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November 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM
UPDATE 8:10 p.m. | Lakewood police say the 32-year-old boyfriend was arrested this evening in the death this morning of the 33-year-old woman. In a news release, police say it is likely the man will be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
ORIGINAL POST | Lakewood police are investigating an apparent homicide in Lakewood, Pierce County, this morning.
Details are scarce, but authorities say they responded to a 911 call from the Pacific Walk Townhomes, in the 8300 block of 31st Avenue South, around 4 a.m. for a report of a woman who was unconscious. When police and medics arrived they found a 33-year-old woman dead. The death has been labeled a homicide as police.
Police Lt. Chris Lawler, in a news release, said that because of a “suspicious scene and circumstances” medics requested police assistance. Officers detained the slain woman’s 32-year-old boyfriend for questioning.
It’s unclear whether the man detained is the same person who was the “frantic male” police said had dialed 911 to report the unresponsive woman.
This post will be updated.
September 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM
UPDATE AT 4:08 P.M.: Duke has been found safe. The dog wandered into a lady’s backyard and she recognized him from the media coverage and called him by his name and he responded, police said.
He is in good health and back with his handler.
ORIGINAL POST: Lakewood police say that “Duke,” a department narcotics dog, escaped from his handler’s home during the thunderstorms that hit the region yesterday.Police have been searching for Duke, but haven’t found him.
Duke, a 10 1/2-year-old Labrador/retriever mix, has been with the department for more than six years. The dog, who is microchipped, chewed his way out of his kennel near 208th Street and the Mountain Highway in Pierce County.
Anyone with information is asked to dial 911. Duke is not considered dangerous, police said.
December 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Post updated at 11:30 p.m. with new details and to indicate suspect’s condition not known.
Lakewood Police shot a man Sunday night after he fired on officers, police said.
The incident began at about 9:49 p.m., when two police officers in a patrol car got into a pursuit of a suspected stolen car at Gravelly Lake Drive and Interstate 5, said Lt. Chris Lawler, a police spokesman, in a news release.
The officers chased the suspect northbound on I-5 until the suspect car exited at Portland Avenue. After police forced the car to a stop, the driver fired at officers, according to Lawler. The officers fired back, hitting the man.
After initially reporting the suspect was killed at the scene, Lawler said the man was taken by ambulance Sunday night to an area hospital. His condition was not known.
The officers were not hurt. They have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation of the shooting — a standard procedure in such incidents.
September 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The families of two Lakewood police officers who were killed by Maurice Clemmons in November 2009 have each reached settlements with the state Department of Corrections.
The families of Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officer Gregory Richards will each receive a $5 million payout, said Jack Connelly, who heads Connelly Law Offices in Tacoma.
On Nov. 29, 2009, Clemmons fatally shot Renninger and Richards, as well as officers Ronald Owens and Tina Griswold as they sat in a coffee shop in Parkland. In an exchange of gunfire, Clemmons was wounded by Richards.
Clemmons was killed two days later by a Seattle police officer.
Attorney Lincoln Beauregard, who works at Connelly’s firm, said that he and Connelly appeared before Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson this morning, and the judge finalized the settlements.
“There’s been a long dialogue with the Department of Corrections. A settlement of … this size and this nature doesn’t happen without the court giving its OK. There’s been a resolution of these claims,” Beauregard said.
In their claims, the families said that DOC mishandled Clemmons case, including wrongly ignoring an Arkansas arrest warrant issued in October 2009 a few weeks before the shootings. Clemmons had served time in prison in Arkansas before moving to Washington.
“DOC was supposed to tell the Pierce County Jail they were supposed to hold Clemmons. They neglected to do it,” Beauregard said.
Clemmons, after suffering an apparent psychotic break, was arrested and jailed in the summer of 2009 on charges of assaulting police officers and child rape. As required by the Interstate Compact on Adult Offender Supervision, which covers the state-to-state transfer of probation cases, Arkansas sent DOC a pair of warrants to hold Clemmons in jail pending trial. Arkansas withdrew the first warrant, but issued a second in October 2009.
Although Clemmons’ community corrections officer noted the warrant — copying it verbatim into DOC’s internal computer system — he did not alert the Pierce County Jail or prosecutors after Clemmons’ arrest in the summer of 2009.
According to Connelly’s office, a settlement with Griswold’s family has already been reached.
August 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM
Police today shot a man who was holding a woman hostage inside a credit union in the Pierce County community of Lakewood, south of Tacoma.
No one else was harmed, said Lt. Jeff Alwine, of the Lakewood Police Department. The man and woman were involved in some kind of domestic dispute, he added. “There is no indication it was any kind of a robbery.”
Police offers arrived at the Washington State Employees Credit Union shortly past noon, after receiving reports of a man inside the bank with a gun. Several people were inside the branch, at 9540 Bridgeport Way Southwest. A tense, 50-minute standoff followed.
A SWAT team was just setting up when the suspect appeared in a glass foyer with a handgun and the hostage, Alwine said. Two officers already at the scene fired when they had a clear shot, and hit the suspect at least once.
The man was rushed to an area hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately known.
Police were interviewing the people who were inside the credit union, including the woman held hostage, Alwine said.
May 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM
LaTanya Clemmons, sister of the man who killed four Lakewood police officers, was transferred from prison to a Seattle Capitol Hill work-release facility in preparation for her release from prison, despite spending less than two years of her five-year sentence.
Although she was sentenced to five years in June 2010 Clemmons is eligible for release on July 12 because, under a state law that has since been reversed, she got a 50 percent reduction in her sentence, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Selena Davis said in an email. She also got credit for spending six months in jail before her trial.
Clemmons was convicted for aiding Maurice Clemmons‘ getaway driver after the assassination of the four officers at a Lakewood coffee shop. She had no criminal record, but she received an extraordinarily long sentence because her assistance to the getaway driver, Darcus Allen, hindered the massive manhunt and prolonged the region’s anxiety.
In a statement, Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler wrote:
We (LPD) have just been made aware that LaTanya Clemmons is being released early and has been serving some of her time in a work release facility. We are disappointed that LaTanya Clemmons is not being required to serve out the full term of her five year sentence for her involvement in the case involving the murder of our four officers.
“Unfortunately here in WA we don’t have truth in sentencing,” tweeted Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
March 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Tacoma woman with two felonies for allegedly allowing two teens to have sex for money in her home.
Charging documents say Jacqueline Nicole Carr was at home, cooking, with her two young sons on Monday when an undercover officer arrived at the apartment. The officer had arranged to meet two 15-year-old girls at the home through a “2 girl special” ad in backpage.com, court documents say. He was told by the girls that he could have sex with both of them for $200 apiece, court documents allege.
After the officer paid the two girls, one of them mentioned to the other that they would have to remember to pay Carr $20 for the use of the room, according to court documents.
The Lakewood officer signaled for other officers to make the arrests after the girls began to undress, court documents say.
Court documents say that Carr initially denied any knowledge of the alleged prostitution but later said she had let one of the girl’s use her home for prostitution previously.
Carr said she had made approximately $200 from the arrangement in the past, according to court documents. When asked why she allowed it, court documents say she replied that she “just couldn’t say no.”
Carr is being held on $50,000 bail in Pierce County Jail.
February 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM
Authorities have arrested five people suspected of being part of a organized scheme to steal high-value cars, police announced Thursday evening.
The operation resulted from an investigation by members of Pierce County’s Auto Crime Enforcement Task Force which found that new model vehicles were being stolen from auto dealers up and down the I-5 corridor from Vancouver to Burlington, Lakewood police spokesman Chris Lawler wrote in a news release.
“After stealing the vehicles, the suspects utilized specialized skills in order to switch the vehicle identification numbers found on the dash and other places with cloned VIN numbers from real vehicles for sale in Canada,” Lawler wrote.
“They forged Washington Department of Licensing paper work in the furtherance of the scam in order to sell the disguised stolen cars to unwitting victims.”
The cars were sold via websites such as Craigslist, Lawler said.
Police posing as potential buyers arrested the suspects. They were booked into Pierce County Jail on multiple charges, Lawler wrote.
Several cars were recovered during the investigation with an estimated value of $200,000, Lawler wrote.
December 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM
The Associated Press
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County — The Lakewood Police Department has launched an internal investigation after one of its officers was charged in October with drunken driving.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports Tuesday that 30-year-old Shawn Noble has pleaded not guilty in a Thurston County court to drunken driving charges.
The department says Noble, a seven-year veteran, was pulled over his personal car by a Washington State Patrol trooper after being spotted speeding and making an improper lane change.
The trooper arrested Noble on suspicion of drunken driving. He submitted to a breath test and reportedly blew 0.099 and 0.098. The legal driving limit is 0.08.
No restrictions were placed on Noble’s police duties or his driving status.
October 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Police in Lakewood shot and killed a 32-year-old man during a confrontation early Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
The News-Tribune says no officers were injured.
Lakewood Police Lt. Dave Guttu says investigators are trying to determine what led up to the shooting, reported at about 1 a.m. Sunday. He says the man had been attending a gathering nearby.
Four officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is routing in an officer-involved shooting.
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