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Archives: 2009

Dec.
31st

ALL CLEAR: Crash blocks I-5 in Tacoma

A multiple-vehicle crash is blocking the two right lanes of northbound Interstate 5 at Pacific Avenue in Tacoma.

Drivers should expect delays.

UPDATE: The crash has been cleared and the lanes are back open.

Dec.
31st

Tacoma detectives looking for help in shooting of young woman

Tacoma police detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the gunman who shot and critically wounded a 27-year-old woman earlier this month.

Jacqueline Niemi was found shot about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the 200 block of South 79th Street. She was lying along the curb, unresponsive and critically injured, police reported.

Neighbors reported the shooting. Investigators found no witnesses to what happened, however.

Niemi is expected to survive.

Niemi’s family agreed to release her name and photograph in hopes that someone will recognize her and know whom she might have been with the night she was shot.

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Dec.
31st

UPDATE: Fans of Lakewood chief create Facebook page

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar now his own fan page on Facebook.

The “Fans of Chief Bret Farrar” appears to have been created Tuesday and can be found here.

“Through the last four and a half weeks Chief Farrar has been a rock! His ability to drive forward through our recent events is inspiring. He handled the events, the media, and the pressure with grace and without missing a beat,” the page states.

The fans page has 355 friends, many of whom are law enforcement officers.

Among the postings on the page:

Matt Martinson: to the person who made

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Dec.
31st

Pierce Transit rerouting buses for Mundell’s service; disruptions expected

Pierce County officials are warning bus riders that Tuesday’s procession and memorial service for slain sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell will cause disruptions in Pierce Transit service.

A procession of emergency services vehicles will make its way from the Puyallup Fairgrounds to the Tacoma Dome between 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday and will effect traffic along South Meridian, River Road, Puyallup Avenue and D Street.

“The procession honoring deputy Mundell will impact all traffic and travel, including Pierce Transit bus service on many routes, especially in the Puyallup and Tacoma Dome District areas,” a press release states.

The Tacoma Dome station

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Dec.
31st

UPDATED: Two men rob Sixth Avenue fast-food restaurant

Tacoma police were searching for two men who robbed a Sixth Avenue fast-food restaurant early Thursday.

The men walked into the McDonald’s at 6133 Sixth Avenue just after midnight and displayed handguns. They ordered employees to the floor and robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash at 12:03 a.m. They fled in an unknown direction, Tacoma police reported.

Officers set up containment and a police dog searched for the suspects. No arrests were made.

The robbers were described only as white men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts. Both wore masks during the robbery.

The investigation was ongoing.

UPDATE: It appears

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Dec.
31st

Man shot in stomach, friend arrested in Tacoma

A man was injured and his friend arrested Wednesday night after a shooting in South Tacoma.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, Tacoma police reported. He was being treated at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Tacoma police responded to a home in the 2900 block of South Proctor Street on Wednesday night after receiving a call that someone was shot in the abdomen, police reported.

Officers found the victim, who was uncooperative. Paramedics treated the man at the scene and transported him to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was immediately taken into surgery, police reported.

Investigating officers located a shell

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Dec.
31st

Train hits, kills pedestrian in Puyallup

A woman was hit and killed by an empty Amtrak train early today in Puyallup.

Puyallup police suspect the woman’s death was a suicide, Lt. Scott Engle said.

The accident occurred about 2:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of West Stewart Avenue. The woman was on the railroad tracks and walked into the train’s path. The train did not have the opportunity to stop, Engle said.

The woman, described as white and between 25 and 35 years old, has not been positively identified. Her family has not been notified of her death.