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August 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM
YMCA’s Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor is closed again this week following an outbreak of an illness suspected to be norovirus.
More than 200 campers were sent home last Thursday when children and staff members started experiencing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, said Renee Quinn, community relations director of YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. A total of 66 campers and 14 staff fell ill last week. Pierce County health officials suspect a camper carried in the virus.
The date to re-open the camp was pushed back from Sunday to Aug. 11 after previously healthy staff members exhibited symptoms Saturday night.
“We were fearful that healthy staff had been in contact with sick staff, and we didn’t want to risk the possibility of another outbreak,” Quinn said.
Parents have been following up on the YMCA’s offer to refund or reschedule campers, she said. The public can contact Diane Jackson at email@example.com or call the camp Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 253-884-3392 for a refund or to reschedule.
Norovirus is very contagious and spreads through enclosed places such as cruise ships and daycare centers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It causes stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and can be transmitted through contaminated food and liquids or contact with infected people or surfaces.
July 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM
The Associated Press
Deputies checking on a vacant house found squatters growing marijuana, and one man who sped away in the direction of a deputy was shot and grazed, the Pierce County sheriff’s office said.
The driver suffered only a 4-inch scratch on his back, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. When the man was finally arrested, the bullet was still caught in his coat. The force of the bullet had been spent penetrating the car.
The incident Friday involved the arrests of four other people and a police chase into Tacoma.
It began when neighbors asked deputies to check on the vacant home near Gig Harbor — an expensive house down a long driveway, Troyer said.
Deputies discovered squatters had broken into the home and were using it for a marijuana growing operation, he said.
“This guy came roaring out at high speed,” Troyer said.
Fearing for his life, a deputy fired several rounds into the car. The deputy was not hurt. The car sped away.
Deputies followed it to a second house where the driver switched to a pickup truck. He led police on a chase to Tacoma, stopped the truck in a yard and tried to run away. He was found trying to hide and arrested.
As he was being handcuffed, deputies found the bullet caught in his coat. He was treated at the scene for the scrape.
“He’s lucky that the bullet just grazed him,” Troyer said.
Two people were arrested at the house near Gig Harbor and two more were arrested at the second house where the driver switched to the pickup, Troyer said.
June 20, 2013 at 7:12 AM
A Gig Harbor man accused of duct-taping the mouth of his son’s dog to stop the animal’s barking has been charged with felony animal cruelty.
The News Tribune reports that 57-year-old Paul G. Sweeney pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court and was released pending trial.
Court records say a passer-by spotted the 2-year-old Doberman pinscher Monday in Sweeney’s backyard. The witness told police the animal’s muzzle was taped shut and the dog had tape around its front legs.
Court papers say a responding sheriff’s deputy found the dog lying on the ground with duct tape “wrapped several times” around its muzzle.
Animal control confiscated the dog. Court documents say the animal recovered well after some water and rest in a cool room.
Paul Sweeney’s son, Zak Sweeney, owns the dog. He told the newspaper his father is a good man and the dog was fine.
June 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM
Police say there was no motive, argument or reason they could find behind the fatal shooting on Thursday of a Tacoma man at the hands of his neighbor.
The shooting occurred shortly before 8 pm. in the 4600 block of North Ferdinand Street, police said.
According to Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, the 51-year-old suspect had been on his back porch, firing his gun, before he walked over to his neighbor’s house and shot the man.
The suspect then fled the area and went to a friend’s house in Gig Harbor where he reportedly threatened to kill himself, Cool said. When Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrived, the suspect was dead, she said.
“There was no reason, no real motive, no argument or big extenuating circumstances,” said Cool about the suspect. “He had issues and apparently this was his way of dealing with them.”
Neighbors of both the suspect and victim, neither of whom have been publicly identified, told the Tacoma News Tribune that the suspect was a heavy drinker who had recently lost his job. “He was paranoid and would frequently confront people in the area, ranting about how much he hated cellphones and same-sex couples,” the News Tribune reported.
Neighbors told the paper the suspect had recently begun to talk of killing people.
“As soon as I saw police on the block, I thought of this guy,” neighbor Jason Jones told the News Tribune. “He was a crazy guy.”
According to the Tribune, the victim had a 12-year-old son and was outgoing, affectionate and active in his church.
May 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open for now the 149 control towers at small airports that had been slated to close as the result of governmentwide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress, the Transportation Department said Friday.
Five of those towers are in Washington state: Olympia Regional Airport, Renton Municipal Airport, Felts Field in Spokane, Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor and Yakima Air Terminal, McAllister Field.
The towers, which are operated by contractors for the FAA at low-traffic airports, had been scheduled to close June 15. They will now remain open at least through Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year, the department said in a statement.
A bill hastily passed by Congress last month to end air traffic controller furloughs also makes enough money available to keep the towers open, the statement said. The bill gave the FAA authority to shift $253 million from accounts with unspent funds to keep controllers on the job. The furloughs at all FAA-operated airport towers and air traffic control facilities caused widespread flight delays across the country for nearly a week before Congress stepped in.
FAA officials have previously said they needed at least $200 million to eliminate the need for furloughs. The bill didn’t require the FAA to spend the remaining funds on keeping towers at small airports open, but lawmakers said they anticipated the agency would use the money that way.
While the decision gives the small airports a temporary reprieve, FAA officials will still be under pressure to find ways to further cut spending in next year’s budget. (more…)
April 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM
A 47-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he tried to smother his girlfriend’s elderly mother, Gig Harbor police said.
The victim, 91, was sitting in a reclining chair at her condominium in the 7200 block of Soundview Drive when the man held a pillow-like object over her face, police said. The victim lost consciousness, but awoke a short time later and called for medical help, police said.
The man had fled, but was later arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail, police said.
The victim is hospitalized and is expected to recover, according to police.
Police said there was no known motive for the attack. The victim and suspect were the only two people in the condo at the time of the attack, they said.
October 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM
The Associated Press
GIG HARBOR — The Washington State Patrol says a woman driving with a Chihuahua in her lap crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with another car Wednesday on Highway 302 near Gig Harbor.
Trooper Guy Gill says driving with the dog in her lap may have been a factor in the crash that killed the woman and the dog.
Another woman and her 7-year-old daughter in the other car were injured and taken to a hospital. Gill says the girl was reported in stable condition.
October 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM
One of the three men wounded when a woman opened fire at a Gig Harbor-area grocery store in August has died, KOMO-TV is reporting.
The victim, identified as David Long, 40, died today at Tacoma General Hospital, where he has been ever since the shooting, KOMO said.
Police said Laura K. Sorenson, 20, walked into the Peninsula Market at Lake Kathryn Village just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 11 and started firing at customers, according to prosecutors.
Long was hit in the torso by a bullet that went through his body and out his back. Another man was hit in the leg by gunfire. A third man, a store cashier, was wounded by a ricochet.
Sorenson has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and assault. She will likely face an increased charge now that Long has died.
Greg and Maureen Sikora, a couple who own a ranch on the Key Peninsula, were heading into a nearby pharmacy when they heard people yelling about possible shots fired in the grocery store.
“We know people who work in the store,” Greg Sikora told The Times in August. “They’re friends of ours. We were like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’ ”
Fearful that people might be hurt, Greg went inside the grocery to see what was happening. A friend who worked there pointed to the shooter — a woman who was “just staring” and seemed “almost comatose,” Greg said.
He could see that the woman was no longer holding a gun, Greg Sikora said. He shouted at her to get down — and she complied.
October 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM
An insurgent suicide bomber killed Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, in Afghanistan last week according to the Department of Defense.
Sgt. Sparks was born in Tacoma and raised for most of his life in Gig Harbor, according to The News Tribune. He wanted to return to Gig Harbor after serving his third deployment, his mother told the newspaper.
Sgt. Sparks and Sgt. Jonathon A. Gollnitz, 28, were killed when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated the device near their patrol on Sept. 26 in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, said a Department of Defense release. Both were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
September 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM
Parents of a Gig Harbor middle school student whose bullying was captured on video last year asked the Peninsula School Board last night to take the matter more seriously, according to The News Tribune.
Randy and Karla Kinney told board members that teacher John Rosi’s discipline — reassignment and 10 days suspension without pay at the time — wasn’t severe enough, the newspaper reported. Video that came to light last week showed students carrying their son around by his arms and legs, trapping him beneath overturned chairs and more. At times, Rosi joined in. The videos showed that the behavior continued for at least 15 minutes.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is now investigating, and Rosi has been placed on leave.
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