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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
28th

Lakewood I-5 crash this afternoon causes near 10-mile backups, injures 2

A crash Thursday afternoon at Berkeley Street Southwest on southbound Interstate 5 injured two people and caused a backup of almost 10 miles in both directions on the freeway, according to the state Department of Transportation and the State Patrol.

All lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked just before 1:30 p.m. when a semitrailer hit the left barrier of the freeway, deputies said. A car braked to avoid the truck, but ran into it after being rear-ended by a motorhome, according to the State Patrol.

The cause was still under investigation.

The drivers of both the truck and car

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Feb.
28th

Tacoma firm settles with Environmental Protection agency after selling wood preservatives with outdated labels

A Tacoma company will pay $35,336 for selling wood-treatment products with outdated warning labels, according to a settlement announced by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Gardner-Fields sold the preservatives to consumers and other companies after buying them from a Tennessee firm, which also was fined, the EPA said this week.

Memphis-based IBM Manufacturing agreed to pay $265,000, after failing to inform Gardner-Fields of label changes required by the EPA, according to the federal agency.

The labels were about 10 years old, and lacked information such as an update of the steps to take in case of emergency contact with the

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Feb.
28th

UPDATED: Firefighters, employees rescue animals from blaze at Tacoma Central PetSmart

Tacoma fire crews responded about 6:20 p.m. to a fire at the Tacoma Central PetSmart at 3326 S. 23rd St. Firefighters searched the building to make sure no people were inside, and proceeded to remove animals from the building.

No one was injured, but it’s not yet clear if any animals have been hurt, according to Tacoma Fire. The blaze is out, and an investigator is on the way to determine how it started, officials said.

Some pets are safely sheltered in an area of the building the fire did not reach, Battalion Chief Jolene Davis said.

Bystanders said store employees also

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Feb.
28th

Police: Kent baristas arrested for committing lewd acts for drive-up customers

Tips given to two baristas at a Kent drive-thru coffee shop weren’t just for espresso, according to police.

Officers arrested the women Wednesday after they allegedly committed lewd acts at Twin Peaks Espresso on Kent’s East Hill.

Police began investigating late last year after reports that women were exposing themselves and committing lewd acts for drive-up customers while working at the stand at 24013 104th Ave. SE.

The women were compensated in tips, paid for the coffee, that ranged from $10 to $25, according to police.

Other “bikini barista” stands in Kent were investigated, and were found to be operating

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Feb.
28th

More arrests expected in car theft investigation in Pierce, Thurston counties

Police hope a large takedown like the automobile theft investigation that ended this week with 21 people behind bars will deter other car thieves.

“If we create fear among these burglars that they’re selling to the cops, we’re hoping there will be less car thefts,” Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said. “Car thefts affect everyday people and it’s frustrating.”

The six-month undercover operation called “Shiny Penny” spanned Pierce and Thurston counties with warrants served at five houses and multiple vehicles.

More arrests are anticipated.

Some of the top players charged in the case are Reuy Samnang, 28; Harrie Oh Chan,

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Feb.
28th

State suspends license of King County nurse convicted of stabbing mother, assaulting co-worker

The state has suspended the nursing credential of a King County woman after she was convicted of several crimes, the Department of Health announced this afternoon.

Sabelita Hawkins first had her license suspended in July after being convicted of fourth-degree assault, felony harassment and malicious mischief. Charging documents show she repeatedly stabbed her mother with an 8-inch knife and assaulted a co-worker while on duty.

“Hawkins reported she’d experienced other psychotic episodes in the past,” a Health Department news release said.

To get her license back, she must complete a psychological assessment.

It’s unclear where Hawkins worked.

Feb.
28th

Armed man shot at by Tacoma police was wearing body armor

The man was trying to pick fights inside the bar, challenging people to take him on.

He got no takers.

After some patrons tried to calm him down and convince him to leave the bar, they spotted a gun in his pocket and felt the body armor beneath his shirt. That’s when they filled in the bartender, who called police.

Officers arrived at the bar in the 3500 block of McKinley Avenue about 10:45 p.m. The man was standing outside when police arrived but took off running as they approached him.

Officers were about 15 feet behind the man when

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Feb.
28th

Patrol car totaled after officers crash into telephone pole in Tacoma

A patrol car that slammed into a light pole late Wednesday, shearing it in half, was totaled in the accident, Tacoma police said today.

Two officers inside the vehicle suffered minor injuries. It was not immediately known how much it will cost to replace the patrol car.

Department spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the officers were responding to a police shooting outside a Tacoma bar just before 11 p.m. As they drove east on Center Street, the officer behind the wheel slammed on his brakes and swerved around a car in front of him, causing him to lose control.

The

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