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Tag: Puyallup River


Rescued Puyallup barn owl released into wild

A barn owl rescued by firefighters last month was released Wednesday.

The animal had been tangled in fishing line in a tree by the Puyallup River for several hours before Tacoma Fire crews rescued it.

The owl recovered from its injuries at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington.

Firefighters watched the owl’s release at dusk near the river.


Flood watch issued for Puyallup River near Orting Monday

Rain tomorrow could cause minor flooding of the Puyallup River near Orting, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists expect a wet weather system to bring about an inch of rain overnight, which they say could cause the river to overflow in that area.

The flood watch issued is in effect from Monday morning through the afternoon. The watch means conditions are favorable for a flood, and that residents should monitor forecasts and be ready to act if the event happens.

A warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.


Pried-open safe found by Puyallup River in Fife

Fife police are looking for information about an abandoned safe found about 8:30 a.m. today by the Puyallup River.

It was empty, had been pried open, and the serial number had been removed, police said.

They believe it may have been taken as part of a burglary or robbery, and have lifted prints from it.

It is a “Fire Fyter” brand safe, and the model is FF3095, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fife Police Department at 253-922-6633.

Police say the safe is similar to the one pictured below.


UPDATED: Search called off for missing Puyallup River inner tuber

UPDATE as of 6 p.m.: The search for a Buckley man who went missing while inner tubing on the Puyallup River was called off this evening.

“We will not be resuming it,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “We’ve exhausted everything we can possibly do.”
He said search and rescue crews will reevaluate the situation once the water level goes down.

INITIAL POST: A man who went missing inner tubing on the Puyallup River Sunday will now likely be recovered instead of rescued, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

“At this point, it’s a recovery, unless he’s

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Tacoma firefighters rescue man near Puyallup River

Tacoma firefighters rescued a man Monday night after he’d gone over the bank near the Puyallup River.

Paramedics checked out the man at the scene. He was not taken to a hospital, the Tacoma Fire Department reported on its blog.

The incident occurred just before 6:30 p.m. Monday. The man called 911 on his cell phone and requested help. He guided fire crews to 20th Street East and Pacific Highway East. Firefighters found the man along the bank of the Puyallup River.

“Once the technical rescue systems were in place, the victim was assisted to the road above the

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Body found in Puyallup River identified as Puyallup man

The man whose body was discovered floating in the Puyallup River in Tacoma Monday morning has been identified.

Steven Grigsby, 45, of Puyallup died from freshwater drowning, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office. Tacoma firefighters recovered the body near where the river meets Commencement Bay.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, according to Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum. It is unknown how Grigsby got into the water.


UPDATE: Crews working on overturned truck near Puyallup River

Tacoma firefighters are on the scene of an overturned diesel truck near the Puyallup River in Fife.

One person was transported to a local hospital for treatment, fire spokeswoman Jolene Davis said.

The accident is at Frank Albert Road East and North Levee Road. The tanker turned over. The tanker is sealed and contains 1,200 gallons of diesel.

“There appears to be no leakage at this time,” Davis said.

There’s been no fire because of the accident.

UPDATE: Tacoma fire posted information and pictures on their blog here.


Man found last week in Puyallup River identified

Fife police have identified the 33-year-old man found dead in the Puyallup River last week but don’t have much information about what happened to him.

The body of Dustin Pedone was discovered in the river Dec. 2 near 51st Avenue East and Levee Road Northeast. Investigators are going to list his death as accidental drowning, Fife police Lt. Tom Thompson said Wednesday.

Thompson said investigators found no signs of foul play. However, they don’t know how Pedone got into the river and where.

Detectives searched the area  and talked to residents but none saw what happened to Pedone. Pedone’s

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