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Police looking for robbers of Tacoma convenience stores

Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in a series of at least four armed robberies of convenience stores in the city in the past several weeks.

One or two suspects armed with a handgun demanded cash from a clerk in each of the robberies.

The suspects are described as white or Hispanic males with thin builds, ages 20 to 25 , and between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches.

The robberies were at:

• 6:45 p.m. on Thursday October 25th at Jubilee restaurant on S. 38th St.

• 7:10 p.m. on

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Tacoma police looking for hit-and-run suspect

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that allegedly hit a pedestrian near North 26th and North Shirley streets last week and fled.

A woman in her early 50s was hit and seriously injured about 8 p.m. on July 5, according to Tacoma police.

The car is described as something similar to a 2009 silver Volkswagen hatchback, possibly a GTI, Golf or Rabbit, with a roof rack and chrome rims.

Its front bumper and hood are likely damaged, and possibly its windshield.

Police ask that anyone with information about such a vehicle or the hit-and-run call Detective Jeff

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Allegedly intoxicated driver hits building during traffic stop

A vehicle ran off the road and into a building as officers tried to pull it over  for reckless driving about 8:30 Monday night, Tacoma police said.

The allegedly intoxicated driver hit a building in the 4300 block of South Pine Street.

A passenger in the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt and hit the windshield, suffering facial injuries. The driver suffered minor injuries from the airbag deploying.

Police arrested the driver for vehicular assault and booked him into jail.

Officers also found a  stolen handgun in the car.

The building was significantly damaged, and was inspected by fire

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Tacoma: Outsider’s review of Tacoma Police’s investigation of Zina case expected today

An outside expert’s report on the Tacoma Police Department’s investigation of the Zina Linnik abduction and murder case four years ago is expected to be released today, city officials said.

The report by Mark Simpson, a retired Arlington, Tex., police sergeant-turned-consultant who specializes in investigative techniques for child abduction cases, is set to be discussed at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole at 3 p.m.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who spearheaded Simpson’s hiring for the third-party review, this morning declined to give advance details of the report’s findings, noting

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Grand opening today for new Sector 4 substation

The Tacoma Police Department will host a grand opening celebration and open house today at its new Sector 4 substation.

The station, which is modeled after the city’s four other police substation, is located at 400 E. 56th St. Sector 4 encompasses the East Side and part of the South End.

There will be a ceremony at noon. A lunch representing the different cultures and traditions on the East Side will be served. The open house ends at 4 p.m.

The new substation is dedicated to the memory of slain Tacoma police officer Larry Walker, who was killed in the

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Letter from Tacoma police management union

Here’s the text of the letter sent Wednesday by the Tacoma Police Management Association to Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell regarding Assistant Police Chief Jim Howatson.

Ramsdell issued a response Friday.

Lights & Sirens is publishing the texts of both letters.

Donald Ramsdell
Chief of Police
Tacoma Police Department
3701 South Pine Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

Dear Chief Ramsdell:

It has come to our attention there has been another alleged anger flare-up involving A/C Howatson and a Washington State Trooper, which occurred on or about December 25, 2009. This makes approximately five alleged performance complaints

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No injuries after Tacoma patrol car, minivan collide in South End

No one was injured Monday night when a Tacoma police cruiser – responding with lights and sirens to a call involving a knife – hit a minivan that turned in front of the officer, the police department reported.

The crash occurred shortly after 9:10 p.m. The officer was going eastbound on South 56th Street near South Cushman Avenue. The officer was headed to a call involving a knife and had the patrol car’s lights and sirens activated, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The officer was passing cars in the center turn lane.

“Everyone was pulling to the right,” Fulghum said.

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Woman found dead in Tacoma fire had been shot

The woman who was found dead inside her burned South Tacoma home Sunday had been shot, the Tacoma Police Department announced.

She died of gunshot wounds and her death is now considered a homicide, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

An autopsy on the woman is under way at the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office. The woman’s name has not yet been released.

Her husband was critically injured when fire engulfed their home in the 7200 block of South Lawrence Street early Sunday. The husband was being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Detectives have not been able to

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