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Archives: March 2008


Lacey bank robber sought

Lacey Police released this information about a bank robbery this afternoon.

On Monday, March 31, 2008 at approximately 2:38 pm, Lacey officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Bank of America located at 1243 Marvin Road N.E. The bank branch is located inside the Safeway store.

The suspect contacted a bank employee, brandished note and a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect then fled the bank on foot and was last observed by a witness, leaving the parking lot in a vehicle.

The suspect was described as a white male in

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Veteran Tacoma detective retires after 38 years

The Tacoma Police Department said goodbye today to one of its longest-serving detectives.

Wulf Werner retired after 38 years of service – spending all but six of those years as a homicide detective.

He is a well respected investigator and has earned several commendations over the years.

The News Tribune has profiled Wulf a couple of times over the years. Here are those stories.


By Doreen Marchionni/the News Tribune

Wednesday,January 11, 1995

Night’s fallen. Two hours have passed since the shooting, and police still can’t find the spent bullet.

Tacoma police detective Wulf Hans Otto “W.H.O.” Werner Sr. rolls up to the homicide. His eyes lock on a chip in a wooden post on the porch, where the victim died. He spots another chip in a brick building next door where the bullet passed and steps into the grassy yard.

“He turns around, walks up in the middle (of the yard) in the dark, picks up the round and says: ‘Here it is,’” recalled police Sgt. Mark Mann in mock German accent. “I couldn’t believe it. He comes up with things.”

This is vintage “Vulf,” a native of Germany who somehow retained his accent though he’s lived in this country since 1951. He’s fast. Focused. Eerily perceptive.

Tuesday, the community honored the barrel-chested sleuth with one of its most treasured nods: Officer of the Year.

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Police find robbery suspect in South Tacoma

Lights & Sirens checked out the following reader inquiry:

… but between 12:30 am and 1:00 am last night there were at least three police cars speeding around my neighborhood at South 60th and Oakes.

Judging by the time this e-mail was sent, it appears the activity was early Sunday.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum reported the following:

Officers were searching for a man wanted for robbery. He ran from officers after dumping his car in the area of South 60th and Oakes streets.

TPD set up a containment area and called for

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UPDATE: Detectives investigating suspicious death in North End

Tacoma police officers and detectives are on the scene of a suspicious death this morning.

Investigators are at a home near North 28th and Proctor streets, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

They were called to the home about 8:45 a.m.

As of right now, it’s a death investigation with suspicious circumstances.

UPDATE: Detectives believe the 49-year-old man committed suicide.


Speeding car hits tree on Highway 512

A 26-year-old man was injured Sunday night when his car left Highway 512 at a high-rate of speed and struck a tree, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The man was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment. His car was totaled and impounded by troopers.

The crash occurred about 6:40 p.m. Sunday. The man was westbound on Highway 512. He left the roadway at Portland Avenue at struck a tree.

Troopers were investigating whether drugs or alcohol was involved.


Update on Winthrop fire victim

The medical examiner’s office identified the man found dead after a fire in his apartment at the Winthrop downtown as Norman V. Bialke, 64, of Tacoma.

Some test results are still pending, but he may have been medically incapacitated before his lit cigarette started a fire on a chair.