Police & Fire

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

Gig Harbor Council to consider putting public safety sales tax increase before voters

Feb 23, 2024 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council will consider placing a sales tax increase before voters during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 26. If approved by voters on the Aug. 6 ballot, proceeds from the increase would support public safety efforts. The proposal before the council would increase sales tax inside Gig Harbor city limits by 0.1%,

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Gig Harbor police crack down on shoplifting

Feb 22, 2024 | By:

Gig Harbor Police arrested more than 20 suspects during a crackdown on shoplifting Feb. 15 and 16. The department said arrestees included adults and juveniles apprehended at retail establishments around the city. Officers also contacted several other people to deter possible thefts. Police arrested one person who was the subject of several warrants, including four

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In the Margins | Amid our booze bonanza, let’s get sober on drunk driving

Feb 21, 2024 | By:

I was arrested for drunk driving about 35 years ago. True story: A Gig Harbor police officer ran me through the curbside test for sobriety — I failed. He handcuffed me in front of W.B. Scotts restaurant (now Bella Femmina) on Harborview Drive and invited me to the back seat of his patrol car. I

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Former officer at Gig Harbor prison charged with inappropriate relationship

Feb 09, 2024 | By:

Pierce County prosecutors charged a former corrections officer at the Women’s Correctional Center for Women in Gig Harbor with engaging in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.  Prosecutors charged Danielle Alexandra Lucas, 32, with first degree custodial sexual misconduct on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma first reported the charge.  Charging documents

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter: Officers nab a ‘jovial’ shoplifter

Feb 02, 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. Gig Habor police arrested a cheerful 27-year-old Spanaway man on suspicion of stealing more than $200 worth of alcohol from a Point Fosdick Drive grocery store on Jan. 29. Around noon that day, a

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State settles lawsuit following terminal cancer diagnosis for former inmate at Gig Harbor prison

Feb 01, 2024 | By:

The Washington state Department of Corrections agreed to a $9.9 million settlement with a former inmate diagnosed with terminal cancer after receiving inadequate medical care at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor. The Seattle Times reported the settlement on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  Failure to perform follow-up Paula Gardner, now of Tacoma, was

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Vandals damage Our Fisherman, Our Guardian statue

Jan 24, 2024 | By:

Vandals broke a canoe off the Our Fisherman, Our Guardian carved statue at Austin Park at txʷaalqəł Estuary late Monday or early Tuesday, Jan. 22 or 23.  The city of Gig Harbor believes the damage occurred when someone tried to climb on the statue, carved by renowned artist and Quinault Tribal Chairman Guy Capoeman and

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter | One arrested following rollover collision

Jan 18, 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. Gig Harbor Police and Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One responded to a rollover collision at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 on the Kimball Drive/Pioneer Way overpass of Highway 16. A 67-year-old Silverdale man told

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter | Suspect who shot at deputies arrested near Olalla

Jan 12, 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 Washington state Fish & Wildlife officer arrested a 29-year-old man who shot at Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 2 p.m. Thursday in Olalla. The arrest followed a long search for the man,

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter: A bad place to get high and blast music

Jan 05, 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. An officer working at his desk in the Police Department at the Civic Center on Grandview Street went outside to investigate around 8 a.m. on Dec. 29 when he heard music playing loudly from

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