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Archives: Sep. 2008

Sep.
30th

FBI wants your help catching this bank robber


The FBI is asking for the public’s help catching the bank robber picture above. The photo was taken a 9:15 a.m. today at Washington Federal Savings in Seattle. He’s also suspected in other robberies, including in Tacoma and Puyallup.



The above suspect is now believed to be responsible for at least four bank robberies and one pharmacy robbery in the Puget Sound region. His demand notes state that he is armed with an explosive device. He is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years of age, 5’10", and

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Sep.
30th

Puyallup police looking for another bank robber (w/PHOTO)


Puyallup police are searching for a man who robbed a bank on Monday morning.


The man entered the 1st Security Bank of Washington, 307 W. Stewart St., about 11:35 a.m. He walked to the counter and showed the teller a note that demanded cash. The note also indicated the man had a weapon, police reported.


The robber got an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank on foot.


He’s described as white, 45 to 50 years old and 5 feet 10 with a heavy build and large belly.

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Sep.
30th

UPDATED: 1 dead, 9 injured, 1 jailed in boating crash

Here’s the latest on last night’s deadly boating crash on Lake Tapps.


Investigators have cleared the scene and will be conducting follow up work today.


Officer Tony Rice said the number of injured is unusual. There hasn’t been a boating accident with that number of casualties in a while.


Here’s a map of the location. Note the locator icon is on Interlake Island but the crash occurred in the waterway between Interlake and Inlet islands.








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Sep.
29th

Search under way for boater

Pierce County search and rescue teams were looking for a person believed missing in Lake Tapps after an apparent boating mishap late Monday night.


Radio traffic indicated that county dive teams were being directed to the boat ramp at 197th Avenue East to participate in the search. No other information was available late Monday.

Sep.
29th

Man charged with raping woman from his Bible study group

A man named Ramon Hernandez was charged Monday with the kidnapping, rape and robbery of a woman who told Tacoma Police she knew him from Bible study class.


Tacoma officers met with the 44-year-old victim on Sept. 21 at a hospital where she was having a rape examination, court records say. According to the prosecutor’s affidavit:


The woman told police she had brought him dinner after a lunch date fell through. Once inside, he held a knife to her throat, tied her up, gagged her with a sock and raped her.


The defendant said he would kill

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Sep.
29th

Bellingham man convicted of 1987 murder

Here’s the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office:


HENRY KEELER REDLIGHTNING, 59, of Bellingham, Washington, was convicted late Friday, September 26, 2008, in U.S. District Court in Seattle, of Murder in the First Degree. The jury deliberated about five hours following a two-week trial before returning the guilty verdict. REDLIGHTNING faces a mandatory prison term of life in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart on January 20, 2009.


According to testimony at trial and records in the case, the naked body of Rita Disanjh was found in a slough on the

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Sep.
29th

The coolest chainsaw accident photo you’ll see all day

This is a little out of our circulation area, but the photo is pretty amazing.



Here’s the press release from the Poulsbo Fire Department:


(Poulsbo, Kitsap County) Poulsbo Fire Department paramedics treated the operator of this "Unlimited Chainsaw" competition after the saw suddenly erupted into flames. Old Mills Days took place this weekend in Port Gamble. It draws hundreds of spectators from around the Northwest to see this event and others such as; tree climbing, limbing and wood carving. The 50 year old man was treated on the scene for minor

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Sep.
29th

Update on McNeil asbestos incident

In today’s paper I had an article about McNeil Island prison being fined $28,400 for exposing inmate workers and employees to asbestos-laden dust because proper precautions weren’t taken.


I just spoke to Tom Hili, one of the certified asbestos supervisors mentioned in a Department of Labor and Industries report on the problems. He was in training and unavailable for comment at the time the story was written.


According to Hili, his involvement with the project was very minor. After the tile was ripped up, he brought a glue product to put on it to prevent the spread

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