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Archives: Feb. 2009


Eat at Olive Garden to honor slain Fort Lewis couple, families urge

The families of two Fort Lewis medics who were killed nearly a year ago will gather Sunday to honor the husband and wife with a meal at Olive Garden.

A nationwide memorial will be held Sunday at all Olive Garden restaurants, said Tami Gray, the mother of staff Sgt. Timothy Miller.

Miller and his wife, Sgt. Randi Miller, were killed March 2, 2008, in their Parkland home. Their 6-month-old daughter, Kassidy, was kidnapped and later found unharmed. She’s now 18 months old and is living with her paternal grandparents, Gray

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Fife father arrested on suspicion of assaulting infant

Fife police have arrested a father suspected of breaking his infant daughter’s leg.

Staff members at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center called police officers and Child Protective Services on Friday. They were treating the 5-month-old girl for a broken femur and an injury to her mouth, according to a Fife Police Department press release.

Doctors X-rayed the girl and found previous injuries.

“The rib cage had been broken and mended,” officers reported. “In addition, an injury to the hip was located.”

Doctors said the girl’s mouth injury was consistent with someone using excessive

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UPDATE: Car fire blocks lane of I-5 in Tacoma

A car fire was blocking the right lane of northbound Interstate 5 near 72nd Street in Tacoma, the state Department of Transportation reported.

The incident began about 1:20 p.m.

Troopers and firefighters were on the scene.

The fire is now out and cleared. The right lane is reopened.


Flags lowered today for slain Montesano man

The flags have been lowered today at all state buildings in memory of a Air Force sergeant who was killed in Afghanistan.

Here’s the press release from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office:

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Friday, Feb. 27, in memory of U.S. Air Force Sergeant Timothy P. Davis of Montesano. Davis was killed February 20, when his convoy was struck with an improvised explosive device near Bagram, Afghanistan.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business today.


UPDATED: Firefighters rescue three from burning Hilltop home, one dies

Tacoma firefighters rescued three people from a burning home on the Hilltop this morning.

One of those women later died of her injuries at Tacoma General Hospital for treatment, officials said. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman as Judith Abson, 43. An autopsy to determine her cause of death most likely won’t take place until Monday.

A friend took the other two people who’d been rescued to the hospital for evaluations.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 1300 block of South Eighth Street

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Look out for food bank scam

FISH Food Bank officials want people to be aware of callers pretending to be affiliated with the charity and asking for money.

FISH Executive Director Beth Elliott said Thursday that someone claiming to be from "Emergency Relief Services" has been calling people in Western Washington and soliciting donations. The Pierce County-based food bank never calls anyone asking for money, so callers saying they’re with the charity are a fraud, Elliott said.

"We’re pretty small," Elliott said.

Kristin Alexander, a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said anyone who receives a call from someone soliciting money

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Man wanted in fatal December crash arrested

The man wanted in a December crash that killed two people was arrested in Tacoma on Thursday afternoon.

Scott Michael Buskeness, 31, was arrested for two charges of vehicular homicide and one charge of vehicular assault. Buskeness was driving a Honda Civic north on Highway 7 and went into the center turn lane at 146th Street and rammed a Dodge Colt head-on at about 1:35 a.m. on Dec. 10.

The driver, 34-year-old Richard Pennington, died at a hospital after the crash. Jamie Reinford, 33, a passenger in the Colt, died a day later. The crash also hurt

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