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Archives: Oct. 2006

Oct.
30th

Morning report

There’s a couple things I’m looking into this morning…


- The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reports a possible homicide Sunday afternoon. Byron N. Jones, 29, of Tacoma was found dead inside a house in the 11200 block of 18th Avenue South. I’ll be checking with the Sheriff’s Department to see where the investigation is at.


- Structure fire in Bonney Lake. This occurred early Monday morning in the 8600 block of Locust Avenue East. That’s about all I know, though KING 5 is reporting on its Web site that the apartment fire began about 4 a.m.

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Oct.
30th

Murder sentencing today

I’ll be in court this morning to cover the sentencing of three people in the 2005 murder of Randy Kaskin outside a Tacoma check-cashing business.


The three defendants ?? Armond Lee Hilton, Matthew Jason Oden and Candis Rush ? have pleaded guilty in the case.


Kaskin, 51, was fatally shot June 23, 2005. Prosecutors alleged Hilton, Oden and Rush tried to rob Kaskin and a woman as they left the check-cashing business near Sixth and Sprague avenues. Oden shot Kaskin once in the head when Kaskin refused to give the three money.


I’ll try to file a

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Oct.
27th

Brief lockdown at Stadium

Sounds like there were some lights and maybe sirens around Stadium High School today.


About 2 p.m., the school went into a brief lockdown – 13 to 14 minutes, estimated Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum – as officers investigated an interrupted vehicle prowl nearby.


A man found a suspect prowling his car and interrupted them. As the suspects fled, there may have been some gunshots fired.


The investigation was continuing.

Oct.
27th

City-county prostitution sting nets 33

Local law enforcement officers want to make it uncomfortable to be a prostitute or solicit them in Pierce County.


Tacoma police and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies combined for a joint prostitution sting south of the 7200 block of Pacific Avenue on Wednesday in hopes to curb prostitution and drug activity in the area.


Undercover female officers posed as prostitutes to nab men soliciting their services and male undercover officers posed as customers to catch the prostitutes working the streets.


Tacoma police reported the effort netted 33 arrests – 24 on suspicion of loitering for the purposes

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Oct.
27th

Port of Seattle cop arrested in T-town

A tip of our hat to a reader for tipping us to this one.


A 38-year-old Port of Seattle police officer was arrested earlier this week at a Northeast Tacoma home on suspicion of felony harassment and drug possession, Tacoma police reported.


Tacoma officers went to the home after an occupant called 911 just after 11:10 p.m. Wednesday to report an argument and threats, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.


The officers showed up and talked to all those involved. According to reports, the Port of Seattle officer had been upset with people at the house over missing

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Oct.
27th

Move over for emergency vehicles

Steve posted the following comment on a Lights & Sirens item from yesterday. Today, we’d thought we’d address his question.


I heard that there is a fairly new law here in Washington that states if you see a police car with its emergency lights on pulled over you are suppose to either slow down by 10 mph or if possible move to a lane further away. Is this true? it was the law in Texas last year. It makes sense but if it is law I dont think enough people know about it or are ignoring it. Maybe you

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Oct.
26th

Sanders admonishment upheld

For those of you who following the happenings in the state Supreme Court, a panel of judges upheld today the admonishment of Justice Richard Sanders for his 2003 visit to McNeil Island’s Special Commitment Center.


Click here to read the story I’ve written for our homepage.


If you want to read the opinion yourself, click here.