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March
12th

Pierce County deputy prosecutor to appear on TV show, “Forensic Files”

Just saw this on Twitter:

@PierceCo: Watch Jerry Costello, a deputy prosecutor for Pierce County, on TruTV’s “Forensic Files” on Friday at 10. Subject: killer Daniel Tavares Jr.

Twitter: @TNTAdam
Here’s the promo for the show posted on Forensic Files’ Web site:
“Palm Saturday” premieres March 12 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. A newlywed couple is found murdered in their home. The scene first appears to be a break-in, but police suspect it may have been the work

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April
21st

LA Times on new D.B. Cooper investigator

SEATTLE — After a search that has lasted more than 36 years, all of the evidence in the case of the legendary outlaw known as D.B. Cooper fits easily into an inconspicuous box, carried comfortably under the arm of FBI agent Larry Carr.


He is the newest in a line of about a dozen agents assigned to the case since 1971, when Cooper hijacked a passenger jet and bailed out over Clark County, Wash., with $200,000 in $20 bills. When the last agent moved on six months ago, Carr requested to take the case.


“How could

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Nov.
14th

Programming reminder

Tonight, the National Geographic chanel will air its one-hour documentary “American Skinheads.”


The show features the brutal killing of a Tacoma homeless man on a set of railroad tracks in 2003. Four White Supremacists were convicted in the slaying.


According to our tv listings, the show will air at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.


Bill Hutchens wrote about the documentary in Sunday’s paper.

Feb.
15th

Mall shootings: A comparison of Tacoma and Salt Lake City

TNT columnist Pete Callaghan spotted this story posted on the Web site of the Utah newspaper The Deseret News.


It compares the recent deadly rampage at a Salt Lake City mall to the shooting at the Tacoma Mall back in November 2005 and our mall’s efforts to recover.


Here’s an exerpt, from the article, “Tacoma mall a Trolley template?”:


There are similarities between the shootings in Tacoma and Monday’s incident at Salt Lake’s Trolley Square: both happened at malls, both were seemingly random, both were seemingly carried out by young, disaffected men against unknown

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Jan.
23rd

9-year-old Lakewood runaway hits the big time

That is if you consider “Inside Edition” “the big time.”


The show announced Tuesday that it will air Wednesday its “exclusive” interview with Semaj Booker, “the nine-year-old Seattle resident who ran away from home and breached airline security when he flew cross-country on a Southwest Airlines plane without a reservation.”


That should be Lakewood resident but who cares about accuracy when you have the big exclusive.


Semaj, you will recall, gained notoriety last week after stealing a car and eluding Lakewood police on a high-speed pursuit. The next morning, he flew – without a reservation –

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Sep.
22nd

Handy makes CNN

We just caught the tail end of a story on CNN about the sentencing Wednesday of triple murderer Ulyssess Handy III.


The headline on the CNN story was “No contrition” and was a compilation of clips from his sentencing hearing and the minutes afterward when his mother apologized to the mother of one of his victims.


The anchorwoman ended the report by saying Handy will spend the rest of his life in prison.


It’s not too surprising that the footage would be of note nationally because of Handy’s demeanor in court Wednesday and statements of

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