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Deputy shoots suspected burglar at Motel 6 in Fife

A Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a convicted felon outside a Motel 6 in Fife after the man hit another deputy with his car as he tried to flee the scene
The incident occurred at the Motel 6 at 5201 20th St. E. when the department’s Special Investigations Unit tried to apprehend a suspect in the parking lot.
The man, identified as Ryan Lapoint Rosa, was a convicted criminal with multiple felons on his record and outstanding warrants on pending charges. Investigators saw Rosa inside a vehicle in the parking lot when they arrived. They ordered him out of the car and used their unmarked police vehicle to block his escape. Rosa reportedly refused to get out of the car but allowed his female passenger to leave. Rosa then drove onto a grass strip edging the parking lot in an effort to flee the scene, hitting… Read Full Story

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What is your dream job?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

What is your dream job? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I ask this question in all of the interviews for employment that I conduct. I do this because I truly want to know what the applicants at my companies want out of life. I do everything possible to make it a happy work environment and working toward career goals – the goal of finding your dream job.
There is a difference in employees who work for a paycheck and employees who work for his or her dreams. I truly believe all dreams can come true if you work toward… Read Full Story

Deadline nears to enter VIBE’s first ever business plan competition

Things are moving along nicely for the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship’s (VIBE) first ever business plan competition. Open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well, the competition is generally patterned after the popular television show “Shark Tank,” which features average people with entrepreneurial dreams competing for a chance to make their dream a reality.
Based at the University of Washington-Tacoma, VIBE provides an applied training environment that… Read Full Story

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It’s Just Business: It’s never too late to learn money management
William Manzanares

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin      Have you ever thought to yourself about why you weren’t taught about money management in school? Not only do they not teach you this in school, money isn’t talked about much there either. Well, the…

Muslim Community Appreciation Day
Duncan Rolfson

On Saturday, March 11, community members of many religions, races and beliefs congregated at the Islamic Center of Tacoma for a day consisting of appreciation and education. The gathering at the local University Place mosque was equipped with a plethora of familiar, state fair-esque activities aimed…

Milton family escapes house fire

A family of six lost everything when their home was destroyed in a fire Saturday evening. Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue were called to the home on the 500 block of 13th Avenue in Milton at 7:30 p.m. Smoke alarms alerted the family, who evacuated the home before the firefighters arrived.…

Dancing the night away at the SLMS powwow

The annual powwow at Surprise Lake Middle School attracted dancers, drummers and spectators alike for an evening of community and family on March 3. Always a wonderful event, this 2017 powwow was no different, as everyone enjoyed music, cultural sharing and vendors selling food and Native-themed wares.…

Fire & Rescue News: Common Questions Regarding

East Pierce Fire & Rescue (EPF&R) responds to 9-1-1 medical aid calls in Edgewood, Milton, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps, South Prairie and rural Buckley, serving a community of 88,000 people spread out over an area of 150 square miles. In 2017, it is estimated that EPF&R will respond…

An Open Letter to the Citizens of the City of Edgewood

Like many of you, I am a father, husband and grandfather. I take pride in my community and I am proud to be a member of the Edgewood Police Department. I have been a Patrol Officer for the better part of 21 years, and I have spent a great deal of that time in the City of Edgewood. Often we are notified…

Pierce County READS does more than promote reading

The Pierce County Library system READS is marking its 10th year with the selection of a book that is not only gripping and impactful, but also relevant and local. The county’s largest community one-book reading program is encouraging everyone to read “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War”…

Tacoma Police searching for accused I.D. thief
David Rose

Mail theft is a widespread problem for many communities in Western Washington. "It's unfortunate that you can't leave things in your mailbox but we do have a lot of thefts just from unsecured mailboxes," said Officer Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police. Detectives have identified one suspect…

We have moved!

You will notice that this issue of the paper is a bit smaller than usual. That is by design. The Pierce County Community Newspaper Group, publisher of the Tacoma Weekly, Fife Free Press, Milton-Edgewood Signal, Puyallup Tribal News and the University Place Press, moved offices last week. The move…

Hylebos creek needs funding for repairs
Duncan Rolfson

“This is nothing new,” says Mark Howlett, Millton City Engineer, “at least not for the residents living near the creek.” That creek he is referring to is Hylebos Creek in Milton, specifically near 5th Avenue, which traditionally has remained flooded a few times a year for the past few decades.…

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