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2,000 expected at Chandler National Little League opener BY TIM J. RANDALL

One of the allures of baseball is the fans’ passion, nostalgia and reverence for the National Pastime’s history: Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, the Cubbies and their first World Series crown since 1908 and Cy Young’s 511 wins. As Opening Day approaches for the Chandler National Little League (CNLL), President Doug Brewster reflects on his organization’s milestones and achievements. “This is the silver anniversary of our Little League charter,” he said. “This is also the 10-year anniversary of Chandler National Majors (11-12 years-old) division making it all the way to the Little League World Series (LLWS) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.” Players, coaches and fans will take to the Snedigar Sports Complex in Chandler for a full morning and evening of celebratory baseball on Saturday, March 25. Age 4 to 14 participants include Rookie, A-ball, AA-ball, AAA-ball, Majors, Juniors and Seniors. The Challenge division, which brings special needs players to the diamond, will return for its second year. “This year we are expanding Challenger from one to two teams, and we hope to increase that number each year,” Brewster said. “The kids just loved the opportunity to

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Doug Brewster announces the All Stars.

play the Challenger squad. It was the highlight on the schedule for the other teams.” Challenger’s inaugural season was just one of the impressive accomplishments of

a busy 2016 campaign, and Opening Day 2017 hopes to continue that momentum. “The Chandler North All-Star team in the Majors division made it to the state

tournament for a fourth consecutive year,” Brewster said. “We are excited to give it another run.” Another of the league’s goals is to build on its international outreach, particularly in Asia where baseball is so popular. “We were excited to host the young ball players from Tainan, Taiwan, in December,” Brewster said. The 10- and 11-year-olds of the Tainan City All-Star team visited Greater Phoenix, took in the sights and participated in two exhibition games against CNLL teams. The visit from Taiwan was a continuation of the cultural exchange that Chandler and Tainan started several years ago. That included a 2015 CNLL trip to Tainan where the team played a goodwill five-day tournament. Brewster hopes the CNLL players can return to Taiwan later this year to keep the spirit of baseball and global friendship energized. “We are raising funds now,” Brewster said. The City of Chandler has been a long-time advocate of the program, most notably former councilman Jack Sellers. First things first though, and the opening pitches of CNLL baseball. see

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CPD volunteer Ken Hawkes called ‘innovative’

Arrest made in murder at LA Fitness facility

BY SETH TYLER, CHANDLER POLICE DEPARTMENT

BY JIM WALSH

Chandler Police Department volunteer Ken Hawkes was recently awarded the Innovation Award from the City of Chandler, the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) and For Our City organization. Hawkes was honored for his tremendous impact and contributions he brings to the Chandler community. Hawkes began volunteering with the Chandler Police Department in August 2002. As a volunteer, Hawkes has donated more than 11,500 hours of service. He has volunteered in several areas within the department, including the telephone compliance section. During his tenure there, Hawkes dedicated countless hours calling people and persuading them to clear up their warrants. Hawkes also worked with the department’s Criminal Apprehension Unit (CAU), completing background information and building warrant packets

A fingerprint found on the outside of an 84-year-old murder victim’s car in August identified a 24-year-old man, who told police he was struggling to find a job and he had nothing to do with the slaying. Although Freddis Williams III’s story about his car breaking down at the LA Fitness parking lot did not add up, the fingerprint alone was not enough evidence for an arrest in a frustrating case featuring no witnesses and no video surveillance in broad daylight. Chandler police identified Williams in a report from their own crime lab on Aug. 23, only five days after victim Shivaswamy Hosakote was found dead inside his car from multiple stab wounds in the fitness facility parking lot shortly before 11 a.m. But the critical piece of evidence arrived about six months later, when the Arizona Department of Public

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on wanted fugitives. This work saved detectives numerous hours of paperwork, and in turn gave them the time they needed to make arrests out on the street. For several years, Hawkes regularly assisted as a DUI van operator for DUI task force and commercial vehicle inspection details. As a volunteer driver for the DUI van, Hawkes was proficient see

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Chandler Police arrested 24-year-old Freddis Williams III for the murder of 84-year-old Shivaswamy Hosakote, which occurred Aug. 18, 2016. see

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