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Mesa Police searching for man who robbed a Home Depot

The Mesa Police Department is searching for a man who flashed a weapon at a sales clerk and stole merchandise from a Home Depot.

Police say the man entered a Home Depot near Baseline Road and Country Club Drive around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 and stole merchandise before fleeing the store.

Police described the man as a 25- to 30-year-old white male, 5 foot 9 inches, 150 pounds, with light brown hair, wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt, baggy dark blue jeans, black shoes with white trim, and a black skater-style baseball hat with a white design on the front.

Witnesses say he got into a blue compact vehicle, similar to a Kia Soul or Mini Cooper with another suspect after leaving the store.

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward. Anyone with information could contact Mesa Police or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Fire-damaged St. Vincent de Paul dining room reopened

St. Vincent de Paul's Mesa dining room has been reopened.

The building was damaged in a fire in July, temporarily shutting down services to many needy people in the area. Paz de Cristo Community Center stepped in and hosted St. Vincent de Paul's daily lunch service while the dining room was repaired.

Full food services have been restored in time for Thanksgiving at the location, 67 W. Broadway Road in Mesa, at the southeast corner of Broadway Road and MacDonald.

Water pipe bursts, sending ASU students from dorm

ASU students were evacuated from their Tempe dorm last week when a three-inch hot water pipe broke, sending water rushing down from the fifth floor.

About 160 students from Barrett's Juniper Hall were sent to a hotel for the night. A water restoration company worked through the night repairing the pipe and soaking up the water. Ongoing repairs were to take most of the week.

There was no word on the cause or when the building will reopen for students.

Permanent waste collection building coming to Mesa

A household hazardous waste collection facility will be built in Mesa at Lehi Road and Center Street.

The Mesa City Council approved spending $28,890 for the new facility.

Over the last several years, the Environmental Management and Sustainability Department has hosted four household hazardous waste collection events per year for Mesa residents. The new facility will now provide a permanent location for disposing of those wastes.

The facility will also feature a "swap shop" where household products and chemicals that are collected can be made available for re-use by other residents.

Chandler resident killed in hit-and-run in South Korea

Sarah Dinell of Chandler, who had spent more than a year teaching children in South Korea, was killed in a hit-and-run accident there Nov. 12, police said.

Dinell, a 2015 Arizona State University graduate, was an English teacher at a local elementary school through the English Program in Korea.

She was walking about 9:44 p.m. when struck by a hit-and-run driver in Ulsan, according to the Ulsan Police Department. She was taken to Ulsan University Hospital, where she died about an hour later.

Ulsan police said the driver, who was found an hour after the accident, was believed to be impaired.

Valley Metro promotes interim CEO

Former Mesa mayor Scott Smith will become CEO of Valley Metro after serving in the interim since Feb. 1.

He will continue to guide the region's transit system responsible for building and operating light rail, regional bus, Dial-a-Ride and vanpool.

Scott Smith

Smith, an Arizona native and mayor of Mesa from 2008 to 2014, has been a private sector CEO, attorney and certified public accountant. 

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