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Lewis-McChord hotel worker gets 2 years for embezzlement

TACOMA — A longtime employee at a military hotel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been sentenced to two years in prison and treatment for a gambling addiction after she stole at least $250,000 in government funds.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Northwest


Port Angeles man sentenced for collecting dead grandmother’s benefits

TACOMA — A Port Angeles man who forged paperwork to collect nearly $200,000 of his dead grandmother’s federal benefits was sentenced to a year in prison.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Northwest


Federal jury: Pierce County deputies not negligent in use of police dog

TACOMA — A federal grand jury has found in favor of Pierce County sheriff’s deputies who used a police dog during an arrest in 2011.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest


Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer editor William Asbury dies at 90

TACOMA — William Asbury, the former editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has died at age 90.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Northwest


Man in Spanaway found on fire, critically burned

SPANAWAY — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says fast-food workers who went to investigate what appeared to be a building blaze instead found a 46-year-old man on fire outside a business in the Tacoma suburb of Spanaway.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Northwest


Tacoma woman used pen pal program in prison to conduct fraud

SEATTLE — A Tacoma woman who used a prison pen pal program to gather the personal information of her targets has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Northwest


Tacoma man gets 18 years for killing daughter, 2

TACOMA — A Tacoma man who earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for strangling his 2-year-old daughter during a scheduled visitation has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Northwest


Man burned in vehicle fire, airlifted to Seattle burn center

TACOMA — A fire chief says a male driver was seriously burned when his vehicle caught fire and crashed into a home on a peninsula west of Tacoma.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest


Army: Soldier to face court-martial in 2nd soldier’s death

TACOMA — The Army says a Joint Base Lewis-McChord infantryman accused of fatally stabbing another soldier in 2013 in a nearby city will face a military court-martial in April.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest


Dozens protest deportation at Tacoma detention center

TACOMA — Dozens of demonstrators protested the deportation of a hunger strike leader Monday morning at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.Supporters of Cipriano Rios said he was being returned to Mexico after being refused asylum. He has been held for a year-and-a-half.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest


Tacoma zoo planning new aquarium, polar bear exhibit

TACOMA — The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma plans a big improvement to the aquarium part of the facility.Zoo officials are planning a bigger aquarium to replace the aquarium that was built in 1963 and is showing signs of corrosion from salt water.

Date: 02/17/2015 | Northwest


Man arrested in death of teen found in Tacoma ravine

TACOMA — Police in Tacoma say a man has been arrested for investigation of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old man whose body was found in a Tacoma ravine earlier this week.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest


Tacoma man pleads guilty to murder in daughter’s death

TACOMA — A 27-year-old Tacoma man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, acknowledging he strangled his 2-year-old daughter a year ago.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Northwest


Dog droppings tracked through DNA at Tacoma apartments

TACOMA — Dog owners at the Monterra Apartment Homes in Tacoma are held responsible for pet droppings through a DNA matching system.KOMO reported that owners are required to register their dog’s DNA, which is taken with a mouth swab.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Northwest


Police: person found dead in Tacoma ravine

TACOMA — Police in Tacoma say they have recovered a body from a ravine and are investigating the death.

Date: 02/09/2015 | Northwest


Man gets 40 years in girlfriend’s beating death

TACOMA — A Pierce County judge has sentenced a man to 40 years in prison for a second-degree murder conviction in the 2012 beating death of his live-in girlfriend.

Date: 02/07/2015 | Northwest


Tacoma Seahawks fan charged with making explosives

TACOMA — A man charged with setting off explosives in his Tacoma neighborhood insists he was doing it to celebrate the Seattle Seahawks.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Northwest


Explosion, fire at Tacoma auto parts shop; no injuries

TACOMA — An explosion and dramatic fire at a south Tacoma auto parts shop prompted fire crews to temporarily evacuate businesses near one of the main gates to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s McChord Air Field.The fire sent up a towering cloud of black smoke.

Date: 01/29/2015 | Northwest


Man so angry he kicks pet Chihuahua, killing it

TACOMA — A 32-year-old Tacoma man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he kicked his small dog so hard that it died.Nicholas Tresness was booked Friday night into the Pierce County Jail on investigation of first-degree animal cruelty and other charges.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Northwest


Man accused of assaulting girlfriend’s daughter

TACOMA — A 26-year-old Tacoma-area man charged with raping and assaulting his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter is being held on $1 million bail.Thomas Babler pleaded not guilty to child rape and assault when he was arraigned Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Northwest


Indoor petting zoo planned for Tacoma strip mall

TACOMA — Debbie Dolittle Penwell can’t remember how she started collecting camels, as if adopting and housing six of the beasts were nothing extraordinary.In her life, it wasn’t.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Northwest


White Swan woman pleads not guilty in Tacoma to poaching

TACOMA — A 49-year-old Yakima County woman accused of supplying deer and elk to a Tacoma man who illegally sold the meat pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court to a charge of unlawfully trafficking in wildlife.Evelena Bobb of White Swan is free while awaiting trial.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest


Tacoma girl dies 15 years after she was shaken as a baby

TACOMA — A Tacoma mother is mourning the loss of her daughter who died Sunday nearly 15 years after she was violently shaken by her biological father.Shannon Stiles said her daughter, Baylee, died from complications stemming from the abuse.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest


Tacoma man re-arrested in laser-shining case

TACOMA — A Tacoma man accused of shining a laser into the cockpit of a Washington State Patrol plane has been re-arrested after prosecutors said he missed a court hearing.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Northwest


Man charged with murder in wife’s strangling death

TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a 57-year-old man with first-degree murder in his wife’s strangling death.The prosecutor’s office said Michael Leroy Brown was arraigned Monday and held on $2 million bail. It was not known late Monday who was representing him.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest


Flu kills 5-year-old Tacoma girl in couple of days

TACOMA — A 5-year-old Tacoma girl who was sent home from school with a fever was dead a couple of days later from the flu.The mother, Rebecca Taylor, told KOMO she treated her daughter Scarlet at home for two days last month for cold symptoms.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest


Port dispute: Weyerhaeuser to cut Longview jobs

LONGVIEW — Weyerhaeuser said it will cut production and jobs at its Longview pulp and paper mill because of the West Coast labor dispute that is making it difficult to ship products to customers overseas.The company did not say Wednesday how many workers would be affected.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Business Wire


Kalakala to be scrapped; end of iconic Puget Sound ferry

TACOMA — The historic ferry Kalakala has reached its final destination.The owner plans to have the rusting hulk scrapped later this month in Tacoma, The News Tribune reported Sunday.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest


West Coast’s port bottlenecks hurt businesses

LOS ANGELES — Congestion at the nation’s busiest ports, in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., is an impediment to the nation’s economy, which is finally kicking into high gear.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire


Funeral for former state lawmaker on Saturday

TACOMA — The funeral for a former Washington state lawmaker who was fatally shot in Alaska earlier this month will be held Saturday in Tacoma.The News Tribune reported that the funeral for Brian Sullivan will be held at 11 a.m. at Bellarmine Preparatory School.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma standoff ends with man’s arrest

TACOMA — A police standoff in Tacoma has ended with the arrest of a man sought by law enforcement officers in multiple car thefts.A SWAT team that surrounded a home for several hours Friday fired tear gas before taking the man into custody.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Northwest


Man who killed cab driver in Tacoma gets 25 years

TACOMA — A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing a Somalian cab driver in Tacoma in 2009.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Northwest


Gunfire damages BPA insulators, reward offered

TACOMA — The Bonneville Power Administration says people shooting at its high-voltage power line near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma area have damaged power line insulators. The agency is offering a maximum $25,000 reward for tips leading to those involved.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Northwest


Lakewood man accused of swapping furniture

TACOMA — A Lakewood man is accused of swapping furniture with his neighbors while they were away.The News Tribune reports the man and a friend who is accused of helping him pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of residential burglary.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest


2 Pierce County deputies injured in crash

TACOMA — Two Pierce County deputies suffered minor injuries in a collision early Friday with a driver who appeared drunk.The sheriff’s office says the other car ran a stop sign and hit the patrol car about 1:15 a.m. at an intersection in Tacoma.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma zoo’s tiger triplets ready for public debut

TACOMA — The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma says three Sumatran tigers born two months ago are ready to go on public display.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma: ‘Dropout factories’ to record graduation

SEATTLE — The Tacoma school district took a well-earned bow on Tuesday at a celebration of record-breaking graduation rates. In four years, Washington state’s second-largest school district has gone from graduating 55 percent of students 2010 to beating the state average with a 78 percent...

Date: 12/02/2014 | Northwest


Jury convicts man in slaying of Tacoma cab driver

TACOMA — A jury on Wednesday convicted Jaycee Fuller of first-degree murder in the 2009 killing of a 22-year-old Somalian cab driver in Tacoma.

Date: 11/26/2014 | Northwest


Puget Sound student earns Rhodes scholarship

TACOMA — A University of Puget Sound student has been selected for a prestigious Rhodes scholarship.The Rhodes Trust announced Sunday that William J. Rathje of Lake Oswego, Oregon was among 32 Americans selected for the scholarship.

Date: 11/23/2014 | Northwest


Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays holiday classics at KeyArena

Nothing like a little Trans-Siberian Orchestra to kick off the holiday season a little early, amiright?The group has become a holiday tradition for plenty of families—an interesting twist to the career of its leader, rock producer Paul O'Neill, who worked with groups...

Date: 11/21/2014 | Entertainment


1-day strike at 2 hospitals at Tacoma

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

Date: 11/18/2014 | Northwest


E-cigarette reportedly started Tacoma house fire

TACOMA — A house fire in Tacoma that seriously injured a man was reportedly started by an e-cigarette explosion.Fire Battalion Chief Dave McRoberts says the cause remains under investigation but a woman said her electronic cigarette exploded, spilling liquid that set a couch on fire.

Date: 11/12/2014 | Northwest


Wrong-way driver, 86, charged in Tacoma

TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor has charged an 86-year-old University Place man with vehicular assault for a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome.

Date: 11/12/2014 | Northwest


Report recommends jail time for Steven Powell

TACOMA — A state corrections officer has recommended that the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell serve 60 days in jail for failing to get court-ordered sexual deviancy treatment.

Date: 11/12/2014 | Northwest


Wrong-way driver, 86, crashes on I-5 near Tacoma Dome

TACOMA — The Washington State Patrol says an 86-year-old drunken driver was going the wrong way in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Tacoma late Monday night when he collided with oncoming cars near the Tacoma Dome.

Date: 11/11/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma bridge damaged in crash reopens

TACOMA — Tacoma officials say a bridge that was damaged in a collision Sunday and closed for inspection reopened Monday.

Date: 11/10/2014 | Northwest


Unrest, Ebola fears cancel Tacoma school trip to Madagascar

TACOMA — The Tacoma school district has canceled a planned student trip to Madagascar in January because of concerns about Ebola and political unrest in Africa.About two dozen students from the School of the Arts and Science and Math Institute had planned to take part in the trip.

Date: 11/03/2014 | Northwest


Broken Tacoma water pipe affects paper mill

TACOMA — A 16-inch pipe broke Tuesday night on the Tacoma Tideflats, leaving the city’s biggest water customer, the RockTenn paper mill, out of service until it can be repaired.

Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest


Lawmaker sues opponent over campaign ad

TACOMA — Democratic state Rep. Larry Seaquist filed a lawsuit against his Republican challenger this week, saying she made libelous claims against him in campaign ads.Seaquist filed the suit against Michelle Caldier on Monday, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported.

Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest


Bush, Reagan, Nixon books burned at Tacoma library

TACOMA — Biographies of George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon accounted for most of the dozen books burned in a fire at the Tacoma Main Library.Library workers don't think the motive for Saturday's fire was political. It was set in the American History...

Date: 10/21/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma police award Medal of Courage

TACOMA — The Tacoma Police Department awarded the Medal of Courage to a citizen for his bravery in saving a drowning girl.Police Chief Donald Ramsdell made the presentation to Noah McDonald, saying his heroism went beyond what was expected of a citizen.

Date: 10/19/2014 | Northwest


Puyallup woman admits setting rented house ablaze

TACOMA — A 38-year-old Washington woman who told firefighters how she dropped her young son to safety before escaping a house fire herself has admitted setting the fire and making a false insurance claim.

Date: 10/17/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma woman accused of breastfeeding drugs

TACOMA — A woman accused of giving her daughter methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana through breastfeeding is back in jail in Tacoma while she awaits trial on a charge of endangerment with a controlled substance.

Date: 10/08/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma man gets 4 years for tax return fraud

TACOMA — The U.S. attorney’s office says a 33-year-old Tacoma man who falsely claimed more than $1.8 million in federal income tax refunds has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Northwest


Boyfriend chases man who robbed Spanaway barista

TACOMA — Pierce County authorities say a man who witnessed his girlfriend being robbed at gunpoint chased down the suspect in his car, striking the robber as he got away.

Date: 10/02/2014 | Northwest


Horse stuck in mud rescues itself

TACOMA — A fire chief says a horse that got stuck in the mud of a runoff pond on Key Peninsula ended up rescuing himself, with a little help from a guide.

Date: 10/01/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma snowboarder killed in avalanche in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A U.S. snowboarder, climber and mountain guide has been killed in an avalanche in Argentina.Liz Daley, 29, from Tacoma, died Monday in the Fitz Roy Massif region outside El Chalten, Argentina. Her sponsor, Eddie Bauer, confirmed the death in a statement.

Date: 10/01/2014 | Northwest


1 dies in Tacoma apartment fire

TACOMA — One person died in a fire at a Tacoma apartment building for seniors.The fire department said it started about 11 a.m. Tuesday in the kitchen of a basement unit where the person was found dead.

Date: 09/30/2014 | Northwest


Arrest, charge in fatal Tacoma stabbing

TACOMA — Authorities in Tacoma say a fatal stabbing in which the victim staggered to a home in search of help and collapsed on a porch stemmed from the theft of a portable speaker.

Date: 09/25/2014 | Northwest


4 stolen vintage motorcycles recovered in Seattle

TACOMA — Police say a trailer containing four vintage motorcycles stolen in Tacoma has been recovered in Seattle.Seattle Detective Patrick Michaud said police got a tip Wednesday from a witness who spotted the trailer. The trailer had been featured in a Facebook post.

Date: 09/24/2014 | Northwest


Charge filed against dad in 1983 toddler killing

TACOMA — Prosecutors in Pierce County have filed a manslaughter charge against a 57-year-old man for killing his 3-year-old son in 1983.

Date: 09/16/2014 | Northwest


Former PTA president in Belfair gets 23 years for child porn

TACOMA — A former president of a parent-teacher association in a small Washington state community was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to four child pornography charges.

Date: 09/08/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma Dome hosts convention for marijuana

TACOMA — Matt Mason and two friends drove to Tacoma from Indianapolis, ready to unveil what Mason called “tobacco grinders” at CannaCon.That’s canna as in cannabis and con as in convention.

Date: 08/15/2014 | Business


Port OKs nearly $1 billion for Sea-Tac

TACOMA — The Port of Seattle is moving forward on nearly $1 billion worth of improvements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.The port commission on Tuesday approved a handful of new construction and maintenance projects that could last until the end of the decade.

Date: 08/07/2014 | Business


BNSF has tentative deal to run trains with 1 worker

One of the largest U.S. railroads and one of the largest labor organizations representing railroad workers have reached a tentative agreement to allow one person to operate a train on routes protected by a new collision-avoidance system required by Congress in 2008.A BNSF...

Date: 07/18/2014 | Nation & World


Prosecutor: Deputy justified in killing soldier

TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor says a county sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting a former Army soldier at a University Place apartment in March.

Date: 07/11/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma man arrested after I-5 chase in Oregon

CRESWELL, Ore. — Oregon State Police have arrested a Tacoma, Washington, man after an I-5 chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph and may have involved a gunshot fired at a passing truck.

Date: 07/07/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma man charged in wife’s death

TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors say a 48-year-old Tacoma man accused of fatally shooting his wife during an argument has been charged with second-degree murder.At his arraignment Monday, Darrin Brooks pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Date: 07/07/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma man drowns in lake near Eatonville

TACOMA — Searchers have recovered the body of an 18-year-old Tacoma man who drowned Friday in Alder Lake near Eatonville.

Date: 07/07/2014 | Northwest


Bystanders help pull 2 from Nisqually River

TACOMA — Authorities say Good Samaritans helped save a man and a 12-year-old boy who fell into the Nisqually River after their raft flipped.The News Tribune reported that a 48-year-old Tacoma man was in critical condition at Providence St. Peter Hospital Friday night.

Date: 07/05/2014 | Northwest


Army planning drawdown at Lewis-McChord

TACOMA — An Army planning document discusses the possibility of cutting active-duty soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord that would leave the base with 16,000 soldiers fewer than its peak strength in 2011.

Date: 06/27/2014 | Northwest


Stadium High students suspended for car prank vandalism

TACOMA — A Tacoma School District spokeswoman says 38 students at Stadium High School got two-day suspensions for vandalizing classmates’ cars.

Date: 06/12/2014 | Northwest


Honor fathers, help artist create sculpture

Honor Dad or other family members by contributing a special blanket to the Tacoma Art Museum for use in an outdoor sculpture.Artist Marie Watt is creating the sculpture using 400 blankets, which will be cast and bronzed.The sculpture will be installed in front of...

Date: 06/12/2014 | Entertainment


Deer crashes through truck window on I-5 in Tacoma

TACOMA — The Washington State Patrol says a semi-truck driver maintained remarkable control when a deer crashed through the windshield of the truck cab on I-5 Monday in Tacoma.

Date: 06/09/2014 | Northwest


Body of boy, 5, recovered from SW Washington river

Associated PressRANDLE — The Lewis County sheriff’s office says a swift water rescue team has recovered the body of a 5-year-old Tacoma boy who was swept away in the Cispus River on Memorial Day.Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the body was recovered Friday night.

Date: 05/31/2014 | Northwest


Soldier attacked near bar just moved to Washington

TACOMA — A soldier attacked over the weekend at a bar in downtown Tacoma had just moved to the area from Texas, his family said Wednesday.

Date: 05/29/2014 | Northwest


Man charged with murder in 2 Tacoma deaths

TACOMA — Prosecutors have charged a 38-year-old Tacoma man with aggravated murder in the deaths of two people at his home.

Date: 05/27/2014 | Northwest


4 hurt in I-5 rollover crash in Tacoma

TACOMA — The Washington State Patrol says four people were hurt in a collision on I-5 in Tacoma that caused major backups in both directions.

Date: 05/27/2014 | Northwest


Fatal I-5 crash in December related to driver’s medical condition

TACOMA — The Washington State Patrol has connected a driver’s medical problem to a fatal crash that shut down I-5 near DuPont for 10 hours in December.

Date: 05/25/2014 | Northwest


JBLM soldier who left kids alone sentenced to time served

TACOMA — A judge says two months of jail time is sufficient punishment for a soldier who left his two preschool-age children alone in a squalid Tacoma-area apartment while he went to work.

Date: 05/21/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma man who killed, dismembered friend sentenced

TACOMA — A Tacoma man who killed and dismembered his friend has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Date: 05/10/2014 | Northwest


$1.8 billion methanol plant planned at Tacoma

TACOMA — A multinational consortium of chemical companies and investors plans a $1.8 billion plant at the Port of Tacoma that would convert natural gas to methanol. The methanol would be shipped by tanker to China where it would be used to make plastics.

Date: 04/25/2014 | Business


Flyaway Point Defiance Zoo owl found hungry but safe

TACOMA — Officials at a Tacoma zoo say a trained Eurasian eagle owl that got spooked and flew off into a nearby park has been spotted and captured.

Date: 04/19/2014 | Northwest


Taxpayers won’t pay for Steven Powell treatment

TACOMA — A judge has rejected Steven Powell’s request to have taxpayers pay for his court-ordered sex offender treatment after a voyeurism conviction.

Date: 04/18/2014 | Northwest


Tacoma zoo's trained owl spooked, flies off

TACOMA — A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park.Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is asking for calls from anyone who sees...

Date: 04/17/2014 | Northwest




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