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Category: Tacoma


Fifth man to be arraigned today for 1988 Tacoma gang shooting

A 42-year-old man will be arraigned this afternoon in connection with a Tacoma gang shooting, believed to be the city’s first, from a quarter-century ago.

Terris Miller is serving time in the federal system for an unrelated crime. He will be the fifth man arraigned for the Aug. 28, 1988, fatal shooting of Bernard Houston.

Nathaniel Miles, Brian Allen, Anthony Ralls and Darrell Lee, all in their 40s, have already pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Houston was 17 when he was gunned down in a Hilltop neighborhood. Police said it was a retaliation shooting. The defendants allegedly belonged to

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Crews put out brush fire behind Mt. Tahoma High School

Firefighters just finished putting out a roughly 200-by-200 foot brush fire at South Tyler and South 74th streets by Mount Tahoma High School, Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said.

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and Tacoma Fire responded to the blaze about 7:30 p.m. and worked together to extinguish the flames.

No buildings were in danger, and no one was hurt.

It’s not clear how the fire started, Zuluaga said.

Tacoma Power crews had to let emergency workers through gates to access the flames, but the nearby power substation was not threatened, Zuluaga said.


Man pleads not guilty after allegedly driving headlong into Pierce County patrol car, swinging at sheriff’s deputy after chase

A man accused of driving into a patrol car and then taking swings at a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Monday.

The 46-year-old Tacoma man was charged with second- and third-degree assault and trying to elude police. He was held pending $500,000 bail.

According to court records, the man was driving a stolen vehicle and making random turns about 3:15 a.m. July 12 near 96th Street East and 48th Avenue East in Summit when deputies tried to pull him over.

Prosecutors said the man accelerated and took the chase to state Route 512 and then Interstate 5, drove

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State Patrol: Tacoma man arrested for driving under the influence with 5 improperly seat-belted children in vehicle

A Tacoma man had five children and two adult passengers in his vehicle when he was stopped Saturday night and arrested for driving under the influence, according to State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill.

A trooper pulled over the 34-year-old man about 11:30 p.m. when the vehicle he was driving at mile 10 of westbound state Route 410 drifted into the oncoming lane and to the right shoulder of the road, Gill said.

A breathalyzer test showed the suspect’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers arrested the driver for investigation of

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Tacoma house fire displaces 3 adults, 3 children

A house fire displaced three adults and three children under the age of 10 Sunday afternoon in Tacoma.

Tacoma Fire crews responded to the blaze at the one-story home about 1 p.m. at South 56th and South M streets.

Half of the house was involved in the fire when crews arrived, and the flames had spread to the attic.

All the residents were able to safely leave the house by that time.

At one point firefighters were worried the flames would spread to a house next door, and crews worked on that side of the blaze to contain the fire,

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Mother, grandparents charged with severely beating 9-year-old Pierce County boy

A 9-year-old Pierce County boy told social workers he wasn’t allowed to attend school “because he told somebody he gets beat at home,” officials said.

The boy, who weighs just 45 pounds, showed signs of abuse like a bruised face and broken clavicle.

He told social workers his mother and grandparents kept him locked in a basement so he couldn’t sneak food, and they beat him with spatulas, hangers and pieces of wood.

Today, Pierce County prosecutors charged his mother, Maria Isler, 31, with second-degree child assault and second-degree criminal mistreatment; his grandfather, Robert Isler, 60, with two counts of

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UPDATED: Suspect who tried to run down deputy in Gig Harbor arrested in Tacoma

UPDATE as of 11:47 a.m.: One of the bullets fired by a deputy at the suspect stuck in his sweatshirt, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

No one was injured in the incident.

UPDATE as of 11:11 a.m.: The suspect jumped from his truck at South 54th and South M streets in Tacoma, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was arrested at South 54th Street and South Sheridan Avenue.

INITIAL POST: A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot at a man suspected of trying to run the deputy over this morning as he fled a house with a possible marijuana grow,

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Tacoma police identify officer who shot panhandler after he attacked her

A Tacoma police officer who shot and wounded a panhandler after he allegedly attacked her with a pipe-like object has been identified as Michel Volk, the department reported today.

The incident happened June 29 after the officer asked Cesar Beltran, 53, to move along near the intersection at East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue.

Volk, who has been with the department six years, first tried to shock Beltran with a stun gun but fired her gun when he continued his attack, police said.

Beltran survived the shooting. Volk was injured and sought treatment at an area hospital. She was

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