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Lakewood City Council to Commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 3

On Monday, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council will honor the heroes who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe.

As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council will recognize the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans. The event begins at 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

First, the City Council will recognize Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor. The military recently honored the former 7th Infantry Division and I Corps commander by naming a building – “Harrison Hall” - in his honor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During his career, Harrison served as the commanding general of 7th Infantry Division, I Corps and Fort Lewis. He was elected as Lakewood’s first Mayor in October 1995. Harrison Hall will serve as 7th Infantry Division's headquarters building.

The City Council will also honor Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, which is awarded to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of AUSA. Joseph joined the organization in 2002, made an immediate impact with the authoring of the Chapter’s newsletter and was voted President of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter in 2009.

Finally, the City Council will make its proclamation of November being Veterans Appreciation Month. This year, the City will recognize Anne Sprute, Founder and CEO of RallyPoint/6, Washington’s largest one-stop resource center for transitioning service members, veterans and their families located in Lakewood.

The night will also feature representation from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (the "Lancer Brigade" is the City’s Community Connector to JBLM), ROTC groups from both Clover Park and Lakes High School and a video tribute.

WSDOT Closing Two Lanes of I-5 Traffic on Oct. 28

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close two lanes of northbound and southbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28 for work related to the I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project.

The overnight lane closures will begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Berkeley Street. Lanes will reopen to traffic by 4 a.m. the following morning.

City Council Recognition on Oct. 20

On Oct. 20, the Lakewood City Council honored and recognized several special individuals.

First, the City Council recognized longtime Pierce County Library System Executive Director Neel Parikh, who is retiring. She was recognized specifically for her leadership in expanding library services and never faltering in the library's mission to educate and enlighten the community.

Second, Councilmember John Simpson recognized St. Clare Hospital, which sponsored this year's Lakewood Farmers Market, as well as entertainment sponsor WSECU. Thank you so much for helping us bring this year's market to the masses.

Finally, the City Council was introduced to this year's international student exchange program participants at Pierce College. The students, who are attending school and staying with host families, come from all parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and South America. Although each has a different background, they all expressed the same notion: Lakewood is beautiful, and its residents are welcoming and gracious. Great job, everyone!

To view a photo gallery of the night, visit our Facebook page . #IamLakewood

City, State Work Crews Clean Garbage in Lakewood

Last week, the City of Lakewood partnered with the Department of Corrections and its work crew to clean up areas that were collecting garbage and litter

The crews worked off of Bridgeport Way, Solberg Drive, McChord Drive and 92nd, filling up two large trucks with garbage.

This was a great combined effort by the City of Lakewood's Community Safety Resource Team and the DOC work crew. Great work.

#ImprovingLakewood #IamLakewood

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.