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Category: Gangs

May
8th

Fourth man arraigned in 1988 fatal Tacoma gang shooting

A 44-year-old man already serving a 10-year prison sentence was charged today with first-degree murder in a Tacoma gang shooting from 25 years ago.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Darrell M. Lee at his arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $2 million, but Lee is also on a Department of Corrections hold.

Lee is the fourth man arraigned in the Aug. 28, 1988 shooting death of Bernard Houston.

Nathaniel W. Miles, Brian C. Allen and Anthony Ralls, all in their 40s, previously pleaded not guilty in the

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April
25th

Tacoma police make second arrest in 1988 fatal gang shooting

UPDATE 3: Tacoma police detective John Ringer bird-dogged the case from the beginning, according to court documents, interviewing witnesses at the time and over the years until prosecutors had enough evidence to make a charging decision.

UPDATE 2: Pierce County prosecutors have charged Brian Clement Allen, 45, with first-degree murder in the 1988 drive-by shooting death of Bernard Houston. Allen and other alleged members of the Bloods street gang are accused of opening fire on Houston and another man in the Hilltop neighborhood in retaliation for another shooting, court papers say. Allen is to be arraigned this afternoon.

UPDATED: It appears from

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April
1st

Camille Love’s father, brother file suit against state Department of Corrections

The father and brother of a Tacoma woman killed by gang members in a case of mistaken identity are suing the state Department of Corrections, claiming it didn’t do enough to supervise the felons later convicted in Camille Love’s death.

William Love seeks unspecific damages for the estate of his daughter, who was 20 when a number of gang members shot up her car when it stopped for a traffic light in Tacoma on Feb. 7, 2010.

Camille Love died and her brother, Joshua Love, was injured as he sat in the passenger seat.

Authorities said the men targeted the

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Feb.
11th

Prosecutors charge 5 teenagers in Lincoln Park robbery

The young robbers – who held up a group at gunpoint Saturday night and demanded “everything” – got one wallet.

The police got five arrests.

Pierce County prosecutors today charged five teens they allege were involved in what officials called a gang-related robbery. A sixth suspect had not yet been arrested.

Three 15-year-olds were charged in juvenile court with first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree robbery.

Two other teens were charged in Superior Court with the same crimes. Noel Sao, 18, pleaded not guilty, and the court set his bail at $50,000. Stephon Green, 17, is to be arraigned Tuesday. He

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Jan.
21st

UPDATED: One injured as gang shootout erupts at Parkland McDonald’s

A copy machine is all that stood between a shootout involving teenage gang members and potential tragedy in Parkland on Monday.

One person was injured when rival gang members opened fire at the McDonald’s on the 11000 block of Pacific Avenue shortly after noon, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department reported. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the hand and is being treated at the hospital, department spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Two stray bullets traveled across the thoroughfare and struck the Titus-Will Chevrolet dealership.

“We’re really lucky … that more random people didn’t get hit,” Troyer said.

There was at least one

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Dec.
24th

Teenager involved in Tacoma gang shooting extradited from Mexico

A teenager wanted in connection with a 2010 Tacoma gang shooting recently was extradited back to Pierce County from Mexico to face a murder charge.

Naitaalii Toleafoa, who turned 18 today, is set to make a first-appearance in juvenile court this morning. Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said a judge will set a future hearing to determine if Toleafoa’s case should be transferred to adult court.

“This was a violent, adult-style, gang crime and we will be seeking to prosecute the defendant as an adult because of the longer sentences in the adult system,”  Prosecutor Mark  Lindquist said. “If tried as

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Dec.
19th

Woman pleads guilty to her role in 2010 Tacoma gang killing

A 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty today to her role in a fatal 2010 gang-related shooting.

Leah Marie Aguilar Alvarez was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. Alvarez originally was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and the conspiracy charge in the March 25 death of Saul Lucas-Alfonso, 25. She’s to be sentenced later this year.

Lucas-Alfonso was shot to death by a member of a local street gang after he and two friends encountered gang members burglarizing a car in a South Tacoma alley.

Prosecutors said the gang members had gone to the area planning to rob another man

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July
25th

Tacoma receives $105,000 grant for gang reduction and intervention program

A $105,000 grant from the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice will fund a pilot gang reduction and intervention program from Aug. 1 to June 30, 2013, the city of Tacoma says.

The city will take input from agencies such as Tacoma Public Schools, the Tacoma Police Department and Pierce County Juvenile Court, as well as citizens, to help direct community groups involved with the program.

The funds will go to four organizations that will help with the pilot: the Northwest Leadership Foundation, Bold Solutions, Fab5 and the Tacoma Urban League.

The grant follows Tacoma’s 2011 gang assessment,

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