TNT: Police force staffing tied to University Place vote on utility taxes

“University Place voters will decide next month whether to pay more taxes to keep the city’s police force from cutting staff.

“If voters approve the increase Nov. 4, utility taxes in the city will go from the current rate of 6 percent to 9.5 percent. That will allow the department to maintain staffing levels and eventually grow by three deputies and one patrol sergeant, officials say.”

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TNT: Fircrest councilwoman undaunted as youngest council member in Pierce County

“Shannon Reynolds celebrated her 21st birthday differently than most of her college-age peers would.

“Instead of going out to dinner and ordering a beverage to mark the milestone of turning the legal drinking age, she was up front in the Fircrest City Council chambers learning about the city’s 2015 preliminary budget.”

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TNT: Layoffs imminent at Lakewood City Hall

“The city of Lakewood will lay off as many as 12 employees to help balance its $34 million budget, under the city manager’s plan.

“After a year on the job — much of it spent analyzing the city’s finances — City Manager John Caulfield discovered areas where Lakewood could save money. One of those was reducing the city’s 241-person full-time workforce.” Read the rest of Brynn Grimley’s story in The News Tribune.

TNT: Prosecutor: Men try to use fake prescription to get 120 Oxycodone pills in Lakewood

“A Lakewood pharmacist was suspicious of the prescription for 120 Oxycodone pills so he asked his staff to verify it.

“Word came back that Ronald Ochoa Sr., 65, was not a patient at the hospital mentioned in the prescription and that it was forged.”

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TNT: Steve O’Ban says opponent Tami Green was ‘angling’ for PAC money

“State Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, hasn’t kept pace with her opponent, Republican state Sen. Steve O’Ban, when it comes to fundraising and campaign spending.

“That may change soon, though, since this week Green gained the support of a environmental political action committee backed by California billionaire Tom Steyer.” Read the rest of Melissa Santos’ story at The News Tribune.