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October 5, 2013 at 2:11 PM
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was stabbed to death in Lakewood, Pierce County, early this morning in what police described as a racially tinged confrontation.
The Lakewood Police Department reported that the man, 20, and two other active-duty soldiers were walking at 2:38 a.m. in the 12500 block of Pacific Highway Southwest when someone in a vehicle reportedly yelled something about the soldiers being white.
When one of the soldiers yelled back a comment about treating combat soldiers with disrespect, the car turned around and stopped next to them in a parking lot in the largely industrial area. Five men climbed out of the car and surrounded the soldiers as the verbal confrontation continued, according to the account provided to police by the victim’s friends.
When the driver determined the men were actually soldiers, he summoned his passengers back to the car. As they left, one appeared to bump a soldier, who fell to the ground as the car sped away.
“It was then that they discovered the victim had been stabbed and was bleeding profusely. The victim died at the scene,” according to a statement issued by police Lt. Chris Lawler.
Police and an emergency medical crew were called to the parking lot along Pacific Highway where the victim fell.
The suspects’ vehicle was described as a midnight-blue sedan similar to a BMW or Volkswagen Jetta, with tinted windows, stock rims and low-profile tires.
Descriptions were provided of four of the suspects, all reportedly black men believed to be in their early- to mid-20s.
The primary suspect was described as 6 foot 1, of medium build, wearing a blue zip-up hoodie. The driver was described as 5 foot 7, with short-cropped hair and wearing a shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes.
Two others were about 5 foot 7, one with short hair and a gray tank top, the other with camouflage pants possibly designed for paintball. There was no description of the fifth suspect.
The Police Department has asked that anyone with information about the incident, the suspects or the vehicle to call 253-798-4721.
July 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County (AP) — A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier just back from Afghanistan helped rescue neighbors in an apartment fire in Lakewood.
Ranger Marcus Taylor told KOMO he heard kids screaming and car horns about 4 a.m. Monday and looked out his window to see flames at a nearby apartment building.
He rushed over and was told someone was still on the top floor of the two-story building. Taylor says he heard rustling and kicked in a sliding glass door. He told residents to come to the sound of his voice.
Taylor was treated for cuts to his right leg from the breaking glass. A woman from the building was treated for smoke inhalation, but everyone got out OK.
Four units were destroyed or heavily damaged. Nineteen people were displaced by the fire.
February 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM
A soldier has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to stabbing his wife to death and raping her teenage daughter.
A military judge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord also ordered Staff Sgt. Robert S. Chiaravallotti to forfeit all pay and reduced his rank to private, according to a statement released Saturday by an Army spokesman. Chiaravallotti, 41, was charged with murder, rape of a child and assault of a child stemming from the attack on base last Aug. 25.
On Thursday, he told the judge he had intended to kill his wife, Dionne Chiaravallotti, and his 14-year-old stepdaughter, but instead raped the girl after she saw him kill her mother.
December 31, 2012 at 8:37 AM
The Associated Press
A soldier from north Florida has been killed in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense says Pfc. Markie T. Sims of Citra died Saturday in Panjwal, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
The 20-year-old was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
November 12, 2012 at 7:04 AM
The Associated Press
The Department of Defense says a 26-year-old soldier on his third deployment to Afghanistan has been killed by an explosive.
The News Tribune says Kenneth Wade Bennett, of Glendora, Calif., was killed Saturday in the Sperwan Gar area of Kandahar province. The military announced his death Sunday night.
Bennett was assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company of the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
He joined the Army in 2004 and trained to become an explosive ordnance technician in 2006. He has been assigned to Lewis-McChord since 2009.
He is the 32nd Lewis-McChord soldier to die in Afghanistan this year.
October 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM
An insurgent suicide bomber killed Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, in Afghanistan last week according to the Department of Defense.
Sgt. Sparks was born in Tacoma and raised for most of his life in Gig Harbor, according to The News Tribune. He wanted to return to Gig Harbor after serving his third deployment, his mother told the newspaper.
Sgt. Sparks and Sgt. Jonathon A. Gollnitz, 28, were killed when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated the device near their patrol on Sept. 26 in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, said a Department of Defense release. Both were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
July 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM
The Department of Defense announced this evening that another soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been killed in Afghanistan.
Cpl. Juan P. Navarro was killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar, the Defense Department says.
The 23-year-old Austin, Texas, man was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, the Defense Department says.
June 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM
UPDATE, 4:28 P.M. | The Pentagon now says Jarrod A. Lallier was fatally injured when individuals in Afghan police uniforms turned their weapons against his unit in Zharay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
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The Associated Press
A Spokane soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.
The Defense Department says 20-year-old Jarrod A. Lallier died Monday when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and grenades.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Lallier graduated from Mead Senior High School in 2010.
June 8, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Weather: If you thought it was wet yesterday, you were spot on. The Weather Service says more than half an inch of rain, .53, fell at the Weather Service office in Seattle. That’s more than double the record set in 1993 for that date. We also set a rain record Tuesday. See staff reporter Jack Broom’s story today.
It’s going to be colder than normal today with a high of just 58. How cold is that? The average high temperature for this day is 69 degrees, so don’t wear flip flops. Some forecasts call for a high of 70 on Monday. Cross your fingers. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Keep those BIG soft drinks a-comin’: Yesterday, we asked you whether Seattle should ban soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, which was proposed in New York City this week, and you overwhelmingly said NO. Of the 638 votes cast as of this morning, 432 of you said not on your life.
As one commenter said:
“So the choice is medium or small? 16 oz is not enough to wash down large fries and a big mac.”
Red light cameras in Lynnwood are popular. OK, not so much for some folks. A community meeting is scheduled next week so people can have their say about this always sticky topic, according to our community news partner Lynnwood Today.
Lynnwood City Councilwoman Kerri Lonergan-Dreke says:
“What I’m hearing from folks, both inside and outside of Lynnwood, is people don’t have a positive feeling about red light cameras,” she said in April. “We’ve had a lot of folks who have written to us, saying ‘we will no longer come to Lynnwood; we won’t shop in Lynnwood.’”
Yeah, those aren’t positive thoughts at all.
Sad news that a soldier from Walla Walla has died in Afghanistan. The family of Lt. Mathew Fazzari told our sister paper The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin that he died in a helicopter crash. While the Defense Department has confirmed the death, two Army pilots were reported dead when their chopper crashed Wednesday in the Ghazni province. Fazzari, a 2010 Gonzaga University graduate, was married and had two young boys.
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May 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM
Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut, a 23-year-old soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Monday from wounds suffered in an enemy attack in Afghanistan, according to a Defense Department statement.
Dickhut, of Rochester, Minn. Was assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which arrived in Afghanistan in December for a one-year deployment.
Though Dickhut deployed with his brigade, he subsequently was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division as a forward observer in southern Afghanistan.
“Sgt. Dickhut was not only incredibly talented as a Forward Observer, he possessed great maturity and intelligence. His positive attitude and eagerness to share lessons learned made him an invaluable member of our Company.” said Capt. Lawrence Csaszar, said in a statement released by the Army.
His friend, Spc. Connor Higgins said “He was easily the best Forward Observer I have ever met in the US Army … Sgt. Dickhut was surrounded by Soldiers who loved and respected him. I’m sure the Soldiers he trained will carry on in his footsteps.”
Dickhut’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Prior to his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dickhut also had served in Iraq from July through December of 2009.
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