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Police ask for public’s help to find Tacoma bank robber

Police are asking the public to help identify a man who robbed a Tacoma bank Monday morning.

The surveillance picture above shows the man police say robbed a bank about 10:45 a.m. in the 800 block of South 38th Street in Tacoma.

The suspect walked into the bank, showed the teller a note that demanded money and said he was armed with a gun, and ran out of the bank with the cash, according to police.

The robber is described as a black man in his 20s, between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 8, with a thin build

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Bonney Lake police release sketch of suspect in child luring

Bonney Lake police Wednesday released a sketch of a man suspected of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his van June 13.

The girl told officers that about 6:35 a.m. a middle-aged man passed her in his van and turned around twice as she was walking from her bus stop to a friend’s bus stop.

Fearful, the girl started to walk faster to the friend’s house.

At the corner of 110th Street Court East and Angeline Road East, the van pulled next to her and the driver said: “I’m going to get you.”

The girl ran and hid behind

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King County Sheriff’s deputy injured in off-duty motorcycle crash near Frederickson dies

A King County sheriff’s deputy died Wednesday night at Tacoma General Hospital from injuries suffered in an off-duty motorcycle crash Monday near Frederickson, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Martin “Marty” Duran, 47, served in the Army before becoming a paramedic and firefighter in New Mexico, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West said. He eventually became a deputy with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico, and in 2004 started working for King County.

He most recently worked out of the Burien station, in the White Center and Skyway areas.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies still are investigating the crash, which happened

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Man critically injured in Frederickson motorcycle crash was off-duty King County deputy

A 47-year-old man seriously injured in a motorcycle crash near Frederickson Monday night was an off-duty King County Sheriff’s deputy, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The South Hill area man remains in critical condition after the crash, which happened about 5 p.m. in the 7500 block of 176th Street East, Troyer said.

Family members and King County deputies are with the man at the hospital, Troyer said, and King County Sheriff John Urquhart has visited.

Deputies are still looking for witnesses to the crash, which may have involved a white van making a

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State Patrol seeks witnesses to Sunday crash on northbound I-5 in Federal Way

The State Patrol is looking for witnesses to a Sunday night crash that happened on northbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way.

A gold Chrysler 300 crashed just before 11 p.m. with a concrete barrier on the freeway and rolled over onto its top near South 272nd Street, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers said there were three people in the vehicle, and that the driver was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 425-401-7719.

Further details were not immediately available.


California prosecutor wants to ID women photographed by convicted serial killer

The Orange County Register has a story this week about the efforts of a prosecutor and law enforcement to identify the women photographed by a convicted serial killer three decades ago.

Some of the photographs were found during a search of a Seattle storage locker that Rodney Alcala had rented. The photos were taken before July 1979.

Alcala was convicted in 1980 and sentenced to death in the 1979 kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old girl. He was convicted last month in the slaying of another 12-year-old girl and the sexual assault, torture and strangulation of four Los Angeles

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Assessors in town to look at Washington State Patrol

Assessors will be taking a look at the Washington State Patrol and how it stacks up against national standards during a visit this week.

The assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. also will be taking public comment on how the State Patrol complies with 463 standards on police procedures, management, operations and support services.

The on-site assessment is part of the State Patrol’s effort to renew its accreditation with the commission.

Law enforcement agencies voluntarily apply to be accredited through the commission. Assessors review written materials, interview employees, get feedback from community members and

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Share your stories of flooding trials, tribulations, heroism

The massive flooding throughout the region is causing damage, altering travel plans and prompting neighbors to ban together to keep the rising waters away from property.

The ski resorts are closed. The passes remain closed and a stretch of Interstate 5 is halted travel between Seattle and Portland.

We want to hear from you. How are you surviving the flooding? Has your property or business been damaged? Have you lost animals or personal belongings?

Have the road closures changed your travel plans?

We’d also like to hear the “good stories” – those of civic heroism,

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