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Tag: Tacoma Police Department


Police say man torched trash can to stay warm, protest bus hours

An upcoming cut in Pierce Transit’s service hours has generated heated comments from the public at board meetings, but Saturday police say it prompted actual flames at a Tacoma bus stop.

When officers arrived about 10 p.m. at South 56th Street and Pacific Avenue South after getting a call about a fire there, a 72-year-old man at the bus stop told them he started the blaze because he was cold and to protest reduced transit hours, police spokesman Naveed Benjamin said.

No one was injured, and the man was arrested without incident for investigation of arson, Benjamin said.

Tacoma Fire responded,

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Tacoma toddler identified who police say was accidentally run over and killed by mother

A 2-year-old boy who died from injuries police say he suffered when his mother accidentally ran him over Saturday has been identified as Hazayah Ward of Tacoma by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hazayah’s mother was backing out of her driveway near South 87th and South Alaska streets about 11:40 a.m. when she unknowingly ran over the boy, who was later pronounced dead at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, police said.

Police investigators are still working to determine the exact circumstances of the accident, spokesman Naveed Benjamin said.


Police arrest man accused of fleeing Tacoma courtroom in February when verdict was read

A man accused of struggling with a deputy and fleeing a downtown Tacoma courtroom in February when he was found guilty of attempting to elude police was apparently more cooperative when he was arrested Sunday.

Leroy Phillip Scott, 34, was out on $10,000 bail when he came to Pierce County Superior Court Feb. 27, where he was found guilty of attempting to elude a police vehicle.

That was because he fled when an officer tried to pull him over in July 2012, when he had a domestic violence bench warrant and department of corrections warrant out for his

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Tacoma police looking for man who robbed bank with note written on cardboard

Tacoma police are looking for a man who robbed a Key Bank Monday afternoon in the 8400 block of Pacific Avenue.

He handed a teller a robbery note about 3:50 p.m. that was written on a piece of cardboard and demanded cash.

The man walked out with the money, and has not yet been found.

He is described as a white man in his 50s, about 6 foot 2 and 200 pounds, with a black mustache and black hair in a short ponytail.

The hair and mustache might be fake, according to police.

He was wearing blue jeans, sunglasses, a

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UPDATED: Tacoma police bomb experts investigating lunch box outside downtown Bank of America

UPDATE as of 4:28 p.m. Police rendered the device safe, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. “It was what appeared to be a lunch bucket,” she added. Traffic in the area has been reopened.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma police officers are blocking off the area around the Bank of America downtown, and the department’s bomb experts are on their way to investigate a black nylon lunchbox found in front of an automatic teller machine by bank employees,  police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The box was found about 2:10 p.m., and employees called police about 30 minutes later when no one claimed it.

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Port security officer recovering in hospital after semitrailer crash Monday

A Port of Tacoma security officer was seriously injured just before noon Monday when a semitrailer plowed into a jersey barrier at the main gate, Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said.

The man, who started working for the Port in 1999, came through surgery well Monday, and his injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

It appears the semitrailer took the corner at Port of Tacoma Road and East 11th Street too sharply and pushed the barrier into the officer’s leg, Mattina said.

The officer was outside the security booth at the gate at the time, conceivably preparing to check the driver’s

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Police: Man okay after driving down Yakima Avenue embankment onto I-5 while fleeing police following hit-and-run


A man drove off Yakima Avenue, down an embankment and landed on Interstate 5 just before 4 p.m. while trying to avoid officers after a hit-and-run accident, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool and the Washington State Patrol said.

He is in custody and is being taken to St. Joseph Hospital for a checkup, but doesn’t appear to be injured, Cool said.

No one  was injured in the crash or the hit-and-run, which happened in an intersection in the 1200 block of South Altheimer Street, Cool said.

It appears the man lost control of the car, which lost its back

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UPDATE: Police bomb experts investigating package outside Tacoma Planned Parenthood

UPDATE as of 7 p.m. The backpack contained clothing and personal items, and the scene is safe, Cool said.

UPDATE as of 6:46 p.m. A backpack was found inside a medical refrigerator by the back door of the building, Cool said. Bomb experts hit the backpack with a water cannon multiple times to try to disrupt the contents and see inside, she said. “It allows us to actually see what’s in the container,” without triggering a potential explosive, Cool said.

After using the cannon, experts are still investigating the contents from a distance, Cool said.

This KIRO-TV video appears to show police using

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