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Archives: March 2011

March
31st

Two knocked over, injured by vehicle during confrontation with speeding driver

Two men are in serious condition tonight after being knocked over with a vehicle by a man they confronted about speeding down a private driveway in Olympia.

The victims – a 70-year-old Olympia man and a 37-year-old Rainier man – are hospitalized in serious condition. The 24-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault.

The men had been attending a scout meeting off Southbay Road when they stopped the driver of a 1990 Subaru Legacy and told him they were going to call law enforcement, State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said.

While speaking with the men, who were standing

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March
31st

House fire in NE Tacoma displaces family of three

A family of three was displaced after a fire at their house spread from a bathroom to the attic, causing significant damage.

The blaze at a two-story home in the 3800 block of 47th Avenue Northeast was reported about 4 p.m.

Seven companies from Tacoma Fire responded, as well as an engine from Federal Way.

No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.

March
31st

Man gets 31 months for killing Bonney Lake youth pastor in car wreck

By all accounts, Samuel Stephens and Joseph McNeil were young men going places.

Hardworking and well liked, they had bright futures.

That all ended for Stephens the night of Sept. 6 when McNeil got behind the wheel drunk and slammed his four-wheel drive into Stephens’ car in the town of Pacific.

Stephens, 24 and a resident of the Graham area, died. The youth pastor at a Bonney Lake church was to be married two weeks later.

This afternoon, an emotional McNeil apologized to Stephens’ family and friends before being sentenced to two years, seven months in prison for vehicular homicide.

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March
31st

Prosecutors charge 2 with aggravated murder in videotaped attack

Pierce County prosecutors have charged two men with aggravated first-degree murder in connection with the torturing of an unidentified man that was captured on camera.

Michael Edward Crosman, 25, was arraigned on the charge this afternoon and ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. Lakewood police arrested Crosman on Wednesday night.

A warrant has been issued  for the arrest of Maalo Semu Samaota, 30.

Prosecutors allege Crosman videotaped a young man who’d been bound and gagged with duct tape and was tortured with a knife, court documents state. The tape is 19 minutes long. Samaota

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March
31st

Flood warning extended on Puyallup River, Hwy 2 at Stevens Pass closed

The National Weather Service has extended its flood warning for the Puyallup River above Orting to Friday morning.

Minor flooding is forecast on the river, which was flowing at 2,782 cubic feet per second this morning. Flood flow measures at 4,500 cubic feet per second.

The Puyallup River is expected to overflow about 5 p.m. and rise to 4,700 cubic feet per second about 11 p.m. before falling back below the flood level Friday morning.

Areas that could be impacted by the slight flooding include Neadham Road, Orville Road East south of Brooks Road East and north of Electron Road

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March
31st

Move over for stopped emergency vehicles or face a ticket starting Friday

Starting Friday, Washington State Patrol troopers will be handing out tickets to drivers who don’t slow down or move over when passing stationary emergency vehicles on the side of state highways.

The state’s Emergency Zone Law took effect Jan. 1. Troopers spent the first three months of the year educating drivers about the new law.

The education period is over.

The State Patrol says troopers will not be conducting “sting” or emphasis patrols for emergency zone violators. They will write tickets as incidents occur, the agency reported.

The new law creates a 200-foot zone around stationary police cars, fire trucks,

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March
30th

BNSF train hits, kills woman outside Olympia

A BNSF train hit and killed a 33-year-old woman who stepped onto the tracks outside of Olympia this evening, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred about 8:10 p.m. at Rich and Diagonal roads southwest.

Sheriff’s officials say they are investigating the case as a suicide.

March
30th

Flood warning issued for Puyallup River above Orting

Pierce County crews are monitoring the Puyallup River above Orting as a second round of rain moves into Western Washington.

A flood warning issued by the National Weather Service for the river expires Thursday afternoon.

“There is a pretty good-sized system moving this way,” said Tony Fantello, who oversees the county’s 92 miles of levees. “All indicators now are that we are going to see some bank full conditions but not to the degree we’ve seen in recent flooding history.”

As of this afternoon, the Puyallup River was flowing at 2,140 cubic feet per second. A provisional flood flow is

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