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Buckley councilman’s son due for arraignment today

Travis Reed, 31, son of longtime Buckley City Councilman Randy Reed, is due to be arraigned on witness bribery charge today in Pierce County Superior Court.

The younger Reed is alleged to have offered a woman’s daughter $200 a month until she reached age 18 if her mother dropped child rape and molestation charges against his father.

The councilman is charged with molesting and raping her 7-year-old daughter. The woman and her daughter were living with Travis Reed at the time of the alleged sexual assaults.

The arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Courtroom 270 of the County-City Building

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Benefit today for dog allegedly beaten by neighbor

A benefit to pay the medical bills of an Orting dog allegedly attacked with a hatchet by a neighbor last month is scheduled today from noon to 3 p.m. at Mt. Rainier Harley-Davidson in Seattle.

The benefit for the dog, Kona, includes a raffle with Harley-Davidson goods, gift baskets from Strut the Pup and other festivities. Mt. Rainier Harley-Davidson is located at 1305 First Ave. in Seattle.

Ricky Lee Knowles has been charged with animal cruelty, theft and trespassing after he allegedly stole the golden retriever from his neighbor’s yard, attacked him with a hatchet and held him in

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CenturyLink working to restore phone service on Gig Harbor, Kitsap Peninsula

CenturyLink technicians and engineers were working this morning to restore phone service to customers in the Gig Harbor and Kitsap peninsula areas.

CenturyLink spokeswoman Jan Kampbell said the outage was first reported about 4:30 a.m. today.

The outage has been intermittent and has not affected every customer in the area, said Kampbell.

“Your phone may not be working, but your neighbor’s may be fine, she said.

The outage also may have affected some customers on Vashon Island.

“We know where the problem is and we’re working hard to fix it,” she said. Kampbell had no estimate when the problem

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Mother jailed in 2-year-old’s death

A Tacoma mother who reportedly called police to say she had killed her 2-year-old child, was booked into the Pierce County Jail today on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The 28-year-old South End mother was questioned by Tacoma detectives after she reported that she had killed her 2-year-old son.

Police dispatched to the woman’s home in the 3600 block of South Thompson Ave. just after 7 a.m. found the child apparently lifeless. He was pronounced dead at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office was performing an autopsy on the child’s body Friday afternoon to determine the cause

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Gun rights advocates say toddler charges show no new gun laws needed

Gun rights advocates are citing this week’s charging of a Tacoma mother and her male friend in the accidental shooting of a 3-year-old as evidence no new laws are necessary to punish irresponsible gun owners.

“Criminal charges filed in the death of a Tacoma, Washington toddler prove that the state does not need a new gun law to hold adults responsible for firearms negligence,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said this week.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist Tuesday charged Jahnisha McIntosh, 22, and Eric Vita, 23, with second-degree manslaughter in the accidental shooting death

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Leaving child unattended in car unwise, illegal say police, prosecutors

If you’ve ever been tempted to leave your child in a car while you just run into a business or a friend’s home for quick errand, you could find yourself defending yourself in court.

Both state statutes and local ordinances penalize drivers who leave children unattended in a vehicle, say police and prosecutors.

A Puyallup-area mother this week learned a difficult lesson about what can go wrong when she left her 16-month-old daughter in a car seat in an idling car while she dropped off her older daughter at daycare.

The woman said her daughter, who suffers from a serious

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Lakewood Police seeking man who assaulted woman outside drugstore

Lakewood police today are looking for a young man who assaulted a woman outside a Walgreens drugstore Friday and stole her wallet.

The 29-year-old victim first encountered the man as she left her car in the store’s parking lot in the 9500 block of Bridgeport Way about 10:20 p.m.

The man asked her for a cigarette and then exposed himself and began touching his genitals. The woman rushed into the store.

After she finished her shopping, she checked to see if the man had left. When she didn’t see him in the parking lot, she began walking toward her car.

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UPDATE: Surveillance photo of Fife bank robber released

UPDATE at 5:22 p.m.

A surveillance photo has been released of the man suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank in Fife today.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 30s, 5 foot 6 and 160 pounds with a medium build. He was wearing a vintage Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets basketball jersey over a black long-sleeved shirt with dark pants and a gray knit stocking cap.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charging of the bank robber.

Tips can be called in

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