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Archives: June 2012


Attempted armed robbery in Tacoma reported Friday night

Tacoma police reported an attempted armed robbery Friday night.

The crime was reported about 10:15 p.m. at a business on the 4300 block of East Portland Avenue, Tacoma police Lt. Jerry Laramie said.

A black male entered the business armed with a rifle. The proprietor approached the suspect and a struggle ensued. The suspect let go of the weapon and fled on foot.

Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

No arrest have been made as of Saturday afternoon, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.


Mount Rainier rangers hope to get Hall on Monday

Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park say Monday, July 2, may be the next opportunity to retrieve the body of climbing ranger Nick Hall.

“Current forecasts indicate Monday may provide a short window of opportunity for a safe recovery,” National Parks spokeswoman Barb Maynes said Saturday.

Rangers attempted to retrieve Hall from Mount Rainier on Thursday, but were
forced to call off the mission due to high winds and deteriorating weather.

Hall died on June 21 while responding to a rescue of four
injured climbers on Mount Rainier. All four climbers were safely evacuated from the mountain.


Business owner wrestles rifle from robber

The owner of a Portland Avenue business foiled an armed robbery attempt Friday night by wrestling a rifle away from the suspect.

Tacoma police say the suspect entered a business at 4314 East Portland Ave. shortly after 10 p.m., armed with a .22 caliber rifle.

The proprietor approached the suspect and wrestled with him over the firearm, police say. The suspect let go of the weapon and fled on foot.

Police searched the area but were unable to find the man.


Animal control takes about 40 cats from Spanaway home, took more than 120 from same woman in 2009

Animal control says it confiscated about 40 cats earlier this month from a Spanaway home that it took more than 120 cats from in 2009.

Officials rounded up most of the cats June 13 and set live traps that captured several more the following week, said animal control supervisor Brian Boman. He described the animals as wild.

Animal control responded after receiving a complaint about many cats coming and going from the house.

The woman who owned the animals will not be prosecuted, because the cats were all healthy. Prosecuting for animal cruelty requires that the animals have been in

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Ex-Lakewood cop sentenced to 33 months for stealing from families of his fallen comrades

This comes from staff writer Sean Robinson, who tweeted the hearing live this afternoon:

Skeeter Manos, the disgraced ex-cop convicted of stealing from the spouses and children of his fallen colleagues, was sentenced this afternoon to two years, nine months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan handed down the sentence in federal court in Tacoma.

Manos, 35, pleaded guilty this spring to one count of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said he took more than $100,000 from an account used to collect donations for the families of four Lakewood police officers shot by Maurice Clemmons in 2009. Manos, who

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Street light wire thefts cost Pierce County $8,865 in repairs

Whoever stole 4,200 feet of wire that powers six street lights on a Frederickson road cost Pierce County nearly $9,000 in repairs.

A signal technician was doing a routine inspection of street lights June 19 when he discovered someone had unbolted the boxes that hold the wires and removed 3,000 feet.

The wires provided power to six street lights along a half-mile stretch at 38th Street and 192nd Street.

Crews spent the next two days replacing the wiring and welding the lids closed on the junction boxes to keep them secure. When crews came back June 22 to finish the

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UPDATED: Possible pipe bomb discovered at Graham wrecking yard

UPDATE: The suspected bomb was rendered safe, and officials are doing forensic work to determine where it came from, Pierce County sheriff’s detective Sgt. Jerry Bates said.

Pierce County sheriff’s bomb squad is responding to reports of a possible pipe bomb found in the trunk of a vehicle parked at a wrecking yard in the 21400 block of state Route 161.

Wrecking yard employees found the suspected bomb about 4 p.m.

We will post more information as it becomes available.


Pierce County man who died in accidental shooting is identified

A man who died in an accidental shooting Wednesday night while moving several guns has been identified as 41-year-old Charles Abbe.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. at his home in the 6000 block of 176th Street East.

Pierce County sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates said one of the weapons discharged while Abbe was trying to move it.