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SUSPECT EXTRADITED FROM MEXICO SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS

Gabriel Nevarez, 29, was sentenced on June 29 to more than 30 years in prison for the 2007 murder of Kyle Grinnell, 21, in a drive-by shooting.

Nevarez, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody in February 2016, in Michoacan, Mexico by the Policía Federal Ministerial in close coordination with the FBI. Mexican authorities transferred Nevarez to FBI custody in Mexico City. FBI agents then brought Nevarez back to Washington.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how far we have to go, we will hold violent criminals accountable and keep our community safe,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

During the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2007, Nevarez drove to Grinnell’s home on South Tyler Street looking to settle an old score with Juan Carlos Ruiz, 19. Nevarez arrived at the home and found Ruiz outside at the top of a stairway. Grinnell was below him about 20 feet away and in the line of fire between Nevarez’s car and Ruiz.

When the shooting started, witnesses heard gunfire coming from Nevarez’s car. He was hanging outside the driver’s side window with both hands on a silver .38 caliber revolver, firing toward the victim. Grinnell died at the scene. Ruiz, the apparent target, was not injured.

The case was handled by Deputy Prosecutor Greg Greer, who asked the court for the long sentence.

HUMANE SOCIETY EARNS FOUR-STAR RATING

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is America’s largest independent charity evaluator. A four-star rating is their highest rating and indicates that the Society adheres to best practices. 

This is the fifth consecutive year for the Society to earn this top rating. Only 9 percent of the 8,000 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations. 

Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible non-profits a four-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics on governance, ethical practices, and measures of openness. These additional metrics account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating. They reveal which charities employ best practices and are honest with their donors. 

“The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County’s exceptional four-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our four-star rating. This adds the Society to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the Society.” 

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. 

Charity Navigator, charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America. Its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health and accountability and transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. 

THREE CITIES gO TOE-TO-TOE FOR FOOD DRIVE

Milton, Fife and Edgewood…Bragging rights and a trophy are at stake as Mill Ridge Village and Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce go toe-to-toe in a contest to collect food to benefit Nourish Pierce County food bank.

“Hunger is a year-round problem for families and individuals,” explained Jennifer Reich, executive director at Mill Ridge Village, a retirement and assisted living community in Milton. “We’ve been doing the food drive in spring or summer for several years.”

“A couple of years ago we decided to call the drive ‘Food Fight’ and it’s taken on a life of its own,” she said. “April Balsley (membership director, Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce) and I are very competitive; this is a great way to collect food and raise community awareness about hunger in our communities.”

Balsley and the Chamber comprise Team Blue while Reich and Mill Ridge are Team Red. Mill Ridge Village also has a team within a team. “Our residents are participating as team purple; we’ll keep track of their contributions and add them to the Red Team’s total” Reich said. The winning team will be determined by the total poundage collected.

Food Fight officially began on July 1 and continues until July 31. Contribute non-perishable food items at Mill Ridge Village, 607 28th Ave., Milton or at the Chamber office in Fife, 2026 54th Ave. E. Monetary donations are also gladly accepted; every dollar collected will count as one pound for weigh-in purposes.

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