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Archives: June 2012


Investigation ongoing for Puyallup homicide-suicide

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting deaths of a Puyallup couple outside their travel trailer home Wednesday night.

The deaths are believed to be the result of a homicide-suicide.

“They haven’t said yet who they think fired the shots,” sheriff’s Det.  Sgt. Jerry Bates said.

The couple, who was not married, has been identified as Jane Wright, 46, and David Baker, 54.

Neighbors heard shots about 6:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of 128th Street East. A family member also happened upon the bodies and called 911.

Detectives found Wright and Baker

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Motorcyclist killed after striking curb, being thrown into Lakewood store

Police said a 45-year-old motorcyclist died today in a Lakewood parking lot after being thrown from her bike into the side of a building.

Christine Rodgers exited state Route 512, crossed South Tacoma Way and was turning into the Eagle Leather parking lot when she struck a curb, Lakewood police Assistant Chief Mike Zaro said. The store is located at 10222 South Tacoma Way.

“She wasn’t able to negotiate the turn, struck a curb and was ejected,” he said.

Rodgers was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a helmet at the time of the 1:30 p.m. collision.


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Fund started for family of boy who drowned in Lake Tapps

A fund to support the family of the 16-year-old boy who drowned in Lake Tapps last week will be accepting donations starting tomorrow.

Contributions to “The Quentin Boggan Family Fund” can be made at any Chase Bank branch, as of tomorrow, said Kimber Lee of Chase Bank in Bonney Lake.

Boggan slipped under the water at Allen Yorke Park June 21. His friends pulled him out and started CPR, but he died later that day at a hospital.

He had just finished his freshman year at Bonney Lake High School, where he was a member of the football team.


Woman killed in Spanaway crash is identified

An 18-year-old Spanaway woman who was killed early Wednesday after losing control of her car and crashing into a tree has been identified as Andrea Smith.

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators said Smith was behind the wheel in the 2200 block of 208th Street East in Spanaway when she careened off the road and hit a tree just before 3 a.m.

Speed was a factor in the collision.

Her two male passengers, ages 17 and 18, were not seriously injured in the crash.


Teenager attacked outside Boys and Girls Club tells police assault may be gang retaliation

A 16-year-old boy and his girlfriend were attacked in the Boys and Girls Club parking lot at 1620 S. 17th St. this morning, in what the male victim told police might have been gang retaliation.

The couple were approached by five men and two women about 1 a.m., who began punching and kicking the victims for no apparent reason, Tacoma police say.

Police said the attackers also broke off a crossing guard and hit the 16-year-old, who suffered a cut over his eye. His 14-year-old girlfriend had mild bruising from the assault.


UPDATED: Man moving weapons accidentally shoots, kills self

A man who was moving weapons in his home Wednesday night was killed after one of the guns discharged and the bullet struck him, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident was reported just after 9 p.m. in the 6000 block of 176th Street East. Authorities initially believed the man had been cleaning his guns, but later determined that he had been moving firearms when one accidentally fired.

No other details were immediately available.


Puyallup couple found dead in possible homicide-suicide

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a possible homicide-suicide in unincorporated Puyallup.

Neighbors heard gunshots about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on a parcel in the 5000 block of 128th Street East where a couple lived in a travel trailer. A relative who happened to be driving by stopped when he noticed a body on the ground and called 911, said sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates.

A 54-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were found dead behind the trailer. They have not been identified. A handgun found near the bodies is being processed.

Authorities said the couple was not married and did not

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Tacoma homeowner dodges hatchet, shoots would-be burglar

A would-be burglar was shot in the shoulder this afternoon after breaking into a Tacoma home and throwing a hatchet at the homeowner.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. in the 3000 block of Tacoma Avenue South.

It is the second time in two weeks that a would-be burglar has been shot by a homeowner.

The homeowner was upstairs when he heard noises and called out to ask who was there. One of the burglars identified himself as a police officer, so the homeowner went downstairs.

“There were two suspects and one of them is armed with a hatchet, which

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