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: Graham


Man charged with three-car collision in Graham had meth in his system

There was a bottle of vodka and a can of beer in the Ford Escort.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies noticed them after firefighters cut off the car’s roof and extricated the driver and his passenger.

Now, the 21-year-old driver faces two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of vehicular assault and one count of third-degree driving on a suspended license. He pleaded not guilty to all charges during his arraignment Monday and was ordered jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The crash occurred Dec. 20 on 224th Street East, just east of Mountain Highway East, near Graham.

Witnesses told deputies

Read more »


Vigil tonight in Graham to remember Charlie and Braden Powell on anniversary of deaths


A candlelight vigil will be held in Graham this evening to remember 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden Powell on the anniversary of their deaths.

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at 8119 189th St. Court E. It will be held in the lot that once housed the home Josh Powell rented to spend time with his sons during supervised visits.

A year ago, Powell blocked a social worker from entering the house, attacked his sons with a machete and lit the house on fire. The blast killed the boys and Powell.

Attendees are asked to bring a candle

Read more »


Man charged with vandalizing Graham elementary school

School employees returned to a Graham elementary school one Monday morning and noticed three missing parking signs and nine shattered windows.

Video surveillance from the Jan. 4 incident showed four young men vandalizing Rocky Ridge Elementary School. A school employee recognized Brandon Grammer, who is charged with second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft.

The 18-year-old Spanaway man pleaded not guilty to both counts Tuesday and was jailed in lieu of $5,000.

Pierce County prosecutors said he could face additional charges in an unrelated vandalism case.

Grammer allegedly told investigators who helped him break the windows and steal the signs, but

Read more »


Graham man charged with possessing, dealing child pornography

A 43-year-old Graham man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to numerous child pornography charges in Pierce County Superior Court.

Teryle Cameron Smith is charged with four counts each of dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Smith was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Prosecutors contend Smith uploaded images of children engaged in sex acts to his Facebook page between February and July 2012. State troopers acting on a tip received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children served a search warrant at Smith’s house Monday.

Read more »


Pedestrian hit, killed near Graham Friday identified

A man hit and killed by two vehicles near Graham Friday morning has been identified as 22-year-old Derick Cartwright, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Cartwright, of Graham, was wearing dark clothing when he was hit by the vehicles about 6:30 a.m. while walking at the intersection of 110th Avenue Court East and 200th Street East, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday.

Both drivers, who didn’t see Cartwright, remained at the scene, Troyer said.


Pedestrian hit, killed near Graham

A 23-year-old man was hit by two vehicles and killed while walking on a dark road near Graham this morning, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of 110th Avenue Court East and 200th Street East, just north of Graham.

Department spokesman Ed Troyer said both drivers who struck the man remained at the scene. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and the drivers didn’t see him, Troyer added.


Graham horse owner pleads not guilty to 10 counts of animal cruelty

From the catch-up file:

A 69-year-old man accused of neglecting the 39 horses he once kept on a spacious ranch in Graham pleaded not guilty last month to 10 counts of second-degree animal cruelty.

John Diller’s attorney, Lance Hester, entered the plea on Diller’s behalf. His arraignment, originally scheduled for Dec. 27, was waived because the plea was entered in writing.

He is due in court Feb. 25.

Pierce County officials seized the horses Sept. 25 after finding the animals kept in alleged squalid conditions, including rundown barns with poor ventilation and inadequate lighting. Officers reported finding underweight horses

Read more »