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  • Family, friends remember local couple killed in Mexico tour bus crash

    MASON COUNTY —  A Western Washington couple is among the dozen killed in a tour bus crash in Mexico. Family members say Andy and Jody Fritz were soulmates with a charming life. Both 51 years old, they had recently moved from Olympia to a Hood Canal home, where they planned to retire one day. “It was their dream home, it was a beautiful home,” Jody Fritz’s brother, Kern Dolby, said. It was an exciting chapter of their lives ripped away […]

  • Police ask for public’s help to ID suspect who is groping, exposing himself to young girls

    RENTON, Wash. — New details are emerging about a man accused of preying on young girls inside local Walmart stores. Detectives say he’s dangerous and still out there. Police are asking for the public’s help in trying to identify the suspect before he strikes again. He’s accused of groping a 10-year-old girl in the Renton Walmart, exposing himself to at least two little girls in a Federal Way Walmart, and trying to lure others with candy and money. Renton police […]

  • Sandy Hook’s massacre changed how schools secure their campuses

    TACOMA, Wash. — After the  Sandy Hook massacre, schools across the country, including districts in Western Washington, moved fast to secure their schools and their systems. Five years ago, a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults before killing himself at the Connecticut school. It’s a terrifying piece of history that has affected the way schools secure their campuses. At Clover Creek Elementary in Tacoma, the innocence of the students is endearing. But even at a young age, the children […]

  • Marilyn Strickland talks legacy with just days left in her term as mayor of Tacoma

    TACOMA, Wash. — A familiar face will be replaced by a new one as the leader of the city of Tacoma. Marilyn Strickland has been at the same desk for almost 8 years, surrounded by the moments that define her as Tacoma’s mayor. “What was cool about being mayor at this time was that I got to serve when Barack Obama was president,” Strickland said Wednesday. But there is someone else who has made the biggest impact on who she […]

  • Millions of extra money will go toward low-income, most vulnerable students in King County

    KING COUNTY — Many of us have been dealing with higher car tabs and property taxes because of Sound Transit 3. And about a half-billion dollars generated from ST3 will go to Pierce, Snohomish and King counties. On Monday, the King County Council voted to get the ball rolling on how exactly it will use King County’s portion of $318 million. The money has to be used on education. Ahead of Monday’s vote, the group MomsRising.org wore yellow hardhats to send a message to council members. […]

  • Oil trains

    Feds roll back safety regulations on oil trains; local environmentalist call for drastic measures

    SEATTLE — The Trump administration’s latest decision to roll back safety regulations of oil trains has many in Washington upset, including Gov. Jay Inslee. Environmentalist are now asking the state to intervene, even pushing for some dramatic  measures like stopping oil trains from arriving at their destination. “The federal government has the authority to regulate the railroads all along the route, but the state has control over the actual destination site,” Eric De Place of Sightline Institute said. The call […]

  • Students in Graham knew about a planned fight but shocked when shots fired, 2 students wounded

    GRAHAM, Wash. — The extra law enforcement presence was noticeable at Graham-Kapowsin High School Wednesday after a shooting that wounded two teenage boys. One of the teenagers were shot multiple times but both victims are expected to survive. The shots were fired off school grounds on Tuesday. The wounded teenagers ran back onto school grounds, triggering a lockdown of the high school and three other schools next to the high school. Emergency drills are nothing new — but what do […]

  • Tacoma mom warns other parents about man who tried to lure her 11-year-old

    TACOMA, Wash. — Police say a man tried to lure an 11-year-old girl into his pickup truck as she waited for her school bus. “I was terrified. That’s the last thing you ever want to hear,” mom Jenelyn Hopkins said. Abeni Schwebke was standing along South A Street, just two blocks from her home, when police say a man in a four-door black pickup truck stopped and told her to get in. Abeni declined but he persisted. “He kept coming […]

  • Supporters confident I-940 police ‘de-escalation’ measure will make it on ballot next year

    SEATTLE — For the first time, the group De-Escalate Washington can say they are confident Initiative 940 will get on the ballot next year. But just to make sure, the group will continue their campaign until they get 350,000 signatures. Supporters say I-940 would require police officers to get 40 hours of training to learn how to de-escalate crisis situations. Certain police departments, like Seattle’s, already require officers to get that amount of training. But the group says they want […]

  • Pierce County says changes made after 152 ballots went uncounted in August primary

    TACOMA, Wash. — During elections you always hear how every vote counts, but in Pierce County it didn’t for some voters because of a big mistake. Just days before the November 7 elections, Pierce County elections officials discovered a whole batch of ballots that were never counted in the primary elections in August. Pierce County election officials say 152 votes went uncounted. All the votes came from the unincorporated town of Purdy, specifically from a single dropbox at the Purdy […]