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Category: Pacific


Auburn woman reported missing last week voluntarily went with man

A 27-year-old Auburn woman who prompted a three-day search after going missing from a park in Pacific left the area willingly with an unidentified man, police said today.

A search was launched last weekend after Tatyana Khmara’s family reported her missing when she didn’t show up for work Saturday. Concern grew after officers found Khmara’s car at the park and her brother reported seeing her with an unknown man the night before.

She called her family Monday afternoon and told detectives that she didn’t know where she was or how she got there. Khamara was located in Kitsap County and

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UPDATED: Missing Auburn woman reunited with family but doesn’t know what happened to her

UPDATE as of 5:15 p.m.: Tatyana Khmara was found in Kitsap County and has been reunited with her family, Pacific police spokeswoman Stephanie Shook said. The incident remains under investigation, she said.

UPDATE as of 2 p.m. Tatyana Khmara called her family this afternoon and police are on their way to where she is believed to be.

“She didn’t know where she was at or how she got there,” Pacific police spokeswoman Stephanie Shook said.

Shook said Khmara then called 911 so deputies could track her location. They are en route now, Shook said.

INITIAL POST: The search for a missing

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Crews search for Pacific woman who was last seen Friday

UPDATE: Officials have called off the search for the day, and will  resume tomorrow with King County Swift Water Rescue and an aerial helicopter search, Shook said.

INITIAL POST: Officials are searching the White River for a missing 27-year-old Auburn woman, Pacific police spokeswoman Stephanie Shook said.

Tatyana Khmara was seen by her brother in Pacific City Park between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday with an unknown man, Shook said.

Her family went to the park to look for her after she did not appear for work Saturday. They found her car still parked there Saturday evening, at which point they called

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Mayor of Pacific misses clerk’s termination hearing, discharges half of police force

The city clerk of Pacific has filed for wrongful termination with the city, after the mayor who discharged her left out of the back of city hall this morning at the time he scheduled for her to contest the dismissal, the clerk’s attorney said.

Sun declined to comment Thursday.

Clerk Jane Montgomery received a discharge letter earlier this week, which listed eight reasons for her dismissal. Among the reasons Sun listed was that Montgomery caused him to be arrested by locking her office and leaving the keys with police, he said in the letter.

Sun was arrested and later released

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Pacific mayor discharges city clerk, sets hearing for Thursday

Pacific Mayor Cy Sun discharged the city clerk in a letter Monday, saying she was responsible for his arrest for allegedly trying to enter her locked office.

Jane Montgomery caused the arrest by locking her office and leaving the keys with police, one of eight reasons for her discharge, according to the dismissal letter received Wednesday by Montgomery through her attorney, Joan Mell. Other reasons cited include alleged changes she made to an employee’s pay and that she is not a certified municipal clerk. Mell said her client has completed the necessary coursework for that title.

Sun was arrested by

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Detached garage in Pacific heavily damaged in fire

Investigators were looking into what sparked a blaze late Sunday that heavily damaged a detached garage in Pacific.

Crews from the Valley Regional Fire Authority and South King Fire & Rescue were called to the garage in the 400 block of Valentine Avenue just after 11:20 p.m. Flames had engulfed the building and were threatening a nearby structure by the time firefighters arrived.

Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading. They extinguished the flames.

No injuries were reported.


Man gets 31 months for killing Bonney Lake youth pastor in car wreck

By all accounts, Samuel Stephens and Joseph McNeil were young men going places.

Hardworking and well liked, they had bright futures.

That all ended for Stephens the night of Sept. 6 when McNeil got behind the wheel drunk and slammed his four-wheel drive into Stephens’ car in the town of Pacific.

Stephens, 24 and a resident of the Graham area, died. The youth pastor at a Bonney Lake church was to be married two weeks later.

This afternoon, an emotional McNeil apologized to Stephens’ family and friends before being sentenced to two years, seven months in prison for vehicular homicide.

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Service planned for youth pastor killed by drunken driver

A memorial service has been scheduled to honor a youth and worship pastor who was killed Monday when a drunken driver struck his car in Pacific.

The public is invited to the service for 24-year-old Samuel Stephens. It will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Church of All Nations, 111 112th Street East, Tacoma.

Stephens had just taken his sister and brother-in-law home after picking them up from the airport when a drunken driver crossed into his lane and struck his car about 2 a.m. Monday.

A worship pastor for four years at EastPointe Church in Bonney Lake, Stephens

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