The Daily Mash-Up

Monday, June 27, 2016 This Week's Paper
Father sentenced to 70 years in infant’s beating death

Dwayne Patrick Cowart, 32, was sentenced to 840 months in prison for beating his two-month-old daughter to death in 2014 at his home in DuPont. In December, a jury convicted Cowart of murder in the second degree.

“Nothing is more important than protecting our children,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “As a father, I was saddened and sickened by this horrific and inexplicable crime.”

On March 24, 2014, the victim’s mother went to work and left the infant in Cowart’s care. Later that day, Cowart called the mother and told her to come home because the girl was not breathing… Read More

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge David Ladenburg announces bid for Superior Court

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge David Ladenburg has announced his candidacy for election to Pierce County Superior Court Position #17 being vacated by Judge Ron Culpepper.

“After years of experience, I will bring my expertise in dealing with real people’s problems to Superior Court,” Ladenburg stated in the announcement.

Ladenburg has served on the Tacoma Municipal Court for 13 years.  In addition to other cases, he handled the majority of the domestic violence cases for the City of Tacoma. Previously, Ladenburg served as a deputy prosecutor for the City of Tacoma… Read More

Pierce County is looking to lease

Pierce County is seeking greater efficiencies in leased space and opportunities to provide a better return on investment to taxpayers.

Numerous leases are expiring this year. The county must continue to lease office space. However, it is not required to renew existing leases or maintain the current configurations, department adjacency or locations of county programs. As a result, a more expansive and holistic approach is being pursued to determine the most cost effective and suitable leased space for programs not housed in county owned buildings.

If you have appropriate space for… Read More

Man charged in murder at Tacoma convenience store

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, with murder in the first degree for the shooting death of Julian Jemar Thomas, 23, at a Tacoma convenience store earlier this week. Grott’s brother, Rashaad Dominique Grott, 22, has been charged with rendering criminal assistance in the first degree for driving him to California after the murder. Bench warrants have been issued for their arrests.

"We are all sick and tired of violence like this," said Lindquist. "The defendant fired 46 rounds. We are taking him off the streets for as long as… Read More

Metro Parks invites public to help establish its priorities for next 6 years

Every six years, Metro Parks Tacoma establishes program priorities for future improvements of services provided to the community by creating a Mission Led Comprehensive Plan.

Community input is the cornerstone of the entire process, so the park district is inviting citizens to take part in one of four community forums Feb. 24 and 25 around the park district to help it interpret results of recent data collection and determine next steps.

“It’s a very powerful exercise,” said Roxanne Miles, business and performance manager for Metro Parks. “This is how we decide… Read More

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