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Posted on: February 25, 2020

Babies welcome: Pierce County Prosecutor lets employees bring infants to work

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If you see more people sporting Baby Bjorns as they head into work at the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, there’s a reason. The office is launching a new “Infants in the Workplace” pilot program, where ...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

The Justice League laces up again for civil legal aid

Erica Eggertsen (Hawk Girl), Cort O'Connor (Superman), Sarah Richardson (the Green Lantern), Shannon Sullins (Supergirl) and Joy Brinkman (Wonder Woman) at the 2017 Tacoma Marathon running as the Justice League to raise funds for TacomaProBono. The smiles...

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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Conmed Inc. sues Pierce County, but County wins $1.56 million judgment

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After Conmed Inc. initiated a lawsuit against Pierce County, a jury Thursday found in favor of the County and awarded it a financial judgment. The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office not only prevailed in its counterclaim against Conmed,...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Prosecutor's Office raises colorectal cancer awareness with "Dress in Blue" Day

The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office participated in #DressInBlueDay on Friday, March 1 to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.

DPA Maureen Goodman’s son Mitch Johnson was strong and healthy, a man with a fun spirit and many friends. ...

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Posted on: February 25, 2019

Prosecutor's Office, others will "Dress in Blue" Friday for colorectal cancer awareness

This Friday the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is participating in #DressInBlueDay to raise awareness about colorectal cancers. All county employees are invited to wear blue on March 1 to show their support and bring new attention to...

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Posted on: November 26, 2018

Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting 15-Year-Old Girl on Tacoma Street

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TACOMA, WA - Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Michael Muthee Munywe, 36, with rape in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree with sexual motivation.

Investigators say Munywe forced himself on a 15-year-old girl las...

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Posted on: November 15, 2018

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Murdering His Own Mother

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TACOMA, WA - Today a Pierce County Superior Court jury found Sebastian Samuel Levy Aldrete, 50, guilty of murder in the second degree for clubbing his mother to death with a liquor bottle. Maria Aldrete-Levy, 78, died in their home October 16, 2017, after...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Prosecutor's Office Finds Deputy’s Use of Deadly Force Lawful

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TACOMA, WA - Independent 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 William Langfitt, IV, have been completed.

Pierce Coun...

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Man Charged with Murder in Lakewood Nightclub Shooting

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Monroe James Ezell, 30, a known gang member, with one count of murder in the second degree for the shooting death of Terrance King. King, 28, was shot outside a Lakewood nightclub.

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Posted on: October 26, 2018

Supervisor at Rainier State School Sentenced for Attempted Rape

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TACOMA, WA – Today, Terry Wayne Shepard, 62, was sentenced to more than 24 years to life in prison. In June, a jury found Shepard guilty of one count of attempted rape in the second degree and two counts of indecent liberties in the second degre...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Man Charged with Murder for Death of 15-Month-Old Daughter

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Matthew T. Gantt, 42, with murder in the second degree and tampering with a witness for the death of his 15-month-old daughter, N.G.

"Parents have a duty to care for and protect their ...

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Posted on: October 11, 2018

Prosecutor Lindquist Comments on Supreme Court Ruling on Death Penalty

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TACOMA, WA - The Washington Supreme Court has declared the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. In its decision, the state’s high court wrote, “The death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and raciall...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Tacoma Man Charged with Murder

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Daniel Duane Hatch, 54, with one count of murder in the second degree. Hatch allegedly stabbed to death Sarah Mercer, 42, during a domestic dispute.

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Posted on: September 28, 2018

Man Charged with Double Murder

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TACOMA, WA – Today, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Alex Lopez Leon, 30, with two counts of murder in the second degree for allegedly killing Wilberth Joel Lopez Acala, 22, and Adrian Valencia Cuevas, 19, in University Place in May 2018. Lopez...

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Posted on: September 11, 2018

Man Charged with Assault Facing Third Strike and Life in Prison

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TACOMA, WA - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Randy Smith with six counts of assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, attempted robbery in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, and two counts of unlawful possess...

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Posted on: September 4, 2018

Man Charged with Sexual Assaults

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Mark Allen Raney with two counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of kidnapping in the first degree, and one count of robbery in the first degree. Investigators say Raney sexually a...

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Prosecutor Refiles Charges Against Defendant at Western State Hospital

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist refiled charges for the third time against Samual Kinyanjui Waruimbo, 40. Waruimbo faces three counts of indecent liberties, one count of assault in the second degree, and one count of assault in ...

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Posted on: August 22, 2018

Man Arraigned for Murder

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist arraigned Demarco Lamont Parker for murder in the second degree. Parker, 46, was charged Monday and an arrest warrant was issued. Prosecutors say Parker stabbed DeAngelo Reese, 39, last Friday, ki...

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Posted on: August 14, 2018

Woman Charged with Three Counts of Vehicular Homicide

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Amber Mae Smithlin with three counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. Investigators say Smithlin, 36, was under the influence of alcohol when she ran a stop sign ...

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Posted on: August 13, 2018

Soccer Coach Charged with Sexual Misconduct with A Minor

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kelly John Bendixen, 52, with one count of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree for allegedly fondling H.L., a 16-year-old female player, while working as her private soccer ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Tacoma Murder Suspect Extradited from Mexico

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A fugitive was returned to the United States on August 9, 2018 after more than 10 years on the run. Agents from the FBI’s Seattle Field Office escorted Jesus Richard Mederos, 32, formerly of Tacoma, Washington, back from Mexico. Mederos will fac...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

21 Men Charged in WSP “Net Nanny” Child Sex Sting

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TACOMA, WA - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 21 men following an online undercover child sex sting. All were charged with Attempted Rape of a Child.

The Washington State Patrol says the men contacted undercover officers they believed to be ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2018

Pawul Sentenced to Life for Murder of Deputy McCartney

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TACOMA, WA - Today, Frank William Pawul, 32, pleaded guilty to the murder of Pierce County Sheriff Deputy Daniel McCartney in January of 2018.

Pawul was charged with aggravated first degree murder, the most serious charge in Washington State. Judge Stephan...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Six Charged in Gang-Related Homicide

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged four defendants with murder in the second degree. The Prosecutor charged two others with murder in the second degree yesterday. The six are accused of killing Francisco Beiza in Tacoma's E...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Three Charged in Connection to Hilltop Homicide

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Adrian Alvarez, 22, Joshua Jazz Soria, 24, and Jaden Gene Montgomery Fisher, 20 with multiple charges, including murder in the first and second degree.

The defendants allegedly killed Rober...

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Posted on: July 24, 2018

Court of Appeals Affirms Jonathan Harris Conviction and Sentence

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TACOMA, WA – As part of a plea agreement in July 2016, Jonathan Harris, 32, pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree for the killing Nicole White the previous year. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Harris appealed, arguing that his gu...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Charges Amended to Murder

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TACOMA, WA - Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist amended charges against Mark Anthony Brown, Jr., 26, from assault of a child in the first degree to murder in the second degree after three-year-old J.H. died from injuries prosecutors believe Bro...

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Suspect Extradited from Mexico Sentenced to 30 Years for Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Gabriel Nevarez, 29, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for the 2007 murder of Kyle Grinnell, 21, in a drive-by shooting.

Nevarez, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody in February 2016, in Michoacan, Mexico, by the...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Man Sentenced for 2010 Gang-Related Murder

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TACOMA, WA – This week Juan Ortiz, 25, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for the 2010 murder of Juan Zuniga. Ortiz was charged in 2010 but avoided capture until last year when he was arrested in Mexico and extradited to Washington.

In February,...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Man Charged with Double Murder

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TACOMA, WA - Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Javier Valenzuela Feliz, 30, with two counts of murder in the second degree for allegedly killing Wilberth Joel Lopez Acala, 22, and Adrian Valencia Cuevas, 19, in University Place last month. Valenzuela Feli...

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Man Arraigned for 1986 Murder of Michella Welch

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TACOMA, WA - Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Gary Charles Hartman for the murder of 12-year-old Michella Welch. Hartman, 66, is charged with murder in the first degree with premeditation and, in the alternative, murder in t...

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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: 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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