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Archives: Sep. 2006


August sector reports

Before the month of September ends, I thought we should pass along the highlights from the August reports for Tacoma’s four policing sectors. As a reminder, the full reports on posted on the department’s web site. (The link is in the toolbar on the right.)

Sector 1: Persistent drug, prostitution and nuisance activity in three areas kept officers busy in August. The community liaison officers and drug house elimination task force worked on the hot spots.

Sector 2: Investigators were following up on two interesting crimes in the North End. The first was an armed rape where the

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Prevent crime in October

The National Crime Prevention Council has designated October as Crime Prevention Month.

And this year’s theme is “Partnering with Law Enforcement to Prevent Crime.” The council is emphasizing community members working with their local law enforcement agencies to reduce the crime that may plague their area.

“A community with rampant crime is a community that lacks citizen involvement and partnership with local law enforcement,” according to a press release from the council. “Everyone can do something to prevent crime, from helping police identify crime problems, starting a Neighborhood Watch, or taking commonsense steps to protect their homes and

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Police stats for Ruston Way 2006

Tacoma police Lt. Alan Roberts reports the following stats for the department’s emphasis patrols along Ruston Way between April and Labor Day weekend.

(Ruston Way, as you may know or recall, gets packed on sunny summer weekend nights and can provide a challenge to the police department. The agency beefs up its staff down there to prevent or quell trouble.)

- Officer hours: 2,486. This doesn’t include the sergeants.

- Verbal warnings: 1,300+.

- Notice of infractions issued: 1,200.

- Misdemeanor arrests: 115.

- Felony arrests: 7.

- Business contacts: At least

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Videotape leads to thong burglar

We’re suckers for those off-the-wall crime stories. Here’s one out of Kentucky that’s on the Associated Press wire this morning.

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky man wearing only a thong and carrying a knife videotaped himself attempting a burglary, then left the tape behind, police said.

The evidence led to his arrest, Fort Mitchell Police Chief Steve Hensley said.

Rodney McMillen, 36, of Covington was charged over the weekend with first-degree burglary.

"This is a very, very bizarre case, to say the least," Hensley said.

McMillen allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment

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KIRO-TV photos show car wedged under semi in Tacoma

Stacey will have a story in tomorrow’s editions about a man who suffered a "medical event" and crashed his car into a parked semitrailer in the Tideflats on Tuesday.

Luckily for him, he was slumped in the driver’s seat when his car hit the truck, so he suffered only minor injuries.

Investigators said the man could have been seriously injured if he had been sitting upright.

Go to our news partner KIRO-TV’s Web site to see for yourself.

All we can say is: Yowzers!


Update file: Stolen car in FWay found

Federal Way police have reported that a stolen car involved in an officer-involved shooting Saturday was recovered Saturday night.

King County sheriff’s deputies found the car (reported as a 1998 black Honda Civic) about 10:15 p.m. in Burien. It was being processed as evidence and later will be released to its owner, Federal Way police reported Tuesday.

Early Saturday, two men stole the car and escaped by steering toward police officers. A Federal Way officer fired at the vehicle and shattered a passenger side window.

No arrests have been reported.


Gunman still sought in Friday night gang shooting

It appears there was no arrest overnight in last week’s gang shooting on Tacoma’s East Side that left to young men injured.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the alleged shooter, 24-year-old Floyd Teo. According to the Pierce County Jail inmate roster, he was not picked up overnight.

Two others involved in the shooting are in custody and police were looking for a fourth, unidentified person. One of those in custody, 18-year-old Sean McClendon, is expected to be arraigned on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of drive-by shooting this afternoon.


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