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Category: Crime/safety prevention


Checklist: Your fireworks might be illegal if …

South Sounders should think twice about lighting their fireworks this Fourth of July if they don’t meet the following criteria, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The explosives could be illegal if:

• They’re not from a licensed fireworks stand.

• They aren’t packaged in bright colors with safety warnings on the packaging.

• There’s not a country of manufacture listed on the packaging.

• They’re wrapped with plain brown paper, instead of bright colors.

• They’re solid red, silver or brown.

• They look like rolls of coins with a fuse coming out the side.

• They look

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Pierce County officers target texters and those talking on the phone behind the wheel, unbuckled drivers and passengers

Pierce County law enforcement handed out 393 seat belt infractions and 158 tickets to drivers talking or texting on their cell phones or using other electronic devices between May 20 and June 2.

During the patrols, officers also made three DUI arrests and two arrests for misdemeanor warrants. They issued 88 speeding violations, nine child passenger safety infractions, 82 uninsured motorist and 41 suspended and revoked license violations.

More than 130 police and sheriff agencies worked the extra patrols statewide.

Across Washington, officers wrote 2,321 seat belt violations and 1,448 cell phone and texting tickets, compared to 3,171 and 1,059

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East Pierce recognized for heart safety programs

East Pierce Fire & Rescue was nationally recognized today for its efforts to prevent and treat cardiac-related diseases.

The agency was chosen out of those serving communities of fewer than 100,000 to receive the 2013 Heart Safe Community Award.

East Pierce was chosen for its efforts during the past two years to start a cardiac arrest resuscitation program that included “high-performance” CPR training for firefighters, debriefs after calls and participation in a program that compares East Pierce to other state agencies.

The effort has improved cardiac arrest survival rates, according to the department.

East Pierce also started a free, one-hour CPR training class targeting

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Law enforcement to target high-risk DUI crash roads on Cinco de Mayo

Local, county and state law enforcement are planning to prevent and intercept drunk drivers throughout Western Washington starting Saturday, in preparation for people taking to the roads after celebrating Cinco de Mayo Sunday.

Officers will target roads that are at high risk for impaired driving crashes, including in Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, and in Snohomish and King counties.

Officers will be able to take arrestees to a State Patrol Mobile Impaired Driving Unit in Kent, in order to quickly get back to patrolling.

A team with the Home Safe Bar program, including the family of a woman who was killed by

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Sirens in Puyallup River Valley, Pierce County Alerts will be part of drill Monday morning

Pierce County Emergency Management will test 17 outdoor lahar warning sirens Monday at noon in the Puyallup River Valley as part of a monthly drill.

Residents who have signed up to receive Pierce County Alerts will get get notifications at 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Fife Police Department.


Listing barge dumps scrap cars into Commencement Bay, crews work to stabilize vessel


A Canadian barge listing along Marine View Drive on Sunday appeared to dump some of the scrap metal cars it was carrying into the water near Browns Point as crews tried to stabilize it, according to the state Department of Ecology.

The vessel was reported as listing Sunday morning, at which point the company expecting the metal hired a private group to salvage the barge, DOE specialist Ron Holcomb said.

Holcomb said he believed the owner of the barge had been contracted to deliver the cars to metal recycler Schnitzer Steel’s location along the Hylebos Waterway.

A News Tribune

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Business owners aim to protect stores from man accused of lewd conduct downtown

Some women business owners in Tacoma are taking steps to protect their stores from a man they say has masturbated in several establishments downtown in the past week.

The women belong to Shop Girl Tacoma, which has about 50 active members and was founded by Sonja Silver, who owns businesses in the Proctor District.

The group discussed the crimes at its monthly meeting Monday, Silver said.

“His is distracting them, and then he masturbates. They don’t know what’s happened until it’s pointed out to them,” she said. Her businesses have not been affected, she said.

Three downtown businesses have been

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State Patrol warns of possible AMBER alert phone scam

The Washington State Patrol says it has gotten reports of numerous calls soliciting donations for the AMBER alert system, calls troopers say appear to be a scam.

At least one such caller said he or she was seeking the donation on behalf of the State Patrol.

No one from the State Patrol or local agencies is seeking donations for the program, according to troopers.

The alert system is used to help find children who are abducted or those missing under suspicious circumstances.

The State Patrol says the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and are not fundraising either.

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