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Sumner woman sentenced to 20 years in stabbing death of mother

A Pierce County judge sentenced a woman to  more than 20 years in prison in the stabbing death of her mother during an argument last year.

Laura Jennette Jonston, 21, pleaded guilty last month to one count of second-degree murder in the death of Shirly Miluk, 60. She faced 12 to 20 years in prison during her sentencing hearing this morning.

Jonston argued she’d been a battered child and was protecting herself and her young daughter the night of Feb. 20, 2009.  Prosecutors alleged Jonston stabbed Miluk at least nine times in the mother’s Sumner apartment.

Jonston told investigators she

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Woman pleads guilty in stabbing death of her mother

A 21-year-old woman accused of stabbing her mother to death last year during an argument over living arrangements pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Laura Jennette Jonston pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder with a knife, deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen reported. She faces 12 to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced Aug. 19.

Prosecutors had accused Jonston of killing her 60-year-old  mother, Shirley Miluk, Feb. 20, 2009, in Miluk’s apartment on 153rd Avenue Court East. Miluk had been stabbed at least nine times.

She was found after another daughter asked Sumner police to check on Miluk’s welfare. Officers later tracked

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Man killed by train in Sumner identified

A man who was hit and killed early Monday by a freight train in Sumner has been identified.

Roy James Patrick II, 35, was a Sumner resident, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported today.

Patrick was sitting on the trestle at Traffic Avenue and Thompson Street about 12:40 a.m. Monday. Operators of a northbound freight train spotted Patrick and tried to stop the train.

Patrick died at the scene.

Sumner police were continuing to investigate why Patrick was on the trestle.


UPDATED: Man hit, killed by train in Sumner

A man was hit and killed by a freight train in Sumner.

The man had been sitting on the trestle at Traffic Avenue and Thompson Street when he was hit by a northbound freight train about 12:40 a.m. today, the Sumner Police Department reported.

The man has not been identified. It was not immediately known why the man was on the tracks.

The investigation was ongoing.

UPDATE: Gus Melonas, the spokesman for BNSF, said the train was heading from Centralia to Seattle.

Employees tried to stop the train after spotting the man.

“Unfortunately it was a fatality,” Melonas said. The

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11 suspected drunken drivers arrested during emphasis in Bonney Lake, Sumner

Law enforcement officers arrested 11 suspected drunken drivers during an emphasis patrol last week in Bonney Lake and Sumner and along Highway 410.

In addition, officers arrested eight drivers on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor drug charges and eight drivers on other misdemeanor and felony charges, the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force reported today.

The enforcement action took place Friday. Officers stopped 276 drivers.

“Our focus Friday night was to remove impaired drivers from the road who could have killed someone if we had not arrested them,” Bonney Lake Police Chief Mike Mitchell said in a press

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Woman killed in one-car crash in Sumner early Saturday identified

A 26-year-old Sumner woman who was killed in a single-car crash early Saturday has been identified as Jennifer Carino.

The crash occurred early Saturday. Carino had been driving north into Sumner when her car hit a signal pole at Traffic Avenue and Thompson Street just before 1:45 a.m.

Carino wasn’t wearing a seat belt and died at the scene, East Pierce Fire & Rescue reported.

Sumner police were investigating.


UPDATED: Man found dead on railroad tracks near Sumner identified

The man found dead near where a train hit a vehicle in the Sumner area over the weekend has been identified.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Gary Stark, 55, of Pacific. An autopsy was planned today to determine how and why he died.

A grain truck struck a vehicle left on the tracks near Sumner late Saturday or early Sunday. Stark’s body was found about one-tenth of a mile away from the vehicle.

The track reopened just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

UPDATE: According to Sumner police, the vehicle was driving south on the railroad tracks when

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Man killed in wreck outside Sumner High School identified

A 31-year-old man killed Tuesday when his car crashed into a tree outside Sumner High School has been identified as Jason Stewart.

Sumner police were investigating what prompted the deadly crash.

Stewart was driving a Honda Civic when it lost control and slammed into a tree in the 1700 block of Main Street, in front of the high school, shortly before 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, East Pierce Fire and Rescue reported.

Firefighters had trouble getting Stewart out of the car and had to use several pieces of extrication equipment.

Witnesses reported seeing the Civic veer off the road in front of

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