Matt Nagle

was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. and moved to the Pacific Northwest upon graduating from college 25 years ago. He has been a community journalist his entire adult life, starting out as a cub reporter in his youth and working his way up to editorship at various Seattle-area publications. He loves his job because he can use his talents to help bring people and communities together.

Email: mnagle@tacomaweekly.com

24 March 2015

Springtime means time to visit Chirp & Company

Now that the first official day of spring has come and gone, thoughts are turning to the great outdoors and our own backyards. It’s time to start getting out there to spruce things up, and there’s no better place to begin than at Chirp & Company in Proctor District. In business for nearly two decades at the same location,…

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18 March 2015

Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is preparing to open a new, state-of-the-art cancer care clinic in Fife. Named the Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center (SIOCC), it will be housed in the first floor of the Trans Pacific building that the Tribe has purchased, located at the Interstate 5/Port of Tacoma exit. An opening ceremony…

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3 March 2015

Big plans in the works for Tacoma Culture Center

The Tacoma Culture Center in Freighthouse Square has been open only since November, but already it is proving to fill a big need for local Native American communities. Owned by the non-profit Consultants for Indian Progress in Tacoma and operated by Toby Joseph (Apache, Navajo, Seneca and Ute), his wife Shannon (Cowichan)…

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24 February 2015

Business Spotlight

Tacomans shopping around for a new recreational cannabis store should stop by Diamond Green at 4002 S. 12th St. With its beautifully renovated interior, friendly and knowledgeable staff and big selection of products, Diamond Green will quickly become your go-to place for all your cannabis needs.

Just looking at customer…

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17 February 2015

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis

It seems that Puyallup tribal member and native Tacoman Hozoji Matheson-Margullis has a magic touch. Whether she’s writing poetic lyrics for music, playing in the two bands she’s in, diving for geoduck or helping to study underwater sea life, she is a major success at it. Most recently “Modern Drummer” magazine, a…

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4 February 2015

Business Spotlight: CLEAR CHOICE CANNABIS

Now that the initial rush on the state’s new marijuana retail shops has subsided dramatically, nine out of 10 times customers can get in and out within a matter of minutes, which is leading to an interesting phenomenon. Just like people choosing their favorite convenience or coffee shop to stop at during their day, cannabis…

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3 February 2015

Show your sweetheart big love with a gift from Brown’s Flowers

With Valentine’s Day approaching quickly, thoughts turn to where the best buy is for flowers for that special loved one. In Tacoma, Brown’s Flowers is ready to take your order and show you the quality customer service and quality flower arrangements the shop has gained a fine reputation for over its 89 years in business.…

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21 January 2015

Be Well - Inside and out

The Pure Body Shop at 2501 6th Ave. is your one-stop-shop for relaxation and treatment from head to toe. Within its beautiful interior space, walking in the door you will be able to unwind, de-stress and enjoy the Pure Body experience of taking much needed time for yourself that is affordable and healthy.

Using natural…

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6 January 2015

South Sound celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The year 2015 kicks off fittingly with several local celebrations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 19, there are several events being held before and after this national holiday to help people of all races and ages start off the new year giving honor to…

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10 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe gives Home Team Harvest its biggest donation

It may have been a chilly, rainy morning but there was plenty of warmth at KING 5’s Home Team Harvest on Dec. 6. Things were bustling at the Tacoma Mall, one of numerous sites set up that day to collect food and monetary donations for Northwest Harvest at this annual, one-day event.

As cars drove up to drop off…

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9 December 2014

Hilarious ‘Blabbering Bethann’ teaches a valuable lesson

Tacoma Weekly’s contributing editorial cartoonist Chris Britt has authored his first book, and it is laugh-out-loud funny for readers of all ages. A children’s book about the pitfalls of being selfish, “Blabbering Bethann’s” true lesson is about the joy of treating others with kindness and respect – something…

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3 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe grants $275,000 to UWT

Continuing its longstanding tradition of supporting higher education, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians has made its largest grant to date to the University of Washington-Tacoma – $275,000 that will go toward enhancing Native American education and research at the university.

“The Puyallup Tribe chose to gift the UWT…

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3 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe feeds, clothes the homeless

The Puyallup Tribe and a team of community volunteers started off this season of giving with a free giveaway to our area’s homeless on Nov. 22. Setting up shop near the Tacoma Dome on that rainy, cold and windy morning, the line of people seeking help remained constant into the afternoon.

The giveaway items included…

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25 November 2014

Tacoma’s Toy Rescue Mission

Any grown-up who has lost their faith in the existence of Santa Claus need only visit the Toy Rescue Mission in Tacoma. There, you will meet the charming and personable Martha Davis and while she doesn’t have a white beard or a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, she is the embodiment of Saint Nick himself in her…

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11 November 2014

Experience the Christmas shop at Holland Nursery and Landscaping

Now that the days are turning colder and the autumn leaves are just about gone from the trees, thoughts turn to the holidays and all the warmth and beauty they bring. In Puyallup, the homey Christmas store at Holland Nursery and Landscaping – with its cozy feel, soft Christmas music playing in the background, twinkling…

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29 October 2014

Be Well - inside & out


It’s no secret what negative effects sensory overload can have on our daily lives. With kids, jobs, schedules, noise, traffic and so much more to contend with, not only do our mind and spirit suffer but our physical body as well can grow sore and painful from shouldering the demands of the day. It only stands…

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15 October 2014

Friends and family gather to welcome the salmon

The return of salmon to the Puyallup River Watershed received a festive welcoming on Oct. 11 at the Puyallup Hatchery. Adults and children alike were there to take part in the day’s activities that included guided tours to watch migrating salmon in Clarks Creek, tours of the hatchery, informational tables, science and art…

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15 October 2014

Sorry, kids! Cap’n Big Bones will be on the high seas this Halloween

Little lads and lassies (and big lads and lassies too!) take note: Tacoma’s beloved pirate Cap’n Big Bones and his lovely lass Lady Di won’t be around to jovially shiver the timbers of trick-or-treaters at Proctor Treats this Halloween. The big, loveable Cap’n and his wedded maiden have set sail on a long sea journey,…

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7 October 2014

Make a Scene: Prophets of Addiction celebrate at Louie G’s

Fresh from their 2014 U.S. tour, The Prophets of Addiction will headline a free all-ages show on Oct. 18 to celebrate being back home. This will be the band’s final local live performance for the year and a big happy birthday to Louie G’s owner Louie Galarza as well. Joining them on the Louie G’s stage will be Amadon,…

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1 October 2014

‘Becoming an American: The Japanese Experience’

When Choichi Shimizu (or Cho, as he is better known) graduated from Fife High School in 1955, he was just as full of youthful excitement and expectation as the rest of his classmates over the future that lie ahead. In his cap and gown on graduation day, he looked just like his fellow graduates, blending in and standing out…

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The Daily MashUp

30 December 2015

Tacoma Singing Society holds auditions

Tacoma Singing Society, with the emphasis on society, is an auditioned choir…Read More

4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

Once a month, the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health allows concerned citizens…Read More

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4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

With the fourth annual Hip Hop in the Park just a week away – Aug. 13 starting at noon in People’s Park – the young students in Darren “Scooter” Spencer’s The Art of Hip Hop course at D.A.S.H. Center for the Performing Arts are busy pulling together last minute details before the big day. This is their event –…

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

With a jubilant crowd surrounding them on a sunny July 7 afternoon, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Councilmember Ryan Mello led the countdown for the first-ever raising of the pride flag over city hall. The event marked the kick-off Tacoma’s LGBT pride festivities, which were extended to 10 days this year.

One…

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11 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

May 4, 2010, was a sad day for the Puyallup Indian Tribe, as beloved elder and former tribal leader Lena (Davis) Landry passed away quietly with her family by her side. Even though she lived a full life until age 91, her death was still a blow to people inside and outside the tribe. After more than 60 years working for the…

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

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25 August 2016

Puyallup Nation Kings bring home national hardware

The sport of semi-pro football, at its best, is just as exciting and well played as other levels of the sport. On the flip side, there is really no national organizational structure that oversees all of the leagues from coast to coast, so when the seasons wrap up, there seems to be a handful of “National Championship”…

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25 August 2016

Pierce County deputies search for convicted child rapist

The Pierce County Sex and Kidnap Offender Registration Unit is searching for convicted child rapist Santana Cartwright. The 30-year-old level 2 sex offender was convicted of two counts of rape of a child in the first degree when he was in his early teens.
“His victims were between 7 and 9 years old so if this guy…

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25 August 2016

The Things We Like

FILM FEST

The third annual Destiny City Film Festival will take over the Blue Mouse Theatre, 2611 N. Proctor St., on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. Among the films being shown this year are “It Had to Be You,” “Brides to Be,” “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere” and “Buddymoon”…

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25 August 2016

Boutique-Style Learning: Northwest Beauty Academy

This new kid on the block knows it all. The Northwest Beauty Academy is aiming to teach beauty enthusiasts all about hair, nails and skincare in a boutique-style way tailored to every student's personal situation and goals.

While the Northwest Beauty Academy in Lakewood just opened its doors four months ago,…

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25 August 2016

Rock the Rim 2016 poised to be the best ever

The annual Rock the Rim basketball tournament and back to school giveaway will be returning to the city on Sept. 4 at Mt. Tahoma High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is sponsored by a variety of barbershops across the city, including Goodfellas, Legends, Razor Sharp, Lakewood Barbershop, Shea’s, Sam and Terry’s,…

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25 August 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Events of Tacoma

Art Gallery of the Week:

Retro Colby, a Bill Colby Retrospective and “Under Construction”
Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound
Opens Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 24
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.

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25 August 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PT. DEFIANCE UNVEILS NEW FIELD GUIDE AND INTERACTIVE GAME

A fun, prize-filled adventure awaits individuals and families alike at Point Defiance Park. Metro Parks Tacoma has a cool new way to discover the Park through its “That's the Point” interactive game. To join in the fun, pick up a free park…

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25 August 2016

Puyallup Tribe and Marine View Ventures acquire North Shore Golf Course

North Shore Golf Course, a celebrated public golf course in northeast Tacoma, announces its acquisition by the Puyallup Tribe and Marine View Ventures (MVV), the economic development arm of the Puyallup Tribe, one of the largest Indian Tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Michael Moore, CEO of Ryan Moore Golf (RMG), partnered…

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25 August 2016

Mark your calendars: Freak Night

Seattle's USC Events will bring its popular, Halloween-themed EDM fest Freak Night back to the Tacoma Dome on Oct. 28 and 29. This year's lineup includes Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Zedd, Jamie Jones, 3 Lau, Galantis, Getter, Flux Pavilion and Tchami with more to be announced.
Two-day passes are on…

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25 August 2016

Bulletin Board

SOUTHBOUND I-5 REDUCED TO TWO LANES IN TACOMA

Drivers who use southbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma are encouraged to prepare for potential big weekend backups and slowdowns.
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce…

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25 August 2016

University Place student catches ‘em all in Pokémon GO

“Gotta catch ‘em all” has been the creed of Pokémon for more than 20 years, and earlier this month 15-year-old Sam Valadez of University Place became one of the first people in Washington State to rise to the challenge, catching all 145 Pokémon currently available in Pokémon GO.
“I started to catch a few…

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25 August 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS AUG. 29 – SEPT. 10

MONDAY, AUG. 29 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

TUESDAY, AUG. 30 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 – BASEBALL
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25 August 2016

Cold case suspect extradited from Mexico

On Aug. 19 the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office planned to arraign Gabriel Indelicio Nevarez, 28, on one count of first degree murder for the 2007 drive-by shooting of Kyle Grinnell, 46. Instead, the judge in the case ordered Nevarez undergo an evaluation at Western State Hospital to determine if he is competent to stand…

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25 August 2016

Local, statewide test results show mostly jumps in learning

University Place’s Curtis High School posted strong scores in all test areas during statewide tests last year. The results were recently released and are used by principals to improve student learning.
“I think we are quite proud of our results,” University Place School District Superintendent Jeff Chamberlin…

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25 August 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 26

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B SHARP COFFEE: Dmitri Matheney (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CHENEY STADIUM: Power Laces, Stay Grounded, Positive Rising (reggae, hip-hop, funk, dub) 6:30 p.m., NC, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G.…

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25 August 2016

Color Me Badd returns with ‘90’s pop tour

Sometime between the tail end of New Kids on the Block's initial run and the rise of the mega-boy bands in the late '90s, Color Me Badd were among the reigning harmonizers in pop.
The trio – Mark Calderon, Bryan Abrams and Kevin Thornton, and early member Sam Watters – will be back onstage delivering their biggest…

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19 August 2016

McKinley Hill Street Fair returns this weekend

The McKinley Hill Street Fair returns this weekend, with activities kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday around the 3500 block of East McKinley Avenue. “Everything seems to be over on the other side of town,” remarked festival co-chairwoman Tara Scheidt. “So this is something we feel East Tacoma deserves.”
Here are…

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18 August 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 19

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B SHARP COFFEE: Kin Kom Beaux (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
EMERALD QUEEN: Josh Turner (country) 8:30 p.m., $35-$55
G. DONNALSON'S: Steve Stefanowicz (jazz,blues)…

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18 August 2016

EN.DUB.MEXI, Chicano Rap and Tacoma

Hip hop has many sub-genres. There is old-school, boom-bap, Conscious, street, West Coast, Trap, Southern, international, Chicano Rap, and many others. Luckily we live in Tacoma and if we choose we can venture out and experience some of these diverse music styles. I was able to sit down with EN.DUB.MEXI (formerly known as…

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18 August 2016

Bulletin Board

CREATE YOUR OWN POP-UP PARK IN TACOMA

Calling all businesses, organizations, and persons interested in public space. Friday, Sept. 16 is Park(ing) Day, a global day in which parking spots temporarily become public parks.
Want a piece of this action? Create your own park(ing) space in downtown…

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18 August 2016

Mark your calendars: “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience”

If you can't wait to see what's going to happen to Arya, Cersei and Jon Snow in the final season of HBO's “Game of Thrones,” you can at least get your fix of the show's music when “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” takes over Seattle's KeyArena on March 31. The show will feature music composed by Ramin Djawadi…

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18 August 2016

The Things We Like

JOSH TURNER

Country superstar Josh Turner will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Tacoma Showroom on Friday, Aug. 19. With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music, and one of the youngest members of the…

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18 August 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Events of Tacoma

This Week in Theater:

“STOP KISS”
Presented by Found Space Productions
Aug. 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N. I St., Tacoma, WA 98403

Tacoma Little Theatre is pleased to welcome Found Space Productions, and their production of “STOP…

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18 August 2016

AG files campaign finance complaint against Port of Tacoma officials, EDB, Chamber of Commerce

The Attorney General’s Office announced the filing of a complaint on Aug. 15 in Pierce County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by Port of Tacoma officials, the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.
The complaint alleges that Port officials…

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18 August 2016

Community treasure Lois Zaroudny passes away

The city of Milton lost one of its brightest figures on Aug. 4 when Mayor Pro Tem Lois Zaroudny passed away peacefully at home. Zaroudny lived most of her life in Milton, and was not only dedicated to preserving its history, but ensuring the town had a bright future. She served on various boards and councils in the town and…

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18 August 2016

The Queen of Losers

What's the best way to drop a hundred pounds? Miracle pill? Cabbage soup? Insanity workout? According to Tacoma's Janet Hellman, 78, it's hard work, staying dedicated and receiving support from others struggling with weight.
Hellman is a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS, a non-profit weight loss program founded…

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18 August 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS AUG. 20 – SEPT. 10

SATURDAY, AUG. 20 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUG. 21 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 1:35 p.m.

MONDAY, AUG. 22 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma…

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18 August 2016

All SR 16 traffic routed onto eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Drivers who use the State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge are encouraged to plan ahead for weekend and weeknight delays in late August and early September.
During the weekends of Aug. 26-29 and Sept. 9-12, contractor crews working for the…

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18 August 2016

Be Well: From Sickness to Health

Tacoma residents looking to lower stress and develop healthy habits are invited to attend “From Sickness to Health,” a ten-week program hosted by Tacoma Central Church.
The program begins on Aug. 24-28 with a four-day introduction to healthy activities. Citizens are invited from 7- 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday…

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18 August 2016

Local Resturants

On the first of July, one of Tacoma’s most frequented pizza joints, Puget Sound Pizza, was purchased by Cory Cannell. A brand new owner means some seriously exciting changes for this local pizzeria and hangout, including a total facelift for the pizza joint.
Cannell states on the changes to come, “We are going to…

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18 August 2016

Orting officers, Pierce County deputies team up to arrest career criminal

Over the weekend, Orting Police officers, assisted by deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, arrested a suspect with multiple warrants and a long criminal history.
On Aug. 13, the Orting Police Department requested assistance from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to arrest a 38-year-old male…

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18 August 2016

2016 TACOMA AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULES