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Archives: Oct. 2008

Oct.
31st

WSP looking for crash witnesses

Here’s the press release from WSP:


The Washington State Patrol Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the double fatality collision that occurred on Interstate 5 north-bound in Federal Way on October 30, 2008. Detectives are seeking witnesses to the collision as well as the events leading up to it. Investigators would like to speak with motorists if they saw the white Chrysler 300 prior to the Interstate 5 collision. If you have any information or know someone who has, please call Trooper Detective Sergeant Moate at 425-649-4370 ext 146 or Detective Ruth Medeiros at 425-649-4370 ext 119.

Oct.
31st

Trucker accused of attacking Tacoma dancer arrested, booked into jail

A long-haul trucker charged with kidnapping and assaulting a Tacoma-area exotic dancer was booked into the Pierce County Jail early this morning, according to jail records.


Bobby Lawson was being sought on a warrant charging him with one count of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree assault.


Lawson most likely will appear in court Monday for arraignment.


According to court documents, he abducted the 19-year-old woman, who he knows from Foxes strip club, shocked her with a stun gun and made her take off her top and bra in his truck last month.


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Oct.
31st

11 Tacoma business sold alcohol to minors

Here’s the press release from the state Liquor Control Board. The list of the business is after the jump.

 
TACOMA – On October 24, 11 businesses in Tacoma failed liquor compliance checks conducted as part of a joint enforcement effort by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) and the Tacoma Police Department. Officers checked 46 businesses during the operation.
 
The 11 businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with police and liquor enforcement officers.
 
The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. These businesses include spirits, beer and wine restaurants, grocery stores, neighborhood markets, taverns, wine bars and sports/entertainment facilities. Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors.
 
Liquor enforcement officers conduct compliance checks assisted by investigative aides. These individuals are from 17 to 20 years old. They must present their true identification if asked by a clerk. However, they may attempt to be evasive if asked their age but not asked for their I.D.
 
Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited. Clerks who sell can also receive a criminal citation.

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Oct.
31st

DUI emphasis in Fife on Saturday night

Law enforcement officers will hit the streets of Fife and its surrounding area on Saturday night for a drunken-driving emphasis patrol.


The Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Task Force selected the night for its monthly emphasis because there’s an expectation of more alcohol-fueled, Halloween-themed parties.


Officers from several Pierce County agencies, including the Washington State Patrol and Pierce3 County Sheriff’s Department, will participate. They’ll be looking for impaired drivers, the task force reported.


In addition, agents with the Washington State Liquor Control Board and Fife police officers will be conducting compliance checks at local stores, bars and restaurants

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Oct.
31st

One teen arrested after Mount Tahoma incident

Tacoma police officers did arrest one student after the commotion at Mount Tahoma High School on Thursday.


The 16-year-old boy was booked into Remann Hall juvenile jail on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of possessing a weapon on school property and harassment, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.


Students had reported the teen flashed a gun. However, officers found no weapon on him, Fulghum said. Nonetheless, the teen was booked on the possession charge based on witness statements, Fulghum said.


Mount Tahoma High School was locked down for several hours on Thursday after a fight broke out during

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Oct.
31st

Two more ‘What was that’ e-mails

QUESTION No. 1: Two readers asked about police activity about 7:45 a.m. today near South M Street between 40th and 42nd. Both reported seeing several police cars at the scene.


ANSWER: Officers responded to a shots fired call at a house. Occupants of the house claimed someone had shot at the house, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum reports. The occupants then armed themselves and were not cooperative with law enforcement officers.


QUESTION No. 2: Another reader asked about what the issue was about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when there were about 5 or 6 fire engines off of

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Oct.
31st

Injured deputy released from Tacoma hospital

The Pierce County sheriff’s deputy is resting at home today after he was injured in a collision Thursday morning while responding to a pursuit of a bank robber.


The deputy was released from the hospital Thursday evening, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer reported today. He’s banged up and will be off work for an as-yet undetermined amount of time.


The deputy and a Tacoma police sergeant collided Thursday morning at the intersection of South 19th Street and Tacoma Avenue. They were both responding to an on-going police pursuit of a bank robbery suspect.

Oct.
31st

What was that: Police cars in Northeast Tacoma, burglar arrested

From my inbox on Thursday afternoon:



I’d love to know why I saw ~ (5) City of Tacoma police cars and (2) Puyallup Nation police cars at an (Puyallup Nation?) apartment complex on 21st St. NE near our neighborhood in NE Tacoma. As I had kids in the car, I didn’t slow down to ask…


Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum provided the answer to Lights & Sirens.


The location is near 21st street and 63rd avenue. It was a burglary in progress call. Since it is on/near tribal property Tribal PD was notified. The same

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