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Thursday, October 08, 2015 This Week's Paper

The teenager suspected of ejaculating on the backs of two unsuspecting female shop owners while they were distracted at their Antique Row shops has pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.

He was sentenced to 24 days at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center, although he was given credit for the time he already spent there from when he was first arrested in February until his guilty plea this week.

The judge also requires the boy to write an apology letter to his victims and serve a year on probation.

The boy was caught after downtown…

Pierce Transit Passes Vanpool Fees, Delays Policy Changes

The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners passed two policy changes related vanpool services last night; a general fare increase and toll recovery from groups that travel across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The commission tabled a vote on a policy that would implement a change in the vanpool service area.

Starting May 1, vanpool monthly fares will increase from $2 to $55 per user. This range is based on the number of participants in a vanpool group and daily round-trip miles.

Pierce Transit will also start to recover the…

In a recent letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation officials urged the agency to implement measures to stop airport tower closures, including operations at Tacoma Narrows airport.

Possible closures of control towers at regional airports are a result of federal budget sequestration that went into effect March 1. FAA has put all airport towers with fewer than 150,000 total operations and fewer than 10,000 commercial operations on the list for possible closure.

WSDOT’s response emphasized the benefits that airport towers bring…

Austin Mahone is on his way to the Western Washington Fair (formerly the Puyallup Fair.) The rising teen pop star – known for singles “11:11” and “Say Somethin'” – will headline the grandstand on Sept. 21 with support from Disney Channel's Bridgit Mendler, the singer/actor known for her appearances on “Good Luck Charlier” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, with prices ranging from $25…

Phase I of Sprague enhancement project complete

Tacoma’s Sprague Avenue gateway has a new look with the completion of the first phase of the Sprague enhancement project. The Tacoma entry from Highway 16 has landscape improvements and better separation between South Sprague Avenue and the adjacent residential street known as residential Sprague.

Stormwater runoff from the 0.63 acres of arterial roadway will now be filtered with bio-retention rain gardens. Nearly half an acre is enhanced with landscaping that will improve the City’s tree canopy, adding more than 200 new trees and reducing rainwater runoff into the Thea Foss watershed.…

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