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Archives: Sep. 2007

Sep.
6th

Daycare fire, high-angle rescue keep Kent firefighters busy

Two items of note from the Kent Fire Department:


A daycare has been shutdown after a fire Wednesday in the building. The blaze was sparked by an electrical problem in one of the classrooms and was ruled accidental, Kent fire reported.


The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. at the center in the 24800 block of Military Road South. A teacher discovered the flames and got the 100-plus children and staff members outside. No one was injured.


The daycare owners were looking at options to continue their busines.


Early Thursday, Kent firefighters rescued to people from

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Sep.
6th

Insights and short bites from Day 3 of the Maldonado trial

Here are a few notes and quotes from Day 3 of accused Tacoma Mall shooter Dominick Maldonado’s trial (this is stuff that won’t appear in my main story on the day’s testimony).



A mother’s pain


Maria Boultinghouse took the stand Thursday afternoon.


Boultinghouse was in Kits Cameras on Nov. 20, 2005, when Dominick Maldonado shot Dan McKown in the shop’s front entrance.


That was scary enough, the mother of two testified.


What really freaked her out, she told the jury, was later learning that Maldonado was holding her son, Phi-Ho, now 14, hostage

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Sep.
6th

Party for gas money

A Gig Harbor restaurant will host a party Saturday to raise money to drive four refurbished emergency vehicles and ship a fifth rig down to a small Mexican town.


The vehicles – three police cars, a fire truck water tender and a medic unit – are being donated to Ayutla Jal, which has no emergency vehicles. Local police officers and firefighters have helped raise money and donated equipment for the town of 25,000 after hearing about a fatal automobile accident that took three lives, said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. The three, including a child, died on the

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Sep.
6th

Problems with a juror, media at mall shooting trial

Day 3 of accused Tacoma Mall shooter Dominick Maldonado’s trial got off to a bumpy start Thursday.


The trouble began when Superior Court Judge Linda Lee informed deputy prosecutors Phil Sorensen and Mark Lindquist and defense attorney Keith MacFie that one of th juror’s employers was requesting that the man be relinquished from duty so he could return to work.


Lee had that juror brought into court for questioning.


The man said his company since had rescinded that request but also had informed him that it was changing its policy regarding employees on jury duty.


The

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Sep.
6th

New Medical Examiner starts work in Pierce County

Pierce County has a new associate medical examiner.


Dr. Jacquelyn Morhaime joined the office Tuesday. She returns to Western Washington after

studying and working in New York City for the past 10 years, according to a county press release. She takes over for Dr. Roberto Ramoso, who retired in July.


Morhaime comes to Pierce County from the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where she recently completed her forensic pathology training. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 and from Cornell University Medical College in 2000.


Morhaime grew up on

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