Debris from Monster Truck kills 6 year old http://www.privateofficer.com
A red truck came apart while doing doughnuts during the freestyle competition of Friday night’s Monster Jam show, the witnesses said. Debris flew 30 to 50 feet over a safety barrier into the stands.
“Parts were falling off and a piece flew up and hit a little boy,” Christine Moe told King Television of Seattle.
Fire Department spokeswoman Jolene Davis told The News Tribune of Tacoma she had no details on the nature of the accident or the injuries to the boy and man.
The Pierce County medical examiner’s office identified the boy killed as Sabastian Hizey of Puyallup.
Some spectators told the TV station they had to throw cups off the stands to get the attention of medics. The show continued after the boy and man were hurt, and many spectators left.
“They just kept going,” Moe said. “We grabbed our kids and just bee-lined out of there.”
Laurie Deranleau, 32, a nurse from Westport, told The (Tacoma) News Tribune, “Everybody sitting around thought they should have dropped the show and gave the family some respect. Nobody was paying attention to the show.”
The Tacoma Dome, operated by the city, was continuing with four Monster Jam shows on Saturday and Sunday.
The city was working with the event’s promoter to investigate the accident and ensure the safety of spectators to the upcoming shows, city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff told the newspaper.
Promoter Feld Motorsports of Aurora, Ill., would not discuss details.
“Our company follows strict safety guidelines designed to protect both spectators and competitors alike,” said Bill Easterly, Feld’s senior director of operations, in a statement issued Friday night.
Man charged after fake gun brought to court http://www.privateofficer.com
Former Pierce County sheriff candidate Robert “The Traveller” Hill was involuntarily committed to a mental health hospital after he was released from jail Thursday night.
Hill was arrested Thursday morning after he allegedly brought a replica gun into the County-City Building in Tacoma. He reportedly pointed the gun at a security guard as he handed it to her, the Sheriff’s Department reported Friday.
The colored cap of the fake pistol had been removed to make it look real.
“It scared the heck out of the security guard,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Hill was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of possession of a weapon capable of causing harm. Deputies requested a mental health review of Hill before his release, Troyer said.
An outside agency conducted the review and determined he should be involuntarily committed at Puget Sound Behavioral Health. He could be at the hospital until early next week, Troyer said. No other information was available because of privacy reasons.
Hill told KIRO-TV Eyewitness News, The News Tribune’s news partner, that he was going to return the replica gun to a friend who had worked on his campaign later Thursday and had brought it to the courthouse because he had nowhere else to keep it.
“I didn’t come in a car and there was no place else to put it,” Hill said during the jailhouse interview.
Thursday’s incident wasn’t Hill’s first run-in with law enforcement this week.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested him Monday for failure to appear in a case involving driving with a suspended license. He spent more than 24 hours locked up.
On Wednesday, he went to the County-City Building and passed through security, but the man behind him was stopped. Guards found a loaded hand- gun – one registered to Hill’s mother – on the other man, Troyer said.
Investigators didn’t know why the man had a gun. Hill told KIRO he didn’t know why the man had the gun either.
Hill finished second among three candidates running for the sheriff’s position Nov. 4.
According to the latest election results, Hill received nearly 52,000 votes, coming in behind Paul Pastor, who received more than 189,000 votes, and in front of R.P. Kollu, who received more than 20,000 votes.
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Security officers nab school burglars after alarm trips http://www.privateofficer.com
Three early morning intruders at a Washington middle school were taken into custody after the school’s Sonitrol Pacific intrusion detection system alerted an expert operator to their activity August 9 according to a recent press release.
Just after midnight, the operator received an impact audio activation from the school. An expert sound analyst, the operator reviewed the audio and heard movement. She immediately dispatched the school district’s security service.
Security officers quickly arrived and checked the building and found an entry point where someone had gone in.
Within minutes the operator heard yelling indicating the security patrol officers had located the individuals inside the school.
The security officers were able to apprehend and detained the suspects who were later taken into custody by Tacoma police and charged with breaking and entering.
Security officers capture burglar after alarm triggered http://www.privateofficer.com
The burglary suspect’s name was not released but he was taken into custody by city police and charged with felony burglary.
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TACOMA, Wash. Nov. 26 2007
– A retired Tacoma Police officer and his girlfriend pleaded guilty to child rape and molestation charges Monday morning.
Lee William Giles, Jr. and Maureen Wear face at least 20 years in prison, and Giles could end up behind bars for life. Police say that during their investigation officer giles retired and was arrested soon after.
Both pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree child rape, first-degree molestation and third-degree child assault.
Prosecutors contend the Giles and Wear molested young relatives for years and videotaped some of the abuse.
The victims told prosecutors they supported the plea deals.
Wear will be sentenced in late December. Giles will be sentenced January 4.
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