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May 15, 2013- Vol 5, Issue 12
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In This Issue
Police Arrest Homicide Suspects
Great American Picnic Debuts
Public Notices
Councilmembers Mike LeMaster and Cindi Hochstatter joined Mayor Enslow and other Pierce County representatives to celebrate the liner for Seattle's Viaduct Tunnel being built in Fredrickson by FPS EnCon Precast, LLC, bringing jobs to Pierce County.  As Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said, the tunnel ought to say "Made in Pierce County."   Read more about the plant in The News Tribune.
Mayor's Update: Remembering Our Veterans
Jim Greenwood posed with a Cub Scout in 2009 as they placed the flags.

On Thursday, we will be placing the flags at the markers of veterans in the Sumner City Cemetery.  Then, on Memorial Day itself we will have our annual ceremony at 10 am.


These are two of the most special traditions here in Sumner.  Did you know that we have veterans in our cemetery who have served in every war since the Civil War?  Since 1943, Sumner's VFW Post 3070 took charge of putting out the flags.  Most recently, Jim Greenwood coordinated placing the flags.  Jim served in the Coast Guard and Air Force and was in both World War II and Korea.  Sadly, we lost Jim this year and now add him to the list of veterans whom we remember. 


Boy Scouts and members of the public have been helping with the flags.  This year, members of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade plan to come out for both placing the flags and the ceremony itself.  It's nice to see others carrying on the tradition. 


Please consider joining in either the placing of flags or the ceremony, or both.  And, I'd like to send a big thank you to Jim and everyone who has placed the flags in the past.  Thank you also to everyone who takes time out of picnics and lighter holiday festivities to remember the more somber meaning of this holiday.  Even if you stop by the cemetery on your own time to see the flags and take a moment by yourself to remember and thank our veterans, it truly does mean something special.


Visiting the Sumner City Cemetery


Take another look at Pierce County TV's 2011 coverage of this tradition:

Sumner Cemetery Flags
Sumner Cemetery Flags
Police Arrest Homicide Suspects


Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke announced that on May 15, members of the Dekalb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Task Force in Georgia arrested 29-year-old Quentin Lorenzo Simmons related to the fatal shooting at the Sumner Motor Inn on December 16, 2012.  Simmons was arrested on a Pierce County Superior Court warrant charging murder 1 and three counts of assault 1 from the shooting incident.  On May 7, 2013, Pierce County issued the warrants of arrest for Simmons and his accomplice, Elyse Lattimer, also 29 years old.  Investigations led by Sumner Police Department revealed that both Lattimer and Simmons were residing in the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area, and Sumner's Detective Temple made arrangements with the Dekalb County task force to assist with the apprehension of Lattimer and Simmons. Lattimer was arrested on her warrant on May 9. Detective Temple met members of the Task Force in Georgia and obtained an interview and full confession from Lattimer, who is scheduled to be extradited to Washington sometime next week.  At this time, it is not yet known when Simmons will be extradited to Washington.


"I am very pleased that we can finally bring some conclusion and justice to the victims and their families," said Chief Moericke.  "Sumner thanks the many law enforcement professionals throughout the country who assisted us in this case." 

Great American Picnic Seeks Participants
Are you ready to defend Sumner's honor?  The Great American Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, at Sumner's Daffodil Valley Sports Complex.  Starting at 11 am, the day will pit Sumner versus Puyallup in competitions including soccer, softball, basketball, field games and a scone vs. pie eating contest.  The leading City will win a trophy and some extra bragging rights until the next picnic.  The Association of the U.S. Army is coordinating this event, and the proceeds from sponsorships and concession sales go to support welcoming our troops from home from overseas.  Members of Sumner's connector, the 593rd Brigade will be playing side-by-side with Sumner citizens.  If you're interested in playing, contact  If you are interested in cheering Sumner on, mark down July 20 for a fun, memorable day with the whole family.  This event is part of the Sumner Rhubarb Pie Festival.  
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