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Archives: Jan. 2007

Jan.
31st

Troopers head to fatality collision

Washington State Patrol troopers were on the scene Wednesday morning of a fatality collision in Tumwater.


We don’t know much yet.


The crash happened shortly after 7:15 a.m. at 93rd Avenue Southwest and Bloomberg Street in the Tumwater area, according to a WSP dispatcher. It might have involved two cars.

Jan.
30th

Kent man convicted of human smuggling

News from my town, and not the kind I like.


A federal jury convicted Kent resident Harminder Singh on Monday of taking part in a ring that smuggled as many as 100 people from India and Pakistan into the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.


Singh apparently was the ring’s point of contact in Washington and helped those smuggled into the country with transportation to their final destinations, according to a new release. Federal agents and their Canadian counterparts apparently recorded phone calls in which Singh talked about the enterprise.


Those brought into the country illegally

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Jan.
30th

You know traffic is bad when …

… in two days you have two babies born on Puget Sound area freeways.


Courtesy of the Washington State Patrol, here’s a press release on the latest birth.


This morning at 8:39 AM, during heavy rush hour traffic, a trooper working patrol on I-5 exited to Airport Way and pulled to the right shoulder to complete some paperwork.


As the trooper was parked on the right shoulder he observed a 2000 Toyota 4Runner pull to the left shoulder of the exit. The driver quickly exited his vehicle and ran to the passenger side of his Toyota. The

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Jan.
30th

Giles case sparks legislation

We’ve gotten word that Rep. Joyce McDonald, R-Puyallup, has written up a piece of legislation that would “prohibit copying of child porn for court cases.”


This bill stems from the case against retired Tacoma police officer Lee Giles Jr. He’s been charged with several sex-related crimes involving his relatives and a relative of his girlfriend. The crimes spanned several years. When officers searched his Tacoma home, they found pictures and videotapes of the alleged abuse.


Under the proposed legislation, sexually-explicit photos or other material of a child that was collected as evidence would remain in the

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Jan.
30th

Tuesday morning odds and ends

Not much new from overnight, so I thought I’d update you on a couple of on-going stories.


- We hear that Bob’s Java Jive will be reviewed by a Tacoma Power inspector this afternoon. The inspector will be looking at all the electrical repairs. The coffee pot-shaped karaoke bar still needs to be reviewed and released for occupancy by the Tacoma Fire Marshal’s Office.


UPDATE: I just talked with the Tacoma Power inspector. As of now, there is NO inspection scheduled for the Java Jive. It is very, very unlikely to happen today. The earliest would be

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Jan.
29th

Local U.S. marshal moving on

U.S. Marshal Eric Robertson announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his post in two months and starting a new job.


Robertson, the former Washington State Patrol captain, is the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Washington. He leaves office March 3 after five years.


According to a press release, he will become the “first Administrator of the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA); serving the communities of Algona, Auburn, and Pacific.”


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“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Western Washington as their

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Jan.
29th

Teen injured in traffic accident Saturday

A 13-year-old boy was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a dump truck while trying to cross the street.


The accident occurred just after 12:45 p.m. The boy and a friend were crossing South 38th Street at A Street, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. A car going west bound stopped for the two boys.


The friend stopped. The victim kept walking and was struck by the dump truck, Fulghum said. The victim was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center for treatment.


The truck driver stopped and was cooperative with Tacoma police.

Jan.
29th

Runaway in court

Semaj Booker, Lakewood’s 9-year-old Sea-Tac-to-Texas traveler, is scheduled to make his first court appearance this morning in connection with a high-speed pursuit with police earlier this month.


Adam was headed to the court house to check it out.


Stay tuned.


UPDATE: Here’s the story I wrote from this morning’s hearing – Adam.