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Archives: May 2008

May
29th

CPS had open case on Tacoma boy who died Wednesday

CPS received a referral on April 2 about Michael-Kekoa Ravenell. A worker went out and noted a small bruise on Michael’s eye.


The worker was concerned. It was unclear, however, who might have caused the bruise, CPS spokeswoman Karen Lee said.


The case worker “began to work with the family and kept the case open,” Lee said. “The case was open for services.”


I just talked with Michael’s father and grandfather, who voiced concerns and frustrations about what happened to the little boy.


They’d noticed bruises and tried to question Michael’s mother about what happened.

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May
29th

UPDATED: Arrest in fatal playground fall

Tacoma police have arrested a man on suspicion of second-degree murder and booked him into Pierce County Jail in connection with the death of a 3 1/2-year-old Tacoma boy.


The man, the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, was booked just after 1:30 a.m. He also was being held on unrelated drug warrants.


The boy died Wednesday night at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. Initially, the mom and boyfriend reported the boy fell while on the playground of an apartment complex in the 2200 block of South 96th Street.


I don’t have anymore details yet of the

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May
28th

Profile of well known, respected Hilltop activist


If you haven’t seen it already, here’s the link to Jason Hagey’s Sunday profile of Jeanie Peterson.


Jeanie is a well known, well respected and longtime Hilltop activist. She – others on the Hilltop – have had great success over the years in cleaning up their neighborhood and keeping it clean.


She’s got the ear of several city leaders because of her dedication, passion and ability to come to the table with researched ideas to problems. She’s also quite the character – she walks around barefoot and has no

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May
28th

Pierce County prosecutors trying to figure out what to do with Semaj

I just got off the phone with Fred Wist, the Pierce County deputy prosecutor in charge of the juvenile division.


The topic of our conversation: Semaj Booker, the 10-year-old boy who tried once again Tuesday to hop a flight out of here.


“When I heard the news yesterday, I nearly fell down,” Wist said of Semaj’s latest attempt to sneak aboard a flight departing Sea-Tac Airport for points south.


Once Wist collected himself, he began thinking about what to do with Semaj, who was supposed to be keeping his

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May
28th

Man wanted on gun charges in custody

While going through the in-custody arraignment list this morning for Pierce County Superior Court, I happened upon a familiar name.


James D. Wamsley.


Tacoma police have been searching for Wamsley for a couple of weeks. Prosecutors had charged him with unlawful gun possession and a warrant was issued for his arrest. TPD detectives also wanted to talk to Wamsley in connection with the homicide in Old Town earlier this year.


Wamsley was booked into Pierce County Jail on the gun charge and on suspicion of first-degree assault.


I don’t have details yet on how

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May
28th

March crime notes for Sector 2

I promised to report back when the March report for Tacoma’s Sector 2 was posted on the Tacoma Police Department’s web site.


It’s been posted so here are the highlights.


The big incidents for the month were a deadly shooting in Old Town and a student who bought a plastic shotgun onto Hunt Middle School’s campus.


In addition, the community liaison officers were working on homeless campus.


For March crime news and notes from the other sectors in Tacoma, read this previous blog post.