Highlights from the weekly report (November 9) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Union Avenue Meeting: On November 8th, the Community Development and Engineering Departments hosted a community meeting at the Tillicum Community Center to discuss specific design options for the future improvement of Union Avenue. Attendees offered a number of suggestions for design development, noting that the primary customer base for the area is military personnel. Attendees noted that military personnel need to take care of errands in a short amount of time, and that pedestrian emphasis may be misplaced if it comes at the expense of timely access to businesses.
- GATEWAYS Evening Reporting Center: GATEWAYS for Youth and Families has received funding to be the Evening Reporting Center (ERC) for the Pierce County Juvenile Court. Right now, their plans are to utilize their Bingo Hall at 11605 Bridgeport Way SW as the Lakewood Center. The Jesse Dyslin Ranch will be the other ERC. GATEWAYS has been working with the Police Department and others relating to Lakewood’s Promise, Reclaiming Our Youth, and Kids at Hope. GATEWAYS for Youth and Families is a private, non-profit social service organization that serves youth and families in the South Puget Sound area through four main programs, wrap- around services that support our clients, and collaborations with other organizations in an effort to conserve resources while still getting the necessary services to the people who need them.
- Lieutenant Kasuske: Sgt. Alexandra Kasuske was promoted to Lieutenant effective November 1st, responsible for administrative services.
- Police Training: Detective Miller attended a 40 hour course on Child Sexual Exploitation and Investigator Rocco attended a 40 hour course on Child Abuse Investigations in Portland. Officer Novasky completed a 185 hour course on Collision Investigation-Reconstructionist at the State Patrol Academy in Shelton. A Reconstructionist is the highest level of collision investigators. Detective Larson attended a 24 hour course on Domestic Terrorism in Spokane.
- Robbery Investigation: Members of Patrol, Property/Proac, Special Ops, and Community Policing combined efforts to apprehend several suspects of the recent Oakbrook armed robberies and burglaries. The Subway was robbed at gunpoint and the Chevron at Steilacoom Blvd and Phillips was broken into three separate times, among other crimes in the area. Property/Proac detectives had already identified a suspect in one of the armed robberies when dayshift patrol located two burglary suspects. The investigation ultimately led to 5 arrests for Robbery and Burglary, and the recovery of a stolen handgun, big screen TV, and laptop computer. All of the suspects knew each other and had gang ties.
- Burglary investigation update: On November 6th at 1238 Hrs. dayshift patrol responded to a suspicious person/burglary in progress call on 83rd Ave. SW. One person was initially detained. Through further investigation four people were detained and one subject had two firearms on his person. One was a confirmed stolen that was taken in a burglary from yesterday. Officers were able to tie together a string of burglaries that the subjects were involved in recently. All of the subjects were willing to talk and blamed the crimes on each other. The subjects are still currently being interviewed by the property crimes unit. It looks like more than ten burglaries will be cleared up as well as a few robberies from this investigation. A search warrant may also be written later this evening to recover more stolen property from various burglaries.
- New Signal Bridge: The signal bridge at Pacific Highway and Bridgeport Way was successfully installed on Tuesday night of this week (see attached photos). The signal bridge is 131 feet long and was bolted together on the ground and lifted into place by a large crane. In addition, the striping was mostly completed at the intersection. The next step is to transfer signal operations from the existing temporary signal to the new signal bridge. The transfer is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, November 14th & starting at 10 AM. The transfer requires complete shut down of the traffic signal for a few hours. A uniformed police officer along with other traffic control will be at the intersection during the signal shut down.