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Archives: May 2007


Cops set to pummel each other for charity

Just a reminder that the “911 Fists n’ Cuffs” charity boxing match pitting local law enforcement officers against each other is set for Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino.

Matches begin at 7 p.m. Money raised from ticket sales will go to charity.

Stacey wrote a nice piece on the event before she headed off on maternity leave.

Tickets: $20 to $75, on sale at the Emerald Queen and through Ticketmaster

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More on the death of Norm Maleng

King County prosecutor Norm Maleng died last night.maleng.jpg

The grandfatherly appearing Maleng (seen here) served as King County prosecutor for nearly 30 years and was one of the most respected men in the state’s criminal justice system.

Both Seattle papers have lengthy stories on Maleng on their home pages this morning.

Here’s the P-I’s story on Maleng. And here’s the Times’ offering.

Also, state Attorney General Rob McKenna issued a statement today on Maleng’s passing:

“Norm has been a friend, mentor and inspiration to me throughout my nearly twenty

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DUI sting nets 13 arrests near Parkland/Spanaway

As we head into a holiday weekend, here’s a cautionary tale for people who might be tempted to drive after having one-too-many beers at the backyard barbecue.

Law enforcment officers from seven local agencies arrested 13 folks for DUI last weekend during a crackdown in the Spanaway/Parkland area.

Officers from the State Patrol, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and Gig Harbor, Fife, Tacoma, Puyallup and Bonney Lake police departments stopped 138 drivers in all.

The emphasis patrol was dedicated to Ki Wan Om, who died in February 2006 after his car was hit by a drunken driver on

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Trial for retired cop accused of sex crimes put off to October

Looks like Lee William Giles Jr. won’t be going to trial until Halloween.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Katherine Stolz signed a order continuing the trial of Giles and his girlfriend, Maureen Wear, until Oct. 31.giles.jpg

Giles, a retired Tacoma police officer, and Wear are charged with a litany of child-sex crimes. Prosecutors contend the two molested young relatives for years and videotaped some of the abuse. Both defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Those videotapes are the reason for the delay. The Washington Supreme Court just issued a ruling requiring prosecutors to

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Man’s body found outside apartment building, Lakewood PD investigating

Lakewood police are investigating a man’s body that was discovered outside the Village Apartments, 4210 100th St. S.W., this afternoon, Lt. Dave Guttu said.

It was unclear at 3:30 p.m. how the man died, but Guttu said the body showed no obvious signs of trauma.

Police have been at the scene since about 2:30 p.m., he said.

The Pierce County medical examiner’s office will likely make the determination on how the man died.


AM update: Boys lost then found; man shot; port fire

I’m cursing Stacey about now. What a rotten time to have a baby!

First things first: Two boys – ages 6 and 11 – caused quite a scare on the East Side yesterday when they disappeared about 4 p.m. A massive search was launched with no luck, and the boys were still missing about midnight. The good news is they were found about 6 Thursday morning not far from their East 34th Street homes. Seems they decided to head out for a little “walk about” and spent the night in the woods, TPD spokesman Mark Fulghum said. They’re fine

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Reporter starts leave; blog will keep going

As of this morning, I am off on maternity leave. I’ll be returning after Labor Day. (A couple of people have already pointed out how ironic that is.)

In the mean time, be nice to Adam. He’ll still be here to post news updates on court-related action. Paul Sand, our night reporter, also will be handling breaking news and will post updates to this blog when he is able.

There will be a rotation of reporters filling my shift and making the police calls. We hope they’ll have access to the Lights & Sirens blog to be able

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