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Archives: July 2012

July
30th

Pried-open safe found by Puyallup River in Fife

Fife police are looking for information about an abandoned safe found about 8:30 a.m. today by the Puyallup River.

It was empty, had been pried open, and the serial number had been removed, police said.

They believe it may have been taken as part of a burglary or robbery, and have lifted prints from it.

It is a “Fire Fyter” brand safe, and the model is FF3095, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fife Police Department at 253-922-6633.

Police say the safe is similar to the one pictured below.

July
30th

UPDATED: Firefighters on scene of house fire in Northeast Tacoma

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Three exotic birds were rescued from cages in the back of the home, said fire spokesman Joe Meinecke. The fire appears to have started in the garage, but investigators are still determining where and how it began, Meinecke said. The structure is “heavily damaged,” mostly in the garage and the part of the house above it, he said. A truck parked outside the house was also damaged.

3:16 p.m.: The fire is out. There is heavy damage to the building and there are no injuries to report, according to Tacoma fire.

INITIAL POST:Tacoma firefighters were called to

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July
30th

50 gallons of asphalt spilled on road near Roy

A Pierce County road crew working near Roy spilled 50 gallons of asphalt after a tank lid blew off this morning while the crew heated oil for the job, according to a county spokesman.

The incident occurred on Allen Road. No one was injured and the state Department of Ecology was notified.

The tank venting system may have malfunctioned, county spokesman Hunter George said. An official cause hasn’t been determined.

July
30th

Prosecutors: Pierce County man ransacked neighbor’s home, drew swastikas on child’s easel

A Pierce County man is accused of ransacking a neighbor’s home to steal guns and games to sell, and drawing swastikas and “666” on a child’s easel.

Robert Bowers, 38, pleaded not guilty last week to first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and second-degree theft for the May 26 break-in.

Prosecutors charged Bowers last week after the victim found a job application that Bowers had filled out hidden behind a bookshelf near where the burglar broke into the home by pushing a mounted air conditioner through a window. The victim said he delayed checking that room to avoid disrupting forensics

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July
29th

Deputy injured in Auburn pursuit

A King County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to Valley General Hospital with minor neck and back injuries tonight after a vehicle he was pursuing accelerated into his patrol car, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West said.

The 34-year-old female suspect, in a small red car, was driving when she saw a deputy behind her and accelerated, West said.

The deputy tried to stop the woman, who was driving in a reckless manner, West said.

The woman made her way to Highway 167 and exited to 15th Street Northwest, where she hit a car that was going east, West said.

The crash turned the car

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July
29th

CLEARED: Southbound I-5 blocked by Boeing Field, reports of rollover collision and shooting

UPDATE 8 p.m.: The Seattle Police Department says one vehicle shot at another, starting about 4 p.m. in the 9000 block of Beacon Avenue South. The chase continued to I-5, where the victim’s vehicle collided with another car, causing the three-car crash.

The suspects are at large. Seattle Police Gang Unit detectives will investigate, Detective Jeff Kappel said.

In addition to the victim, two women in another car in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to SPD.

The windows of another vehicle were shot out by a stray bullet fired by the suspects,

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July
29th

Tacoma man shot by suspects breaking into his home

UPDATE 5:58 p.m.: A 19-year-old Tacoma man was shot early this morning as he tried to chase about three masked men who broke into his home, said police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

Police were called about 4:24 a.m. this morning to the home in the 1000 block of South Trafton Street, Fulghum said.

The man was home with his family, in his room, when the suspects kicked in the front door. The victim ran out and chased the suspects to the common entryway of the two-unit building, at which point one of the suspects shot him near the hip, Fulghum said.

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July
29th

Prairie Ridge mobile home fire put out

Flames were visible from the bedroom of a mobile home about 3 p.m. today in the 12500 block of 223rd Avenue East, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

Firefighters arrived on scene at the Prairie Ridge address and the blaze was knocked down. They searched the area and nothing was found.

No further details were immediately available.