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July
4th

Motorcycle crash victim identified as Graham man

A motorcyclist who died Wednesday in a crash in Graham has been identified as Orion John Silvernail, 59.

Silvernail, a Graham resident, was killed when a car turned in front of his motorcycle about 5 p.m. near 224th Street East and Meridian Avenue East, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

July
3rd

Man dies in rollover crash in Tacoma at East 62nd and McKinley

A man died in a rollover crash that happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday at East 62nd Street and McKinley Avenue East, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

It appeared the crash may have been caused by a medical emergency, she said.

Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said crews used the jaws of life to remove patients from the wreck, and that three people were taken to the hospital.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has not yet identified the man.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

July
3rd

Tacoma medical firm to pay $14 million to settle billing case

Sound Inpatient Physicians of Tacoma has agreed to pay a $14 million penalty to settle claims it overbilled Medicare and other health-care programs, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Federal investigators contended the firm knowingly submitted inflated claims from 2004 to 2012, the U.S. Justice department reported.

The fraud came to the government’s attention after a former employee of the firm filed a whistle-blower complaint. That man, Craig Thomas, will receive more than $2 million of the settlement money.

The firm provides more about 700 doctors at hospitals in 22 states.

July
1st

Suspected Tacoma bank robber strikes again, police say

Tacoma police believe a man suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank branch June 24 struck again Friday.

The latest robbery occurred about 4:55 p.m. at the Key Bank branch in the 3500 block of South 19th Street. The man entered the bank and handed a teller a note that read he was armed and wanted cash. He got some money and ran off, police said.

Witnesses said the robber is a black man in his 20’s, about 5 feet 7 with a thin build and short black hair.  During Friday’s robbery he wore a black jacket with “USA” and the

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June
29th

Tacoma Police officer shoots, critically injures panhandler on East Side

A Tacoma Police officer shot and critically injured a panhandler Saturday following an altercation in East Tacoma.

According to police, the man was panhandling near the intersection of East 28th Street and Portland Avenue.

When a TPD officer stopped at about 3:15 p.m. and told the man to move, he resisted, police spokesman Loretta Cool said.

Cool said the man attacked the officer, striking her in the arm with a pipe-like object. The officer attempted to subdue him with a Taser, Cool said, but it didn’t work. When the man continued his attack, Cool said, the officer shot him with

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June
28th

Spokane homicide suspect caught in Pierce County

A 19-year-old man suspected in a June 12 drive-by shooting in Spokane surrendered to authorities Friday. He’s now in custody at the Pierce County Jail.

Issiah Schauman had been on the run for two weeks. The shooting killed Spokane resident Fabian McBride, 27, who was shot four times. He had five children. According to one report, McBride had been trying to recover a friend’s stolen property, and Schaumann was the suspected thief. The Spokane Spokesman-Review filed an account of the shooting on June 13. Here’s a shot of Schaumann, published in the Spokesman.

June
24th

Fire damages several boats at Des Moines marina; two people hurt

Firefighters, the U.S. Coast Guard and the state Department of Ecology responded to a fire at a Des Moines marina late Sunday that left a number of boats damaged and two people hurt.

The fire broke out about 11:10 p.m., the Department of Ecology reported Monday morning.

KIRO-TV reported that two people suffered burns and 12 boats were damaged in the blaze, the cause of which was under investigation.

Ecology officials deployed a boom to contain a fuel spill, the department reported.