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Archives: April 2011


Man gets 15+ years for drive-by shooting that wounded 2-year-old girl

A 35-year-old man convicted of shooting a 2-year-old girl during a Tacoma road rage incident last year has been sentenced to 15 years, nine months in prison.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper handed down the sentence to Sauni “Johnny” Misi this afternoon.

Misi pleaded earlier this month to first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and two counts of third-degree assault in connection with the Jan. 17, 2010, incident.

Prosecutors alleged Misi fired at a car carrying the girl and

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UPDATED: Man that killed two Federal Way teens last year sentenced to 8 years

The driver in a crash that killed two Federal Way teenagers days before their high school graduation last year was sentenced to eight years, six months in prison this afternoon.

King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce had little leeway in sentencing Alexander E. Peder for two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence.

Deputy prosecutor Amy Freedheim and Peder’s attorney, John Wolfe, both recommended Peder receive the maximum sentence of 8 1/2 years in prison.

Peder’s sentencing range included two two-year enhancements for his two prior DUI-related convictions. He was convicted of first-degree negligent driving in 1998

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Man tased by Pierce County deputies last summer died of meth poisoning

From the catch-up file …

I received an email this morning from a reader who wondered if there was an update in last August’s death of King Ramses PJG Hoover, 27.

Hoover died Aug. 31 after Pierce County sheriff’s deputies stunned him with a Taser. The autopsy on Hoover’s body was initially inconclusive as to what led to his death.

After other tests were conducted, his death was ruled an accident. The immediate cause was methamphetamine poisoning, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said today.

Hoover died after two deputies came to an apartment in the 100 block

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This month is the second coldest April on record

Colder than usual weather has accompanied the start of spring, and is expected to hang around a while longer.

In fact, the National Weather Service reports this has been the coldest April since 1955.

“We’re having the second coldest April,” meteorologist Johnny Burg said Thursday. “And we’re looking at a cooler and wetter than usual May.”

The average daily temperature this month has been 45.4. In 1955, the mercury hovered around 44.5 every day.

A cooler spring has been attributed to the lasting effects of La Nina, which isn’t expected to level out until June.

La Nina is characterized by

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Sprinkler system saved Kent house from severe fire damage

Kent firefighters said a sprinkler system helped save a two-story house that caught fire this afternoon.

The blaze was reported about 12:40 p.m. and arriving fire crews found smoke and flames coming from an upstairs bedroom window.

Firefighters were able to rescue several family pets before dousing the flames. The sprinkler system was instrumental in containing the fire long enough for crews to arrive, according to the department.

The Red Cross is finding somewhere for the four displaced adults to stay.

Investigators haven’t yet determined what started the fire.


Kimmie’s alleged killer to avoid a possible death sentence

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said today he will not seek the death penalty for a young man accused of killing a developmentally disabled South Hill girl.

Tyler W. Savage, 18, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in Kimberly “Kimmie” Daily’s death. Prosecutors allege Savage strangled the 16-year-old girl Aug. 17 during the course of or after raping her. They contend he lured her to a vacant lot then concealed her body after attacking her.

He’s pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in the Pierce County Jail.

Aggravated first-degree murder is the state’s highest crime,

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