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Thursday, March 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

Former hospital site set for new life after years of neglect

Demolition is set to start to remove the long-time eyesore in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood so that the former hospital site can become the hub for South Sound 911 emergency response communication operations.
Dickson Company crews installed construction fencing in February to start staging demolition equipment at the site that is also being patrolled around the clock by off-duty police officers to keep transients from returning to the property and taking over the former patient rooms.
Before the security patrols, police responded to 35 calls for service to the site last year, and were set to shatter that tally this year with about two dozen police calls so far this year, according to police records. The number of incidents has slowed since the fence and patrols started, however. Most notable about the incidents this… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Tacoma Police searching for accused I.D. thief

Mail theft is a widespread problem for many communities in Western Washington. "It's unfortunate that you can't leave things in your mailbox but we do have a lot of thefts just from unsecured mailboxes," said Officer Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police.
Detectives have identified one suspect accused of forging a check that was stolen out of a mail and then trying to cash it. Kelsea Bernhardt has a warrant for her arrest after being charged with identity theft in the second degree, forgery and theft in the third degree. Tacoma Police say the victim put two checks in his outgoing mail to pay his bills… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
Mason Middle School shares special relationship with sister city

This year, Mason Middle School and Tacoma’s Sister Cities Committee have progressed toward a much more connected relationship with our sister city located in lovely Biot-Sophia Antipolis, France by offering another installment of the teacher-exchange program for one lucky French class.
Since 2013, Mason Middle School has participated in pen pal letter exchanges with a middle school from our French sister city, Biot. “Some of what the students share is identical. Two pen pals randomly… Read Full Story

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Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

COUNTY ROADSIDE HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS START MARCH 28 Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer. An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 28, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control…

Former hospital site set for new life after years of neglect
By Steve Dunkelberger

Demolition is set to start to remove the long-time eyesore in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood so that the former hospital site can become the hub for South Sound 911 emergency response communication operations. Dickson Company crews installed construction fencing in February to start staging…

Man sentenced in undercover sex sting
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Anthony Ray Blankenship, 33, was sentenced on March 14 to 24 months in prison and 36 months of community custody. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 8 to three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. “We are committed to protecting children and other vulnerable members of our community,”…

Good times at Lincoln High – for students, staff and principal Pat Erwin
By Larry LaRue

There was a book on Lincoln High School students, and a response every Lincoln teacher or administrator had heard when Patrick Erwin became the principal 13 years ago. The book was, don’t invest in Lincoln students – they were not worth the time. And the response? “It was the ‘O’ response,”…

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on. There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial. We posted an advertisement…

Union teams with community group to benefit Edgewood families
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

EDGEWOOD — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again teaming with community activists to bring help to low-income families and families in crisis in Edgewood and around Puget Sound. District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program is partnering with the group Many Communities…

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of te week
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on. There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial. We posted an advertisement…

Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium
By Matt Nagle

By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday morning, March 4, attendees learned about the healing powers of cannabis and how tribal members can use this plant as medicine to alleviate a host…

Spanaway man charged with murder
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Billy Gene Williamson, 22, on March 6 with one count of murder in the first degree and five counts of assault in the first degree for the shooting of a 15-year old boy. All charges are firearm enhanced. Two minor teenagers are on a 72-hour hold while…

Noise study finds mine won’t affect neighbors
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

A Noise study based on information from the mine operators concludes that the proposed  sand and gravel mining would not violate Tacoma’s noise limits, despite there being a residential area just 450 feet away. Today is the last day to comment on the study. Mining could start as early…