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Category: Youth crime


Underage drinkers busted by party patrols in Orting

Pierce County Party Intervention Patrols arrested 26 youths in Orting last weekend while targeting three parties with underage drinkers, the county announced today.

The youths arrested Friday and Saturday nights include a 19-year-old woman who has three prior DUIs and an interlock device on her car and a 19-year-old man headed to Marine Corps boot camp this month.

Two teens were taken into custody for driving under the influence and officers rounded up two intoxicated girls, ages 15 and 16, at a party where several older men were.

After obtaining search warrants for two homes and a car, officers arrested

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3 arrested in connection with church vandalism

A man and two teen boys are suspected of repeatedly burglarizing and vandalizing a church and community club on the Key Peninsula.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives arrested the alleged culprits – ages 14, 16 and 22 – overnight on suspicion of burglary, theft and destruction of property.

The trio is accused of breaking into the Longbranch Community Church and Longbranch Improvement Club five times in the last month. The most recent break-in was sometime between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Windows were smashed, furniture was overturned and fire extinguishers were sprayed throughout the buildings. The club’s stock of

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Man charged for confronting deputy at home

An eighteen-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly tracked down and confronted a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy at home Feb. 9 over an underage drinking citation.

Joshua Paul Yacovone was arraigned Friday in Pierce County Superior Court on charges of third-degree assault and intimidating a public servant.

According to court documents, a deputy identified as M. Smith was walking to his patrol car in his driveway around 8:10 p.m. when he noticed Yacovone exit a vehicle across the street. Yacovone reportedly accused the deputy of taking his money and left only after Smith pointed a rifle at him.


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Share your memories of good times at Firwood

As most of you probably know by now, the Fabulous Firwood Roadhouse burned to the ground this morning in a devastating fire.

As I’ve talked to people this morning, I’ve commonly heard, “The Firwood?!” One person remember dancing out on the dance floor years ago with his wife.

Every one knows the Firwood. It’s an institution.

As part of our coverage of this story, we’d like to hear from you. Tell us about your memories of the place and memorable nights, memorable concerts, etc.

Post your thoughts to the blog or send me an e-mail

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“Works Bombs” aren’t just harmless fun, cops say [video]

Three Bethel High School teens are facing felony charges after being accused of setting off bombs made from household chemicals at school.

The Sheriff’s Department wants to reinforce to kids that they can be extremely dangerous and are being taken very seriously by law enforcement.

We aren’t giving away any big secret by letting you know that the information on how to make them is readily available on the Internet. A quick search on YouTube for “works bomb” turned up more than 3,200 videos, many of which had been viewed tens of thousands of times.

If you don’t know what one is, I’ve embedded a short video after the jump. I picked one that doesn’t reveal how to make it.

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Teens accused in Bethel High bomb face felony charges

Three teens accused in an explosion at Bethel High face felony charges, our news partner, KIRO TV, is reporting.

TACOMA, Wash. — Three Pierce County teens are facing felony explosives charges after they allegedly built homemade chemical bombs and detonated them at Bethel High School in Spanaway, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

The explosives, known as works bombs, are made from a plastic bottle and household cleaners and chemicals.

The three teens were arrested last week for allegedly building and setting off two of three works bombs found at Bethel High School.

The resulting explosions sparked

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Girls try to poison their teacher with strawberry lip gloss, police say

Yikes! This story is all over the place in the Seattle media. It’s shocking enough that we wanted to post the AP version here.

Students accused of poisoning Bainbridge Island teacher

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) – A pair of 12-year-old girls have been accused of sickening their highly allergic teacher by putting strawberry lip gloss on her coffee cup and water bottle, police said Friday.

The two girls were arrested Thursday after allegedly admitting they tried to poison the teacher, police said.

The girls allegedly told police they didn’t want to attend the teacher’s class after

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Lakewood runaway back in court

UPDATE: Semaj apparently went with his mother to California to tape an interview with Dr. Phil. (That episode has not aired yet.)

Semaj appeared in court this afternoon. The trip was in violation of his pretrial release. Among the terms of his release, Semaj was not supposed to leave the county.

Semaj received a stern warning from the judge. He was allowed to return home with his mom.

So if Oprah calls, Semaj has to ask the judge first before heading to Chicago.

Semaj Booker, the 9-year-old Lakewood boy who’s made national headlines when he

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