The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, September 04, 2015 This Week's Paper
Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against County

The Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a malicious prosecution and defamation lawsuit filed against the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department. The trial court dismissed the lawsuit in 2014.

This is the second time former teacher Harold Wright unsuccessfully sued Pierce County after being charged with rape. Wright sought $7.6 million from Pierce County in a federal lawsuit that was dismissed in 2013.

“We are committed to fighting meritless claims in court," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. "Our strong stands save county taxpayers money in the long run."

In 2007, a jury convicted Wright and his friend of raping a former student. Two years later, the Court of Appeals concluded the trial court had improperly instructed the jury and overturned that conviction. The criminal case against Wright was dismissed in 2013 when witnesses could not recall important details several years after the sexual assault.

The Court of Appeals agreed with the trial court that Wright’s claims in the civil lawsuit lacked a factual basis.

City of Tacoma Observes Labor Day on Sept. 7

Administrative offices in the Tacoma Municipal Building complex (747 Market St. and 733 Market St.) and in other City of Tacoma facilities will close Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.

The Tacoma Transfer & Recovery Center (3510 S. Mullen St.) will remain open on Monday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and scheduled garbage, recycling and yard/food waste pick-ups will not be affected.

Police and fire personnel will be on duty on Monday, Sept. 7. Animal control personnel will be on duty from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Following is a list of other closures and service adjustments relating to Labor Day:

• All of the Tacoma Public Library's branches will close on Saturday, Sept. 5.
• Senior centers (415 S. 13th St. and 5016 A St.) will close on Monday, Sept. 7.
• The Tacoma Municipal Court (930 Tacoma Ave. S) will close on Monday, Sept. 7.   
• There will be no parking enforcement by City staff on Monday, Sept. 7. 

Final Black Sabbath tour headed to Tacoma Dome

Black Sabbath's final tour is coming to Tacoma. The legendary rock band announced dates for its “The End” tour which includes a Feb. 26 stop at the Tacoma Dome. Ticket prices and on sale info aren't yet available, but here's our last interview with Ozzy and a writeup from their last local stop, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in 2013.

 


 

Take Transit to State Fair

Guests of the Washington State Fair can save on gas and parking, avoid the traffic, and enjoy the biggest party in the state by bus or commuter rail this year.  Pierce Transit and Sound Transit will operate special service during the Fair to provide Fair guests an easy option for getting to the Fair. Purchase State Fair tickets before you go: www.thefair.com/tickets.


Pierce Transit Fair Express Bus
Washington State Fair guests can make their first ride on Pierce Transit’s “Fair Express” starting opening day, Sept. 11, 2015.  Pierce Transit will offer express service to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup through closing day, Sept. 27.  Riders can park FREE and catch the Fair Express from three locations; Tacoma Mall, Lakewood Towne Center and South Hill Mall.  Fair Express service begins daily at 9:15 a.m. with the last trip leaving the Fair at 11:30 p.m. daily.  Pierce Transit’s local Routes 4, 400, 402 and 425 will also serve the Washington State Fair.  For more information about the Fair Express, visit: www.piercetransit.org/washington-state-fair-express.

Sound Transit Sounder Fair Service
Once again this year you can let go and ride the Sounder train to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup! Special Sounder trains will run on two Saturdays, Sept. 19 and 26, serving nine stations between Everett and Puyallup. From Puyallup Station, you can jump on a free awaiting Pierce Transit bus to the Fair’s Red Gate.  For more information and Sounder schedules visit www.soundtransit.org/soundertothefair. To purchase a bundled ticket that includes taking the Sounder Train and Fair gate admission, visit www.thefair.com/deals/.

Sound Transit Express Bus
Sound Transit Express Route 578 also runs between Seattle and Puyallup seven days a week.  Riders can check the schedule here: www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/ST-Express-Bus/578.

Police help seniors to be safe at home

Local communities have become much more accessible and senior-friendly. Even so, when it comes to personal safety, older adults and people with disabilities need to take special precautions at home as well as out and about.

Together with local police departments and Safe Streets, Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources will host a series of five public presentations on simple things individuals can do to maintain their personal safety.

Sept. 14 – Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Tacoma Police Department, 3701 S. Pine St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 – Gig Harbor City Hall, 3510 Grandview St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Sumner Senior Center, 15506 62nd St. Ct. E. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“There is no doubt that seniors and people with disabilities are often targeted,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “Criminals see this vulnerability as an opportunity for quick gain with less risk on their part. But people can take some simple steps to improve personal safety both at home and in the community.”While prime time television and other media constantly exaggerate violent crime, it is nevertheless a serious problem. Nationally the ratio of property crime to violent crime was higher for the elderly (13 to 1) than for younger persons ages 25 to 49 (3 to 1). The rates of violent crime (3.6 per 1,000 persons) and property crime (72.3 per 1,000) against elderly persons remain high. In addition, the rate of violent victimization for persons with disabilities (36 per 1,000) was more than twice the age-adjusted rate for persons without disabilities (14 per 1,000).

The five presentations scheduled in September will be presented by officers from the Lakewood, Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Sumner Police Departments as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Participants will receive practical tips for personal safety, hear about crime in their neighborhoods and understand how best to interact with local police. The event is free and no RSVP is required. For additional information about “Making it Safe at Home,” call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

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