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Archives: Nov. 2012

Nov.
30th

Police seek beer bandits

Tacoma police are searching for a pair of suspects in a series of convenience-store robberies.

The thief typically sought money from the cash register; more often, he took beer, cigarettes, lighters and cheap cigars.

The six incidents took place between Oct. 25 and Nov. 6. The robberies followed the same pattern: a man wearing a hoodie and a bandanna over his face, armed with a handgun. Sometimes the man brought an accomplice.

The first strike came at the Jubilee Restaurant in the 800 block of South 38th Street. The last incident hit Big Willy’s Market in the 4300 block of

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Nov.
30th

Pierce County Jail inmate hangs himself with bed sheet

A man facing life in prison under Washington’s “three strikes you’re out” law hanged himself in the Pierce County Jail this morning, authorities said.

Corrections officers reported that the 28-year-old man was OK during a routine check of his cell at 10:25 a.m., sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. During another check about an hour later they found he’d hanged himself using a bed sheet, Troyer said.

Corrections officers attempted CPR but were unsuccessful.

The News Tribune is not reporting his name because it is unclear this afternoon if his next of kin has been notified of his death.

The man

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Nov.
30th

Tacoma man convicted of federal sex-trafficking charges

A federal jury today convicted a Tacoma man of trafficking women and girls for sex.

Alexander Walls, 27, faces a possible life prison term when sentenced March 1, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle reported.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours following a 13-day trial before convicting Walls of  conspiracy to transport a juvenile for prostitution, interstate transportation of a child for prostitution, witness tampering, conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

Federal prosecutors argued Walls recruited women and girls to work for him as

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Nov.
30th

Fire damages storage tank at Orting business

Fire damaged a wax storage tank at a cardboard plant in Orting late Thursday, firefighters reported.

The blaze broke out about 11:45 p.m. in the 10,000-gallon tank at Commencement Bay Corrugated, Orting Valley Fire & Rescue said. Workers at the plant use the wax to manufacture water-resistant cardboard.

Nearly 20 firefighters from three departments responded to the fire and brought it under control about 16 minutes after arriving, the agency said.

Damage is estimated at $3,000. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Nov.
30th

Driver fleeing from deputies hits house in Tacoma

The incident began when a deputy tried to stop the man for a traffic violation, Tacoma police reported. Instead of pulling over, he sped away, leading deputies throughtout the southern part of the city.

At one point, deputies broke off the pursuit but later picked it up again after spotting the fleeing car, police said.

The man lost control of the his car on South 38 Street near its intersection with South L Street. The vehicle slammed into an occupied house before careening into the intersection and coming to rest, police said.

The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken

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Nov.
28th

UDPATED: Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash with car in Tacoma

UPDATE: The patient is a 46-year-old male, according to Tacoma police. He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center and his injuries remained life-threatening Thursday night, spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

INITIAL POST: A motorcyclist is in critical condition tonight after a crash with a vehicle at South 96th Street and Pacific Avenue South, according to Tacoma Fire.

Medics from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and Tacoma Fire were dispatched to the scene at 7:42 p.m.

The patient was taken to a local hospital.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

Nov.
28th

CLEARED: SR 410 shut down at 166th in Sumner after gas line break, local daycare evacuated

UPDATE as of 8:41 p.m. Construction crews working on road improvements accidentally hit a 2-inch gas line, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue. The daycare, the Bonney Lake Justice Center, and local officers were evacuated as a precaution, East Pierce said. People in an apartment complex were asked to remain there as emergency crews worked.

The leak was stopped just before 8 p.m.

State Route 410 was closed for about 1  1/2 hours. Main Street East will be closed as the gas line is fixed.

No one was injured.

UPDATE as of 6 p.m. The gas leak has been

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Nov.
28th

Police say man shot at in Auburn returned fire with 5-year-old son in backseat, gun found in child’s pocket

Auburn police say a domestic dispute today escalated to gunfire exchanged between two vehicles, and ended with officers finding a gun in the pocket of a 5-year-old boy who was in the backseat of one of the cars.

Officers responded at 11:20 a.m. to a report of gunshots fired at 21st Place Southeast and 21st Street Southeast.

A man in his early thirties was parked in the driveway of a former girlfriend with their five-year-old son in the backseat, according to Cmdr. Mike Hirman.

The woman and two other men drove up and fired several rounds at the man, Hirman said.

He

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