Ombudsman program focuses on reducing misuse of drugs

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The Pierce County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is taking on the improper marketing and misuse of certain prescribed drugs for the treatment of behavioral symptoms of dementia.  The drugs most often used include Risperdal, Seoquel, Abilify and Invega. The misuse of these drugs, especially for elderly and for people who have a dementing illness, can have serious, life threatening side effects.

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Inslee’s unilateral death-penalty decree ignores victims’ families

In the hour prior to a public hearing on Senate Bill 6566 today, Sen. Steve O’Ban again called for Gov. Jay Inslee to reach out and listen to the victims before imposing a blanket moratorium on executions in Washington. Surrounded by family members and friends of those murdered by some of the nine men on death row, the Pierce County Republican held a news conference drawing attention to the governor’s inappropriate and unilateral use of power.

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Pierce County landscaper charged with skipping out on workers’ comp coverage

A Pierce County landscaper has been charged with failing to pay workers’ compensation insurance after one of his employees was injured on the job.

Kenneth Ivan Winters, 49, faces one count of doing business without workers’ comp insurance and seven counts of making false reports to the Department of Labor & Industries, according to charging papers. Each charge is a Class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Around the Sound: Status update about Steilacoom Burglaries

An increase in the number of residential security alarm permit applications has been one outcome of the recent burglaries in the Town of Steilacoom. In the last two weeks five residents have applied for permits.

In a phone interview Wednesday evening, Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas spoke about the progress in the Town’s efforts to resolve the community’s recent string of burglaries.

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Sheriff’s Community Academy openings

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The University Place academy begins Feb. 20 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 13 weeks. The South Hill academy begins March 19 and will meet each Wednesday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 13 weeks.

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Lakewood Crime Stats Show Reductions in Nearly All Areas

Year-end crime statistics from 2013 show an overall dip of 8 percent in the City of Lakewood, a direct result of the work of its Police Department and indication that the community continues to be a safe place to live.

“We continue to work hand-in-hand with citizens and the business community to make Lakewood a better, safer community,” Police Chief Bret Farrar said. “It’s something we’ve done for the better part of a decade, now.”

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