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Category: Fife


Three plead guilty in burglary that netted 41 guns from Fife store

Three men pleaded guilty today to their roles in the theft of more than three dozen guns from a Fife sporting goods store in 2011.

David Bunta, who wore a Santa hat during the break-in at the Sportco store, pleaded guilty to burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, trafficking in stolen property and conspiracy to commit trafficking in stolen property, deputy prosecutor Gregory Greer said.

Superior Court Judge James Orlando sentenced the 22-year-old to nine years in prison.

David J. Garcia, 27, pleaded guilty to trafficking in stolen property and conspiracy and was sentenced to a year in jail.

Sovannarith Soeung,

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Attempt to steal work pants from Fife store foiled when security officers detain knife-wielding suspect, police say

Security officers caught and detained a man who tried to take work pants from a Fife sporting goods store Tuesday without paying for them, despite the man’s attempt to ward them off with a knife, according to Fife police.

Police officers arrived and arrested the man for investigation of first-degree robbery. A second suspect who also entered the store offered $20 for each pair of pants he could steal, the other man told police. The second man fled in a car, Fife police said.

They said they were following leads Wednesday to try to find him.

Police gave this account

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Woman pleads not guilty to driving drunk in Fife with several children improperly belted in backseat

The  trooper pulled over a speeding vehicle in Fife containing two allegedly drunk women, several young children improperly belted into the backseat and a nearly empty bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

The 26-year-old driver, who initially provided a false name because she had warrants out for her arrest, pleaded not guilty to felony DUI, reckless endangerment, making a false statement to a public servant and third-degree driving on a suspended license.

The woman was convicted in 2010 of vehicular assault in King County and had her license suspended, court records show.

The trooper noticed the car speeding and making “unnecessary

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Couple charged, to be extradited after missing Montana boy found safe in Fife Sunday

The biological parents of a 1-year-old Montana boy have been charged with custodial interference and possessing a stolen vehicle, after they were found with the child and arrested by Fife police Sunday when an AMBER alert was issued for the boy.

Bryndi Gibson, 23, and Beau Blasius, 28, are accused of taking the child from his paternal grandparents’ home near Kalispell, Mont. Saturday night and heading to Washington.

They will be extradited to Flathead County, Mont. after the Pierce County case is finished, where they face charges of kidnapping, burglary and motor vehicle theft, according to prosecutors.

According to Pierce County

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Fife police arrest man and woman in connection with Montana Amber Alert, child found safe

An anonymous tip this morning about a stolen pickup parked outside a Fife apartment complex helped officers find a 1-year-old Montana boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert after he was reportedly abducted Saturday night, according to Fife police.

Officers responded about 9 a.m. to the 5700 block of 23rd Street East, where they found and arrested the boy’s parents — a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman — who were reported by Montana authorities as suspects in the abduction of the child from his custodial grandparents’ home and were thought to possibly be headed to Washington.


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Fife man charged with assaulting his 4-month-old son

UPDATE: Not guilty pleas were entered on Yerger’s behalf this afternoon in Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $350,000 bail.

Yerger’s defense attorney, Wayne Fricke, had argued for a bail of $25,000, saying his client is not a flight risk.

Yerger and his wife have lived in Pierce County since 2000, Fricke said, and Yerger is a veteran who works at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Deputy prosecutor Jared Ausserer had requested $500,000 bail.

PREVIOUS POST: Pierce County prosecutors today charged a Fife man with first-degree assault for allegedly injuring his 4-month-old son by violently shaking

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Prosecutors: Fife bride takes offense to husband wanting to date other women, exacts revenge

Sometimes the honeymoon phase wears off quickly.

That was the case for one Fife couple whose three-month marriage hit the rocks after the groom announced he wanted to date other women. The 23-year-old bride’s response was, well, a bit angry.

She allegedly sent him a text message at work saying, “I can’t wait for you to get home to see what I left.” The groom came home for lunch.

He told police when he walked in the door, his blushing bride held up a machete. He then saw that she slashed his belongings and poured chemicals on his clothing. He

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Charges being considered against Fife man whose infant son was found unresponsive

A Fife man suspected of abusing his 4-month-old son was ordered held in jail today while police await medical test results on the child, who was found unresponsive Monday morning.

Deputy prosecutor Jared Ausserer said Jeremy Yerger could face charges by Thursday.

He was arrested Monday morning after being questioned by detectives at the police station. Tacoma firefighters responded to Yerger’s house in the 6200 block of Park Street to treat the unresponsive boy. Police said Yerger’s story about what happened to his son was inconsistent.

Details of the infant’s condition and alleged abuse is being withheld as the investigation

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