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Archives: April 2012

April
28th

Fire rips through Lakewood apartment complex, displacing residents

Fire tore through a Lakewood apartment complex Saturday afternoon, gutting about nine units before firefighters took control and extinguished the blaze.

No one was seriously hurt in the fire, but an unknown number of apartment residents have been displaced, West Pierce Fire & Rescue Capt. Dave Kuhn said Saturday.

“A lot of people are out of their home,” Kuhn said. “The Red Cross is working to get people placed for the night.”

At 3:22 p.m., dispatchers received a 911 call to report the fire at the Twin Oaks Apartments complex at 4801 115th Street Court SW. By 3:27 p.m., the

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April
27th

Crews cleaning up oil spill in Steilacoom

Crews using vacuum trucks spent Friday cleaning up diesel fuel that spilled in Steilacoom, the state Department of Ecology reported.

Ecology officials were notified about 10 p.m. Thursday of fuel in storm drains and ditches. Investigators tracked the source of the fuel to a residence on Nisqually Avenue. The cause of the spill remained unknown Friday afternoon, Ecology spokeswoman Linda Kent said.

Officials said a small amount of diesel sheen may occur at the outfall near the landing for the Steilacoom-Anderson Island Ferry at 56 Union Avenue in Steilacoom.

April
27th

Drop off your unwanted prescription drugs Saturday

Puget Sound residents who have old, unneeded prescription drugs in their homes are encouraged to drop them off Saturday as part of a national initiative.

Several local law enforcement agencies will have locations set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

During the last national take-back day in October, Americans turned in more than 377,000 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

The Drug Enforcement Agency launched the initiative in 2010 in an effort to combat abuse of prescription drugs.

Residents can drop off old prescriptions anonymously and for free. The drugs are

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April
27th

Valley Regional firefighters host pancake breakfast fundraiser

The members of the Valley Regional Fire Firefighters union will be flipping flapjacks this weekend to raise money to fight cancer.

The Fighting Cancer Pancake Breakfast will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the fire station located at 500 182nd Ave. E. in Auburn.

All donations from the event will go to the American Cancer Society.

April
26th

Federal Way police looking for teenage boy missing since Monday afternoon

The Federal Way Police Department is searching for a 16-year-old boy who didn’t return home from school Monday.

Nathan K. Duncan has runaway from home before but usually returns the same night. Police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said foul play is not suspected but they are concerned because Duncan has a “trusting nature.”

Duncan had gone to school on Monday. During the day, he’d been contacted about the possible theft of a cell phone, Federal Way police reported. His parents also were called.

“School personnel further reported they overheard Duncan say he would not go home after school due to potential

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April
26th

Police still searching for suspect who fired at UPS security guards

Tacoma police continue to search for a man suspected of firing at two University of Puget Sound campus security officers Wednesday night.

Police investigators have an idea who they are looking for, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said today. They have not released a description of the suspect.

The campus security officers confronted the man about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near Union Avenue and North 14th Street. The security officers had been alerted to a man trying to break into cars behind several university-owned houses.

When the officers arrived, the suspect pulled a gun, fired one shot and then drove

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April
26th

Police say Fircrest woman who claimed a burglar stabbed her made up incident

Fircrest police now believe a 28-year-old woman who claimed she was stabbed Monday while interrupting a burglary made the story up.

Fircrest officers investigated the woman’s claims and found inconsistencies in her story, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said this morning. They confronted the woman, who admitted she’d fabricated the incident.

The woman had claimed she arrived at her home in the 1400 block of Estate Place just before 1 p.m. Monday and found an intruder inside. She said they wrestled and she was stabbed.

She also said the intruder stole several items before fleeing. She was taken to

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