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UPDATED Lakewood mobile home park residents should have power soon

UPDATE 6:55 p.m. Sat. Jan.12 

By Saturday evening, power was being restored in stages to the Village Green Mobile Home Park in Lakewood, a volunteer working with the park’s management said.

Mary Lou Goldner, who identified herself as the wife of the mobile home park’s assistant manager, told The News Tribune several groups of mobile homes had power restored by 6:50 p.m.  Park managers expected that an unknown number of homes still without power would get it back before the end of Saturday night, she added.

“They’re trying to get it all on tonight,” Goldner said. “That’s the thought, so

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WHAT WAS THAT: Tacoma police activity on Hilltop

Tacoma police were checking out a home after gunshots rang out this afternoon on a Hilltop street.

Members of the department’s SWAT team planned to clear the home near South Ninth Street and Sheridan Avenue, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Gunshots were fired in the area shortly after noon. The shooting sent Jason Lee Middle and Bryant Elementary schools into lockdowns.

Fulghum said no one appears to have been injured.

The investigation centered around a home. Most of the occupants had been cleared from the home.

The department’s SWAT team was going to finish searching the house.


WHAT WAS THAT: Police activity in the North End

From the Inbox:

Just did a round trip from 26th & Vassault to 26th & Proctor & took 31st back: never seen so many speedtraps 7 cops in Tacoma in my life. Marked cars, unmarked cars & lots of motorcycle cops

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum reports there were no incidents of note in that area this morning. Traffic officers were out as part of the department’s back-to-school enforcement plan.


WHAT WAS THAT: Police look for burglars in North End

I got a call this morning from a man who lives in the North End. He reported seeing a handful of Tacoma police cars set up around the 1200 block of North Fife Street.

What was that all about?

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum reports that officers had responded to a report of an interrupted burglary about 7:45 a.m.

A neighbor told officers that he confronted two suspected burglars in the 1700 block of North Steele Street and they fled, Fulghum said.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area. A police dog searched for the burglars but did not

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WHAT WAS THAT: Construction crew causes gas leak in Lakewood

A reader called into the newsroom this morning about a natural gas leak in Lakewood.

Here’s what happened, according to the Lakewood Fire Department:

Just after 11:00 am today we were called to a gas leak at the 12100 block of Pacific Hwy SW.  The leak was caused by some construction workers operating heavy equipment in the area.  Firefighters contacted Puget Sound Energy to shut of the gas in the area.  Pacific Hwy was temporarily closed in the area until PSE arrived to shut of the gas.  The roads were opened soon after the gas was shut off and traffic

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WHAT WAS THAT: Rollover crash in Graham

Deputies and paramedics responded to a single car, rollover crash this morning on 224th Street East near Graham-Kapowsin High School.

The crash was reported just after 10:30 a.m., the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Deputies found a small car on its side. The 35-year-old woman who was driving was trapped inside, the department reported.

The woman was removed from the car. Her condition was not known.

Emergency crews shut down 224th Street for a short amount of time.


WHAT WAS THAT: Car in the water near Point Defiance Ferry dock

From the Inbox:

Do you have any information on the car that drove through the rail and into the Sound next to the Pt. Defiance Ferry dock on Saturday/Sunday?

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum provided the following information:

A 30-year-old man drove through the wooden rail and into the Sound. The crash took place about 11:15 p.m. Saturday between Anthony’s and the ferry loading dock. He got himself out of the vehicle and was on the rocks when Tacoma police officers arrived. Paramedics checked him out at the scene and transported him to a local hospital. Alcohol was suspected.