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Archives: July 2009


Crash cleared from I-5 in Fife

All lanes of northbound Interstate 5 in Fife are back open this morning after a crash.

The collision, reported just before 6 a.m., blocked two right lanes at the Ardena Curve for about 10 minutes.

Troopers and medical aid responded. Traffic backed up for two miles.


Lakewood Police arrest suspected arsonist

From the Lakewood Fire Department:

At approximately 1:20 p.m., Lakewood Fire District 2 responded to a brush fire at 114th Street and Bridgeport Way. Firefighters arrived to find the grass on fire along Bridgeport Way, across the street from Happy Days Casino and Restaurant.

As firefighters were putting the first fire out, witnesses saw a man starting another fire just a few yards away. A Lakewood firefighter then chased the man down and detained him until police arrived. Lakewood Police arrested the man for suspected arson.


Heat causes sinkhole in Spanaway

The road has given way to the heat.

Crews believe the record-high temperatures have contributed to a newly-formed sinkhole on State Route 7 in Spanaway, the state Department of Transportation reported.

The right lane of northbound SR 7 is closed at 175th Street South because of the hole. Crews expect to have the lane closed through most of today.


UPDATED: Reward offered in arson of Lakewood police officer’s car

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offer a reward after a Lakewood police officer’s personal car was spray painted and torched late Wednesday.

The car was parked at the officer’s Spanaway home. It was painted with gang graffiti, then set on fire about 10:45 p.m., Lakewood police report. The driveway also was spray painted, according to police.

The officer’s personal car is a loss.

The blaze caused heat damage to the officer’s patrol car, which was parked next to his personal car. A rain gutter on the house also suffered

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Power restored to all affected by Wednesday evening outage, utility reports

Tacoma Power reports that all of the customers who lost electricity last night now have it back.

The outage occurred about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when two power lines touched. The event caused about 10,000 customers to lose electricity in areas of Tacoma, Lakewood, Parkland and Spanaway.

Tacoma Power crews will be monitoring the utilities lines today in hopes of preventing any more outages.

Tacoma Power asks anyone who has a power outage to call (253) 502-8602.


UPDATED: Man robbed during meet up with woman after they connected on singles chat line

Pierce County prosecutors have accused a 42-year-old man of robbing another man at gunpoint when the victim went to the apartment of a woman he met on a singles chat line.

Joey S. Sims is being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. He was arrested late Tuesday and charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree robbery, with a firearm enhancement.

Charging documents provide the following information:

The victim told Tacoma police he’d been on a singles chat line when he spoke with a woman who lived in the 1000 block of South 14th

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UPDATED: Crash blocks westbound lanes of State Route 16

A collision continues to block all lanes of westbound State Route 16 at Pearl Street.

Westbound traffic is routed off the highway at 6th Avenue. The crash happened at 8:20 p.m.

UPDATE: 9:20 p.m.: An Auburn Police Department pursuit ended with a crash on State Route 16, Washington State Patrol Trooper Brandy Kessler said. The officer may be injured, she said.

MORNING UPDATE: The crash was the result of a Auburn police pursuit.

Officers responded to a report of a fight with a gun at a convenience store in the city just before 7:45 p.m. An

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