Become “WinterWise” Event Hosted by Puyallup’s McLendon Hardware and Pierce County Utilities, DEM

Pierce County is gearing up to respond to winter weather, and community members are encouraged to do the same.

Residents can learn about Pierce County’s response efforts and how they can prepare for winter weather at the WinterWise Kickoff Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at McLendon Hardware at 11307 Canyon Road E. in Puyallup.

County staff from Public Works and Utilities and the Department of Emergency Management will provide information about county services during winter weather, as well as tips on how to make a family plan for emergencies and build an emergency kit. Children will be able to paint a snow plow that will be used on local roads during snow and ice events. Adults can pick up a list of recommended emergency kit items, and McLendon’s will offer a discount for shoppers that stop by the WinterWise and other vendor booths.

“Public Works and Utilities plays an important role in responding to winter weather, and we encourage people to become familiar with our programs so they know what to expect and who to contact if they need assistance,” said Brian Ziegler, Public Works and Utilities director. “Our WinterWise website also has resources on ways to be sustainable during winter celebrations, such as treecycling, and information on ways to keep sewer pipes functioning properly, such as not flushing wipes and keeping grease from holiday meals out of drains.”

The WinterWise Kickoff Event is part of Public Works and Utilities’ WinterWise outreach program to educate the community about the services the department provides during winter. Those services include response to urban and river flooding, windstorms, and snow and ice events, as well as information on storm cleanup and sustainable winter celebrations. Public Works and Utilities partnered with the Department of Emergency Management this year to help promote emergency preparedness.

“Creating an emergency kit and a family plan are crucial steps we all should take to be ready for winter weather,” said Lowell Porter, Department of Emergency Management director. “At the event, we’ll have the key information you need to get started.”

For more information on Pierce County’s winter services,

Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
(253) 798-4655

Sheri Badger, Department of Emergency Management
(253) 798-2204


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NOT GUN PLAY: Teens Injured Handling Weapon

For more information contact:
Captain Scott Engle
Public Information Officer
(253) 435-3659 Office
(253) 377-0101 Cell
(253) 841-5530 Fax

Homicide Investigation

The Puyallup Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 13 year old male.

As of the time of this release, no additional suspects are
being sought.

On February 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm the Puyallup Police Department and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a shooting in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast.

Upon the arrival of the officers, they located the juvenile male victim inside a residence in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast. The victim appeared to be suffering from a life threating gunshot wound to the chest. A second juvenile male was on the scene rendering aid to the victim.

The victim was transported to Tacoma General Hospital by Central Pierce Fire and Rescue personnel.

The initial investigation revealed that there were four juvenile males inside the residence at the time of the shooting. The juvenile males were hanging around in the residence after school without adult supervision. While inside the residence, the juvenile whose home that they were in pulled out a shotgun and displayed it to the other juvenile males. A second juvenile grabbed the gun away from the juvenile. A few moments later a third juvenile, the 13 year old decedent, was shot and killed by the juvenile male in possession of the firearm.

As of the time of this notification all of the juvenile males are accounted for and are currently being interviewed by detectives from the Puyallup Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit.

The Puyallup Police Department’s Major Unit is investigating the incident as an unintentional shooting.

[Editor’s Note:  If you have a gun, please place it in a gun safe and not share the combination with your kids – however, speaking with your kids about the dangers of weapons and how to handle them properly is key. – NWFB]

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