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Archives: April 2010

April
30th

UPDATED with NEW INFO: Deputies investigate armed robbery in Spanaway; not related to Edgewood homicide

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a home invasion-style robbery in Spanaway but do not believe it’s related to a deadly robbery in Edgewood earlier this week.

In today’s incident, two men went to a home in the 1100 block of 151st Street East about 2 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The men claimed they were from a landscaping business.

They forced their way inside and used duct tape to tie up at least three victims. One of the victims was pistol whipped, Troyer said.

The suspects were seen leaving in a brown vehicle that appears to have been

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April
30th

Officers camping out at local doughnut shop for donations

Local law enforcement are again fishing for donations from the roof of the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

Officers will be raising money for Special Olympics Washington. They will be on the roof of the doughnut shop at 4302 Tacoma Mall Blvd. today, Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Officers from several Pierce County law enforcement agencies will be taking their turn atop Krispy Kreme.

April
30th

Tips coming in on deadly Edgewood home-invasion but no arrests yet

Pierce County investigators are sorting through tips today in this week’s deadly home-invasion robbery in Edgewood.

James Sanders, 43, was killed, his wife tied up and his 14-year-old son pistol-whipped during the robbery Wednesday night. A 10-year-old boy, who also was home at the time, was not injured. The suspects – three men and a woman – contacted the family because he was selling a diamond ring on Craigslist.org, the popular classified advertising website.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday that tips are coming in from the public through the Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers line and dispatchers. A team

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April
30th

8 arrested after season’s first party intervention patrol in Pierce County

Pierce County law enforcement officers arrested five youths and three adults last weekend during a party intervention patrol.

Twenty-five volunteers, police and substance abuse professionals conducted the patrol last weekend because it was prom night for Orting High School students, a Pierce County press release states.

An additional 12 more party intervention patrols are planned throughout the county in the upcoming weeks. The dates of those patrols were not announced.

The first party intervention patrol was April 24. The patrols “aim to shut down illegal parties as early as possible, arrest youth and adult suppliers who violate underage drinking laws,”

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April
30th

Charges filed in hit-and-run death of teenager in Milton

Pierce County prosecutors filed charges today against a 47-year-old man accused of hitting and killing a teenage girl Wednesday night in Milton.

Robert V. Mitzel has been charged with vehicular homicide and failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in a death. He’s scheduled for a bail return hearing this afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court.

Kelsey Parrett, 15, was struck as she walked with a friend about 9 p.m. Wednesday on 15th Avenue in Milton. She died early Thursday of her injuries at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Parrett had

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April
30th

Crews handling diesel spill in creek that empties into Puget Sound

Several agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard and state Department of Ecology, are working to contain and clean up a diesel fuel spill leaking into a small creek in Federal Way’s Dash Point State Park.

The creek empties into Puget Sound, the state Department of Ecology reports. The area of the park where the spill occurred is closed as crews continue their work.

Crews say the spill is coming from a privately-owned, 300-gallon tank used to fuel construction equipment. Investigators say the tank had recently been filled and believe there was an equipment failure. It appears the tank has been

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April
29th

Police searching for woman and man who allegedly killed his 65-year-old mother

Tacoma police are looking for a couple who allegedly murdered the man’s 65-year-old mother and hid her body inside the crawlspace of her East Side home earlier this month.

A bench warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of Thomas Al Bienville, 39, and Austa Marie Bienville, 31, on charges of first-degree murder. Thomas Bienville has also been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree.

Police found the body of Laurinda Hughes on Wednesday at her house on the 1700 block of East 64th Street. Hughes died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to

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April
29th

WHAT WAS THAT: early Wednesday gunshots in Lakewood

Lakewood Police are investigating a report of gunshots that damaged several cars early Wednesday morning.

The incident happened around 2:15 a.m. at Bridgeport Way SW and 109th Street SW., according to Lakewood Police spokeswoman Heidi Hoffman. Two suspects were reported fleeing on foot. No one was injured.

There is no suspect description at this time.