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Archives: Oct. 2009


Change your smoke alarm batteries, state agency urges

The state Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents to change out the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when the clocks fall back an hour this weekend.

The time change takes effect Sunday morning.

“Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so changing the batteries at least once a year is a simple, effective way to protect your family and reduce home fire deaths,” a press release states.

Sixty-seven percent of fire deaths in the state occur in homes that don’t have working smoke alarms. The number of fire fatalities peak between

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Tacoma officers out looking for underage drinking parties this weekend

A team of Tacoma police officers will hit the streets tonight and through the holiday weekend to look for underage-drinking parties.

The party intervention patrol is being funded by a federal grant. This is the department’s first party patrol. More are anticipated, department spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The department “expects a higher than normal incidence of party complaints” because of the Halloween holiday weekend.

“Party complaints often involve allegations of underage drinking which is a great concern to the Tacoma Police Department and citizens of Tacoma due the the potential for harm or injury related to the drinking,” according to a press release.

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Officers looking for wanted man near Tacoma dump

Lakewood and Tacoma police officers are looking for a man wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office this afternoon.

Lakewood police officers were pursuing the man through their city and into Tacoma. The man ditched his vehicle near the dump on Orchard Street and fled, Lakewood Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro said.

Officers are searching for him now.

Zaro said the man has a DOC escape warrant and is wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office.


ALL CLEAR: SR 410 in Buckley blocked by crash

A crash is blocking both directions of State Route 410 at the intersection of Mundy Loss Road East in the Buckley area, the state DOT reports.

The collision occurred about 12:15 p.m. Troopers, firefighters and transportation crews are at the scene.

A single lane of traffic in each direction is using the shoulder to get around the scene.

UPDATE: The crash has been cleared from the roadway and all lanes are back open to drivers.


Tacoma police arrest man in armed robbery at sandwich shop

Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected of robbing a sandwich shop at gunpoint Thursday night.

The Subway at 5236 South Tacoma Way was robbed about 7:40 p.m. The man had entered the restaurant wearing a black mask over his face and black hooded jacket. He robbed the employee at gunpoint and then fled, police reported.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Tacoma police officers spotted a vehicle make a sudden turn in the area of East 72nd Street and Golden Given Road East. Officers followed the vehicle and eventually activated the patrol car’s emergency lights.

The car didn’t stop. It went

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Bad behavior on buses to get zero tolerance

Disruptive Pierce County transit riders near certain high schools could find themselves banned from the bus for 90 days under a “zero tolerance” policy beginning Friday.

Playing loud music, smoking, drinking alcohol, harassing other customers and assaults will have consequences, according to Pierce County Transit.

Those behaviors are among the bad conduct that Pierce County Transit, the Tacoma Police Department and the Tacoma Public Schools will be targeting.

Called “Not On Our Bus,” the three-week enforcement operation will target bus routes, transit centers and bus stops near certain high schools, according to a press release from the transit agency.

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Tacoma man pleads guilty to shooting woman to death over $50

A Tacoma man was sentenced to 21 years, two months in prison today after he admitted shooting a woman to death near downtown earlier this year.

Ben Aaron Strickland, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 7 death of Carmen Jackson. Jackson, 51, died on the sidewalk in the 500 block of South Seventh Street. Authorities said she’d been shot in the head.

Prosecutors alleged that  Strickland killed Jackson after she refused to hand over a $50 bill she was carrying. Police found the money in her pocket.

Investigators contend Strickland spent several hours prior to

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