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Food Fight! For a cause

There's nothing like a little friendly competition to capture a community's attention.
Two community organizers do just that with another round of the Fife Milton Edgewood Food Fight. Rather than the typical lunchroom action of slinging mashed potatoes and hamburger buns through the air, this food fight more constructive, a food drive with all proceeds benefitting the Edgewood FISH Food Bank and the families in need the nonprofit serves.
Mill Ridge Village Executive Director Jennifer Reich and April Balsley, Director of Membership Development at the Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce, make up "Team Red" (Reich) and "Team Blue" (Balsley).
The idea is simple. Each team has their barrels placed around Fife, Milton and Edgewood. Folks can choose who walks away champion by placing non-perishable food into the bin of… Read Full Story

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FBI, POLICE WANT YOUR HELP IN SEARCH FOR FUGITIVE

The FBI and Tacoma Police Department are seeking the public’s help in locating a fugitive whom investigators believe is responsible for murders in the Tacoma area. Santiago “Pucho” Villalba Mederos, 25, may be in Mexico and speaks both English and Spanish. Mederos is known to have family living in the Las Grutas, Guerrero and Cuernavaca, Morelos areas of Mexico and also has ties to Washington.
A reward of up to $20,000 is offered for information that leads to the arrest and extradition of Mederos.
Mederos is a member of the Eastside Lokotes Sureno (ELS) gang and is wanted for his alleged involvement in several crimes committed… Read Full Story

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Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement includes Milton

As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up. The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign is taking place now through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
“It’s more than just putting your own seat belt on in the car; it means making sure everyone else in your car is properly restrained, especially children,” said Cesi Velez, Project… Read Full Story

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News Briefs: August 22, 2014

ROAD CLOSURE ON JOVITA BOULEVARD   Jovita Boulevard will be closed to all traffic on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. from 114th Avenue East at Jovita, to West Valley Highway. The city will be performing yearly scheduled maintenance, cleaning of the culverts, and replacing and/or installing…

A tale of two cities:
Steve Dunkelberger

Marketed as the first business-to-business marijuana trade show in the nation, CannaCon Northwest seemed like any other trade show, with vendors of insurance providers, swag bags of T-shirts and hats and small business owners swapping business cards. “It’s like any home and garden show,” organizer…

Recognizing and Treating a Heart Attack

A sudden and unexpected medical emergency involving a loved one can be a shattering and emotional experience. Too often, those at the scene are unable or uncertain about how to render effective first aid to the stricken person, even if such assistance may be the key factor in the victim’s survival.…

Plans get boost to consolidate county services at former hospital site
Steve Dunkelberger

Pierce County’s efforts to consolidate county services in a new facility at the site of the former Puget Sound Hospital landed a key partner recently, when the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health voted to join the project, but financial details are still under negotiations. At issue is $400,000…

Puyallup tribal police arrest fugitive
David Rose

Puyallup Tribal Police arrested a Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive early Saturday morning, Aug. 17. Derek Oatman had been on the run from King County Sheriff’s deputies since he was featured on WMW July 2. The 26-year-old had five warrants for his arrest for drugs and having a stolen car. One…

Portside Business Center taking shape
Steve Dunkelberger

The Portside Business Center in Fife has been more than five years in the making and is now breaking ground for what will be a planned commercial and warehouse hub along 20th Avenue in Fife. Plans for the commercial development started back in 2008, when the city entered a development agreement with…

Mears settles in as chief
Steve Dunkelberger

Mark Mears might be settling into his new role as Fife’s police chief but he is neither a stranger to the city nor to law enforcement. He has worked in Fife for seven years and has more than 20 years of police experience that include federal, city and rural posts. “I have been in law enforcement…

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