The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 This Week's Paper
Fireworks injuried spike by 40 percent this year

Serious fireworks-related injuries from June 1 to July 31, in the state rose by 40 percent, according to the latest figures from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The majority of these injuries occurred on the Fourth of July. This year, fireworks injuries resulted in amputations, first, second, third-degree burns and hearing and eyesight loss. with 16 percent of those injured being found to have been impaired by alcohol or drugs. In addition, fireworks-related-fires resulted in an estimated nearly $200,000 in property loss during the same period.  There were 67 fireworks-related… Read More

Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue overpass set to partially open

On Aug. 15, the Pacific Avenue overpass over Interstate 5 will reopen to a single lane of traffic in each direction, along with bicycle and pedestrian access. The specific reopening time has not been announced, so motorists should still use McKinley Way for their morning commute. 

The overpass has been closed since spring 2015, to allow contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to demolish and rebuilt the overpass to make way for additional lanes on I-5.

“We truly appreciate the patience people showed while detouring around this closure,”… Read More

Some criminals apparently never learn

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s office has charged Nicholas James McCulloch, 33, with Residential Burglary and Malicious Mischief. Prosecutors have identified McCulloch as a High Priority Offender.

“Our High Priority Offender Unit focuses resources on repeat offenders,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, “Our goal is to reduce crime and make our community safer.”

On Aug. 6, a woman called police because she observed a car drop off a man at the house next door, which was her mother-in-law's house. She observed the man go to the back deck and then lost sight of him and thought… Read More

Police fire at suspect after traffic argument turned violent

At around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, Tacoma Police Department responded to the 3200 block of South Union Avenue on a traffic dispute in a parking lot.

The dispute was handled and as one of the drivers was leaving the scene, he intentionally backed into the officer’s patrol vehicle.  The driver then pulled back into a parking stall, rolled up his windows, locked his doors and pulled his hood over his head to avoid contact with the officer. The officer called for assistance and waited until three additional officers arrived to attempt to contact the driver.

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Fircrest teller charged with stealing from elders

Pierce County Prosecutor’s office charged Shelley Christine Lehman, 43, with one count of first-degree theft and one count of first-degree identity theft after she was allegedly caught making withdrawals from the account of an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s who lives in a care facility.

“Cases like this are why we started our Elder Abuse Unit,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “We are committed to protecting the vulnerable.”

Fircrest Police were dispatched to TAPCO Credit Union earlier this month regarding a theft investigation. An investigation revealed that teller… Read More

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