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Category: Drugs


Prosecutors argue South Hill man who killed two burglars trying to steal marijuana is a flight risk

Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to keep a South Hill man indicted on drug and weapons charges in jail, arguing that he is a flight risk.

A grand jury last week indicted Jeremy Capodanno, 36, with manufacturing marijuana, carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison.

“Given this lengthy sentence, the defendant has an incentive to flee,” prosecutors argue in the 8-page motion. “In addition, the defendant’s previous efforts to hide his assets, suggest that he may still

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Deputies arrest three in connection with black tar heroin operation

The house where deputies arrested three people in connection with a black tar heroin operation this morning wasn’t unfamiliar to law enforcement, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Police had been to the house in the 5600 block of South K Street more than 40 times in the past year for various 911 calls, he said, adding that the house is known for transient activity.

There were transients there about 6 a.m. this morning, too, when deputies came with a warrant, Troyer said.

Deputies arrested a 38-year-old woman for suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, and a 36-year-old man for suspicion

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South Hill man who killed two burglars indicted for drugs, weapons charges

UPDATE: Capodanno pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for June 21.

INITIAL POST: It wasn’t fatally shooting two men that landed Jeremy Capodanno in federal court today – it was possessing the marijuana the dead men broke in to steal and the guns Capodanno used to defend the grow operation in his South Hill garage.

A federal Grand Jury indicted Capodanno, 36, of manufacturing marijuana, carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

If convicted as charged, Capodanno faces 15 years in

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UPDATED: Gig Harbor man charged in drunken driving crash that killed 9-year-old nephew

UPDATE: Not guilty pleas were entered on Randall’s behalf in Pierce County Superior Court this morning. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $250,000.

Deputy prosecutor Timothy Jones said Randall is on suicide watch at the jail. Randall allegedly threatened to kill himself if one of his young relatives died.

A number of his friends and relatives were in court for his arraignment. They left court without talking to reporters.

PREVIOUS POST: A Gig Harbor man was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment this morning for a suspected drunken driving crash that killed his 9-year-old nephew.


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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, dies day after allegedly impaired uncle crashed car in Purdy

A 9-year-old boy died tonight after he was ejected Saturday from a car driven by his uncle.

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Marce Edwards confirmed tonight that the boy has died. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified him.

The crash about 1:30 a.m. Saturday happened as the driver tried to exit from westbound state Route 16 to Purdy Drive, lost control, and flipped the vehicle, according to the State Patrol.

The 26-year-old Gig Harbor man admitted to drinking “too much” and using marijuana prior to driving, troopers said. His blood alcohol level was more than

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Buckley man charged with vehicular homicide after hitting teen walking with girlfriend in Enumclaw on Halloween

A 20-year-old Buckley man has been charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly using marijuana and oxycodone before driving and hitting a 16-year-old boy who was walking on the shoulder of state Route 410 in Enumclaw on Halloween night.

Cody Money was arrested Wednesday, and his bail was set at $50,000. His arraignment is scheduled for March 21.

According to charging papers:

Money was driving a silver 2005 Nissan Titan pickup that hit 16-year-old Justin Relethford about 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2012.

Relethford died at the scene from his injuries. His 15-year-old girlfriend, whose hand he was holding just before the crash,

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Edgewood felon charged with having explosive device in home

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Edgewood man after finding an explosive device, drugs and stolen weapons in his home.

He pleaded not guilty Monday to possessing an explosive device, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $50,000.

Edgewood police searched his home Friday and discovered heroin, four rifles, a shotgun, 12 alprazolam pills used to treat anxiety and an explosive device, according to charging papers.

Two of the guns were allegedly stolen.

A bomb squad was called to safely detonate the device.

Police also arrested

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