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Category: Edgewood


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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Appeals court denies new trial for man convicted of murdering Edgewood resident Jim Sanders

Kiyoshi Higashi wants a new trial. The man who helped plan and carry out the home-invasion robbery in which Edgewood resident Jim Sanders died in 2010 claims Pierce County Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner inappropriately rejected his request to represent himself during his murder trial.

A jury ultimately convicted Higashi, who was represented by court-appointed attorney Michael Jordan, and Buckner sentenced the defendant to nearly 124 years in prison.

In a 3-0 opinion released today, the state Court of Appeals for Division II disagreed that Buckner erred in rejecting Higashi’s bid to go pro se.

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UPDATED: One injured in 2nd alarm garage fire in Edgewood

UPDATE as of 1:50 p.m. The fire has been doused and firefighters are turning their attention to cleaning up and salvaging items. The cause is still unknown.

INITIAL POST: East Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighters are battling a 2nd alarm fire at a garage in Edgewood.

The blaze was reported about 12:50 p.m. in the 11200 block of 38th St Ct E. Firefighters arrived to find flames engulfing the structure.

One person was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to East Pierce officials.


Man pleads guilty to stealing Miss Washington’s crown and sash from car in Edgewood

A 32-year-old Renton man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing Miss Washington’s car and possessions earlier this year, including her crown and sash.

Jayson Broderson-Matthai was sentenced to 43 months in prison after pleading guilty to 11 counts of identity theft, one count of taking a motor vehicle without permission and one count of possession of stolen property.

The stolen pageant items remain missing.

“I’m not sure why anyone who is not Miss Washington would want Miss Washington’s regalia but there’s some pretender out there with a sash and crown,” said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Broderson-Matthai took the items

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Man found dead in Edgewood home identified

A 45-year-old man found dead Tuesday in his Edgewood home has been identified as Andrew Stuppi.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined how Stuppi died. Sheriff’s detectives are still investigating the circumstances around his death.

He was found Tuesday afternoon inside his home in the 2800 block of 108th Avenue East by several employees after they returned from a contracting job. They last saw Stuppi about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Stuppi was a co-owner of AV Fire Security & Electric and authorities said he often worked from home.


Investigation launched after Edgewood man found dead in his home

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a 45-year-old Edgewood man.

The man operates a contracting business out of his home in the 2800 block of 108th Avenue East.

His employees reported seeing the man about 10 a.m. before leaving on a job. When they returned, they found him dead inside the house.

“We’re treating this as suspicious until something tells us different,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.



15-year-old Edgewood girl stops burglar by calling police

Authorities are looking for a man who tried to burglarize an Edgewood home Sunday night.

Edgewood police say a 15-year-old girl, home by herself, heard a knock at the front door about 5:30 p.m. She called her mother who told her to call 911.

The teen hid in her bedroom as she called for help, and could hear the burglar in another room, KIRO -TV reported.

Edgewood and Milton police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene.

Edgewood police told KIRO-TV that the girl ran out of the house when officers arrived.

The suspect ran out the

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