Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

Archives: Sep. 2010

Sep.
29th

Fire extinguished at Tacoma paper mill

Tacoma firefighters extinguished a fire tonight at Simpson Kraft, a paper mill at 801 E. Portland Ave.

The blaze was reported at 8:45 p.m. in an outbuilding that holds bins of a material similar to sawdust.

No one was injured.

Sep.
29th

Renton police shoot armed man who sprayed them with garden hose

Renton police today  shot and wounded an armed 24-year-old man who sprayed them with a garden hose while trying to escape arrest.

The suspect was wanted for a Sept. 11 assault on a bus driver in Kirkland. While fleeing from that crime, he allegedly flashed a gun at a police officer and ordered the officer to “walk away.”

Renton police were called to the suspect’s home in the 2100 block of Northeast 23rd Street at 3:40 p.m. today after a witness reported that he was there. When the man sprayed officers with the hose and turned to run, an officer

Read more »

Sep.
29th

Disturbed Parkland teen allegedly shoots mom

UPDATE: The teen has been taken into custody.

A negotiator struck a pact with him to put his gun down and walk forward to speak with a family member. When the alleged gunman was about five yards from the semi-automatic weapon, sheriff’s SWAT members moved in and arrested him.

“This proves that having a well-trained personnel and patience and putting a plan into place works and saved a life tonight,” said Sheriff Paul Pastor.

The teen was taken to a hospital to be checked out for a possible overdose on prescription pills. He will then be booked into jail and

Read more »

Sep.
29th

Man charged with snatching pit bull from Humane Society

Tacoma police have arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of taking a pit bull from the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County last month while armed with a knife.

Last week, Pierce County prosecutors charged Bradley James Brant with first-degree robbery in connection with the Aug. 30 incident. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Members of the Tacoma Police Department’s gang unit arrested Brant on Tuesday night. He’s expected to make his first court appearance today.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Evelyn Louise Jordan Zarate went to the Humane Society on Aug. 30 and asked to see

Read more »

Sep.
29th

UPDATED: Man arrested in connection with two Pierce County bank robberies

Law enforcement officers have arrested a 47-year-old man accused in two bank robberies in Tacoma and Puyallup in recent months.

Pierce County prosecutors had previously charged Omaha Tony Tufono with two counts of first-degree robbery. A warrant had been issued for his arrest in June.

Tufono had been jailed in King County since late January in connection with a Federal Way bank robbery. He was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail. He was released Tuesday, booked into Pierce County Jail and is expected to be arraigned on the charges today.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Tacoma police

Read more »

Sep.
29th

Barn destroyed in Covington fire

Fire investigators were looking into what sparked a blaze inside a Covington barn Tuesday night.

King County and Kent firefighters were called to the barn in the 17800 block of Covington-Sawyer Road shortly before 9:30 p.m. A neighbor reported seeing flames shooting from the structure, Kent firefighters reported. The blaze also was spreading to nearby fir trees.

Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to other buildings as they doused the blaze, firefighters reported.

The property owners rescued a pony from another barn. The burning barn – and a travel trailer inside – were destroyed.

No one was injured.

Sep.
28th

Woman rescued from burning Puyallup home

An off-duty firefighter rescued a wheelchair-bound woman today when her Puyallup home went up in flames, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue reported.

The blaze broke out just after 3 p.m. at a house in the 1700 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast.

A passerby noticed heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the home and tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.

At the same time, an off-duty firefighter from Graham was driving by after picking his son up from school and pulled over when he spotted the fire.

“He kicked the front of the door in

Read more »

Sep.
28th

Pierce County judge wins award

A Pierce County superior judge has been named judge of the year by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Frank Cuthbertson, who was appointed to his post in 2001, will be given the award at a dinner in Seattle Oct. 15.

Here’s a portion of the press release from Pierce County:

The award honors members of the judiciary who demonstrate unswerving dedication to the right to trial by jury, access to justice for all people, and civility among lawyers, litigants and the judiciary.

Established in 1957, the American Board of Trial Advocates is a national organization made up equally of

Read more »