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January 15, 2015 at 8:48 AM

Court overturns conviction of Lakewood cop killer’s getaway driver

Darcus Allen Darcus Allen, the man convicted of driving Maurice Clemmons to and from the coffee shop where Clemmons ambushed four Lakewood police officers in 2009, had his conviction and 420-year sentence overturned by the state Supreme Court Thursday morning. In a unanimous opinion, the court ruled that the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office engaged in “prejudicial misconduct” during Allen’s 2011 trial…


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February 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Suspicious death in Orting ruled a homicide

UPDATE, 5:48 p.m. | Investigators believe the man found dead in his front yard may have interrupted a garage burglary in his home before his death, according to the Orting Police Department. Michael Compton, 51, died of injures from a gunshot wound, police said. He may have engaged in a struglgle with the suspect or suspects,…


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December 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Jury: Lakewood officer didn’t violate rights of man attacked by K-9 dog

A federal jury has found that a Lakewood police officer and his K-9 partner did not violate the civil rights of a domestic-abuse suspect whose leg was mangled during his arrest.

The verdict came after an eight-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma, who earlier had found there was enough evidence that Officer James Syler had used excessive force when he deployed his dog, Astor, to apprehend Noel Saldana after Saldana’s wife had called the police in June 2010. The judge also said a jury should consider whether the city deserves to be held liable for not properly monitoring and training the dog team, since Astor had been involved in several other serious bite incidents.

Lakewood argued that Syler was responding to a report of a crime and, based on statement’s by Saldana’s wife, believed he had good reason to make the arrest.

In court documents and in an interview earlier this year with The Seattle Times, the 27-year-old Saldana admitted he was intoxicated when he went to his estranged wife’s house and forced his way in, wanting to say good night to his children.  Mrs. Saldana was not injured, but she called the police after he left, and the officers determined they had cause to arrest him for residential burglary. Mrs. Saldana was a plaintiff in the lawsuit as well.

Saldana said he was urinating in some bushes several blocks away when he heard a “loud voice telling me to get down.”

“I did exactly as I was told,” he said, but Astor tore into his leg.


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November 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

UPDATE: Boyfriend arrested in death of Lakewood woman

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,…


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September 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Lakewood police drug dog escapes kennel during storms yesterday

Duke (Lakewood police photo) 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…


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December 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Lakewood police shoot man after car chase

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…


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September 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Families of 2 slain Lakewood officers settle claims for $5 million each

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,…


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May 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Sister of Lakewood police killer to be released early from prison

LaTanya Clemmons in court two years ago (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Janet Jensen) 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…


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March 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Prosecutors: Pierce County woman let teens turn tricks in her home

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…


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