incident of violence, was previously indicted on charges stemming from an assault in a parking garage.

Meanwhile, the Gilbert Police Department has also moved to address the involvement of 18-year-old Nolan Russell, who is currently residing out of state. Authorities have submitted a request for an arrest warrant that would facilitate Russell's extradition to face charges of burglary, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.

This series of arrests and charges underscores the community's and law enforcement's shared commitment to confronting and curbing the pattern of violence among teens in the area.

Controversial Proposal for Legislator Drug Testing Introduced in Arizona

Representative Julie Willoughby of Chandler, in her first term as a Republican lawmaker, has introduced a proposal aimed at ensuring members of the Arizona Legislature are not under the influence of drugs while making laws.

The proposed legislation mandates random drug testing of legislators during session periods, a measure justified by Willoughby on the grounds that drug use can impair judgment, potentially leading to poor legislative decisions. However, the proposal conspicuously excludes alcohol from the substances for which lawmakers would be tested, a decision Willoughby attributes to the logistical challenges associated with alcohol testing.

Despite this, the bill does include marijuana in its scope, treating it similarly to non-prescription drugs despite its legal status in Arizona for both medicinal and recreational use. The process for handling positive test results involves referral to the Ethics Committee, which would then determine any necessary actions.

Concerns have been raised about the potential for the testing power to be misused and the bill's exclusion of alcohol. Veteran legislators have expressed skepticism about the necessity of such a measure, citing a lack of history of drug abuse among lawmakers. Willoughby acknowledges the bill may need further refinement but asserts her commitment to addressing concerns about drug-impaired legislators.

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Arizona Prepares for the Arrival of Flying Cars with New Legislation

Arizona Senator David Farnsworth is advancing legislation to prepare for the advent of flying cars, offering a streamlined registration process for these futuristic vehicles.

Farnsworth's bill, aimed at facilitating the transition of vehicles from road to sky, would classify them as motorcycles due to their three-wheeled design, exempting owners from needing a motorcycle license or wearing helmets. The proposed vehicles, priced at about $170,000 for a basic model by manufacturer Samson Sky, are still in the testing phase, with consumer availability anticipated around 2025.

These vehicles, described as "roadable aircraft," require airport takeoff and landing but can be driven on roads and parked at home. Designed for VFR (visual flight rules) and capable of reaching speeds of up to 190 mph, these hybrid machines present a novel solution for travelers, though they come with limitations including weather constraints and a significant assembly requirement by buyers.

The Senate Committee on Transportation, Technology and Missing Children has expressed concerns ranging from temperature resilience to regulatory adjustments, reflecting the broader legislative and practical challenges of integrating flying cars into everyday life.

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Celebrating Life’s Milestones: The Unique Lens of Kara Hendricks Photography

In the heart of the East Valley, Kara Hendricks Photography emerges as a beacon of creativity, passion, and unparalleled service. Kara, a former educator with 20 years of experience, has channeled her understanding of children's self-esteem and family dynamics into her photography, creating not just images, but lasting memories for high school seniors and their families.

A Mission Rooted in Empathy and Excellence

Transitioning from a teacher to a photographer, Kara brings a unique perspective to her craft, emphasizing the importance of capturing the essence of her subjects. As a mother of two college students and a devoted wife, she deeply understands the whirlwind of emotions and significance that senior year brings to both students and their parents. Her commitment to easing the stress of this busy time, coupled with her dedication to excellence, has made her a sought-after photographer in the East Valley.

Accolades and Acknowledgments

Kara’s work has not only captured the hearts of her clients but has also earned her recognition in prestigious publications like the "Best of 2021 Senior Year Magazine," "Senior Year Magazine - Guys Only Edition," and "Shoutout Arizona." These accolades are a testament to her talent and her ability to tell unique stories through her lens.

Creating Memories Beyond the Click

For Kara, photography is more than capturing moments; it's about creating an experience that boosts self-esteem and celebrates individuality. Her approach ensures that children and high school seniors see themselves as valued members of their families, contributing to a stronger sense of self and belonging. Through her guidance, these precious moments transition from digital files to cherished prints and albums, adorning the homes of her clients.

A Personalized Senior Experience

Kara Hendricks Photography specializes in senior sessions that are as unique as the individuals she photographs. Recognizing that each senior is on the cusp of a new chapter, Kara is dedicated to providing a fun, relaxed, and personalized photoshoot that reflects each student's personality, passions, and journey. With a variety of locations, outfit changes, and professional hair and makeup services, each session is designed to celebrate and immortalize this pivotal time in their lives.

Investing in Memories

Understanding the significance of senior year, Kara offers sessions starting at $650, tailored to showcase each senior's distinct qualities. Her goal is to encapsulate the essence of this special time through vibrant, personality-driven images that families will treasure forever.

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