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Archives: Sep. 2009

Sep.
30th

USGS reports small earthquake west of Shelton

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.4-magnitude earthquake that occurred at about 8:10 p.m.

The quake’s epicenter is reportedly about 6 miles west of Shelton, about 36 miles away from Tacoma. The USGS has reported 14 earthquakes in Washington within the past seven days, with tonight’s being the largest.0

People reported feeling the minor quake from as far away as Tacoma, north of Bremerton and west of Aberdeen.

Sep.
30th

Fircrest Police looking for bank robber

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Fircrest Police are looking for help to identify a bank robber who hit the First Citizens Bank on Monday in the 1900 block of 64th Ave. West.


Police say the suspect entered the bank, walked up to the teller and presented a note that stated he was armed and demanded cash. He grabbed the money and ran out of the bank, and headed west.

 

The bank branch was previously Venture Bank.

 

He is a while male in his early 20s with a slender to medium build. He was wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a brown baseball hat with a brown hooded sweatshirt worn over a green hooded sweatshirt.

 

Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charges filed on the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call 253-591-5959.

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Sep.
30th

Woman sought by federal authorities for 12 years arrested at Sea-Tac Airport

This just in from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle:

 
A former resident of Lewis County, Washington, KAREN KRISTINE SUDDERTH, 52, formerly of Chehalis, Washington, was taken into custody today at Sea-Tac Airport as she arrived on a flight from Thailand. There has been a warrant out for SUDDERTH’s arrest since January 22, 1997, for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. In July 1999, SUDDERTH was indicted by a federal grand jury for International Parental Kidnaping. According to court documents, the case began on August 30, 1996, when SUDDERTH failed to bring her son, who was then five-years-old,

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Sep.
30th

Man arrested in Tacoma Dumpster fire

Tacoma police arrested a man on suspicion of second-degree arson this morning after they found him near the scene of a Dumpster fire.

Police and firefighters responded the to area of South East 38th Street and East McKinley Avenue about 1:15 a.m. after witnesses reported a large trash bin on fire.

At least one person told police they saw a man set the blaze. Officers found him a few blocks away and booked him into jail.

Sep.
30th

Body found alongside train tracks in Sumner; investigation underway

Sumner police and investigators from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway are investigating the death of a woman whose body was spotted alongside the train tracks in the northern part of Sumner late Tuesday.

City spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said the woman’s body was discovered about 10 p.m. along tracks that pass near the 4000 block of East Valley Highway (View Map). There are no road crossings in that area, Palmer said.

Investigators don’t know at this point how and when the woman died, Palmer said. The woman had no identification with her, Palmer added.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s

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Sep.
29th

King County native appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Washington

This just in from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle:

 Seattle attorney Jenny A. Durkan was confirmed today as United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington by a unanimous vote of the United States Senate. Durkan will be sworn in as U.S. Attorney by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert S. Lasnik. A formal installation ceremony will be scheduled in the near future.

“I am honored and humbled by this challenge and responsibility, and will spend each day working to honor the rule of law, protect our citizens from crime and to defend the U.S. in civil cases,

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