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September 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM
Who ya gonna call?
For ghosts, Ghostbusters, of course, and for emergencies, 911.
But, starting next week, there’s a new number for Auburn, Algona and Pacific residents for nonemergencies.
That number, 253-288-2121, should be used for circumstances that are “do not require immediate assistance from police, fire or medics,” according to a news release from the city of Auburn.
These could vary from noise or parking complaints to lost or stolen property.
The change aims to help operators and police respond more quickly to emergency situations. Both 911 and the 253-288-2121 numbers will ring into the Valley Communications System, the release said, and if a nonemergency call is determined to be an emergency, it will still be routed to the correct operator for immediate response.
If you’re ever unsure whether a situation is an emergency, call 911.
Other nearby cities are also deploying nonemergency numbers this fall. The news release gave numbers for the following nearby cities:
- Renton: 425-235-2121
- Tukwila: 206-241-2121
- Federal Way: 253-835-2121
- Des Moines: 206-878-2121
- Black Diamond: 360-886-0022
Auburn citizens can also file police reports on the Auburn police’s website.
April 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM
An Algona man pleaded guilty this afternoon to killing a 13-year-old boy last June in Pacific.
Brandon Suhr pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in June.
Suhr broke into his then-16-year-old ex-girlfriend’s home and fatally stabbed her brother, Wally Denesha, on June 1, according to police. Suhr, 20, then forced the girl to accompany him to his parents’ house, police said.
The girl’s father called 911 just after 3 a.m. June 1 and reported that both of his children were missing, according to police. His wife took the phone while her husband searched the house and discovered blood in an upstairs hallway and in his son’s bedroom, it says.
A 911 operator heard screams in the background and the call was disconnected.
Officers arrived at the family’s house in Pacific and found Denesha’s body in a closet, the statement says. About 20 minutes later, Suhr’s mother called 911 and reported that her son and the girl had arrived at her house and that the girl had told her Suhr had killed her brother and kidnapped her.
After Suhr was arrested, the girl told police she’d watched her brother die and then had fought with Suhr, who allegedly choked her into submission, police said. He allegedly forced her to shower and write a note on a whiteboard in the kitchen, claiming responsibility for her brother’s death, according to police.
The night before her brother was fatally stabbed, the 16-year-old had asked her mother how she could get a no-contact order against Suhr, who had been harassing her, the statement says. Suhr was apparently upset after the girl recently broke up with him, it says.
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