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Suspect detained in homicide near Greenwater

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting death of a man overnight on a forest road near Greenwater.

A man who called 911 told deputies that the other man, who was with him in a car, had pulled a knife, said the sheriff’s office. The man who reported the death said he shot the man in self-defense.

The two King County men, both with criminal histories, had been partying together earlier Tuesday night.

The incident occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m.

The shooter is being detained for questioning, the sheriff’s office said.


Mom whose car and child were stolen left keys in ignition

Pierce County detectives suspect a thief who stole a car with a child inside near a Puyallup-area day care Tuesday morning may have been lurking outside hoping parents would leave their cars unattended while dropping off their children.

The thief abandoned the 2010 Ford Focus with a 16-month-old child inside on a side street about a dozen blocks from the child care center. The child was unharmed.

Sheriff’s deputies and police from several local jurisdictions had cast a large dragnet at mid-morning Tuesday after they were alerted about the theft. They set up road blocks and cordoned off the neighborhood

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Tacoma man gets 10-year sentence for human trafficking and firearm possession

A 24-year-old Tacoman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday in Tacoma U.S. District court for one count of human trafficking and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Jonelle LaJohn Braun pleaded guilty to those charges in late December last year.

The sentencing arose from an incident in March last year when police arrested Braun on suspicion of a parole violation as he left a Federal Way motel. Bruan, who has felony convictions for several crimes including assault, burglary, cocaine delivery, possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm, had a .380 caliber semi-automatic

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Man dies after falling into the Sound near ferry terminal

A 25-year-old man has died at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center this morning despite efforts to revive him after he fell into Puget Sound from a raft last night off West Seattle.

The man and several companions were ferrying supplies from the beach near Lincoln Park in three rafts when the man fell overboard. His friends called 911 and began searching for him about 9:30 p.m. Divers found his body about 25 feet offshore.

They pulled his body aboard their boat and began CPR. An ambulance transported him to Harborview. Apparent drowning victims can sometimes be revived when they drown in

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Truck fire backs up traffic on I-5 off-ramp in Fife

Southbound Interstate 5 traffic exiting to 54th Avenue in Fife is backed up this morning on the off-ramp to the mainline due to a truck fire, the Washington State Department of Transportation reports.

The left lane of the off-ramp is open but the right lane remains blocked due to a dump truck fire.

The Washington State Patrol and fire are on scene. A tow truck is en route.


One-car crash injures two, closes Highway 162

A 41-year-old Sumner man is in critical condition following a one-car crash late Sunday night on Highway 162 south of Sumner, the Washington State Patrol reported today.

Martin E. Schuler was driving northbound on the highway at 96th Street East at Alderton about 11:15 p.m. when he lost control of the car while attempting to pass another car, WSP said. The car hit a fire hydrant, two concrete dividers and a telephone pole.

A passenger in the car, Lisa M. Prime. 41, of Puyallup, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma in serious condition.


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Pierce County settles lawsuit over man’s suicide in jail

Pierce County has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the parents of a man who committed suicide in the jail.

The county admitted no fault in reaching the settlement with Ralph Close and Laura Larson, according to documents filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Close and Larson sued in January, claiming the county should have done more to supervise the incarceration of their son, James Robert Close.

The 30-year-old Sequim resident died June 16, 2006, shortly after being booked into the jail for investigation of bank robbery.


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