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Archives: Sep. 2010


Man shot by Renton police had pellet gun

A 24-year-old man who was shot Wednesday after spraying Renton police with a garden hose was armed with a knife and a pellet gun, according to Kent police, who are investigating the incident.

An officer who has worked in Renton for seven years fired at the suspect three times as he tried to flee from the back yard of his home in the 2100 block of Northeast 23rd Street.

Two bullets struck the man, who was treated at a hospital and is expected to survive.

Police say the suspect was trying to avoid arrest after assaulting a bus driver in

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WHAT WAS THAT: Attempted burglary at Ruston Way restaurant

A reader e-mailed in wanting to know what the commotion was about 2:30 a.m. this morning.

Do you know what’s going on on the Ruston Way waterfront?  There’s been several police cars out there for almost 2 hours.  There’s a couple of police with flashing lights parked out somewhere near Harbor Lights restaurant (I think, it’s awfully dark out there) and then 4-5 police cars at Ruston Wy/McCarver near the Fish Market/Cafe.

Turns out it was an attempted burglary. Here’s what police had to say:

A burglar alarm at Northern Fish, 2201 Ruston Way, sounded about 2:25 a.m. today. When

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Parkland teenager who shot mom in leg ordered to undergo mental evaluation

The 17-year-old Parkland boy who was arrested on suspicion of shooting his mother in the leg Wednesday was ordered today to Western State Hospital to undergo a mental evaluation.

Pierce Count Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi said he was “very concerned” about Ralph Leo Magana’s mental health.

Prosecutors this morning charged Magana as an adult with one count of first-degree assault and one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm.

He’s accused of firing a shot at his mother after becoming upset that she was fighting with her husband. She was treated and released from an area hospital.


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Teen assaulted when trying to sell car he had advertised online

A 16-year-old Tacoma-area boy was injured Wednesday night when he met up with two men who claimed they wanted to buy the teen’s car.

The teen had advertised the vehicle on Craigslist. He met up with two potential buyers just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at South 56th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The potential buyers directed the teen to a residential area near East 51st Street and McKinley Avenue. Once there, the subjects attacked the teen. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun.

The men repeatedly kicked and punched the teen, Fulghum said.


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Judge extends time for prosecutor to decide on death penalty in Kimmie Daily murder

A Pierce County judge has given defense attorneys more time to come up with reasons why Prosecutor Mark Lindquist should not pursue the death penalty for the man accused of killing a developmentally disabled South Hill girl.

Superior Court Judge Linda Lee last week signed an order extending Lindquist’s deadline for making a decision on Tyler W. Savage’s case until February.

Savage’s defense attorneys, Michael Kawamura and Leslie Tolzin, requested the extension, saying they needed more time to put together a mitigation package for their client.

Prosecutors did not object to the extension.

Savage, 18, is charged with

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Federal Way police nab $1 million federal grant to keep 4 officer positions

The Federal Way Police Department has been awarded more than $1 million as part of a federal program to keep police officers on the streets.

The $1,036,296 grant allows the department to keep four police officer positions, according to a press release issued today.

The Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Program announced $298 million in grants today. Eleven law enforcement agencies in Washington state received more than $4.7 million to hire or retain 19 law enforcement positions. The Federal Way Police Department received the largest reward. It was also the only South Sound agency to receive grant money in this

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WHAT WAS THAT: Home-invasion robbery on South Thompson Avenue

We got an inquiry via Twitter asking about police activity last night in the 3900 block of South Thompson Avenue.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum reports that officers responded to the area for a home-invasion robbery that occurred just after 10:30 p.m.

A man entered a home through an unlocked back door and wielded a handgun. He went through some drawers and took a laptop and video game system, Fulghum said. The gaming system was later found outside.

The robber and three others fled on foot. The victims told Tacoma police they thought they recognized the suspect, Fulghum said.


WHAT WAS THAT: Hit-and-run in Tacoma

I got an e-mail tonight from a reader who wanted to know what the police activity was at N. Fife and N. 12th streets.

According to Tacoma police, it was a man driving a white older sedan who hit several parked cars about 8:30 p.m. and then abandoned the vehicle and fled.

The hit-and-run driver was arrested nearby with lacerations to his head.

No word yet on whether the car was stolen or if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.