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December 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD — A man who left a syringe plunged into a package of sausage at a Walmart store in Poulsbo was sentenced to three months in the Kitsap County Jail.
The Kitsap Sun newspaper reports 33-year-old Daniel Oaks Thieman, of Kingston, pleaded guilty to first-degree malicious mischief for the Oct. 25 incident and agreed to pay restitution.
Walmart threw out $19,000 worth of meat as a safety precaution after a customer found the syringe in a package of Jimmy Dean sausage.
Thieman was identified through surveillance video. He told police he made a stupid decision while sleep-deprived and on heroin.
October 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM
POULSBO — Police say a Kitsap County man accused of stabbing a hypodermic syringe into a sausage package at a Wal-Mart store in Poulsbo told them it was a “ridiculously stupid” decision he made while sleep-deprived and on heroin.
The Kitsap Sun reports that prosecutors on Monday charged 33-year-old Daniel Thieman with malicious mischief and placing poison or other harmful objects or substances in food. The store ultimately tossed out about $19,000 in meat after the syringe was found Friday. Thieman, of Kingston, is held on $250,000 bail.
Poulsbo Police Chief Al Townsend says he doesn’t believe any customers were affected.
Public defender Bill Houser argued that prosecutors failed to show probable cause for the charges since Wal-Mart chose to remove the meat and police said the syringe was empty, but the district-court judge was not swayed.
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
November 28, 2012 at 4:47 PM
The Budweiser Clydesdales are in Western Washington this week making appearances at several venues. Unfortunately, the horses cannot be seen at the Puyallup fairgrounds where they’re staying, because of the fairgrounds schedule. Note that the horses do not appear when it’s raining.
– Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. Walmart, 310 31st Ave. S.E., Puyallup
– Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. main P.X., Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This appearance is open only to those with base access.
– Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Walmart, Bonney Lake
The Clydesdales are visiting the Northwest as part of a military-appreciation tour. This team of 10 horses, based in Fort Collins, Colo., is on the road 320 days a year, making appearances in the West. Eight of the horses are used to pull the beer wagon while two of the horses are alternates, said Roman Raber, assistant supervisor with the Budweiser team.
The tallest horse on the team is 19.2 hands or 61/2 feet tall near the base of his neck. The horses weigh up to 2,300 pounds and eat 30 to 40 pounds of hay a day plus grain and supplements. They drink 20 to 30 gallons of water a day or twice that in hot weather, Raber said.
November 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM
A woman who was in serious condition last night after an SUV struck her and her boyfriend in a crowded Covington parking lot is now in stable condition, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
A 71-year-old man hit the couple in a Walmart parking lot at about 8:40 p.m., said spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. The 45-year-old woman, who was initially stuck under the car, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. Her boyfriend, a man in his 40s, suffered a head injury but was transported to Harborview in fair condition.
Deputies arrested the SUV driver on suspicion of vehicular assault and ordered him to take a mandatory blood draw at a nearby hospital, West said. He has been released to his family while the Sheriff’s Office awaits results of the toxicology test, which could take a few weeks, she said.
November 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM
Update 10:25 p.m.: King County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a 71-year-old man on suspicion of vehicular assault after a couple was hit by an SUV in the parking lot of a Walmart Thursday afternoon.
The King County Sheriff’s Office suspects alcohol was involved and took the 71-year-old man to a nearby hospital for a mandatory blood draw, said Sgt. Cindi West.
The man had been driving an SUV in the parking lot of the Covington Walmart, which was crowded with shoppers.
According to witnesses, the couple that was struck — a 45-year-old woman from the Covington area and her boyfriend, a man in his 40s — were walking into the Walmart when they were hit, West said. (They were not husband and wife, as reported earlier.)
Two people were hit by a car – with one left in serious condition — in the parking lot of the Walmart in Covington Thursday evening.
The two who were struck appeared to be husband-and-wife, said King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
The couple was walking in the parking lot of the Walmart at about 8:40 p.m. when the driver apparently struck them, leaving the woman trapped underneath the car, according to West, who said the woman suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Harborview.
The man suffered a head injury, was considered to be in fair condition and driven by ambulance to Harborview, West said.
October 18, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Get off the bus, ma’am. Your kid stinks. That’s reportedly what a Metro bus driver told a woman with her diarrhea-afflicted infant. The woman was taking the baby to a clinic when she was asked to get off the bus, which she did. She changed the baby’s diaper, got on another bus and continued her trip. Metro is investigating the complaint, according to KOMO TV who broke the story.
Walmarts, Walmarts everywhere! The retail giant opened three stores in our state yesterday: in Bellevue, Lynnwood and Spokane Valley. According to the KXLY report, Walmart has some 18,000 employees at 58 locations in Washington. As the greeters say, “Welcome to Walmart.”
Boy Scouts sex abuse files: The files on some 1,250 Boy Scouts of America volunteers suspected of child sex abuse are expected to be made public today. An Oregon attorney will post the information in a searchable database of the suspected abuse incidents from 1965 to 1985.
Hamster on the loose! A woman stopped for DUI in Beaverton, Ore., had a hamster in her car at the time. The woman told police to just “kill it,” but they didn’t, and it took three of them to catch the critter as it scrambled about the vehicle. Officers took the woman’s little buddy to a vet clinic where the owner later fetched him.
Most-read local stories today on seattletimes.com:
- Seattle homeless man arrested, suspected in 1976 Maine killing: A homeless Seattle man who was tricked into giving a DNA sample was arrested on Monday in connection with one of Maine’s oldest cold-case slayings.
- Times Co. criticized for McKenna, gay-marriage ad campaigns: The Seattle Times Co. jumped into two of the state’s hottest political contests Wednesday, launching an $80,000 independent-expenditure campaign promoting Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and announcing a similar effort in support of gay marriage
- Woman aims to hitch a ride by air to all 50 states: Amber Nolan, 28, landed in Seattle last week on her trek to hitch rides on small planes to every state in the country. That is one way to travel on the cheap. Our state was No. 11 in that journey. Wednesday she arrived in Portland
- Man who shot border guard lived in Seattle: The man who shot and wounded a Canadian border guard Tuesday before taking his own life was identified Wednesday as Andrew M. Crews, a 32-year-old who recently moved from Bremerton to Seattle.
- City attorney, council members rip McGinn over monitor objection: Amid a cheering crowd of Sonics fans and community leaders Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine signed legally binding agreements to move ahead on a new sports and entertainment arena to host professional basketball and hockey.
Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @NickProvenza1
January 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced today it plans to open a 76,000-square-foot store in Bellevue’s Factoria Mall.
Last week, the company publicly announced a new, 64,000-square-foot grocery location at Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Center, prompting some protest from local union leaders and others at odds with what they call the retailer’s bad business practices.
The locations are about four miles from each other. Both are being built in vacant stores, the latest on the site of a former Mervyn’s. It’s slated to open in the first half of 2013, according to a spokesman for the company.
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