The Daily Mash-Up

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Tacoma gang members sentenced for 2015 drive-by shooting

Alexander Kitt, 24, Jermohnn Gore, 17, and Clifford Krentkowski, 18, have been sentenced for the murder of Brandon Morris, 19.

Gore, the one who fired the fatal shot, was sentenced to 82 years in prison. Kitt received 84 years, and Krentkowski was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“This was a challenging trial and another success for our gang unit,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Deputy Prosecutors Jesse Williams and Gregory Greer did good work on this case. They achieved justice for the victim and made our community… Read More

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on area roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves, especially during the rain and wind forecasted for this week.

“The potential for flooding along county roads increases as wet weather returns and leaves fall,” said Brian Ziegler, Pierce County Public Works director. “Leaves and debris can block storm drains, resulting in roadway flooding. We encourage residents to pick up yard waste and remove leaves and debris blocking neighborhood storm drains throughout the fall.”

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Flood insurance rates could change once FEMA flood maps go into effect

New flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency could change flood insurance rates for some properties when they go into effect next spring.

Drafts of the new flood maps were released Sept. 7. Homeowners can view a document that describes how to download drafts of the maps from the Pierce County website at

The maps provide homeowners with more information and greater accuracy about the flood risk to their homes. Homeowners affected by the new maps and insurance agents will… Read More

Utility commission to hold public meetings concerning PSE gas plant plan

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission will hold two hearings next week regarding the financial plan regarding the proposed liquefied natural gas plant on the tideflats. The proposed plan would have ratepayers of Puget Sound Energy share in the cost of construction of the 8 million gallon facility that would be used to provide fuel for Totem Ocean Express container ships and serve as storage for natural gas the utility could use during extreme weather.

The commission will hold an evidentiary hearing at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, Oct. 17, in Room 206, Second Floor, Richard Hemstad… Read More

Free Educational Screening of “Just Eat It” set for Oct. 20

The City of Tacoma, as part of the Preventing Wasted Food campaign and in honor of National and World Food Days, will offer a free screening of the film “Just Eat It.” The family-friendly event is from 7- 9 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the University of Washington Tacoma’s Carwein Auditorium (1754 Commerce St., Tacoma).

“Just Eat It” explores our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes and reveals that wasted food is having devastating consequences around the globe.

The film looks at food waste from farm, through retail, to the back of your fridge.… Read More

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