The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
Strickland joins other mayors urging Congress to rethink Affordable Care Act repeal

As federal lawmakers discuss repeal of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, mayors across the country today are uniting to urge Congress to consider the serious impact that losing healthcare coverage would have on millions of Americans.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland signed onto a bipartisan letter to Congressional leaders from the U.S. Conference of Mayors urging them to be mindful of the protections the Affordable Care Act has provided to millions of Americans from the catastrophic cost of illness and accidents.

Addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of… Read More

Columbia Banking announces passing of CEO Dressel

Columbia Banking System has announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Melanie J. Dressel, died suddenly late on Feb. 19.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Melanie Dressel. Melanie had served as our Chief
Executive Officer since 2003, and was also a member of our Board of Directors," William Weyerhaeuser, Chairman of the Board of Columbia, said. "Under her tireless leadership, Columbia grew to be widely recognized as one of the best regional community banks in the country, and has been continually acknowledged… Read More

Deputy’s use of deadly force determined to have been lawful

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Bruce Johnson, 38, have been completed. Johnson died Dec. 1, from a single gunshot during a standoff with police after Johnson shot and killed Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez. Officers were called to the house because of a domestic disturbance.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist concluded the deputy acted lawfully.

"The… Read More

Moody’s Upgrades City’s Bonds Rating

Moody’s Investors Service has announced a ratings upgrade from  ‘A1’ to ‘Aa3’ on the City of Tacoma’s $179.84 million in outstanding limited tax general obligation bonds.  This action follows Moody’s recent review of the methodology utilized in rating U.S. local government general obligation debt.

“We’re pleased to receive this ratings upgrade, and will continue to implement sound budgetary controls and oversight which will support the City’s sustained fiscal health,” said Finance Director Andy Cherullo.

The upgrade makes the ratings on the City’s… Read More

Tacoma homeless man pleads guilty to BB gun killing

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office haa accepted a plea agreement from Sergio Jesus Suarez, 36. Suarez pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the second degree while armed with a deadly weapon. Suarez shot and killed Dustin Reed Kopp, 32, with a BB gun last October.

“This death was a freakish result from a BB,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “BB guns are not generally thought of as deadly weapons but they can be.”

On Oct. 18, 2016, Tacoma police responded to a report of a body on a steep embankment near the Highway 16 overpass over South Cedar Street. The body… Read More

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