Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

Category: Gangs


Felon who helped authorities make cases against Hilltop Crips back in jail

A convicted felon who got a favorable plea bargain after helping Pierce County authorities crack down on the Hilltop Crips street gang is back in jail, facing charges of dealing drugs and gun theft.

Curtis D. Hudson, 24, has court appearances later this week. He’s charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, theft of a firearm and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Hudson’s pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of bails totaling $225,000.

Prosecutors contend he sold

Read more »


Man sentenced to more than 20 years for drive-by shooting

Jicorey Bradford, 30, was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison Wednesday for a drive-by shooting in Lakewood last October, prosecutors said.

A jury convicted Bradford of Assault in the First Degree, Drive-By Shooting, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Co-defendant James Gray, 25, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. He was convicted of Drive-By Shooting and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree.

Police responded to a shooting in the 6100 block of Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest on Oct. 7, 2011.

Officers found the defendants’

Read more »


Teenager attacked outside Boys and Girls Club tells police assault may be gang retaliation

A 16-year-old boy and his girlfriend were attacked in the Boys and Girls Club parking lot at 1620 S. 17th St. this morning, in what the male victim told police might have been gang retaliation.

The couple were approached by five men and two women about 1 a.m., who began punching and kicking the victims for no apparent reason, Tacoma police say.

Police said the attackers also broke off a crossing guard and hit the 16-year-old, who suffered a cut over his eye. His 14-year-old girlfriend had mild bruising from the assault.


Tacoma gang member pleads guilty in murder plot

A Tacoma gang member accused of helping to orchestrate a murder from prison pleaded guilty this morning to leading organized crime.

Pablo Ortiz, 28, originally was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper sentenced Ortiz to 15 years in prison. Part of the sentence will run concurrently with another prison term Ortiz already is serving.

Prosecutors contend he and other incarcerated members of the Eastside Lokote Surenos plotted to have their gang’s leader, Juan Zuniga, killed in 2010.

Zuniga was shot to death at a Tacoma house in May of that year, allegedly by other

Read more »


Man charged in dispute between rival Tacoma gangs

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a young man in connection with an ongoing dispute between members of two rival street gangs in Tacoma.

Prosecutors allege Tyreese R. Woods, 20, took part in a series of shootings in May and June.

Woods, who’s been in jail on other charges since June 25, was charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and driveby shooting. He was arraigned on the charges and was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Another man, Isaiah McNeal, was charged earlier this year in connection with one of the drive-by shootings.

Read more »


City asks Tacoma residents for input on gang problem

Tacoma residents are being asked to take part in a survey to gauge perceptions about gang activity in the city.

The survey is part of the city’s ongoing comprehensive gang assessment, which is slated to be done by the end of the year.

The assessment, the first-of-its-kind in Tacoma, was authorized last year by the City Council. The council set aside $50,000 to study the city’s law enforcement, intervention and prevention efforts.

The assessment began in June and involves a host of city departments, criminal justice agencies, schools, social service organizations, youths and gang members.

Assessors now want to hear

Read more »


11 suspected members of Lakewood gang to be charged in crackdown

Pierce County prosecutors will be charging 11 suspected members and associates of a Lakewood street gang that’s been involved in an array of crimes, from murder to drug dealing, in the Tillicum community over the past several years.

The charges against the suspected members and associates of the Tillicum Park Gangsters were announced today by Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Each of the defendants is accused of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Two others also are charged with first-degree robbery. Nine of them are in custody and scheduled to be arraigned today.

The crackdown on the Tillicum Park Gangsters comes after

Read more »


Another Hilltop Crip pleads guilty, faces prison

A man swept up in a crackdown on Tacoma’s Hilltop Crips street gang pleaded guilty today to three felonies.

Michael A. White, 34, entered pleas to one count each of drive-by shooting, riot and conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting.

He faces nine years, eight months in prison when sentenced Dec. 3.

Prosecutors contended he took part inside a December 2008 fracas at a Tacoma Denny’s restaurant in which a security guard was beaten and also participated in planning a February 2009 shooting outside a downtown Tacoma night club.

He was one of 36 people charged earlier this year in a

Read more »