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Category: Spanaway

April
10th

Fund set up for boy, 10, killed while riding bicycle in Spanaway

A fund has been set up for the family of Avery Duclos, a 10-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle in Spanaway April 4.

Donations can be made to any U.S. Bank branch under the Avery Duclos Memorial Fund.

The boy was leaving a friend’s driveway in the 15500 block of 66th Avenue East to ride about seven blocks home when he pulled in front of a truck, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer has said.

The 64-year-old driver slammed on his brakes but was not able to avoid hitting Avery. The

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April
5th

Serial bank robber sought in Pierce County

Authorities are searching for a 45-year-old man suspected of robbing four Pierce County banks in a week.

Multiple warrants have been issued for Richard Strohmetz, who is also wanted for violating federal probation for bank robbery.

He is considered dangerous, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers.

Strohmetz is white, 5-feet-8 and 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is accused of holding up an Umpquah Bank branch in Spanaway March 29; a Wells Fargo bank branch in Tacoma Saturday; a Twin Star Credit Union in Parkland Monday; and the same Wells Fargo bank branch in Tacoma Thursday.

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April
5th

Name of Spanaway boy killed in bike-truck collision released

Avery Duclos was the 10-year-old Spanaway boy killed Thursday night when he was hit by a pickup while riding his bike, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported this morning.

The boy was hit about 6:45 p.m. as he pulled out of a friend’s driveway in the 15500 block of 66th Avenue East, sheriff’s deputies said.

The 64-year-old Spanaway man driving the truck slammed on his brakes but could not avoid Avery, said spokesman Ed Troyer, who described the collision as a tragic accident. There was no evidence the pickup’s driver had been drinking or taking drugs prior to

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April
4th

Spanaway boy, 10, hit and killed by pickup truck while leaving friend’s house on his bicycle

A 10-year-old boy riding his bike was hit and killed by a pickup while riding home from a friend’s house Thursday night, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The boy pulled in front of the truck as he left his friend’s driveway about 6:45 p.m. in the 15500 block of 66th Avenue East, to ride about seven blocks to his own house, Troyer said.

The 64-year-old Spanaway man driving the truck slammed on his brakes and was not impaired at the time of the crash, Troyer said.

“At this point it just looks like a tragic accident,” Troyer said. “There’s

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April
4th

Warrant issued for alleged Spanaway bank robber

A warrant has been issued for a man suspected of robbing an Umpqua Bank branch in Spanaway last week.

Richard Strohmetz allegedly wore a wig, glasses and fake mustache during Friday’s holdup of the bank, 16120 Pacific Ave. He is on federal probation for bank robbery, is suspected in two other bank robberies and remains at large.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him and Beau Smith, 31, with first-degree bank robbery. Smith pleaded not guilty Wednesday and Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered the Tacoma man jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

According to charging papers:

The men drove a windowless van

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April
4th

Man charged in DUI crash in Spanaway that killed one, impaled others with fence posts

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 23-year-old man with one count of vehicular homicide and five counts of vehicular assault for a fiery car crash in Spanaway last year that killed a woman and impaled others with fence posts.

Joshua White, 24, has not yet been arraigned on the charges.

The collision happened Aug. 31 in the 20300 block of 22nd Avenue East when White lost control of a Chevy truck and the vehicle rolled several times and crashed into a 4-feet-high chain-link fence before catching fire. Neighbors doused the flames while sheriff’s deputies worked to help the injured passengers.

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April
3rd

Pierce County man charged with stealing $12,000 worth of grandma’s jewelry

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old man with stealing more than $12,000 worth of his grandmother’s jewelry and pawning it to fuel his methamphetamine addiction.

The grandson faces one count of first-degree theft and nine counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Prosecutors said he could face more charges because sheriff’s detectives are still trying to track down all of the stolen jewels. He has not been arraigned.

The grandmother called detectives in January to report that her grandson, who had been living with her in Spanaway, had taken several valuables. When she confronted him, her grandson allegedly admitted

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April
2nd

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies searching for serial armed robber

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man suspected of robbing three convenience stores March 16.

The holdups all took place between 1:25 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. The first robbery was at SS Quick Shop in Parkland. The armed man approached the counter several times before walking out of the store. He then returned, pulled out a gun and demanded cash from the clerk. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man is also believed to have held up two 7-Eleven stores in Spanaway and Graham.

He is described as black, in his 20s, about 5-feet-8 with

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