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Archives: March 2010

March
30th

ALL CLEAR: Crash blocking lane of I-5 in Tacoma

A crash is blocking the right lane of southbound Interstate 5 at state Route 16 in Tacoma, the state DOT reports.

The incident began at 1:10 p.m. Troopers and firefighters are on the scene.

A tow truck is on its way.

UPDATE: The crash has been cleared from the scene, DOT reports. Drivers are backed up for a mile.

March
30th

Court hearing today for accused members of a Tacoma street gang

Prosecutors, defense attorneys and more than 30 suspected members of a Tacoma street gang charged in a criminal conspiracy case have been in a Pierce County courtroom this morning for pre-trial motions.

The action continues.

Today’s hearing provided challenges given the number of defendants and attorneys involved. Security was expected to be tight.

Thirty-six reputed members of the Hilltop Crips have been charged with criminal conspiracy and a variety of other charges. Two have pleaded guilty. Two others remain on the loose.

More photos can be found here.

March
30th

Arraignment of ex-husband in Federal Way shooting delayed

The arraignment of a Lakewood man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife during a counseling session in a church has been delayed.

Charles L. Parsons, 41, was to be arraigned today on a first-degree murder charge. His lawyer requested more time and a new arraignment date is expected to be set later this week, said a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors allege Parsons killed his ex-wife, Carol Parsons, 38, on March 17 during a counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way. They allege he shot her five times after she refused during the session

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March
30th

Young woman charged in deadly August crash on Sumner-Buckley Highway

Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old woman for her alleged role in a deadly car crash last year on the Sumner-Buckley Highway.

Kaitlin Rose Baumgartner was charged today with vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. Her arraignment is scheduled for April 13, according to the online court calendar.

Prosecutors allege Baumgartner acted as an accomplice in the Aug. 29 crash that killed Derrick A. Laiblin, 21. Prosecutors previously had charged Jacob Lee, 19, with vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. He’s pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m.

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March
30th

UPDATED: Man arrested in fatal shooting in Auburn

A 46-year-old man was killed early today after a dispute ended in gunfire outside an Auburn grocery store parking lot.

Police officers have arrested a 28-year-old man suspected in the shooting. SWAT officers were setting up at a Kent apartment in the 9800 block of South 248th Street where they believed the suspect was, Auburn police report.

About 9:40 a.m., the suspect walked out and surrendered to officers without incident. He was taken to the Auburn jail.

The victim’s 20-year-old son witnessed the shooting and identified the 28-year-old as the gunman, Auburn police reported. The son was talking with detectives

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March
29th

McKenna residents invited to town hall after recent rash of burglaries

Residents in south Pierce County are invited to a community meeting Tuesday night after a sharp increase in burglaries.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Baydo Chevrolet, 9201 350th St. S., in McKenna. Representatives of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office have been invited to address public safety concerns of community members, according to a press release. Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri will moderate the town hall.

Two longtime members of the rural community organized the event after seeing an increase in burglaries. Lynn Brewer reported that 26 percent  of the homes on her street

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March
29th

Bremerton man sentenced to 10 years for meth dealing

A Bremerton man was sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 10 years in prison for dealing meth.

Victor Mark Baldwin, 42, pleaded guilty in November to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Baldwin’s home was searched in October 2008 after witnesses reported methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy and oxycodone for sale at the house. Investigators seized methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia.

Baldwin was sentenced to 90 months in prison in 2002 for manufacturing and delivering meth.

In asking for a ten-year prison term, Assistant United States Attorney Marc Perez wrote to the court, “Baldwin was a long-time,

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March
29th

State-run liquor stores closed on Easter

All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 4.

Contract liquor stores may be open and should be called directly for their holiday operating schedules.

Store schedules and phone numbers are available on the Washington State Liquor Control Board Web site at www.liq.wa.gov