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Category: Lakewood


19 displaced by fire at Lakewood apartment complex

Nineteen people were displaced this morning after an intense fire heavily damaged four units of an apartment complex in Lakewood, officials said.

The fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. at 7523 Dean Ave. West.

Ranger Marcus Taylor, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who just back from Afghanistan, told KOMO he heard kids screaming and saw flames at a nearby apartment building.

He rushed over and was told someone was still on the top floor of the two-story building. Taylor says he heard rustling and kicked in a sliding glass door. He told residents to come to the sound of

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Business in Lakewood strip mall damaged by fire

A sprinkler system helped minimize damage at a Lakewood strip mall this morning when a fire broke out inside one of the businesses.

West Pierce firefighters responded to the business at 3901 100th Street Southwest about 8:30 a.m. and found smoke coming from the eaves of the building.

There are five businesses in the strip mall but only one suffered serious damage because of the sprinkler system, Capt. Jenny Weekes said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire.


Lakewood man pleads not guilty to assaulting infant daughter

A Lakewood man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault of a child for allegedly trying to choke his infant daughter.

Pierce County Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Grant Poutney, 21, held in lieu of $500,000 and ordered him to stay away from his wife and 3-month-old daughter.

The incident happened May 26 at the couple’s Lakewood home.

According to charging papers:

The mother went to the bathroom and when she came out, she saw Poutney choking their daughter. She snatched the baby away and ordered him to leave.

Poutney called his boss at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and told him he

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Lakewood man charged with assault after allegedly shooting at police

Pierce County prosecutors Tuesday charged a 28-year-old Lakewood man with first-degree assault for allegedly firing a number of shots at police officers dispatched to investigate a disturbance at his home.

A not guilty plea was entered in Superior Court on behalf of Thomas Lee Oyen, who is reportedly a military veteran with mental health problems related to his service, court records show.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Oyen jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The trouble started Monday when officers were dispatched to a property in the 6500 block of 146th Street Southwest after someone called 911 to

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Lakewood woman charged with arson for allegedly starting fire at apartment complex

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old Lakewood woman with first-degree arson for allegedly setting an apartment building on fire Saturday, where the woman claimed the “four corners of hell” were located.

She pleaded not guilty Monday during an arraignment and was ordered held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

According to charging papers:

A resident of the complex saw the woman squirt lighter fluid on a burning fence, causing flames to spread to a tree and then a unit used as storage. She then lit other branches on fire with a lighter.

The blaze did not spread to any units

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Man arrested for allegedly shooting at Lakewood police

Lakewood police said a 29-year-old man fired at a group of officers responding to a disturbance early this morning.

Officers responded about 12:30 a.m. to a home in the 6500 block of 146th Street Southwest after receiving calls about a loud argument and shots fired.

While speaking with the person who called 911, police “reported hearing sounds of bullets whizzing past them and hitting bushes,” Lt. Jeff Alwine said.

The officers took cover. The alleged shooter’s girlfriend was among the group of people being questioned by police so they had her call him so they could negotiate his surrender.


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Three men charged in alleged drug hit gone wrong in Lakewood


A man Lakewood police believe took out a contract on a rival drug trafficker’s life, and the two men who allegedly bungled the hit by killing the wrong man, were charged Monday with first-degree murder.

Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of William Alvarez Calo, Robert L. Smith Jr. and Mazzar Robinson to the murder count and other charges at their arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court.

Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Smith jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, Alvarez Calo in lieu of $1.5 million bail and Robinson in lieu of $5 million bail at the request

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