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New website means new home for breaking crime stories, no more Lights and Sirens

Our breaking crime news will have a different home when The News Tribune’s new website launches Thursday morning.

Instead of posting to this blog, we’ll put our developing stories in the crime section of the new site, which will be live after the launch at

As always, our most important crime stories will also be featured on the homepage itself, and on the social media accounts of the paper and its breaking news reporters.

Executive Editor Karen Peterson explained the new site, including the decision to remove most of The News Tribune’s blogs, in her Sunday column.

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Bumblebee throws tree branch onto I-5 from overpass

Initial reports to troopers about 4 p.m. of someone in a bumblebee costume on the Interstate 5 overpass at South 48th Street made more sense when dispatchers explained a small child had thrown a tree branch onto the freeway.

No one was hurt, and a trooper is en route to remove the branch, according to the State Patrol.


Lakewood police surround house after guns were allegedly drawn in neighborly dispute

Officers seen along Custer Road West tonight were likely part of a Lakewood police effort to surrounded a house about 5:15 p.m. in the 6200 block of 79th Street West.

Lt. Chris Lawler said an ongoing dispute between neighbors ended when friends of one of the neighbors arrived, one allegedly with a pistol and the other with a rifle. One pointed a firearm at the opposing party and told the person to leave their friends alone, Lawler said.

When officers arrived, the suspects were gone. The victim said they were in the home, but when officer surrounded it none of

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Arrest involving FBI on northbound I-5 this afternoon was for DOC warrant

The FBI and other agencies arrested a 28-year-old on northbound Interstate 5 near exit 122 about 1:30 p.m. today who had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.

KIRO-TV reported that the arrest caused backups on the freeway.

The arrest was a joint effort between the federal agency, the state DOC and Seattle police, according to the FBI.

The man had failed to check in with his Community Corrections Officer, and was considered at high risk to commit a violent crime, according to the DOC. He had been sentenced to 12 months of supervision for a drug-related conviction, according to the

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Firing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord today part of training

Joint Base Lewis-McChord release about range practice scheduled for today:

May 2, 2013

Demolitions, C-4

Firing is scheduled from 6 a.m. thru 6 p.m. This firing is conducted to maintain proficiency

with this type of explosive.

This schedule of significant range activity is provided as a courtesy for residents of

neighboring communities, for informational purposes only. Activities are listed when they may

produce noise or other disturbances beyond the boundary of JBLM’s maneuver training areas,

weapons ranges, and artillery impact area. Actual noise or vibrations experienced can vary

according to the type of training conducted, distance from firing point or

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The president isn’t in town today, but there was a motorcade

We’ve gotten questions today about what appears to be a law enforcement motorcade traveling through Pierce County.

People want to know why entrances to Interstate 5 were closed at various times and what the apparent escort was for.

Is the president in town? One caller asked.


But officers from multiple agencies did participate in an annual motor escort training exercise, hosted by the State Patrol, trooper Guy Gill said.

Officers traveled three pre-planned routes from Tacoma to Nisqually and back, Gill said.

“We do this training once a year so we are all on the same page and escorts that involve multiple

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Smoke from St. Patty’s Day cooking at Harmon Brewery sets off alarms at UW Tacoma

Fire crews were called to a University of Washington Tacoma building about 4 p.m. in the 1900 block of Commerce Street, after smoke alarms in a ground floor hallway and an elevator shaft started sounding, Tacoma Fire battalion chief Brian Hardy said.

Firefighters found extremely light smoke in the building, but nothing burning, Hardy said.

The source was grilling next door at the Harmon Brewery, he said; The exhaust from the restaurant exits toward the intake for the school’s building.

What made the exhaust heavy enough to set off the alarms?

St. Patrick’s Day, Hardy said:  ”This is the biggest day

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No one injured in officer-involved shooting near McKinley Avenue business

Officers responded about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday to a business in the 3500 block of McKinley Avenue, after a caller reported a patron had a gun and was causing problems, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Cool gave this account:

Officers arrived and the patron, who was then outside, walked away.  The officers asked him to stop,  he ran,  and they chased him. As he turned into an alley, they told him to stop. They could not see the man’s hands. One officer fired a round, and the man went to the ground and complied with the officers.

Tacoma Fire evaluated

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