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December 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM
A man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing his cousin last Christmas Eve in Auburn, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Bradley Courville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly-weapon enhancement. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for assaulting an Auburn police officer.
The 25-year-old Courville, who goes by the nickname “Red Cloud,” faces a range of 15 to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 10.
Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, Auburn police found the victim, Quinn Oliver, 26, dead at a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South. A woman at the residence told officers that before Oliver died, he staggered inside and said that “Red Cloud” had stabbed him.
Soon after the woman explained this to police, Courville emerged from some nearby bushes and identified himself to officers, according to charging documents.
When talking with police, Courville said he was experiencing a “spiritual” moment before the slaying and grabbed a butcher knife, charges said. Courville told officers that Oliver called him a name and he reacted by stabbing the man in the neck. Courville said that after the stabbing he hid in the bushes.
November 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM
The man suspected of shooting two men outside the Muckleshoot Casino late Saturday night has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, both with firearms enhancements.
Antonio F. Castro, 63, of Renton, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 2 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
According to Auburn police, the shooting stemmed from a confrontation between Castro and two men in the parking lot of the Auburn casino. Police say Castro and his wife were driving through the parking lot when they were confronted by the two men who were walking near their car.
According to police, the two men taunted Castro, who responded by showing them he was armed with a 9 mm handgun. The taunting reportedly continued and at one point, Castro allegedly stopped his car, got out and opened fire.
The men ran off and Castro chased them, according to police. Police said he found one man hiding in a bush and shot him in the throat and upper back. He then shot the second man in the chest, according to police.
Both men survived.
November 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
Bail was set Monday at $500,000 for a 63-year-old Renton man after a judge found probable cause to hold him on investigation of assault for the weekend shooting at the Muckleshoot Casino.
The man is alleged to have shot two men Saturday in the parking lot of the Auburn casino.
According to Auburn police, the Renton man was driving in the casino’s parking lot with his wife when he was “confronted by two males walking near his car” who used profane language and taunted him. Police said the two men continued to taunt the Renton man even after he showed them he was armed with a 9-mm handgun.
The Renton man continued to drive toward a parking-lot exit when he noticed the two taunters following him on foot, police said.
After the alleged gunman stopped his car, one of the two men walked up to the vehicle and started kicking it, police said.
The Renton man fired one round at the primary taunter, who ran away, police said. The armed man then got out of his car and chased both men, police said.
Police said he found one man hiding in a bush and shot him in the throat and upper back. He then shot the second man in the chest, according to police.
Both men survived.
The police report does not say whether the men knew each other, nor whether alcohol was involved in the incident.
November 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM
Two people were seriously hurt and a man was arrested after a shooting near the entrance to the Muckleshoot Casino tonight.
Auburn Police Cmdr. Jamie Sidell said the two shooting victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center with “significant injuries.” He said police quickly arrested the gunman.
Sidell said details are scarce. He said the shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m.
In July 2011, a man opened fire inside a nightclub at the Auburn casino. The man was targeting his ex-wife and her male friend while they were dancing at Club Galaxy inside the Muckleshoot Casino, police said. Gunfire also struck his ex-wife’s two sisters and three bystanders.
October 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM
The Associated Press
CHEHALIS — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says search and rescue teams are looking for a mushroom hunter who has been missing since Saturday near Packwood.
The 48-year-old Auburn man is described as an experienced mushroom picker, but he was not equipped to be outside for more than a few hours.
He was reported overdue Sunday by his family. His vehicle was found Tuesday on a Forest Service road five miles northwest of Packwood. The search resumed Wednesday with about 25 searchers.
Heavy rains fell over the weekend in the area, and light rain fell Monday and Tuesday with low temperatures in the 40s.
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.
July 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM
A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty this morning to vehicular homicide, hit and run and felony reckless endangerment in connection with the July 5 crash that killed a taxi driver in Auburn.
Floyd D. Gonzales, of Auburn, is accused of running a red light at high speed and slamming broadside into Brian Love’s cab, according to charging documents. Love, 56, died at the scene.
Two men who witnessed the end of the collision helped Gonzales out of his Chevrolet Tahoe and tried to help him to a curb to wait for officers, but Gonzales – who was bleeding profusely from his arm – took off running, charging papers say. Gonzales’ girlfriend was trapped in the front passenger seat of the Tahoe and had to be cut from the vehicle, the papers say.
She was taken to Auburn Regional Medical Center to be treated for unknown injuries and was later released, the papers say. She “declined to cooperate with police,” according to the charges.
Moments after the crash, Gonzales was arrested a few blocks from the crash scene. Police say he told officers he was fleeing from some men who were chasing the Tahoe after a drug deal went bad, according to the charges.
He smelled of intoxicants and at one point “became ill for a few moments and appeared to pass out,” the papers say.
Gonzales was released from the Olympic Corrections Center in Forks, Clallam County in October after serving an 11-year sentence for second-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping, crimes he committed as a juvenile, said Norah West, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. He spent a day in jail in December after going outside the jurisdictional boundaries of his community supervision, she said.
Gonzales remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
July 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM
A taxi driver in Auburn was killed in a collision Friday morning after an SUV ran a red light and broadsided the cab, Auburn police said.
The collision happened at 5:50 a.m. at the corner of Auburn Way South and East Main Street.
Auburn Police Commander Mike Hirman said the taxi had just begun moving through the intersection on a green light and was heading east on East Main Street when an SUV with two people inside ran a red light and crashed into the side of the taxi. The driver, who was the only person in the cab, died at the scene.
Hirman said neither of the SUV occupants was seriously injured and the SUV’s driver got out of the vehicle and ran off. He was found a couple of blocks away.
Hirman said an Auburn police officer was one car ahead of the taxi and saw the accident in his rear-view mirror.
The driver of the SUV is being held and police are looking into whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
June 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM
King County has agreed to pay $3 million to a man who was severely injured when he was shot by King County sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Department of Corrections.
Dustin Theoharis then 29, was unarmed and in bed Feb. 11, 2012, when he was shot 16 timesby officers who were looking for another resident of the Auburn-area home, a man sought in connection with a Department of Corrections (DOC) probation violation, according to court documents.
Theoharis, then 29, was not a suspect, did not display a weapon and did not have access to a weapon when officers woke him, his attorneys said in a statement announcing the settlement on Thursday.
Officers entered his residence without permission (and without knocking on his door), as he slept in his bed,” the statement said. “They went into his room with their guns drawn.” (more…)
June 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM
An Auburn woman has been indicted on charges she faked a cancer diagnosis and convinced an elderly victim to give her more than $400,000 for treatment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The woman, 51-year-old Julie Ann Dahlquist, allegedly committed the wire fraud scheme between May 2009 and September 2012, collecting 190 checks of up to $9,000 from a victim who wanted to help.
Dahlquist apparently used the money for gambling and other expenses, according to a news release.
The indictment also charges Dahlquist with hiding the proceeds of her wire scheme and $100,000 in gambling proceeds so she could get $8,000 in benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Social Security fraud has a 5-year maximum.
Dahlquist, who was arrested Monday, is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday.
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