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Archives: July 2012


Woman accused of University Place bleach attack taken into custody

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has taken into custody a University Place woman accused of a May bleach attack, spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Deara Lewis, 22, allegedly threw bleach in another woman’s face at a convenience store in May, because the victim testified against her baby’s father.

She has been charged with intimidating a witness, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, and was booked about 2 p.m.

Details of her arrest were not immediately available.


CLEARED: 3-car crash involving semi trucks blocking lane of SR 512

UPDATE: The collision is cleared, Trooper Guy Gill said.

INITIAL POST: A three-car collision involving two semi trucks is blocking one lane of westbound State Route 512 at Interstate 5, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said. There were no injuries, and the lane is expected to open soon, Gill said.

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UPDATED: Authorities find felon hiding in chicken coop near Summit

UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: Deputies found the man hiding in a vacant chicken coop in the 4900 block of 96th Street East, said spokesman Ed Troyer. A K-9 was sent in to get him, and medical aid is on the way to check the suspect before he is booked on multiple charges, Troyer said. A citizen contacted authorities when he noticed his coop was forced open, Troyer added.

INITIAL POST: Authorities have surrounded a wooded area in Summit and are searching for wanted felon who is believed to be armed, according to Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

The 36-year-old man,

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Dog killed in Sumner house fire

A dog was killed today when a fire tore through a Sumner house, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

The blaze was reported about 12:45 p.m. in the 8100 block of 148th Avenue Court East. Fire officials said the flames quickly spread to the attic.

An elderly couple who lived there managed to escape on their own but their 12-year-old dog died.

The cause is under investigation but a candle left burning in a bedroom is believed to have sparked the fire.


Son of Buckley councilman pleads guilty to tampering with a witness in father’s child-rape case

The son of a Buckley city councilman has pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness in the first-degree child rape case against his father.

Travis Reed, 31, entered the plea July 19. Pierce County Superior Court Judge John McCarthy sentenced him to six months of community custody and ordered him not to have contact with the victim.

Reed acknowledged sending a text message to the victim’s mother last year offering to pay $200 a month until the girl turned 18 if she would drop charges against his father, Randy Reed.

The woman reported him to Buckley police.

Randy Reed pleaded

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Four charged with kidnapping JBLM soldier for “snitch” money

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was kidnapped and tortured last week by four people who sold him drugs and then demanded money because they thought he was a snitch, authorities said.

Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged Frederick Clifford, 34; Melissa Parr, 33; Krista James, 30; and Jacques Gerber, 33, with first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment. Gerber and Parr also face charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes. Brenda Gerber, 34, is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

The 23-year-old victim reported the incident early Wednesday

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Olympia woman came home to find armed man in her apartment

An Olympia woman came home late Monday and found an armed burglar in her apartment, police said.

The burglar escaped through a back door when the victim returned to The Evergreen Village Apartments about 11:45 p.m. She was not injured and it’s unclear what items were stolen.

Olympia police, assisted by Tumwater police and Thurston County sheriff’s deputies, searched the area with a K-9 unit but did not find the burglar.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300 or Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.


CLEARED: Collision blocking lane of westbound SR 16 at east end of Tacoma Narrows Bridge

UPDATE: All lanes are open.

INITIAL POST: A rollover collision on westbound State Route 16 at the east end of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is blocking the left lane, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation at 4:34 p.m. WSDOT traffic cameras show vehicles backed up to at least the South Union Avenue ramp.

One vehicle carrying a 25-foot travel trailer was involved in the collision, and there is minor injury, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.