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Archives: Dec. 2012


Stage 1 burn ban in effect for Pierce County

A Stage 1 burn ban is in effect for Pierce and Snohomish counties as of 5 p.m. Dec. 29 until further notice, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Cold and stagnant weather expected to last through the week may cause a build-up of air pollution, which could reach unhealthy levels for some groups.

Places where wood burning is common could be particularly affected.

Air pollution is particularly harmful to children, adults over age 65, diabetics, and people with heart and lung problems, according to the agency.

People sensitive to the pollution should limit time outside, particularly while exercising, the

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Police say suspect pulled gun and made threats at underage Tacoma party

A large underage drinking party ended in arrest overnight, after one person pulled a handgun and threatened to kill others at the gathering, according to Tacoma police.

The suspect made the threats because he was offended by something someone had said at the party in the 3300 block of North Whitman Street, police said.

Others at the party initially managed to get the gun away from him, but he regained control, according to police.

Witnesses identified the suspect to officers when they arrived, and he was detained without incident, police said.

He was arrested for investigation of assault.


Puyallup man, 54, dies in one-car accident

A 54-year-old Puyallup man died around noon Saturday when his car hit a tree and flipped.

Francis Gierczynski was driving west on Highway 512 just east of 7th Avenue Southeast when his 1997 Mercury Cougar left the roadway, hit a tree and came to rest on its top, the Washington Highway Patrol reported.

The cause of the single-car accident is under investigation.


Police seek robber who held up bank in Puyallup

Puyallup police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the masked man who robbed a Heritage Bank branch last week.

The man entered the bank, 4627 S. Meridian St. SE, about 5:10 p.m. Dec. 21 and demanded $10,000 from two bank tellers. He indicated he had a bomb and pulled out what appeared to be a remote control for a toy car, Capt. Scott Engle said.

The robber fled with an unknown amount of money after throwing the remote control at a teller and dropping his backpack. The remote had a note attached saying there was not actually a

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Puyallup police arrest suspected car prowler

Puyallup police arrested a suspected car prowler early this morning after a resident spotted the man trying to open car doors in the parking lot of the Hampton Apartments.

The prowler, dressed in dark clothing, was spotted just before 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the Hampton Apartments, 2509 S. Meridian.

He tried to flee when police arrived, but officers arrested the 36-year-old man.

Capt. Scott Engle said burglary tools like a pry bar and bolt cutters, as well as “jiggle keys” used to steal cars, were found on the alleged prowler.

He also had two warrants for unrelated

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House fire causes $21,000 in damages to Issaquah house

An Issaquah house suffered $21,000 in damages Thursday night after a fire started in a bedroom, according to Eastside Fire & Rescue.

The blaze was reported about 8:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of Northeast 24th Street.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and kept it from spreading to nearby structures, the department reported.

No one was home when the blaze started. The cause is being investigated.


Man charged with fatally stabbing cousin in Auburn

A man accused of fatally stabbing his cousin in Auburn and throwing coffee on a detective in an attempt to escape the interview room faces three counts related to the incidents.

King County prosecutors on Thursday charged Bradley Courville, 24, with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, disarming a law enforcement officer and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is set to be arraigned Jan. 10.

Officers were called Dec. 12 to a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South. They found Quinn Oliver, 26, dead of a stab wound to the neck. Courville was allegedly hiding in the

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Tacoma police officer involved in fatal shooting is identified

The Tacoma Police Department has identified the officer who fatally shot a 22-year-old woman after she pointed a gun at the officer as Sean Ovens.

Ovens, 36, has been with the department for eight years.

The shooting occurred Saturday in the 3500 block of South Fawcett Avenue. Sophia Strickland’s mother called police about 9:45 p.m. to report Strickland had fired several rounds inside their home.

Strickland refused to speak with officers and began walking down the stairs toward Ovens while pointing a gun at him, police have said. Ovens then shot her as she advanced.

Ovens remains on administrative leave

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