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Category: Graham


Motorcyclist killed in Graham crash with car

A man riding his motorcycle in Graham was killed tonight when a car turned in front of him and the two vehicles crashed, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. near 224th Street East and Meridian Avenue East.

Crews performed CPR on the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Troyer said.

No one else was injured.

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


Warrant issued for Graham man accused of tampering with a witness

A Graham man tried to tell a witness what to say in hopes of escaping five counts of unlawful possession of stolen property, Pierce County prosecutors said.

Now, 37-year-old Ian Schmidt faces an additional count for tampering with a witness. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Schmidt posted $50,000 bail in mid-May and was ordered not to have contact with any witnesses in his case.

According to charging documents:

Schmidt was charged with unlawful possession of stolen property after deputies found five stolen vehicles he was allegedly storing at neighbors’ homes. The neighbors told deputies they allowed Schmidt

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Orting man killed in homicide-suicide crash identified

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified an Orting man killed in a homicide-suicide crash Monday in Graham as Steve Munson, 56.

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies said Munson died when 19-year-old Justin Bell drove a Ford Mustang more than 100 miles per hour and crashed into the pickup truck the 56-year-old was driving about 11 p.m. near Orting Kapowsin Highway East and 200th Street East.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies said Bell, of the Graham area, left a suicide note that said the teenager was going to drive his car into a pole.


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UPDATE: Fatal car crash in Graham ruled homicide-suicide

UPDATE as of 3:30 p.m. The 19-year-old man has been identified by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as Justin Bell. He was from the Graham area and was driving a 1996 mustang convertible in excess of 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash, Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

INITIAL POST: A crash in Graham that killed two men late Monday has been ruled a homicide-suicide, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 11 p.m., a 19-year-old man in a Ford Mustang crossed the center line near orting Kapowsin Highway East and 200th Street East and struck a Toyota

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Pierce County sheriff’s deputies searching for serial armed robber

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man suspected of robbing three convenience stores March 16.

The holdups all took place between 1:25 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. The first robbery was at SS Quick Shop in Parkland. The armed man approached the counter several times before walking out of the store. He then returned, pulled out a gun and demanded cash from the clerk. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man is also believed to have held up two 7-Eleven stores in Spanaway and Graham.

He is described as black, in his 20s, about 5-feet-8 with

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Man pleads guilty in murder of Lakewood man

One of eight people accused of kidnapping, robbing and killing a Lakewood man pleaded guilty this afternoon in a deal that would allow him to avoid a murder conviction if he cooperates with authorities.

Joshua Benjamin Stevens, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping, but deputy prosecutor James Schacht told Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelson he would drop the murder charge if Stevens continues to help prosecutors make their case against the other defendants.

That would include providing testimony at trial, Schacht said.

Stevens could shave more than 20 years off his potential sentence by holding up his

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Deputies say naked woman reported in Graham taken to hospital, safe

Multiple people called 911 to report a naked woman seen about 10 a.m. Wednesday along Masia Drive in Graham, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

Deputies found the woman, who is in her 40s, and took her to a hospital for evaluation, Troyer said.

Further details were not immediately available.