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Operation Grinch Stopper III
The United States Marshals Service led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force will coordinate Operation Grinch Stopper III from December 16-18, 2014. Operation Grinch Stopper III is a statewide fugitive operation targeting individuals wanted on felony warrants for property crimes including robbery, burglary, larceny, theft and trafficking in stolen property.
The USMS will conduct this operation in conjunction with the holiday shopping season, which historically is associated with an increase in property crimes. In an effort to make the season safer, the USMS and other federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies will conduct Operation Grinch Stopper III to aggressively pursue fugitives who have victimized the citizens of its communities.
How to Travel with Guns
Travelers can fly with their firearms, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. TSA is inviting local media to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to learn how travelers can bring their firearms with them when they fly. The number of firearms at checkpoints is on the rise nationwide. Just this year, TSA has found more than 2,000 guns at checkpoints, almost 80 at PHX alone. So we'd like to show you the right way travelers should travel with their firearms.
Super Bowl Shoes
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will present Assistance League with a $50,000 legacy grant. The funding is part of the community campaign for Super Bowl XLIX and will help the Operation School Bell program provide 5,000 pairs of new tennis shoes to children in need. At this event, 300 students in fourth through eighth grades will receive new a pair of athletic shoes, socks, sweatshirt and hygiene kit.
Tie One On-Chandler
The 3rd annual "Tie One On For Safety®" event with Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and MADD returns to create awareness during the holidays to always designate a non-drinking driver. Last year Chandler Police Officer David Payne, part of the East Valley DUI Task Force, came to support the event and was interviewed by Channel 3's Javier Soto. Sadly, Officer Payne was killed while hit by a drunk driver and we dedicate this year to his memory. Everyone who comes into our shop to sign the Pledge to Drive Sober through December 31 will receive a "Tie One On For Safety®" MADD Ribbon, a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20% off any repair or service up to $100.00 through January 31, 2015.
Desert Car Care of Chandler
95 North Dobson Road, Chandler
"Tie One On For Safety"
Holiday Light Display
Patti and Melvin Tasker have been putting up a holiday light display for 19 years for the community to enjoy for Free. People can drive through or walk through, there's even tour buses that go through. Patti says they get about 900 cars per hour on the weekends, and they do this each year because they love it. The display will be up through January 4th, sounds like it might be a must-see on your holiday to-do list.   
This year, they've extended their Christmas display, on their 2-acre lot, to their barn and its said to be bigger and better than ever. They have over 250,000 lights,350 cartoon characters, 220 lighted xmas trees, 35 lighted zoo animals, reindeers, snowmen, blowups, and more, all set to the seasonal music played on 99.9 FM radio. The lights come on Mon-Thurs 6pm-11pm and Fri-Sun 6pm-1am.
8211 South 63rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
Chocolate Anything Day
There's a national "day" for just about everything, and "Chocolate Covered Anything" is not an exception. National Chocolate Covered Anything Day is Tuesday, Dec. 16th, visit Sweet Shoppe & Nut House in Tempe, a local candy factory, where they cover it all in chocolate.
The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House-Tempe
740 S Mill Ave, Ste 120
Tempe, AZ 85281
University & Mill Avenue  
(480) 966-0211
Rescue Mission Toys
Poverty levels throughout the Valley continue to rise, with more and more families struggling to make ends meet. To help bring Christmas joy to working poor families this year, Phoenix Rescue Mission is hosting the Winter Wonderland Toy Drive. The event, which aims to collect 1,000 new, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 14 years old, along with many other household items, gives parents an opportunity to provide Christmas to their household.
Phoenix Rescue Mission Warehouse
1468 N. 26th Ave., Phoenix, AZ
(602) 233-3000