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Archives: Oct. 2010

Oct.
29th

Don’t be fooled by BBB emails offering to pay you to drive around

The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about a bogus email that promises to pay drivers to drive around with a bureau decal on their vehicles.

“The e-mail did not come from BBB and the opportunity is invalid,” the agency wrote in a press release.

Here’s some information about the email:

Subject line: “Now Hiring!!!”

Sender: “Better.Business.Bureau@gala.net”

Message:¬†¬†“MAKE MONEY BY SIMPLY DRIVING YOUR CAR. ADVERTISER WANTED FOR Better Business Bureau. EARN NO LESS THAN $200 WEEKLY TO ADVERTISE ON YOUR CAR.”

Interested recipients are asked to respond with their personal information – including name, address, phone number, age, occupation

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Oct.
28th

Security guard shoots at a possible robbery suspect in Lakewood

A Pierce County Security guard shot at a man suspected of robbing a sandwich store while armed with a handgun Wednesday night in Lakewood.

It didn’t appear the suspect was injured. He’s not been found, Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said today.

The robbery was reported at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. The man robbed the Subway at 7701 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. while armed with a handgun. The robber took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the store. He was last seen going west.

Lakewood police were called. Employees described the suspect as black and wearing dark gloves, a dark

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Oct.
28th

Woman injured in shooting but detectives know little else

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives were trying to find out what led up to a shooting early today that injured a woman.

The woman drove herself to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood with a gunshot wound. The injury is not considered life threatening, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Lakewood police officers were initially called to the hospital after the woman and a friend had shown up. Officers found several bullet holes in the driver’s side of the woman’s car. The driver’s side window also was shattered, Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

The driver had a gunshot wound to

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Oct.
28th

Jury selection begins today for trial of Clemmons’ associates

Jury selection is slated to begin this morning in the trial of three men and a woman accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he killed four Lakewood police officers last November.

Attorneys are expected to hand out a brief questionnaire to potential jurors and argue pretrial motions. Jury selection will continue next week, deputy prosecutor Steve Penner said.

Opening arguments could tentatively take place Nov. 8.

Prosecutors have charged Rickey Hinton, 47; Eddie Lee Davis, 21; Douglas Edward Davis, 23; and Clemmons’ aunt, 53-year-old Letrecia Nelson, with several counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance. The two Davises and Nelson

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Oct.
27th

Bonney Lake sergeant resigns during internal investigation

A Bonney Lake police sergeant has resigned amidst an internal investigation into allegations that officers got paid for time they didn’t work on a grant-funded traffic enforcement program.

The sergeant, who’s name was not released, was in charge of the program, the Bonney Lake Police Department announced today.

“The sergeant in charge was found to have given orders that were in conflict with the department’s standard policy and procedures manual and has recently resigned his position from the department prior to corrective action being initiated against him,” a department press release stated. “His resignation came as a direct result of

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Oct.
27th

Tacoma officer back to work after DV allegations were not sustained

A Tacoma police officer accused last year of pointing a gun at his wife and threatening a colleague has returned to the force after an Internal Affairs investigation determined the allegations  were not sustained.

The officer, Aaron Joseph, 28, was not disciplined and returned to work last week after being on paid administrative leave for more than a year, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said this week.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Joseph in August 2009 with assault after his wife accused him of putting a gun to her head and threatening to kill her and then himself. He also was charged

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Oct.
27th

Mistrial declared in trial on deadly Tacoma fight

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a 35-year-old man accused of killing a man during a fight last November.

The jurors could not reach a unanimous decision against David Clear after deliberating for more than three days, deputy prosecutor Steve Penner said. The jurors told the court they were deadlocked this morning and Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck declared a mistrial.

Prosecutors have charged Clear with second-degree murder in the death of Benjamin Goodman.

Prosecutors alleged Clear punched Goodman on Nov. 25 during a fight in the parking lot of a grocery store in

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Oct.
27th

‘Many questions still need to be answered’ in Kent home invasion, police say

Here’s the latest from Kent police in its investigation into a home invasion early Tuesday that left one man injured:

Kent Police are continuing their investigation into yesterday’s disturbance at an east hill home that left a Kent man seriously injured.

Officers responded to a home in the 22800 block of 103 Ave SE around 2 AM after receiving reports that a man had been captured as he and two others forced they way into the house. Investigating officers found the residents of the home unharmed and without loss. They also discovered an alleged suspect being detained by the

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