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Archives: Aug. 2010

Aug.
31st

Federal Way police shoot suspect in stolen car

A Federal Way police officer tonight shot and injured a man who allegedly tried to run down the officer in a stolen truck

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. His age and city of residence were not immediately known.

About 5:10 p.m., someone called police to report seeing his stolen Ford F250 parked at a Wal-Mart. The license plates appeared to have been swapped.

Officers found the white truck in the parking lot but no one was inside so they waited until a man entered the vehicle, said police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock.

After the suspect

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Aug.
31st

Historic building in Steilacoom damaged by fire

A fire early this morning caused minimal damage inside the Bair Bistro which is located in the 105-year old Bair Drug building downtown on Lafayette Street.

The 4 a.m.  fire left a burn mark on the floor which employees were busy sanding away this morning.

Restaurant owner Sarah Cannon said that with the blessing of the Pierce County Health Department they hope to have the place cleaned up and open by Wednesday,

Cannon said a person out walking saw the flames through the windows of the old Bair Drug and Hardware store and called 911. The automatic alarm inside had

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Aug.
31st

Person of interest in fatal UP fire to undergo mental evaluation in Seattle homicide

A man charged with killing a Seattle woman and assaulting her partner is being sent back to Western State Hospital to determine whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial, the Seattle Times is reporting.

Isaiah Kalebu also is a person of interest in an arson fire that killed two people in University Place last year.

Kalebu is charged with aggravated first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree rape and first-degree burglary in the July 19, 2009 attack that left Teresa Butz dead and her partner badly wounded. Prosecutors contend he broke into the women’s South

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Aug.
31st

UPDATED: Man who died after being hit with Taser in Spanaway is identified

UPDATE: The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 27-year-old man who died this morning after being tased by sheriff’s deputies as King Hoover, of Tacoma.

PREVIOUS POST: A 27-year-old man died this morning after he struggled with Pierce County sheriff’s deputies and they stunned him with a Taser.

The Sheriff’s Department and Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office are now investigating the man’s death because it occurred while he was being taken in custody. The deputies involved in the confrontation were interviewed and placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The man’s name had not yet been released. The Pierce

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Aug.
31st

Firefighters looking for cause of Kent house fire

Kent firefighters doused a fire Monday night at a two-story home and were searching for what sparked the blaze.

Crews were called to the home in the 26100 block of 114th Avenue Southeast just after 10:20 p.m. They found smoke and flames coming from the second floor.

The owner told firefighters no one had been staying at the home for about a month, the fire department reported.

Firefighters found no one inside. No injuries were reported.

The activity closed the Kent Kangley Road in both directions for about two hours.

Aug.
30th

Delays Tuesday on Purdy Bridge

A single lane on the state Route 302 Purdy Bridge will be closed Tuesday morning while crews inspect power lines below the bridge, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Crews from WSDOT and Peninsula Power and Light will be using a large inspection truck that takes up an entire lane.

Between 8 a.m. and noon, flaggers will direct drivers through one-way alternating traffic.

Vehicles more than 10,000 gross weight will not be allowed on the bridge during work hours, WSDOT reports.

Aug.
30th

Enforcement increased on Pierce Transit buses

Undercover officers and various uniformed personnel will board public buses Tuesday to cut down on illegal and disruptive behavior.

The zero-tolerance enforcement program, “Not On Our Bus,” will last through Sept. 10 and is intended to improve the quality of life on bus routes, at transit centers and at bus stops near select high schools.

Pierce Transit and Tacoma police will conduct spot checks to ensure conduct codes are being followed. Violators may be excluded from Pierce Transit services for 90 days.

During last year’s enforcement program, law enforcement officers made 750 contacts and banned 68 people for disorderly behavior

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Aug.
30th

WHAT WAS THAT: Officers respond to Humane Society

UPDATE: Tacoma police have arrested a man for today’s armed robbery at the Humane Society. His age and city of residence were not immediately available.

The man reportedly pulled a knife on an employee and stole a pit bull that was caged in the facility after being seized and declared dangerous.

After tracking a vehicle license plate, officers took the man into custody and returned the pit bull safely to the Humane Society.

PREVIOUS POST: Tacoma police officers responded to the Humane Society for Tacoma this afternoon after a customer reportedly pulled a knife on an employee.

There were initial

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