Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

Archives: April 2013

April
30th

Police: Man suspected of driving under the influence told Puyallup officers he ‘had nothing to lose’

A man deemed too impaired by a Puyallup officer to safely walk the line for a sobriety test early Tuesday morning told police he “didn’t have anything to lose,” spokesman Scott Engle said.

Engle gave this account of the traffic stop and arrest that followed:

The adult suspect was pulled over about 1:30 a.m. near East Pioneer Avenue and state Route 512 for failing to signal, an improper stop and other traffic violations.

An officer tried to conduct field sobriety tests, but decided it wasn’t safe for the man to walk on his own, and instead took the suspect to

Read more »

April
30th

Tacoma house fire displaces family of 8

A fire at a two-story home tonight displaced four adults and four children, according to Tacoma Fire.

Crews responded about 9:40 p.m. to the 4000 block of A Street, where they found smoke coming from the home.

It initially appeared to be a possible grease fire, according to firefighters.

American Red Cross officials were talking with the family about temporary housing arrangements.

April
30th

The president isn’t in town today, but there was a motorcade

We’ve gotten questions today about what appears to be a law enforcement motorcade traveling through Pierce County.

People want to know why entrances to Interstate 5 were closed at various times and what the apparent escort was for.

Is the president in town? One caller asked.

No.

But officers from multiple agencies did participate in an annual motor escort training exercise, hosted by the State Patrol, trooper Guy Gill said.

Officers traveled three pre-planned routes from Tacoma to Nisqually and back, Gill said.

“We do this training once a year so we are all on the same page and escorts that involve multiple

Read more »

April
30th

Police: Fleeing shoplifter hits patrol car while leaving Tacoma Mall

UPDATE as of 4:30 p.m. Traffic along Tacoma Mall Boulevard should be reopened shortly, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

INITIAL POST: A shoplifter fleeing the Tacoma Mall in what appeared to be a waiting getaway car hit a Tacoma police vehicle this afternoon, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The officer saw the adult man run from the mall about 3:30 p.m. to a car in a parking lot at South 54th Street and Tacoma Mall Boulevard, after the man allegedly shoplifted from Sears at the mall, Cool said.

As the suspect vehicle was leaving the parking lot, it hit the patrol car

Read more »

April
30th

UPDATED: Tacoma police bomb experts investigating lunch box outside downtown Bank of America

UPDATE as of 4:28 p.m. Police rendered the device safe, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. “It was what appeared to be a lunch bucket,” she added. Traffic in the area has been reopened.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma police officers are blocking off the area around the Bank of America downtown, and the department’s bomb experts are on their way to investigate a black nylon lunchbox found in front of an automatic teller machine by bank employees,  police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The box was found about 2:10 p.m., and employees called police about 30 minutes later when no one claimed it.

Read more »

April
30th

Woman accused of assaulting Tacoma fire captain who was trying to help her

Police said a 20-year-old woman assaulted a Tacoma fire captain early Monday morning after his crew responded to the woman’s request for medical treatment.

The woman entered a downtown bar in the 2600 block of Pacific Avenue just after midnight Monday and asked for water, an ambulance and a telephone.

Witnesses said she “freaked out,” breaking a glass door and throwing chairs before firefighters tried to restrain her, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

While the fire captain was holding the woman’s arm and trying to call her down, the woman allegedly punched him in the chest and began spitting on

Read more »

April
30th

Cache of drugs and guns found after 5 arrested in federal drug investigation

A federal investigation that ended last week netted five arrests and a cache of drugs and guns at houses in Tacoma and Spanaway.

Details on what started the investigation were not immediately available but the Drug Enforcement Administration sent an informant April 23 to buy $1,500 worth of heroin (five ounces) from a man in the bathroom of a Tacoma restaurant.

After the drug deal, agents served search warrants at two houses in Tacoma and one in Spanaway.

They found nearly four pounds of heroin, more than four pounds of methamphetamine, a half pound of cocaine buried in a backyard,

Read more »

April
30th

Tacoma man charged with stealing tennis bracelets from Fred Meyer stores

A 20-year-old Tacoma man is suspected of stealing tennis bracelets from two Fred Meyer stores in Pierce County to support his Percocet addiction.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him in only one incident but said more charges may be filed later after the investigations wrap up.

The man pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree theft for an April 22 incident at the Bonney Lake store. Bail was set at $20,000.

The man allegedly asked to see two tennis bracelets – a gift for his girlfriend, he claimed – then snatched them from the arm of the saleswoman and ran.

The

Read more »