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Archives: March 2009

March
30th

UPDATED: Man steals three cars, including one with a child inside

Police are looking for man who stole three cars, including an SUV with an 18-month-old infant inside.


Tacoma Police spokesman Thomas Williams said a man stole a mid-90s Ford Escort near the intersection of Pacific Avenue South and 52nd Street South this afternoon. At about 4:30 p.m., the suspect drove to an apartment complex near the intersection ofg South 92nd Street and South Hosmer Street.


It was there that the suspect found a black Ford Explorer with the keys inside. The driver had pulled into the apartment complex and had just gotten out of the car, which still

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March
30th

Still no verdict in Foss High School shooting case

A Pierce County jury spent a second full day deliberating the fate of Douglas S. Chanthabouly today but left the County-City Building without rendering a verdict.


Jurors are expected back in Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper’s jury room today to continue their deliberations.


Chanthabouly is charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 3, 2007, shooting death of Samnang Kok in a hallway at Tacoma’s Foss High School.


Chanthabouly, who has paranoid schizophrenia, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

March
30th

10 injured – four seriously – in Federal Way-area house fire

Ten people – including at least two children – were injured when flames erupted inside a Federal Way-area home this afternoon.


Paramedics transported the four most seriously injured patients to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment, South King County Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Kendra Kay said. Of those four, an adult man had severe burns. Two of the patients are young boys and the other is an adult woman, Kay said.



Firefighters were called to the home at 305th Place South and 38th Avenue South near Dolloff Lake just before 12:45 p.m., Kay reported.


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March
30th

Lacey police search for bank robber (w/PHOTO)


Lacey police are searching for a man who robbed a bank branch this morning.


The man entered the Heritage Bank, 5800 Rainier Loop S.E., just after 10:30 a.m. He handed the teller a note demanding cash, police reported.


The robber took an undisclosed amount of money and fled southbound, police reported.


Witnesses described the bandit as Asian or Pacific Islander, mid- to late 20s and 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8 with a slender build. He appeared as though he had a light beard (described as

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March
30th

Man charged in takeover-style robbery at Lakewood video store

I didn’t get a chance to post this on Friday …


Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 30-year-old man with four crimes after a takeover-style heist at a video game store last week.


Scott Kunio Santos is charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of felony harassment. He was arraigned on the charges Thursday and remains in custody at Pierce County Jail.


Court documents provided the following account:


Two employees of Game Stop in the 5600 block of Lakewood Towne Center Boulevard told officers that a man came into the store

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March
30th

Man shot in parking lot east of Kent

King County sheriff’s detectives were investigating a shooting Sunday afternoon east of Kent that injured a 25-year-old Renton man.


The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. His injury was not considered life threatening, deputies reported.


The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Indigo Springs Apartments, 11101 SE 203rd St., about 2:30 p.m. Several people were present at the time of the shooting but details surrounding the incident remained murky this morning, deputies reported.


No arrests have been made.

March
30th

Tacoma bomb squad called out for suspicious pipe

It looked like a pipe bomb but it wasn’t.


Tacoma police officers were called to the 800 block of South Steele Street late Sunday after someone found what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the grass near the alley, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.


The object was a large piece of pipe wrapped with electrical tape. There were caps on either end, Fulghum said.


The department’s bomb squad responded and disrupted the object.


“It was not an explosive device,” Fulghum said.

March
30th

Family helping two residents displaced by apartment blaze

Two residents were displaced Sunday night after a fire burned their apartment in Kent.


Fire investigators were searching for a cause of the blaze in the 22400 block of Benson Road Southeast, the Kent Fire Department reported.


Firefighters were called to the first-floor apartment about 7 p.m. Sunday. One of the occupants had been asleep but got out without injury. The apartment’s other resident wasn’t home at the time, firefighters reported. A pet cat died of smoke inhalation.


Fire crews kept the blaze from spreading beyond the apartment. However, other units did sustain minor smoke damage.


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