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Archives: 2011

Dec.
31st

Tacoma house fire sends two to the hospital

Tacoma fire officials are investigating what caused a blaze at a home Saturday that sent two people to the hospital.

Crews were called to the two-story home at 4015 E. I St. at 5:19 p.m., said Tacoma Battalion Chief Dave McRoberts. The bulk of the fire was on the first floor, he said.

Two people were taken out of the house, and taken to hospitals, he said. Their names and ages weren’t available, and McRoberts didn’t know their conditions.

He said there was significant damage to the house.

Dec.
31st

Update: Small fire at Tacoma’s Old City Hall

A small garbage fire on the first floor of Tacoma’s Old City Hall building may have been set by a transient looking to warm up in the cold.

Fire crews were called to the building at 625 Commerce St. about 3:15 p.m. today.

Battalion Chief Dave McRoberts said no injuries were reported and he didn’t believe there was much damage to the building.

 

 

Dec.
31st

Woman, pets escape Auburn fire

Authorities are investigating what caused the fire this morning that heavily damaged a mobile home in Auburn.

Crews were called to the Laurelwood Mobile Home Park on the 3700 block of A Street Southeast at 9:27 a.m. They found the single-wide mobile ablaze, the Valley Regional Fire Authority reported.

No one was injured.

The mobile home’s occupant escaped with her pets, the fire agency said.

 

Dec.
30th

Man hit by car on Tacoma’s Hilltop

A man was badly injured this afternoon when hit by a car near the intersection of South 11th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma police reported.

The man was walking across 11th Street mid-block about 2 p.m. when hit by the car, officer Mark Best said. The driver stopped and was cooperating with police.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to Madigan Army Medical Center for treatment, Best said.

Officers remain on the scene investigating.

Dec.
30th

Man facing 42 felonies in gun theft from Fife store

One of two men suspected of breaking into a Fife sporting goods store and stealing dozens of guns pleaded not guilty to 42 felonies this afternoon.

David Bunta, 20, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary and 41 counts of theft of a firearm.

Superior Court Judge Gary Steiner ordered Bunta jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Bunta and another unidentified man broke into the Sportco on 20th Street East about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 17. They made their way to the gun displays, where they smashed the glass and took 39 handguns and

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Dec.
30th

Man charged with stealing Auburn police officer’s guns, badge, uniform

UPDATE: There was an error in the original declaration for probable cause filed by prosecutors. Steele is accused of stealing only one gun, the .40-caliber pistol. He also is accused of taking magazines for an AR-15 rifle but not the actual rifle. A deputy prosecutor just called to make me aware of the mistake. The handgun remains missing.

Also, the vehicle was a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

PREVIOUS POST: A 34-year-old man suspected of breaking into an Auburn police officer’s personal car and stealing two guns and the officer’s badge and uniform was charged today with four crimes.

Pierce County Superior

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Dec.
29th

Pierce County armed criminal off to federal prison for 20 years

A Pierce County man today was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison  after being convicted of being an armed career criminal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

A jury in September convicted Dana Leon Brooks, 38, of being an armed career criminal in possession of a stolen gun.

Lakewood police arrested Brooks in June 2010 following a high-speed chase through a residential part of the city, according to a news release. He was carrying a loaded handgun at the time. The gun had been reported stolen.

Brooks, who had previous felony convictions for drug trafficking and burglary, was prohibited from

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Dec.
29th

Arrests in Fife gun theft

Fife police have arrested two men suspected of stealing more than 40 guns from a Fife sporting goods store earlier this month.

Fife Police Commander Tim Floyd reports that the suspects were arrested after police served search warrants on two private residences and two vehicles over the past day and a half.

Police said one 21-year-old suspect will be charged in Pierce County court on Friday. The second man, age 32, is being held on unrelated warrants and remains under investigation.

So far, only three of the missing guns have been recovered, Floyd said.

“The next step is trying to

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