Tempe Police Arrest Suspected Bicycle Thieves

On Saturday, February 8, 2014 Tempe Police Officers arrested Loren Henderson of Tempe for drug crimes, misconduct involving weapons, and resisting arrest during an investigation into bicycle thefts and the trafficking of stolen goods. Officers obtained information during this investigation that Henderson was involved in trading dugs for stolen bikes and fraudulent/stolen identity items.


During the service of multiple search warrants, several electronics items, bicycles and other property believed to be stolen were recovered. Also found were drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, heroin and methamphetamine.


Since the middle of January 2014, Tempe police officers have been engaged in “Operation: Bike Peddler”, which has targeted bicycle thefts in the city. Investigative leads, surveillance and field interviews so far have led to the arrest of three people (see attached photos) suspected of stealing and selling bicycles and bicycle parts in and around Tempe. Our officers have been working very closely with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in putting these cases together for successful prosecution.


  • 46 year old Loren Henderson DOB: 01/14/1968 (Arrested on January 11, 2014)
  •  51 year old Jeffrey Barthold DOB: 10/10/1962 (Arrested on January 31, 2014)
  •  50 year old Brian Meier DOB: 12/10/1963 (Arrested on February 8, 2014)


During the course of this operation seven search warrants have been served and over 30 bicycles have been recovered, many of which have been confirmed stolen and returned to their owners. One of the recovered bicycles was valued at $11,000 that was being marketed on e-bay.


Identification is a critical component in the successful investigation, arrest and prosecution of bike thefts.  Bike owner who register, photograph, etch, record the serial number in a safe place at home, or otherwise take proactive crime prevention steps have a significantly higher chance of recovering stolen property.


Registering your bike with the City of Tempe (http://www.tempe.gov/registeryourbike) takes only a few minutes; the online form requests name, phone number, street address and email address, make, model, serial number, color of bicycle and any other recognizable identifiers.

Marilyn Monroe Quote

“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure.  I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.  But is you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

Marilyn Monroe


Tempe’s best coffee shop?

Your vote counts!   Let us know who your favorite Tempe Coffee shop is by completing the atached pole.  If we are missing your favorite spot please let us know.  editor@f7e.cf7.myftpupload.com


The Tempe Fire Department changes its name

The Tempe Fire Department’s new name is now the Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department. The change better communicates all the services the department provides. In 2013, more than 79 percent of Tempe Fire’s 24,861 calls were for medical-related purposes. The change better reflects the true nature of the department.


The department name will be updated over five years on everything from trucks and equipment to stationary and business cards. The estimated cost for the updates is $10,000 over a five-year period. Many of the updates will be made only as equipment and uniforms are replaced.


“We will continue to provide the same high-quality services to the public,” said Greg Ruiz, Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department Chief. “This is an exciting time for us with many new initiatives on the horizon we must continue to be a proactive service provider. The name update will provide a clearer picture of the services we offer to the community.”


Tempe Convention & Visitors Office President’s Message

It happens every year. When I see the triathletes jump into the water to begin their quest to be an Ironman, I am overwhelmed with anticipation, hope and pride. For ten years now, Tempe has been home to Ironman Arizona. For ten years, athletes have come from across the globe to compete in our hometown. This is where hard work pays off and dreams come true.


Running a tourism office is quite a bit like competing in a triathlon, but thankfully, without all of the workouts. It requires diligence, hard work and, of course, you have to stay ahead of the competition.


Just before we welcomed almost 3,000 Ironman athletes to Tempe Beach Park, we hosted 100 meeting planners who are looking for venues for their Super Bowl-related events. They represented the NFL, sportswear companies, transportation providers and large corporations that are planning meetings and events in the Phoenix area during the Super Bowl in 2015. We gave them a driving tour of Tempe, showed off the Tempe Center for the Arts and treated them to a delicious breakfast. Mayor Mark Mitchell spoke to them proudly about his hometown and explained our extensive experience in hosting large scale events.


I gave a brief presentation to these important planners as well, encouraging them to consider Tempe for their events. Of course, I told them about Tempe’s selling points – our proximity to the airport, our unique venues, our hotels and the energy and enthusiasm which comes from being a college town. I also stressed that the Tempe Tourism Office staff strives to make meeting planners look good. After my presentation, one of the planners told me that this point resonated with her the most. Our professional team can, and will, do whatever it takes to help make their event a success. I’m certain that some of these planners will trust us with their business.


I would like to give a special thanks to our partners who helped us create a positive impression of Tempe: the City of Tempe and Tempe Center for the Arts staff, Tempe City Council, our board of directors, Judi Yates and her event planning team from Schneider-Yates and Associates, ASU Dixie Devil Band, ASU Spirit Squad, Walt Richardson, Fabulous Foods, Atlasta Catering, Santa Barbara Catering, Arizona Catering, Pro EM Party & Event, Pacific Event Productions, Printing Specialists and Phil Gudenschwager Photography.


This is certainly a busy time of year for all of us. With holiday events, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the NEW New Year’s Eve celebration (more about that below), our enviable winter climate and our marketing efforts, there is going to be an influx of visitors in Tempe in the coming months. I’m so proud that our city continues to stand out from the competition.


I wish you a prosperous holiday season, filled with lots of business from out-of-town guests!


Stephanie Nowack




Chairman of Waste Manegement Phoenix Open Tournament to speak at Thursday’s Kiwanis lunch

TOM ALTIERI, chairman of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament, will be on hand to talk about the tourney that has evolved over the years through different sponsors and names, but is one of the premier golf tournaments on the PGA tour. The 2014 tourney is Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. Altieri, a graduate of Arizona State University, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has spent the last 25 years in small business lending.

He will come with free passes and other giveaway for the event.

Carjacking, Robbery, Pursuit by Tempe Police


Yesterday, on December 12, 2013 a white male carjacked a female waiting for her boyfriend in the parking lot of the Tempe Market Place just after 9:00 PM. The vehicle was a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria which was followed into Phoenix by Tempe PD where the vehicle evaded officers. After loosing the vehicle the suspect and vehicle description were sent to Valley agencies as an “Attempt to Locate.” Earlier this morning the same suspect robbed another person in east Mesa in the area of Broadway and Ellsworth. Mesa PD located the vehicle and DPS pursued it WB on the 202 where stop sticks were used to stop the vehicle. The vehicle came to rest WB on the 202 between McClintock and the 101 where the suspect got out of the vehicle and jumped off the bridge. Where he jumped off the bridge is approximately eight stories high and landed in an area that was extremely difficult to get to. A few Tempe patrol officers were able to get to the suspect where he was moving and still alive.


It took approximately an hour to get the suspect out of the water retention area and was then taken to the hospital for treatment. The suspect still had several items of the victim’s in his possession when he was located. At this time his condition is not known.

Pistoleros join three Valley songwriters for a live concert at TCA

Tempe, Ariz. – Pat Beary, Shawn Johnson and Peter Roberts join The Pistoleros for Songwriters’ Showcase X at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.
Tickets for the taped-for-television performance are $10 at the door and by telephone and $12 online.


About The Pistoleros
One of the true architects of the “Tempe Sound,” The Pistoleros started out as Mill Avenue mainstays, The Chimeras. The legendary Doug Hopkins formed the group with Mark and Lawrence Zubia, Scott Andrews and Mark Riggs. The Chimeras quickly exploded on the local scene, but Riggs and Hopkins departed the group soon after.

Ultimately, Gary Smith and Thomas Laufenburg replaced Hopkins and Riggs and the crew forged onward landing a major label deal with Hollywood Records. Changing their moniker to The Pistoleros, they released their Hollywood debut, “Hang On To Nothing,” which also included “My Guardian Angel” written by Hopkins and Mark Zubia. The Pistoleros’ 1997 release “Hang On To Nothing” also featured songwriting collaborations with The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and Mark Perlman, the Smithereens’ Pat DiNizio and Radney Foster. The Pistoleros furthered their recorded legacy with a self-titled effort which included co-writes with Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms and producer Marty Frederikson. In 2002, the band marked its 10th anniversary with the concert collection, “Bars and Guitars.” In 2012 the band celebrated 20 years with the re-release of their first recording “Mistaken For Granted.”

The Pistoleros are currently demoing new material for their approaching Fervor Records release at the label’s Bomb Shelter Studio.


About the performers
New England born and raised Pat Beary took to the guitar while recuperating from surgery to reconstruct a badly broken right arm, a condition that necessitated an unusual posture and physical approach to the instrument. He spent his formative years singing in coffeehouses across Connecticut and Massachusetts. His ersatz playing technique, later tempered with a performing arts school education, led to a particularly engaging style of songwriting. His first album, 8/roughly focused on a period of change. Relationships beginning and ending, cross-country travel, self-doubt and reassessments are repeating themes. Beary makes his home in Prescott and is working on material for a new album and is performing both solo and with a full, noisy electric band called the Twang Machine.


Shawn Johnson has played more than 1,500 shows over the past 19 years and has shared the stage with Cake, Rusted Root, G-Love, The Fray, Moody Blues, Everclear and more. He cites one of his best memories as sitting at the bottom of Durango Mountain in Colorado with Arlo Guthrie, swapping stories over a few beers. Johnson creates music that is hard to categorize, designing lyrics from the sights and emotions around him and combining it with sounds from his inspirations: Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Counting Crows, peter Gabriel, Richie Havens, BNL and Ani DiFranco. Apart from playing with his band – Shawn Johnson and the Foundation – his 2009 solo release Songs for Scenes showcases the artist’s wide range of songwriting talent and musical production skills, giving his fans a more intimate look at what he is all about.


Peter Roberts is an Arizona-born country singer/songwriter. Roberts started his singing career at a young age by taking part in his church choir every Sunday. His passion for music stems from listening to his father sing around the house when he was growing up. Eventually that passion grew to inspire him to join several musicals throughout high school. Today, his passion for music can be felt in his songwriting and seen int he live performances he does around the Valley. He prides himself on his ability to inspire a good time atmosphere for his live audiences. Roberts is a senior at Arizona State University and plans to move to Nashville upon graduation. In Nashville, he plans to continue pursuing his passion and seeing what crazy roads he is lead down.

The Songwriters’ Showcase is supported by the city of Tempe, Electric Lotus Music and Atlasta Catering & Events.

For tickets to these and other events, visit the box office in person, order online or call 480/350-2TCA (2822).

Visit Downtown Tempe for the Holidays

By: The Mill Avenue District

From the Fantasy of Lights Parades to the Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party, the Mill Avenue District is the place to be this winter season.

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Downtown Tempe is brimming with activities, events, and programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Bring the family down to one of the various activities going on, and spend the holiday season with the Mill Avenue District.

Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade – November 29

For those with families in town for the Thanksgiving holidays, bring them out to the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade on Friday, November 29.  The dazzling display of brightly lit parade units will roll down the streets of Mill Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, starting at 6pm. Stick around after the parade and watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony take place at Centerpoint Plaza.

Fall Festival of the Arts – December 6 through 8

Get a jump on holiday shopping at the Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts.  December 6 through 8, from 10am-dusk, the streets of the Mill Avenue District will be filled with up to 400 artist booths in a wide array of categories.  Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Stroll up and down the rows of booths and you’re bound to find something unique.

The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade – December 14

Looking for a holiday event in mid-December? The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade will take over Tempe Beach Park/Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, December 14.  The event opens to the public at 5pm, with Santa arriving at 6pm and the boat parade starting at 7pm. Watch as boats adorned with festive holiday lights parade around the lake waters for your enjoyment.  A main stage with live entertainment for families will be presented by Radio Disney, and Santa will be taking children’s gift requests throughout the duration of the parade.

Mill Avenue District Gift Cards – Available Now

For those scrambling to purchase last-minute gifts for friends and loved ones, come to the Mill Avenue District as your one-stop destination. The Mill Avenue Gift Card is perfect for making holiday purchases, as well as being an excellent stocking stuffer or gift.  With access to over 70+ Mill Avenue businesses that provide dining, entertainment, shopping, and other services, the Mill Avenue Gift Card makes your holiday shopping hassle and stress free. Visit MillAvenueDistrict.com to purchase yours today!

Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party – December 31

Ring in 2014 with the Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue.  Downtown Tempe will be transformed into one big celebration from University Drive down to 3rd Street.  From 6pm-1am visitors can take part in interactive games and activities, view musical entertainment on local band side stages, and grab dinner or a late night snack from gourmet food trucks on hand. Take advantage of the beer & champagne gardens, and high energy Video Dance stages at the intersections of 5th and Mill and 6thand Mill.  For guests with young children, bring them to the Family Fun Zone powered by Radio Disney, running until 9pm.  Participate in the countdown to midnight, and when the clock strikes 12 witness a spectacular fireworks display and confetti blast.

Tickets can be purchased at participating Circle K stores or online at blockpartyonmill.com.

Discount tickets are available at participating Circle K stores until December 29. Circle K customers who purchase qualifying Red Bull, Pepsi and Frito Lay products can get tickets for just $15 each. With the qualifying purchase of Budweiser, the price drops to $10.

Pop-Up Piano – December 1 through December 31

And finally, there’s no better way to spread holiday cheer than with some festive holiday music.  Downtown Tempe has a whole month’s worth. Starting on December 1 and continuing through December 31, a pop-up piano will be located at 5th and Mill.  You never know who might stop and play for visitors on the streets.  So, brush up on your “Jingle Bells” – it could be you!

Tempe Film History

By: Jay Mark

So you wanna be in the movies or on national television? Who doesn’t? How far do you think you need to travel for such an opportunity?


You might be surprised to know that you your big break could come right here in Tempe.


For a city of just forty square miles, Tempe has experienced a modest share of notoriety on the silver screen and the tiny tube.


Tempe has served as a film location more than forty times since 1916 when Hollywood first came to shoot.


The Yaqui was filmed in Mexico and on our then dusty streets. With the population less than 2000 ─ residents probably enjoyed a good chance of becoming an extra.


The independently produced, black & white, silent film called at the time a “Redskin Melodrama” takes place in Mexico and tells the story of how an Indian-hating Mexican general causes a Yaqui Indian chief to lose his family to slavery.


Although we don’t know for sure, The Yaqui probably was shown in Tempe ─ maybe at the Goodwin Opera House.


Local businessman / rancher William Goodwin was the first to show movies in Tempe as early as 1905 at his outdoor Airdome theater at 26 East Ffith Street. It was supplemented in 1909 by the Goodwin Opera House just east of the Laird & Dines Drugstore.


The elegant two-story building with a stage and fly loft accommodated 467 people (about 30% of Tempe residents). Saturday night movies were generally sell-outs.


Tempe Beach Park tried a one-season experiment in 1934 showing films outdoors.


One of the most amusing uses of Tempe as a movie backdrop occurred in Murphey’s Romance starring Sally Field and James Garner.


Mostly shot in Florence, some of the 1985 movie was filmed along Mill Avenue. In an effort to make our humble main street look a little more deserty, the filmmakers “planted” a number of two-dimensional wooden saguaros in the median. I don’t recall that tacky effort making it into the final cut however.


Trivia junkies, here are highlights of Hollywood and TV films shot in Tempe


q 1916 ─ The Yaqui

q 1940 ─ Marked Men   – Western

q 1963 ─ The Nutty Professor – A Jerry Lewis comedy

q 1970 ─ Pacific Vibrations – A hippie, surfing documentary partially filmed at

Big Surf

q 1976 ─ A Star Is Born – Barbara Streisand & Kris Kristofferson – Tempe &

Gammage Auditorium

q 1980 ─ Used Cars – A Robert Zemekis comedy starring Kurt Russell & Jack

Warden – ASU

q 1983 ─  Let’s Spend The Night Together – Rolling Stones concert at Sun

Devil Stadium

q 1984 ─ Niinja III – The Domination

q 1985 ─ Just One Of The Guys – Lots of unknowns – Big Surf

q           ─ Murphey’s Romance

q 1987 ─ Campus Man – Kim Delaney & Morgan Fairchild – Comedy shot at


─ Raising Arizona ─ Nicholas Cage & Holly Hunter ─ Comedy shot at

Sun Devil Stadium and 5th Street police station

q 1988 ─ U2: Rattle & Hum ─ U2 Concert at Sun Devil Stadium ─ also ASU

campus & 5th Street

q 1989 ─ Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure ─ Comedy starring Keanu Reeves,

Alex Winter & George Carlin ─ various Tempe locations including a

Circle K and bowling alley

─  Not Quite Human II ─ TV comedy with Alan Thicke ─ Tempe & ASU

q 1991 ─  Amazing Race TV Episode 13 – 5th Street, ASU & Sun Devil Stadium

q 1996 ─ Jerry Maguire ─ Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. & Rene Zellweger ─

5th Street, ASU & Sun Devil Stadium

q 1997 ─  The Lovemaster ─ Comic Craig Shoemaker at the Tempe Imrov

q 1998 ─  No Code of Conduct ─ Martin Sheen & Charlie Sheen action thriller

─  David Spade – Take the Hit ─ Home grown boy performs at the

Tempe Improv

q 2005 ─  Laws of Deception  ─  A 17 minute short  thriller

q 2006 ─  The Whistler – Horror film