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December 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Pierce County man gets 25 years for 2009 slaying of cab driver

A 37-year-old Pierce County man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday for killing a cab driver five years ago. Jaycee Fuller was convicted in November of first-degree murder in the slaying of Mohamud Ahmed on March 8, 2009. Prosecutors told jurors that Fuller, who represented himself at trial, was motivated by financial desperation and…

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December 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Tacoma standoff ends with suspect’s arrest

The Associated Press TACOMA — A standoff in Tacoma ended Friday afternoon with the arrest of a man described as a career criminal wanted by police and the Washington State Patrol for multiple car thefts and other crimes including a home invasion. A SWAT team that surrounded the home for several hours fired tear gas before taking…

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November 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Jury convicts man in slaying of Tacoma cab driver

The Associated Press TACOMA — A jury on Wednesday convicted Jaycee Fuller of first-degree murder in the 2009 killing of a 22-year-old Somalian cab driver in Tacoma. The News Tribune reports 37-year-old Fuller is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19. He requested a delay in his sentencing until after the holidays but that request was denied. Fuller…

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November 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Deaths in Tacoma apartment may have been a murder-suicide

The News Tribune Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a possible homicide-suicide at a South Hill apartment in Tacoma. Investigators believe the 58-year-old man killed his 7-year-old daughter and then himself. The cause of death has not been released. The family was scheduled to be evicted from the apartment in the 17700 block of 85th Avenue Court East on…

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November 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Workers on one-day strike at two Tacoma hospitals

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The News Tribune reports the Service Employees International Union Local 1199NW called the walkout Tuesday during contract negotiations. A spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, Scott Thompson, says it will keep negotiating. A federal mediator…

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November 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Wrong-way driver, 86, charged in Tacoma

TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor has charged an 86-year-old University Place man with vehicular assault for a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome. The prosecutor’s office tweeted Wednesday that the man had a blood alcohol content of .123 percent. The legal limit in Washington is .08 percent. The Washington State Patrol…

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November 12, 2014 at 5:49 AM

E-cigarette reportedly started Tacoma house fire

TACOMA — A house fire in Tacoma that seriously injured a man was reportedly started by an e-cigarette explosion. Fire Battalion Chief Dave McRoberts says the cause remains under investigation but a woman said her electronic cigarette exploded, spilling liquid that set a couch on fire. The News Tribune reports firefighters rescued a man from inside the…

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November 11, 2014 at 5:46 AM

Wrong-way driver crashes on I-5 near Tacoma Dome

TACOMA — The Washington State Patrol says an 86-year-old drunken driver was going the wrong way in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Tacoma late Monday night when he collided with another car near the Tacoma Dome. There were no life-threatening injuries. The 86-year-old was jailed for investigation of vehicular assault. KIRO reports southbound traffic…

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November 10, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Tacoma bridge gets the OK to reopen after crash

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. | Tacoma officials said a bridge that was damaged in a collision Sunday and closed for inspection could reopen Monday. Assistant Public Works Director Jeff Jenkins told The News Tribune the damage did not require urgent repair. He says it can wait until the city has funding to renovate the 87-year-old bridge. ORIGINAL POST…

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October 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Tacoma teens charged with ‘funny’ school-shooting threats

Two Franklin Pierce High School students were arrested and charged with felony harassment for making threats in two separate incidents on Monday, according to school officials and prosecutors. Willie Painter, a spokesman for the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma, said the first arrest occurred during the school day when two students were allegedly overheard making…

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