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Category: Wild, weird or just interesting


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.


Witness interviewed about Tacoma robbery later charged with the crime

From the catch-up file:

According to court records:

A Tacoma officer approached a car parked near a 7-Eleven May 10 that had just been robbed, and the man inside said he’d just seen someone wearing a cowboy hat run off with a green bag.

The man had been running like he’d committed a crime, he said with a Russian accent, which he dropped partway through the conversation with the officer.

He said he had family members in law enforcement in other parts of the country, and asked if he could leave.

The officer gave him the go

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Suspected robber who ‘always eats stuff’ for attention bites hospital equipment in Tacoma

The suspected robber gave Tacoma police the wrong name, but the nurse at Pierce County Jail recognized him.

He’s the guy who “always eats stuff to get sent to the hospital,” according to court records.

When the 26-year-old man was booked into jail Monday after allegedly robbing a couple walking down the street, he warned the nurse he had just ingested several grams of heroin and cocaine.

Authorities brought the man to Tacoma General Hospital to be checked out. While there, the man bit off a large piece of heart monitoring equipment. It will cost $120 to replace the damaged

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Roof-top burglar steals from rare coin store at Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

In minutes, the thief cut through the ceiling in Freighthouse Square and used a rope to descend into the rare coin shop below and steal a bagful of its merchandise before he fled.

The store surveillance video from Sunday morning shows the unmasked burglar’s climb, as well as his distinct receding hairline and mustache.

The alarm at American Rare Coins & Collectibles, 2501 E. D St., went off about 1:30 a.m. and officers were there minutes later, according to Tacoma police.

No suspect was found.

Owner Raymond Brandt said thousands of dollars in rare coins were stolen.

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Baby born on side of highway in Lakewood

One couple’s rush to the hospital late Tuesday wasn’t quick enough.

A Pierce County man had to deliver his daughter after his pregnant wife went into labor near the interchange of state Route 512 and Interstate 5.

“The baby wasn’t waiting for anybody and he had no choice but to pull over,” trooper Guy Gill said.

Troopers began receiving 911 calls about 10:30 p.m. about a Dodge Challenger driving erratically on the freeway. Moments later, they heard from the soon-to-be dad, who advised dispatchers that the baby wasn’t waiting for them to arrive at Madigan Army Medical Center.

By the

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Man accused of robbing his own bank in Tacoma pleads guilty

A man pleaded guilty to charges that he robbed his Tacoma bank last year.

Robert Rios Jr., 55, entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of first-degree theft, and was sentenced Jan. 25 to 90 days in custody, which he was set to start serving through home detention Feb. 8.

He was originally charged with first-degree robbery.

According to the original charging papers:

Rios entered the Chase Bank he uses near North 26th and North Pearl streets Nov. 19th, handed the teller a note that said “This is a robbie?” and insisted repeatedly he was not joking. She recognized

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An explosion in Tacoma tears off the roof of a car

No one disputes there was an explosion in Tacoma Wednesday night.

A 32-year-old man called 911 about 11 p.m. to report that he and a friend were driving near state Route 16 and Jackson Avenue when an explosion pulled off the roof of his car. He waited until he returned home to University Place to report it.

Police say there was an explosion, but it was in the 2100 block of N. Shirley Avenue, where officers found a “debris field” with pieces of the same car model the victim was driving strewn about.

Several calls came in earlier in the

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Seeing smoke along North Schuster Parkway? Probably isn’t what it seems

Crews have gotten multiple calls today about smoke coming from the railroad along North Schuster Parkway, according to Tacoma Fire.

It turns out, it’s a bunch of hot air – steam that is – from welding tools being used to work on the tracks.