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Friday, July 29, 2016 This Week's Paper

Lindquist builds war chest for any challenges

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s bid to retain office is seemingly well funded and organized for a campaign two years away from the ballot boxes.
Despite being two years away, his re-election campaign has raised $29,000 since forming in 2015. Of that, $12,000 has already been spent on campaign printing, photographs and postage, as well as benefit dinners that range from $100 at the Firefighter’s Ball last January, $450 for the Pierce County Democrats Dinner and $200 for a Rainbow Center event last September as well as pizza tabs from Dominos and Abella Pizzeria. Those costs appear alongside the bills for website registration, monthly fees of $95.27 for email database management services by Constant Contact and $677 in Facebook advertising, according to Public Disclosure Commission filings. The postage for $1,500 in… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
West Tacoma Optimist Club to host annual pancake feed

The West Tacoma Optimist Club is holding its annual Pancake and Waffle Breakfast on Saturday Aug. 6 at Curtis High School from 7:30 – 11 a.m.  The breakfast will include meats, orange juice, coffee and tea, with tickets costing $7 per person or $20 for a family of three or more.

“This is our big moneymaker for the year, to carry on our activities in the community,” West Tacoma optimist member Dick Driskell said.

The West Tacoma Optimist Club is a volunteer organization that supports youth in the community. The organization offers scholarships to schools like Curtis and Wilson, and puts on activities all throughout the… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
CRIME STOPPERS: Deputies searching for travel-trailer thief

Pierce County detectives are asking for help identifying a travel trailer thief who has hit the Express Storage in the 14200 block of Meridian Avenue in South Hill twice. The first theft was in early June, the second on July 4 when he stole a Wildcat travel trailer.
“What’s unusual is somebody that will go back to the same well more than once to steal property, just in case they might have been seen, not knowing what was there, if people saw them,” said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer.… Read Full Story

More News
Man charged with hate crime after threat to police officer
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 55-year-old Mark Kevin Tolson on July 21 with one count of felony harassment and one count of malicious harassment, which is Washington’s hate crime. Bail is set at $80,000. “Protecting the public includes protecting our officers,” said Lindquist. “The officer…

CORRECTION
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The photos accompanying the July 22 article “Our children are the future – no, really” were incorrectly credited. One was taken by Natasha Lemke and two were taken by Andrew Storey (for the Washington State Charter Schools Association). Tacoma Weekly apologizes for the error.

Local Restaurants
By Derek Shuck

Since 2001, mother/daughter team Markeen Tower and Erin Behnke have been running the classic Italian restaurant Pomodoro, located at 3819 N. 26th St. The team’s hard work has helped the restaurant develop a reputation for a family friendly atmosphere and fantastic food. “From the moment you walk…

Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

TAKE THE SUBWAY BEAST MODE CHALLENGE CBS Seattle and Fam 1st Family Foundation welcome the 3rd Annual Subway Beast Mode Challenge and Marshawn Lynch to a family festival to celebrate #24 and Fam 1st Family Foundation on Saturday, July 30 at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma. The festival site will include…

Biotech accelerator consortium tours Salish Cancer Center
By Matt Nagle

The Puyallup Tribe’s Salish Cancer Center and Puyallup Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud hosted a group tour of the center on July 22 with representatives from the City of Tacoma, University of Washington-Tacoma, MultiCare and Madigan Army Medical Center. The group is part of a consortium that has come…

Flags at half mast and police in the middle
By Sheriff Paul A. Pastor Pierce County Sheriffs Department

We all know that this is a hard time in law enforcement. On the one hand there are accusations of law enforcement sometimes using excessive force against citizens – especially black citizens. On the other hand, recently, we have seen seven police officers ambushed and assassinated while simply trying…

Police hunt for convicted rapist who attacked elderly woman
By David Rose

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department's Sex and Kidnap Offender Registration Unit is asking for the public's to find Jeffrey Craig Owens. The 50-year-old sex offender as convicted of raping an 80-year-old woman and is not checking in with deputies as he is required by law to do.…

Local business celebrates 100 years of making water-resistant paper
By Larry LaRue

When Jerry Darling founded a Tacoma company based on water-resistant paper in 1916, he wasn’t thinking 100 years ahead – he was too busy creating his product in his home garage. The party that starts this week, however, will raise a toast or two to Darling, who owned at least half the company…

Be well - Inside and out
By Erica Cooley Special to Tacoma Weekly

Northwest Wellness, located in Federal Way, offers chiropractic, massage, rehabilitative exercise and nutrition services to patients around the Pacific Northwest. This amazing team of chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths and acupuncturists are having their annual backpack drive to collect…

Plastic bags won’t disappear over night, but their days are numbered
By Steve Dunkelberger

The recently approved ban on single-use plastic bags won’t come immediately since the city has a slate of public outreach efforts to shoppers and business owners through the next year so everyone has time to adjust to life without them. Tacoma City Council voted in an 8-1 decision earlier this month…