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Category: Gig Harbor

July
12th

UPDATED: Suspect who tried to run down deputy in Gig Harbor arrested in Tacoma

UPDATE as of 11:47 a.m.: One of the bullets fired by a deputy at the suspect stuck in his sweatshirt, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

No one was injured in the incident.

UPDATE as of 11:11 a.m.: The suspect jumped from his truck at South 54th and South M streets in Tacoma, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was arrested at South 54th Street and South Sheridan Avenue.

INITIAL POST: A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot at a man suspected of trying to run the deputy over this morning as he fled a house with a possible marijuana grow,

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July
9th

Three teens rescued from cliff in Gig Harbor

From the catch-up file:

Three teenagers stranded on a cliffside in Gig Harbor were rescued Sunday by deputies patrolling the water.

A sailor called 911 about 5:30 p.m. Sunday after spotting the trio on the sandy cliff about a mile north of the Narrows Bridge.

The teens, who range in age from 14 to 16, slid down the 100-foot cliff to hang out by the water but realized they couldn’t get back up once the tide came in, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

They were able to climb up far enough to get off the beach but couldn’t get back

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June
20th

UPDATED: Big wreck on SR 16 near Gig Harbor

UPDATE as of 2:52 p.m.: All lanes now open.

UPDATE: Looks like two lanes now open, at least from perspective of DOT camera.

UPDATE: One westbound lane now open.

UPDATE: State Trooper Guy Gill says three cars involved. Tow truck now on scene. Any injuries appear to be non-life threatening, Gill says.

PREVIOUS POST: The state Department of Transportation is reporting that a five-car crash has closed the westbound lanes of state Route 16 near Olympic Drive in Gig Harbor.

Gig Harbor fire trucks and state troopers are on the scene.

It is unclear at this time if there are

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June
19th

Gig Harbor-area man accused of taping dog’s mouth shut charged with animal cruelty

UPDATE 2: Sweeney decided not to talk on the record about the case because he’s facing a felony charge. His son, Zak, spoke on his father’s behalf, though.

Zak Sweeney said his father is a good man who has never been cruel to Daisy, who is known to chew off retail muzzles the family uses to try to control her barking.

The dog is a 2-year-old Doberman pinscher Zak Sweeney bought as a puppy.

Daisy always has access to shade, food and water and is groomed once a month, Zak Sweeney said. He showed a reporter a video he took of

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June
12th

Gig Harbor man sentenced for sending obscene photos of himself to undercover officer posing as 14-year-old

A Gig Harbor man was sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to trying to send obscene materials to a minor when the 14-year-old girl he thought he was messaging online turned out to be an undercover officer.

Michael Honan, 59, pleaded not guilty Nov. 27, and was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Richard T. Haik in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Honan will also need to complete three years of supervised release and pay a $4,000 fine.

He unknowingly communicated with the officer from August to September 2011, during

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June
12th

Seattle police looking for witnesses to bicycle-car crash that killed Gig Harbor man

Police are looking for witnesses to a bicycle-car crash May 30 in Seattle that killed a Gig Harbor man.

He has been identified as Darren Fouquette, 46, by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. in the 9400 block of Airport Way South. Both the Gig Harbor bicyclist and a Nissan Sedan were heading south on Airport Way, when the vehicle hit the bicycle from behind and the Gig Harbor man was ejected from his bike, Det. Mike Korner said Wednesday.

Fouquette was taken to Harborview, and ultimately died from the injuries he suffered in the crash.

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May
30th

Special Olympics torch to be carried through Pierce County today, Friday

Law enforcement officers will be running a torch for the Special Olympics through Pierce County today and Friday.

Four torches are carried from each end of the state and converge Friday afternoon at the Lakewood Police Department.

The official torch will then be run by Kennewick police detective Shirrell Zeitenheimer and athlete Michael I’ren to Joint-Base Lewis McChord, where 2,700 athletes will compete in five sports over the weekend.

The torch, which weighs about 10 pounds, will pass through Gig Harbor from 4 to 5 p.m. tonight via Burnham, Harborview and Soundview.

On Friday, a different torch will travel through

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