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Category: Fircrest


Warrant issued for suspected car prowler in Fircrest ID theft case

A warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old man charged in an identity theft case and wanted for several car prowls in Fircrest.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Zachariah Hill with second-degree identity theft, two counts of second-degree possessing stolen property and one count of third-degree possessing stolen property.

Police arrested him June 11 after noticing he matched the description of a car prowler and burglar. In his backpack they allegedly found a Coach purse with identification and credit cards belonging to a woman whose car had been broken into at the Bell Vista apartments in Tacoma the night of

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Police looking for man they said stole Coach purse in Fircrest, lied that it belonged to his sister

Fircrest police are asking for the public’s help to find a man with a felony warrant for identity theft and possession of stolen property.

Zachariah Hill, 20, was contacted by Fircrest police about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and was found with a woman’s Coach purse and its contents, officers said.

While they didn’t believe Hill’s story that someone gave him the designer bag to pass along to his sister, they weren’t able to immediately disprove it, Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman said.

They didn’t have probable cause to arrest him then, but they took the purse for safe keeping and told

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Emphasis patrol for drivers on cell phones starts Monday in Pierce County

Drivers on their cell phones have become a top safety concern, prompting an enforcement patrol that will put more law enforcement on Pierce County roads starting Monday.

The emphasis patrol will last until June 2.

During the same enforcement period last year, authorities doled out 1,059 cell phone violations and 3,171 seat belt violations statewide.

Participating agencies include Fircrest, Lakewood, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma police, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.


Prosecutors: Fircrest cafe employee hid in bathroom during theft

When the woman opening the Fircrest cafe caught a glimpse of the knife-wielding man with a bandana over his face, she locked herself in the bathroom.

Police had to watch surveillance footage to determine what happened Friday when a 29-year-old man allegedly broke into Café Elite about 5 a.m.

It shows the man climbing over a counter into the employee only area, grabbing the woman’s purse and trying to break into a cash register.

He then began kicking in the bathroom door where the female employee was hiding. He allegedly fled after the woman warned him that she’d called 911.

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Extra DUI patrols in Pierce, King counties this weekend

Additional law enforcement officers will patrol for drunken drivers this weekend in Pierce and King counties as people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board will also be visiting bars to talk to employees about responsible service. Officers will hand out “Click 2 Ride” tickets with phone numbers for local taxi companies.

Participating agencies include Auburn, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Kent, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place police, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.


Pierce County to pay $1.65 million to family of moped rider hit and killed by sheriff’s deputy

Pierce County has agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a Fircrest man who died after being hit by a sheriff’s deputy responding to a call, the family’s attorney announced today.

Dale Neel, 61, was riding his moped home from work in September 2011 when he was struck by a patrol car driven by deputy Jason Smith. Smith was responding to a call at the time and had the car’s lights and sirens activated.

Neel was in the center turn lane on Emerson Street preparing to make a left turn on Woodside

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Car thief running from police crashes into water near Narrows Marina

A person driving a stolen car led police on a chase through University Place that ended when the alleged thief crashed into Puget Sound near Narrows Marina, authorities reported.

The action started about 6:20 p.m. when police spotted a stolen car being driven in the vicinity of 40th Street West and Bridgeport Way West, said Ed Troyer, spokesman for University Place police.

The driver fled when police tried to pull over the car and eventually led police from University Place and Fircrest west on South 19th Street, where the stolen vehicle plunged into the water, Troyer said.

A male and

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Crime Stoppers to hold fundraiser Saturday in Fircrest park

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers will host a car show Saturday to raise money for Crime Stoppers programs that give backpacks with supplies to foster children and provide musical instruments to children in need.

Registration will start at 8 a.m. and the show will last until 3 p.m. It will be held at the Fircrest City Park.

The show is free for spectators. There is a $15 entry fee for vehicles that enter the show. Awards will be handed out for the 20 “most wanted” vehicles.

The event will include live music and a barbecue, the proceeds of which will go

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