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Drinking parties busted, 21 arrested after party patrol

Pierce County law enforcement officers busted two underage drinking parties and arrested 21 people over Memorial Day weekend.

The Party Intervention Patrol focused their efforts in Puyallup and Orting, according to a press release from Pierce County. The Orting Police Department led the Friday night-early Saturday patrol. Officers arrested 21 people, ages  15 to 27, on suspicion of alcohol- and drug-related crimes.

Officers found the first party just after midnight. Puyallup police officers responded to a noise complaint in the 2300 block of South Meridian.

“Two brothers had used their mother’s apartment to host an underage drinking party while she

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8 arrested after season’s first party intervention patrol in Pierce County

Pierce County law enforcement officers arrested five youths and three adults last weekend during a party intervention patrol.

Twenty-five volunteers, police and substance abuse professionals conducted the patrol last weekend because it was prom night for Orting High School students, a Pierce County press release states.

An additional 12 more party intervention patrols are planned throughout the county in the upcoming weeks. The dates of those patrols were not announced.

The first party intervention patrol was April 24. The patrols “aim to shut down illegal parties as early as possible, arrest youth and adult suppliers who violate underage drinking laws,”

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ALL CLEAR: eastbound SR 162 near Orting

A collision is blocking the eastbound lane of State Route 162 three miles east of Orting.

A car crashed into a power pole at Patterson Road around 3:10 p.m. WSP, DOT incident response and the power company are en route. Alternating traffic is getting through in the westbound lane.

Update: As of 4:45 p.m., all lanes are open.


UPDATED: State schools chief Randy Dorn arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Orting

From News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn was arrested early Sunday in Orting under suspicion of driving under the influence, his office confirmed Tuesday.

The traffic stop occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at roughly the 300 block of Washington Avenue North, said Orting Police Chief Bill Drake. That’s the same block as Orting High School.

Dorn said in a statement Tuesday that he and his family were attending a community event Saturday night where he drank beer with dinner. He was stopped by local police on the way home, he said.

Dorn said that

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Homicide investigation into Orting man’s death continues

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives continue to look into last weekend’s death of a medical marijuana patient who’d been attacked at his Orting-area home.

No arrests have been made in Michael S. Howard’s death and no motive revealed, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday.

Howard, 38, was hit over the head early on March 9. He heard suspicious noises outside his home in the 17700 block of 147th Avenue East, armed himself with a can of bear spray and went to investigate. He was hit on the head by an unknown person.

Howard talked to deputies who responded to

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UPDATED: Orting man killed, deputies investigate death as a homicide

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a 38-year-old Orting man.

Michael S. Howard was hit on the head early on March 9 in his Orting-area home. He died from his injuries Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported today.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said deputies responded to the scene the morning Howard was injured. Detectives later followed up with search warrants.

Howard’s death is being investigated as a homicide. No arrests have been reported.

We’ll update this blog post when more details become available.

UPDATE: Pierce County sheriff’s investigators were initially

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Man charged in attempted robbery of Orting pharmacy

Pierce County prosecutors have filed attempted robbery charges against a man who tried to rob an Orting pharmacy on a day it was closed.

Prosecutors charged Lonnie M. Smith, 50, with attempted second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary earlier this week. He’s being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Charging documents provide the following account:

The owner of Copes Pharmacy in Orting told officers that the business was closed Saturday. A man wearing a mask and holding a note came into the store through a back door.

“He asked her if the store was ‘Coles,’” court documents

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Lahar drill this week in Orting

A lahar drill will take place in the City of Orting sometime this week so officials can practice what they’d do in case of an emergency.

The drill will occur sometime today, Wednesday or Thursday, Pierce County officials announced this week. The exact time is being withheld “in an effort to achieve greater authenticity and facilitate safer outcomes,” a notice from the county states.

Three outdoor sirens will sound when the drill begins.

The city conducts drills every year to prepare and practice for the volcanic event or other natural disasters.