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Archives: July 2007


Loose stereo speaker strikes driver, breaks his neck

This cautionary tale comes to us from Trooper Jeff Merrill of the Washington State Patrol’s King County regional office.

Merrill reports that a 27-year-old Redmond man suffered a broken neck Saturday when a large stereo speaker he had in the back of his 1973 Datson 240Z flew forward and hit him when the Z-car was struck from behind on a freeway on-ramp. The man is now paralyzed from the neck down, Merrill said.

The wreck occurred in Kirkland at a metered ramp onto Interstate 405.

The Datsun was stopped at the

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No charges yet in crash that killed Stadium High girl

Pierce County juvenile prosecutors are awaiting the results of a Washington State Patrol investigation before deciding whether to file charges against a 17-year-old girl who was driving a car that went out of control last week and crashed, leaving Ashley Magnusson dead.

Deputy prosecutor Fred Wist said Monday troopers must reconstruct the crash, await the results of other tests and do more investigative work before they’ll be ready to forward the case to his office for a charging decision.

The investigation could take as long as two months,

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Stabbing leaves Lakewood woman injured; suspect on the loose

Lakewood police were on the look-out Friday for a man they believe tried to kill a woman who’d just broken off a relationship with him.

Lt. Dave Guttu said the 30-year-old man attacked the woman while she was sleeping in a unit of the Sage Terrace Apartments about 7:15 a.m. Friday.

She’d ended their relationship just a few hours before, Guttu said.

The man reportedly entered the apartment, stabbed the woman in the back with a knife then tried to smother her with a comforter, Guttu said. She suffered serious injuries but is expected to live, he

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Questions and answers regarding the Zina Linnik case

News Tribune readers following the Zina Linnik case have raised several questions about police procedure, the subsequent search for Zina and Terapon Dang Adhahn, the man charged with causing her death. Adhahn is also charged with multiple rapes involving two other adolescent victims. Many of these questions have been answered in news stories, but readers who haven’t followed daily coverage will find them here as well. We’ll try to respond to additional questions through on this blog as they arise. (Go here for an archive of our news coverage.)

If you have questions or comments about this case, you can post a comment below or contact us.

- Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486;
– Randy McCarthy: 253-597-8277;

Q: Why did police wait 12 hours to issue the Amber Alert for Zina Linnik?

A: Because they thought they’d captured the kidnapping suspect in the first few hours after Linnik disappeared.

During a news conference July 13, after Linnik’s body was discovered, Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell explained that police were following "a very hot lead" on July 4, the night of Zina’s abduction.

The suspect detained by police that night drove a van similar to the one described by Zina’s father. Police questioned the suspect for several hours, and subjected him to a polygraph test, Ramsdell said. Eventually, police realized they had the wrong man, and issued the Amber Alert.

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Olympia police say they’ve nabbed a serial burglar

Police in the state’s capital say they’ve finally caught up to the person who plagued Harrison Avenue businesses during a six-week burglary spree.

Lt. Steve Oderman reported Wednesday police arrested a 15-year-old boy in 10 buglaries along the Harrison corridor since June 1.

The M.O. was always the same, Oderman said: Someone would smash out a window during the early-morning hours then make off with merchandise.

Businesses ripped off included Target, Day & Night, the Dollar Store, Game Crazy, Falconne Schwinn, Paradise Video and The Paintball Store.

Oderman told L&S that the boy stole cash,

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Teenager arrested in SeaTac cabbie murder

King County sheriff’s spokesman, Sgt. John Urquhart, reported today that an arrest has been made in the July 10 shooting of cab driver Jagit Singh.

Singh was gunned down after responding to a call on South 177th Street. His Far West cab then was set ablaze.

Urquhart said detectives identified 18-year-old Earnest Lenell Collins as a suspect using cell phone records and evidence collected from his family’s home, including a burnt shirt.

Investigators later traced Collins to Chicago, where he was arrested Monday, Urquhart said. He’s been charged with first-degree murder in Singh’s death. Detectives think

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Spanaway woman off to prison for her role in robberies

A woman federal authorities say acted as a scout for a serial bank and credit union robber was sentenced two years in federal prison Tuesday.

Deseri C. Garred, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to commit credit union robbery, armed credit union robbery and lying to a grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

Garred was convicted of helping Mitchell Andre Friend, 27, of robbing three Tacoma credit unions in 2004 and 1005, federal prosecutors said. Andre was sentenced to 19 years in prison in March.


Prosecutors to charge Adhahn with Zina’s murder today

We should find out about midday what authorities believe happened to Zina Linnik.

Prosecutors are scheduled to charge Terapon Dang Adhahn in the girl’s death about 1:30 p.m. An affidavit of probable cause will accompany the charging documents. That affidavit should spell out how authorities think Adhahn abducted the 12-year-old girl and how she died.

In addition, Prosecutor Gerry Horne has scheduled a news conference for about 2 p.m. I expect Horne to discuss whether his office will seek the death penalty for Adhahn or has plans to charge him with any other crimes.

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