City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/7/2012

December 7, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City Pays Respects to Fallen Soldier: Wednesday, December 5, the 4-2 Stryker Brigade (Lakewood’s Community Connection to the Army) conducted a memorial service for Staff Sergeant Rayvon Battle. SSG Battle was killed in a munitions accident shortly after arriving in Afghanistan. Mayor Richardson, Deputy Mayor Anderson, and Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison represented the City of Lakewood at the memorial service. The 4-2 Stryker Brigade is broadly expected to be the last US Army brigade combat team to deploy to Afghanistan. The brigade is scheduled to redeploy in August 2013 after a 9-month deployment.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting and 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk: This is a final reminder that the City will host the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival later this evening from 4-7pm (December 7) and the inaugural 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk tomorrow at 9am.
  • CSRT and LPD serve search warrant on scrap metal business: On February 13th, Officer Pete Johnson and CSRT served a search warrant on a metal scrapping business in Lakewood called WOTC Scrap Metal. Service of the search warrant resulted in the seizure of over 13,000 documents, numerous items of stolen property whose owners could be identified as well as numerous brand new metal items that were clearly not scrap, but still taken in as scrap metal. There were many hours of follow-up by CSRT personnel to go over all 13,000 plus documents in an effort to determine if the laws pertaining to taking in scrap metal were followed. It was determined that virtually every document reviewed showed multiple violations for not documenting required information. All the reports were completed and the City issued a Notice and Order to revoke the business license and the case was filed with the Pierce County Prosecutor for charging. As of this week, the business has formally left Lakewood and the manager has been charged with multiple crimes.