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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Man Charged with 1986 Murder of Michella Welch

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Gary Charles Hartman, 66, with murder in the first degree and rape in the first degree in the death of 12-year old Michella Welch.

Hartman was developed as a suspect using DNA technology.

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

Supervisor at Rainier State School Found Guilty of Attempted Rape

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TACOMA, WA - Yesterday a Pierce County Superior Court jury found Terry Wayne Shepard, 60, guilty of one count of attempted rape in the second degree and two counts of indecent liberties in the second degree for attempting to have sex with an autistic, non...

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

Fourth Person Charged in Bonney Lake Child Trafficking Case

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TACOMA, WA - Today the Pierce County Prosecutor charged Nicholas David Biancalana, 29, with rape of a child in the third degree. Investigators believe Biancalana was one of at least two men who had sex with Lily Christopherson, 15, who went missing last m...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Prosecutor Lindquist Completes Public Safety Tour

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One year ago, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist made it a goal to speak with every city and town council in the county about keeping our community safe. In May, Lindquist made the goal a reality with a public safety presentation before the Puyallup ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Missing Bonney Lake Girl Found Alive - Man Charged with Rape

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TACOMA, WA - Lily Christopherson, 15, who went missing last month, was found alive and well yesterday in Puyallup. Bonney Lake Police Department says on June 3, 2018, they received a tip that the girl had been spotted at a bus stop. When officers arrived,...

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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Jr. High Student Charged with Assault for Slashing Another Student

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TACOMA, WA - Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Elon Jua Evans, 16, with assault in the second degree and possessing a weapon on school facilities. Investigators say Evans cut another student after an argument over a belt.

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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Man Charged with Kidnapping Bonney Lake Girl Attempts Suicide in Pierce County Jail

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TACOMA, WA - On Tuesday, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Christopher Fitzpatrick, 39, and Maria Counts, 29, with rape, kidnapping, and possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct for their alleged invol...

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Man Charged with 1986 Murder of Jennifer Bastian

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TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will arraign Robert Dwane Washburn for the 1986 cold-case murder of 13-year old Jennifer Bastian. Washburn, 60, has been charged with premeditated murder in the first degree. 

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Prosecutor Lindquist Expands Lawsuit Against Big Pharma

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In February, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest manufacturers and marketers of prescription opioids in the United States: Purdue, Endo, and Janssen, for their deceptive marketing campaign that fueled the opiate cri...

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Posted on: May 14, 2018

Man Charged with 1986 Murder of Jennifer Bastian

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TACOMA, WA - The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Robert Dwane Washburn, 60, with murder in the first degree for killing 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian. Jennifer disappeared August 4, 1986, from Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. The slaying ...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Suspect Extradited from Mexico Pleads Guilty to Murder

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TACOMA, WA – Today Gabriel Nevarez, 29, pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree for the 2007 drive-by shooting that killed Kyle Grinnell, 21.

“Pulling this defendant into court took more than nine years and a lot of hard work,” said Prosecutor Mark Li...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

A Safe Place to Learn

About three thousand people call Eatonville home. It’s a close knit, neighbor-helping-neighbor kind of community, like many other communities in Pierce County.

Last Thursday, about 150 residents, nearly all of them parents, gathered at Eatonville...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

Gang Member Charged with Trafficking Underage Girls for Sex

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TACOMA, WA - Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Adam Thomas Simmons, Jr. with conspiracy to commit human trafficking in the first degree and promoting prostitution in the second degree. Investigators say Simmons, Jr., 19, is a member of the Tillicum ...

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Posted on: April 9, 2018

Man Charged with Vehicular Assault After Collision with Deputy

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TACOMA, WA – Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Daniel Robert Munguia, 25, with one count of vehicular assault after he allegedly caused a collision with a Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy. Investigators say Munguia was under the in...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Man Sentenced In “Revenge Porn” Case

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TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Andrew Hart, 44, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to four counts of violation of a domestic violence court order, stalking, cyberstalking, and six counts of disclosing intimate images, commonly called reve...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Man Arraigned for Trying to Rob Girl Scout

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TACOMA, WA - Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist arraigned Roman Anthony Mira, 23, on one count of attempted Robbery in the second degree. Investigators allege Mira tried to rob a Girl Scout and her mother outside a grocery store last month.

“Trying to rob a G...

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

Man Charged with Murder for Killing Parents

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jared P.T. Standley with two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree. Investigators say Standley, 21, bludgeoned his mother with a bat and shot his father.

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Posted on: March 16, 2018

Shooting Death on I-5 – No Charges Filed

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TACOMA, WA – Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced no charges will be filed against Aubrey Tayler Bowlin in connection with the shooting death of Bruce W. Jones on February 8, 2018 by the side of Interstate 5. Ms. Bowlin said she acted in se...

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Posted on: March 16, 2018

Man Sentenced for Second Vehicular Homicide

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Superior Court sentenced Jacob Skylar Allyn Lee, 27, to over 23 years in prison for vehicular homicide, his second.

“My son’s life was taken. I felt like mine was, too,” said the ...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Man Shoots and Kills Mother – No Charges Filed

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Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced no charges will be filed against Julian Anderson-Randle for the shooting death of his own mother, Rhonda Randle. Anderson-Randle, 28, shot and killed his mother, who was 63, after mistaking her for an intruder. He has n...

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

Man Charged with Murder and Assault

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Troy Joe Chute, 42, with murder in the first degree and assault in the first degree. Investigators say Chute shot and killed Jacob Nicholas, 34. Chute also shot Cassandra...

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

Prosecutor Finds Deputy’s Use of Deadly Force Lawful

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Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the shooting death of Matthew Wells have bee...

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Posted on: March 9, 2018

Man Sentenced to Six Decades in Prison for Murder

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TACOMA, WA – Today Alberto Colt-Sarmiento, 25, was sentenced to nearly 61 years in prison for the November 2015 shooting death of Elijah Jheryl Crawford, 18.

Last month a Superior Court jury found Colt-Sarmiento guilty of murder in the second deg...

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Posted on: March 9, 2018

Man Charged for Deaths of Three in Fatal Collision

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Montrell Tormel Red, 23, with three counts of vehicular homicide and failure to remain at an injury accident following a deadly collision on I-5 earlier this week.

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Posted on: March 5, 2018

Man Arraigned for Charges from Two Rapes

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TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Antoine Joseph Perry, 28, on rape, kidnapping, assault, and unlawful imprisonment charges.

“If you have been a victim of sexual assault or have information about a...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

Prosecutor Finds Deputy’s Use of Deadly Force Lawful

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Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Eduardo Navarrete Co...

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

Teens Charged for Firing Gun in School

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TACOMA, WA – The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Maximino Dominquez Tovar, 17, and Dontae Akira Bell, 19, with reckless endangerment and possessing dangerous weapons on school grounds. Tovar was also charged with unlawful pos...

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Posted on: February 26, 2018

Prosecutor Charges Three Juveniles after Threats Against Three Separate Schools

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In February, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged three juveniles, 12, 15, and 17 years old, with felony harassment for making threats against their schools.

“Any threat to the safety of our children must be taken seriously,&am...

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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Child Rape & Child Molestation

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TACOMA, WA – Today, Shawn Morgan was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for sex crimes with multiple child victims. After deliberating for less than a day last December, a jury found Morgan, 45, guilty of five counts of rape of a child in the first d...

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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Two Charged, 20 Pounds of Meth Seized

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TACOMA, WA – The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Gilda Yamiless Licea Richardo, 21, and Fransisco Silva, 40, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after they were found with more than 20 po...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Man Charged With Double Murder

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Cory Nathan Mason, 27, with two counts of murder in the second degree. Investigators say Mason shot and killed Beth Hamlin-Slawson, 25, and her husband Lukas Slawson, 35,...

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Pawul Re-arraigned on New Charges in Death of Deputy McCartney

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office re-arraigned Frank William Pawul, 32, for the murder of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney. He was previously charged with First Degree Murder. Today he wa...

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Posted on: February 1, 2018

Prosecutor Lindquist Files Lawsuit against Big Pharma

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In February, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest manufacturers and marketers of prescription opioids in the United States:  Purdue, Endo, and Janssen.

Prescription opioids are a class o...

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Posted on: January 26, 2018

Wanted Man in Stolen Car Kills Motorist During Chase

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TACOMA, WA – Today, Michael Donavan Beal, 44, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, manslaughter in the first degree, hit and run involving death, and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. Beal was driving a stolen car and running from ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Man Guilty of Assault in Road Rage Attack

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TACOMA, WA – Today, a Pierce County Superior Court jury found Jeffery Paul Giblin, 55, guilty of assault in the first degree and failure to remain at injury accident.

Because of the attack, the victim had to have his lower leg and foot amputated....

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Third Person Charged in Death of Deputy McCartney

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TACOMA, WA – The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Samantha Dawn Jones, 29, with murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree for her role in the death of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartn...

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

Three Men Charged with Drive-by Shooting

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TACOMA, WA – Investigators say more than 25 rounds were fired during a weekend drive-by shooting in Lakewood. Now, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office has charged three men, Jermaine Laron Abdul Gore, Jr., 24, Dre’shaughn A...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

High Priority Offender Sentenced for Death of Homeless Man

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TACOMA, WA - Today, Douglas Reid Murray, 43, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2016 death of Thomas James Fite, a homeless man who lived in Parkland. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Deputy Prosecutor Sven Nelson handled the case. “Thi...

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Posted on: January 11, 2018

Two Charged in Death of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy

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TACOMA, WA – Today, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Frank William Pawul, 32, and Brenda Kaye Troyer, 52, with murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree. Pawul was also charged with unlawful possession ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

Prosecutor’s Office Wins Two Awards

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Actor Will Smith said, “If you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.”

Prosecutor Lindquist and his Chief of Staff, Dawn Farina, received the Special Pro Bono Lead...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office 2017 Major Accomplishments

The High Priority Offender (HPO) Programresolves 500th High Priority Offender Case. The High Priority Offender (HPO) Program, an innovative data-driven approach to prosecution, began in 2015. This year, the HPO Unit resolved its 500th case. HPOs are sent ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

Season of Giving Adopt-a-Family

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The Prosecutor's Office has done an “adopt-a-family” gift drive to support families in need during the holidays for more than 15 years. This year was no exception. The employees of the Prosecutor's Office partnered with Catholic Commun...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Persistent Offender Sentenced to Life in Prison

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TACOMA, WA – Today, Yancy Wade Ray, 51, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murder of Hyson Sabb, 41. In November, Ray was convicted of second degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

Prosecutor Lindquist to Sue Big Pharma

On December 15, at the request of Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, the Pierce County Council authorized the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office to file a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and other major pharmaceutical companies. The proposed lawsuit is bas...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Court of Appeals Affirms Conviction in Puyallup Shooting Rampage

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TACOMA, WA – This week, the Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Nathen Ryan Terault for murder in the first degree and five counts of assault in the second degree. In August of 2015, Terault shot and killed Richard Johns...

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Posted on: December 12, 2017

Graham-Kapowsin Shooter Charged

TACOMA, WA – Today, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced the alleged gunman in the drive-by shooting that happened last week near Graham Kapowsin High School has been charged.

Ronald Ackerson, 16, turned himself in yesterday afternoon at Remann Ha...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Woman re-charged with murder

TACOMA, WA - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Meshawn West, 44, with murder in the first degree for stabbing to death her mother, Joyce West, 59, in October 2012. This is the second time she has been charged with the same murder.

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Three sentenced for death of 15-year-old in Spanaway

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TACOMA, WA – Today, Billy Gene Williamson, 23, was sentenced to 24 and one-half years in prison for the murder of a 15-year-old boy, C.M., in Spanaway this March. Co-defendants Malisha Miranda Morales, 17, and Zachary Alan Glover, 17, were each sentenced ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Prosecutor explains HPO, elder abuse and fair share at Fife City Council

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For most people who live or work in Tacoma, the city of Fife is fondly known as our neighbor to the north. We feel the same here in the Prosecutor’s Office, but we also see the city as our partner.

With that in mind, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist wen...

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

Man charged with estranged girlfriend’s murder

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Joshua Ellis with murder in the second degree for the death of Wendi Marie Traynor.

Investigators believe Traynor was killed by a single gunshot to the head in her Milton ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Never Too Cold

On Aug. 27, 2006, Brandon Lee Farmer and his friend, Dusty Titus, picked up Velma Tirado, who was working as a prostitute in downtown Tacoma. They drove to a nearby alley. When they finished a sex act, Farmer drew a revolver and shot Tirado in the head. F...

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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Man charged with killing soldier, injuring wife

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Randy L. Donaldson, 30, with murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree. Donaldson is one of two me...

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

Man charged for killing woman & burning body

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TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Lance Rougeau, 25, with first degree felony murder in the death of Linda K. Sweezer, 64.

Last Tuesday, Sweezer’s body was found along a roadside near Bonney Lake...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Man charged with murder of mother

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In October, The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Sebastian Samuel Levy Aldrete, 49, with murder in the second degree for clubbing his mother to death with a liquor bottle. Aldrete’s mother died in their home after suffering bl...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Man sentenced to 49 years for 2015 East Side murder

On October 13, John Francis Jude Suppah, 36, was sentenced to 49 years in prison for the 2015 murder of Preston Stafford, 30. In September, a jury convicted Suppah of murder in the second degree, drive-by shooting, unlawful possession of a firearm in the ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Prosecutor Lindquist discusses HPO, elder abuse, and fair share

Prosecutor Lindquist in Eatonville

In a way, visiting Eatonville will always be like returning home for Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Lindquist spent his early days as a deputy prosecutor in the Eatonville area and feels a strong connection to the community. Upon arrival at the t...

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Posted on: October 3, 2017

Tacoma-Area Task Force Disrupts Gang Members Trafficking Minors for Sexual Exploitation

Multiple state, local, and federal agencies combined efforts in early October, to disrupt a criminal enterprise known to be trafficking minors for sexual exploitation out of Tacoma, Washington. Working through the South Sound Child Exploitation Task Force...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Prosecutor Lindquist discusses elder abuse and HPO before Wilkeson Town Council

WILKESON, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist gave a public safety update to councilmembers at the regularly scheduled Wilkeson Town Council meeting.

Prosecutor Lindquist spoke about two innovative initiatives that are making our communi...

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Posted on: September 26, 2017

Court of Appeals affirms conviction in cold-case murder

TACOMA, WA – The Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed the first degree murder conviction of Brandon Lee Farmer. In April 2016, Farmer was convicted of the 2006 cold-case murder of Velma Tirado, 45.

“Our cold-case project continues...

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Posted on: September 28, 2017

Man charged with multiple child sex crimes

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Harvey Harold Bruce with two counts of child molestation in the first degree and three counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Tacoma Fugitive Santiago Mederos Added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

FBI Increases Reward, Offering up to $100,000

The FBI today announced the addition of Santiago “Pucho” Villalba Mederos to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI and Tacoma Police Department seek the public’s help in loca...

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

500 cases resolved by High Priority Offender Unit (HPO)

He began his criminal career with a burglary in 2000. Before he turned 40, he racked up 16 felony convictions. Though he was versatile – stealing cars, committing identify theft, and dabbling in drugs, burglary remained his crime of choice.

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office wins two awards

This year the National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS) of Pierce County presented two 2017 awards to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. The first was the award for Outstanding Community Service. The second award for Boss of The Year ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Man sentenced for killing homeless woman

TACOMA, WA – She thought he was giving her a ride to a friend’s house, but instead he killed her. Today, Jess Charles Golden was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder of Audreyanna Newell, 29. She died from a single gunshot to...

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Agreement to halt release of accused murderer from Western State Hospital

TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist thanked officials at the Department of Social and Health Services and Governor Jay Inslee’s office for listening to community concerns related to the conditional release of La...

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Man sentenced for shooting at fleeing car thief

TACOMA, WA - Today Tobin Hugh Panton, 41, was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison for manslaughter in the first degree. In November of last year, Panton fired his gun at a car thief who was driving away in his Jeep. A stray bullet struck Linda Green, 61, ins...

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Lindquist asks Governor to intervene in Butterfield release

The Honorable Jay Inslee

Governor of Washington

PO Box 40002

Olympia, WA  98504-0002

Re:      WSH proposed release of Lawrence David Butterfield

Dear Governor Inslee:

I am asking you to intervene to prevent officials at Weste...

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Posted on: August 25, 2017

Pierce County Corrections Deputy charged with custodial sexual misconduct

TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jason Pardes with one count of custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree. Pardes, 29, is a Pierce County Corrections Deputy accused of having sexual contact with an inmate.

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

Convicted sex offender charged with naked Lakewood burglaries

TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Curtis Leon Sell with three counts of burglary with sexual motivation. Sell, 51, was already wanted for failure to register as a sex offender when he allegedly broke into at least three La...

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

Level III sex offender charged with 3 counts of possession of child porn

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged William Everett Duncan with 3 counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Duncan, 76, has a criminal history of abusing children dating...

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

Key Peninsula Lion’s Club welcomes Prosecutor Lindquist to speak about HPO & elder abuse

KEY CENTER, WA - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist gave a public safety update to members of the Key Peninsula Lion’s Club at their regularly scheduled meeting.

Prosecutor Lindquist spoke about how the Prosecutor’s Office is keepi...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Woman charged with sex abuse in plane texting case

 

Gail Lynn Burnworth was charged with one count of child rape in the first degree, child molestation in the first degree, and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly exchanging explicit text messages about child molestation wit...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Prosecutor finds deputies’ use of deadly force lawful

 

TACOMA, WA - Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death o...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Tacoma man pleads guilty to murder in the death of one of his infant twins

TACOMA, WA – Today Daniel Joseph Krempl pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree for the death of his 5-week-old infant twin daughter. He also pleaded guilty to assault in the second degree for injuries to his twin son.

 Krempl, 30,...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Building a safe community: New regular Tacoma Weekly Column by Prosecutor Mark Lindquist

One of the joys of being a dad is reading to our daughter. She laughs at Dr. Seuss and is fascinated by the “Wild Things.” Like millions of other children, she also loves “The Three Little Pigs,” a fable about hard ...

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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Tacoma man who burned down home with his family inside charged with arson

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kenneth Lewis Massey, 47, with arson in the first degree, domestic violence related. Witnesses saw the fire and Massey running from the family’s home. According to his ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist finds Deputies’ use of deadly force justifiable

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

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

Steilacoom man kills mom’s boyfriend/step-uncle

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tyler James Thiel, 23, with felony murder for killing Steven Gale, 52, during a 4th of July assault at his mother’s home in Steilacoom. Gale was the mom’s boy...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

United States District Court dismisses $20 million claim of excessive force

TACOMA, WA - In June, The Federal Western District Court of Tacoma dismissed all claims against Pierce County and a Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy in the 2014 officer involved shooting that led to the death of Michael Lee Bourquin, 21. Pierce Co...

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Spanaway convenience store owner sentenced for murder of shoplifter

TACOMA, WA – Today Superior Court Judge John Hickman sentenced Min Sik Kim, 31, to just over 8 years in prison. Kim was convicted of murder in the second degree for shooting a shoplifter, 21-year-old Jakeel Rashon Mason, in the back as he tried ...

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

Gang member charged in 2016 gang-related homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Juan Jose Gaitan Vasquez, 26, with murder in the first degree for the gang initiation killing of Samuel Cruces Vasquez, 26, in April of last year.

 

“Violent gan...

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

Lakewood man charged with 2015 cold case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged David Gallegos, 30, with murder in the second degree for the stabbing death of Danny Guerin, 36. Gallegos stabbed Guerin multiple times for no apparent reason as Guerin s...

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Posted on: May 31, 2017

Three more men arrested in “Net Nanny” online child sex sting

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Paul Hobgood, 56, Gregory Harrison, 34, and Daniel Moody, Jr., 35, with attempted rape of a child in the first degree. All three men answered ads online and spoke with an...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Former Marine who fired 48 rounds at Tacoma gas station, killing one, is sentenced to prison

TACOMA, WA – Today Robert Deshawn Grott, 31, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of Julian “Jay” Thomas, 23, in February of last year. A jury convicted Grott in March of this year. 

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Washington State Supreme Court upholds death penalty in 1997 murder case

OLYMPIA WA - Today the Washington State Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for Cecil Emile Davis, 57. Davis was found guilty of aggravated murder in Pierce County Superior Court and sentenced to death for the murder of Yoshiko Couch.

Davis raped, robbe...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Public’s Help Requested in Search for Fugitive

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Graham man charged with murder in bear spray/shooting

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Justin Jennings, 39, with one count of murder in the second degree. Jennings allegedly sprayed bear spray on J. Christopher Burton, 50, and then shot him twice during an ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

12 men arrested and charged during WSP online child sex sting

PIERCE COUNTY, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged twelve men with charges arising from an online child sex sting operation. The charges include attempted child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Second defendant arraigned for April 2016 stabbing death

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Cesar Chicas-Carballo, 30. The Prosecutor’s Office charged Chicas-Carballo with first degree murder on March 2, 2017 for the stabbing of Samuel Cruces Vasquez...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

A Vision for Public Safety with Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Sheriff Paul Pastor

TACOMA, WA – At the City Club of Tacoma’s monthly dinner in February, two of Pierce County’s top crime fighters had a lively conversation about community safety. Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and Prosecutor Mark Lindquist...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

SeaTac man charged in the shooting death of homeless woman

TACOMA, WA – The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Jess Charles Golden, 25, with one count of murder in the second degree for the death of Audreyanna Newell, 29. The charge comes with a firearm sentencing enhancement.

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Two High Priority Offenders face new charges

TACOMA, WA – The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Brandon Leonard Starks, 27, with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle, identity theft, and forgery. And, in a completely unrelated case, the ...

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Prosecutor finds deputies’ use of deadly force lawful

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Graham man charged with cyberstalking ex-girlfriend

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Michael Andrew Hart, 43, with three counts of felony stalking, four counts of felony violation of a protection order, felony cyberstalking, felony harassment and six coun...

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Posted on: December 22, 2016

Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office kicks off Elder Abuse Project funded by a federal grant of nearly

The Pierce County Prosecutor's Office is committed to vigorously prosecuting crimes against vulnerable victims. Protecting our community's most vulnerable members is a top priority. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the Kickoff of the Pierce County Eld...Read on...

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Posted on: December 22, 2016

Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office 2016 Major Accomplishments

The High Priority Offender (HPO) Program focuses resources on the small percentage of the criminals who cause a large percentage of the crimes.

After a year of preparation, Prosecutor Lindquist formed the HPO Unit in 2016. We are using data, intelligence, ...

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Posted on: December 20, 2016

New guilty plea from man who shook seven-day-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Joshua Sullivan, 21, pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree for violently shaking his seven-day-old son in 2013. Sullivan pleaded guilty to assault of a child for the shaking crime in 2014. Subsequently, the baby passed away from...Read on...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Tacoma area man sentenced to 30 years in prison for 2013 drug cartel murder

TACOMA, WA – Today, William Alvarez Calo, 30, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for the murder of Jamie Diaz-Solis. Last month, Alvarez Calo was found guilty of murder in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and attempted robbery in ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Supervisor at Rainier State School charged with rape

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Terry Wayne Shepard, 60, with one count of rape in the second degree for allegedly having sex with an autistic, non-verbal, female adult client inside the facility. &am...Read on... Prosecuting Attorney
Posted on: November 10, 2016

Tacoma area man found guilty of 2013 drug cartel murder

TACOMA, WA – Wednesday a jury found William Alvarez Calo, 30, guilty of first degree murder for the shooting death of Jamie Diaz-Solis, who was not the intended target.  In July co-defendant Mazzar Robinson, 41, was found guilty of Mu...Read on... Prosecuting Attorney
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Bonney Lake man charged in the stray bullet killing of neighbor

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Tobin Panton, 40, with one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree for the death of Linda Green, 61. Panton fired his gun at a car thief who was driving away in his Jee...Read on...

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Posted on: November 1, 2016

Tacoma mother accused of injecting her young children with heroin

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ashlee Rose Hutt, 24, with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under age 18 for injecting her own children with heroin. She’s al...Read on...

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Posted on: October 31, 2016

Man sentenced to more than 26 years in prison for 2015 murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Jonathan Daniel Harris, 30, was sentenced to 316 months in prison for the murder of Nichole White in June of 2015. The sentence is the high end of the sentencing range.

Harris pleaded guilty to second degree murder on July 28, ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

High Priority Offender sentenced to 40 years in prison

TACOMA, WA – On October 21, 2016, Michael Walter Wood, 57, a defendant with 13 prior felony convictions, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver within 1,000 feet o...Read on...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Tacoma gang members sentenced for 2015 drive-by shooting

TACOMA, WA – On October 12, 2016, Alexander Kitt, 24, Jermohnn Gore, 17, and Clifford Krentkowski, 18, were sentenced for the murder of Brandon Morris, 19.

Gore, the one who fired the fatal shot, was sentenced to 82 years in prison. Kitt received 84 ye...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

Puyallup woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $82,000 from elderly relative with dementia

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Elder Abuse Unit accepted guilty pleas from Jessica Sellers, 37, for eight counts of theft from a vulnerable adult. Sellers stole more than $82,000.00 from her husband’s elderly grandfather who has dementi...Read on...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Puyallup woman charged with abusing her 80 year old mother who suffers from dementia

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Leisa Anne Wagner, 51, with Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment. The Prosecutor’s Elder Abuse Unit is handling the case.

“Cases like this are why we started our Elder ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 22, 2016

Tacoma man turns himself in to face a murder charge

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office arraigned Yancy Wade Ray, 50, on one count of second degree murder for the death of Hyson Sabb, 41. Ray is also charged with one count of first degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Posted on: September 19, 2016

Homeless man murdered

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Douglas Reid Murray, 42, with Second Degree Murder for the death of Thomas James Fite in Parkland.

“Increasingly we are seeing serious crimes among the growing homeless population,” said ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Pair arraigned for thefts from senior community

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office arraigned Russell Glen Grover, 33, and Adrienne L. Van Arsdale, 33, on charges related to multiple thefts from a senior community called The Lakes.

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Tacoma man sentenced for the murder of ex-girlfriend’s mother

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist accepted guilty pleas from Austin Richard Moores Nelson, 20, for first degree murder, first degree burglary and first degree animal cruelty. Moores Nelson shot and killed Teresa Ann Ryan, 46, last...Read on...

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

High Priority Offender convicted on multiple charges

TACOMA, WA – Michael Walter Wood, 56, identified as a High Priority Offender (HPO), has been convicted on four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm. Wood’s criminal history inc...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Cold case suspect extradited from Mexico ordered to undergo mental evaluation

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office planned to arraign Gabriel Indelicio Nevarez, 28, on one count of first degree murder for the 2007 drive-by shooting of Kyle Grinnell, 46. Instead, the judge in the case ordered Nevarez undergo an e...Read on...

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Teenage High Priority Offender charged with burglary, auto theft and eluding police

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office charged Tyler Michael Townsend, 19, with a crime spree that includes 15 different charges.

“Our High Priority Offender Unit focuses resources on criminals who are having a severe impact on our c...Read on...

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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Man sentenced in deadly Puyallup shooting rampage

TACOMA, WA – Today Nathen Ryan Terault, 35, pled guilty to First Degree Murder, First Degree Robbery, and five counts of Second Degree Assault in connection with the murder of Richard Johnson and the shooting rampage in Puyallup in August of last year. T...Read on...

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Posted on: August 8, 2016

High Priority Offender strikes again while out on bail

TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office charged Nicholas James McCulloch, 33, with Residential Burglary and Malicious Mischief. Prosecutors have identified McCulloch as a High Priority Offender.

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Fircrest teller charged with stealing from elderly customer’s account

TACOMA, WA – On November 8, 2016, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office accepted a guilty plea from Shelley Christine Lehman, 43. Lehman was charged with one count of identity theft in the first degree after she was caught making withdrawals from the acco...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Parkland man sentenced in 2015 hammer attack killing

TACOMA, WA – Today Richard Blair, 45, was sentenced to 41 years in prison for the murder of his roommate. A jury convicted Blair of 1st degree murder.

“Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Kevin Benton and John Cummings did great work on a brutal and inexpl...Read on...

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

High Priority Offender sentenced to 14 years

TACOMA, WA – Today, Richard Castleman, 43, pleaded guilty of the charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He had 17 prior felony convictions.

“This is an example of why w...Read on...

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Posted on: July 28, 2016

Graham man pleads guilty to murder of missing woman

TACOMA, WA – Today, as part of a plea agreement, Jonathan Daniel Harris, 30, pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Assault and 3rd Degree Assault in the June, 2015 beating death of Nicole White.

“Justice in this case was a multi-agency, inte...Read on...

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Two men found guilty in drug cartel murder

TACOMA, WA – Late yesterday in Pierce County Superior Court Mazzar Robinson, 41, was found guilty of Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Burglary, Attempted Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Co-defendant Michael Rowland, 3...Read on...

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Posted on: July 20, 2016

Man charged with hate crime after threat to police officer

TACOMA, WA – Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 55 year old Mark Kevin Tolson with one count of Felony Harassment and one count of Malicious Harassment, which is Washington’s hate crime. Bail is set at $80,000.00.

“Protecting the public includes p...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Bail bondsman shooting justifiable homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist declined to file charges against Mario D. Carey, 45, in connection with the shooting of Kathryn New, 60, on April 13, 2016 in Graham, Washington. New was shot after she pointed a pistol at a bail enforcement ag...Read on...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Third teen arraigned for alleged revenge shooting in May

TACOMA, WA – Today Justice Henderson, 17, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree. The charges are in relation to a shooting in May of this year that was allegedly an act o...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Man charged with murder for April stabbing

TACOMA, WA – Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jose Jonael Ayala Reyes, 24, with Murder in the First Degree for the stabbing of Samuel Cruces Vasquez in April of this year. Bail was set at $2,000,000 at the arraignment.

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

Unlicensed pot store owner arraigned

TACOMA, WA – Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Robert Linwood Hall III, 33, with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Manufacturing of a Control Substance, and Un...Read on...

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Posted on: July 5, 2016

Inmate charged with attempted murder of corrections deputy

TACOMA, WA – Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kady Jo Paxton, 21, with Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prisoner. The court set bail in the amount of $250,0...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Man sentenced to 18 years for death of elderly man in his care

TACOMA, WA – Today the court sentenced Larry Lee, 51, to 220 months in prison for the death of Philip Carter, 59. The sentence is the high end of the standard range, as requested by deputy prosecutors Erika Nohavec and Bryce Nelson. Nohavec told Judge Mic...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2016

Man sentenced to 8.5 years in stabbing death of his daughter

TACOMA, WA – Today Milton Cletus Fabre, 81, pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree for the stabbing death of his adult daughter, Tamara Fabre, on New Year’s Eve 2015. He was sentenced to 102 months in prison.

“Stopping domestic violence requir...Read on...

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Posted on: October 29, 2015

Pierce County hires Tiffany Speir as new Government Relations Director

County Executive Pat McCarthy has announced the hiring of Tiffany Speir as Director of Government Relations for Pierce County. Speir, formerly with the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP), has worked in Pierce County for the last seve...Read on...

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