Theresa De Lay

Pierce County investigators unearth homicide victim, extract DNA

On March 18, 1989, a body was discovered by a hiker near the Carbon River. Little was known about the victim; he was buried in Sumner Cemetery under the name John Doe. On Tuesday, March 11, nearly 25 years later, John Doe’s body was exhumed and an anthropologic investigation was launched. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Medical Examiner’s Office are reexamining the case, with the hopes of using new technology to reveal answers to old questions.

Sumner fastpitch starts seasons behind first year coach | Spring Sports Preview

Megan Gaines is heading into her first year as head coach for the Sumner Spartan fastpitch team. The girls ended last season with a 7-12 record and made it to the early rounds of the state tournament, Gaines said.

Baseball season begins with six seniors committed to college teams | Spring Sports Preview

Casey Adcox has coached baseball since he finished playing at Central Washington University in 1998. He's led the Sumner Spartans for seven years and served as head coach consecutively since 2010.

Community servant retires after 30 years of service | Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy

When traumatic events unfold, police and fire personnel are often the individuals who bring order to a situation. But as the sirens go silent and the lights fade away, victims are left wondering what comes next. Enter the chaplain.

Single vehicle DUI collision | Bonney Lake Police Blotter

All subjects in the police blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Food bank vandalized | Bonney Lake Police Blotter

All subjects in the police blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue Foundation provides unique community services

After several years of hard work, a group of determined community members have founded the nonprofit East Pierce Fire and Rescue Foundation. East Pierce Fire and Rescue provides a multitude of services to the communities it serves, but as a tax-based entity, its resources are susceptible to depletion. The foundation provides funding to bridge East Pierce's financial gaps. It currently focuses on three initiatives, one of which is a pilot program called Sentimental Journeys.

Single vehicle collision smashes into Bonney Lake business

The Bonney Lake Police Department announced shortly after 8:15 p.m., via Twitter, that a vehicle crashed into the front glass door of a state Route 410 business. There were no injuries reported.

Panther swim halted at preliminaries, Spartans advance to finals

The Bonney Lake Panthers boys swim team competed at the state preliminaries Friday but did not advance to the final championship meet.

Real estate market begins year on positive note

Northwest real estate professionals said there is cause for celebration regarding the local economy. Home sales for the beginning of 2014, though not overly impressive, show promise for the months ahead, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Services (NWMLS).

Safe boating classes offered in Bonney Lake

May 3 is the beginning of boating season and those intending to operate a powered watercraft are required by law to possess a Washington State Boater Education Card. The Bonney Lake Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide classes for those in need of obtaining one.

Collision sends four to hospital | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

East Pierce Fire and Rescue crews responded to a collision at 6:40 p.m., Friday, on Sumner-Tapps Highway and 162nd Avenue East.

Stolen tires and attempted burglaries | Bonney Lake Police Blotter

All subjects in the police blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sumner High School fundraiser helps local coach

Fate has a way of throwing curve balls from time to time – life-threatening illness, house fires and other catastrophes occur daily. For local community member and soccer coach Darren Painter, several of those events collided into an approximate three-year time frame, culminating with a cancer diagnosis last June.

REMINDER: Local police departments invite the public to citizens academy

Both Bonney Lake and Sumner police departments are preparing to begin their citizen's academy programs and online registration is available for both.

Firefighters rescue woman from Bonney Lake house fire

East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to the report of a house fire at approximately 6 a.m. today, Thursday. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the Mountain View Drive home was filled with smoke and a woman was trapped inside, on the second floor. She was rescued and treated for smoke inhalation before being released at the scene.

Police investigate hit and run collision | Bonney Lake Police Blotter

All subjects in the police blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Bonney Lake and Enumclaw named among safest cities in Washington

Bonney Lake and Enumclaw attract residents for a variety of reasons. SafeWise, a company that provides resources and reviews related to home security, named both in its list of Washington's top 50 safest places to live.

Historical society seeks museum | Bonney Lake

The Plateau abounds with historical treasures, such as Sky Stone, the Naches trail and Kelley Farm. Residents are able to learn and explore pieces of it through literature, artifacts and historical markers.

Sumner seeks local voices in planning for the future

The city of Sumner’s Comprehensive Plan is what details social, economic, environmental and development goals for the city, in the form of both short and long-term goals.