University Place Police
More than 400 marijuana plants were discovered growing in a vacant house on 64th Avenue West. The house had been converted into a large-scale marijuana grow operation. Members of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit removed the plants, lighting, ventilation and irrigation systems. There was evidence that more than 1,000 plants had been growing at one point in the house. This is the third large marijuana grow operation discovered and dismantled in University Place in the past two months.
A victim of a vehicle prowl called police and reported that she left her purse in her car overnight and her purse was stolen. She left her car unlocked and her purse contained her wallet, identification, cash and debit card.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a homicide that occurred in University Place on June 22. A victim was discovered shot multiple times in his residence on Sunset Drive West. The case is active and all leads are being worked. Anyone with any information is directed to call Tacoma Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 22-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
West Pierce Fire and Rescue
At 2:30 p.m. on July 2, West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a train derailment at Chambers Bay. Four cars of an Amtrak Cascade train derailed at the bridge over Chambers Bay, between Steilacoom and University Place. There were 15 cars total and the first four derailed. There were no significant injuries or fire during the incident. The 215 passengers aboard the train were taken to the Tacoma Amtrak station by Pierce Transit buses.
Firefighters prepared for a fuel spill, which can happen during incidents such as this, but there was no spill or leaks. West Pierce’s fire boat, Endeavor, along with boats from surrounding agencies, set up booms as a precaution.
The cause of the derailment has been tentatively determined to be human error.