Highlights from the weekly report (April 25) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
‚Ä¢ Lakewood to host Secretary of the Army and Covenant Signing: The City of Lakewood will welcome senior Army leaders, State and local government officials, civic and business leaders, educators, and others throughout the Puget Sound region next Friday, May 2nd, to sign the Army Community Covenant. The event will be at 2 p.m. at Lakewood’s Sharon M. McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC). Secretary of the Army Pete Geren will attend the Fort Lewis-area community ceremony at CPTC – just the second Community Covenant event in the nation. Secretary Geren kicked-off this nationwide effort April 17 at the first Community Covenant signing ceremony in Columbus, GA, with members of the Fort Benning community. The event will be held as a commitment of support to the Soldiers and Families of our active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve. Coordinating the May 2nd event has been a collaborative effort between Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and Mr. Jack Creighton, Washington State Civilian Aide to the Secretary Army and other community members.
‚Ä¢ Volunteers make Parks Appreciation Day a success: About 400 volunteers participated in Parks Appreciation Day activities during the week of April 14-19, including 300 people who came out to four park sites on a snowy, windy, freezing cold Saturday morning last weekend. In one day, over 1,200 man-hours of labor were spent preparing Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season. The annual county-wide Park Appreciation Day event offers residents an opportunity to take real ownership in their favorite park facilities. The dedication and commitment of local volunteers to Lakewood’s parks is appreciated. Projects were completed at Fort Steilacoom Park, Harry Todd Park, Springbrook Park and the City’s newly restored blueberry fields. Accomplishment of the day included: filling four (4) 30 yard dumpsters with scotch broom; filling one (1) 30 yard dumpster with old fencing materials; spreading 30 yards of bark; spreading 30 yards of engineered wood chips in playground; spreading 20 yards of mulch in flower beds; spreading 20 yards of gravel for a new sidewalk; laying 500 feet of form board for a new sidewalk; removing 1000 feet of old fencing; spreading 60 yards of wood chips in the blueberry fields; planting 1200 annuals; planting 20 shrubs; planting one (1) kwanza cherry tree; planting one (1) red maple tree and weeding 1000 feet of flowerbeds.
‚Ä¢ CABC Training Workshop: About 30 members of the City’s citizen advisory boards and committees attended a training workshop on April 22nd. The session included presentations on open government and parliamentary procedures, and general discussion about committee process and member effectiveness. The feedback from participants’ evaluations was very positive.
‚Ä¢ POLICE INCIDENTS:
1. Medical Aid Call: Police responded to a residence to assist with a medical aid call where parents had called 911 for their 4 month old baby who was found not breathing and unresponsive. Responders scooped and ran with the baby to MAMC where CPR was continued for over 2 hours before a very weak heart beat was regained but the baby was still not breathing. The baby was then transported to Mary Bridge with the probability of brain damage and/or damage to major organs. Investigation pending.
2. Fatal Traffic Accident: In the afternoon of April 20th a collision occurred between a red Ferrari and a Transpro bus shuttle. Initial indication is the Ferrari possibly lost control on Gravelly Lake Dr between Lake Steilacoom and Tower Road, crossed center line, and was struck by the bus. Male driver and female passenger in the Ferrari died at the scene. The bus driver and both passengers were transported with non-life threatening injuries.
3. Domestic violence assault: A female reported she just stabbed her boyfriend who was still in their apartment next door. When units arrived she was waiting in front of the residence. She was detained and the male subject was contacted inside the residence. He was stabbed one time in the head but was alert and talking. She is claiming self defense after being assaulted by her boyfriend. The argument became physical and she grabbed a knife. After he was released from the hospital he was arrested and booked for assault 2 and assault of a child.
4. Apartment Fire Addison Street: An officer responding to 108th and Bridgeport for an unrelated call observed flames coming from 109th and Addison. He observed an apartment unit that was fully engulfed. The occupants all got out. The husband is a double amputee and was lying on the ground in front of the residence. The officer picked him up, got him into his wheel chair and away from the fire. The resident suffered a large burn to the back of his neck. Officers kicked in some doors around the fire but the units were empty. The occupants stated they were sleeping and were awakened by their two dogs that were barking. They smelled smoke, could hear glass breaking and evacuated. The unit that caught on fire is a total loss. Two other units also suffered fire damage. Preliminary investigation indicates that something may have been left on the stove.
5. Homicide: Early in the morning of April 25th, an apparently gang-related homicide occurred in the Lakeview neighborhood, off of 108th St SW. this morning at 3am. In appears someone brought a knife to a gunfight; one shot was fired. Suspect was caught by police with a gun in his hand attempting to flee the area.