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Archives: Jan. 2012


Missing Vashon man found alive

An 84-year-old man who was last seen Wednesday on Vashon Island was found alive Saturday afternoon a couple of miles from his home.

Jack Randles, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was found around 2:30 p.m. when homeowners returned to their house in the Point Robinson area of the island and discovered Randles sleeping in a bed, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Randles had cuts and scrapes on his face, legs and knees but otherwise appeared to be in good health,” Cindi West of the sheriff’s office said in a news release. He was taken to Highline Hospital for treatment

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Puyallup police seek two armed robbery suspects

Puyallup police are searching for two men suspected of robbing a Taco Del Mar on Saturday evening.

Two back males with hoodies on entered the restaurant on the 3800 block of South Meridian shortly after 5 p.m. After one man displayed a gun, they ordered the two employees to open the till and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Puyallup police Sgt. Ryan Portmann. No one else was in the restaurant.

A K9 officer tracked the men to the YMCA a half-mile to the south before losing their trail, Portmann said.

More than a half-dozen officers

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Woman slightly injured in Puyallup train collision

UPDATE: The BNSF freight train – three engines pulling 93 cars – was westbound when it hit the woman, who was traveling southbound on 12th Street Northwest, McDonald said. The train hit the rear of her car, which was lucky for her, he said.

Still, she was taken to the hospital with some injuries, and she’s looking at a fine for driving past the gates, McDonald said.

The crossing is expected to be closed for another half hour or so, he added.

PREVIOUS POST: A woman suffered minor injuries this afternoon when she drove around a railroad crossing gate in

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UPDATED: Lakewood mother charged in death of infant son

UPDATED at 1:52 p.m.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old woman in connection with the death of her infant son earlier this month.

Prosecutors charged Jamie McAdams with first-degree manslaughter today. She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Lakewood police officers were called to McAdams’ home in the 5700 block of Hillcrest Drive Southwest about 4 a.m. Jan. 13 for a dead baby. Officers found 2-month-old Jeremiah McAdams dead in a car seat inside the home, Assistant Chief Mike Zaro said.

The mother told officers that her son had fallen asleep in his

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Burn ban announced for Pierce County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is calling for a Stage 1 burn ban to start today in Pierce County.

The ban is scheduled to take effect at noon and will be in place until further notice.

“High pressure has been building over the Puget Sound region, resulting in very cold and stagnant weather conditions,” the agency said in a press release. “Air pollution is building up in Pierce County, especially in communities where residential wood burning is common.”

Under a Stage 1 burn ban:

* No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead

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Memorial service today for sailor killed Monday in SR 16 crash

The USS Nimitz will hold a memorial service today for a long-time sailor who was killed Monday while trying to help fellow motorists on state Route 16.

The service for Lt. Cmdr. Regina Mills, 44, begins at 1 p.m. aboard the ship, which is stationed at Naval Base Kitsap.

Mills, an Everett resident, was driving westbound on SR 16 early Monday when she came upon several crashes on the ice-slickened roadway near Burnham Drive. She pulled over and got out of her car.

A pickup truck lost control and hit another vehicle. The vehicle crashed into Mills as well

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UPDATED: Cause of overnight Tacoma house fire is undetermined

UPDATED at 10:41 a.m.

Tacoma firefighters are no longer investigating an overnight house fire as a possible arson.

Investigators spent time at the charred home this morning and ruled the cause of the fire “undetermined,” Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said. The department was no longer investigating the blaze as suspicious.

Officers and firefighters responded to the house in the 1000 block of South 86th Street just before 1:50 a.m., Tacoma police reported.

The four adults and child inside the home had detected the smoke and got out of the burning home before firefighters arrived, Tacoma fire battalion chief Mike

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