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Tag: Lake Tapps


2 dead in collision on state Route 410

Two people died this morning in an accident on state Route 410, the Washington State Patrol says.

Trooper Guy Gill says says the accident occurred around 6 a.m. at Ehli Hill in Sumner.

A pick-up truck, passenger car, and a semi truck are involved. The drivers of the pick-up and the passenger car are deceased.

The crash occurred near 166th Avenue East. Witnesses report a pickup crossed the barrier, hitting a car traveling in the opposite direction. A fully-loaded semi truck with trailer slammed into both vehicles.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters responded. The drivers of the pickup

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Drowned dog found in Lake Tapps

A pitbull was found tangled in a rope line in  Lake Tapps this morning, after it tried to swim to an island in the lake, according to the Bonney Lake Police Department.

The dog was found about 11:30 this morning, police spokesman Todd Green said.

Divers searched the area to make sure no humans had been with the animal, and the owner of the dog was notified, Green said.


UPDATED: Water rescue in progress at Lake Tapps

UPDATE: The swimmer was located and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died about 9:30 p.m., Troyer said. He is from Kent.

INITIAL POST: Divers are searching for a 19-year-old man who went underwater at Lake Tapps about 5:20 p.m., Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The man was last seen about 30 feet off shore, Troyer said.

The water rescue is in progress at the north end of the lake at Pierce County Park, according to East Pierce Fire and Rescue. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Valley Regional Fire Authority are involved, according to East Pierce.


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UPDATED: Teen drowns in Lake Tapps

UPDATED FRIDAY, 9:18 A.M. by Alexis Krell:

The name of the boy is not being released by the Pierce County Medical Examiner, but may be later this afternoon.

The boy had just finished his freshman year at Bonney Lake High School, and was part of the football team there, said Sumner School District spokeswoman Ann Cook.

Teammates and coaches met at the school at 8 p.m. yesterday, and others joined to share memories of the student, she said. There were about 400 students, family and staff members at the gathering, and some wrote messages on a rock outside the school,

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Trial in fatal Lake Tapps boat crash to focus on who’s responsible

The trial of a man accused of watercraft homicide in a deadly Lake Tapps boating collision is shaping up to be a nasty fight about who was responsible for the wreck: The man charged with five crimes or the real estate agent who died.

Lawyers on both sides delivered their opening statements this morning in Pierce County Superior Court.

Deputy prosecutor Mark Sanchez told jurors the blame for the Sept. 29, 2008, collision clearly belongs to defendant Neil Richard Larsen, 43.

Larsen had been drinking alcohol and was speeding when his 22-foot ski boat slammed into and rode over an 18-foot Bayliner piloted by Ron Scott that night, Sanchez said.

The propeller from Larsen’s boat sliced into Scott, who fell into the water and drown. Four passengers on his craft suffered broken bones or severe lacerations. One woman’s leg was nearly amputated.

Larsen has pleaded not guilty to one count of watercraft homicide and four counts of watercraft assault.

“On that night, the defendant made a number of bad decisions, each one compounding the other,” Sanchez said.

Larsen’s attorney, Michael Schwartz, countered that Scott caused the wreck by parking his boat at the outlet of a narrow channel with its lights off. Scott was legally drunk at the time and had marijuana in his system, Schwartz told jurors.

“Ron Scott ignored all the rules of boater safety,” Schwartz said. “He turned that boat into a land mine.”

Testimony in the courtroom of Judge John McCarthy is expected to last for up to a month.

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Opening statements expected Monday in trial over deadly Lake Tapps collision

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan seated a jury this afternoon to hear the case against Neil Richard Larsen, who’s charged with homicide by watercraft in a deadly 2008 collision on Lake Tapps.

Lawyers are expected to deliver their opening statements Monday.

Prosecutors allege Larsen, 43, had been drinking before the crash and was driving his boat in a reckless manner the night of Sept. 29, 2008, when he collided with another boat driven by Ron Scott.

Scott, 49, died in the crash and his six passengers were injured, one of them critically.

Larsen also is charged with four

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UPDATED: House fire on Lake Tapps believed to be arson

Investigators are looking into a house fire early Sunday on the eastern shore of Lake Tapps that’s believed to be an arson.

No one was inside the home in the 4000 block of 218th Avenue East when the fire started. Firefighters were notified about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews from East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Riverside Fire & Rescue, Valley Regional Fire, Milton Fire and Enumclaw battled the two-alarm fire, East Pierce Fire & Rescue reported.

Crews blocked off both lanes of 218th Avenue East for several hours while crews got the blaze under control.

Investigators with Pierce County and East

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Body of Algona man, 20, recovered from Lake Tapps

Dive teams recovered on Sunday morning the body of a 20-year-old Algona man who jumped from a Sumner Tapps Highway bridge into Lake Tapps Saturday night.

The body of Charley Sing was found around 10:30 a.m., in 35 feet of water, about 40 feet from the overpass bridge, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

The man was in a car with friends around 7:45 p.m. when they stopped at the bridge. Detectives believe that the group made the 20- to 25-foot dive into the water, Troyer said. Sing reportedly disappeared after struggling.

There is a sign at the

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