Police & Fire

Gig Harbor Now reporters stay alert to crimes and emergencies and relay information that allows readers to understand and react to incidents.

Pierce County participating in regional evacuation alert system

Jun 13, 2024 | By:

Ahead of what could be a busy wildfire season, Pierce and six other Puget Sound-area counties are promoting a regional evacuation alert system. The Ready, Set, Go program creates a standardized three-step evacuation messaging system for most counties bordering Puget Sound, including Pierce, Kitsap, King, Skagit, Thurston, Snohomish and Whatcom. Emergency Management officials are hoping

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter | Hospital patient spits on, bites and punches nurses

Jun 06, 2024 | By:

Editor’s note: The Blotter is written based on information provided by Gig Harbor Police , Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One  and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. A 32-year-old woman with a history of mental illness, recently released from the Washington Corrections Center for Women after serving a sentence for assaulting a health care worker, injured two nurses at St. Anthony

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Fire department taking heat for rising home insurance costs

Jun 05, 2024 | By:

A fire protection rating downgrade led to an extra bump in home insurance costs on south Fox Island, but it’s not just them. It’s happening everywhere.

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New state program aims to make Gig Harbor Wildfire Ready

Jun 03, 2024 | By:

Wildfire Ready Neighbors, a statewide initiative that helps property owners prepare their homes for wildfires, expanded to Gig Harbor last week.  State Public Land Commissioner Hilary Franz unveiled the new program during a press conference at Fire Station 50 in Gig Harbor on May 31. Officials from the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Gig

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Evergreen teacher charged with child molestation jailed briefly for violating parole

Jun 03, 2024 | By:

Jordan Roy Henderson, the Evergreen Elementary teacher accused of child molestation, was back in jail briefly on Friday after a report he violated parole by holding gatherings at his home with minors present. The court released Henderson following a hearing Friday and he returned to home detention on $750,000 bail as of Saturday morning. On leave

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Five injured in collision during Maritime Gig Parade

Jun 01, 2024 | By:

Two vehicles participating in the Maritime Gig Grande Parade on Saturday collided on Harborview Drive near Rosedale Street, injuring five people. Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One treated five patients following the collision. Medics took four of them to local hospitals for treatment. GHFMO said two victims suffered minor injuries and three suffered “moderate” injuries.

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Internet outages at some schools linked to attempted copper thefts

May 30, 2024 | By:

The attempted copper thefts occurred near the district’s main office in Purdy; the wires involved actually had no copper.

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Burn ban begins Saturday in unincorporated Pierce County

May 28, 2024 | By:

The ban only applies to land clearing and burning of yard debris, not small recreational fires.

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Judge sentences man to more than 17 years in prison for 2020 murder of his neighbor

May 21, 2024 | By:

A Pierce County Superior Court judge on Monday sentenced Mark Allen Erisman, 61, to more than 17 years in prison for the Oct. 4, 2020, murder of Diane Perron at her home on Valley View Drive in Gig Harbor. Erisman pleaded guilty under an agreement between Pierce County prosecutors and his public defender, Kelsey H.

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter | Man injured when van hits retaining wall

May 17, 2024 | By:

A 41-year-old Gig Harbor man, whose identification showed him to be originally from Ireland, ended up in the hospital early on May 12 after his white van ran into a retaining wall on Point Fosdick Drive. Officers found the man inside the van at about 1 a.m. that day. He had sustained a head wound

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