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Care for about 2,000 animals saved in connection to a suspected Pierce County-based animal-fighting is estimated at almost $500,000. At an Oct. 3 civil hearing for Senyen Vang and Houa Dai Yang — who are facing numerous drug and animal crime charges from the county and state — Pierce County Assistant Corporation Counsel attorney Jason Fey said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimated 30-day animal caretaking costs to be $496,755.
Pierce County officers stopped a burglary at the home of a woman who is facing numerous animal and drug-related charges, two weeks after the woman reported an alleged theft there. According to a Pierce County Sheriff's Office report, officers responded to a call that two men were on Senyen Vang's property at County Road BB in the town of Gilman on Sept. 25. The men, Cheng Xiong and Tou Khang, allegedly attempted to take a car that belonged to Vang. Khang said he had purchased the car as a "fixer upper" from Houa Yang, Vang's boyfriend, and said he knew Yang.
Two days after Ellsworth High School's 20-13 win over Baldwin-Woodville High School, Logan Melstrom was an hour late for work. He was sore from battling an injury all week before being cleared to play in Friday's homecoming game, where he scored two of the team's three touchdowns, and didn't head to his family's garage until closer to 9 a.m. He had a wood patio set to make. "I try to get out here every day," the 18-year-old high school senior said. "I've always been a hands-on guy, it's just the way I am."
A Pierce County dispatch operator's error led to alarms in the southwest corner of the county to remain silent when they should have been activated due to Thursday's storms. The county attempted to activate sirens for Ellsworth and the set of Xcel Energy nuclear sirens it has discretion over for weather emergencies, but a dispatcher mistakenly set off only the Ellsworth alarms.