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Category: Sumner


Crews suspend search of Puyallup River for missing rafter

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer identifies missing man as Austin Smith of South Hill.

UPDATE, 11:25 a.m.: Lt. Cindy Fajardo, the official in charge of the Pierce County search and rescue team, said the ground search has been suspended due to fast-moving currents and very low visibility in the Puyallup River.

“It is treacherous,” she said.

The search teams had experienced some difficulties with debris in the river from mountain runoff as a result of this week’s heat wave.

Fajardo estimated the search teams may not be able to continue the search for a couple of weeks, and

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Emphasis patrol for drivers on cell phones starts Monday in Pierce County

Drivers on their cell phones have become a top safety concern, prompting an enforcement patrol that will put more law enforcement on Pierce County roads starting Monday.

The emphasis patrol will last until June 2.

During the same enforcement period last year, authorities doled out 1,059 cell phone violations and 3,171 seat belt violations statewide.

Participating agencies include Fircrest, Lakewood, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma police, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.


Georgia man charged with Sumner killing arrested, police say

A 29-year-old Georgia man has been arrested on a Pierce County warrant charging him with killing a man outside a Sumner motel in December, police said Wednesday.

Authorities in the greater Atlanta area arrested Quentin Lorenzo Simmons about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke said in a news release.

Pierce County prosecutors contend Simmons shot and killed Rigoberto D. Vargas outside the Sumner Motor Inn on December 16. Simmons also is charged with first-degree assault for allegedly wounding three  of Vargas’ companions, court records show.

It was unclear when Simmons would be extradited to Pierce County to answer the

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Storm causes power outages in Pierce, King counties

UPDATE as of 3:30 p.m. The 1100 block of Shaw Road is closed, and crews do not know when it will open.

A tree and power lines fell across cars in a parking lot at the west entrance to Green River Community College in Auburn, according to the school. Classes have been canceled due to a power outage. The Kent and Enumclaw campuses are running as scheduled.

INITIAL POST: This afternoon’s brief storm knocked power out to thousands of homes and businesses in Pierce and King counties.

Puget Sound Energy said a widespread outage was reported about 2 p.m.

It is affecting

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Man killed in Sumner crash was snowboarder stranded on Mount Rainier last winter

A 22-year-old Bonney Lake man who died early Friday after crashing his car into a tree has been identified as Derek Tyndall.

Tyndall was heading south in the 4600 block of Sumner Tapps Highway in Sumner when he lost control of the vehicle about 2 a.m., crossed the northbound lanes and struck a tree.

“We believe speed and alcohol were factors,” Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke said.

Tyndall had to be extricated from his vehicle and died at the hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Tyndall and a friend made national headlines in November after going snowboarding on

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Fatal shooting of Sumner man by Milton officer justified, prosecutor rules

The fatal shooting of a Sumner man by a Milton police officer has been ruled lawful, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.

Patrick Don Durnford, 47, was shot Oct. 24 outside him home in the 7000 block of 142nd Avenue East.

According to prosecutors:

Officer Zack Kenyon shot Durnford while responding to the residence as part of the Pierce County Metro SWAT team. The death was determined to be a justifiable homicide.

Durnford said he had a .357 handgun and a hostage, and exited the house and pointed what appeared to be an orange handgun at

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Officials say 7 injured in vehicle crash in Sumner

UPDATE as of 5:41 p.m. The crash involved two vehicles about 5 p.m. Most patients were treated at the scene and two were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to East Pierce. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and South King Fire & Rescue also responded. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash.

INITIAL POST: A vehicle crash at West Valley Highway East and 24th Street East has injured seven people this evening, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

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