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April
3rd

Ceremony today to honor slain Puyallup brother and sister

The public is invited to a brief spiritual ceremony this morning to remember a Puyallup man and woman allegedly shot to death by their father while they slept.

Local clergy will host the Moment of Blessing at 10 a.m. outside the family’s home at 1509 5th Street Southeast in Puyallup.

Authorities say Danielle Faucett, 43, and Dennis League, 46, were shot in their sleep March 26. Their father has been charged in their deaths.

The Associated Ministries sponsors the Moment of Blessing ceremonies at locations in Pierce County where homicides have occurred. The ceremonies are intended to provide support for

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March
21st

Spiritual ceremony to be held this morning for Spanaway woman allegedly killed by husband

Local clergy will gather today for a brief spiritual ceremony to honor a Spanaway woman allegedly killed by her estranged husband at a Tacoma motel last week.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives discovered Sara Barrett’s body March 13 at Motel 6, 1811 S. 76th St. Her husband, Tony Barrett, has been charged with her slaying.

This morning’s Moment of Blessing will be held at 10 a.m.outside the motel.

The public is welcome.

The Associated Ministries sponsors the Moment of Blessing ceremonies at locations in Pierce County where homicides have occurred. The ceremonies are intended to provide support for the victims’ families,

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March
15th

Lakewood detective to be honored on TV show tonight

By Dianne McGinness; contributing writer

When it comes to catching fugitives, Lakewood police detective Ryan Larson has a pretty strong track record.

He caught three Pierce County fugitives in one week, earning him the March Officer of the Month Award for the “Washington’s Most Wanted” television show on Q13 Fox.

He will receive his award at 10:30 tonight on the telecast.

Larson has a knack for finding fugitives because of his commitment to his job, said Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro.

“You just can’t say enough about that kind of dedication and vigilance,” Zaro said.

Larson’s first capture

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March
12th

Tacoma Fire accepting applications for entry-level candidates

The Tacoma Fire Department is asking entry-level firefighters to submit applications as the department builds an eligibility list they plan to hire off in the coming years.

While there are no plans to hire this year, we do anticipate that retirements and normal attrition will require us to hire new firefighters sometime in the future to fill vacancies,” department spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

Interested candidates have until 5 p.m. May 3 to submit an application to join the 357-member agency. The hourly salary is listed as $21.96 to $30.26.

The application process and written test – which is tentatively

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March
5th

Night training at JBLM with 81mm Mortar could mean loud noises for neighbors

Residents around Joint Base Lewis-McChord could hear late-night firing tonight through Thursday as soldiers practice using 81 mm Mortars, the base announced today.

The training is scheduled nightly from 9 to 11 p.m.

For more information, call the JBLM Community Information line at 253-967-0852.

March
1st

Expect loud noises from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Saturday from training exercise

Don’t worry about any shooting or other loud noises heard coming from Joint Base Lewis-McChord this weekend.

Officials said soldiers will be training with a 105 mm Howitzer, which is a lightweight towed weapon that provides direct support fires to light, airborne and air assault forces.  A Howitzer is 17-feet long, weighs more than 3,000 pounds and requires eight people to man it, according to the Army.

The training will extend from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday, with increased activity at night.

“This is normally scheduled and required training, which allows military members to practice and improve skills required during

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Feb.
20th

Polar bear plunge in Tacoma Saturday to benefit Special Olympics

A polar bear plunge will be held in Tacoma this weekend to raise money for Special Olympics Washington.

The event will take place Saturday morning at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the dip into cold water starts at noon. There will be heated tents for participants to change in, organizers said.

Those too fearful to jump in are invited to stand on the shoreline in the “chicken coop” and watch.

Participants have already raised more than $30,000. Signing up means the individual agrees to raise $50-75 for the Special Olympics.

About 225 people

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Feb.
7th

Spanaway candlelight vigil to mark one-year anniversary of teen’s disappearance

A candlelight vigil Saturday in Spanaway will mark the anniversary of the disappearance of Chris Virdell, who was 18 when he went missing from a friend’s home Feb. 9, 2012.

The 5 p.m. vigil will last about two hours at the powerlines at 45th Avenue East and 224th Street East in Spanaway, where Virdell was last seen.

Virdell is described as a white male, 5 foot 6, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was described by co-workers as a perfect employee who never missed work, according to Tacoma Pierce-County Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information

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