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Archives: Feb. 2012

Feb.
28th

Inquest ordered into Federal Way police shooting

An inquest has been ordered into the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man by a Federal Way police officer on Jan. 13.

Police said Maksim Mayba, of Kent, was sitting in a parked car outside a Starbucks on Southwest Dash Point Road when officer Stacy Eckert saw what she believed to be a drug transaction and approached the vehicle.

The officer fired twice after the alleged driver, Gregory Barrager, did not show his hands as ordered and Mayba allegedly reached under the seat. After the shooting, Barrager drove away and police later found the car abandoned with Mayba’s body inside.

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Feb.
28th

Death of man fished out of The Narrows ruled a suicide

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of a man fished out of The Narrows Monday night as a suicide.

A Gig Harbor man in the 4500 block of Holly Lane spotted the body in the water about 7 p.m. Tacoma police officers responded and brought the body ashore near Point Defiance.

The man was 26 years old and from Tacoma. The News Tribune does not name suicide victims.

Feb.
28th

Tacoma sex offender charged with running down woman, trying to kidnap her

UPDATE: Taylor pleaded not guilty this afternoon and was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.

PREVIOUS POST: Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 37-year-old man with intentionally striking a woman with his pickup and attempting to kidnap her.

Andre Jones Taylor, a convicted sex offender, is to be arraigned this afternoon on charges of first-degree assault and second-degree attempted kidnapping with sexual motivation.

The 23-year-old woman was run down Feb. 17 while walking home after working the graveyard shift at a Tacoma restaurant, police said. The driver of the pickup that hit her stopped and tried to pick her

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Feb.
28th

UPDATED: Two teens arrested after security officer stabbed at South Hill Mall

UPDATED at 10:35 a.m.

Puyallup police arrested two teenagers Monday night after a shoplifting went awry at the South Hill Mall.

One of the teens is suspected of stabbing a loss prevention officer in the abdomen, Puyallup police Capt. Dave McDonald said. The 21-year-old victim was taken to Tacoma General Hospital and went into surgery for a non-life threatening injuries.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Monday. Two loss prevention officers inside Macy’s spotted the two teens, a 17-year-old boy from University Place and an 18-year-old man from Pierce County, take some clothes and leave the store without paying, McDonald

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Feb.
28th

Puyallup police honor, recognize their own

A Puyallup police officer praised for his work ethic and interactions with the community has been named his department’s Officer of the Year.

Kevin Karuzas received the honor last week during the Puyallup Police Department’s annual award ceremony.

“Officer Karuzas is a very motivated officer, continuously searching out work and regularly volunteering to take pending calls for other officers,” a press release stated. “Officer Karuzas comes to work each and every day with a smile and positive attitude. He is gracious and courteous in his contacts with the community and treats everybody with respect and professionalism.”

Other awards handed out

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Feb.
28th

Man charged after yelling slurs at Tacoma apartment

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old man after he allegedly wielded a fake gun and yelled racial slurs at a Tacoma apartment complex Sunday.

Tacoma police were called to the Westside Estates in the 900 block of North Pearl Street about 3:25 p.m.

Witnesses reported that a man was armed with what appeared to be a gun and was running around making threatening and derogatory statements, police reported.

More than 15 officers responded to the complex. They took the suspect into custody without incident. They found an Airsoft gun and a young child in his apartment.

The suspect told

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Feb.
28th

Injured Bremerton girl upgraded overnight

Doctors have upgraded the 8-year-old Bremerton girl shot at her school last week from critical to serious condition at Harbor Medical Center in Seattle, KIRO reports.

Amina Bowman was wounded Wednesday when a gun, allegedly brought by a classmate to Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton, discharged, striking her in the arm and abdomen. The bullet remains near her spine.

The girl’s condition was changed overnight to serious. She remains in the ICU. She is scheduled to have surgery today.

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Feb.
27th

Body found in The Narrows

A man’s body was found in The Narrows this evening and Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine how he got into the water.

A woman discovered the body about 7 p.m. in the 4500 block of Holly Lane in Gig Harbor. Officers on a Tacoma police boat responded and brought the body ashore.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy Tuesday. No information about the man was immediately available.

“There are possibilities it could have been somebody that jumped off the bridge or possibilities that it’s somebody who went down the cliff,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

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