The Daily Mash-Up

Sunday, February 19, 2017 This Week's Paper
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

TPU board set to approve new power, water rates

Tacoma PublicUtilities recently finalized its 2017-2018 budget that will cost $1.2 billion over the next two years to provide services that customers want and need, operate the utility, maintain assets, and meet regulatory requirements.

Budget setting is a year-long process. It includes things like reviewing and projecting revenues, prioritizing expenses and identifying ways to operate as efficiently as possible.  Each of the divisions develop their budgets together with the challenging goal of minimizing rate impacts while making the power, water and rail systems even more safe… Read More

Tacoma observes President’s Day with closures

Administrative offices in the Tacoma Municipal Building complex (747 Market St. and 733 Market St.) and in other City of Tacoma facilities will close on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of President’s Day.

The Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (3510 S. Mullen St.) will open as normally scheduled on Monday, February  20, from 8 AM - 6 PM, and garbage, recycling and yard/food waste pick-ups will not be affected.
Police and fire personnel, along with animal control personnel, will be on duty on Monday, February  20, as normally scheduled.

Following is a list of… Read More

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