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Category: Schools


Six arrested after burglary at Lakewood elementary school

Five men and a teenage boy were arrested early this morning after breaking into a Lakewood elementary school, police said.

An alarm summoned officers about 3:15 a.m. to Oakwood Elementary School, 3230 South 85th Street. Police immediately spotted three of the alleged burglars running and took them into custody. The thieves dropped stolen laptops, cell phones and a video camera while trying to flee.

A K-9 team was called to track the other suspects, who were eventually arrested. Their ages range from 16 to 25, Lt. Chris Lawler said.

One of the alleged burglars told police the group had been

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Tacoma teacher puts out small fire at Baker Middle School

A Tacoma teacher extinguished a small fire at Baker Middle School Tuesday morning, according to the Fire Department.

The fire started about 9:10 a.m. after someone left a box of combustibles on top of a convection oven in the school kitchen. It eventually heated up and ignited.

While students were evacuated from the campus at 8001 South J Street, a teacher used a dry chemical extinguisher to douse the flames.

Firefighters responded to ensure the blaze was out and reset the alarm.


School in Eatonville closed today because of power outage

UPDATE: Eatonville Schools Superintendent Rich Stewart said Tuesday afternoon that Columbia Crest should be open Wedensday morning, but he said that – depending on the weather – the school district might run winter bus routes. A combination of snow and rain Monday night caused power outages in the area near the school in Ashford.


Columbia Crest School in Eatonville is closed today due to a power outage, the school district announced this morning.

All school activities are canceled.


UPDATE: Pink rifle report prompts brief lockdown at Puyallup elementary school

UPDATE: This was posted on the school district Website:

For student safety, Hunt and Pope elementary schools were in modified lockdown

Earlier today, both Hunt and Pope elementary schools were briefly in lockdown due to police activity in the area. Police have investigated, and for the remainder of the day, access to the building will be limited as a precautionary measure. Front doors will be locked.

Students are all safe and no threat to their safety has been posed.



An elementary school in Puyallup was briefly locked down this afternoon after someone reported seeing a woman walking

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UPDATED: Stadium High student arrested after allegedly bringing homemade fireworks to school

A Stadium High student was arrested this morning after allegedly bringing a homemade firework to school, Tacoma police said.

The boy was showing it off to another student about 9:30 a.m. when someone reported it to a teacher.

With the recent mass shooting at a Connecticut school on everyone’s mind, Stadium High Principal Kevin Ikeda erred on the side of caution and evacuated students to the performing arts center.

Tacoma police’s bomb squad swept the campus and determined there was no threat. The boy did not have plans to detonate the device and did not threaten anyone, police said.


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Snow means late start or closure for many Pierce County schools

Due to snow, several schools are affected this morning. Here’s a list:

  • Bethel School District will start two hours late. There will be no preschool or half-day kindergarten.
  • Cascade Christian School will start two hour late.
  • Concordia Lutheran will start at 10 a.m. There will be no pre-kindergarten or morning childcare.
  • Dieringer schools will start two hours late.
  • Eatonville School District will start two hours late. It will not have morning kindergarten or preschool programs. Buses are operating on snow routes.
  • Fife schools are closed today because it was early release. District offices are open.
  • Franklin Pierce School District

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Aylen Junior High students delayed from walking home Friday by nearby police investigation

Police asked that Aylen Junior High School officials delay students from walking home Friday as officers investigated a possible attempted burglary nearby.

An officer saw two men just before 2 p.m. walk into the yard of a house in the 1700 block of West Pioneer.

The men tried to break into the house, police said, at which point officers approached and took a 38-year-old man into custody.

The other suspect fled on foot and was not located, police said.

While a K-9 tried to track the second suspect, police asked the school to hold walking students until officers had finished.



UPDATED: Police explosive experts called to Tacoma Public Schools building

Update July 24, 4:18 p.m.: The suspected pipe bomb found Monday was not explosive, Tacoma police said.

The capped pipe “had been out in the weather for a while,” and experts determined today that it was not explosive, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Update 6:15 Police have given the all clear and are allowing traffic through the area. They are still attempting to determine whether the suspicious package was explosive, spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Initial post: Tacoma police explosive experts are investigating an unusual package found this afternoon outside the Tacoma Public Schools Professional Development Center.

A security official found

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