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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

Manhunt over in Fife; traffic snarled, suspect captured

UPDATE: Fife Police Chief Brad Blackburn just confirmed the capture of a 24-year-old man wanted on a warrant out of Oregon for homicide and attempted murder. The chase drew 8 agencies and blocked traffic near the Milroy Bridge, a key link between Fife and Puyallup.

Blackburn gave this account of the incident: a dispatch call came in about 5:30 describing a suspicious man near 70th Avenue East and North Levee Road, along the Puyallup River. An officer approached the man, but the encounter turned into a fight. The man attacked the officer and fled on foot toward the river. A

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May
31st

Central Pierce firefighters holding “Fill the Boot” fundraiser at McKenna intersection

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue will be collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at a McKenna intersection this weekend.

Firefighters will be at the intersection of state Route 702 and state Route 507 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The “Fill the Boot” event  is a regular fundraiser for MDA.

May
31st

Warrant issued for Tacoma man accused of throwing scalding water on his girlfriend

A warrant has been issued for a 25-year-old Tacoma man suspected of throwing scalding water on his girlfriend during an argument about whether she cheated on him.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Michael Turner with second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment for the May 14 incident, which occurred at the couple’s apartment in the 200 block of South 80th Street.

Turner was drunk when he allegedly threw a pot of boiling water on his girlfriend, who suffered serious burns to her chest. She was missing several strips of skin when she frantically sought help at a neighbor’s home, according to charging

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May
31st

Some schools in Puyallup locked down while police search for car thief

UPDATE: Lockdown has been lifted. Man located and arrested on suspicion of multiple crimes, Puyallup police report.

PREVIOUS POST: Puyallup High School and Meeker Elementary School are locked down this morning while police search for a man suspected of driving a stolen car, authorities said.

The man was fleeing Pierce County sheriff’s deputies when he crashed the car, got out and fled on foot near the schools.

There is no immediate threat to the schools, but police asked school officials to lock up the buildings as a precaution.

 

 

May
31st

Puyallup man killed after striking back of semi-truck hauling gasoline

A 46-year-old Puyallup man died Thursday night after striking the back of a semi-truck trailer, losing control of his vehicle and running off the road, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The accident happened about 10:45 p.m. on westbound state Route 512 at milepost 9 in Puyallup.

The man, who was driving a 2011 Ford F150 pickup truck, has been identified as David Rogers. The driver of the semi, a 39-year-old Vancouver man, was not injured. The truck was hauling 11,300 gallons of gasoline, trooper Guy Gill said.

Troopers said alcohol or drugs may have been involved.

Rogers’ truck clipped

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May
31st

Memorial service to be held today for fallen Tacoma firefighter


Al Nejmeh
Credit: City of Tacoma

A public memorial service will be held today for Tacoma firefighter Al Nejmeh, who died on-duty May 14 of a heart attack.

The service will be held at 1 p.m. at Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. It will also be broadcast live on TVTacoma.

Firefighters will gather about 11:30 a.m. on D Street for a procession to the Dome. Police will temporarily block off the area.

It will lead down D Street, around the LeMay Museum and into parking lot A.

Nejmeh, 59, served on Tacoma Fire for 12 years

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May
30th

No one seriously injured when plane crashes at Eatonville home

The pilot and passenger of a Cessna 172 suffered minor injures when the plane crashed about 5 p.m. Thursday into the yard of an Eatonville home.

Eatonville Fire Chief Bob Hudspeth said the aircraft was destroyed, but that the occupants, who were headed from Oregon to Seattle, were not seriously hurt.

The pilot took a detour to try to miss a rain squall, Hudspeth said, and the plane crash landed into the yard near Swanson Field, where it came to rest at the front door of a house along Airport Road East.

The damage to the house was minor, and

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May
30th

Man, 19, in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Easter in Federal Way

A 19-year-old man is in critical condition and is on his way to a Seattle hospital after rescue crews pulled him from Lake Easter in Federal Way, South King Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Gordon Olson said.

A witness told crews that the man took off his shirt and entered the water of the private, residential lake.

“We don’t know yet why or what conditions caused him to start struggling, but she called 911 and we responded,” Olson said from the scene just after 4 p.m.

South King surface water rescue swimmers searched the lake and brought the man to

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