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First day of Fallen Officers Food Drive brings in food, cash donations

Community members donated 26,000 pounds of food and $21,600 in cash on the first day of week-long food drive to honor the memories of four slain Lakewood police officers.

“We’re on pace to reach or surpass our goal of 50,000 pounds of food and $50,000 in cash,” Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler announced in a press release.

The 2nd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive began Tuesday, the second anniversary of the deaths of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens. The four were gunned down the morning of Nov. 29, 2009, as they

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Dorcus Allen sentenced today for role in deadly shooting of four Lakewood officers

A Pierce County Superior Court judge sentenced Dorcus Allen to 420 years in prison this afternoon for his role in the 2009 slayings of four Lakewood police officers.

Judge Frederick Fleming sentenced Allen to 100 years in prison for each of the slain officers and 20 years for the gun enhancements on each of the first-degree murder convictions.

During the hearing, Allen maintained his innocence of the charges against him. His defense attorneys have vowed to immediately appeal Allen’s convictions.

A jury found Allen guilty last month of being an accomplice to four counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors had argued

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Jury in Dorcus Allen trial deliberates for third full day with no verdict

The jury deliberating the aggravated first-degree murder case against cop killer Maurice Clemmons’ alleged getaway driver left the County-City Building this afternoon without rendering a verdict.

It was the third full day of deliberations for the jury, which got the case against Dorcus Allen late Thursday afternoon after hearing a month of testimony.

Allen, who is charged as an accomplice, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the Nov. 29, 2009 deaths of Lakewood Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Gregory Richards.

Clemmons shot the officers dead inside a Parkland coffee

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UPDATED: Jury should get case against Maurice Clemmons’ alleged getaway driver today


UPDATE 3 as of 3:45 p.m.: The jury got the case about 15 minutes ago after defense attorney Mary K. High delivered her closing argument on behalf of Dorcus Allen.

In summary, High argued Allen did not know what Clemmons intended that morning. The evidence showed he went to the nearby car wash thinking he was going to wash the pickup, she said.

“Maurice Clemmons acted on his own,” High said.

Look for a complete story tomorrow in the print edition of The News Tribune or on

UPDATE 2 as of 12:11 p.m.: The evidence is clear and

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Four Lakewood officers getting ready to pedal on behalf of slain brethren

Four members of the Lakewood Police Department will be leaving this weekend to take part in an annual bicycle ride honoring slain police officers.

This will be the second year that Sgts. Mark Eakes and John Fraser and officers Michelle Hector and Charles Porche will ride in the Police Unity Tour, a 320-mile, four-day ride on the East Coast.

The four did the ride last year in honor of their four slain colleagues – Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards – and other law enforcement officers killed while on duty

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Defense team: Suspected getaway driver did not know Maurice Clemmons’ plans

Attorneys representing cop killer Maurice Clemmons’ suspected getaway driver outlined their client’s defense in a recently filed court pleading.

In short, Dorcus D. Allen did not know Clemmons planned to attack four Lakewood police officers on Nov. 29, 2009.

Mary K. High and Peter Mazzone say Clemmons, who employed Allen, called their client that Sunday morning with instructions to wash a pickup.

Clemmons came to Allen’s home to drop off the truck, the attorneys wrote in a pleading asking for Allen’s trial to be moved out of Pierce County. Pierce County Judge Frederick Fleming denied that motion this afternoon

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No appeal bond for man convicted in case tied to killing of Lakewood officers

Douglas Edward Davis will remain in prison while he appeals his convictions for weapons violations in a case tied to cop killer Maurice Clemmons.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend this afternoon denied Davis’ request to be released on bail during his appeal.

Arend said she was afraid Davis, a native of Arkansas, might leave Washington should she allow him to post bail.

“He doesn’t have sufficient ties to the Washington area, and he might flee,” she said.

A jury convicted Davis of unlawful possession of a firearm and illegally possessing a stolen firearm. Jurors decided he essentially had

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