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Archives: Oct. 2006


FWay sting nets 13 ‘johns’

Female police officers posing as prostitutes lured four men into arrest in Federal Way last week, the department reported.

The operation along Pacific Highway South lasted about four hours on Oct. 26.

Special agents from the Immigration Customs Enforcement Service also took part in the sting and took into custody five people allegedly in the United States illegally, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Federal Way police.

It was the second big prostitution sting in the South Sound area recently. Stacey blogged about the other one here.


Firefighters battle house fire in Lakewood

Lakewood firefighters doused a house fire Tuesday afternoon in the 10400 block of 109th Street Court Southwest, the Lakewood Fire Department reported.

Crews arrived at 12:16 p.m. and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the west side of the home and an attic space.

Firefighters attacked the blaze and got the fire under control at 12:49 p.m., the department reported.

There were no injuries. The cause remained under investigation. Investigators estimated the loss at $200,000 to the house and its contents.


Ten busted for DUI during latest emphasis

Here’s a news release issued by Pierce County today:

Law enforcement officers arrested 10 motorists for impaired driving

during their monthly emphasis Friday, Oct. 27. The Tacoma/Pierce County

DUI Task Force targeted Fife, Milton and the adjacent I-5 corridor as

part of the annual “Surround the Sound” traffic emphasis patrol that

included Pierce and nine other Western Washington counties.

“The area was filled with impaired drivers celebrating Halloween

early,” said Lt. Kevin Farris of the Fife Police Department, which

coordinated the special patrol in cooperation with the Washington State


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Dog makes disturbing find under Skyway home

This just in from Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s Office:

The body of a man was found in the crawlspace of a Skyway* home recently. Detectives believe the man was likely a murder victim.

Partial remains of the victim were found on October 24th when the homeowner’s dog retrieved some human bones, apparently from underneath the house. Sheriff’s detectives did a more thorough search of the crawlspace and located additional remains.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the remains as those of Ondra T. Smith. He was reported missing to Seattle Police in 1992

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It’s only a drill this time

If you’re around Pierce College Puyallup today, you might spot a fatality crash and DUI drill in the campus’ upper parking lot.

Puyallup Fire and Rescue, Puyallup Police Department and the college are working together on the drill, which will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During the exercise, firefighters will be using the “Jaws of Life” to extricate trapped victims from two cars. Police officers will be performing DUI field sobriety tests and processing the crime scene.

“This event is a partnership designed to raise student awareness about driving impaired,” a press release from the

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So it begins: Car warming up in driveway stolen from Kent man

A frosty windshield and a jones for a second cup of java added up to a missing Lexus for a Kent man Monday.

Kent police spokesman Paul Petersen reported the man, a resident of the Chestnut Ridge neighborhood, started his car to let it warm up and melt the frost on the windows. He went back inside for a second cup of coffee while he waited.

When he came back out – you guessed it – someone had stolen his car.

Petersen summed it up this way in the news release he issued on the theft:

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