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GRAFITTI | City workers cleaning up backlog of graffiti around city [3]

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OPINION | Editor: City should disclose council applications [4] Roegner: Some leaders inspire, others disappoint [4] BONSAI | Weyerhaeuser donates bonsai collection to Tacoma foundation [10] COMMUNITY | Residents voice concerns over proposed project to school board [17]

SPORTS | Will Decatur wrestling win its FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014 | 75¢ first-ever state championship? [8]

BLOTTER | Man injured in two-car rollover accident [18]

Student escapes alleged abduction attempt Decatur High School principal notifies families, offers tips to stay safe to her parents, who called the Federal Way Police 15-year-old Decatur Department. The police High School student are investigating the report reported that she further. escaped an alleged abducThe suspect was detion attempt on Feb. 11. scribed as a Hispanic or The school’s principal mixed-race male, apDavid Brower sent out an proximately email to the 25-35 years old, “The safety of our families of De5-foot-8 with a students, and all catur students stocky build. He children, is our on Feb. 13 has short, darkinforming them first priority. We brown hair and of the incident encourage parents, a mustache. He two days after whenever possible, wore a zip-up, the attempt. to accompany their dark, hooded According sweatshirt pulled children.” to the letter, over his head, David Brower, principal Decatur was blue jeans, sunnotified of the glasses and black alleged abductennis shoes, tion attempt that according to the happened near the intersec- police. tion of Southwest 344th If anyone has informaStreet and 30th Avenue tion regarding this case, Southwest. The high school they are encouraged to student reported that a contact the Federal Way stranger approached her Police Department, detecand grabbed her arm. The tive Michael Coffey at (253) girl was able to get away 835-6777 or Michael.Cofand reach home safely, which was approximately “The safety of our stu100 yards away from the dents, and all children in incident, according to the our community, is our first Federal Way Police Depart- priority,” Brower wrote. “We ment. encourage parents, whenShe reported the incident [ more ABDUCTION, page 2 ] From staff reports


One Day Your Way Advancing Leadership Youth (ALY) presented One Day Your Way, an event set to spark interest in learning among middle school students on Tuesday at Federal Way High School. High school students involved in ALY led activities for local middle school students, creating an inspiring experience for students to discover what they love. photos by Lily do, ALY

Federal Way police get tough on DUI drivers in honor of teens killed in crash by Greg Allmain

The Federal Way City Council unanimously approved allocating $50,000 for “The Nick and Derek

Project,” a DUI/distracted driving emphasis patrol program named in honor of two Decatur High School students who were killed in 2010 by a drunk driver. The students, Nick King and Derek Hodges, were survived by their families, who were present during the adoption of this new policy at the Council’s Feb.

18 meeting. “This project is designed to prevent incidents such as this in Federal Way,” said Federal Way Police Department (FWPD) interim police Chief Andy Hwang. “The increased emphasis patrols by our officers will undoubtedly make our streets safer and protect our citizens. Each year, we

respond to 2,000 traffic accidents, and 50 DUI collisions. Traffic accidents pose the greatest risk to our citizens, yet are often overlooked, because it happens so often and is deemed ‘non-newsworthy.’” The $50,000 will come from red light photo enforcement fines, according [ more DUI, page 2 ]

Flowers were placed at Decatur High School’s billboard for three students involved in a fatal crash in 2010. file photo


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Federal Way Mirror, February 21, 2014  

February 21, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, February 21, 2014  

February 21, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror