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Posted on: July 25, 2014

Tacoma father charged for spiking son’s bottle with ketamine

TACOMA, WA – Today Scott Rasmus, 34, pleaded not guilty to assault of a child in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Tacoma man drugged his 5-month-old son earlier this year, nearly killing him. Rasmus... Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Youth baseball club’s officers plead not guilty to theft charges

TACOMA, WA – Today Ryan Rhoads, 41, and Eric Jacobs, 42, pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft in the second degree, three counts of unlawful issuance of checks or drafts, one count of attempted theft in the second... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2014

Toddler ingests meth, mother charged with his death

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Alyia Iverson, 26, with manslaughter in the first degree after her toddler son ingested meth in her Spanaway home and died. Iverson is scheduled to be... Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Bail increase for Lakebay man charged with girlfriend’s murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist requested an increase in bail for William Grisso, 41. The defendant is charged with murder in the first degree for killing his girlfriend, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2014

University Place teacher charged for dealing oxycodone pills

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Brian Bennett, 33, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and unlawful... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting death of Brian McLeod,... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Lakebay man charged for killing girlfriend he reported missing

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged William Grisso, 41, with murder in the first degree for killing his girlfriend, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’s cell phone led... Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Tacoma man charged for killing wife during argument

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Darrin Brooks, 48, with murder in the second degree for shooting and killing his wife, Renee Brooks, 28, in their Tacoma apartment. He was arraigned today... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Youth baseball club’s officers charged with theft

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ryan Rhoads, 41, and Eric Jacobs, 42, with two counts of theft in the second degree, three counts of unlawful issuance of checks or drafts, one count of... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Man with grenade charged for drugs and weapons

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Joshua Lobben, 26, with five counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one count each of possession of an explosive... Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Toddler dies from abuse, father charged with murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kingsa McKnight, 32, with homicide by abuse and murder in the second degree for beating his 3-year-old son to death. McKnight is scheduled to be arraigned... Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2014

Two men charged with murder for drug deal gone bad

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Thomas Law, II, 30, and Brandon Wilburn, 22, with murder in the second degree for shooting and killing Phillip Little, 27, during a drug deal last month in... Read on...

Posted on: June 18, 2014

Father charged for making hash oil, giving it to teen daughter

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Miller, 45, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under the age of eighteen, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance,... Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2014

Teen charged for beating father to death

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Rylan Salzman, 16, with murder in the second degree for beating his father, Richard Salzman, 49, to death with a cane at their Tacoma home. The defendant is... Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2014

Convicted murderer receives new sentence in 1987 slaying

TACOMA, WA – Today Barry Massey, 40, received a new sentence of 25 years to life for the 1987 murder of Paul Wang. Massey, who was 13 at the time of the murder, was charged as an adult with aggravated murder in the first... Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Gang member sentenced to 38 years for murder at warehouse party

TACOMA, WA - Today Devennice Gaines, 37, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for shooting and killing Bruce Price, 40, at an after-hours party. In April, a jury convicted Gaines of two counts of murder in the second degree... Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Man charged with vehicular homicide in high-speed crash

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Miguel Argueta, 26, with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for causing a high-speed crash that injured his passenger, Ledonna Booth, 34, and killed... Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting death of Michael Lee... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

Man charged with vehicular homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jason Tamayo, 44, with vehicular homicide for hitting and killing Mark Nigh, 56, with his vehicle in downtown Tacoma last week. He is also charged with... Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Man charged in Tacoma double homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Aaron Livingston, 38, with two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree and one count of attempted murder in the first degree for beating two people... Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2014

No criminal charges for 13-year-old boy in accidental shooting

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will not file criminal charges against a 13-year-old boy Puyallup boy who accidentally shot his friend, because the investigation did not yield evidence to support... Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2014

Puyallup man charged for 100,000 child porn images

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged John Graff, 56, with five counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit, for viewing more than 100,000 images of child... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2014

Woman Charged in death of 8-month-old baby boy

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jamie Thompson, 34, with murder in the second degree for shaking an 8-month-old Tacoma boy to death. The defendant was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in room... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

‘Supermom’ charged for setting fire to her home

Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Melinda Sayers, 37, with arson in the first degree and presenting false insurance claims. She intentionally set fire to her South Hill home and collected insurance money... Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Deputy Prosecutor Kara Sanchez honored by Sheriff's Department

TACOMA, WA – On Mar. 28, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor honored law enforcement employees at the department’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Among those recognized was the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s Kara... Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Father sentenced to 16 years for placing baby in freezer

TACOMA, WA – Today Tyler Deutsch, 26, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for beating his infant daughter and placing her in his freezer. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2014 to assault of a child in the first degree... Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2014

Prosecutor finds deputy's use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting death of Justin Michael... Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2014

Pierce County wins disabilities lawsuit

TACOMA, WA – On Mar. 7, 2014, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division won a lawsuit filed in federal court by a former jail inmate. The plaintiff accused the Pierce County Jail of violating her rights under... Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2014

Deputy Prosecutor Sorensen appointed to be judge

TACOMA, WA -- Today Washington State Governor Jay Inslee appointed Deputy Prosecutor Phil Sorensen to be a Pierce County Superior Court judge. He will take the bench on April 1 and be publicly sworn in on April 3. Sorensen... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Man charged for fatal car crash

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Anderson Hamilton, 48, with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault for causing a severe car crash that killed one person and... Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2014

Two more defendants charged with murder in car theft retaliation

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Presley Lind, 28, and Christopher Olsen, 32, with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and unlawful possession of a firearm for a... Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2014

Man charged with murder for car theft retaliation

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Nathan Stevenson, 25, with murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree for a Frederickson shooting that killed Robert Ward, 24. The defendant... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Tarrer sentenced to 74 years in third murder trial

TACOMA, WA – Today Larry Tarrer, 40, was sentenced to 74 years in prison for a 1991 shooting that paralyzed Claudia McCorvey, and killed McCorvey’s unborn son and Lavern Simpkins. On Feb. 10, 2014, a jury convicted the... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Man sentenced to 16 and a half years for shaking 7-day-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Joshua Sullivan, 19, was sentenced to 16 and a half years in prison for violently shaking his 7-day-old son, causing severe injuries. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to Assault of a Child in the First Degree.... Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Father charged for suffocating 2-year-old daughter

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Salvador Sanchez-Orozco, 26, with murder in the first degree for squeezing his 2-year-old daughter to death at his Tacoma apartment. He is scheduled to be... Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2014

Babysitter charged for raping boys in his care

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jonathan Harris, 26, with multiple counts of child rape, child molestation and possessing and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Charging decision still pending in Puyallup shooting

TACOMA, WA – Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced today that his office is still reviewing evidence in the Puyallup shooting, where a 13-year-old boy shot his friend. The suspect will be released to his parents and is not... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist issues statement on Governor’s death penalty moratorium

“In our system of justice, the Governor has authority under the law to halt death warrants. Governor Inslee announced today that there will be a moratorium on the death penalty during his term.

“I know the Governor’s... Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2014

Tacoma teacher charged for having sex with high school students

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Meredith Powell, 24, with two counts of child rape in the third degree and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. She engaged in sexual... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

Father pleads guilty to murdering his adult children

TACOMA, WA – Today Michael League, 69, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree for killing his adult children, Dennis League and Danielle Faucett, at his Puyallup home in 2013. Deputy Prosecutor Stephen... Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2014

No criminal charges for Spanaway dog owner

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will not file criminal charges against the owner of two dogs that attacked a Spanaway woman last year because the investigation did not yield evidence to support any... Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2014

Guilty plea from man who shook 7-day-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Joshua Sullivan, 18, pleaded guilty to Assault of a Child in the First Degree for violently shaking his 7-day-old son, causing severe injuries. The state will request an exceptional sentence of 20 years in... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Defendant charged with murder, robbery and eluding

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Chase Devyver, 29, with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and attempting to elude a pursuing... Read on...

Posted on: January 17, 2014

Savage sentenced to life without parole

TACOMA, WA – Today Tyler Wolfegang Savage, 21, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him of aggravated murder on Dec. 17, 2013. In 2010, the defendant raped and murdered 16-year-old... Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2014

‘Doomsday Prepper’ charged for illegal firearms

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tyler Smith, 26, with unlawful possession of a firearm after he discharged two rifles on the reality television show “Doomsday Preppers.” The defendant is a... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2014

Conviction affirmed in murder of four Lakewood officers

TACOMA, WA – Today the Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed four Aggravated Murder convictions for Darcus Allen, 42. In June 2011, Allen was sentenced to 420 years in prison for his involvement in the shooting deaths... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Man charged in oxycodone robbery

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jared Gloster, 31, with two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree for stealing Oxycodone from two South Hill pharmacies. Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce... Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2014

Man Charged for 1991 Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Schaef, 51, with Murder in the First Degree for the 1991 shooting death of Jerald Iafrati. The defendant killed the victim during a drug deal.
... Read on...

Posted on: December 30, 2013

Man Charged in Fox Island Stabbing Death

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jason Madron, 30, with Murder in the First Degree for stabbing Jacob Glenn, 23, to death near a Fox Island gas station.

“This was a disturbing crime,... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2013

White Supremacists Charged in Stabbing Death

TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeffrey Cooke, 32, Melissa Bourgault, 33, Mark Stredicke, 37, Eric Elliser, 33, and Shane McKrittrick, 32, with Murder in the Second Degree and Conspiracy... Read on...

Posted on: December 17, 2013

Jury Convicts Savage of Aggravated Murder

Today, a jury found Tyler Wolfegang Savage, 21, guilty as charged, convicting him of Aggravated Murder in the First Degree. In 2010, the defendant raped and murdered 16-year-old developmentally disabled Kimberly “Kimmie”... Read on...

Posted on: December 6, 2013

Man Charged in Assassination of Gang Leader

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Naitaalii Toleafoa, 18, with Murder in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree. The defendant... Read on...

Posted on: November 27, 2013

Jury Applauds Prosecutor, Acquits Defendant in Mock Trial

TACOMA, WA – Today, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s (PCPAO) Diversity Committee hosted a mock trial for Upward Bound high school students. The mock trial was held in Judge Culpepper’s courtroom at the... Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2013

Prosecutor Lindquist Hosts Mock Trial for High School Students

TACOMA, WA – On November 27, 2013, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s (PCPAO) Diversity Committee will host a mock trial for Upward Bound high school students. The mock trial will begin at 9:00am in Courtroom... Read on...

Posted on: November 22, 2013

Vandals Charged with Damaging 86 Vehicles

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Tyler Graham, 24, Nicole Simons, 22, and James Reynolds, 19, with multiple counts of Malicious Mischief in the Second and Third Degree. During a week-long... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2013

Man Sentenced to 50 Years to Life for Murder and Rape of 2-Year-Old

TACOMA, WA – Today Jake Musga, 19, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison after pleading guilty on September 9, 2013 to Murder in the First Degree and Rape of a Child in the First Degree. The defendant sexually... Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2013

Mother Sentenced to 40 Years for Bleaching Child's Eyes

TACOMA, WA -Today Jennifer Mothershead, 31, received an exceptional sentence of 40 years in prison after a jury found her guilty on October 4, 2013 of Assault of a Child in the First Degree. The defendant repeatedly put... Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2013

Man Charged for Killing Girlfriend

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Refugio Sanchez Jr, 32, with Murder in the Second Degree for beating his girlfriend, Angela Cannizzio, and strangling her to death in their Lakewood home... Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2013

Women Charged in Tacoma Man's Disappearance

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Margaret Effelberg, 38, with Murder in the First Degree for the death of missing Tacoma man, Santiago Cortes. Effelberg and another defendant, Arianna... Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Man Charged for Trying to Lure 13 Year Old Boy

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kasey Curulla, 18, with Luring and Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. The 13 year old victim was walking home from school when the defendant... Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2013

Man Who Posts Ad For Child Porn Charged

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ngoc Van Tran, 24, with Dealing in Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct. The defendant was arrested after chatting online with an... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2013

Police Searching For Man Charged With Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Eric Contreras, 22, with Murder in the First Degree for shooting Victor Zaldivar, 21, at a party near Puyallup. During a confrontation, the defendant pushed... Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2013

Man Sentenced to 27 Years for Second Vehicular Homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today James Southard, Jr., 51, was sentenced to an exceptional sentence of 27 years after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. The defendant struck and killed Gary Slick, who was walking on a roadside in... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Man Charged in Drug Cartel Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ray Turner, 32, with Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree and Attempted Robbery in the... Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2013

Man Charged with Rape of a Child He Met Online

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Glen Winans, 47, with Rape of a Child in the Second Degree for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online.

While deployed in Afghanistan, the... Read on...

Posted on: October 25, 2013

Pierce County Wins Jail Lawsuit

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division won a lawsuit filed by a former inmate. The plaintiff accused the Pierce County Jail of medical malpractice, negligence and civil rights... Read on...

Posted on: October 16, 2013

Father Charged for Assaulting Seven-Week-Old Daughter

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Raymon Tyhia, 35, with Assault of a Child in the First Degree for assaulting and shaking his seven-week-old daughter, causing brain damage.

“We hold fully... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Teen Charged with Manslaughter in Shooting

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tanielu Lotovaivai, 19, with First Degree Manslaughter in the death of Jalon Bea, 17, who died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting was an... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Three Men Charged in Soldier's Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeremiah Hill, 23, with MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE in the stabbing death of Tevin Geike, 20. Cedarium Johnson, 21, and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 21, were... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2013

Prosecutor Finds Officers' Use of Deadly Force Lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Lakewood Police Department, and the Cooperative Cities/Metro Crime Response Unit... Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2013

Multiple Charges Arise From Killing in Stadium District

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeremy Bennett, 17, and Andrew Boyd, 18, with Murder in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree, in the death of Lawrence F. Howse, 54, a resident... Read on...