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Archives: Aug. 2009

Aug.
31st

Log truck crash blocks lane of northbound I-5


WSDOT photo.

 

A collision involving a log truck is blocking the rightlane of northbound Interstate 5 at State Route 512.

Backup is estimated at two miles, according to the state Department of Transportation. No injuries have been reported. The DOT, Washington State Patrol and aid crews are at the scene.

UPDATE 3:23 p.m.: All clear.

Aug.
31st

Young man killed, another under arrest after crash near Buckley

A 21-year-old man from Lake Tapps was killed Saturday night when the truck he was riding in crashed along the Sumner-Buckley Highway East just outside of Buckley.

Derrick A. Laiblin died at the scene of the crash. Three others were also injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Deputies have arrested the 18-year-old driver on suspicion of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. The Enumclaw resident was hospitalized from injuries related to the one-vehicle crash, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

According to reports, four young people were riding in a Ford pickup truck about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The truck was

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Aug.
31st

Federal Way woman sentenced in sham marriage scheme

A Federal Way woman was sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison today after she was convicted in a scheme in which she set up U.S. citizens with Cambodian nationals in fake marriages.

In January, a jury convicted Vuthy Sim, 35, of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, three counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, three counts of money laundering and concealing an illegal alien, according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors alleged Sim recruited participants in the fake-marriage scheme starting in June 2002.  The purpose of the fake marriage was

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Aug.
31st

Tacoma residents can get tips to prevent home burglaries

City of Tacoma residents can get a free security assessment as part of a new effort by city government.

The residential security survey assessments are part of the city-wide Safe and Clean efforts. The effort, launched last year, aims to reduce crime and clean up the neighborhoods throughout Tacoma.

As part of the initiative, a Defensible Space Team was created. Team members will be available to evaluate residents’ homes for security, a city announcement stated. They can recommend additional security measures and changes to the physical environment to help enhance security and reduce the attractiveness to burglars.

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Aug.
31st

New youth Internet safety program for schools introduced today

The state Attorney General and schools chief will announce a new youth Internet safety program this morning.

Attorney General Rob McKenna and state Superintendent Randy Dorn will discuss the new program during a press conference at 11 a.m.

The agencies are teaming up with the Entertainment Software Association Foundation and Web Wise Kids to put this new safety program in 70 schools throughout the state.

Web Wise Kids, a non-profit organization, uses video games to teach youth how to protect themselves against online predators, bullies and scammers and warns them about illegal downloading.

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Aug.
29th

Building collapse causes gas leak

News release from Valley Regional Fire Authority.


At 7:53 a.m. Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to a reported building collapse and gas leak at 530 West Main St. in Auburn. First arriving units found a residence that had partially collapsed. The collapse of the structure caused a rupture of a gas line that supplied the residence. Firefighters isolated and evacuated the immediate area until Puget Sound Energy arrived. Puget Sound Energy personnel stopped the gas leak and secured power to the residence. The residence was under reconstruction and unoccupied at the time of the collapse. There were no injuries.

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Aug.
29th

Tacoma police to start working in five high schools

Five Tacoma police officers will be working in the city’s five high schools this school year under an agreement between the police department and the school district.

The school year begins Wednesday. The school resource officers will be stationed full time at Foss, Lincoln, Stadium, Wilson and Mount Tahoma high schools. They are tasked with addressing potential school violence. They’ll work closely with school administrators, the school security officers and other staff members to address security and criminal activity on and around each campus, according to a Tacoma Schools press release.

The officers and their assignments are:

Foss: Matt Watters.

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Aug.
28th

Hilltop apartment fire injures occupant

A fire this evening in a second floor apartment on the Tacoma Hilltop left one person injured, the Tacoma Fire Department reports.

The condition of the person wasn’t known but the person was talking to firefighters before being taken to a hospital.

Assistant Chief Dan Crotty with the Tacoma Fire Department said the fire  was spotted about 8:30 p.m. in a multi-story brick apartment building at 518 S. 7th St.

When firefighters arrived they spotted smoke coming from a second floor apartment window, he said. Firefighters brought a hose through the front door of the partment building to the second

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