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Archives: April 2012


Third and final Tacoma home-invasion suspect appears in court

A third man charged in the home-invasion robbery of a 67-year-old Tacoma woman pleaded not guilty today in Pierce County Superior Court.

Monaroes Sar, 26, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment. Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Sar jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Prosecutors contend Sar and Jesse Eugene Grimes, 20, entered the home of Gabrele Senn the night of April 17 and held her at gunpoint. They first demanded her bank account information and PIN but were unable to access her money, court records show. They then ransacked her house and tried to make off

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UPDATED: Pierce County prosecutor charges Buckley mother with bleaching daughter’s eyes

UPDATED at 2:01 p.m.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 29-year-old Buckley mother with assault, alleging she repeatedly put bleach into her toddler’s eyes and caused permanent vision loss in the right eye.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jennifer Mothershead on Friday after nearly a yearlong investigation.

She pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault of a child during her arraignment this afternoon. Mothershead was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Court documents provide the following information.

The 14-month-old girl was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle last May after she sustained a serious head

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UPDATED: Weekend apartment fire in Lakewood ruled accidental

UPDATED at 1:53 p.m.

A Lakewood apartment fire that displaced 26 residents Saturday afternoon started on a bed that was pushed up against a baseboard heater.

The flames spread from the first-floor unit at the Twin Oaks complex, 4801 115th Street Court S.W., and gutted nine apartments total.

No one was injured but 26 residents were left without a place to stay. The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter provided the residents with food, clothing and other personal items.

The fire caused about $450,000 in damage and was ruled an accident, West Pierce Fire & Rescue reported today.



Man suspected of robbing Lakewood restaurant twice in eight days

Lakewood police say a man has robbed a small Mexican restaurant for the second time in a little over a week.

The robber has targeted El Paraiso Restaurant, 2510 84th St. S. The first heist occurred April 19.

Lakewood police say the same suspect returned to the restaurant Friday just before 11:30 a.m. He handed an employee a note that indicated he had a gun. (No weapon was ever seen.)

The robber then left.

The suspect is described as black, about 30 years old, 5 feet 9 and 150 pounds. He has a medium build and wore a grey sweatshirt

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UPDATED: Warrant issued for suspect in UPS shooting

UPDATED at 10:42 a.m.:

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 27-year-old Tacoma man suspected of firing a gun at two University of Puget Sound campus security officers last week.

Bryan Michael Windmeyer was charged Friday with first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, felony harassment, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and vehicle prowling. Detectives suspect Windmeyer was trying to leave the area.

Windmeyer, who has prior convictions for robbery and driveby shooting, is suspected in an altercation with two UPS security officers Wednesday evening.

Charging documents and Tacoma police provided this account.

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Mount Rainier could see 6-12 inches of snow by Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Central Cascades and highway passes with up to 12 inches of snow expected to fall by Tuesday.

The advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Forecasters say rain should begin falling in the Cascades tonight and continue through Monday, dropping the snow level to nearly 3,000 feet by Tuesday morning.

Mount Rainier could see 6-12 inches of powder and the highway passes could see 1-3 inches, according to the Weather Service.


Red Cross helps 26 people displaced in Lakewood fire

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter is assisting 26 people who were displaced from their homes Saturday after a fire destroyed several units at a Lakewood apartment complex.

The blaze gutted nine apartments at the Twin Oaks complex, 4801 115th Street Court SW.

Nobody was injured. The Red Cross said it has provided 26 people with food, clothing and other personal items. It opened a shelter at Clover Park Technical College Saturday night but those displaced have now found friends or family members to stay with.

A cause has not been determined.