Highlights from the weekly report (July 3, 2008) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- 4-2 SBCT Welcome Home Ceremony: Mayor Doug Richardson was joined by Councilmembers Helen McGovern and Pad Finnigan at the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team‚Äôs welcome home ceremony at Fort Lewis on Tuesday, July 1st after the brigade‚Äôs 15-month deployment to Iraq. Featured speakers included Congressman Norm Dicks, I Corps Commander, Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby, and brigade commander Colonel Jon Lehr.
- Senior Activity Center Distributes Senior Market Vouchers: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center partnered with Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care to help distribute Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers. The program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture, State of Washington, and Pierce County. The check vouchers are valid at farmers markets and provide fruits and vegetables for lower income seniors and supports local farming by increasing the use of these farmers markets and roadside stands. The Center distributed over 60 vouchers this year to seniors in our community.
- Lakewood Idol 2008. Auditions for Lakewood Idol will be held on Thursday, July 10 at Lakewood City Hall between 4-7pm. There is a $10 audition fee and all contestants must be age twelve or older, bring their own karaoke or back-up disc and perform as a soloist. Eight finalists will advance to the final competition on Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30pm at American Lake Park where they will compete for the cash prize of $250 and the title of Lakewood Idol 2008. For more information please call 589-2489 or visit us on the web at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com.
- Robbery 2 / Assault 2: A victim called 911 reporting he was assaulted at the 7-11 in Tillicum by numerous subjects. He gave two suspect vehicle descriptions and officers observed located both vehicles leaving the area; suspect vehicles were stopped on Hosmer and on I-5. Numerous subjects were detained. Police were able to get enough evidence to arrest one subject who appears to be the main suspect. The victim suffered a skull fracture and had some jewelry taken.
- Shooting: Police responded to an accidental shooting, arriving to find a 19 year-old male victim lying in the front hallway of the apartment with a gunshot wound to the left rear portion of his head. He had vital signs but was unconscious and the apparent weapon was nearby him on the floor. Another 19 year-old male told officers that he and the victim were playing around with a gun and that the victim had accidentally shot himself in the head. Two females who were also in the apartment at the time of the shooting claimed not to have seen what happened. The witnesses were taken to the station and interviewed by detectives. The suspect ended up confessing to detectives that he had actually been the one to accidentally shoot the victim. In addition to conducting interviews at the station, detectives also responded to the scene and wrote a search warrant for the apartment.
- Marijuana Grow Operation: Officers responded to a dispute in a mobile home park. The complainant said her neighbor sprayed a garden hose into her trailer. Officers contacted the suspect male, who brought a handgun (later turned out to be a BB gun) to the door. Officers were able to take the subject into custody without incident. Officers then searched the residence and found significant amounts of marijuana growing equipment (but no plants). Officers noted other drug paraphernalia and various wiring that suggested a potential explosive devise. A bomb squad technician responded to the scene and determined that it was an alerting device that the homeowner had set up. The suspect was booked into PC jail for manufacturing illegal drugs.