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Category: Pierce County


Child drowns at White River campground

A young boy drowned Saturday night at the White River campground, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates.

Mount Rainier National Park rangers pulled the boy from the river and started CPR, he said.

The child was about 7 years old, Bates said.

Further details were not immediately available Sunday. Check back for updates.


Pierce County parents arrested for hosting underage drinking party; 32 minors cited

Pierce County authorities Thursday warned parents to keep tabs on their high school-age children this summer after law enforcement busted a huge underage drinking party over the weekend.

County officials said in a news release they arrested the husband and wife who allegedly allowed their home in East Pierce County to be used for the party and cited 32 underage drinkers early Sunday. They also arrested a motorcycle rider whose blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit of .08, officials said.

More than 100 people might have attended the party at some point, according to the news

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Pierce County Council committee supports addition to prostitution law

A Pierce County Council committee Tuesday recommended making it illegal for suspected prostitutes and their customers to attempt to detect undercover officers.

The proposal, which moves onto the full council in about a month, is the same change Tacoma adopted two years ago. Lakewood approved a similar provision in 2009.

Council members cited the need to protect law enforcement officers while making laws consistent to enforce prostitution that moves between the city and the unincorporated county.

The county’s proposal would make it illegal for someone to avoid a prostitution arrest by exposing oneself or asking another to do so;

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Yelm man sentenced to 8 years in prison for “Sovereign Citizen” tax fraud scheme

A Yelm man connected to the “Sovereign Citizen” movement who advised people in a tax fraud scheme was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Raymond Leo Jarlik Bell must also pay $705,276 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release. His wife, Ute Christine Jarlik Bell, will be sentenced Tuesday.

He was convicted in March on five counts of filing false, fictitious and fraudulent claims, three counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of assisting in filing false tax returns and one count of criminal contempt.

Members of the “Sovereign Citizen” movement believe

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Pierce County couple charged with animal cruelty after death of neglected miniature horse

A Pierce County couple has been charged with first-degree animal cruelty for allegedly allowing one of their miniature horses to die of neglect.

Neighbors in the 1100 block of 97th Street East called animal control officers to express concern about two miniature horses who were never taken out of a barn and an emaciated horse spotted lying in the mud.

An animal control officer visited the property May 28 and asked the 44-year-old man to see the horses. After seeing the too-skinny horse, the officer suggested ways to improve the horse’s condition and asked to see the miniature horses.


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Warrant issued for Graham man accused of tampering with a witness

A Graham man tried to tell a witness what to say in hopes of escaping five counts of unlawful possession of stolen property, Pierce County prosecutors said.

Now, 37-year-old Ian Schmidt faces an additional count for tampering with a witness. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Schmidt posted $50,000 bail in mid-May and was ordered not to have contact with any witnesses in his case.

According to charging documents:

Schmidt was charged with unlawful possession of stolen property after deputies found five stolen vehicles he was allegedly storing at neighbors’ homes. The neighbors told deputies they allowed Schmidt

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Pierce County officers target texters and those talking on the phone behind the wheel, unbuckled drivers and passengers

Pierce County law enforcement handed out 393 seat belt infractions and 158 tickets to drivers talking or texting on their cell phones or using other electronic devices between May 20 and June 2.

During the patrols, officers also made three DUI arrests and two arrests for misdemeanor warrants. They issued 88 speeding violations, nine child passenger safety infractions, 82 uninsured motorist and 41 suspended and revoked license violations.

More than 130 police and sheriff agencies worked the extra patrols statewide.

Across Washington, officers wrote 2,321 seat belt violations and 1,448 cell phone and texting tickets, compared to 3,171 and 1,059

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Motorcyclist injured after collision on Carbon River Bridge

A motorcyclist was injured Sunday on the Carbon River Bridge after rear-ending another motorcycle that stopped in traffic, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The collision happened about 3:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of state Route 162 at milepost 13.

The motorcyclist, a 49-year-old Puyallup man, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment. His 2007 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide motorcycle suffered serious damage.

The couple on the motorcycle that was rear-ended was not injured.

Troopers said all three were wearing helmets.