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Archives: Jan. 2008

Jan.
29th

WWT: Another Point Defiance rescue?

Fire fighters are out at Point Defiance Park yet again searching for someone stranded on the cliffs, according to radio traffic.


Someone with a two-way radio picked up a distress call from a person who had supposedly fallen and was stuck on a cliff near Owens Beach.


Fire folks have been on-scene for about half an hour and the fire boat is scanning the banks, but as darkness falls, they haven’t found a victim yet.


A person on a bike was seen with a portable radio and there is a possibility the call may be a hoax…

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Jan.
29th

Gang bill moves forward

House Bill 2712, the comprehensive anti-gang legislation introduced this month in Olympia, has moved out of its committee.


It’s now over in Appropriations, which handles bills that require some money.


Meanwhile, Senate Bill 6608 (the companion bill to HB 2712) gets its first look in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to hear the bill at 3:30 p.m.

Jan.
29th

WWT: Two dogs killed in Tacoma fire

The Tacoma fire department spent about a half hour battling a house fire in the 8800 block of East B Street this afternoon.


The fire was put out by 3 p.m., dispatchers said. No people were hurt but two dogs died.

Jan.
29th

WWT: Car vs. pedestrian crash in Tacoma

A car versus pedestrian crash blocked the off-ramp from southbound Interstate 5 to State Route 7 in Tacoma this morning.


The ramp has been reopened to traffic, according to the state Department of Transportation.


State Patrol, fire and transportation officials had been on the scene.


We have no other details about injuries or what happened.

Jan.
29th

Tacoma firefighter honored for dog rescue

PETA is awarding Tacoma Fire Technical Rescue team member Dan Elgin and his department with its Compassionate Fire Department Award for “their heroic rescue of a dog who became stuck after sliding down a 200-foot cliff,” according to a press release.


Chug had gotten stuck on a 200-foot cliff while on a walk with Christian Tollefson on Jan. 16. Tollefson tried to free the dog but was unable.


The fire department was called. Elgin was lowered down to the cliff and, with the help of a harness, rescued Chug.


The press release goes on to state:

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Jan.
28th

New board game features serial killers

Apparently, this new board game features locally-known serial killers such as Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway and Robert Yates.


According to a story on KOMO TV’s web site, the creator says he realizes it could be offensive to a lot of people (you think?).


Hobson says he created the game as an art piece.


“And I don’t feel that art’s job is to always be tasteful,” he said.


The creator says the game avoids focusing on the victims and he insists he’s not trying to glorify the killers.


“They’re icons, I didn’t make them that

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Jan.
28th

Panel makes recommendations for King County Sheriff

A Blue Ribbon panel looking at reforms of the King County Sheriff’s Office released this statement today, urging the county’s charter be amended on labor negotiations.


The King County Sheriff’s Blue Ribbon Panel, established to make recommendations for improving the operations and accountability of the King County Sheriff’s Office, today reported on the progress made by King County in implementing its initial recommendations and offered four new proposals for consideration by the County Council, County Executive and the King County Charter Review Commission.



"With close collaboration between the Sheriff, Council and Executive, we’ve made significant

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