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Archives: March 2012

March
30th

Man who tortured, killed Lakewood man gets 27+ years

A 26-year-old man was sentenced this afternoon to 27 years, four months in prison for murdering a man who was tortured on videotape before being killed.

Michael Crosman pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of first-degree murder in the July 2010 death of Albert Keith Roberts, 50, who died in a Lakewood apartment.

Prosecutors contended Crosman helped kidnap and torture Roberts before killing him by crushing his skull with a weight-lifting plate. Evidence against Crosman included a videotape that showed someone shoving a screwdriver into Roberts’ neck.

The victim’s body was discovered later near Harts Lake in East

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March
30th

UPDATE: Collision involving mobile home blocking westbound Narrows bridge

UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation reports the collision is cleared but to expect some time before back-up eases. Wind blew mobile home over.

PREVIOUS POST: A collision on the westbound span of the Narrows bridge is blocking two lanes, and traffic is quickly backing up.

At least one of the vehicles involved was towing a mobile home.

March
30th

Search warrant opening reveals details in Powell case

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A witness told police that Josh Powell spoke of killing someone and disposing of a body, according to a search warrant unsealed this afternoon in the case of his father, Steven Powell.

The newly unsealed warrant also revealed that Charlie Powell, the couple’s son, said “my mom is dead” as early as January 3, 2009, shortly after Susan Cox Powell disappeared.

The warrant says Susan Cox Powell’s cell phone was found in Josh’s car after she disappeared and that he couldn’t explain why.

Detectives investigating her disappearance found blood on the floor in the couple’s

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March
30th

Mother jailed in 2-year-old’s death

A Tacoma mother who reportedly called police to say she had killed her 2-year-old child, was booked into the Pierce County Jail today on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The 28-year-old South End mother was questioned by Tacoma detectives after she reported that she had killed her 2-year-old son.

Police dispatched to the woman’s home in the 3600 block of South Thompson Ave. just after 7 a.m. found the child apparently lifeless. He was pronounced dead at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office was performing an autopsy on the child’s body Friday afternoon to determine the cause

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March
30th

Gun rights advocates say toddler charges show no new gun laws needed

Gun rights advocates are citing this week’s charging of a Tacoma mother and her male friend in the accidental shooting of a 3-year-old as evidence no new laws are necessary to punish irresponsible gun owners.

“Criminal charges filed in the death of a Tacoma, Washington toddler prove that the state does not need a new gun law to hold adults responsible for firearms negligence,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said this week.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist Tuesday charged Jahnisha McIntosh, 22, and Eric Vita, 23, with second-degree manslaughter in the accidental shooting death

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March
29th

Kidnapping foiled at James Center in Tacoma

Tacoma police are investigating an attempted abduction this evening at James Center, 1680 South Mildred St.

The incident occurred about 6 p.m.

The victim said a man got out of a gold car, hit her and tried to grab her, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The man fled when the victim screamed.

March
29th

Drug deal ends in robbery, SWAT call at Lakewood apartment complex

Lakewood police are searching for a man who pistol-whipped another man and stole $2,500.

“It was a drug deal gone bad,” Lt. Chris Lawler said.

The robber ran into an apartment at Oak Terrace Apartments, 42 Thunderbird Parkway S, and a SWAT team was called out to surround the unit.

Although officers spoke with the robber on the phone at one point, the apartment was empty when police obtained a warrant and entered the unit.

No description of the man was immediately available but Lawler said police know who he is.

March
29th

Puyallup man convicted of killing roomate, violating her remains

A man charged with fatally shooting his roommate and violating her remains before burying her body in a wooded area of Graham was convicted today.

Kelly Merz, 51, of Puyallup was found guilty of first-degree murder and sexually violating human remains in connection with the Sept. 11, 2011 death of 33-year-old Cori Lewis. He faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced April 20.

Lewis and a friend were renting a room in Merz’s apartment when he gave her an eviction notice. During an argument about the eviction, Merz tried unsuccessfully to break her neck and then

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