Family takes Pierce County coroner to court over suicide
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The family of a 16-year-old boy who died from a fall off a Washington state bridge is asking the court to intervene on his official death certificate.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Two people are dead after a driver lost control of an SUV and went off a cliff in Washington state.
The Tacoma News Tribune reported Tuesday that a male driver and a...
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of ATM explosions in Tacoma, Spanaway and Lacey.
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say a Washington state man hired two people to kill his ex-wife, but instead they killed the woman's sister who had been staying at her home.
Man sentenced in $1.4 million fraud case
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Portland man was sentenced in federal court in Tacoma, Washington after being convicted in a $1.4 million fraud case.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A doctor who worked at a Tacoma women's health clinic has had his medical license suspended after being found guilty of having sex with an underage girl.
State reduces speed limit on Interstate 5 in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is reducing the speed limit to 50 mph (80 kph) on a stretch of Interstate 5 through Tacoma.
KING-TV reported Thursday that the new speed limit is...
1 dead, 4 injured in boat crash off Vashon Island
SEATTLE (AP) — King County authorities are investigating a collision between two boats off Vashon Island that left one person dead and four others injured.
Sheriff: Man fatally shoots brother at construction site
SPANAWAY, Wash. (AP) — Police say a 52-year-old man was shot and killed by his brother while the men worked at a construction site south of Tacoma in Spanaway.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge has overturned the conviction of a man who shot an acquaintance at his doorstep on Halloween.
Washington state man pleads guilty to jail fight death
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to killing a man during a fight in a Washington state jail cafeteria.
The News Tribune reports that 39-year-old Gregory...
Police suspect same man in Washington sex store assaults
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities suspect the same man is responsible for recent assaults at Washington adult sex stores.
KOMO-TV reports that a female worker at the Castle Megastore in Tacoma was...
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former jail health care provider accused of providing substandard care must pay Pierce County $1.56 million.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A federal jury has ruled that retail giant Walmart Inc. wrongly fired a Washington pharmacist whose medical conditions kept her from giving injections.
Man killed by deputies south of Tacoma identified
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies south of Tacoma near Glenoma.
The News Tribune reports 40-year-old Robert Richardson of...
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Two Washington state restaurants have closed over concerns that customers and employees were sickened by a norovirus outbreak.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Three workers at Western State Hospital, including a nurse whose ear was partially bitten off by a patient, are suing the state.
Man convicted of triple murder gets 10 years in weapons case
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A man convicted of killing three people has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years in prison for illegal weapons possession after he completes three life...
Federal judge blocks Washington state cyberstalking law
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge blocked Washington state's cyberstalking law Friday, saying it clearly prohibits speech that is protected by the First Amendment.
Roy police officer recovering from head injury after pursuit
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials say the police officer who shot two men during a pursuit in western Washington state was struck by their vehicle.
The News Tribune reports the city of Roy says in a statement that officer Chris Johnson is recovering from a head injury sustained from the Feb. 9 encounter.
The city says the Roy officer was hit and thrown on top of the speeding vehicle while trying to contact the driver.
Olympic Game Farm denies animal mistreatment
SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — The Olympic Game Farm has denied allegations of mistreatment of the approximately 300 animals at the roadside zoo in response to a federal lawsuit filed late last year by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the response was filed this week in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
Lawmaker seeks restrictions on offender location, release
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A lawmaker from the district holding the troubled Western State psychiatric hospital said Friday that measures before the Legislature would restrict what he described as the disproportionate placement of violent offenders in the area after release.
One of the bills would require violent offenders to be released in their home counties, while the other would restrict placement of some in less-restrictive adult family homes.
Man on the run arrested, accused of whipping woman for hours
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man on the run for weeks has been arrested in connection with the hours-long assault of a woman in January in Tacoma.
The News Tribune reports Jermaine Gore Jr. pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court to assault and was ordered held on $1 million bail.
Thousands remain without power following Northwest storms
SEATTLE (AP) — Tens of thousands of people were without power in Washington state and there were concerns about flooding as snow turned to rain in many parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Judge: Brothers’ lawsuit against Olympia officer to go ahead
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit by two brothers against the Olympia police officer who shot them can move forward.
Officer Ryan Donald shot Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson in 2015 after confronting them for stealing beer. He said the pair attacked him with a skateboard; they claimed they were shot as they re-emerged from the woods after initially fleeing the officer. Chaplin was paralyzed, and Thompson suffered an abdominal wound.
Sheriff’s department: Roy officer shoots 2 men after pursuit
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot two men who were riding in an off-road vehicle following a pursuit in western Washington state.
The News Tribune reports the 47-year-old driver and the 23-year-old passenger were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds following the encounter with the Roy officer Saturday night.
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Snow slams Northwest again and even Hawaii gets some
SEATTLE (AP) — Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature canceled all hearings Monday with winter snowstorms pummeling the Northwest again as a larger weather system wreaked havoc in the region and even brought snow to Hawaii.
Snowstorm buries Pacific Northwest, with more on the way
SEATTLE (AP) — Residents of the Pacific Northwest took to neighborhood hills with skis, sleds or even just laundry baskets Saturday to celebrate an unusual dump of snow in a region more accustomed to winter rain.
Some areas received more than a foot of snow, and meteorologists say more is on the way early next week. Hundreds of flights were canceled in Seattle and Portland, and heavy snow drifts closed major highways in eastern Washington. Around 50,000 people lost power.
Michelle Obama delays Tacoma appearance over storm worries
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama has postponed an appearance in Tacoma on Friday night over concerns about an impending snowstorm in the Northwest.
The Tacoma Dome says the appearance to promote her memoir, "Becoming," has been rescheduled for March 24 and that tickets for the Friday appearance will be honored.
Obama tweeted that her "biggest priority is making sure everyone stays safe."
Winter storm warning issued for western Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials have issued a winter storm warning for the Puget Sound region including Seattle.
The National Weather Service says the warning will be in effect from noon Friday to noon Saturday.
Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected in the interior lowland areas including Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Bremerton, Bellevue, North Bend, Redmond and Kent.
TrueBlue: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ TrueBlue Inc. (TBI) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $14.9 million.
The Tacoma, Washington-based company said it had profit of 37 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 61 cents per share.
The blue-collar temporary staffing company posted revenue of $650.1 million in the period.
For the year, the company reported profit of $65.8 million, or $1.63 per share. Revenue was reported as $2.5 billion.
Tacoma police search for man accused of attacking woman
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Tacoma Police are asking for the public's help to find Jermaine Laron Abdul Gore Jr. in connection with an assault of a woman.
KCPQ-TV reports the incident happened Jan. 28 in a Tacoma apartment.
Police say the victim was held against her will and assaulted over a 14-hour period before fleeing the apartment. She remains hospitalized with significant injuries.
Rare snow falls on Seattle as Midwest thaws from cold blast
SEATTLE (AP) — Winter weather pounded a swath of the U.S. West on Monday, closing schools, delaying flights and turning streets into sledding hills in coastal cities like Seattle that rarely get much snow.
Parts of California and Montana braced for the threat of mudslides and avalanches this week, while the Midwest warmed up from a dangerous blast of cold last week that is linked to at least 30 deaths in several states.
Big winter storm blows into western Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Western Washington is being hit by a major winter storm, with several inches of snow, cold temperatures and bone-chilling winds.
Numerous school districts have closed for the day, including Seattle, Everett, Bellevue and Tacoma.
The heaviest snows are in Snohomish and eastern King County. North Bend has reported 10 inches of snow, while 8 inches fell in Marysville.
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Court sides with railway in fight over video of man’s death
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has sided with BNSF Railway, ruling the Pierce County medical examiner has no right to a copy of a video showing a man being struck by a train.
The News Tribune reports Medical Examiner Thomas Clark tried to get the railway turn over a copy of the video to help determine the manner of death of 50-year-old Ronnie Stirgus.
Seattle NWSL team relocates to Tacoma, adds investors
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Reign FC are relocating to Tacoma in time to play the 2019 season in a new home.
The relocation announced Wednesday is part of a larger partnership between the NWSL team, the Seattle Sounders of the MLS and the Tacoma Rainiers Triple-A baseball franchise. The Reign will play their games at Cheney Stadium for the 2019 season with the hopes of eventually moving into a soccer-specific facility.
Woman fatally shot in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A woman was shot and killed in Tacoma and authorities later apprehended her boyfriend, who they say had fled to Canada.
KOMO reports police responded to a call about 4:15 a.m. Monday in the South Hill neighborhood.
Man sentenced to nearly 27 years for killing teen in 1986
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man arrested in the killing of a 13-year-old Tacoma, Washington girl over three decades ago has been sentenced to nearly 27 years in prison.
The News Tribune reports 61-year-old Robert Washburn pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Jennifer Bastian Friday before he was sentenced.
Lakewood to pay $500K after cops kill Native American man
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The City of Lakewood has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed Native American man who police fatally shot after pointing a cellphone at them.
The Seattle Times reports the settlement in the death of 37-year-old Daniel Covarrubias was finalized Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
Columbia Banking: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ Columbia Banking System Inc. (COLB) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $44.7 million.
The Tacoma, Washington-based bank said it had earnings of 61 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, came to 62 cents per share.
The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share.
Former lawmaker ousted amid #MeToo registers as lobbyist
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Democratic Rep. David Sawyer has registered as a lobbyist months after he lost his primary election following an investigation that found he violated the House's policies on harassment, decorum and ethics.
Pierce County pays deputy $950,00 over prosecutor lawsuit
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Pierce County Council members have voted to pay one of the last legal bills associated with former Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
The News Tribune reports that by a unanimous vote Tuesday, members agreed to pay $950,000 to retired sheriff's deputy Glenda Nissen, ending an 8-year battle over Lindquist's text messages and associated claims that he retaliated against Nissen for criticizing him politically.
Police: Man who died pointed gun at motorcycle club guards
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Police say a man shot and killed by security guards at an after-hours motorcycle club gathering early Sunday in Tacoma had pointed a gun at them.
The News Tribune reports that officials identified the man killed as Steven Dedeaux Jr.
Tacoma police say the incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when the guards during a pat-down of another man found that he had a weapon.
1 man dead in early morning shooting at Tacoma club
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Tacoma Police Department is investigating a shooting at a club that left one man dead.
Police say officers responding to the early Sunday shooting at an after-hours club found one man injured with a gunshot wound and another man dead at the scene.
KOMO-TV reports the injured man was taken to a hospital.
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Man gets over 60 years for decapitating 2 women in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 34-year-old Olympia man has been sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for bludgeoning two women to death, beheading them and setting fire to their home.
KOMO-TV reports Matthew Leupold was sentenced Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of arson.
Charges: Man assaulted lesbian couple at Seahawks game
SEATTLE (AP) — A 34-year-old Tacoma man has been accused of harassing and assaulting a same-sex couple for their sexual orientation at a Seahawks football game.
SeattlePI.com reports Jay Dee Harp III was charged last week with assault and malicious harassment, which is Washington's hate crime statute.