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Tag: Josh Powell


Angel statue installed beside Powell boys’ grave site

A 10,000-pound marble angel is being installed today above the shared graveside of Charlie and Braden Powell.

The statue will be set at the top of the children’s hill of Puyallup’s Woodbine Cemetery and will be formally revealed Thursday during a 7 p.m. vigil for children who are lost.

The $40,000 project is paid for by donations that flooded in after the community heard the boys’ father, Josh Powell, was to be buried near his sons.

Josh Powell killed the boys, ages 7 and 5, by blowing up their rental home in Graham during a supervised visit.

Pierce County Sheriff

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DSHS names team to review deaths of Braden and Charlie Powell

The state Department of Social and Health Services announced today that it has assembled an 11-member team to review the deaths of Braden and Charlie Powell at the hands of their father, Josh Powell.

The team members are:

• Tacoma police detective Brad Graham

• Jake Fawcett of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

• Brett Ballew of the Office of Public Defense

• King Count deputy prosecutor Rich Anderson

• Dr. Richard Packard, a licensed psychologist and certified sex offender treatment provider

• Mary Meinig of the Office of Family and Children Ombudsman

• Kevin Krueger, DSHS chief

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Coxes to speak at CPS-related press conference in Olympia

The maternal grandparents of two boys killed earlier this month in a devastating house fire ignited by their father will be in Olympia today for a meeting on Child Protective Services.

Chuck and Judy Cox are scheduled to take part in a press conference with Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn). Afterward, there will be a public meeting to “explore the serious problems with Child Protective Services and offer solutions to actions that may cause children harm,” according to a press release from Roach’s office.

The Coxes’ grandsons – 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden Powell – were killed Feb. 5 during

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UPDATED: Stained comforter, kids’ toys and clothes found in Powell storage unit

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators found a comforter stained with blood inside a storage unit rented by Josh Powell but further tests are needed to know what kind of blood it is and who it belonged to.

“None of that can be answered with what we’ve done (so far),” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The stain on the gray-blue-pink comforter had some properties of blood. It’s been turned over to West Valley City police.

“They will determine if it is relative to their case,” Troyer said.

Investigators also found kids’ blocks, toys, clothes and picture frames in the storage

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Surveillance photo of Josh Powell released

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has released a surveillance photo of Josh Powell taken the day before he set fire to his Graham-area rental home, killing himself and his two young sons.

Search warrants have revealed that Powell, 36, withdrew $7,000 from the bank last Saturday.

Investigators have said the move, along with others, showed that Powell was planning to blow up his house and kill his sons. Powell also purchased gasoline, gave away his sons’ clothes and toys and sent emails and left voicemails, saying goodbye and telling relatives what to do with his money and how to

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Spiritual ceremony rescheduled to Feb. 18 for Powell boys

Associated Ministries will hold a Moment of Blessing ceremony next week at the what’s left of the home where the two Powell brothers were killed.

The brief, spiritual ceremony for Charlie and Braden Powell will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the house, 8119 189th St. Court E.

Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, were killed Sunday in a violent explosion at their father’s Graham-area home. They’d gone to the home for a scheduled, supervised visit.

Investigators say their father, 36-year-old Josh Powell, struck his sons with a hatchet and then intentionally set the house on fire. All three

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Deputies seize cell phone of Josh Powell’s sister

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives confiscated the cell phone of Josh Powell’s sister after she refused to give emails and voicemails he left for her before he killed his sons Sunday, newly filed court records show.

Alina Powell called 911 on Sunday to report she’s received four emails and a message from her brother that made her concerned for his safety. Detectives contacted her later in the day and requested copies.

“During the interview, Alina became upset and refused to allow Det. Sanders to copy the emails and refused to provide the phone to Det. Sanders,” the search warrant states.


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911 calls from Feb. 5 Powell tragedy

On Tuesday, authorities released recordings of 911 calls concerning the Feb. 5 fire that killed Josh Powell and his two young sons. Here are excerpts of the audio files. Warning: material is unedited and may be upsetting.

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Initial 911 call from case worker supervising visit of Powell brothers to their father’s home, reporting that she had been locked out:

Follow-up call from case worker reporting fire:

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