The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, October 28, 2016 This Week's Paper
Prepare yourself for coming storms

The National Weather Service has issued a heavy storm warning for Western Washington starting the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 12, and extending through the weekend. During heavy rain, the City of Tacoma’s stormwater system could get overwhelmed and some city streets and low areas could flood.

Storm drains clogged by fallen leaves are one of the biggest causes of street flooding, and one of the easiest to prevent. Residents can help prevent potential flooding issues by disposing of leaves and yard waste properly and by keeping streets and storm drains free from debris.
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Tacoma Cops want your unused prescription drugs

The Tacoma Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. People can bring their unused pills for disposal to any Tacoma police substation on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,400… Read More

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

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