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Tag: Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

Jan.
26th

Driving drunk relinquishes the future to a roll of the dice

For anyone who requires further proof that life is not fair, consider the story of two young men, one 22 and the other 19. Both men were allegedly driving drunk at roughly twice the legal speed limit when everything went wrong. While their actions constitute similar crimes, their stories end very differently due to the immutable laws of physics and the chaotic nature of chance.

The 22-year-old’s name is Joshua Brake. Last June, Brake was rocketing along SR 507 near Roy, at a speed a witness estimated to be above 90 mph, when he lost control of his car and

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April
28th

Detective’s unshakable determination leads to cold case arrest

When gunfire erupted in the Hilltop in 1988, Tacoma was then a city known only for its toxic aroma and an anemic economy. What citizens knew of gang violence came from news clips out of Los Angeles, where gangsters had descended like a plague years before.

Then came the drive-by shooting death of Bernard Houston on a Hilltop corner. His death was a harbinger of bad things to come. It would get worse before it got better.

In the 25 years since, the city’s fortunes have described an arc. First came the rapid descent into a maelstrom of gang violence

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