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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/30/05

September 30, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 100 Best Communities Recognition: Lakewood was recognized nationally as one of 100 best communities for young people, along with Pierce County, by America’s Promise. We now have a chance to become a finalist in the next competitive selection process.
  • AWC Regional Meeting: Councilmember Thomas, Candice Bock, and the city manager attended the AWC regional meeting on September 28th in Tacoma. Topics discussed included legislative priorities and the apparent resolution of the streamlined sales tax proposal controversy between impacted and non-impacted cities.
  • Progress House alternatives: The mayor and city manager participated in a discussion at the County Executive’s office concerning the feasibility of locating the Progress House work release program at the county jail.
  • Executive Assistant Charleen Jacobs: The City wished Charleen well on her last day, September 30th, as she prepares for a new job challenge at Tacoma Public Utilities. She will be missed. Diane Jensen of the City Attorney’s office will be acting Executive Assistant starting October 3rd.
  • Economic Development Update:  Economic development administrator Hannan met with staff this week from Rushforth construction to update them on current and potential development and construction opportunities in Lakewood. City staff has held a half dozen briefing and city updates with other Pierce County engineering, investment and construction companies.
  • Certified Local Government:  On September 22nd, the US Department of Interior approved the City’s Certified Local Government (CLG) application.  CLG status allows the City to apply for historic preservation grants.  Many types of projects are eligible for funding.  By way of example these include staff work for historic preservation commissions, preparation of preservation plans, publication of historic sites inventories, and development of publications for walking/driving tours, and rehabilitation or restoration of properties individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Morningtree Apartment Shooting:  On September 20th, Lakewood Police held a Community Meeting at the Morningtree Park Apartments in reference to the shooting that occurred there on September 3rd. A total of 31 people attended the meeting. Citizens were pleased and their concerns calmed. We gave them the opportunity to provide input on the police response and all were impressed with how quick officers arrived and how well they performed their job.
  • Community Policing Teams Attend Safe Streets “Community Asset Mapping Workshop”: On Saturday, September 24th most of the Neighborhood Police Officers, Community Service Officers, District Administrators, and a healthy dose of Blockwatch leaders attended a workshop devoted toward learning how to identify and mobilize resources in neighborhoods for safety and improved quality of life.  The workshop was sponsored by Safe Streets, and provided a wealth of useful information and techniques for community mobilization.
  • North East District Community Policing Strategy Workshops are happening on September 29 and early October: As part of developing a “resident-driven” community policing strategy for the North East District (LD03), LPD and Safe Streets co-hosted a community workshop on September 29.  Over 50 people attended.   The workshops focus are to collect feedback about desired community policing priorities, as well as to identify district residents who are willing to “roll up their sleeves” and pitch in to achieve solutions to these priorities.
  • Lakewood Economic Development and Police Staff Attend 10th Annual “Tae Kwon Do Day” festival: Assistant Chief Dave Hall, Officer Austin Lee, and Economic Development Administrator Joe Hannan were recognized at the 10th annual Tae Kwon Do Day festival, which was held on Saturday evening, September. 24th.
  • Adult Family Homes Update:  The Planning Advisory Board conducted a public meeting on September 28th to review the uniform permitting, inspection and enforcement procedures for residentially based, personal care and business activities located in residential zoning districts.  About 100 interested persons were present at the meeting.  Written comments were received from DSHS, and a representative of adult family home interests. The PAB also considered the establishment of a task force to evaluate 11 specific topics related to adult family homes and group homes.  Many of these have broad public policy implications, namely dispersion and spacing requirements with built-in exceptions for reasonable accommodation, developing reasonable accommodation guidelines, and the use of financial subsidies as a tool to disperse residentially based personal care facilities.  Once the board finalizes its recommendations, they will be forwarded to Council.
  • Work Release/PAB Update:  On October 12th, the Planning Advisory Board will conduct a kick-off meeting regarding land use regulations related to work release facilities within Lakewood.  This meeting is part of the adopted public participation plan approved by the city council.  Those attending will be provided with a history leading up to the current moratorium as well as an explanation on land use and public involvement.  An initial contact list has been prepared and will be expanded upon in the coming months.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/23/05

September 23, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Day of Caring: Once a year, the City encourages employees to participate in “Day of Caring”, where we partner with local nonprofit organizations to build a stronger community. This year our team consisted of 13 City employees paired up with Dower Elementary students for their Literacy Fair from 9:00-12:00 by reading books to children. This was a wonderful opportunity to show the City’s support of local non-profit programs, and give back to our community.
  • Baseball Tomorrow Fund: The Parks and Recreation Department recently received a grant from Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund in the amount of $10,688.  These funds will be used to purchase equipment and to fund 28 individual scholarships for our inaugural baseball/softball season which will take place in the spring of 2006.
  • Filipino-American Society: On Sunday, September 18th, the City Manager was the speaker at a meeting of Lakewood’s Filipino-American Society, discussing both the “State of the City” and our possible sister city relationship with the Municipality of Bauang Philippines.
  • Peer Support Training: Ten members of LPD concluded three days of training to act as Peer Support for the Department. That training included supporting this agency and the City in the event of a Line of Duty Death. Peer Support provides either one-on-one personal support as well as being the conduit in the event of a major critical incident to a Stress Management Team.
  • American Lake Boating Enforcement: Summer outcomes for American Lake have been very positive, and we have received numerous comments from citizens and lake property owners about the positive difference they have noticed on the lakes.  Marine Services Unit officers are also noticing a difference on how boaters are conducting themselves. There were no complaints in August about loud boats. Additionally the presence on the lakes made a large difference as shown in the fact no boats were stopped in August for speed violations and no complaints were made about speeding boats.  The MSU team  logged 264 man hours on American Lake. Our research indicates most of the violators now being contacted are lake property owners.
  • Lakewood Police and 7-11 Partnership: LPD and 7-11 Corporation partnered in training 7-11 employees in and around Lakewood on crime prevention topics. There are six 7-11 stores in Lakewood.  Twenty eight 7-11 employees attended this two hour training, which covered robbery prevention, preventing loitering, dealing with gangs, sexual assault prevention, preventing shoplifting, preventing gas drive off, police dispatching procedures, how to effectively communicate with the 911 call receivers, priority of 911 calls, and how to describe subjects and vehicles.  It is LPD’s intent to continue with this partnership to enhance the crime prevention efforts at local retail stores.
  • Temporary Repairs at Boat Launch: The City has received several calls from boaters and residents to report the problematic conditions at the American Lake Park boat launch and their ideas for temporary repair solutions.   Earlier this summer we closed a portion of the launch which was unsafe and not usable, and we have posted caution signs at the site. As the water level continues to drop the launch is getting harder and harder to use, and the City may need to temporarily close the launch entirely until the water level rises. Staff does check on the condition of the ramp daily.   We have checked with the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding implementing temporary measures that will make the launch more usable, and they have not approved these options. We have applied to the state for a grant to help with the cost of these improvements. More information regarding completing phase one of our master plan will be provided during the 2006 budget discussions. We currently refer and recommend that concerned boaters use the State managed launch near Camp Murray.
  • SRO Program for 2005/2006: As LPD wraps up support to park and lake safety, we transition back into the school resource officer program.  This is the second year we will have officers in the middle schools with the aim of engaging youth before they get into trouble as well as ensuring discipline for youth already acting disruptively.  This school year SRO’s will be engaged in the following youth programs:
    • ROY (Reclaiming Our Youth) is a special working committee formed by LPD in 2003 under the umbrella of Lakewood’s Promise for use intended to coordinate youth intervention programs for multiple risk youth.  Components include Law Enforcement Education Achievement and Prevention (LEEAP), Lakewood School-to-Home Program, and the Teen Youth Calendar Committee.
    • Police Explorers is learning for life career education program for young men and women who are 15 to 20 years old. The purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
    • Cops and Docs, Choices and Decisions is a classroom presentation to eighth graders on the medical and legal consequences of gun violence. The program is designed to prevent youth gun violence by educating the community, specifically young people, about the consequences-medical, legal and emotional-of youth gun possession and related gun violence.
    • Health Adventures is a mentoring program aligning multiple risk youth with mentors and then engaging them in a series of hands-on learning events associated with fire, police and health careers.  There are over 30 such youth currently enrolled in the program.
    • Leo Lions is a youth leadership program at Lochburn MS promoting community service.  There are over 60 youth enrolled in this program.
    • Woodbrook Late Night is aimed at the middle school students. The goal is to get them involved in constructive activities on Friday evenings during the school year.  Police officers, Park Department staff and volunteers run this program of fun and food. This is a Weed & Seed funded program.  All SRO’s will participate.
    • Pierce County Positive Steps Program (PRISM) is a community coalition team providing youth development and family support services.  A major focus of the program is reducing truancy
    • Communities in Schools is an organization dedicated to community partnerships that lead to student success. This involves parents, community and volunteers focusing to assist their children in achieving school success.  CIS is a major force in organizing and funding after hours programs.  They are also major sponsors of Diane Formoso’s Caring for Kids program.
    • Safe Schools Healthy Students of Greater Pierce County is a federally funded effort to build linkages among school and community-based services to enhance school safety and support healthy development for students.
    • Mock DUI program for HS Seniors is a program presented to Lakes and Clover Park seniors just prior to graduation. This is a mock traffic accident scene using volunteer students as actors.  The scene depicts a graphic two car fatal collision involving intoxicated teens. A narrator gives educational facts about drinking and driving and discusses the actions of emergency services as they respond to the scene.
    • Tobacco Education Programs are smoking enforcement program for teens with referrals through the municipal court for smoking education.  This is not in place but being explored.
    • Law Enforcement Youth Camp is a summer camp for selected youth
    • Parks at Schools Project is a program sponsored by the City Parks Department and supported by LPD to establish public parks on school property.
    • Boys and Girls Club: LPD participates on the boards of the local Boys and Girls club chapter and on the Tacoma/Pierce County Regional board.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/9/05

September 9, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Asphalt Patching Contract: Work will continue as “night” work on the asphalt patching contract over the next two weeks.  The contractor will start night work (8 pm to 6 am) on Steilacoom Blvd (83rd to Custer) on Monday evening.  On Wednesday evening, they will move over to Gravelly Lake Drive (between Nyanza and Bridgeport Way).  Variable message signs will be set up at least 24 hours in advance of work.  Impacted businesses and residents will receive personal written notices.
  • Off Leash Dog Park: A meeting last week with the POP (Protect our Pets) group and the neighborhood group (Put People First) resulted in a compromise configuration of the off leash area so that its eastern boundary will be further removed from Elwood.  The park will extend further north and will retain its planned size.  Both groups appeared to be satisfied with the solution.
  • Lakewood Senior Center: As part of the City’s commitment to serving the older adult population in our community, the City assumed operation of the Lakewood Senior Center in July and will move to new quarters in the Lakewood Community Center after the first of the year.
  • Senior Summit: A ‘Senior Summit’ is to be held Friday, September 16th in the City Hall Council Chambers from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Providers of services who focus their programs on older adults will come together to share information about resources and programs.  Service providers who will participate in the summit include:  TACID; Catholic Community Services; Pierce County Aging & Long Term Care; Lakewood Fire & Police departments; Korean Women’s Association; HEROS; Lifeline; St. Clare Hospital; Senior Scene; Puget Sound Health Care; and  Patriots Landing.  Other agencies may also participate. Valuable information regarding the health, social, financial, medical and recreational needs of older adults will be shared so that resources can be coordinated.
  • Identity Theft Presentation: The Lakewood Senior Center will host an identity theft program at the Senior Center located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW on Wednesday, September 14th at 9:15 a.m.  This rising crime has long-term effects and the program will help senior citizens protect themselves.  Detective Conan Higgins of the Lakewood Police Department will present the information.
  • Street Sweeping and Storm Drainage Cleaning (Vactoring) Out to Bid: Request for proposals are out for street sweeping and storm drainage cleaning.  Proposals are due September 23rd and will be reviewed and compared to Pierce County maintenance contract prices.  If prices are favorable, contracts will be awarded sometime in October.
  • LPD Patrol “Play of the Week”: Officers Latimer and Johnson responded to a call of a possible stolen U-Haul at the Budget Inn.   One registered guest in the pertinent room had a felony warrant.  Upon contact, they discovered large numbers of fake ID, computers, photos , and items of paraphernalia surrounding an ID Theft operation.  The U-Haul truck had a broken window and punched out door lock.   Detectives  responded , and a warrant was served  and numerous other items of stolen property were located.
  • LPD CIU “Play of the Week”: Patrol officers and detectives collaborated to solve a double homicide that occurred behind the Schooner Tavern. A Fort Lewis soldier decided to rob another soldier and his friend, selected at random as they prepared to leave in their car.  The suspect shot both victims, then ran off.  Patrol officers did a great job of controlling a very chaotic crime scene, identifying witnesses, and coordinating the response by detectives. The detectives, led by Detective. Mike Zaro and Sgt Andy Estes, were able to identify the suspect within 24 hours, and an arrest came shortly afterward.
  • Sensitive SWAT Call Out: On Friday August 26th, LPD and the Pierce County Metro SWAT Team were called to a suicidal subject who was holding his wife and male child hostage at a local apartment complex. Beginning with Patrol Officer response the incident was handled with complete professionalism. The Metro SWAT negotiators were able to achieve the release of the wife and child after a few hours. The negotiators then continued to try and talk the subject out but he refused. After use of a video robot from the Port of Seattle Police Department and several hours of off and on negotiation the SWAT Team made entry taking the subject into custody. The team knowingly went into harm’s way and brought this incident to a successful conclusion.
  • LPD Family Picnic: On August 28th, the Lakewood Officers Family Network hosted a Family Picnic at Shoreline Park on American Lake for members of the Lakewood Police Department and their families.  The event was a success with great turnout from Department members and their families.  This event was spearheaded by the members of LOFN who put a great deal of effort into the preparations and manning the event.  Special thanks go out to Peggy Estes, Andrea Mauer, and Paige Osness who made this event such a success.
  • LPD Support to St. Frances Cabrini: On Saturday and Sunday August 27-28, St. Francis Cabrini held their annual Parish Festival. The Lakewood Community Policing Section participated with Neighborhood Policing Officers (NPO’s) and Community Service Officers (CSO’s) being present allowing members to sit in a police vehicle and handling out crime prevention material. NPO’s and CSO’s answered questions and at the request of citizens handcuffed attendees and took pictures of them.
  • DOJ Grant: The Bureau of Justice Assistance announced that Lakewood was awarded a second Body Armor Matching Grant, which provides 50% of the cost to purchase bullet-resistant vests for law enforcement officers.  The match amount available for Lakewood is $15,000.
  • LPD Explorer Camp Success: Lakewood Police Explorer Post 253 just returned from the 2005 Summer Washington Law Enforcement Explorers Academy. Ten Explorers attended this week-long Explorer Academy, which is a full-time training environment that mirrors the atmosphere at the real law enforcement Police Academy. Advisors and instructors from all around Washington State came together to provide top-notch instruction and training, and during the week of training, Explorers experienced aspects of police work firsthand. During the Academy, one Explorer attended Leadership Academy, two Explorers attended the Advanced Academy, and seven attended the Basic Academy. Several Explorers also won Awards: Explorer Krystelle Purkey won the Award of Merritt, Commander Jason Jennings won 3rd Overall Performance at the Academy, Explorer John Webley won 3 Drill Downs, Explorer Devan Nelson won the Fastest Obstacle Course Time, and Explorer Brianna Burroughs won 1 Drill Down.
  • Officer Elected to Board of Autism Society of Washington: Recently Lakewood Police Officer Charles Porche was elected to the Board of the Autism Society of Washington. This prestigious group works on issues, treatment, and the education of children with Autism. Officer Porche is one of the first law enforcement officers elected and associated with this group as a board member.  With the election of Officer Porche to this group it will provide the Board a law enforcement perspective and it will help the Police Department be at the forefront of working with children with Autism.
  • Congratulations to PRAB Member: Jim Senko, a Park and Recreation Advisory Board member, has been awarded a second place prize in the 2005 national Garden Crusader competition sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company.    Mr. Senko was nominated for this award in recognition of his commitment to the development of Wards Lake Park, for which he donated numerous native plants and supervised their placement throughout the park property.  He has also supervised the clean up and beautification of Wards Lake at our Park Appreciation Day events.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/16/05

September 16, 2005


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

  • Pierce’s Piece of the Prosperity Pie. The city manager and the economic development administrator attended a workshop on regional economic development strategy on September 16th, hosted by Pierce County, the Port of Tacoma, the T-PC Economic Development Board and the Chamber of Commerce.  The emphasis was on “cluster” strategies, including technology, aerospace, military, tourism, logistics and trade, and life sciences.
  • Sound Transit Town Hall Meeting: ST Boardmember Claudia Thomas, Candice Bock, and Andrew Neiditz, attended Sound Transit’s public meeting/open house on September 14th.   Discussed were the best ways to improve and expand the regional mass transit system.  The plan is called Sound Transit 2, (ST2) to better connect Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties.
  • ’s Promise: Bill Coffin, from the Federal Health and Human Services Administration, will be at the next Lakewood’s Promise meeting.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th at 9:30 in Council Chambers.
  • Youth Court: Court Services Director Kathy Schmieder met with the Washington State Director of Youth Courts.  The next step will to put together an advisory board consisting of Court, Police, Prosecution, Defense Counsel and School Employees as well as youth representatives to determine the feasibility of a Youth Court in the City of Lakewood.
  • Domestic Violence Training: Rebecca Hendricks and Anita Booker-Hay attended the Greater Puget Sound Community Network Meeting regarding the impact of domestic violence on children.  Ann-Marie Dvorak will attend a Family Violence Conference in San Diego next week.
  • Clever Canine: Mike McKenzie and Good Boy Blue were featured in the Sound Life Section of the News Tribune in a story about “pampered pets”.  The Good Boy Blue is a World Level Champion Frisbee Dog.
  • Club Paradise: Club Paradise was closed for doing construction work without permits.  Specifically, changes were made to the structure of the building.
  • Bridgeport Bar & Grill: The Washington State Liquor Control Board has served a notice of cancellation on the Bridgeport Bar and Grill for alleged repeated violations of Liquor Control Regulations and state law.
  • Domestic Violence Month: With the collaborative effort of the Legal Department’s Victim Advocates, Ivy Murphy, the Lakewood Police Department and the Business Exchange, the following events were planned and coordinated to coincide with the October Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
    • Healing Field Dedication – October 3rd @ 4:15.
    • Proclamation and DV presentation – October 17th at the City Council Meeting.  Ann-Marie Dvorak and Heidi Hoffman will conduct the DV presentation.  Silhouettes will also be displayed around the building to represent DV victims.  An additional fabric display identifying DV related deaths will also be on display.
  • City Parks/Schools Partnership. The City’s park and recreation master plan includes a goal of having a park or open space area within ½ mile radius of each home and one efficient way to accomplish this is by using school sites as neighborhood parks.  The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has a grant that would support developing a pilot project to implement this concept.  A committee of City and District staff would develop a model/process which would be used when considering a school site as a neighborhood park.    We would address safe access to the site, when school areas could be accessed by the community, liability, maintenance, and any other issues which come up during the process.    We would like to focus on Woodbrook Middle School as our first pilot project area.  The first meeting of this special committee will be September 30th.
  • Boat Launch Revenue: The Parks and Recreation Department considers its Summer Season to run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The Department will continue to reserve park facilities through the fall months, so a report on facility rental revenue will be provided in a future bullets report.
    • Revenue through September 14, 2005, at the American Lake boat launch totaled $13,121.24 including daily and seasonal receipts. This is a significant increase over the 2004 revenue of $10,473 under the previous contract.
    • Staff was fortunate to locate two used pay stations for the American Lake boat launch through the State Surplus Program and purchased them for a total of $102, significantly less that the estimated $11-15,000 cost of installing new stations.    Total installation costs were $1,100, and this included a fee of $800 for the services of the WSF employee who assisted us.  The Washington State Ferries system also provided the City with thousands of dollars in supplies and parts that were no longer needed by the Ferry Service.  In the five weeks since installation, the new system has generated over $2,000 in revenue, so all associated costs for the unit(s) have been recovered.
  • Conference/Training Update: Mike McKenzie attended an “Improving Construction Change Order Management” conference that addressed strategies to improve change order management, implement best practices to control cost and schedule growth and dispute resolution practices.
  • Extended Police Front Desk Hours: To improve customer service, beginning October 1st, LPD will extend the hours of the front desk from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  This is done to facilitate citizen visits before and after work.  The expansion will be done by splitting the shifts of the two front desk clerks and will not require additional staffing.
  • Tillicum Parade Support : On, September 10th  the Tillicum VFW Post conducted a Patriot’s Day Parade along Union Avenue, the most highly traveled and visible street in Tillicum. The parade was escorted by Lakewood Police Officers in marked patrol vehicles, and Lakewood Fire Department escorted with an engine.  Police Explorers and Community Service Officers managed a “rolling roadblock” to minimize the impact to traffic and the business community, while insuring safety for the marchers and observers.  Tillicum citizens create a beautiful “Avenue of Flags” for civic events or national holidays.  All of the hundred-plus flags were either donated or bought by citizens, many in honor of soldiers and airmen.
  • All City Tailgate Event: On Friday 9/9/05 Clover Park High School hosted an All-City Tailgate Event to kick off the new school year for the School District.  The event ran from 3:30 – 6:30 and was well attended by a large cross section of the city.  The Police Department was represented by the District NPO/CSO team, Animal Rescue, SRO’s, MSU, Patrol Officers, K-9, and Explorers.  We answered questions from the public and played with the kids.  Animal Rescue’s Randy Richards, was the co-emcee for the afternoon, showcasing local singing talent and sketches along with other entertainment.
  • Bridgeport Bar and Grill to Close: Bridgeport Bar and Grill has been served with a liquor license cancellation notice from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, effective October 10th.  The Liquor Control Board does have the right to immediately close the Bar on a 180 day emergency closure if the bar has one more minor offense.  The bar is also currently pending an appeal for City action already served to revoke their business license.
  • Example of (all too frequent) Meth Driven Property Crime in Lakewood: Officers Johnson and Richards responded to a suspicious vehicle on Alameda and arrested Travis J. Boyer for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.  While searching Boyer’s vehicle the officers found numerous pieces of mail, documents, identifications and property, none of which belonged to Boyer.  Both the officers recognized some of the names as victims of recent vehicle prowls.  When questioned by the officers, Boyer admitted to at least six recent vehicle prowls and thefts.  The officers are currently contacting all the known and unknown victims.  Boyer also had a baggie of meth on him and had just been released for auto theft.
  • KLAY Radio Presentation on Identity Theft Prevention: Lakewood PD Detective Les Bunton joined Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Wagner, WSP Detective Dave Startup, and State Assistant Attorney General Steve Larson on September 14 for a information program about identity theft prevention.  The half-hour program was broadcast live on KLAY Radio, and will be replayed several times throughout the month.  This program is aimed at identifying the key things to do to prevent becoming an ID theft victim, and what steps to take should a person run afoul of identity thieves.
  • Identity theft and Fraud Prevention Training given to Seniors: Sgt Ryan Larson, Detective Les Bunton, and Detective Conan Higgins gave a presentation to attendees at the Lakewood Senior Center on September 14th. The topic of the presentation was “How To Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft.”  The LPD team is from the Proac Property Crimes Section, who are responsible for investigating cases of identity theft and fraud. Senior citizens are often targets for such criminals, who like to prey on vulnerable citizens.
  • Patrol “Play of the Week”: A search for a missing 79-year old woman from 66th Ave W is the play of the week.  The woman suffers from dementia and disappeared from the house while her husband was at the post office.  By the time LPD got the call she had been missing for nearly two hours. LPD got as many patrol units into the area to start knocking on doors and talking to neighbors. LPD made contact with the Pierce County Search and Rescue and they agreed that a full search needed to be started. Just prior to the full search, the lady was located behind a shed at a vacant house in the area.
  • CIU “Play of the Week: Special Operations has been attempting to locate and arrest a suspect AKA “Big Hood” for a year.  He had multiple warrants and was wanted for drug offenses and for sex crimes.  LPD developed information that Big Hood was staying on 115th St Ct SW, and Officer Celis used an informant to make a buy and also authored a search warrant.  We then used the Task Force, the NPO and Special Ops to raid the apartment.  Several grams of crack and a sawed off shotgun were recovered.  The arrest was a long time overdue and will have an impact on availability of Crack in Lakewood.
  • LPD Training:
    • Detective Jeff Paynter attended “Advanced Concepts in Motor Learning and Performance for Motor Skills Instructors” this week at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien. The forty-hour course was required for him to maintain his Master Defensive Tactics Instructor certification.
    • Police Chaplain Alvie Robbins, Lieutenant Dave Guttu, Sergeant Mark Eakes, Sergeant Andy Suver, Detective Thom Stewart, Detective Steve Parr, Officer Victor Celis, Officer James Syler, Officer Ralph Rocco, and Community Service Officer Laurie Lowery all attended ”Peer Support” training this week in Auburn. They will now be qualified to legally act as peer support representatives for department members involved in critical incidents, such as officer-involved shootings.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/2/05

September 2, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Heidi Wachter, Acting City Manager

  • Holiday Closure: Lakewood City Hall will be closed Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
  • Woodbrook Family Support Center: City employees in the following departments participated in sponsoring underprivileged children as part of a back to school program through the Woodbrook Family Support Center. The departments were: Finance, General Services, Legal, Parks & Recreation, Police & Human Resources. The commitment required their first day of school outfit (top, pants, & shoes), back pack and school supplies. Many employees provided over and above the basic requirements. It is always rewarding to witness such community support from City staff.
  • Success with LoJack: Patrol officers responded to the report of a LoJack-equipped stolen car, located at the StarLite Drive-In Swap meet. The car, a Honda Accord, had been stolen in Tacoma a mere 20 minutes ago. Officers found the car, which the thieves had ironically just dropped off to have a car alarm installed. When the thieves returned and were arrested, the ProAc property crimes detectives swung into action. They traced the thieves to a major, active stolen vehicle chop shop operation, which yielded 3 complete engines, over 20 major vehicle parts, and a number of automobile frames, all of which had been recently stolen.
  • LPD’s Reality TV Star: Detective Conan Higgins had qualified for the “All Stars Round” of the Frontsight Challenge, held in Pahrump, Nevada in June. This rigorous combat shooting competition brought the finest competitors from around the world to challenge for the final round. Detective Higgins did well enough to move into the second round, but there came in third place, with only the top two contestants moving to the finals. The competition will be televised in the spring of 2006…We’ll announce the date, time, and channel as soon as it’s known.