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August 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Deputy finds 2 bodies in home south of Tacoma; suspect held

TACOMA (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy found two bodies in a home in the Tacoma suburb of Frederickson Sunday, and authorities detained four people for questioning. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Jerry Bates says it is unclear yet how the two people died or who they were. The four people detained were found in a vehicle associated with…

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August 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM

State ferry Tacoma will need prolonged repairs

Ten days after the M/V Tacoma stalled off Bainbridge Island, ferry managers haven’t yet received a detailed plan to fix its electrical problems. “The damage is a little more extensive than we thought,” said Capt. George Capacci, interim director of Washington State Ferries. Specialists from Siemens Global, which made the damaged components, are still inspecting the boat and may…

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July 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Tacoma father charged with drugging baby

TACOMA (AP) — A Tacoma man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged his baby by spiking his bottle with an anesthetic called ketamine. Pierce County authorities say 34-year-old Scott Rasmus has been charged with first degree assault of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charges date back to a February incident…

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July 24, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Pot-smuggling freighter to be salvaged for $1.2 million

TACOMA (AP) — A drug-smuggling freighter that sank in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway 18 months ago has been refloated and is being moved to Seattle in a salvage operation expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The 167-foot Helena Star sank in January 2013 and was slowly spilling 640 gallons of oil and diesel. Crews tried to…

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July 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Former Tacoma teacher pleads guilty to child rape

The Associated Press TACOMA  — A former Tacoma high school math teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with two students and communicating with others about sex. Twenty-five-year-old Meredith Powell pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of third degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral…

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July 18, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Woman charged with attempted murder for shooting at Kent Starbucks

A Tacoma woman accused of shooting a man in the head at a Kent Starbucks on Tuesday was charged today with first-degree attempted murder. Fermina Bartolini Bertos, 24, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the King County Jail. Kent police say Bertos and the victim were walking into the Starbucks at Southeast 208th Street and 107th Avenue…

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July 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Search resumes for overdue hiker on Mt. Rainier trail

The Associated Press MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Ground teams and helicopter crews are spending another day looking for a 64-year-old man missing who went missing during a hike at Mount Rainier. Edwin Birch, of Tacoma, was last seen by his son Saturday as they were hiking on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail, which loops the mountain. The…

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June 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Saturday Memo: She locked her kids up … Wallet returned … Graduation day

A woman has been accused of locking her three young children in a filthy room in their Tacoma home. She’s pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal mistreatment and unlawful imprisonment. Some good news from our Rant & Rave feature: A missing wallet returned. Graduation ceremonies today: The University of Washington and Seattle…

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June 14, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Mom accused of keeping 3 kids in filthy room

TACOMA (AP) — A Tacoma, Washington, woman accused of locking her three young children in a filthy room has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal mistreatment and unlawful imprisonment. The News Tribune reports that 26-year-old Tasha Herndon entered her pleas Thursday and was ordered held on $300,000 bail. Her boys — ages 2, 3…

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