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Tag: Spanaway


UPDATED: Answers sought in deaths of Spanaway family

Investigators are waiting for the results of autopsies and forensic tests to hopefully know more about the deaths of three members of a Spanaway family.

Autopsies are scheduled for today on David Stewart, his wife Kristy Sampels and their 5-year-old son Jordan Gregory Stewart.

Investigators suspect the 38-year-old father shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 5 ended in Tumwater on Tuesday morning. Deputies later found Jordan dead in the couple’s Spanaway house. Jordan’s head had been wrapped in a plastic bag and he was wrapped in a blanket in

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Detectives looking for man in Sunday’s Spanaway homicide

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives want to talk to a 39-year-old man in connection with last weekend¹s homicide at a Spanaway duplex.

Investigators have learned through interviews that Robert Tucksen was with 21-year-old Zachariah Wright the night he was killed, sheriff¹s spokesman Ed Troyer said Thursday.

“We believe (Tucksen) was there, he was with the victim and he was the last one to see him,” Troyer said.

Firefighters found Wright dead early Sunday after dousing a fire inside a duplex in the 300 block of Field Road East. An autopsy determined Wright died of sharp-force injuries to his head and neck.

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UPDATE: Autopsy today for man found dead after fire in Spanaway duplex

An autopsy was conducted today on  a 21-year-old man found dead in a burned Spanaway apartment early Sunday.

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators have said Zachariah Wright, of Graham, died of homicidal violence before the fire. As of 2 p.m., the results of the autopsy were not available.

The fire was likely set to cover up the slaying, sheriff’s investigators said.

Firefighters found Wright’s body early Sunday inside a unit in the 300 block of Field Road East. The flames damaged half of the duplex.

Investigators are searching for a person of interest in Wright’s death, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer

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Detectives investigating homicide of 21-year-old man found in Spanaway home

Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 21-year-old Graham man whose body was found in a Spanaway home early Sunday.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased man as Zachariah Wright. An autopsy will be conducted on Monday.

Wright’s body was discovered by firefighters at a duplex in the 300 block of Field Road East around 2 a.m., according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer. Crews, who were responding to a smoke alarm, also found a TV on fire, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue Chief Matt Holm said. Half of the duplex was damaged by

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Spanaway house fire caused by dishwasher – $200,000 in damage

Firefighters put out a residential blaze Tuesday afternoon in Spanaway.

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews arrived at the 21600 block of 22nd Avenue E. shortly after 2 p.m. Heavy flames were coming from the front and rear of the single-story home, according to a new release.

The occupant had already escaped the fire uninjured. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes, but not before an estimated $200,000 dollars in damages occurred.

Pierce County Fire Marshall’s Office determined that the fire originated in the dishwasher. There were no reported injuries.


Deputies clear Spanaway school after calls reporting a possible threat

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies and administrators checked out Spanaway Junior High School last night after officials learned of a threat at the school.

A K-9 team found nothing suspicious and school at 15707 B St. E. is in session and on a regular schedule today, Bethel School District spokeswoman Krista Carlson said this morning.

“There was no viable threat,” she said.

The Sheriff’s Department received some phone calls Tuesday about a possible threat at the school. Administrators and a K-9 team met at the building and investigated further. The activity wrapped up just after 9 p.m.

Afterward, an automated phone

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