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Archives: June 2009


Fort Lewis soldier dies after physical training

A noncommissioned officer died Tuesday at Fort Lewis after physical training.

The officer was playing football with his unit when he collapsed on the sidelines, according to a Fort Lewis release. Emergency crews and Madigan Army Medical Center personnel treated him at the scene and moved him to the medical center, where he died.

The officer’s name and unit were not released.


Collision blocking lanes of I-5 in Federal Way

A multiple-vehicle collision is blocking the left and right lanes of southbound I-5 at 288th Street in Federal Way.

The collision happened at about 6:25 p.m. Emergency crews are on the scene. No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE: All lanes are open.


Center runway at Sea-Tac closed for maintenance work

In case you noticed a difference in air traffic today, the center runway at Sea-Tac International Airport has been closed this afternoon.

Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said crews discovered a hole in the south end of the runway and are working to patch it. Air traffic is using the third runway, causing a shift in the routes planes are using in the air.

No delays have been reported. The center runway should be up and running by about 4:50 p.m.


Man pleads guilty to showing too much skin to bikini baristas

A Pierce County man pleaded guilty last week to unsavory acts at a Lakewood bikini barista stand.

According to a prosecutor’s affidavit:

Robert Kenneth Price, 49, exposed and manipulated himself in front of three different baristas at the Hot Chick-a-Latte drive-thru a total of 13 times over four days in January.

“On two occasions, he was driven by his wife,” the charging documents say. “He also showed one barista a picture of his penis on his cell phone and asked her what she thought about it.”

Then, on

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Fireworks stats from 2008

As we hit fireworks season hard over the next several days (and as the weather continues to shine and make conditions ripe for wildfires), the state Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding people to be safe with their fireworks.

If not, fires and injuries can result. Here are some stats about fireworks-related incidents from 2008.

There were 785 fireworks-related incidents in the state. Those caused $200,000 in property damage.

There were 518 fires sparked by fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

While fireworks can be legally set off in some areas, there are consequences

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ALL CLEAR: Crash on SR 509 in Tacoma

Tacoma firefighters and police are on scene of a crash on State Route 509 at Alexander Avenue.

A motorcycle and truck are involved in the crash shortly after noon. Two people might have been injured.

It sounds like the accident is blocking traffic.

UPDATE: Tacoma police traffic officers investigated this incident. However, it was NOT serious enough to call out the fatality accident team, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.


Appeals court upholds conviction in gang-related Tacoma killing

The Division II Court of Appeals has affirmed the convictions of a Tacoma man found guilty of shooting a teenager to death near a downtown all-ages club three years ago.

The panel rejected arguments from Verrick V. Yarbrough that he did not receive a fair trial. Yarbrough appealed his first-degree murder conviction in the death of Rhaczio Simms in July 2006 (click here to read the full opinion).

Yarbrough contended that Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan improperly allowed evidence about his reported gang ties into the trial, among other things.

Prosecutors argued that Yarbrough took part in Sims’ murder because the victim associated with a rival gang.

A jury agreed and convicted Yarbrough, who subsequently was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

TNT staff writer Sean Robinson’s story on the sentencing follows:

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Safe Streets reports another successful March Against Crime

More than 150 participants in Friday night’s third annual March Against Crime.

A rally and march were held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the South End of Tacoma. Members of 17 Safe Streets and neighborhood groups participated.

“This successful March was made possible by you all,” Safe Streets mobilizer Darren Pen wrote in an e-mail. “Again, we did it.”

Another march is planned for late summer.

Darren sent these two photos from the event.