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Archives: April 2008

April
30th

What was that: 15th and J?

Roll over accident. Sounds like three vehicles might have been involved.


Update: There were injuries, but fire dispatchers would not say how many people were taken to the hospital or whether any of the injuries were life-threatening.

April
30th

Purveyors of Internet freebies to stop selling in Washington

Press release from AG’s office:


Two online companies that promised consumers "free" big-ticket items but required them to pay for trial offers and subscriptions must pay $55,000 in civil penalties under a settlement announced today by the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Under the terms of the settlement, SubscriberBASE Holdings, Inc., of Columbia, S.C., and SubscriberBASE, Inc., can no longer offer such promotions to Washington residents. The companies also agreed to refund more than 35,000 Washington consumers who paid for products and services in order to qualify for the so-called "free" items.


"There’s a reason why folks say ‘there’s

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April
30th

Defense in water assault case will get access to impounded boat

I wrote a story earlier this month about State vs. Robert Denomy.


Denomy, a local attorney, is charged with assault by watercraft in the 2006 collision between his Bayliner and another pleasure craft on Commencement Bay. A woman riding in the second boat suffered serious injuries to her hands in the collision.


Denomy, who’s pleaded not guilty, asked pro-tem Judge Bruce Cohoe to allow him to get his boat out of police impound so his expert can run some tests on it.


Cohoe gave final approval for that plan Wednesday, according to Denomy’s

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April
30th

Free, easy backgrounding tools for citizens

Jane Doe asked in another post how one can background individuals for free — to see, for example, if the person you’re renting an apartment from or starting to date has a criminal history.


One good place to start is the state courts Web site.


Another place to look for Pierce County is our local courts Web site. Click search, push the button for criminal cases and set the years to give you the widest range possible.


I would also recommend a simple google search. For younger people, you might also try MySpace, Facebook

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April
30th

What was that police response about near Stanley Elemtenary School?

Tacoma police were in the area of Stanley Elementary School this afternoon.


Officers were at a nearby house doing an abatement when a dog charged at one of the officers, Tacoma police detective Gretchen Aguirre said.


An officer shot the dog around 12:20 p.m. The extent of the dog’s injuries were not immediately known.


Officials at the elementary school, 1712 S. 17th St., heard what appeared to be gunshots and decided to lock the school down, school district spokeswoman Leanna Albrecht said. They contacted Tacoma police and learned about the incident.


The school was locked down

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April
30th

Local killer in Cali hot seat


Local killer Joseph Nissensohn has arrived in California and is facing charges there in connection with three slayings from the 1980s.


The Monterey Herald has a story on his continuing saga today (along with a photograph by our own Peter Haley).


El Dorado County prosecutors intend to charge a suspected serial killer with the 1981 slayings of two Monterey County teenagers, local prosecutors said Tuesday.


Joseph Nissensohn, 57, is already charged with killing 15-year-old Kathy Graves, who disappeared from her South Lake Tahoe home in 1989.

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April
30th

Deputy prosecutor returns to his roots with Sumner PD post

This item is courtesy of News Tribune reporter Mike Archbold:


Pierce County Assistant Prosecutor Brad Moericke has been named deputy police chief for the Sumner Police Department.


Sumner Police Chief John Galle introduced Moericke, 39, to the Sumner City Council Monday. He will start work May 11.


The deputy chief position is a new position in the Sumner department and is part of Galle’s recent reorganization of the department.



Moericke will be in charge of police operations. He was selected from 10 applicants for the job.


For Moericke, it¹s like coming home.

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April
30th

Young man charged in crash that killed girlfriend makes bail

Tristan Andrew Ryng posted $50,000 bail last night and was released from jail pending the resolution of his case, according to court records.


Ryng, 20, is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of his 18-year-old girlfriend, India Alexandra Escobar.


Escobar died Saturday after Ryng – allegedly high on LSD – crashed their car into a tree in the North End.


Ryng has pleaded not guilty. He’s scheduled to appear in court again on June 11 for a pre-trial hearing.


Here’s a picture of the couple posted on

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