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  • WA: Tacoma Gun Disposal Boxes?

    09/10/2015 9:08:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     Tacoma Drug Disposal Box.  Officials are considering a version for guns. In Tacoma, Washington, officials are considering the idea of a gun drop box where people can turn in guns for destruction without any interaction with police.  The theory is that there are people in poor, crime ridden neighborhoods who want to get rid of a gun, but do not want interaction with police. The working theory  is that the box would be in a place without surveillance, and the guns dropped off would be checked out by police, then destroyed.  From The city is investigating how to...
  • Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism (WA)

    07/25/2014 6:08:30 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    KGW ^ | 07/24/2014 | King 5 News
    Emerald Queen Casino will cancel two Ted Nugent concerts that were scheduled August 2 and 3 over allegations of racist remarks by the singer. Puyallup Tribe officials said the decision came after learning that Nugent has said racist remarks. The tribal council said they also received threats from community members wanting the casino to cancel his shows. The cancellation comes days after the Coeur d'Alene Tribe cancelled Nugent’s August 4 shows at its Idaho casino because of what it called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."
  • Report claims FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography in 2010

    06/08/2014 11:48:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies ^ | 6/8/14 | foxnews/ap
    The FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography at least 17 months before he killed himself and his children, according to a published report based on FBI documents. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the bureau was investigating Powell for possession of child pornography as well as for the death of his wife, Susan, who disappeared in 2009 and has never been found. Anne Bremner, an attorney for Susan Powell's parents, said the family was never told the FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography.
  • Lincoln High teacher charged with rape of students

    02/07/2014 6:34:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 194 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) ^ | February 7, 2014 | Stacia Glenn
    There were naked photographs in the bathtub, sexual text messages and furtive kisses exchanged during a Lincoln High School assembly. Those are among the accusations leveled against Meredith Powell, a 24-year-old math teacher who pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes for alleged inappropriate conduct with three students.
  • Washington blow dart suspect: “I’m a moron”

    01/24/2014 8:53:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2014 9:54 AM EST
    A man accused of shooting a woman and man with a blow dart in two separate attacks in Washington state has made his first court appearance on assault charges. KREM-TV reports 18-year-old Joseph Gillies of Tacoma appeared in court Thursday in Whitman County. […] Gillies told KREM he’s sorry for the dart attacks but offered no explanation other than saying, “I’m a moron.” …
  • Teen facing deportation after drug arrest attacked immigration jail officers

    10/11/2013 11:20:55 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies ^ | October 10, 2013 | LEVI PULKKINEN
    A teen who landed in federal immigration detention following a minor drug arrest now faces several months in federal prison for fighting guards at the Tacoma facility. Brought to the United States by his parents at age 4 or 5, Jose Jesus Villa-Chairez was 17 when police in Texas caught him with three tabs of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug. Convicted of a misdemeanor, Villa-Chairez had been locked up for more than a year on immigration-related charges when he fought with guards at the Northwest Detention Center. Federal prosecutors in Seattle contend Villa-Chairez deserves 1½ years in federal prison for scratching...
  • Police say Tacoma robbery and murder was likely random act

    09/07/2013 7:50:37 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 12 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 9/4/2013
    Detectives are trying to track down the men who robbed and murdered a Tacoma man last Saturday in a downtown parking garage. Witnesses told police they saw 54-year-old Lawrence Howse pull his black BMW into the gated parking garage at the Sky Terrace Condominiums just before 10 p.m. on Saturday night. The witnesses say two men followed the car into the garage. In what police believe was a random attack, Howse was robbed and shot dead inside the garage. Howse's friends say they're devastated by the murder. "To happen to somebody that you know and to happen to someone so...
  • Fatal shooting in Tacoma's Stadium District was robbery gone wrong

    09/05/2013 12:51:14 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 40 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) ^ | September 4, 2013 | Stacia Glenn
    Tacoma police said a fatal shooting in a Stadium District parking garage last weekend was a random robbery gone wrong and are asking anyone who might have seen two suspicious men in the area to call in tips. Lawrence Howse, 54, arrived home at the Sky Terrace Condominiums shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. He entered his code to open the door to the private garage and pulled his black BMW inside. That’s when detectives believe two men slid under the door to gain access to the garage. It’s unclear whether Howse saw them. “He was confronted in the secure parking...
  • Toyota recalls 160,000 Tacoma pickups in U.S. and Canada (2001 to 2004 cold-weather states recall)

    11/21/2012 7:34:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> is recalling about 160,000 Tacoma mid-size pickup trucks from the model years 2001 to 2004 in cold-weather U.S. states and in Canada because the spare tire could fall off. The spare tire in these Tacoma models is stored beneath the trucks' bed. When the trucks were made, the metal plate that keeps the spare tire in place was not coated with sufficient amounts of phosphate to retard rust, Toyota said. Two accidents have been reported to Toyota involving vehicles following a Tacoma truck, but they did not result in injuries, a Toyota spokesman said....
  • ESL student graduates as valedictorian

    06/19/2012 7:49:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 24 replies
    King 5 News ^ | 06/14/12 | Elisa Hahn
    TACOMA, Wash. -- Among the jittery seniors waiting to walk out at Tacoma's Lincoln high school's graduation, is a 19 year old who is small in stature but big in achievement. Duc Nguyen moved to the U.S. with his family from Vietnam 4 years ago and didn't speak a word of English. He remembers kids making fun of him and thinking he'd never make it. But tonight he graduates with a 3.97 GPA and as class valedictorian. He insists his gift isn't intellect. He says he's a slow learner. But he makes up for it by working hard. His parents...
  • Teenage boys arrested on murder charges after mother reports finding man's body in home

    06/02/2012 2:16:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 34 replies
    Q13 Fox / various ^ | June 1, 2012 | David Quinlan
    A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old believed to be his brother were arrested on first-degree murder charges Friday after their mother told police she found her sons standing over a young man's body in their Tacoma house when she came home. The relationship, if any, between the unidentified victim and the teenage boys was not immediately disclosed. Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum did not say how the man died, except to say there were "signs of trauma to the body."   According to Fulghum, the boys' mother drove to a police substation and told police she arrived home at 847 E....
  • Mom accused of putting bleach into toddler's eyes (Words fail me)

    05/01/2012 3:47:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 1, 2012
    Authorities say a Washington mother repeatedly put bleach into her toddler daughter's eyes, causing permanent vision loss in child's right eye, Q13 Fox reports. 29-year-old Jennifer Mothershead pled not guilty to charges of first-degree child assault Monday. Authorities say Mothershead was given antibiotics and eye drops in March 2011 for her toddler daughter after the child came to a local hospital with an eye issue. Mothershead told doctors her daughter had scratched her eye while playing in a barn, according to Q13 Fox. Authorities claim Mothershead's then-14-month-old daughter was airlifted to the hospital with a serious head injury in May...
  • Narrows Bridge tolls poised for big jump in July

    01/12/2012 4:52:01 PM PST · by dragonblustar · 25 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | Jan 12, 2012 | Ed Friedrich
    GIG HARBOR — Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls were always going to increase. Bond payments were set up that way. The questions are when and how much. Preliminary answers from a workshop Wednesday night are July 1 and a lot. Department of Transportation experts kicked off the toll-raising process by updating the bridge's citizen advisory committee with the latest traffic and revenue numbers. They also provided four toll scenarios. In them, the electronic rate would jump from $2.75 to $4.25 or $4.50, the manual rate from $4 to $5.50 or $6, and the photo tolling rate from $5.50 to $7 or...
  • Coupeville mother of 5 seeks mercy for detained husband

    10/16/2011 11:05:01 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    PNW Local News ^ | Oct 16 2011 | - Jessie Stensland
    By all accounts, Jaime Villicana-Campos is a wonderful husband and a beloved father to his children. He held two physically demanding jobs and worked seven days a week to support his large family. He somehow still made time to spend with his little girls, especially 6-year-old Angelica who suffers from epilepsy. She is particularly close to her doting father and is known in the family as “Daddy’s girl.” But because of the nation’s sometimes vexing immigration laws, Villicana-Campos is sitting in a Tacoma federal detention facility. He was nabbed by immigration officials in June, a month before his fifth daughter...
  • Tacoma Teachers Defy Court Order, Vote To Continue Strike [Liberals: Screw The Court!]

    09/15/2011 9:06:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    Patrick Oppmann ^ | September 15, 2011
    Tacoma Teachers Defy Court Order, Vote To Continue Strike By Patrick Oppmann, CNN September 15, 2011 A judge ruled Wednesday afternoon that teachers must halt their strike Since Monday, some 28,000 kids have been forced to stay home from school. Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, have voted to continue their strike, in defiance of a a court order to stop. Rich Wood, the spokesman for the Tacoma teachers union, said teachers voted Thursday to continue their strike despite a judge's Wednesday order. At a union meeting Thursday afternoon, 1,478 teachers voted to keep striking, Wood said, adding that 107 voted "no"...
  • Man Police Shot During Traffic Stop Was Armed With Armor-Piercing Bullets

    06/24/2011 2:37:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies
    KIRO ^ | Posted June `5, 2011, Updated June 16, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "KEY PENINSULA, Wash. -- A man who was fatally shot by Tacoma police during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning pointed a gun loaded with armor-piercing bullets at the officer who stopped him and was carrying a large amount of ammunition in his truck, the Tacoma Police Department said. Wednesday afternoon, the Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Brooks Papineau of Gig Harbor." SNIPPET: "When police searched Papineau's truck, they found a large amount of ammunition and additional ammunition magazines.They also said they found a Koran and several books on converting to Islam. Police said Papineau went home...
  • ‘Freaking Scary’: Anarchists Hit Washington State Newspaper & Home of Photographer

    06/11/2011 1:46:30 PM PDT · by Baynative · 115 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/11/11 | AP wire
    <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say The Olympian and one of the newspaper’s photographers were targets of vandalism that included anarchist graffiti and an acidic substance.</p> <p>Police said Friday graffiti was painted at the Tumwater, Wash., home of photographer Tony Overman. The words “Overman snitch” were painted on a newspaper delivery truck and an apparently acidic substance was thrown on the exterior of The Olympian’s building.</p>
  • Could There Be One More Competitive House Race in Washington, Completely Overlooked? (WA state)

    10/22/2010 9:11:01 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 26 replies
    Nation Review Online ^ | 10-22-2010 | Jim Geraghty
    Congressman Norm Dicks: 17-term incumbent Democrat in Washington. Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. Represents a D+5 district that includes parts of Tacoma and Bremerton and Port Angeles. Barack Obama carried 57 percent of the vote; Dicks usually wins with 60some percent of the vote and hit above 70 percent a few times. Doug Cloud is deputy prosecutor of Kitsap County. As of October 13, Dicks had more than $511,000 cash on hand. Cloud has $2,909 cash on hand. And yet, here is this poll, suggesting the race stands at Cloud 48 percent, Dicks 44 percent.
  • Charges revealed in international 'honey laundering' conspiracy

    09/01/2010 5:32:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 2+ views
    NewsCore ^ | 9/1/10 | staff
    The Federal Government announced charges today against a ring of foreign corporations and executives who conspired to bring antibiotic-laden Chinese honey illegally into the US, in an attempt to avoid paying millions in fees. A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted top executives of German food conglomerate Alfred L Wolff GmbH, and several of its affiliated companies for allegedly importing more than $US40 million in Chinese honey, but saying it originated elsewhere in order to avoid paying duties of nearly $US80 million that were levied on Chinese honey.
  • Tacoma candidate not running from her past

    06/16/2010 2:05:27 PM PDT · by epithermal · 9 replies · 364+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 6/16/10 | JORDAN SCHRADER
    Until a few years ago, Jesse Miller’s past kept her from voting, let alone running for office. But the hip-hop producer from Tacoma is now running for the Legislature, and she’s not hiding the drug conviction that dogged her for years after she had served her time. “I think I’m an example of what a felon is. It’s a person who made a mistake, and has done the best they can with that stigma, and continued to be a law-abiding and respectable citizen,” Miller said. Felons running for office could become more common under a state law Miller championed that...
  • Audio from inquest captures story of Clemmons shooting (. . of the Tacoma cop killer)

    04/08/2010 9:40:14 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 388+ views
    SeattleP ^ | April 8, 2010 | CASEY MCNERTHNEY
    A King County jury unanimously agreed Wednesday that a Seattle police officer was facing "an imminent threat of death" or serious injury when he shot and killed Maurice Clemmons, a man wanted for the slayings of four Lakewood police officers. Clemmons approached Officer Ben Kelly about 2:40 a.m. Dec. 1 in the 4400 block of South Kenyon Street while the officer was checking out a stolen car. Kelly testified that he recognized Clemmons, who was the subject of two-day manhunt, by the large mole on his left cheek.
  • Teacher shot, killed in Tacoma; suspect caught, wounded

    02/26/2010 9:08:25 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies · 717+ views
    KOMO ^ | February 26, 2010
    TACOMA -- A female teacher was shot and killed at Birney Elementary school Friday morning. The shooting happened outside the schoole at 1202 S. 76th St. just before 8 a.m., which was before students arrived for the day. Mark Fulghum with Tacoma police says the shooter and the victim knew each other, and the shooting was domestic-violence related. The Tacoma School District would only say the teacher was a special-education teacher. After the shooting, the gunman fled, but Pierce County Sheriff's deputies tracked him down at 166th and Canyon Road East. Fulghum says shots were fired and the suspect was...
  • Cigar lovers light up at El Gaucho (Upscale WA State restaurant challenges smoking ban)

    02/24/2010 2:12:29 PM PST · by Stoat · 17 replies · 733+ views
    The News Tribune (Tacoma) ^ | February 23, 2010 | C.R. Roberts
    (edit)Closed after a 2005 state law banned public indoor smoking, the cigar lounge at Tacoma’s upscale El Gaucho steakhouse has reopened.Smoking a Dominica-wrapped Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve inside the newly branded “VIP Lounge” on Monday, El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay said that he and a trio of Cohiba-loving cohorts have met state regulations and now welcome certain cigar smokers to puff away four nights a week.The lounge has been open for nearly two weeks without complaint to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.For Mackay, the decision to refurbish and open the room was as much a matter of principle as...
  • 20,000 Mourners Expected at Memorial for 4 Murdered Washington Police Officers

    12/08/2009 12:46:59 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 29 replies · 1,023+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 8, 2009 | Staff
    Thousands participated Tuesday in a procession to the memorial for four murdered Washington state police officers, which about 20,000 mourners were expected to attend. Pierce County officials said 2,000 police and fire vehicles from more than 150 agencies joined the procession to the Tacoma Dome service for the victims of a coffee shop shooting. Vehicles left McChord Air Force Base at 10 a.m. Tuesday on a route past the Lakewood Police Department to be joined by Lakewood police and families of the murdered Lakewood officers. Maurice Clemmons — who gunned down Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold,...
  • Four Police Officers Fatally Shot Near Seattle [Slain Officers Identified]

    11/29/2009 7:59:26 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 1,879+ views
    LATimes ^ | November 29th 2009
    Four Police Officers Fatally Shot Near Seattle Authorities call the attack an ambush on the officers, who were meeting in a coffee shop before their shift. At least one returned fire and may have injured the lone gunman. No one else was hurt. [Pics in URL] The four slain officers, from left: Greg Richards, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Mark Renninger. (From the Associated Press / November 29, 2009) By Kim Murphy November 30, 2009 Four Seattle-area police officers were shot to death Sunday morning in a coffee shop in what officials called a brazen ambush by a lone gunman....
  • Maurice Clemmons, man wanted for questioning, has long criminal history

    11/29/2009 6:16:16 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 161 replies · 7,282+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | November 29, 2009 | Seattle Times staff
    Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing of four Lakewood police officers this morning, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health. Nine years ago, then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee granted clemency to Clemmons, commuting his lengthy prison sentence over the protestations of prosecutors. "This is the day I've been dreading for a long time," Larry Jegley, prosecuting attorney for Arkansas' Pulaski County said Sunday night when informed that Clemmons was being sought in connection to the killings. Clemmons' criminal history includes at least five felony convictions...
  • Ex-con wanted for questioning in Lakewood police slayings

    11/29/2009 6:02:30 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 55 replies · 2,134+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Nov 29 | Seattle times
    A 37-year-old Tacoma man, Maurice Clemmons, is being sought for questioning in the execution-style shooting of four Lakewood police officers this morning, according to two law-enforcement sources. Clemmons, who was recently released from jail, has an extensive criminal record in Pierce County and Arkansas, court records show. Clemmons is wanted in Arkansas and faces eight criminal charges in Washington state.
  • Lakewood Police murders may be gang retaliation

    11/29/2009 3:46:23 PM PST · by Jack Black · 124 replies · 4,941+ views
    Seattle Examiner ( ^ | November 29, 4:14 PM | Virginia McCabe
    comments Four Lakewood Police Officers murdered on Sunday may have been the target of gangs on the east side of Tacoma. Previous attacks on officers have been reported. On Sunday, Nov. 29, four Lakewood officers were gunned down in a coffee shop ambush before the start of their shift in Parkland. There are no suspects in custody. The police have recently started a crack down on Mexican gangs in the state. In July 2009, after the gang crackdown was announced. On July 30, 2009 a Lakewood police officer's personal car was spray painted with gang tags and set on fire,...
  • Four Lakewood (WA) police officers shot and killed in 'ambush'

    11/29/2009 2:05:23 PM PST · by llevrok · 96 replies · 7,655+ views
    PARKLAND, Wash. - Four Lakewood Police officers were shot and killed Sunday morning in what authorities called a targeted ambush at a coffee shop. Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the officers - four male and one female - were in full uniform and wearing bulletproof vests, sitting in Forza coffee shop near 116th Street and Steele Street on the east side of the Air Force base at about 8:30 a.m. Troyer says the officers were preparing for their shift when a suspect or suspects "walked in with a handgun, opened fire multiple times and then fled the scene,"...
  • Four police officers shot dead at Lakewood coffee shop

    11/29/2009 10:26:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 104 replies · 4,925+ views
    komo news ^ | Nov 29, 2009
    PARKLAND, Wash. - Four police officers were shot and killed in a Sunday morning ambush at a Parkland-area coffee shop, officials said. Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Troyer called the ambush "a targeted attack." Officials at the scene said two gunmen burst into the Forza Coffee Co. outlet at 11401 Steele St. South, shot the four uniformed officers as they were working on their laptop computers, then fled the scene. Other customers were inside the coffee shop at the time of the attack, but none of them were shot or injured. A $10,000 reward is being offered for any...
  • Multiple police officers have been shot near McChord AFB in Washington state [update @427]

    11/29/2009 9:40:32 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 433 replies · 21,840+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/29/09 | MSNBC
    Multiple police officers have been shot near McChord AFB in Washington state, official says
  • Suspect description in multiple police shooting near Parkland [Washington State]

    11/29/2009 11:29:00 AM PST · by DakotaRed · 29 replies · 3,343+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | November 29, 2009 | Stacey Mulick
    Police investigators have identified three of the four officers. All are from the local area. The fourth officer they are still trying to identify. Law enforcements from all over the region have responded to the scene. King County Guardian One helicopter is in the area. {{snip}} The suspect fled on foot after the shooting. The suspect is described a black male, 5'8 to 5'9 and in his 20s or 30s. He had scruffy facial hair with a black coat and blue jeans. He used a handgun. There are possibly looking for another person and are searching multiple places, including residences...
  • Police officers shot and killed in 'ambush' (4 dead in coffee shop murder)

    11/29/2009 11:33:27 AM PST · by bronzey · 67 replies · 3,649+ views
    King 5 ^ | 11-29-09
    Four police officers were shot and killed Sunday morning in what authorities called a targeted ambush at a coffee shop. Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says officers were in a coffee shop near 116th Street and Steele Street on the east side of the Air Force base at about 8:30 a.m. Police are searching for a male suspect and interviewing witnesses. Forza Coffee is near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma. Troyer says the officers were preparing for their shift when a suspect or suspects "walked in with a handgun, opened fire multiple times and then fled the scene,"...
  • Four police officers shot dead at Lakewood coffee shop [Washington State]

    11/29/2009 9:50:38 AM PST · by DakotaRed · 269 replies · 13,872+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | November 29, 2009 | The News Tribune Staff
    The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has reported that four police officers have been shot dead in an ambush at the Forza Coffee coffee shop at 11401 on South Steele Street in Lakewood Sunday morning. Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said investigators are immediately offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect, and that number is expected to grow.
  • Tacoma Production Moves To San Antonio Toyota Plant (Too Bad California)

    08/28/2009 3:43:07 AM PDT · by ElephantinTexas · 51 replies · 1,922+ views
    WOAI Radio ^ | 08/27/2009 | Jim Forsyth
    TACOMA PRODUCTION MOVES TO SA TOYOTA PLANT It will mean 1,000 new Toyota jobs. By Jim Forsyth Thursday, August 27, 2009 Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas announced Thursday night that Toyota is relocating its Tacoma mid sized pickup truck production form Fremont California to San Antonio, and is expected to make a $100 million investment in the plant on the city's south side, 1200 WOAI news reports. "Here in Texas, the addition of the Tacoma to the Tundra production line will better utilize our plant's capacity and the 21 supplier facilities on our site," TMMTX President Kenji Fukuta said. "This...
  • Bystanders beat man who tried to grab Tacoma girls

    07/14/2009 8:20:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 57 replies · 2,335+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 7/14/09 | Stacey Mulick
    A man who tried to kidnap two 5-year-old girls was beaten Saturday night by two bystanders who witnessed the abduction attempts, Tacoma police said Monday. Officers arrested the 45-year-old man on suspicion of trying to kidnap the girls, who had been playing with some other children in the 500 block of South L Street about 7 p.m. Police said the man, apparently intoxicated, was walking on the sidewalk on L Street when he grabbed the first girl. She kicked her way free, and the man tried to grab another 5-year-old girl, police said. She, too, got away. As the man...
  • Federal agents raid Puget Sound doctor's office ("candy man" says it's all because he's black)

    01/16/2009 10:55:44 PM PST · by Stoat · 26 replies · 1,528+ views
    KING-TV (Seattle) ^ | January 16, 2009 | Chris Ingalls
    (edit) Federal agents raided Johnson's four offices and his home Wednesday and carried off hundreds of boxes, including the charts for the clinic's 6,000 patients. They want to know more about his billing practices and the prescriptions he writes. "I may not appear shocked," Johnson said. "I was shocked then, but for me it's just another in a series of what I view as harassment." A 52-page search warrant unsealed late Friday says patients knew Johnson as "candy man," an easy touch for drug seeking addicts. He rarely examined his patients, according to several former employees and patients. And...
  • Threat Matrix: April 2008

    04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,366 replies · 5,737+ views
    Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years. This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and...
  • Demonstrators face off outside Tacoma mall (anti-war protesters outnumbered - big time)

    03/15/2008 6:38:31 PM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 112 replies · 3,804+ views
    King 5 News ^ | 3-15-08
    About 150 people -- those opposed to the Iraq War and those supporting it -- gathered noisily outside a Tacoma Mall office building on Saturday. A group known as World Can't Wait had organized an anti-war protest to mark the coming fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. But long before their protest was scheduled to begin, counter-protesters arrived. The counter-protesters surrounded an office building that houses military recruiting offices, which anti-war protesters had said they planned to "shut down." They shouted "God bless our troops" and waved American flags.
  • Military families warned of weekend war protest

    03/15/2008 8:53:29 AM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 41 replies · 744+ views
    King 5 News ^ | 3-14-08
    TACOMA, Wash. – Local military families are being advised to avoid the Tacoma Mall March 15 as local groups plan to protest the Iraq War. The group "World Can't Wait" is organizing protests at a recruiting station near the mall to mark the fifth anniversary of the war. But warnings to stay away have been going out to military families for days now - including one from Fort Lewis seeking to prevent a clash between protestors and military families. Maggie Loveless, a spokesperson for the World Can't Wait, says this is going to be a big, non violent protest designed...
  • Tacoma Mall Protest (Massive Anti-War Anti-Military protest)

    03/12/2008 6:49:47 AM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 58 replies · 3,519+ views
    I’ve received a warning from a couple of different sources, some military and some retail. (actual warning to follow) It warns people (particularly those with stickers on their car that allow them access to military bases) to avoid the Tacoma Mall on Saturday March 15th from 12:00 to 5:30 PM due to protests. It’s not a worry to me, because I loathe the mall and what it represents, and avoid it like the plague. I believe in lawful protest, and I have myself protested this illegal and amoral occupation of Iraq, the lives being lost, the money being wasted and...
  • FBI checks bomb report in Tacoma, finds pumpkin[Washington-Nuclear Bomb]

    10/07/2007 1:14:15 PM PDT · by BGHater · 15 replies · 658+ views
    AP ^ | 5 Oct 2007 | AP
    TACOMA — The FBI checked out a report of an atomic bomb in Tacoma and found it had turned into a pumpkin. The Port of Tacoma called the FBI after the deputy director received a phone message Sept. 21 from a port commission candidate, Bill Casper. He said he knew how to make an atomic bomb that could elude security devices. An FBI spokeswoman in Seattle, Robbie Burroughs, says four agents went to Casper's office Sept. 26 to question him. He says he spent an hour with the agents showing them a pumpkin and another squash similar in size to...
  • Huge explosion rocks Tacoma

    10/06/2007 11:29:00 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 23 replies · 4,676+ views
    Seattle Post Intellingncer ^ | October 6, 2007 | HECTOR CASTRO, BRAD WONG AND KATHY MULADY
    A powerful explosion rocked Tacoma Saturday afternoon, sending four injured workers to the hospital, shooting a fireball hundreds of feet into the sky, shutting down highways and banning aircraft for a five-mile radius. The series of events leading to the explosion began as a tanker truck driver was loading propane into one of two stationary tanks at Atlas Castings & Technology. Two smaller explosions occurred, followed by a massive one that blew the truck apart, with the axel flying hundreds of feet in the air before
  • Explosion rocks Atlas Foundry in Tacoma

    10/06/2007 5:05:45 PM PDT · by Ramius · 27 replies · 1,674+ views
    Northwest Cable News ^ | 10-06-07 | Northwest Cable News
    TACOMA, Wash. - More than an hour after an explosion rocked the Atlast Foundry in Tacoma, Deputy Fire Chief Jolene Davis says firefighters are trying to prevent another propane tank from exploding. Washington State Patrol told KING 5 there was a possiblity of two more explosions at the foundry, located at 3021 South Wilkeson in Tacoma, if they didn't bring the fire under control. At 3 p.m. an explosion was heard miles away, and witnesses reported flames shooting into the sky. Two people have been taken to the hospital with burns, but there are no confirmed fatalities according to Jeff...
  • Man linked to Zina case: Sex offender who escaped deportment (sic)

    07/13/2007 11:59:55 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 33 replies · 1,227+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | July 13th, 2007 | SEAN ROBINSON
    "I disgraced myself, and my mother deserves a better son than me.” Terapon Adhahn said those words to a counselor 17 years ago, during treatment for a sex offense he admitted committing. What he said to Tacoma police Thursday is unknown, but information from Adhahn, 42, led investigators to the body of 12-year-old Zina Linnik, missing since July 4. "It is with great regret and sorrow that I am informing our community that we have located the body of Zina Linnik," Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell said Thursday, Ramsdell provided little more information, saying only that Linnik’s body was found...
  • Apartment trashed after cruel Craigslist hoax

    04/05/2007 8:49:39 AM PDT · by Horatio Gates · 57 replies · 2,974+ views ^ | 4/5/2007 | TRICIA MANNING-SMITH
    TACOMA, Wash. - Someone with cruel intentions placed a fake ad on Craig's List, inviting people to take whatever they wanted for free from a Tacoma home. Homeowner Laurie Raye says there's little left now of the house. The outside of the home is trashed, the inside is nearly gutted and covered in graffiti. Raye says she is devastated. "I was attached to this home because it used to be my mom's," says Raye. The homeowner says from the light fixtures to the hot water heater, everything is gone - including the kitchen sink. Raye recently evicted the tenant and...
  • Anti-war protests cost Tacoma $500,000

    04/03/2007 7:17:10 PM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 21 replies · 575+ views ^ | Arpil 2, 2007
    Anti-war protests cost Tacoma $500,000 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TACOMA -- Tacoma police say last month's 12-day anti-war protests cost the city an unbudgeted $500,000 to provide a large-scale law enforcement presence. The rough estimate covers overtime, regular compensation, equipment and food for hundreds of workers from Tacoma police and other agencies, Assistant Chief Bob Sheehan said. The city plans to ask the Port of Tacoma and the military to cover some of the costs. "That's a tremendous hit on our budget -- a half-million dollars of unexpected expense," said Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, adding that the military would get the...
  • Anti-War Protesters Cost Tacoma $500K -- City Bills Military

    04/03/2007 7:49:22 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 50 replies · 1,317+ views
    Human Events ^ | Chris Field
    If anti-war protesters invaded your city and forced your local government to spend an additional unbudgeted $500,000 on increased police presence, to whom would you send the bill? The city of Tacoma, Wash., decided that the U.S. military should cover the expense. According to an AP story on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website: Tacoma police say last month's 12-day anti-war protests cost the city an unbudgeted $500,000 to provide a large-scale law enforcement presence. The rough estimate covers overtime, regular compensation, equipment and food for hundreds of workers from Tacoma police and other agencies. . . . "That's a tremendous hit...
  • Ujaama returns to court, accused of violating parole

    01/17/2007 10:03:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 14 replies · 596+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Wednesday, January 17, 2007 | MIKE LEWIS
    A Seattle man convicted of supplying Taliban fighters with cash and computers returned to federal court Tuesday to face charges that he violated his parole by traveling overseas with a false Mexican passport. James Ujaama denied the multiple federal counts that could land him back in prison for two years. Arrested in Belize one month ago, Ujaama had only four months left on his parole stemming from the 2003 conviction. His attorney, Peter Offenbecher, said he hadn't yet gathered all the information that led to his client's arrest. "I'm investigating the facts to determine the appropriate course of action," he...
  • Is there an Ice Storm Going on in the Seattle-Tacoma-Kent, Washington Area?

    01/11/2007 12:58:42 PM PST · by Vigilanteman · 40 replies · 1,718+ views
    Weather.Com ^ | 11 January 2007 | National Weather Service
    A first-hand account from any freepers in this area would be appreciated. This source is telling me the weather isn't particularly unusual, but the freight company I am using to move a very urgent shipment out of a portside warehouse today is telling me travel conditions are at a near standstill. Am I being jerked around or is he telling me the truth? FWIW, I grew up in North Dakota where traffic stopped only for a major, major reason such as all roads had 3 feet of snow covering them and snowplows couldn't get out.