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Category: Death

July
10th

Rapist charged with murder for 1986 strangulation of Tacoma woman

A convicted rapist was charged with first-degree murder this morning for the 1986 strangulation of a Tacoma woman inside her apartment.

Christopher Leon Smith, 50, will be arraigned July 26 for the death of Carol Davidson, 46, a mother of five. He is currently serving a 50-year to life sentence in Walla Walla for a 2009 rape conviction.

“This is one of those few cases that actually played out as cases do on ‘CSI’ and other television shows,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

Tacoma detective Gene Miller, who handles cold cases for the department, sent DNA found at the crime scene

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July
3rd

Man dies in rollover crash in Tacoma at East 62nd and McKinley

A man died in a rollover crash that happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday at East 62nd Street and McKinley Avenue East, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

It appeared the crash may have been caused by a medical emergency, she said.

Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said crews used the jaws of life to remove patients from the wreck, and that three people were taken to the hospital.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has not yet identified the man.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

July
3rd

Motorcyclist killed in Graham crash with car

A man riding his motorcycle in Graham was killed tonight when a car turned in front of him and the two vehicles crashed, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. near 224th Street East and Meridian Avenue East.

Crews performed CPR on the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Troyer said.

No one else was injured.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

June
24th

Man fatally shot by Lakewood police in Tillicum was armed with cap gun, according to department

A man fatally shot by Lakewood police in Tillicum last week was armed with a “very realistic looking metal cap gun,” the department said Monday.

Officers said they had been looking for Patrick O’Meara, 28, for an outstanding felony warrant.

They got information that he was at a residence in the 14900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest in Tillicum, and when they arrived about 11:30 p.m. June 18, knocked on the door and identified themselves as “police.”

Officers at the side of the residence saw through a window that O’Meara was standing with the gun, and he did not

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June
23rd

Child drowns at White River campground

A young boy drowned Saturday night at the White River campground, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates.

Mount Rainier National Park rangers pulled the boy from the river and started CPR, he said.

The child was about 7 years old, Bates said.

Further details were not immediately available Sunday. Check back for updates.

June
19th

Armed man fatally shot by Lakewood police identified

A man who was fatally shot by Lakewood police in Tillicum Tuesday night has been identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office as 28-year-old Patrick O’Meara.

Police said they opened fire on the man when he refused their commands and made a move they found threatening.

O’Meara was pronounced dead at the scene. His death was ruled a homicide, and was caused by multiple gunshot wounds, the Medical Examiner’s Office said. Those officials did not have a city of residence listed for the man.

The shooting happened about 11:15 p.m. in the 14900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest.

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June
19th

Auburn man fatally crushed working on truck identified

An Auburn man who died Saturday when the truck he was working under crushed him has been identified as 73-year-old Milton Brower, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday.

Auburn police said Brower was working to remove the transmission of an older Nissan truck he had recently purchased, when the jacks he was using failed and the vehicle fell and killed him near Southeast 304th Way and 108th Avenue Southeast.

Crews were called about 7 p.m. when his daughter found him, but it wasn’t immediately clear when the accident happened, police said.

June
16th

Police say Auburn man, 72, died when jacks failed while he was working under truck

A 72-year-old Auburn man died Saturday night when the truck he was working under crushed him, according to police.

Crews were called just before 7 p.m. to the scene near Southeast 304th Way and 108th Avenue Southeast, where the man was pronounced dead, Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said.

The man had an older Nissan truck he had recently purchased jacked up on four stands, and was working to remove the vehicle’s transmission when the jacks failed and the truck crushed him, Hirman said.

It’s not clear how long the man was there before his daughter found him, Hirman said.

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