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Special Olympics torch to be carried through Pierce County today, Friday

Law enforcement officers will be running a torch for the Special Olympics through Pierce County today and Friday.

Four torches are carried from each end of the state and converge Friday afternoon at the Lakewood Police Department.

The official torch will then be run by Kennewick police detective Shirrell Zeitenheimer and athlete Michael I’ren to Joint-Base Lewis McChord, where 2,700 athletes will compete in five sports over the weekend.

The torch, which weighs about 10 pounds, will pass through Gig Harbor from 4 to 5 p.m. tonight via Burnham, Harborview and Soundview.

On Friday, a different torch will travel through

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Extra DUI patrols in Pierce, King counties this weekend

Additional law enforcement officers will patrol for drunken drivers this weekend in Pierce and King counties as people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board will also be visiting bars to talk to employees about responsible service. Officers will hand out “Click 2 Ride” tickets with phone numbers for local taxi companies.

Participating agencies include Auburn, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Kent, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place police, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.


CLEARED: Crash on southbound I-5 blocking right three lanes in Milton

UPDATE as of 11 p.m. All lanes have been cleared, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: A crash that happened  about 8 :15 p.m. on southbound Interstate 5 in Milton is blocking the right three lanes of the freeway just south of Porter Way, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The State Patrol is on the scene.

Check back for updates.


Milton woman surprises two burglars inside her house

Two suspected burglars were arrested today after a woman came home and found them inside her house in the 1300 block of Taylor Street.

Police were called to the house about 11:15 a.m. after the woman called 911 and told dispatchers she and her granddaughter spotted a man running out of their house.

Edgewood police officers were called in to help search for the suspects and a Pierce County sheriff’s dog was used to track the alleged burglars.

Both men were found in the area and quickly taken into custody.

Milton police said they are trying to determine whether the

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UPDATED: One injured when vehicle crashes into building in Milton

UPDATE as of 4:44 p.m. Milton police and Puyallup tribal police responded to the crash, according to tribal spokesman John Weymer. The crash is still being investigated, he said. It appears the car sideswiped the building, where a tribal business is located, he said.

UPDATE as of 3:41 p.m. The driver is the patient being treated for non life-threatening injuries, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue. The car hit another vehicle before hitting the building, which did not sustain significant damage, according to East Pierce.

INITIAL POST: Crews are treating one patient and a driver is in custody after a vehicle crashed

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Shooting in Milton leaves one person hurt

UPDATE as of 1:20 p.m.: An argument over rent between a landlord and a tenant ended this morning with the tenant being shot, Milton police said.

The wounded man, a Tacoma resident believed in his 50s, was wounded once and spoke with officers before being taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Police Chief Bill Rhoads said.

The landlord, a Milton resident believed in his 50s, surrendered to officers and was being interviewed about the shooting, Rhoads said.

The shooting happened about 10:20 a.m. at a building in the 1300 block of 23rd Street.

The two men met at

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Sumner man fatally shot by Metro SWAT after pointing gun at them is identified

A 46-year-old man shot to death by a SWAT officer after allegedly pointing a gun at police outside his Sumner home has been identified as Patrick Durnford.

Durnford called 911 about 3 p.m. Wednesday and threatened to kill himself before bunking down in his home in the 7000 block of 142nd Avenue East.

After more than an hour standoff with Metro SWAT, police said Durnford came out of the home and pointed a weapon at officers. The officer, fearing for his life, fired.

Durnford died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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UPDATED: Fife bus driver dies after suffering medical emergency Monday

The Fife School District bus driver who had a medical emergency while driving middle school students to school Monday morning has died.

Ryan Callis, a 43-year-old father of three, never regained consciousness. He died Wednesday morning at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, said Reggie Green, a cousin of Callis.

Green said Callis enjoyed being a bus driver. He was an Army veteran and had driven a bus for Pierce Transit.

“He was a good bus driver,” Green said. “He was more than that. He was a good person.”

Callis was driving 12 students to Surprise Lake Middle School about

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