By Alessandra Luckey

Phoenix families came to Connect2STEM for their children to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

This is the largest STEM event in the Phoenix area and was expected to host almost eight thousand people.

Allison Otu, with the University of Arizona, hopes the event will inspire children to consider a future career in the STEM field.

“So we are hoping that by this event it can be that switch that turned on in a young person’s mind to say ‘You know – bio-science – I’m kind of interested in that. I’m gonna learn more,” Otu said.

Two of the more popular exhibits are the eye ball dissections and the physics bus where people can have their hands lit on fire.

Medical students from the University of Arizona taught children how to conduct an ultrasound and check a patient’s blood pressure.

First year medical student Kelby Schaefller spent the day teaching children how to perform CPR. Schaefller didn’t know she wanted to pursue a career in medicine until she worked at a hospital in Africa.

“It is so cool that there could be a kid out of this group that latter saves their grandpa or someone that they find on the street because the stuff that we have taught them,” Schaefller said.

A new exhibit this year is the Da Vinci surgery system. People could control the machine and try to hook small hoops onto little spikes.

Whether 3 years old or 60 there is an activity everyone can participate in.


Phoenix man gets probation in child pornography case

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A Phoenix man arrested two years ago on child-pornography charges was sentenced to 10 years’ probation by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

Christopher Madill, 34, also must register as a sex offender, Judge Jose Padilla ordered Thursday.

He will be allowed to use a computer at work and in his home, but Madill will need to have software installed so it can log what websites he is visiting and track what he is typing.

Madill had letters written on his behalf and has maintained employment over the past two years, his attorney, Craig Gillespie, said.

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Double shooting in Phoenix was murder-suicide, police say

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A double shooting in Phoenix on Monday night appears to be a murder-suicide, according to Phoenix police.

Officials say Oliver Olague-Acosta, 34, shot and killed Iveth Susana Chavez, 33, before shooting himself. Four juveniles had either been in or just outside the house at the time, police said.

One of the children called 911 just before 10 p.m.  When police officers arrived on scene near 63rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, they encountered four children leaving the home unharmed, police said.

“The four children told officers that their mother and stepfather were arguing,” said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. “They said they heard about four gunshots.”

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Chandler police: Woman rammed police car, tried to run over officer

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A woman was booked on two charges after Chandler police accused her of ramming a police car with her vehicle and attempting to run over an officer Monday afternoon, police said.

Enriqutta Martha Herrera, 33, was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful flight, said Sgt. Daniel Mejia, a Chandler Police Department spokesman.

Herrera initially was reported as a possible impaired driver by a bystander shortly after 1:45 p.m., Mejia said. A Chandler police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on Herrera, who was driving a blue Chrysler sedan, on Arizona Avenue and Chandler Heights Road, Mejia said.

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Phoenix woman, ‘soft-hearted and loving,’ slain in Florida double homicide

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Father recalls Kassi Henderson’s big heart, her jokes, her kind spirit

A Phoenix native who was killed in the Florida panhandle was remembered Friday by her father for her strength as a person and her loving nature.

Kassi Henderson, 33, was visiting her friend Mary Reed, 61, in Florida for the winter because she hated the cold, said Kassi’s father, Brock Henderson of Phoenix.

Henderson and Reed were shot Feb. 11 and William Hawk, 75, was taken into custody the next day in a suspected domestic-violence case, authorities said.

Kassi had gone to school with Reed’s son, and when he died of cancer, it brought the two closer together, Henderson said.

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Are you a veteran? Need a job? 60 employers are looking to hire you

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More than 670 job-seeking veterans are expected to attend the Greater Phoenix Veterans Job Fair at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Thursday.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature more than 60 exhibitors including employers, franchisers, educational institutions and veterans associations, according to RecruitMilitary, a military-focused recruitment company for veterans and their spouses. Available jobs range from entry level to executive positions.

Veterans can register to participate in the job fair online at

Some of the featured companies at the fair include American Express, USAA, Farmers Insurance, ASML and the Gilbert Police Department.

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Dad of starved Phoenix infant gets 15 years in prison

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Ryan Adam Morris pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse and on count of attempted child abuse in January.

A Phoenix man accused of starving his 9-month-old son was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.

Ryan Adam Morris pleaded guilty in January to one count of child abuse and one count of attempted child abuse.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Morris to 15 years in prison and supervised lifetime probation. Once released, he will not be able to contact his son or any minor under the age of 15 without written permission from his probation officer.

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Gunman sought after man shot at freeway motel in Phoenix

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The gunshot victim and shooter likely know each other, police said.

A man was shot at a Phoenix motel Thursday morning and police are looking for the gunman.

It happened at the Knights Inn near Interstate 17 and McDowell Road.

Phoenix police said the man was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The gunshot victim and shooter likely knew each other, officials said.

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Buckeye police: Mom admitted to stabbing infant son, ‘heard voices’

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Police say a Buckeye woman who admitted to fatally stabbing her 5-month-old son claimed to be possessed and not in control of her actions, court records show.

Andrea Portillo, 29, is accused of second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her infant son. Buckeye police say that mental illness played a role in the crime, according to records filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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$112K raised so far for Queen Creek family after deadly house fire

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Community members are coming to the aid of a Queen Creek father who lost his wife, a young son and nearly all the couple owned after a fire broke out in their home Wednesday afternoon.

More than $112,000 was raised within 24 hours of a GoFundMe page having been set up for the Arnett family. Also in that time, multiple fundraising events had been set, and offers to donate furniture, linens and other items poured in.

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