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Car reported into building near South Hill Mall

UPDATE as of 5:20 p.m. A 65-year-old woman was driving a car carrying an 8-month-old boy and a 61-year-old female passenger, when the vehicle accelerated from the drive-up teller tube machine into Harborstone Credit Union about 1:47 p.m. at 3921 South Meridian, according to police.

The three in the vehicle and a 27-year-old female employee inside the building suffered minor injuries.

The car ran into the employee lunch room, Harborstone facilities supervisor Wes Urbanec said.

The credit union will be close until 9 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

UPDATE as of 3 p.m. Two

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Man injured in Kent apartment fire

Crews responded about 4:40 p.m. to the 23200 block of 88th Avenue South to find smoke and flames coming from a third-story apartment, according to Kent Fire.

The resident of the unit was taken to a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, and no other occupants of the building were hurt, firefighters said.

One cat in the apartment died and two others are missing.

Damage to two other apartments displaced the residents of those units.

Managers of the complex were working to find them housing, Kent Fire officials said.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of

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UPDATE: Police bomb experts investigating package outside Tacoma Planned Parenthood

UPDATE as of 7 p.m. The backpack contained clothing and personal items, and the scene is safe, Cool said.

UPDATE as of 6:46 p.m. A backpack was found inside a medical refrigerator by the back door of the building, Cool said. Bomb experts hit the backpack with a water cannon multiple times to try to disrupt the contents and see inside, she said. “It allows us to actually see what’s in the container,” without triggering a potential explosive, Cool said.

After using the cannon, experts are still investigating the contents from a distance, Cool said.

This KIRO-TV video appears to show police using

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Tacoma police looking for person of interest in PetSmart fire

UPDATE: Police are no longer looking for the  man, as he contacted police to identify himself, and plans to meet with detectives, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The investigation is ongoing.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma police are looking for a person of interest in the arson fire at the Tacoma Central PetSmart store Feb. 28, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said today.

The man is shown in surveillance footage released by the department as wearing a black zip-up hoody sweatshirt.

“He made some statement about being a firefighter when he was asked to leave the store,” Cool said. “When the fire crews arrived,

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Police: No one injured when Tacoma cop car crashes with vehicle of armed robbery suspects at 12th and Madison

It wasn’t immediately clear Sunday what happened when a Tacoma police car collided with a vehicle driven by two suspects in an armed robbery and residential burglary, but it certainly made Deanna Mroczkowski’s lunch more exciting.

The Tacoma resident was eating at a restaurant in the 4000 block of South 12th Street, when law enforcement vehicles started flying by, she said.

The suspects’ car hit the curb, then a light pole, and spun down the block until it hit another curb, and smoke from the tires made it hard to see the end of the crash, she said.

But a

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CLEARED: Westbound SR 16, overpass closed at Olympic Drive NW after semi hit bridge

Westbound state Route 16 reopened just after 8 p.m. after being closed for nearly seven hours at Olympic Drive Northwest when a semitrailer crashed into the overpass there this afternoon.

The truck with an oversized load lodged itself under the bridge and spread concrete debris across the road about 1:15 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

Crews had to chip away damaged concrete and inspect the overpass before reopening the road below, though traffic could get through on the right shoulder during part of the closure, WSDOT spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker said.

She said about 5:45 p.m. that

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Semitrailer driver arrested on I-5 in Fife for investigation of DUI, truck was hauling 100,000 pounds of concrete

A semitrailer driver was arrested today for investigation of DUI, after a commuter called 911 about 10 a.m. to report an erratic driver on northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street Southwest, according to the State Patrol.

The man was pulled over shortly after the call on the freeway in Fife, just north of the Port of Tacoma, Trooper Guy Gill said.

Gill said the semi was hauling 100,000 pounds of concrete blocks, and that the driver’s roadside breath test result was more than twice the legal limit, four times the legal limit for commercial drivers, which is .04 percent.


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