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Archives: May 2008

May
30th

Federal judge orders Tacoma woman to stop selling tax ‘scam’

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle issued an injunction Friday that bars Tacoma resident Sharon Kukhahn from selling a service that purports to show people how they can legally avoid paying federal taxes.


Settle ruled that Kukhahn falsely represents to customers that her service allows them to decode IRS records to prove they aren’t liable for paying federal income taxes, according to a news release issued by the Department of Justice.


Kukhahn reportedly was charging people between $1,750 and $3,195 for the service, the release states. The IRS determined that the service cost the U.S. Treasury nearly $4.9 million

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May
30th

Police cars in the North End

Tacoma police officers and firefighters were at the scene of a suspected suicide on North 25th and Cedar.


The incident was reported about 2:30 p.m.

May
30th

Catching up on the South 55th street shotgun shooting

The man who was shot twice May 18 by a shotgun has died of his injuries.


Prosecutors were reviewing whether to file additional charges against a man suspected of fatally shooting a 40-year-old man during a incident earlier this month.


S’ue Taulaupapa, 40, was shot twice with a shotgun May 18 during a confrontation inside a home in the 1700 block of South 55th Street. He died of his injuries May 22.


Tacoma police said Taulaupapa and another man went into the home uninvited. Taulaupapa assaulted a person inside the home, while the second man yelled for

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May
30th

Report: ‘Long-haired Jimmy’s’ Mustang used in Old Town homicide

Newly filed court documents shed more light on James D. Wamsley’s alleged involvement in the death of Eric Nevils, the Olympia man gunned down in Old Town two months ago in an apparent drug deal gone sour.


It appears that Wamsley’s car – a 1995 Ford Mustang – was used to transport Nevils to the dead-end street where he died, according to the documents.


“It is affiant’s belief that this vehicle was used before and after the homicide and aided John Richardson, Timothy Christian and James Wamsley to affect the murder and

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May
30th

UPDATE! Plane down at Tacoma Narrows airport

EVEN MORE NEW STUFF: Stacey just talked to Battalion Chief Erik Pearson of Gig Harbor Fire.


Pearson says the twin-engine Aero Commander (like one seen here) crashed while a student pilot and his instructor were practicing touch-and-goes about 11:04 a.m.


Apparently, a portion of the landing gear collapsed during the “touch” portion of the maneuver, Pearson says, and the plane hit the runway.


The student – described as an older man – was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Pearson said. Crews at the airport have contained a

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May
30th

Boyfriend in Tacoma beating case in court today

A man suspected of fatally beating his girlfriend’s young son earlier this week is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon in the case.


The 25-year-old man was being held in Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder in Wednesday night’s death of Michael-Kekoa Ravenell. He also was being held on unrelated drug and domestic violence-related warrants.


The 3 1/2-year-old Michael died of blunt force trauma to the head on Wednesday at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The boyfriend initially told police the boy was injured while playing on equipment at a playground in

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May
29th

Spanaway restaurant fire was an accident

Spanaway, WA. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at Krickett’s Restaurant located at 14800 of Pacific Avenue shortly after 7 a.m. this morning. Firefighters arrived to find a grease fire had extended up the hood and into the duct system above the kitchen. The fire was contained to the kitchen area and the rest of the building sustained moderate smoke damage.



Two employees and a few customers were in the building at the time of the fire. The employees attempted to use a fire extinguisher and when unsuccessful, called 911 and evacuated the

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May
29th

Semaj won’t be charged for latest escapade at Sea-Tac Airport

Semaj Booker won’t face criminal charges for his latest attempt to board a jet without a ticket, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Thursday.


“I think Port of Seattle Police were looking at it as potential trespass, but we’re not going to file a charge,” said Dan Donahoe, spokesman for King County prosecutors. “Rather it will be referred to Pierce County, and they would decide whether to handle it as a violation of his deferred sentence that he received last year.”


You can read more about the deferred disposition

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