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Archives: May 2009


More details on fatal shooting from early Sunday

Tacoma Police say the shooting that left one man dead early Sunday began as a bar fight.

Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said a group began to argue at a bar near South 56th Street and South Tacoma Way at about 2 a.m. One group left in a car and a SUV, the other in a car. The group in the car and SUV began to shoot at the second group, then the group began to disperse.

The two cars found each other, and began shooting again. The driver of the first car was shot and killed, and the

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Fireball Classic this Sunday at Cheney Stadium

Tacoma and Seattle firefighters will take the baseball field Sunday to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes West.

The charity softball games begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cheney Stadium. The gates open at noon. Tickets are $10.

Members of Tacoma Firefighters Local 31 will go to bat against representatives from Seattle Firefighters Local 27.

There will be activities for the kids and entertainment for the adults.


More trouble on I-5; this time a brush fire

From DOT:

DATE/TIME: May 29, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: Fire crews attempting to put out a brush fire on the right shoulder of I-5 near 72nd Street block the right lane.

LOCATION: Northbound I-5 at milepost 129 in Tacoma

START: May 29, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Est. END: Unknown

OTHER: WSP,Fire and WSDOT incident response are on scene. Motorists can expect delays through the area.


UPDATED: Collision blocks northbound Interstate 5 near DuPont

UPDATE FROM DOT, 4:45 p.m.: All northbound lanes lanes open now but backup is eight miles long.

From DOT:

DATE/TIME: May 29, 2009, 3:35 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: A multiple-vehicle collision blocks the center and left lanes.

LOCATION: Northbound I-5 milepost 119 at Dupont

START: May 29, 2009, 3:35 p.m.

Est. END: Unknown

OTHER: WSP on scene. WSDOT Incident Response en route.


DATE/TIME: May 29, 2009, 4:42 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: All lanes of I-5 northbound near Dupont are open to

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Charges filed in assault at Tacoma gas station

Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges against a man who allegedly assaulted a Tacoma gas station owner after the owner refused to sell him a beer.

Bobbie Simmons, 55, was charged with first-degree assault and resisting arrest Thursday in connection with the Wednesday night incident at a gas station in the 2300 block of South 12th Street.

Court documents provide the following information:

Officers responded to the gas station just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found the victim standing next to a van parked at the gas pumps. It appeared the victim was fighting with someone

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Update on Thursday night Tacoma shooting

There’s a little bit of news to report in last night’s gang-related shooting on the East Side.

Two men were shot Thursday night after rival gang members flashed signs from cars as they drove down Portland Avenue.

Tacoma police reported one car contained people wearing blue, the other had people wearing red. A man in blue pulled a gun and shot at the other car, a red 1980s Ford Taurus.

The Taurus drove to the Thunderbird Trading Post on 72nd and Waller Road to ask for help. A passenger who was shot in the back

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