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Archives: Jan. 2011


Woman killed in Spanaway crash identified

A 24-year-old woman who died early Thursday in a car crash in Spanaway has been identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner as Levia White of Tacoma.

Pierce County sheriff’s officials said alcohol was found in the car and White may have been driving recklessly with another car.

White’s 16-year-old sister was in the backseat and seriously injured after their vehicle left the road and hit a tree near 500 131st St. E.


Tacoma man shot in fight with girlfriend

A Tacoma man is in the hospital with a gunshot wound this morning after a fight with his girlfriend turned violent.

Tacoma Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said officers responded to reports of “yelling and screaming” coming from a house in the 1600 block of East Fairbanks at approximately 8:30 a.m.

When they got there, Fulghum said, they found the man down and wounded.

“They sent him to the hospital and arrested her,” Fulghum said.

No further details were available.


Federal Way drowning victim identified

The 23-year-old Federal Way man who drowned after a rowboat he was in capsized in Star Lake near Federal Way was identified today as Jason L. Bare.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Bare’s cause of death was asphyxia due to accidental drowning.

Another man and woman, both 21, swam to shore safely after the 12-foot boat took on water and capsized around 1:10 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies found Bare’s body around 7 a.m. Thursday after a homeowner along Star Lake called 911 to report something under his dock, the King County Sheriff’s Office reported. An initial search was called

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Teenager killed in Port Orchard shootout identified as Utah runaway

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the girl involved in Sunday’s shooting at the Port Orchard Walmart as 13 year-old Astrid Valdivia. Positive identification was made through dental records.

Valdivia,  who ran away last week from a Utah foster home,  was with Anthony A. Martinez as he opened fire on two Kitsap County Deputies, wounding them. Another deputy returned fire and Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Valdivia was shot when she ran into th eline of fire to help Martinez. She was taken to Tacoma General Hospital where she later died. Her cause of

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Body found next to SeaTac office building

A body of a man was found by a landscaper in the bushes next to a SeaTac office building Thursday afternoon, the King County Sheriff reports.

The cause and manner of death are unknown. He was in his mid-40’s.

SeaTac Police and Sheriff’s detectives were called about 3:30 p,m, to the Park Place Suites, 19550 International Blvd South.  The man appeared to be a transient and may have been living in the crawl space of the building.

There was no sign of trauma to the body.  Detectives are waiting for the results of an autopsy.


Tacoma nightspot evacuated after stove fire

A Tacoma nightspot was evacuated tonight after smoke from a stove fire caused the sprinkler system to go off.

Club Silverstone filled with smoke about 7:30 p.m. Arriving firefighters said the sprinklers had doused the fire and they would be mopping up the water.

It’s unknown how many people were inside the nightspot at 739 St. Helens Ave.


Two men rob University Place bank

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who held up a bank in University Place on Tuesday.

The armed men entered Umpqua Bank in the 4700 block of Bridgeport Way West about 4:05 p.m. and demanded cash from the tellers.

They fled west with an unknown amount of money.

Both men are light-skinned blacks or Native American, 5-feet-7 with slender builds. One suspect was wearing blue jeans, a brown hooded sweatshirt, blue gloves, white tennis shoes and a red bandana over his face.

The second suspect was wearing dark pants, a black

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Federal Way man’s body found after row boat accident

Deputies have recovered the body of a 23-year-old Federal Way man who was thrown into Star Lake near Federal Way when a row boat capsized over night, the King County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Another man and woman, both 21, in the 12-foot boat swam to shore safely after the boat took on water and capsized around 1:10 a.m. today.

Deputies found the Federal Way man’s body around 7 a.m. today after a homeowner along Star Lake call 911 to report something was floating underneath his dock, the sheriff’s office said.

The incident began when the three rowed across the lake

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