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Pierce County

Mother killed in front of daughter identified; man charged

TACOMA — The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the mother who was fatally shot in front of her 5-year-old daughter outside their home.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Northwest


Burn ban lifted for Snohomish, Pierce counties

SEATTLE — Burn bans for Snohomish and Pierce counties were lifted at noon on Saturday.The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says there are no bans in effect in its jurisdiction. Officials expect pollution spikes Saturday night but they should not trigger burn bans through Sunday evening.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Local News


Message the Pierce County prosecutor wanted secret is revealed

TACOMA — Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has fought for years to keep a text message he wrote to an employee confidential, arguing that it was a personal communication not related to the work of his office. But the employee disagrees and has revealed its contents in a letter to the...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Northwest


Burn bans called in Pierce, Snohomish counties

SEATTLE — Burn bans have been called in Pierce and Snohomish counties until air quality improves.The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a stage two burn ban for Greater Pierce County, and a stage one burn ban for Snohomish County and Darrington, effective 1 p.m. Friday.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Northwest


Man arrested in fatal stabbing of Key Peninsula woman

TACOMA — Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies say they’ve arrested a man for the fatal stabbing of a woman in her home in July.KCPQ-TV reported that the 32-year-old suspect has been booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Date: 12/01/2015 | Northwest


Deputy files damage claim against prosecutor in Pierce County

TACOMA — An embattled Pierce County prosecutor is the subject of a new $6.5 million damage complaint filed with the ounty’s risk management division.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest


13-year-old shot at JBLM dies; friend charged

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the face last week at a military base in Washington state has died, and his 17-year-old friend remains in juvenile detention, police said Monday.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest


Report critical of Pierce County prosecutor

TACOMA — Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist retaliated against employees and urged “no good deals” for a group of defense attorneys who were critical of him, according to an investigation into whistleblower complaints.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Northwest


Pierce County ban on certain wood stove ban begins Oct. 1

TACOMA — A ban on wood stoves begins Thursday in a county south of Seattle that the Environmental Protection Agency says has some of dirtiest air in the nation.KING TV reported the ban on certain wood stoves affects parts of Pierce County including Tacoma, Puyallup and Lakewood.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest


Backers of Pierce County prosecutor recall won’t have anonymity

TACOMA — The state Public Disclosure Commission says all people who want to make financial contributions to support a recall of the Pierce County prosecutor won’t be able to be anonymous, even if they work in Mark Lindquist’s office.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest


Prosecutor: No charges after lawyers’ raucous party in Olalla

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office says it won’t file any charges after a group of Pierce County lawyers held a raucous party last month.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest


Pierce County expects to break even after hosting U.S. Open

TACOMA — Pierce County officials say they’re still tallying their bills after hosting the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay, but they expect they’ll at least break even.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest


Worker rescued from sand-filled rail car in Pierce County

FREDRICKSON — A trapped worker has been rescued from a rail car full of sand in Fredrickson in Pierce County.The News Tribune reported that the man was buried up to his chest in the rail car.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest


Arrest warrant issued for Puyallup mom of missing newborn

TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors have charged a Puyallup mother of a missing newborn with custodial interference. She’s accused of fleeing with her son to avoid turning him over to state custody.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest


Man, 18, charged in accidental shooting death in Spanaway

SPANAWAY — Pierce County prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old man with manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of his friend.

Date: 08/17/2015 | Northwest


Man accused of animal abuse pleads not guilty to sex crimes in Pierce County

OLYMPIA — A man awaiting trial on animal cruelty charges in Thurston County has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting minors in Pierce County.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest


Pierce County prosecutor, deputy sued in federal court

SEATTLE — A woman who was charged twice with child sex crimes in Pierce County and twice had those charges dismissed filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the county prosecuting attorney and one of his deputies.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Northwest


Woman dies in Pierce County Jail

TACOMA — An inmate at the Pierce County Jail was found dead in her bunk a day after she was booked into the jail.The Tacoma News Tribune reported that authorities say 47-year-old Winona Taraya, of Ocean Park, was found dead about 8:30 a.m.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest


Critics of Pierce County prosecutor file recall petition

TACOMA — Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is the target of a recall campaign.The Tacoma News Tribune reported that critics of Lindquist filed a formal recall petition with the county auditor on Wednesday.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest


Thurston County screening process aims to protect gophers

OLYMPIA — Thurston County officials have set up a screening process for developers in unincorporated areas designed to protect pocket gophers.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Northwest


Officers from 36 agencies to help police U.S. Open

TACOMA — About three dozen law enforcement agencies are helping provide security for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay.The Seattle Times reported that Pierce County is paying the security bill, which could top $2 million.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest


Pierce County Superior Court judge to retire July 31

TACOMA — Pierce County Superior Court Judge Tom Larkin has announced that he will retire from the bench July 31.The Tacoma News Tribune reported that Larkin has served in Superior Court for 20 years after spending 10 years in the district court.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Northwest


Many absent from Pierce County schools; norovirus suspected

TACOMA — Schools across Pierce County are dealing an outbreak of what health officials believe is norovirus.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest


Bonney Lake shooter had been served with protection order

BONNEY LAKE — Officials in Pierce County say the man who killed his wife before fatally shooting himself had been served a protection order hours earlier.

Date: 04/20/2015 | Northwest


Man dies in Pierce County Jail booking area

TACOMA — Pierce County authorities say a man died in the county jail’s booking area hours after officers say he appeared to ingest a white substance as he was being arrested.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest


Noise complaint ends in fatal stabbing at Parkland apartment

PARKLAND — The Pierce County sheriff’s office says a dispute between neighbors over noise at a Parkland apartment building ended in the stabbing death of a 50-year-old man and the arrest of a 21-year-old man for investigation of murder.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest


School bus cameras to snap photos of illegal passers in Pierce County

TACOMA — Video cameras on school buses will snap photos of drivers who pass school buses illegally in southeast Pierce County.

Date: 02/08/2015 | Northwest




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