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Category: Key Peninsula


Kayaker who died after boat overturns near Key Peninsula identified

A 29-year-old kayaker who died Tuesday morning, a day after his boat overturned in the water between the Key Peninsula and McNeil Island, has been identified as Matthew Grobins.

Grobins, of Lakebay, and a friend were thrown into the water about 7:30 p.m. Monday after their boat capsized in the Pitt Passage.

The friend was able to make his way to shore and call for help. Searchers found Grobins and pulled him from the water after about an hour and took him to St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, where he died early Tuesday.

The kayak flipped when one of

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Kayaker whose boat flipped near Key Peninsula dies at hospital

A kayaker whose boat overturned between the Key Peninsula and McNeil Island Monday night died early this morning, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified the man but he is 29 and from Lakebay, Troyer said.

He was listed in grave condition after being taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor after the boat capsized in the Pitt Passage about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Another man in the kayak was able to make it to shore and call 911 after borrowing a telephone at a home in the 3700 block of

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UPDATE: Crews performing CPR on kayaker pulled from water off McNeil Island

UPDATE: The kayaker has died. He is a 29-year-old from Lakebay.

Monday night post: A kayaker is in grave condition tonight after his boat overturned and crews pulled him from the water between the Key Peninsula and McNeil Island, according to Key Peninsula Fire.

Two men in their late 20s were kayaking in the area known as Pitt Passage when their boat overturned, fire chief Tom Lique said.

One man made it to shore and was able to call 911 about 7:30 p.m. from a home in the 3700 block of 140th Avenue KP South, when residents there let

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Woman accused of shooting up Key Peninsula market now charged with murder

Pierce County prosecutors this afternoon charged a 20-year-old woman with first-degree murder in the death of a man wounded in August during a shooting at a Wauna-area market.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Laura K. Sorensen during her re-arraignment in Superior Court. Her $1.5 million bail remained unchanged.

Sorensen originally was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault after she allegedly opened fire on three men inside the grocery store at 14220 92nd Ave. NW. One of the wounded men, David Long, 40, died of his injuries in October, leading

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UPDATED: Woman killed in crash on Key Peninsula; two others injured

A woman and her chihuahua were killed this morning in a two-car collision on the Key Peninsula.

The crash happened about 9:40 a.m. on state Route 302 at 124th Avenue Court KP North.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Washington State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said. Another woman and her 7-year-old daughter  are being taken to the hospital with injuries. The child was listed in stable condition.

Troopers are directing traffic in the area while they investigate the accident.

Gill said the woman who died crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the other vehicle. The crash may have

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Crews fighting 5-acre Key Peninsula brush fire

Firefighters are working on a brush fire that has spread to 5 acres on the Key Peninsula, according to the Key Peninsula Fire Department.

The blaze is still moving near the 18000 block of 144th Street Kp N, Chief Tom Lique said.

Crews are still assessing whether the fire is threatening homes, but Lique said it’s still moving and hasn’t yet been contained.

“It doesn’t look like there are any homes that are in immediate threat,” he said. “We believe we’re going to get in front of it before anything major happens.”

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One has personal on

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Woman injured in Key Peninsula house fire

A woman was injured in a blaze that destroyed her house on the Key Peninsula Tuesday.

Fire Chief Tom Lique said it took 16 minutes for firefighters to respond to the home because they were staffing a station several miles away. It took nearly two hours and eight additional firefighters from Gig Harbor to douse the flames.

The home was destroyed. Two people inside were able to escape the house on their own. An elderly woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, the department reported.

“We cover 65 square miles, and only have enough fire fighters to staff

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30-acre wildfire burning on Key Peninsula

A quick-moving wildfire spread to nearly 30 acres on the Key Peninsula this afternoon, drawing about two dozen firefighters to battle the flames.

The blaze was reported shortly after noon near Wright Bliss Road and 150th Avenue KPN. It’s unknown what sparked the fire.

“In my 26 years here, this fire is one of the largest wildfires I’ve seen in the Key Peninsula,” said Key Peninsula Fire Department Chief Tom Lique.

Firefighters from Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One and the state Department of Natural Resources banded together to attack the flames, which chewed through acres of dry

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