The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Two men found guilty in drug-cartel murder

Mazzar Robinson, 41, was found guilty in Pierce County Superior Court of Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Burglary, Attempted Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Co-defendant Michael Rowland, 32, was found guilty of Murder in the First Degree, Burglary and Attempted Robbery.

This is a third-strike conviction for Robinson. The case was tried by deputy prosecutors Maureen Goodman and Zack Dillon.

"Good work on a big case," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. "Drug dealing can be a hazardous business. Our streets are safer with these defendants… Read More

Pierce Transit receives $2.55 million for electric buses

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded Pierce Transit a grant for $2.55 million to purchase the agency’s first-ever all-electric, zero-emission buses and related infrastructure. Pierce Transit applied for the very competitive Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) grant earlier this year. The LoNo grant program, which is part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, aims to put a new generation of advanced, non-polluting transit buses on roadways across the nation.

Almost 80 percent of Pierce Transit’s current fleet runs on clean, compressed… Read More

Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities seeks members

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill four positions on the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities. Youth between the ages of 16 and 18 are encouraged to apply.

The Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities consists of 11 volunteers from Tacoma and Pierce County with a variety of experiences and expertise. The Commission advises the City Council in policy making, and partners with the community to bring awareness of issues that affect individuals with disabilities. In addition, commission members participate on committees, help educate the public about disability issues, and serve as… Read More

Tacoma Police Department Takes Steps to Improve Service to Community

 Following a series of Project PEACE conversations designed to build trust, relationships and understanding between community members and Tacoma Police Department officers, the City of Tacoma is taking steps to further these efforts. This week, the City Council approved Ordinance 28370, a mid-biennial budget adjustment of $250,000 for use toward the development of a locally relevant, bias-free training program for police officers.

The planned training will cover fair and impartial policing, which is based on the scientific study of human bias, to include training on implicit… Read More

Zoo to have purrr-fect wildcat weekend

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has set aside two days, July 30 and 31, to highlight wild cats. The public is invited to learn about the conservation of these powerful mammals.

The zoo’s Sumatran tigers will receive enrichment treats and clouded leopard cub triplets can be observed playing in their exercise yard.

Visitors can also enjoy cat-themed games while learning about actions they can take in their everyday lives (through products they choose to buy, for example) that can help wild animals like tigers and clouded leopards.

Here’s the schedule of activities for… Read More

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