Weekend Briefing | News from March 21 – 25

Haven't had time to check the news this week? Your weekend briefing will let you know all the big news you may have missed.


Tyler Stewart and doctor Emily Law of the Seattle Children's Pain Medicine program.

Learning new strategies to deal with migraines

Tyler Stewart starting getting migraines when he was 5 years old, and the pain only got worse as he got older. There were times when Tyler was taking a total of nine pills a day to help with his migraines. “I began to hate taking medicine,” he said. “I even hated taking Advil because it was just another pill to take.” But then he started working with Dr. Emily Law, a researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, who helped him start to turn his life around. Read more about Tyler’s story here.

Carbonado crash now a homicide; driver admits to drinking and driving nearly 4 years later

in 2012, Samuel Hoffer and Joseph Castro were driving off road in a rural area outside Carbonado when a deer jumped out of the woods, startling Hoffer into driving off a cliff. Hoffer survived and managed to get into town, but Castro was killed. The story remained the same until Hoffer changed his story, and now he’s facing charges of vehicular homicide. Read more about the charges, and what really happened, here.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue hosts open houses for outskirt residents

East Pierce Fire & Rescue district residents have a chance to learn more about their local fire department at two open houses. If you’re quick, you may still be able to catch the one at the Prairie Ridge fire station today, which goes from 9 a.m. to noon. Another will be hosted at the Foothills station April 2 from 9 to noon. Read more about the open houses here.

3 teens charged in rape of Lakebay girl

This week, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged three juvenile males, ages 13, 14 and 17, with rape and assault in the second degree for attacking a 15-year-old girl during a party at her home in Lakebay. Multiple witnesses received photos and videos of the attack. Read more about the charges here.

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