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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
30th

Orting woman killed in rollover crash

A 40-year-old Orting woman was killed late Saturday when her car rolled over on state Route 162.

The Washington State Patrol says Jennifer L. Land was traveling westbound on SR 162 just before 10 p.m. in a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer. According to the State Patrol, Land failed to negotiate a curve near Fish Hatchery Road and left the roadway. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top.

Land was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been wearing a seat belt.

Trooper Guy Gill said that alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.

Sep.
28th

Tacoma police on the lookout for serial robber

Tacoma police are looking for a man thought responsible for at least five armed robberies. Detectives believe the same man committed the following crimes:

  • September 19th at a Subway on Tacoma Mall Blvd. in Tacoma
  • September 22nd at a Safeway on S. 56th St. in Tacoma
  • September 24th at a Pizza Time on Pacific Ave. in Tacoma
  • September 24th at a Pizza Hut on Pacific Ave. in Tacoma
  • September 25th at a Papa John’s Pizza on Pacific Ave. in Tacoma

Witnesses said the suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded cash from clerks. The  suspect fired a

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Sep.
28th

Teenage girl jailed in murder of 51-year-old Lakewood man; more arrests likely

A 17-year-old girl is being held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail in connection with the murder of a Lakewood man found beaten and bound in the Graham area earlier this month.

Pierce County prosecutors have until Tuesday to decide what charges to file against Aileenah Horton, who made her first appearance in Superior Court this afternoon. She’s being prosecuted as an adult.

Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said several more arrests are likely in the coming days.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives believe Horton played a part in the death of 51-year-old  Dean Barker, whose body

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Sep.
28th

Mount Rainier plant operator pleads guilty to dumping sewage in Nisqually River, resigns

A treatment plant operator accused of directing 200,000 gallons of sewage into the Nisqually River pleaded guilty today and resigned his post at Mount Rainier National Park.

As part of the plea deal, 52-year-old James Barber resigned from the Park Service and agreed not to enter the park for five years.

Federal prosecutors charged him with violating the Clean Water Act, a misdemeanor, after he failed in August 2011 to stop a buildup of sewage at the plant that serves the Paradise Inn and Paradise Visitor’s Center.

The filters at the plant became clogged due to an influx of

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Sep.
28th

Pilot program to help at-risk youth kicks off in Tacoma this weekend

The Tacoma Police Department launches a pilot program Saturday aimed at helping runaways, juvenile offenders and their families.

A workshop dubbed the “IF Project” will be held for 20 at-risk kids in the city. Organizers said they want the youths to “visualize the paths they might take if they had some level of stability and support.”

The program is based on a similar one in Seattle that started five years ago.

“We see so many bright young people with so much potential go through our system in a recurring fashion, and it is just heartbreaking,” Tacoma Assistant Police Chief Kathy

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Sep.
28th

Grandfather, grandson killed in Kent house fire

Investigators are trying to determine what started a fire that killed a 69-year-old man and his 19-year-old grandson at their Kent home early this morning.

The blaze was reported about 4 a.m. in the 3900 block of South 238th Street.

Responding firefighters found two women in the front yard who had safely escaped the house, which was consumed by heavy flame and smoke when crews arrived. The women told firefighters two men were trapped inside.

Crews were unable to enter the house because the fire was burning too hot and the smoke was too thick. They knocked the flames down

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Sep.
28th

Marijuana grow discovered in Fife; two arrested

For the third time this summer, Fife police stopped a marijuana grow Thursday.

Detectives served a search warrant at a home just before 8 a.m. and found 114 pot plants, drug paraphernalia and items used to cultivate marijuana. The address of the grow house was not immediately available.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance.

In early June, police arrested a man who was growing pot at a home in the 2400 block of 54th Avenue East. Last month, a grow house was discovered in the 1900 block of 62nd Avenue East near two day

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Sep.
28th

Man injured in drive-by shooting in Tacoma

A man driving through Tacoma this morning was shot in the foot during a drive-by shooting, police said.

The victim was driving with friends about 12:10 a.m. when a dark-colored SUV pulled up along them in the 6400 block of East M Street and someone inside fired a single round.

The bullet went through the driver’s side door and lodged in the victim’s foot. The SUV sped off.

The victim drove to a nearby Safeway in the 700 block of South 56th Street and asked people in the parking lot to call 911. He was taken to a hospital with

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