The Daily Mash-Up

Sunday, April 23, 2017 This Week's Paper
Pythians sweep Tacoma Historical Society awards

Local historian Michael S. Sullivan and Tacoma’s Knights of Pythias Lodge were honored April 11 by Tacoma Historical Society for their roles in presenting and conserving the city's history.

The presentations were made at the society's 27th anniversary meeting, held at the University of Puget Sound.

Sullivan received the society’s 2017 Murray Morgan Award for significant efforts to preserve and communicate local history. He is also a Knights of Pythias member. The award… Read More

Metro Parks Tacoma names assistant executive director

Peter Mayer, chief operating officer for the Snohomish Health District, has been selected as assistant executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, where he will oversee business operations.

His first day is April 27. He succeeds Shon Sylvia, who was appointed Metro Parks executive director following the 2016 retirement of Jack C. Wilson.

Mayer spent five years as chief operating officer of the Snohomish County health agency, which serves 772,000 residents with an annual budget of $16 million. Before that he devoted 16 years to running parks and recreation operations in… Read More

New male Tiger to debut Thursday

Mohan, a 12-year-old, 270-pound endangered Sumatran tiger who arrived at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium a month ago is set to make his public debut Thursday. He is in Tacoma through a recommendation by the Species Survival Plan for Sumatran tigers.  Plans call for him to eventually father cubs with Tacoma-born Kali through artificial insemination.

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Computer-aided dispatch system now unites local public safety agencies

South Sound 911 and the Tacoma Fire Department have successfully launched a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, officially uniting public safety agencies countywide. When the two agencies implemented the new Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure CAD system for Tacoma Fire Communications, all local police and fire agencies were united on a single platform.

“This is an important accomplishment, and a first of its kind in Pierce County,” South Sound 911 Executive Director Andrew Neiditz said.

The countywide CAD project was a six year undertaking requiring a steadfast… Read More

Murder suspect returned to face trial

A fugitive has returned to the United States after six years on the run. Agents from the FBI’s Seattle Field Office escorted Juan Ortiz, 24, formerly of Tacoma, back from Mexico. Ortiz will face state charges of Murder in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, filed by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Superior Court of Washington for Pierce County issued a warrant for Ortiz’s arrest after the May 11, 2010, murder of Juan Zuniga and shooting of another victim in Tacoma, Washington.
Ortiz was taken into… Read More

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