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Archives: June 2008

June
27th

Man sentenced in traffic death of Forest Service ranger

A Pierce County judge sentenced Kenneth Eugene Clark to five years, one month in prison today in the death of U.S. Forest Service law enforcement Shane Wyrsch.


Prior to the sentencing, Clark pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide. He admitted to causing a car wreck last year on Highway 410 in which Wyrsch died.

June
27th

Jury convicts man in 1988 death of coworker

A Pierce County jury convicted Daniel Ralph Maples today of second-degree murder in the 1988 death of Christine Blais.


It was the second trial for Maples. The first jury hung 8-4 to acquit.


Maples is scheduled to be sentenced July 18.

June
27th

State Patrol catches motorcyclist going 140 mph

A Bonney Lake man said he was trying to make up time.


He was late for work so he gunned it on his motorcycle, speeding eastbound on Highway 18 this morning at 140 to 150 mph, the Washington State Patrol reported.


He didn’t make it to work on time. Instead, the 23-year-old was arrested.


A Washington State Patrol aircraft spotted the motorcyclist during this morning’s commute. The motorcyclist was driving aggressively and heading eastbound.


The aircraft registered the motorcyclist going more than 100 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, troopers reported.


“The motorcyclist

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June
27th

Jury convicts man in Tacoma homicide case

A man accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old father during an argument outside a Tacoma home last year has been convicted by a jury.


The jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday in the trial of Quincy Valentino Hawkins. He was convicted of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in the Sept. 29, 2007, death of Dowell Davis Thorn III.


The shooting occurred in the 4300 block of South Cedar Street. Thorn’s brother was shot in the leg during the incident.


Hawkins is scheduled to be sentenced July 10 at 9 a.m.



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June
27th

Warrant issued for suspect in deadly shooting at Springbrook Park

Lakewood police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man suspected in a deadly shooting last weekend at Springbrook Park.



Prosecutors have charged Gonzalo Garcia, 23, with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Misael Bisoso, 22, and Pedro Armenta-Fernandez, 24. Both men were Lakewood residents.


Investigators suspect Garcia (pictured here) pulled out a gun and fired several shots during a dispute over money wagered during a volleyball game at the park Saturday night. Bisoso and Armenta-Fernandez were killed and a third person was injured in the shooting.

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June
27th

UPDATED: Federal Way police investigate fetus death

Federal Way police are reportedly investigate the death of a fetus.


The baby born Albertson died June 25, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported.


The office reported there was evidence of maternal drug use.


UPDATE: The baby died in utero.


The King County Prosecutor’s Office says there’s no crime in the state that’s applicable to the circumstances of this death, police reported.


Federal Way police will be gathering information but will no longer be conducting a criminal investigation.

June
27th

Ceremonies today for recent homicide victims

Associated Ministries will hold two Moment of Blessing ceremonies today for people recently killed in Pierce County.


The first ceremony begins at 2:15 p.m. and is in honor of Gerald Munce, who was fatally shot Saturday night in the 22300 block of 30th Avenue East. Prosecutors have charged his 81-year-old father with first-degree murder in the death.


The second ceremony begins at 3:15 p.m. at Springbrook Park at the intersection of 127th Street Southwest and Addison Drive in Lakewood.


Pedro Armenta-Fernandez, 24, of Lakewood and Misael Bisoso, a 22-year-old father, where killed when gunfire erupted at the

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June
26th

Police looking for driver from hit-and-run near downtown Tacoma (UPDATED)

Tacoma Police were looking for the driver who kept going after hitting a woman who was crossing St. Helens Avenue Thursday evening.


The woman, who is in her late 40s, was struck about 6:30 p.m. while crossing in the middle of the 600 block, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. Her condition wasn’t immediately available, but she was in "pretty bad shape," he said.


Police had one or two witnesses who described the car as some sort of a boxy blue SUV. Traffic investigators were working late into the evening to figure out what happened. It’s not clear whether

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