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Tag: Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office


Couple charged, to be extradited after missing Montana boy found safe in Fife Sunday

The biological parents of a 1-year-old Montana boy have been charged with custodial interference and possessing a stolen vehicle, after they were found with the child and arrested by Fife police Sunday when an AMBER alert was issued for the boy.

Bryndi Gibson, 23, and Beau Blasius, 28, are accused of taking the child from his paternal grandparents’ home near Kalispell, Mont. Saturday night and heading to Washington.

They will be extradited to Flathead County, Mont. after the Pierce County case is finished, where they face charges of kidnapping, burglary and motor vehicle theft, according to prosecutors.

According to Pierce County

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Man accused of hitting 4-year-old daughter with belt, putting her in cold bath for half an hour after she threw away dinner

A 37-year-old man pleaded not guilty to second-degree child assault today, after he allegedly abused his four-year-old daughter by striking her with his belt and putting her in a cold bath for about half an hour.

According to charging papers:

Marcellus Noelval White hit the girl with his belt multiple times Sunday after she threw away her dinner, and he put her in the cold water to calm her down and make the injuries less visible.

The child was shivering when she got out of the bath.

Her mother told officers she saw White hit the girl about seven times

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Day care worker assaulted in Tacoma Monday wants other possible victims to come forward

From news partner KIRO TV:

A Tacoma day-care worker who was assaulted Monday said Wednesday she hopes other possible victims come forward.

“They have to speak up,” said the woman, identifying herself only by her first name, Kelli. “It’s important to speak up and do something about what’s happened to them. I don’t want them to go through anything that I’ve gone through. But if it does happen, they’ve got to speak up.”

The man suspected of the assault is expected to be in court today.  PierceCounty prosecutors delayed a formal charging decision for 18-year-old Andrake Morris until

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Sting involving Pierce County nets 21 suspected thieves, 26 stolen cars

Pierce County arraignments started today after a six-month undercover investigation that ended Tuesday with 21 people in custody and 26 stolen cars recovered, including one owned by a soldier who was deployed.

Detectives from several agencies bought stolen property from suspects as part of the Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force, an operation they called “Shiny Penny,” according to Lakewood police.

The investigation involved auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud across Washington state, including Pierce County, police said.

Officers identified 26 suspects during the investigation and recovered 16 firearms, among other stolen property.

SWAT teams served warrants Tuesday at

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Fatal shooting of Sumner man by Milton officer justified, prosecutor rules

The fatal shooting of a Sumner man by a Milton police officer has been ruled lawful, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.

Patrick Don Durnford, 47, was shot Oct. 24 outside him home in the 7000 block of 142nd Avenue East.

According to prosecutors:

Officer Zack Kenyon shot Durnford while responding to the residence as part of the Pierce County Metro SWAT team. The death was determined to be a justifiable homicide.

Durnford said he had a .357 handgun and a hostage, and exited the house and pointed what appeared to be an orange handgun at

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Man accused of robbing his own bank in Tacoma pleads guilty

A man pleaded guilty to charges that he robbed his Tacoma bank last year.

Robert Rios Jr., 55, entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of first-degree theft, and was sentenced Jan. 25 to 90 days in custody, which he was set to start serving through home detention Feb. 8.

He was originally charged with first-degree robbery.

According to the original charging papers:

Rios entered the Chase Bank he uses near North 26th and North Pearl streets Nov. 19th, handed the teller a note that said “This is a robbie?” and insisted repeatedly he was not joking. She recognized

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Prosecutors charge 5 teenagers in Lincoln Park robbery

The young robbers – who held up a group at gunpoint Saturday night and demanded “everything” – got one wallet.

The police got five arrests.

Pierce County prosecutors today charged five teens they allege were involved in what officials called a gang-related robbery. A sixth suspect had not yet been arrested.

Three 15-year-olds were charged in juvenile court with first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree robbery.

Two other teens were charged in Superior Court with the same crimes. Noel Sao, 18, pleaded not guilty, and the court set his bail at $50,000. Stephon Green, 17, is to be arraigned Tuesday. He

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Brother and sister guilty in Lakewood robbery and murder

A jury convicted a brother and sister today in a fatal shooting and robbery last year in Lakewood.

Corey Trosclair, 42, and Kisha L. Fisher, 38, were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Lenard Masten, 39.

Pierce County prosecutors said Trosclair and codefendant Mario M. Steele, 35, attacked Masten on Jan. 16, 2011, in an attempt to rob him. Masten died after being shot during the confrontation.

Fisher, Steele’s live-in girlfriend, called Masten to set up a meeting, court records show. Steele told detectives Fisher suggested the men rob Masten, who she used to date, according to

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