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October 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Pierce County deputies face excessive-force suit in man’s death

The family of a University Place man who died last May after being taken into custody by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit alleging five deputies used excessive force when they beat and used a Taser on Ronald Hillstrom and then laid on top of him, breaking most of his ribs and collapsing his…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: excessive force, Pierce County, U.S. District Court

October 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Waterspout triggers rare tornado warning in Puget Sound area

After a waterspout was spotted near Anderson Island on Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued its first tornado warning for the Puget Sound region in 17 years. There have been tornadoes in the area during that time, though none lasted long enough to generate a warning. The difference Saturday was that the waterspout was sighted…

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Comments | Topics: Pierce County, tornado warning, waterspout

August 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Pierce County man accused of killing 2 roommates ordered held

The Associated Press TACOMA — A Tacoma-area man suspected of beating two roommates to death with a pipe over the weekend was ordered held without bail. A Pierce County Superior Court judge on Monday ordered 40-year-old Richard Atkisson detained for 72 hours on a fugitive warrant out of California, where he has been charged with a sex…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, Pierce County, sex offender

August 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Child molester accused of approaching Lakewood teen

The Associated Press TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors say a man who harassed a 14-year-old girl at a bus stop in Lakewood is a convicted child molester who was wearing an electronic monitoring device at the time. Police say 28-year-old Jon Carrington approached the girl Wednesday as she waited with friends, rubbed her back and put a…

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July 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Police: Robbers have hit 5 banks in King, Pierce counties

The Associated Press TACOMA — Authorities are looking for a trio of robbers they say have hit five banks in eight days this month in Pierce and south King counties. The Tacoma News Tribune reports Tuesday that three men are in their 20’s. The men wore baseball hats and sunglasses, and worked as lookouts for each other…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bank robbery, Federal Way, Pierce County

April 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

State Supreme Court to hear case on ‘boarding’ mentally ill residents

The state Supreme Court has decided to accept a case that could fundamentally change the way severely mentally ill residents are handled when most in need of treatment. The justices said today they will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of so-called “psychiatric boarding” — when residents involuntarily committed for mental-health treatment are parked for hours or…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: mental health, Pierce County, psychiatric boarding

February 15, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Renton man killed in Pierce County crash

A Renton man died early Saturday after crashing his pickup into a ditch outside Greenwater, Pierce County Authorities say 18-year-old Connor L. Johnson was driving east on Highway 410 when he went off the road, crashing into a ditch near mile marker 48. He died instantly, State Trooper Chris Webb said. Webb said the cause is being…

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