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UPDATED: Federal Way apartments evacuated due to suicidal man barricaded in building

UPDATED as of 11:28a.m.: Police said they arrested the suicidal man. No one was injured.

INITIAL POST: Federal Way police are evacuating an apartment building because a suicidal man has barricaded himself inside his home.

A SWAT team has been called to negotiate with the man at 2211 South Star Lake Road.

Officers responded to the apartment about 10:45 a.m.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.


Man pleads guilty in hate-based attack on Sikh taxi driver in Federal Way

A 49-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime for attacking a Sikh taxi driver in Federal Way last year.

Jamie Larson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when sentenced Nov. 5, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle reported.

Federal prosecutors said Larson caught a cab to Federal Way in October and attacked the driver when they arrived at his destination, pulling the driver’s beard, hitting and stomping him, all while yelling racial slurs.

The victim suffered back, shoulder and kidney injuries and was hospitalized for a week, prosecutors said.

“Acts of hate, such as

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Federal Way man, driver injured in Mason County rollover crash

A Federal Way man, 31, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Mason County Sunday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Burien man driving the Mitsubishi van that crashed was also flown to the hospital, the State Patrol said.

Their conditions were not immediately available Sunday.

According to the State Patrol, they were heading south on U.S. Highway 101 13 miles north of Hoodsport about 1 p.m., when the vehicle drifted into the ditch and rolled onto the driver’s side, breaking the windshield.

Both occupants fell out of the van.

What caused the crash is still being investigated.

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Lakewood man sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison for shooting wife during counseling session

A Lakewood man who fatally shot his wife during a counseling session at a Federal Way church three years ago was sentenced this morning to 28 ½ years in prison.

Charles Parsons, 44, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder in the death of Carol Parsons, 38. The couple was married 12 years before divorcing in 2009. They had three children.

Charles Parsons hoped to get back together wife his wife, but she had begun dating another man.

During a March 17, 2010, counseling session, Charles Parsons asked her if she would stop dating her boyfriend. When she refused, he

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Federal Way woman charged with assault for allegedly trying to punch officer

A 36-year-old Federal Way woman has been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly trying to punch an officer who pulled her over for talking on her cell phone while driving.

The incident happened May 27 in the 30900 block of 16th Avenue South.

According to police reports:

The woman started yelling at the officer when he refused to let her return home to provide a valid insurance card. When he walked to his patrol car to write up a ticket, the woman tried to walk off with her dog.

She refused multiple orders to get back in her vehicle and

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Man, 19, in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Easter in Federal Way

A 19-year-old man is in critical condition and is on his way to a Seattle hospital after rescue crews pulled him from Lake Easter in Federal Way, South King Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Gordon Olson said.

A witness told crews that the man took off his shirt and entered the water of the private, residential lake.

“We don’t know yet why or what conditions caused him to start struggling, but she called 911 and we responded,” Olson said from the scene just after 4 p.m.

South King surface water rescue swimmers searched the lake and brought the man to

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Special Olympics torch to be carried through Pierce County today, Friday

Law enforcement officers will be running a torch for the Special Olympics through Pierce County today and Friday.

Four torches are carried from each end of the state and converge Friday afternoon at the Lakewood Police Department.

The official torch will then be run by Kennewick police detective Shirrell Zeitenheimer and athlete Michael I’ren to Joint-Base Lewis McChord, where 2,700 athletes will compete in five sports over the weekend.

The torch, which weighs about 10 pounds, will pass through Gig Harbor from 4 to 5 p.m. tonight via Burnham, Harborview and Soundview.

On Friday, a different torch will travel through

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State Patrol seeking witnesses to fatal crash near Auburn Saturday

The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses to a car crash that killed an 18-year-old man near Auburn Saturday.

Pavlo Myronets, of Federal Way, was driving a silver Toyota Scion TC north on state Route 167 when he left the road near the exit for 277th Street. The vehicle rolled over and landed in a grass ditch.

The accident happened about 4:50 a.m. Saturday.

Troopers said several feet of skid marks were found on the road before Myrontes rolled his car.

Anyone with information about the crash or saw Myrontes’ vehicle beforehand is asked to call WSP detectives at

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