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Man Arrested By Lakewood Police Charged Wtih First-Degree Murder

(From the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office)

TACOMA– On Wedneday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, with murder in the first degree for shooting his wife to death in their Lakewood apartment.

Nemetz entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment at Pierce County Superior Court.

"October is domestic violence awareness month and this murder is an unfortunate example of why we need to keep working to end domestic violence," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

On Oct. 16, 2014, Nemetz returned home from a military training and discovered alcohol in his home. He assumed his co-worker purchased the alcohol for Nemetz and his 19-year-old wife, so he thanked him. The co-worker informed Nemetz that another man had purchased the alcohol for Nemetz’s wife. Nemetz was furious and began clenching his fists.

Two hours later, Nemetz shot his wife, who was sitting at the computer, in the back of the head with an AR-15 rifle. The bullet traveled through her head and into the computer screen. A neighbor heard the shot and called 911.

After the shooting, neighbors saw Nemetz leave and re-enter his apartment several times. He put the rifle away in the closet, and flushed a bottle of whiskey down the toilet before police arrived.

Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Truck and Tractor Day 2014 on YouTube

The City of Lakewood has posted a video of its Truck and Tractor 2014 celebration on its YouTube page .

The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department held the always-popular event at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there were trucks. There were tractors. There were also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day was a great experience for the whole the family. Listen to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth tell you why.

To view the video, click here .

As always, #IamLakewood.

I-5 Lane, Ramp Closures in Lakewood Over Next Week

Weather permitting, drivers using Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties will encounter numerous lane and ramp closures as crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation continue efforts to finish a paving improvement project.

In the event of inclement weather, work plans could be rescheduled to a later date.

Thurston County

Beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 19, Tumwater Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close until 5 a.m. the following morning so crews can apply paint striping and pavement markings.

On Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21, southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane starting at 7 p.m. between State Capitol/City Center exit and Tumwater Boulevard. Lanes will re-open by 5 a.m. each following morning.

Motorists should also expect short-term closures of the southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps between State Capitol/City Center exit at milepost 106 and Tumwater Boulevard at milepost 101.2 during the same overnight hours Oct. 20-21.

Pierce County

Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane between Gravelly Lake Drive and Mounts Road during overnight hours beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 25. Lanes will begin to close at 7 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. each following morning.

During the same time-frame, drivers will encounter short-duration on-and off-ramp closures on southbound I-5 between the overnight hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest
  • Thorne Lane
  • Berkeley Street Southwest
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Main Gate
  • Steilacoom-DuPont Road
  • Center Drive

The work is related to the I-5 Vicinity Tumwater Boulevard to Gravelly Lake Drive – Paving project.

West Pierce Fire Dept. Fall Safety Day 2014

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, Oct. 25, when West Pierce Fire & Rescue will hold its annual Fire Dept. Fall Safety Day 2014.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fire Station 21, 5000 Steilacoom Blvd SW.

The event will include:
-Free pumpkins for the kids
-Free car seat check
-Custom fit helmets (bike $7, multi-sport $10, ski $15, cash only)
-Free jump house & train ride
-Bake sale & refreshments

For more information, check West Pierce Fire & Rescue. #IamLakewood

Lakewood Police Department Responds To Suicidal Man

At approximately 7:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, Lakewood Police Department received a call for a suicidal male at the Morningtree Park Apartments located at 8101 83rd Ave. SW.

The reporting party said that the male was going to get a gun and was suicidal. Several officers responded to the scene and didn’t immediately find the subject in the area. At 7:35 p.m., one officer pulled into the apartment complex to wait for other officers and was confronted by the subject in the parking lot. The officer put out on the radio that the subject had a gun and shots were fired. Multiple officers responded and the subject was taken into custody. A handgun was discovered next to the suspect.

The subject suffered at least one gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. The officer who fired his weapon is a 41-year-old male with 13.5 years of law enforcement experience and came to LPD in September 2004.