TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Allen, 33, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, and violation of a no contact order. Allen, a University Place biology teacher, had sex multiple times with his 17-year-old student. After he was arrested and charged, Allen continued to communicate with the victim, ignoring the court’s no-contact order. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 2, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in room 260 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.
TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Nicholas Shreck, 36, with voyeurism for using a hidden video camera to film up girls’ skirts at Puyallup’s South Hill Mall. Shreck was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. [Read more...]
DUPONT – The New York Times reported this morning that a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.
While details are still limited, including which companies have fallen victim or how the hackers conducted the breach, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges consumers to protect their online accounts. The Times reports the hackers appear to be using stolen information to send spam on social networking sites like Twitter, and could be selling personal data on the black market.
Scam calls to Tacoma Public Utilities customers have increased in the past couple of weeks, and the utility wants to help ensure no one loses money.
Scammers have mainly targeted commercial customers, demanding they make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or risk having their service disconnected. Customers are often directed to purchase a Green Dot or Money Pak card.
DUPONT – It’s one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams and it’s making its way across the Pacific Northwest again. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received several reportsof IRS impersonators.
The Internal Revenue Service issued the initial alert in February 2014, as did the Federal Trade Commission. Callers pretend to be from the IRS in hopes of stealing money or identities. Here are some examples of how the scammers attempt to swindle taxpayers. [Read more...]
The Pierce County Council’s Jail Working Group will hold a Special Meeting on: Thursday, June 19, 2014 (9:30 AM) in the Tahoma Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Avenue South, 10th Floor, County-City Building Tacoma, WA 98402. For the Jail Working Group to address the following: [Read more...]
By Lt. Chris Lawler
Investigators in the Lakewood Police Department’s Special Operations Unit began an investigation into a subject named Michael Reid for trafficking in narcotics and possession of firearms. At the beginning of the investigation, it was discovered that Reid was in possession of a large number of firearms and was a convicted felon.
DUPONT — As Washingtonians take time to honor service men and women this Memorial Day, Better Business Bureau warns of scammers who have their sights set on ripping off military personnel and their families.S
“It doesn’t get much lower than this,” says Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska Oregon and Western Washington. “Too many times we hear stories of people coming back from deployment only to be sucked into elaborate and costly scams.”
By Don Doman
The progress in science and technology has resulted in the more frequent use of telephones, computers and satellite guided gadgets. Though technology has been brought down from its complex and highly elevated position to our fingertips where everything is operational with a touch or a click, there are its downsides too. One of the major disadvantages is the risks involved in it. The increase in identity theft is a global concern and more and more organizations as well as individuals are falling prey to such devious operations. Basically the concept of Identity theft involves the assimilation of personal data of an individual and using it as one’s own. This use of the discreet details of a person is done without the consent of the owner and that is why it is termed as a theft. Some of the very personal information and data include those of banking details, credit card details and social security details and more importantly insurance claims in which all these details are needed.
LAKEWOOD – After re-interviewing the witnesses, giving them a day to get over the shock of what happened, the description of the suspect vehicle has expanded from the initial description of a minivan. The witnesses still believe the color of the vehicle may be tan or light colored, but think it might have been a SUV type vehicle or larger sedan. The vehicle may have running boards and was being driven by a younger white male. It is still believed that there were other passengers in the vehicle.