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August 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM
SHADY COVE, Ore. (AP) — Police say two teenage boys are the chainsaw-wielding vandals who damaged a Shady Cove park three weeks ago.
The boys, 14 and 15, allegedly used a chainsaw to cut down two trees, carve a 3-by-3-foot hole in the side of the park’s pump house, and cut two picnic benches in half, The Mail Tribune reports.
The teens were released to their parents and will appear in court on charges they vandalized Aunt Caroline’s Park.
Investigators did not provide a damage estimate.
June 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM
TACOMA (AP) — A new park taking shape on a former slag heap on the Tacoma waterfront could be named for science fiction author Frank Herbert, known for the “Dune” novels.
The News Tribune reports Herbert was a Tacoma native who explored Puget Sound.
His son and biographer, Brian Herbert, says the environment theme in “Dune” emerged from living in Tacoma in the 1950s when the city was polluted by the Asarco smelter.
Workers are now covering smelter slag with clean dirt at what Metro Parks Tacoma informally calls Peninsula Park.
Park Commissioner Erik Hanberg and city Landmark Commissioner Daniel Rahe have started a campaign to name the park for Herbert. Metro Parks will make the final decision.
February 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM
A big, stainless steel propeller that was stolen Tuesday before it could be installed in a Seattle park was recovered at a Kent business park early this morning.
A security guard at the Northwest Corporate Park found the 1,200-pound propeller attached by a tow strap to a tree. He’d heard about the theft on the news and called Kent police, according to the Seattle Parks Department.
The University District Community Council and Philip Thiel, a naval architect and University of Washington professor emeritus, were preparing to donate the propeller to North Passage Point Park along the ship canal when thieves drove up the alley behind Thiel’s house in the University District, scaled a retaining wall and a fence, and hoisted the propeller onto a truck.
The propeller had been awaiting a decision by the city about an appropriate location for installation. It is now in the custody of the Parks Department.
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