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Tag: South End

Dec.
16th

8 arrested in prostition sting in Tacoma’s South End

Tacoma police officers arrested eight men Thursday during a prostitution sting in the South End.

The men were booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.

The department’s community liaison officers, gang unit and members of the special investigations unit participated in the operation, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Dec.
15th

UPDATED: Firefighters are battling South End Tacoma house fire

UPDATED at 10:40 a.m.

Tacoma firefighters have knocked down a house fire in the South End.

Crews were called to the home in the 1400 block of South 52nd Street shortly after 10 a.m. The firefighters spotted heavy black smoke but few flames coming from the house.

Firefighters have doused the flames.

All occupants of the house got out, the Fire Department reported.

Oct.
5th

Blaze damages South End Tacoma home

Failed electrical wiring sparked a blaze inside a South End home early today, the Tacoma Fire Department reported.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 4600 block of South Park Avenue just after 3:45 a.m. They found smoke and flames coming from the second floor and roof area of the two-story home, the department reported.

Crews doused the blaze. One occupant was displaced. No injuries were reported.

The fire left $105,000 in damage.

Aug.
26th

Mail stolen from postal truck in South Tacoma

The U.S. Postal Inspector has notified some South End Tacoma residents to watch their financial accounts after mail was stolen from a postal vehicle Wednesday.

The vehicle was parked in the alley in the 5400 block of Pacific Avenue while a mail carrier made deliveries. She returned to the vehicle around 11 a.m. and found the driver’s side window smashed out, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. The mail from one of the trays was missing.

The carrier didn’t see anyone around. A person who knows the carrier stopped and reported seeing a man running away from the postal truck

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July
13th

Wandering feline likely responsible for tripped security alarm at Tacoma store

This was a real cat caper.

The security alarm was tripped several times at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 7905 S. Hosmer St., late Tuesday.

The alarm company notified Tacoma police officers, who drove to the store to see what was going on. The officer set up a perimeter and asked for a police dog, the department reported.

Officers and others spent 45 minutes searching the store for any signs of a burglar or anything else amiss. They didn’t find any humans.

The likely culprit?

A cat wandering around.

July
7th

3 suspected of burglarizing Jennie Reed Elementary in Tacoma

Tacoma police arrested three people early today on suspicion of burglarizing a portable at Jennie Reed Elementary School.

A school patrol officer was doing a routine check at the school, 1802 S. 36th St., when he heard voices and saw three people running from the portable buildings on the east side of the school grounds, Tacoma police reported.

Tacoma officers responded and caught the three.

A 19-year-old man reportedly told officers he had broken a window to get into a portable to show off to his friends. He was exiting the portable when the school patrol officer showed up.

The

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July
7th

UPDATED: Tacoma police arrest man after series of break-ins in South End overnight

UPDATED at 11:30 a.m.:

Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected in four attempted break-ins and burglaries within about an hour of each other early today in the South End.

During the incidents, the man was in various stages of undress. In one, he took his clothes off. In another, he had his pants around his ankles, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Detectives interviewed the man about the incidents, which took place between 3 and 4 a.m. in the area of South 40th Street and South Park Avenue. The man was later booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion

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