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GRADUATION | Special graduation set for Decatur student with brain tumor [3]

VOL. 16, NO. 7



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OPINION | Pigeon poop peeves passengers at Transit Center [4] Roegner: Council’s challenge to fill vacant seat [4] PROBATION | Health department places firefighter on probation [8] CALENDAR | St. Francis annual benefit spring fashion show set [22]

SPORTS | Beamer girls and boys lose in FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 | 75¢ SPSL championship games [10]

Shoplifting suspect flees police, causes wreck By Carrie Rodriguez

An Auburn woman who almost ran down a police officer and an elderly couple with her car after she was caught shoplifting in Federal Way on Feb. 7, was charged with felony assault, theft and attempting to elude police. Denita Jeanne Brown, 25, led police on a lengthy chase onto Interstate 5 and caused a long traffic back-up after striking vehicles during the chase. The incident began at approximately 5 p.m. while a police officer assigned at The Commons Mall attempted to take Brown into custody outside the mall. Brown allegedly stole about $500 worth of merchandise from Macy’s. The woman ran to her vehicle and drove directly at the officer, attempting to strike him, according to probable cause documents.

School board president steps down by Greg Allmain


he Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) board of directors played leadership roulette again, as Danny Peterson stepped down as president on Tuesday, and Carol Gregory took his place following a 3-1 vote. Peterson said his life outside of the board forced his hand in stepping

down from the president position. “I would like to say that over the past several weeks, I have re-evaluated the roles and responsibilities of being board president, and with my priorities and commitment outside of the board, I realized I need to step down as board president,” he said. “I plan to remain on the board, but do not want the added responsibilities and obligations that come with being

president.” Following his announcement, Peterson motioned to nominate board member Claire Wilson as president. Board vice president Geoffrey McAnalloy proceeded to nominate Gregory for president. When it came time to vote, Peterson sided with Gregory, securing the position for the new board member. This reshuffling follows two previous changes in the president posi-

tion in the last five months. Board member Tony Moore stepped down from the president position in October after he ran into legal troubles in Oregon, at which time Wilson was nominated and approved as the president. In the last meeting of 2013, with the swearing in of the new board members, McAnalloy nominated Peterson for president. That vote passed 3-0, with Wilson abstaining.

20 apply for vacant seat From staff reports

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12TH MAN | Baby born at 12:12 during Seahawks’ parade [23]

Snow falls on Federal Way

Federal Way was blanketed with snow that spread across the Puget Sound area on Saturday evening and still hung around on Sunday morning. While workers at The Commons Mall plowed snow from parking lot areas (bottom, right), kids and adults at Celebration Park had fun sledding, building snow forts and snowmen on Sunday morning. Pictured above is Federal Way resident Anna Reusser sledding down a hill at Celebration Park on an intertube. Pictured to the left is Anna, 9, building a snowman. carrie rodriguez, The Mirror RIGHT AUTO SALES Quality Cars 33333 Pacific Hwy S • 253-839-4701

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The city of Federal Way released the names of the 20 eligible applicants for the Council seat that Mayor Jim Ferrell vacated. The Council is set to interview the following 20 applicants during a public event on March 1: • Jessica Carter • Jack Reed Hackett • Paul Kirehu • Michael Hall • Robin Cook • Jerald Vaughn, who was outspoken against the strong mayor form of government before the city implemented that form • Roger Flygare, who ran for a Council seat in 2011 against current Councilmember Susan Honda • Anthony Murietta, who ran for a Council seat in 2013 against current Councilmember Kelly Maloney • Gregory Baruso • Mark Koppang, who ran for current Councilmember Kelly Maloney’s seat in this last election • Ronald Nowicki, a commissioner for the Lakehaven Utility District • Randall Smith • Tom Medhurst, who is currently on the city’s Planning Commission • Troy Smith [ more COUNCIL, page 3 ]

Federal Way Mirror, February 14, 2014  

February 14, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, February 14, 2014  

February 14, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror