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November 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM
Citing worsening air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban for King and Snohomish counties Sunday that prohibits burning in fireplaces or non-certified woodstoves unless they are the home’s only adequate source of heat.
Natural and propane gas stoves are exempt.
Outdoor fires are also banned, including bonfires, campfires, fire pits and chimineas.
A burn ban with similar restrictions remains in place in Pierce County.
Violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing and make lung and heart problems worse. It is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children and adults over age 65.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Health recommend that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors.
November 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM
A 31-year-old woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Pierce County Superior Court judge on Friday after being convicted by a jury of first-degree assault for putting bleach in her young child’s eyes.
The girl, who was 14 months old when her injuries were noted, suffered permanent loss of vision in her right eye, according to prosecutors.
Jennifer Mothershead, of Buckley, Pierce County, was arrested two years ago after her daughter was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with a head injury, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.
Hospital staff noticed that the child’s previously diagnosed eye condition — which required the administration of eyedrops — had worsened to the point that the girl could hardly open her eyes in daylight, prosecutors said.
When the eyedrops that Mothershead had used on her daughter were examined, hospital staff and later police investigators detected a foul odor, prosecutors said. The solution also caused minor burns on a detective’s exposed wrists, according to court documents.
Analysis at the Food and Drug Administration’s Forensic Chemistry Lab showed that the eyedrops contained bleach, and medical staff determined that the child’s injuries were consistent with repeated exposure to bleach, according to Pierce County prosecutors.
According to court documents, Mothershead admitted she had administered the eyedrops and told investigators that her daughter was a “fighter” about getting them.
October 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM
GIG HARBOR — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says a Gig Harbor-area homeowner has shot and wounded a stranger who reportedly was trying to enter the man’s house without permission.
The wounded man was taken to a hospital Thursday evening. His condition was not known.
The News Tribune reports the homeowner was not arrested.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the homeowner told deputies a man drove up and got out of a black pickup and started heading for the man’s front door. Troyer says the homeowner armed himself with a handgun and went outside to ask the man what he wanted. The spokesman says the stranger ignored the resident’s warnings and kept heading toward the house occupied by the homeowner’s wife and teenage children.
Troyer says the homeowner shot the man once in the back as he walked inside the house. The resident then called 911.
September 5, 2013 at 7:38 AM
MIDLAND, Pierce County(AP) — A man was arrested and a church was destroyed after three fires were set in Pierce County early Thursday.
A 30-year-old man is in custody after officers caught him attempting to break into a house near where the three fires were set, said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
The man was leaving the area when fire crews arrived and they got a good look at him, Troyer said. He says they think the man was attempting to hide from authorities when he was caught breaking into an occupied home.
Troyer says fires also were set to a car and an abandoned house. Initial estimates of the damage to the church are a $1 million.
The suspect was being interviewed by detectives. The fires broke out after midnight Thursday.
July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM
The man found dead after firefighters responded to a blaze in his Graham house on Wednesday died from stab wounds, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, which is classifying the death as a homicide.
Douglas Erhardt, 55, was found dead while firefighters were extinguishing a fire at his house in the 19300 block of 89th Avenue East around 6:30 a.m. The fire and death were immediately labeled suspicious, said Steve Richards, assistant chief of Graham Fire and Rescue.
The origin of the fire is unknown, but it looks like it may have started in multiple places.
July 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County (AP) — A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier just back from Afghanistan helped rescue neighbors in an apartment fire in Lakewood.
Ranger Marcus Taylor told KOMO he heard kids screaming and car horns about 4 a.m. Monday and looked out his window to see flames at a nearby apartment building.
He rushed over and was told someone was still on the top floor of the two-story building. Taylor says he heard rustling and kicked in a sliding glass door. He told residents to come to the sound of his voice.
Taylor was treated for cuts to his right leg from the breaking glass. A woman from the building was treated for smoke inhalation, but everyone got out OK.
Four units were destroyed or heavily damaged. Nineteen people were displaced by the fire.
July 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM
TACOMA (AP) — The Pierce County sheriff’s office says a love triangle resulted in an intruder being shot Monday outside a Pierce County home.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told The News Tribune a man wanted to confront the owner of the property about an affair when the intruder was shot twice.
He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma in serious condition.
Troyer says deputies had been called to the home Sunday by a woman and her boyfriend who said they were harassed by the woman’s husband.
June 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM
A gray whale that generated concern of onlookers on shore has successfully made its way out of the shallow waters of Burley Lagoon, near Purdy.
Although a whale expert says the animal was probably never trapped in the lagoon, as some observers feared, the juvenile whale, perhaps about 25 feet long, does appear to be emaciated and may be injured.
John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research said it’s not unusual to see gray whales in Puget Sound and off Whidbey Island in the spring and summer, but seldom would they make it to Burley Lagoon, one of he farthest reaches of Puget Sound.
Calambokidis said the whale would probably have to swim about 200 miles to get back to the open ocean, but would not have to go nearly that far to get back to typical gray-whale feeding territory.
The whale is probably about a year old, appears thinner than normal and has a large patch of whale lice, which could have formed on an injury, he said.
Although the whales make an impressive sight when they come close to shore, Calambokidis said it’s not unusual for them to work shallow waters in search of food.
He said there are about 20,000 gray whales in the Northeastern Pacific, and the great majority head to Alaskan waters in the summer, but several hundred spend the summer in the Pacific Northwest, including areas around Puget Sound.
June 19, 2013 at 6:33 AM
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County (AP) — Lakewood police shot and killed a man in a confrontation Tuesday night at a duplex in the Tillicum area.
Lakewood police Lt. Jeff Alwine says officers went to a duplex looking for a man wanted on an arrest warrant accusing him of felony theft.
Alwine says two officers saw the 28-year-old Lakewood man through a broken window holding a gun. He refused commands to drop the gun and come out.
Alwine says he did something threatening that caused the officers to fire. He died at the scene.
May 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM
A head-on crash that killed two drivers in Pierce County Monday night may have been intentionally caused by one of the drivers committing suicide.
“He’d left a suicide note saying he was going to drive his car 120 mph into a pole,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told the News Tribune of Tacoma. “He got his car up to high speed to hit a pole and instead hit a truck, killing the other guy instantly.”
Troyer said deputies discovered the suicide note when they went to inform the family of the 19-year-old driver who crossed the highway’s center line in his Ford Mustang.
Investigators say he was travelling at more than 100 mph when he collided with a Toyota Tundra driver by a 50-year-old man.
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not yet been released.
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