A portion of the West Valley Highway in Auburn that closed because of a mudslide has reopened, city officials said. A mudslide this morning closed the highway from 15th Street Northwest to 37th Street Northwest, according to the city of Auburn. Crews have cleared the roadway and placed jersey barriers in front of the slide area…More
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A South King County police officer shot and wounded a man after the man tried to steal a patrol car Thursday night. King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said a police officer in the city of Pacific tried to stop a man in a stolen pickup at 10:40 p.m., but the man sped away. After a short pursuit, the…More
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…More
A 20-year-old Algona man was sentenced this morning to 30 years in prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Pacific apartment last year and killing her 13-year-old brother with a knife and a samurai sword.
Brandon Suhr pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon, admitting he killed Wally Denesha in Pacific on May 31, 2012.
Police said Suhr broke into the home of his former girlfriend, who was 16 at the time, and fatally stabbed Denesha, hiding the boy’s body in a closet. Suhr then forced the girl to accompany him to his parents’ house, according to police.
The girl’s father called 911 just after 3 a.m. June 1 and reported that both of his children were missing. His wife took the phone while her husband searched the house and discovered blood in an upstairs hallway and in his son’s bedroom, police say.
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 told her Suhr had killed her brother and kidnapped her.
After Suhr was arrested, the girl told police she’d watched her brother die, then had fought with Suhr, who allegedly choked her into submission, police said. He forced her to shower and write a note on a whiteboard in the kitchen, claiming responsibility for her brother’s death.
Suhr was apparently upset after the girl had broken up with him, according to police.More
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…More
OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington’s Supreme Court says an effort to recall the mayor of Pacific can move forward. Cy Sun won the mayor’s office on a write-in campaign in 2011, promising to rid the small town on the Pierce-King County line of corruption and patronage. Instead, the Supreme Court noted in its unanimous decision Thursday, he has…More
The town of Pacific lives! At least for another year. KING 5 reports that the Pacific City Council has voted to buy insurance that will allow the city to stay incorporated for at least another 12 months. There’s been a lot of turmoil in that tiny town, including controversies over Mayor Cy Sun….More
The Associated Press PACIFIC — The south King County town of Pacific is more than a century old, but the city council considered a measure at the Monday meeting to disincorporate. The council is forced to consider going out of business because the city’s insurance company plans to terminate coverage at the end of the year. More
No criminal charges will be filed against the mayor of Pacific or the city’s police department following investigations by the King County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol respectively, the Sheriff’s Office said today. The president of the Pacific City Council, Leanne Guier, had asked for an independent investigation in July following allegations of misconduct by…More
Police in the city of Pacific say no crime was committed when an Auburn woman was reported missing last weekend, prompting an extensive search. The family of 27-year-old Tatyana Khmara reported her missing Saturday after she hadn’t been seen since the previous evening, when she was spotted with a man at a park in Pacific….More