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Category: Car


Car fire near UW Tacoma draws crowd

By Dianne McGinness, staff writer

Flames erupted beneath a car near the campus of UW Tacoma this morning, drawing a crowd of nearly 20 onlookers as firefighters worked to douse the blaze.

Starbucks employee Michelle Fortino called 911 about 7:45 a.m. after someone ran into the store and said a car was smoking outside. Tacoma firefighters arrived three minutes later.
Fortino said the whole back end of the car above the wheel was on fire when she went outside.
A crowd of about 15 to 20 people were gathered on the sidewalk near the car watching the flames

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UPDATE: Puyallup police seek man who asked to see footage from hit-and-run that seriously injured teen girl

UPDATE as of 7:19 p.m. The man called police about 4 p.m. this afternoon after a friend told him officers were looking for him, and he then came to the department to speak with investigators, police Capt. Scott Engle said.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, Engle said.

He said police are not saying at this time whether the man is a suspect.

INITIAL POST: Puyallup police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who showed great interest in surveillance footage that captured a driver hitting a 16-year-old girl last week and speeding away.


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Boy killed in Purdy crash identified; uncle booked into jail

UPDATE as of 2:14 p.m.: The uncle was transferred from an area hospital to Pierce County Jail this afternoon, according to jail records.

Prosecutors said he will be charged Tuesday.

INITIAL POST: A 9-year-old boy killed in a suspected drunken driving crash over the weekend has been identified as Donovan Best.

The boy was taken off life support Sunday night and died at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

Authorities said the boy’s 26-year-old uncle, who was driving when the car flipped, is still in the hospital and will not be charged until he is booked into the Pierce County

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Boy, 9, in critical condition after allegedly drunk uncle flips car on SR 16 in Purdy

A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition this morning after he was thrown from a vehicle driven by his uncle, who Washington State Patrol troopers said was drunk and high on marijuana.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. on westbound state Route 16 as he tried to exit Purdy Drive to state Route 302. The driver, a 26-year-old Gig Harbor man, lost control and flipped the 1990 Acura Integra.

The driver and the 9-year-old boy up front were thrown from the car. A 9-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing her seat belt was not injured.

“This is heartbreaking,”

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Warrant issued for man accused of vehicular assault

A warrant was issued today for a 26-year-old man charged with vehicular assault for a car wreck in McKenna last year that seriously injured a man.

The accident happened Sept. 18 on state Route 507 near 323rd Street Court South.

According to charging papers:

The man worked a 14-hour shift then spent time with his girlfriend, eventually driving her home to Yelm around 11:30 p.m. On his way home, he fell asleep behind the wheel and crossed the center line.

His 1995 Lexus ES crashed head-on into a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck, which rolled. Washington State Patrol troopers arrived

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Suspected car thief sought in connection with Tacoma-based undercover operation

Brandy McGregor sold at least three stolen cars to undercover detectives working out of a Tacoma storefront to stem auto theft in Pierce County.

She couldn’t be found last week when the Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force served warrants across two counties and arrested 21 people. Now, Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is featuring her in the “fugitive” area of its website, hoping someone will lead police to her whereabouts.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged McGregor with two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property and two counts of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.

Court records show she sold a

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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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