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Archives: Oct. 2012

Oct.
30th

Spiritual gathering to be held outside Tacoma homicide victim’s home

A brief spiritual gathering will be held Wednesday outside a North Tacoma home where an elementary school teacher was beaten to death last week.

The Moment of Blessing for Robert Meline, 56, will begin at 3 p.m. at Meline’s home in the 900 block of North Union Avenue.

Meline was beaten to death in his home early Thursday. His son, Jonathan Meline, has been charged with first-degree murder.

The Associated Ministries sponsors the Moment of Blessing ceremonies at locations in Pierce County where homicides have occurred. The ceremonies are intended to provide support for the victims’ families, friends and the

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Oct.
29th

UPDATED: Construction worker injured in Auburn fire

UPDATE: The fire was an accident, probably caused by flammable vapors coming into contact with an energized electrical appliance, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority. The estimated damage is $50,000.

INITIAL POST: Fire crews responded at 7:44 p.m. to a report of a duplex fire in the 1000 block of 43 Court Northeast, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

They arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from one unit.

The house was under construction and residents of the other unit evacuated safely.

A 33-year-old construction worker was treated for minor burns.

The fire was put out,

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Oct.
29th

No murder charges for four tied to Bonney Lake fatal shooting

A man was shot dead in a Bonney Lake garage last week, but none of the four people tied to the slaying will face a murder charge.

It started with two men planning to rob some acquaintances of prescription drugs and ended with one of the men, 26-year-old Donald Thomas, being shot multiple times.

Today, Thomas’ cohort, 20-year-old Colton Elliot Geeson, was charged with attempted robbery. The three people who lived in the duplex that was robbed – Job Mitchell Edwards, 33; Michael Allen Edwards, 35; and Krystal Lee Frietas, 32; have each been charged with first-degree kidnapping and felony

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Oct.
29th

UPDATED: South Hill woman charged with fatally stabbing mother claimed to be ‘spiritually raped’

UPDATED as of 1:46 p.m. Meshawn West pleaded not guilty at her arraignment this afternoon. Bail was set at $2 million.

INITIAL POST: A woman charged with stabbing her mother to death in their South Hill home told detectives she decided to attack her mom after being “spiritually raped.”

Meshawn West, 39, was charged today with one count of first-degree murder. She will be arraigned this afternoon.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives arrested Meshawn West Saturday after responding to a 911 call at the family’s house in the 13000 block of 158th Street Court East. They found West covered in blood

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Oct.
29th

New storm could bring another inch of rain, possible flooding

Heavy rains are expected to keep pelting the region this week, bringing an inch or so in the next two days and possibly flooding a section of the Puyallup River.

“The faucet’s been turned back on,” National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

Showers will continue through most of today, accompanied by 10 to 15 mile per hour winds. The high is 60.

A new system is supposed to hit Tuesday and last through Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters said Tacoma could see an inch of precipitation. Mountain areas – like Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park – could receive 2 to

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Oct.
29th

Man convicted of killing cab driver charged with Lakewood bank robbery

A man convicted of killing a taxi cab driver near Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a teenager is now charged with robbing a bank in Lakewood.

Marciano Ellis, 30, is back in prison for violating his probation for the 1999 fatal shooting of Donald Ray Barker.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with first-degree robbery for a Sept. 26 holdup of a Key Bank branch in Lakewood. He has not been arraigned in that case.

Ellis allegedly entered the bank holding a wallet filled with fake money – presumably to look like he had legitimate business in the bank – and

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Oct.
28th

Police investigating shooting at Fife apartment

Fife police have been at an apartment today investigating a shooting in the 6600 block of 20th Street East.

About 2:30 p.m. officers received a report of a shooting victim, and arrived to find a man in his mid-30s on the back porch of the apartment with a gunshot wound to his lower back, Fife police Cmdr. Tim Floyd said.

The man was taken to the hospital with what seemed to be non life-threatening injuries, Floyd said.

The woman who lives in the apartment called 911, but said she was not home at the time of the shooting, Floyd said.

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Oct.
28th

Flood watch issued for Puyallup River near Orting Monday

Rain tomorrow could cause minor flooding of the Puyallup River near Orting, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists expect a wet weather system to bring about an inch of rain overnight, which they say could cause the river to overflow in that area.

The flood watch issued is in effect from Monday morning through the afternoon. The watch means conditions are favorable for a flood, and that residents should monitor forecasts and be ready to act if the event happens.

A warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.