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November 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Tacoma police shot at a vehicle in Puyallup this morning after the driver apparently rammed a friend’s car and several police cars.
According to police, officers were called to the 300 block of South 9th Street at 2:47 a.m. for a report of someone ramming a parked car. The 911 caller identified the culprit as a friend who was “intentionally ramming her parked vehicle and trying to break out her vehicle windows,” Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool wrote in a news release.
Police tried to stop the car, but the driver did not pull over. Officers from several police departments tried to stop the car, but the driver headed into Puyallup. Once in Puyallup, the driver stopped near 104th Street East and Fruitland Avenue East and rammed several police vehicles, Cool said.
Tacoma police fired one round, but did not hit the man.
After being caught by a police dog, the man was booked into the Pierce County Jail.
November 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM
Police are looking for an alleged gang member accused of killing a young father early Saturday morning near Puyallup, reportedly because the victim disrespected him.
Eric Contreras, 22, shot Victor Zaldivar, 21, of Orting at close range in the chest after the victim refused to offer him beer at a party, according to Pierce County documents charging the suspect with first-degree murder.
Contreras is described as a Hispanic male, 5-foot-6, about 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He’s known to frequent Tacoma and Lakewood, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
When Contreras and other uninvited gang members allegedly tried to crash the private birthday party with about 50 guests, Zaldivar was one of the first to make it clear the party was not one with an open invitation for anyone dropping by, according to the victim’s friend Eric Estrada, 26. (more…)
October 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM
A man who shot and killed two men who broke into his Puyallup marijuana-grow operation in December pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to manufacturing marijuana and being in possession of a firearm.
As part of a plea agreement, Jeremy Peter Capodanno, 36, will forfeit $670,000 from the sale of his Puyallup and Kent homes, a 2008 Mercedes, a 2008 Toyota pickup and five guns seized at the crime scene: a Glock 17 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle, an Intratec Tec-9 9mm pistol, a Benelli 12 gauge shotgun, and a Professional Ordinance MDL Carbon 15.
His charge of using a firearm in relation to drug trafficking carries a five-year mandatory-minimum prison term, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton will oversee Capodanno’s sentencing in January.
When Capodanno initially pleaded not guilty to charges in April, he faced a 15-year mandatory-minimum sentence and as many as 40 years in prison.
The garage the two slain men had broken into contained about 200 plants. Police found Capodanno at the scene with a semiautomatic pistol with which he had shot the men. Police found additional marijuana in Capodanno’s pickup.
Capodanno was arrested in April after being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
August 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM
Puyallup police have for years been selectively videotaping and watching young women change their clothes and use the toilet while in custody, according to a lawsuit filed today in Pierce County Superior Court.
The lawsuit names as plaintiffs 11 women and one man who claim they were videotaped in various states of undress by officers in the city jail’s holding cells.
Attorney James Egan said the plaintiffs were “detained for misdemeanors only to become the victims” of what he called “felony voyeurism.” Egan said he began investigating the police department’s booking and surveillance practices more than two years ago. He called the practice of observing detainees a “peepshow.”
But Puyallup City Attorney Kevin Yamamoto claims that cameras in jail holding cells are nothing new, that all Puyallup detainees are required to change into jail clothes for mug shots and that Egan went through the jailhouse videos and “cherry-picked” for alleged victims.
According to Egan, the plaintiffs all had been detained by Puyallup police on suspicion of driving under the influence.
They were taken to the police station where several plaintiffs claim they were patted down thoroughly and in a sexual manner, according to the suit.
They then were directed into a video-monitored holding cell where they were told to strip and change into jail clothes for their mug shots, according to the lawsuit. Egan said there is no reason to require someone to change their clothes to pose for a mug shot.
He said many of the plaintiffs were released within hours of being booked.
July 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM
A 14-year-old Puyallup boy was charged on Tuesday with first-degree attempted murder, rape, rape of a child and kidnapping in connection with an attack on his 7-year-old neighbor last week that left the girl hospitalized.
Prosecutors additionally said they will seek to have the boy prosecuted as an adult.
“Rarely do we ask the court to treat a 14-year-old offender as an adult, but this is one of those few cases where the severity of the offense and the safety of our community call out for adult-sized accountability,” said Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist.
If convicted as a juvenile, the boy would face a maximum sentence of 6 1/2 years in a juvenile detention facility. If convicted as an adult, he could face a standard sentence of 30 years or more, prosecutors said.
At his arraignment in Pierce County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, the teen pleaded not guilty to all charges. The Seattle Times is not naming the teen because he is charged as a juvenile at this time. A hearing to determine whether he should be prosecuted as an adult has been set for July 30.
According to the charging documents, the teen is alleged to have lured a neighbor girl into the woods behind their apartment complex in the 700 block of 43rd Avenue Southeast on the evening of July 10. There, he brutally beat her, sexually assaulted her and choked into unconsciousness, prosecutors allege.
When police, with the help of neighbors and a bloodhound, found the girl several hours later, she had to be carried out of the woods, police said. Her neck wounds required surgical repair and a medical exam showed “clear signs” of sexual assault, according to prosecutors.
The girl was able to identify her alleged attacker by his first name and point out the building he lived in, prosecutors said.
When a search warrant was served on the suspect’s home early the next morning, bloody clothes were found in a bag, prosecutors allege.
Police and prosecutors say that the boy initially denied harming the girl, but later admitted to taking her into the woods. The teen allegedly told police that he lured the girl into the woods then became “annoyed” at her, flew into a rage and beat her, according to the documents.
The teen allegedly told police he knew he “had to get rid of her so she couldn’t tell anyone,” so he dragged her farther into the woods and choked her until she passed out, prosecutors say in charging documents.
July 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM
A 7-year-old girl was playing outside with other children at an apartment community Wednesday evening in Puyallup when she was apparently lured into nearby woods and sexually assaulted, police said.
She was found choked and unable to walk but gave police enough information to arrest a 14-year-old neighbor boy, said Capt. Dalan Brokaw and Chief Bryan Jeter.
The girl was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma in serious condition and is expected to survive. Her parents were with her Thursday morning.
“She did have quite extensive injuries and was not able to walk under her own power,” Jeter said. “She’s an extremely brave and strong young girl to be able to survive this brutal attack.”
Investigators were waiting for a medical report to confirm suspicions of a sexual assault, he said.
It was a warm summer evening and children at the Glenbrooke apartment community were playing outside when the girl disappeared about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Family and friends searched for about two hours before reporting her missing.
“My guess is they thought she was in the complex somewhere. After a couple hours, it was not normal and they panicked a little bit,” Jeter said.
Police went door-to-door in the complex and checked cars in the parking lot. A police dog from the Normandy Park Police Department was brought in and it picked up a scent from a tennis shoe that was found on a trail.
The dog led its handler and searchers into a nearby wooded area where they found the girl early Thursday, after midnight. (more…)
July 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m. | Police have arrested a 32-year-old Puyallup man in connection with the attempted sexual assault of a Puyallup woman Tuesday night. The man will be booked for felony attempted sexual assault. The case remains under investigation.
ORIGINAL POST | The attempted sexual assault of a Puyallup woman has police asking the public for help.
Officers responded to the Walmart at 310 31st Avenue southeast 10:20 p.m. Tuesday after a 22-year-old woman reported being assaulted. The woman told police the attack happened nearby on the 2900 block of 5th Avenue southeast. Police are looking for a suspect.
The woman told police the man physically assaulted her and forced her towards a nearby fence after she encountered him on a sidewalk and engaged in a brief conversation. She struck the man with her knee and ran to the Walmart store for help.
Police and a K-9 team searched the area but failed to locate the woman’s attacker. However, police said they have images of the man thanks one of the Walmart’s surveillance cameras.
Puyallup Police said the suspect was described as a white man in his 30s, about 6’2” tall and 180 pounds. He had stained or decaying teeth, a distinct circular tattoo around his bellybutton and a tattoo on his right bicep. The man was wearing a red baseball cap, baggy blue jeans, and no shirt. Additionally, police said the man was observed playing with a lighter both inside and outside the store.
Officials are asking anyone with information to call the Puyallup Police Department Tip Line at (253) 770-3343
May 31, 2013 at 8:27 AM
A Puyallup man died late Thursday evening after crashing into the back of a semi-truck hauling 11,300 gallons of gasoline, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The accident occurred just before 11 p.m. on westbound State Route 512 near 94 Avenue East.
Trooper Guy Gill said investigators believe the pickup driver was going well over the posted speed limit of 60 miles per hour.
“This is a tragedy with a fatality for sure,” Gill said. “But it could have been much worse”
The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the crash and no gasoline was spilled.
May 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — The father-in-law of missing Utah mother Susan Powell won’t be released from prison Thursday, the Washington state Corrections Department said.
Steve Powell has been serving time on voyeurism charges for secretly recording images of young neighbor girls. He was sentenced in June 2012 to 21/2 years in prison.
May 23 was the earliest possible date Steve Powell could be released, based on sentence reductions he earned in prison for participating in programs and avoiding serious infractions, Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said Wednesday.
To get out early, inmates must submit an acceptable release plan. Lewis said the state was still reviewing Powell’s proposed plan. If it’s approved, the state still requires 35 days to allow staff to notify victims and local law enforcement.
Police in Utah said this week they were closing the active part of the Susan Powell investigation and released their case file.
Susan Powell disappeared from her home in December 2009. Her husband, Josh Powell, was a focus of the investigation until he killed himself and the couple’s two children last year in an explosive house fire in Graham, Pierce County.
Investigators turned their attention to Powell’s brother, Michael, who, they now believe, helped Josh Powell dispose of Susan’s body. Michael committed suicide by jumping off a parking garage in Minneapolis three months ago.
Josh Powell and his two young sons moved into his father’s home in Puyallup after Susan Powell’s disappearance.
Steve Powell had a sexual obsession with Susan Powell and thoroughly documented it in journals seized by police. Officers investigating her disappearance searched his home.
Police in Utah said Monday they do not believe Steve Powell was directly involved with Susan Powell’s disappearance but may know more about it than he has let on.
Police said both Steve and Michael Powell were uncooperative in the investigation.
May 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM
The Associated Press
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The lawyer for the family of missing Utah woman Susan Powell said Tuesday that even as local police close the active part of their investigation into her disappearance, federal authorities continue to review the case — a claim that was denied by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City.
Anne Bremner made the announcement at a Seattle news conference a day after local officials in Utah said they had closed their active investigation into the Susan Powell case. (more…)
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