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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
31st

Officer-involved shooting in Tacoma

UPDATE: A Tacoma police officer shot and killed a man this afternoon in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, Police Chief Don Ramsdell said.

The officer, who’s been on the force for about five years, felt threatened by the man and fired two shots at him following a brief confrontation in the 800 block of South M Street, Ramsdell said. Investigators later found a .45-caliber handgun near the dead man’s body, the chief said. It was not clear whether the man pointed the gun at the officer.

Ramsdell said the investigators will interview the officer in the coming days to get his account

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Aug.
31st

30-acre wildfire burning on Key Peninsula

A quick-moving wildfire spread to nearly 30 acres on the Key Peninsula this afternoon, drawing about two dozen firefighters to battle the flames.

The blaze was reported shortly after noon near Wright Bliss Road and 150th Avenue KPN. It’s unknown what sparked the fire.

“In my 26 years here, this fire is one of the largest wildfires I’ve seen in the Key Peninsula,” said Key Peninsula Fire Department Chief Tom Lique.

Firefighters from Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One and the state Department of Natural Resources banded together to attack the flames, which chewed through acres of dry

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Aug.
31st

Fife police looking for reserve officer volunteers

The Fife Police Department is looking for 5-7 volunteers to join as reserve police officers.

Applications are due by Sept. 7 and testing is Sept. 15. The test includes a physical agility test and written exam. Oral interviews are conducted for those who make it that far.

Candidates will go through the academy in November, according to the department.

For more information, visit http://fpdreserves.yolasite.com/to-apply.php.

Aug.
31st

Fugitive wanted for home invasion robbery found hiding in Tacoma

A fugitive wanted for assaulting an elderly couple in Mason County during a home invasion robbery was arrested Thursday in Tacoma, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshal’s apprehension task force found Robert Michal about 5:20 p.m. at a home near S. 72nd Street and S. Sheridan Avenue and took him into custody.

Officials had said Michal may be living in Orting, but he told agents that he had been sleeping in Wright Park and wearing a hat and wig as a disguise.

Michal is the last of three men arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Lilliwaup. Authorities found

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Aug.
31st

UPDATED: Woman killed, 6 injured in alcohol-related crash in Spanaway

UPDATE as of 1:40 p.m. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the passenger who died in this morning’s crash as Amanda Halvorson, 23, of Auburn.

INITIAL POST: A woman was killed this morning when a pickup truck she was riding in rolled at least twice before crashing into a chain link fence and trees in Spanaway, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators said they found beer cans in the pickup truck and believe the collision was alcohol-related.

The accident occurred at 5:45 a.m. as the truck, which had seven young adults riding inside, was speeding

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Aug.
31st

Teens break into Tacoma elementary school, steal school supplies

Five teenagers were arrested late Thursday after breaking into a Tacoma school and stealing school supplies, police said.

The teens, ages 16 and 17, climbed onto the roof of Grant Elementary School, 1018 N. Prospect St., and were hanging out when they found an unsecured access door just before 11 p.m.

Three boys went inside an office and took pens, pencils, Post-It notes and erasers while the two girls waited on the roof, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Officers were called to the school by an alarm that sounded when the boys entered the building and by neighbors who heard

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Aug.
30th

Fife police contact, arrest man after comment made at public meeting

A man who said during the public speaking portion of the Fife City Council meeting Tuesday that he could “access money faster than anyone” going to an ATM was later arrested, Fife police said Wednesday.

The comment concerned those at the meeting, prompting officers to contact the man later in a nearby park after the gathering, police said.

It turned out the man had a misdemeanor warrant for theft out of Seattle, another out of Chehalis, and a felony warrant for probation violation out of Orgeon, police said.

Officers also found that he had a suspended license, though he admitted

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Aug.
30th

Five charged in home invasion robberies targeting Asian families in Tacoma

Pierce County prosecutors today charged five alleged gang members in a string of home invasion robberies that targeted Asian families in Tacoma over the last seven months.

Nolan Chouap, 19, Soy Oeung, 20, Alicia Ngo, 22, and brothers Azariah Ross, 18, and Azias Ross, 20, each face multiple counts of robbery, burglary and unlawful imprisonment. They are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

The five allegedly belong to a Cambodian street gang called Original Loco Boyz.

Authorities believe the group robbed Vietnamese, Filipino and Cambodian families at gunpoint in Tacoma’s East and South sides between Jan. 25 and Aug. 26.

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