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Archives: Nov. 2012

Nov.
28th

Teenager pleads not guilty to first-degree murder in death of Tacoma man

Marcus Langford, 16, pleaded not guilty today in Pierce County Superior Court to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in the death earlier this month of Tacoma’s David Watson.

Judge Kathryn Nelson ordered Langford, who is being prosecuted as an adult, jailed in lieu of $1 million bail. Nelson also issued an arrest warrant for 16-year-old James Stimson, who is suspected of firing the shot that killed Watson.

Prosecutors contend Langford and Stimson robbed Watson as he sat in his truck in the early-morning hours of Nov. 18  in the parking lot of a convenience

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Nov.
28th

Pierce County burn ban lifted

Pierce County’s burn ban has been lifted as of 9 a.m.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued the Stage 1 burn ban Sunday due to air quality concerns. Stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution prompted the ban. Those conditions were expected to change late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

 

 

Nov.
28th

Lakewood Fallen Officers Food Drive starts Thursday

The Lakewood Police Department kicks off its third Fallen Officers Food Drive on Thursday.

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee will make remarks at an 8 a.m. ceremony at the Lakewood police station, 9401 Lakewood Drive Southwest. Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar also will speak.

Volunteers, soldiers form Joint Base Lewis-McChord and police employees will attend the ceremony and accept food or cash donations.

The drive will continue through Dec. 7 and benefits the Emergency Food Network. Donations of food or cash can be dropped off at the Lakewood Police Department, any Pierce

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Nov.
28th

Arrest made in mysterious death of Tacoma man

UPDATE: Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said he will charge the 16-year-old boy with first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm this afternoon. Robbery appeared to be the motive, Sorensen said.

The boy in custody and another 16-year-old boy apparently confronted Watson with a gun and demanded his possessions, Sorensen said. Watson reportedly laughed at them and grabbed for the pistol when he was shot, the deputy prosecutor said.

An arrest warrant is being sought for the other boy.

PREVIOUS POST: Tacoma police have arrested a man in the Nov. 18 shooting death of David Watson.

Officers

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Nov.
27th

Man arrested after Federal Way crash with Pierce County bus

A 31-year-old man was arrested after a crash with a Pierce County bus today that involved drugs or alcohol, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash happened about 3:20 p.m. on southbound Interstate 5 near South 376th Street, when a vehicle failed to slow for traffic and struck the bus, the State Patrol reported.

No one was injured.

Further details were not immediately available.

Nov.
27th

Man accused of robbing Spanaway grocery store, trying to stab employees over $15

A man is accused of robbing a Spanaway Safeway store in the 15800 block of Pacific Avenue South with a knife Nov. 21, according to court documents.

Neil Thomas Hiller, 25, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree attempted assault.

An attorney for Hiller could not be reached Tuesday night.

According to charging papers:

Loss prevention officers at the store told deputies that Hiller stole $15.83 in merchandise. When the employees confronted him, he pulled a knife and told them to get away or he would “shank” them.

Hiller fled with the stolen

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Nov.
27th

Man accused of robbing gas station with air soft gun

A man pleaded not guilty Monday to robbing a Shell station on Pacific Avenue South.

Jonathan Patrick Durham, 22, is charged with first-degree robbery.

A lawyer for Durham could not be reached Tuesday night.

According to court documents:

A suspect entered the station about 12:45 a.m. Nov. 18 and pointed what looked like an automatic pistol at an employee, then took the cash register and left.

Investigators determined that Durham was a suspect, based on a source that specifically identified him as the robber. The robbery was caught on video.

When officers searched Durham’s home, they found the cash register

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Nov.
27th

Woman accused of stealing, depositing checks from deceased 97-year-old

A woman pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole and deposited checks from a deceased 97-year-old woman.

Christa Nelson, 21, allegedly saw the fire department respond to the woman’s home Oct. 28, and took the checks from the unlocked house the next day.

She is charged with residential burglary, unlawful possession of payment instruments, three counts of second-degree identity theft and three counts of forgery.

An attorney for Nelson could not be reached Tuesday evening.

According to court documents:

The woman’s daughter recently reported that several fraudulent checks were written on her deceased mother’s account.

The checks were

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