Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

Archives: 2008


UPDATED: Two injured in shooting at Oakland Playground in Tacoma

Tacoma police were investigating an early morning shooting at the Oakland Playground that injured two.

According to reports, a large fight broke out at the park, 4016 S. 31st St., about 2:20 a.m. today.

Shots rang out and then the vehicles parked around the park fled the area, police spokesman Mark Fulghum reported. Neighbors around the park reportedly heard the gunfire.

Tacoma police officers responded to the scene but found no one around.

Later, two shooting victims walked into local hospitals for treatment. The victims’ injuries were not considered life threatening, police reported.


Read more »


UPDATED: Firefighters at structure fire in Pierce County

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews were battling a fully-involved structure fire this morning.

According to scanner chatter, an Airlift Northwest helicopter has been requested.

The fire is in the 15000 block of 66th Avenue East.

No other information was immediately available.

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with Robert Hudspeth, a battalion chief for Central Pierce Fire & Rescue. Here’s what he had to report.

A woman was burned while trying to put out flames at a mobile home that caught fire.

The woman has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in

Read more »


Memorial scheduled for man who was shot early Saturday

Associated Ministries will hold a “Moment of Blessing” for James A. Guillory, Jr., on Friday.

Guillory was shot and killed early Saturday following an argument at a Tacoma house.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at 5419 S. Oakes Street in Tacoma, where Guillory, 28, was killed.

The “Moment of Blessing” is designed to “reclaim spaces where homicides have occurred,” according to Associated Ministries. The site will be marked by bamboo poles with red and purple ribbons.


UPDATE: Boxing suit lands in Tacoma; WBA consultant is headquartered here

Photo: Michael Sohn/AP

I had a story in today’s editions about a heavyweight boxer filing suit in federal court in Tacoma to protest his recent loss in a championship bout.

John Ruiz, who lost, claims winner Nikolai Valuev’s team cheated during their match in August. (The two boxers are seen here, with Valuev on the left).

One question I was unable to answer was why the World Boxing Association requires in its bylaws

Read more »


Three injured in shooting on East Side

Three young men were injured Friday night during a shooting on Tacoma’s East Side.

The victims and two others were in a car Friday night and went to a strip mall in the 1400 block of East 72nd Street. One of the car’s occupants got out about 5 p.m., Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Before the car could leave the parking lot, several others came from around the building and started shooting at the vehicle, Fulghum said.

The car took off. The shooters also left the scene, Fulghum said.

Patrol officers found the victims’ vehicle

Read more »


Investigators name man who was shot early Saturday

Police have identified the man shot and killed early Saturday at a Tacoma house as 28-year-old James Anthony Guillory.

Tacoma Police said Guillory was shot multiple times after an argument at a party near the 5400 block of South Oakes Street.

An argument reportedly started inside with multiple people, and moved outside where Guillory was shot. Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said Sunday afternoon that there have been no arrests or any major updates in the investigation.

Monday morning update:

The investigation is continuing into this homicide, the city’s 15th of the year.


Read more »


Friends help woman seriously injured in River Road crash

Dana Harris was seriously injured in a car crash caused by a suspected drunken driver Dec. 8 on River Road.

The head-on crash fractured her bones, shattered an eye socket and her cheek, damaged an artery and caused an intercranial hemorrhage. Pierce County prosecutors have charged the other driver, a 45-year-old, with vehicular assault.

She was able to go home Christmas Eve but still faces a long road of recovery.

Meanwhile, Harris’ friends have rallied to her side. They’ve set up a Web site and organized fund raisers

Read more »


Man shot dead after fight at South Tacoma home

An argument at a Tacoma home early Saturday morning left one man dead.

A 28-year-old male from the Tacoma area was shot multiple times after an argument at a party in the 5400 block of South Oakes Street. Police had made no arrests as of Saturday evening, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The incident apparently started when several partygoers began arguing inside the house, Fulghum said. They moved outside, where the suspect shot the victim, who died at the scene.