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New website means new home for breaking crime stories, no more Lights and Sirens

Our breaking crime news will have a different home when The News Tribune’s new website launches Thursday morning.

Instead of posting to this blog, we’ll put our developing stories in the crime section of the new site, which will be live after the launch at

As always, our most important crime stories will also be featured on the homepage itself, and on the social media accounts of the paper and its breaking news reporters.

Executive Editor Karen Peterson explained the new site, including the decision to remove most of The News Tribune’s blogs, in her Sunday column.

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Puyallup man, 18, held on suspicion of murder; deputies searching for body of Justin Morris

An 18-year-old Puyallup man is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are searching for the body of his victim.

Prosecutors contend Michael Jason Scharpf Breer killed Justin Morris on or about July 10, then disposed of his body at an unknown location. Wednesday, Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Breer held for 72 hours, with arraignment to follow Friday.

Though information is still sketchy, Facebook pages of Breer and Morris state that they attended Rogers High School on South Hill. Family members began posting messages about Morris’s disappearance on Monday, asking

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STP cyclist hit by car near Roy

A Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic rider was injured after being hit by a car near Roy Saturday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The male bicyclist was taken to the hospital with a possible broken ankle and minor abrasions, according to Trooper Guy Gill.

Ten thousand cyclists were expected to travel the 202.25 mile-route from Seattle to Portland Saturday and Sunday during the 34th annual event.


Saturday collision sends two to hospital

Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of South 15th Street and South State Street in Tacoma.

Tacoma Fire Department Battalion Chief David McRoberts said the driver of one of the cars was injured after being ejected from the vehicle. And a man mowing his lawn near the intersection was also injured, although he wasn’t sure what struck him, McRoberts said.

The driver of the second car was uninjured, he added.

The accident was reported at 11:41 a.m. Saturday. McRoberts said Tacoma police were investigating.


Shooting in Lakewood – detectives hunt ex-boyfriend

The fight pitted an old boyfriend against a new one. It started over money and food stamps, and it ended with a woman shot in the abdomen.

Lakewood Police are still investigating the incident, first reported at about 7:20 p.m. Thursday. The call drew multiple officers to an apartment complex in the 13000 block of Lincoln Avenue Southwest.

According to police spokesman Chris Lawler, the woman was in her apartment with her boyfriend when her ex-boyfriend showed up with another friend in tow. The ex had just gotten out of prison, Lawler said.

“A big argument breaks out over money

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Lakewood standoff ends; suspect missing

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m. – The standoff in Lakewood is over. A SWAT team entered the home, seeking the suspect, but he wasn’t there. Police spokesman Steve Mauer said the search will continue. They’re seeking a 50-year-old man who lives at the residence.

Lakewood Police, including a SWAT team, have surrounded a home in the 8600 block of Custer Road Southwest. According to police Lt. Steve Mauer, they’re looking for a man inside the house who stabbed an acquaintance earlier in the day.

The stabbing victim suffered a head wound, but is expected to survive, Mauer said. A crowd has gathered

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Man shot in leg in South Tacoma

A shooting incident in South Tacoma Friday night or early Saturday morning put one man in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Tacoma police say the shooting occurred in the 9500 block of South Ash Street.

The victim claimed an unknown suspect shot him in the leg and then fled.

Responding officers recovered evidence at the scene but were unable to locate the suspect.

The victim’s injury is not life-threatening, according to police.