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Tacoma road project wraps up; Effort to prevent hazing deaths; Kitsap County cold case; Everett speeding problem; Invasive grasshoppers.

Decades-long I-5 construction project in Tacoma wraps up this weekend

Construction along the stretch of I-5 near Tacoma will be completed this weekend, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. 

It marks the end of a 22-year project to add HOV lanes between state Route 16, state Route 167 and I-5.

"We are happy about it. It's a plus for us," said Tacoma resident Patrick Gigimu. 

The project, called The Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program, cost 1.4 billion dollars and is made up of 14 smaller projects that first broke ground in 2001.

"It is monumental. It's a relief. We're very excited. This is something that we have been working towards, for a very long time," said WSDOT spokesperson Cara Mitchell. Read more

Mother of WSU student who died after hazing wants to prevent more deaths

The parents of Sam Martinez, the Bellevue teen who died after a 2019 Washington State University (WSU) hazing incident, urge other families to learn from their story.

As thousands of young people in Washington prepare to head off to college, Martinez’s mother, Jolayne Houtz, said one of their greatest fears is hearing of another death to hazing.

“I will take that so personally if it happens. And I pray that it doesn’t. We just can’t afford to lose any of our young people and especially to something as bizarre and medieval as hazing,” Houtz said. “It’s really hard to talk about what happened to Sam but I couldn’t forgive myself if we didn’t try to share our story in a way that could reach someone.” Read more

$1 million bail set for suspect in 2005 Kitsap County murder

A suspect in the August 2005 murder of Shanan Read was ordered to be held on $1 million bail by a Kitsap County Judge on Friday. 

Brandon Reeve pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge related to Read's death. 

A probable cause statement alleges Reeve and three other men killed Read, who was an "associate" of theirs in an "ongoing criminal enterprise to forge financial documents and commit acts of theft and fraud." Read more

Everett homeowner pleads with city to stop noisy, speeding drivers

An Everett homeowner says noisy cars speeding through his neighborhood is ruining the quality of life for himself and his neighbors.

Now, he's calling on the city to do something about it.

Four years ago, Luis Burbano set up a camera in his house and pointed it at the street outside, Dakota Way.

Every few hours, Burbano says the traffic along Dakota Way sounds more like a speedway. Read more

Report large, striped-eyed grasshoppers, state urges

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is urging the public to report sightings of oversized, striped-eyed grasshoppers that could be a pest to crops.

WSDA recently confirmed the first detection of the Egyptian grasshopper in Washington state. An Everett resident reported the grasshopper to state entomologists earlier this year. That grasshopper was living but sluggish, according to WSDA. Read more

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