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Category: University Place


Crews put out University Place brush fire

West Pierce Fire & Rescue crews are finishing up at the scene of a 100-by-100 foot brush fire in the 6200 block of Lakewood Drive West that they responded to about 1:30 p.m., Assistant Fire Marshal Hallie McCurdy said.

No one was injured, and the fire didn’t reach any residences, she said.

Firefighters have put out the blaze, and are almost done at the site.


Motorcyclist crashes in University Place while fleeing deputies

A 22-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured late Sunday after crashing into a rock wall and power pole while fleeing Pierce County sheriff’s deputies in University Place.

Deputies first noticed five motorcyclists speeding on Bridgeport Way around 11 p.m. The group stopped for a red light at Bridgeport and 67th Avenue West and deputies saw one of the motorcyclists motion to his buddies to block deputies in while he sped away.

The motorcyclist was weaving in and out of traffic and traveling about 100 miles per hour, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. Deputies pursued the bike for roughly one minute before

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2-alarm fire damages University Place pub

A 2-alarm fire damaged the Ale House Pub & Eatery in University Place early this morning, according to West Pierce Fire & Rescue.

A passerby called 911 about 3:45 a.m. to report seeing smoke in the restaurant at 2122 Mildred St. Firefighters arrived to find that a kitchen fire had spread to the roof.

Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. An estimate of damages was not immediately available and no one was injured.


Man dies after crashing his longboard near Chambers Bay

A 21-year-old man riding a longboard on the trail adjacent to the Chambers Bay golf course Saturday died after losing control and hitting a tree, Pierce County sheriff’s deputies reported.

Tyler Johnson was not wearing a helmet when he crashed on a section of trail that  snakes through a series of switchbacks on the northwest side of the course, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A longboard is a longer version of skateboard.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. Johnson died later at an area hospital, Troyer said.




UPDATE: University Place lender Emiel Kandi arrested, indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

UPDATE as of 4:20 p.m. Kandi pleaded not guilty and was released pending trial on the conditions that he surrenders his passport and remains in Western Washington, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Emily Langlie said.

The public defender who represented Kandi in the initial proceedings was not immediately available for comment.

INITIAL POST: A grand jury today indicted a University Place man who offered loans to desperate borrowers and then took their homes if they missed a payment.

The FBI arrested Emiel Kandi, a 36-year-old hard money lender, this morning. He will appear in court this afternoon to face charges of conspiracy,

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Driver in fatal crash that killed University Place woman sentenced to 6 years, 6 months in prison

From the catch-up file:

A Federal Way woman was sentenced Friday to 6 years, 6 months in prison for a fatal crash that killed a 48-year-old University Place woman last year.

Michelle Leigh Dittamore, 32, drank a tumbler of pink champagne and took a prescription drug known to cause drowsiness before taking the keys to her father’s sports car without permission.

Her 4-year-old son was in the passenger seat when Dittamore slammed head-on into Jana Lynne Berry’s vehicle June 7 after crossing the centerline on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way.

Berry’s car spun around from the force and was

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West Pierce firefighters collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy Association this weekend

West Pierce Fire & Rescue crews will be collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this month with “Fill the Boot” events in Lakewood and University Place.

Firefighters will be at Lakewood Towne Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

They will also be passing the boot for donations at 27th Street and Bridgeport Way West in University Place at the same time May 10-11.

Over the last three years, fire officials said the department has raised more than $58,000 in Lakewood and University Place for the association.


Tacoma man charged with stealing tennis bracelets from Fred Meyer stores

A 20-year-old Tacoma man is suspected of stealing tennis bracelets from two Fred Meyer stores in Pierce County to support his Percocet addiction.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him in only one incident but said more charges may be filed later after the investigations wrap up.

The man pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree theft for an April 22 incident at the Bonney Lake store. Bail was set at $20,000.

The man allegedly asked to see two tennis bracelets – a gift for his girlfriend, he claimed – then snatched them from the arm of the saleswoman and ran.


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