Question from a The Suburban Times reader: “Tuesday, 20+ police cars, 2 armored swat vehicles, flash boom grenades, bullhorn, K-9, robot & tear gas were being used on Edgewater Dr SW in Lakewood. The street was locked down for the day. People led away in cuffs. What’s the story?”
Lakewood Police’s Lt. Chris Lawler responds to the reader query, “We had an armed robbery to a citizen at one of the local motels on South Tacoma Way Tuesday morning. The victims knew who the suspects were and we had been looking for them all day. The suspects were later located at the address on Edgewater. We called out several residents when we got there, but the four suspects refused to come out, so Metro SWAT was called. It took a while for them to come out and various SWAT tactics were used to include distractions devices, a robot, bullhorn’s, etc.”
By Nancy Covert
Two Steilacoom School Board directors were honored Wednesday evening for their service to the Historic School District (1854) during the Board’s final meeting of 2013. The meeting was held at Pioneer Middle School at DuPont/Northwest Landing.
Christopher Kimball Financial has been selected for the 2013 Best of Tacoma Award in the Financial Advisory Services category by the Tacoma Award Program.
By Nancy Henderson
STEILACOOM – Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15, 2013 and attend a free community concert or perhaps take part in it as well. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Steilacoom’s Town Hall, anyone who can sing or play an instrument is invited to join your friends and neighbors for the annual all-comers community Christmas sing and play along. No prior rehearsals are necessary. Just bring your musical instruments, music stands and enthusiasm.
By David Anderson
A 12th Man health warning.
What is louder than a pneumatic riveter at four feet? How about 12 decibels beyond the threshold of pain and 50 more than the onset of hearing loss? Do you know what produces a more intrusive and pervasive sound than that cascading from stage to mosh pit at a raucous rock concert, and only slightly less wake-the-dead volume than a jet engine a mere 33 yards away?
By Stacy Miller
On January 11, Veterans United Home Loans of Puget Sound will be at Cabela’s presenting a FREE one-hour workshop with FREE LUNCH, where we will explain the benefits of the VA home loan. Many veterans don’t know they qualify for this benefit (veterans going all the way back to WWII). There are so many great reasons to buy or refinance using a VA home loan, to include zero-down payment. We really want to educate our Puget Sound veterans, so they can own a piece of the land they fought to protect.
The Lakewood City Council will hold a Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. in the City of Lakewood’s Conference Room 3A (6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499). The agenda is as follows:
Call to Order
(1) Review of 2013-2014 City Council goals and priorities.
Pierce County News Release
Law enforcement officers who began removing impaired drivers from Pierce County roads Thanksgiving Day are urging potential drinking drivers to call taxis and line-up sober designated drivers again this weekend.
The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force will conduct a “Night of a Thousand Stars” enforcement this Saturday night, Dec. 14, midway through a statewide five-week holiday crackdown on drunk drivers and in conjunction with its local Tow and Go and Home Safe Bar programs.
University of Puget Sound seniors Benjamin Boe ’14 and Kathryn Ginsberg ’14 have been recognized for their excellence in science research at the prestigious 2013 Murdock College Science Research Program Conference (MCSRP).
Boe was named the winner of the John Van Zytveld Award in the physical sciences for his presentation “Coupled vibrations between musical drumheads.” Ginsberg was selected as the winner of the Murdock Poster Prize in Environmental Science/Geology for her presentation “Method development for wastewater epidemiology.”
Ferguson spotlights veterans, consumers, open government and safe communities for 2014 legislative agenda
Flanked by a bipartisan group of legislators, Attorney General Bob Ferguson unveiled a 2014 legislative agenda focused on veterans, open government, safer communities and protections for consumers against businesses who do not play by the rules.
“This bipartisan legislative package will strengthen consumer protections, improve public safety, assist veterans and increase transparency in government,” Ferguson said.
By Kim Thompson
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), a nonprofit organization who provides innovative leadership, support, advocacy, educational and socialization opportunities for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families, is pleased to announce the opening of the BEST Learning Center in January 2014. Along with the new center, the organization is offering a robust series of classes on site that cover the follow topics:
The Friends of Oakbrook, with the help of many volunteers and donors, completed a beautification project this week at the Onyx and 87th entry of Oakbrook.
From a story on the Friends of Oakbrook website: “This has been a true community effort. A HUGE THANK YOU to our many residents and business Supporters for Oakbrook Entrance Beautification Project:
By Kim Prentice, Director of Community Relations
Clover Park School District officials recently released results from a telephone community perception survey. The anonymous, 36-question survey, overseen by Pacific Market Research, was conducted in October. A total of 400 telephone interviews were completed.
By Scott Thompson
On Monday, December 9, 2013 St. Joseph Medical Center and Orthopedic Surgeon John Bargren, MD, partnered to provide a free knee replacement to Tacoma resident Teri Tveten at no charge as part of Operation Walk USA.
Currently, in its third year, Operation Walk USA, an independent medical charitable organization, provides all aspects of knee and hip replacement treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care – at no cost to patients who may not qualify for government assistance, have insurance or afford surgery on their own.