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Archives: Nov. 2011

Nov.
30th

Three enter guilty pleas for assault on 72-year-old bicyclist

Ron Wingerson stood in court today and faced one of the men who leaned out of a moving car and repeatedly punched the 72-year-old bicyclist until he fell on a Puyallup road and blacked out.

Four months after the attack, the three young adults inside the car have pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.

Kyle Baker, 21, pleaded guilty Nov. 18 and was released from jail after receiving credit for time served. Kendall Williams, 21, entered her plea today and was given credit for the 14 days she has already spent in jail.

Both are first-time offenders.

Cory Romero, 21, pleaded

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Nov.
30th

Two injured in home invasion robbery in Tacoma

Tacoma police said two people were injured this afternoon after a drug deal turned into a home invasion robbery.

A man and woman went about 1 p.m. to the Cypress Cove apartments in the 1200 block of N. Pearl Street to buy drugs, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

A second man wearing a mask and carrying a handgun entered the apartment shortly after and began using duct tape to restrain the two men who live there.

“It went from trying to make a deal to a robbery,” Fulghum said.

Both victims were assaulted and one was pistol-whipped.

After the suspects

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Nov.
30th

Fife company offers reward related to truck thefts

A glass contracting company in Fife is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the men who stole three work trucks over the weekend.

Video surveillance at Stephens Enterprises, Inc., 5417 12th St. E, captured the thieves breaking into a gated area four times and stealing vehicles and aluminum.

“They were having a grand old time,” company manager Melinda Kerr said.

The thieves first arrived about 9:30 a.m. Sunday and took a truck. They returned about 1 p.m. in the stolen truck and their own truck and loaded various metals. Video shows the men came back

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Nov.
30th

First day of Fallen Officers Food Drive brings in food, cash donations

Community members donated 26,000 pounds of food and $21,600 in cash on the first day of week-long food drive to honor the memories of four slain Lakewood police officers.

“We’re on pace to reach or surpass our goal of 50,000 pounds of food and $50,000 in cash,” Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler announced in a press release.

The 2nd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive began Tuesday, the second anniversary of the deaths of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens. The four were gunned down the morning of Nov. 29, 2009, as they

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Nov.
30th

Burn ban begins tonight in Pierce, Snohomish counties

A burn ban will go into effect this evening in Pierce and Snohomish counties because of rising air pollution levels and the stagnant weather conditions that are in the forecast.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued the Stage 1 ban this afternoon. The ban, the first of the cold-weather season in the region, begins at 5 p.m. and will be in effect until further notice.

“A large ridge of high pressure off the Pacific Coast is expected to bring cold evenings and poor ventilation to the Pacific Northwest for the next several days,” the agency reported in announcing

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Nov.
30th

Take a moment to thank a first responder today, group urges

Today is the second annual “Thank First Responders” Day, a movement that was created after four Lakewood police officers were gunned down inside a Parkland coffee shop two years ago.

“Unfortunately it seems that the community only recognizes the brave and generous acts of our First Responders when tragedy occurs,” a statement on the Thank First Responders website reads. “We shouldn’t need something terrible to happen for us to realize how fortunate we are to have such well trained men and women there for us every single moment of life!”

The idea is for a group of friends, students,

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Nov.
29th

Two more locations participate in the Fallen Officers Food Drive

A Pierce County storage company will be participating in a food drive to honor four Lakewood police officers who were killed two years ago today.

A Storage Center will collect donations for the second annual Fallen Officers Food Drive, which starts today. Donations can be dropped off at the business’ two locations: 220 E. 112th St. in Parkland and 15413 First Ave. Ct. S. in Spanaway, according to a press release. A Storage Center is offering a $1 rental credit for each nonperishable food item that is donated.

The food drive was created last year in memory of Lakewood police

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Nov.
28th

Man charged in groping incidents near PLU

Pierce County prosecutors filed charges today against a 35-year-old man suspected of groping several college students in Parkland.

Zane L. Nixon, a detention officer at Remann Hall juvenile jail, was charged with one count of third-degree rape and eight counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. He was expected to be arraigned on the charges this afternoon.

Nixon was arrested last week after Pacific Lutheran University security officers spotted him walking in the area. Nixon resembled the suspect in a series of groping incidents around the campus in recent weeks, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Two days earlier, Tacoma-Pierce

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