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Archives: Jan. 2013


Wednesday outage causes traffic ‘nightmare’ in Lakewood

A power outage Wednesday night across Pierce County caused traffic gridlock throughout Lakewood as the city’s traffic signals dimmed, according to police.

Officers came in early for their shifts to help direct traffic, which came to a standstill as traffic lights went out during rush hour, police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

There were several accidents in the city during the outage, but no serious injuries, he said.

“More than anything else it was a traffic nightmare,” Lawler said.

The outage was caused by a pole fire that cut power to the Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma

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Federal charges filed against Tacoma man, six others for string of bank robberies

When arrested at a bus depot in Olympia, the alleged bank robbers had different stories for where the cash came from.

Jeanine Daniels, 32, claimed the bills totaling $4,807 – which had been shoved inside socks and stashed in her purse – were tips for doing hair and that she rode the bus from Los Angeles to Washington to do some Christmas shopping.

She couldn’t explain why she was going home without any gifts.

Curtis Smith, 22, said he came to Washington to sell information on how to make methamphetamine and the $2,487 found on him was payment for the

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An explosion in Tacoma tears off the roof of a car

No one disputes there was an explosion in Tacoma Wednesday night.

A 32-year-old man called 911 about 11 p.m. to report that he and a friend were driving near state Route 16 and Jackson Avenue when an explosion pulled off the roof of his car. He waited until he returned home to University Place to report it.

Police say there was an explosion, but it was in the 2100 block of N. Shirley Avenue, where officers found a “debris field” with pieces of the same car model the victim was driving strewn about.

Several calls came in earlier in the

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UPDATED: 30 in Lakewood still without power after pole fire

UPDATE as of 8:53 a.m.: The power is still out in 30 Lakewood households, TPU said.

Crews are continuing to work on restoring power.

“Hang in there, we’re doing our best!” the agency tweeted.

INITIAL POST: About 400 people in Lakewood are still without power this morning, according to Tacoma Public Utilities.

A pole fire caused outages for roughly 1,000 customers in Pierce County Wednesday night, and TPU crews worked through the night to restore electricity.

All power should be back on by 8 a.m., TPU reported.


Basement fire suspicious, according to Tacoma Fire

Crews responded just after 7 p.m. to a basement fire at a house near South 36th Street and South Sheridan Avenue in Tacoma.

It appeared that the fire started from the exterior of the home, according to Tacoma Fire.

Fire inspectors will notify police that the blaze is suspicious, Fire officials said.

No one was hurt in the fire, which took crews about 30 minutes to get under control.

No residents appeared to be home at the time, according to Tacoma Fire.


UPDATED: Pole fire cause of power outage in Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma and JBLM areas

About 1,000 Lakewood residents face not having power restored tonight after a pole fire that caused power outages across Pierce County.

Tacoma Public Utilities crews are working to replace the damaged equipment and reroute power to restore service after the fire, which the agency reported about 5:30 p.m.

Power was lost in the Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McChord areas after the fire at 75th Street West and Bridgeport Way in Lakewood, TPU spokeswoman Chris Gleason said.

The cause of the fire and boundaries of the outage were still being determined.

People who live between 70th

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Pursuit ends in Fife when police dog takes down man driving stolen car

Tacoma police said a 24-year-old man driving a stolen car led officers on a pursuit that ended in Fife Tuesday night after a police dog caught up to him as he tried to flee on foot.

A patrol officer spotted the stolen car in the 3800 block of Pacific Avenue and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver sped up, leading police down state Route 7 and Interstate 5 before getting off the freeway in Fife.

The driver was forced to stop for a train, made a U-turn and possibly blew out a back tire, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool

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