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Tag: what was that

May
12th

What was that: Police activity at Owen Beach, Tacoma gas station

Just wanted to answer a couple of “what was that”-type inquiries I’ve received today.

First, Tacoma police and firefighters responded to a car that had crashed into the side of a gas station in the 4200 block of Center Street.

The driver apparently had a medical emergency and died as a result, police reported.

The second inquiry was regarding the discovery of a body on Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park. A reader called to say he saw the activity a few hours ago while walking his dog in the area.

Tacoma police spokeswoman Gretchen Aguirre reports that the death

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March
21st

What was that? Emergency response at Point Defiance Zoo

All of those lights and sirens at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this afternoon are in response to a staff member who fell down a flight of stairs in a work area at the zoo around 11:50 a.m.

Emergency crews on the scanner report that the woman is believed to have a broken leg.

The worker is in a spot that is hard to reach by regular means, so they will need to lift her out. According to scanner traffic, the employee is responsive.

UPDATE: The keeper is now at the hospital receiving treatment for a broken leg, according to

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March
19th

WHAT WAS THAT: SWAT vehicle spotted in Lakewood

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team was spotted in the Oakbrook neighborhood of Lakewood this morning.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer reports the deputies were assisting with a drug-related warrant.  The team made entry and cleared the scene. The narcotics investigators took over.

March
10th

WHAT WAS THAT: Police chase last night in Lakewood

I had an e-mail this morning from our night editor, who overheard on the scanner a high-speed chase in Lakewood Tuesday night.

In case you saw or heard about it too, here’s the scoop.

Lakewood police Lt. Heidi Hoffman reports that a Lakewood officer spotted a stolen vehicle in the 8800 block of South Tacoma Way. The vehicle turned east onto 84th Street. As it approached Interstate 5, the officer and a sergeant initiated a traffic stop.

The car didn’t stop and got onto southbound I-5, Hoffman said. The car got off on Thorne Lane and drove into the Woodbrook

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March
8th

More police activity in Tacoma on Sunday

Sunday was a busy day in Tacoma.

In addition to a serious-injury stabbing, officers responded to and investigated:

* Calls about a man wearing a long trench coat, carrying a rifle and wandering in and around Allenmore Hospital. Several officers were dispatched. They found the man but did not find any weapons.  The man appeared to have some mental health issues and was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center for an involuntary commit.

* A juvenile was arrested after a victim was threatened with a knife, beaten and robbed. The incident occurred in the 200 block of St. Helens

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March
5th

Follow-up to Wednesday’s police activity at a North End apartment

Earlier this week, I did a “what was that” blog post on police activity in the North End. A reader had sent me an e-mail after spotting SWAT team members going into an apartment early Wednesday.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said the activity was for a narcotics-related warrant.

I’ve located charging documents on this drug investigation. Here’s some more detail from those court documents.

In December, officers received a tip from a confidential informant that two men – Antoine Henderson and Darren Anderson Thrash – were dealing crack cocaine. One man of the men lived in the 5600

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March
3rd

WHAT WAS THAT: Morning police activity in North End

I got two e-mails this morning regarding police activity in the North End. One e-mail read, in part:

Curious if any of you received or heard details of the police activity at the Northpoint at Creekside Apartment complex (corner of N37th and Pearl)  early Wednesday morning?I was leaving for work at about 5:50a.m. and 2 officers in riot gear with a door ramming device, and at least 3 marked/unmarked cars were in there.
Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum reports that the department’s special investigations unit was serving a warrant. That unit investigates narcotics and prostitution-related crimes.