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Archives: March 2012

March
27th

Orting house fire causes $150,000 in damage

A late night house fire caused $150,000 in damage to an Orting home, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported at 10:10 p.m. Monday at a two-story house in the 1100 block of Boatman Lane.

It took a half hour for 21 firefighters from Orting, Graham and East Pierce Fire & Rescue to knock down the flames.

A cause has not been determined.

March
27th

Cops snare 288 drivers in St. Pat’s Day DUI patrol

A multi-agency DUI task force stopped 288 drivers who were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a bit too enthusiastically this year.

About half those drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. The other half, who didn’t meet the legal definition of being impaired, were issued warnings, said the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force.

In addition to their DUI arrests, those drivers were ticketed for a variety of other offenses including speeding, negligent driving, violating driver’s license restrictions, driving while their license was suspended or without insurance or without wearing a seat belt.

Police, deputies and state troopers

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March
27th

Mom whose car and child were stolen left keys in ignition

Pierce County detectives suspect a thief who stole a car with a child inside near a Puyallup-area day care Tuesday morning may have been lurking outside hoping parents would leave their cars unattended while dropping off their children.

The thief abandoned the 2010 Ford Focus with a 16-month-old child inside on a side street about a dozen blocks from the child care center. The child was unharmed.

Sheriff’s deputies and police from several local jurisdictions had cast a large dragnet at mid-morning Tuesday after they were alerted about the theft. They set up road blocks and cordoned off the neighborhood

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March
27th

Additional details on grisly Tacoma homicide

Court filings are revealing additional details today in a grisly murder-dismemberment last week in a downtown Tacoma home.

Those court papers allege that John Jones, who was charged with murder in the case Monday, not only removed the victim’s legs and head with a handsaw, but also one arm.

Jones, prosecutors theorize, was trying to cut 54-year-old Wayne Williams into small enough parts that he could load the body into multiple garbage sacks and carry them out of his home for disposal.

Before he finished the job, however, Williams’ decaying body began to smell, and Jones’ mother called police.

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March
27th

Tacoma man gets 10-year sentence for human trafficking and firearm possession

A 24-year-old Tacoman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday in Tacoma U.S. District court for one count of human trafficking and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Jonelle LaJohn Braun pleaded guilty to those charges in late December last year.

The sentencing arose from an incident in March last year when police arrested Braun on suspicion of a parole violation as he left a Federal Way motel. Bruan, who has felony convictions for several crimes including assault, burglary, cocaine delivery, possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm, had a .380 caliber semi-automatic

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March
27th

Man dies after falling into the Sound near ferry terminal

A 25-year-old man has died at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center this morning despite efforts to revive him after he fell into Puget Sound from a raft last night off West Seattle.

The man and several companions were ferrying supplies from the beach near Lincoln Park in three rafts when the man fell overboard. His friends called 911 and began searching for him about 9:30 p.m. Divers found his body about 25 feet offshore.

They pulled his body aboard their boat and began CPR. An ambulance transported him to Harborview. Apparent drowning victims can sometimes be revived when they drown in

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