The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 This Week's Paper
Jury convicts man of murder in car theft retaliation

A jury convicted Christopher William Olsen, 34, of murder in the first degree today for a 2014 shooting in Fredrickson that killed Robert Ward, 24. Olsen is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in room 207 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.

“Deputy Prosecutors Tim Lewis and Sean Waite worked hard with sheriff’s detectives to convict the defendant, who was a serious threat to public safety,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

On Feb. 16, 2014, Olsen told his friends that Ward had stolen a truck from him, and he asked them where he could find Ward. Olsen’s…

Volunteers put more eyes, ears on Point Defiance Park

Visitors to Point Defiance Park might soon notice some diligent people in lanyards and yellow safety vests walking the trails, viewpoints and parking areas. They’re volunteers with the new Park Watch Program, which began this summer to help maintain safety.

A core group of about 20 people have received training to notice and discourage car break-ins, vandalism, and other park rule violations such as smoking, drinking, feeding of wildlife and unleashed dogs. Besides human behavior, they’ll check for fallen trees and other naturally occurring potential hazards.


Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

“With wet fall weather returning and leaves falling, the potential for flooding along county roads increases,” said Brian Ziegler, Pierce County Public Works director. “By taking a few minutes throughout the fall to check on nearby storm drains and clean out leaves, residents help reduce flooding on our roadways.”

Pierce County residents can take the following actions to keep storm drains clear:

Catch Stephanie Anne Johnson on “Up Late NW”

Local music fans will want to tune in to NBC-TV early Sunday morning. Tacoma singer-songwriter and “The Voice” alumnus Stephanie Anne Johnson was in Seattle earlier this week recording her appearance as the musical guest on “Up Late NW” where she’ll perform an original number called “I’ll Cover You.” The show airs at 1 a.m., following “Saturday Night Live.” 

Arts Month Kicks Off Tonight at the Historic Tacoma Armory

Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages – kicks off tonight with the Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards, from 6 - 9 p.m., at the Historic Tacoma Armory, 715 S. 11th St. The event, hosted by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, will feature:

Appetizers, dessert, a no-host bar
Music by Ken Jacobsen
Contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, Joel Myers & Voriece Miller, and TSOTA Dance Company
Samoan village…

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