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Category: Eatonville


Fire destroys hangar, contents at Eatonville airfield

A fire apparently sparked by static electricity Friday caused about $340,000 in damage to a hangar and its contents at Swanson Airport in Eatonville, authorities said.

The blaze broke out about 2:30 p.m., Eatonville Fire Chief Bob Hudspeth said.

A man was draining fuel from one of the two vintage airplanes he stored inside the hangar when a spark from static electricity ignited the fuel, Hudspeth said.

Flames quickly spread from that airplane to the other plane and eventually to two cars also stored inside, the chief said.

No one was hurt, but the hangar, planes and cars were a

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Eatonville Middle School students participate in shooter training

Students and teachers at Eatonville Middle School will today help law enforcement practice what to do if a shooter ever stepped onto campus.

Training over the past year has prepared kids on how to evacuate, what to do if the school goes into lockdown, how to survive a shooter and how to assess threats.

Today’s scenarios will involve an active shooter in the school and another on a school bus. They will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A SWAT helicopter is overhead during the drill.

A Department of Homeland Security grant funded the exercise, which includes personnel from

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No one seriously injured when plane crashes at Eatonville home

The pilot and passenger of a Cessna 172 suffered minor injures when the plane crashed about 5 p.m. Thursday into the yard of an Eatonville home.

Eatonville Fire Chief Bob Hudspeth said the aircraft was destroyed, but that the occupants, who were headed from Oregon to Seattle, were not seriously hurt.

The pilot took a detour to try to miss a rain squall, Hudspeth said, and the plane crash landed into the yard near Swanson Field, where it came to rest at the front door of a house along Airport Road East.

The damage to the house was minor, and

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Suspected burglar allegedly rams Pierce County sheriff’s patrol cars during pursuit near Eatonville

An 18-year-old Eatonville man recently released from prison has found himself behind bars again after allegedly ramming a Pierce County sheriff patrol car during a high-speed pursuit.

Hobert Clark pleaded not guilty today to two counts of second-degree assault, felony eluding of a police vehicle, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license. Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him held in lieu of $100,000.

The incident started about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday when a deputy noticed a car driving 55 miles per hour – 20 mph over the 35 mph speed limit- in the 7800 block of 352nd Street. Clark sped up

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Crews responding to house fire outside Eatonville

UPDATE as of 1:35 p.m.: Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the man who lived at the home set fire to it before going outside and shooting himself in a suicide attempt. He survived the shooting and was taken to Harboview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment, Troyer said. The fire is out.

PREVIOUS POST: Crews are battling a house fire in the 39000 block of 62nd Avenue Court East outside Eatonville.

One man was being airlifted from the scene, possibly with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Stay tuned for further updates.




Eatonville boy charged with compiling ‘kill list’ to be released from detention

A 13-year-old Eatonville boy accused of compiling a “kill list” of fellow students will be allowed to go home while his case makes its way through court.

Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Wendy Zicht this afternoon agreed to release the boy from juvenile detention, provided he is under adult supervision 24 hours per day and wears an electronic device that would alert authorities if he leaves home.

Zicht also ordered all guns to be removed from the boy’s home, deputy prosecutor Kevin Benton said.

The boy was arrested Feb. 8 after the principal at Eatonville Middle School learned he allegedly

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Eatonville boy who allegedly made “kill list” kept several lists

The daily “kill list” sat in a recycle bin in a math classroom at Eatonville Middle School.

It was one of several lists authorities say a 13-year-old boy kept to categorize the classmates he was angry with versus those he liked.

It appeared to be something he had been doing for some time, and he wasn’t trying to hide it. He didn’t hesitate to tell other children they were going on his kill list if they did something to upset him.

The boy was known to be angry when making threats, but others recalled him laughing about the list.


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Eatonville boy accused of making “kill list” pleads not gulty

Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 13-year-old Eatonville boy who sparked panic at his middle school Friday with the discovery of a handwritten “kill list.

The boy faces four counts of felony harassment. He pleaded not guilty to all charges this afternoon and was ordered held at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

Prosecutors said the list, which was reported by a fellow student at Eatonville Middle School, targeted 10 students.

School officials spoke directly with the parents of all students and emergency-expelled the boy accused of making the list, Principal Ken Andersen told parents in a recorded phone message.