DUPONT – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns about common holiday scams and frauds:
1) Malware E-cards: Viruses and malware often travel in fraudulent holiday email cards. Don’t click on links or download attachments in unsolicited emails.
2) Stranded Grandkids: It’s the classic grandparent scam—verify identities before wiring money out of the country.
December always sees a spike in the number of scams, frauds and identity thefts by crooks taking advantage of the fast paced holiday season. Many of these crimes happen because shoppers are a little less attentive to their surroundings.
As technology changes, scammers are making more use of electronic phishing, malicious apps and bogus offers. Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will offer “Scams for the Holidays: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises,” a workshop that will look at some of the more popular scams and ways to avoid traps that may lead to loss of private financial information.
The whistleblower of the genocide in Darfur and former Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator of the UN in Sudan, MUKESH KABILA, and the author of a new book entitled Against a Tide of Evil (Pegasus Books), will be speaking at Kilworth Chapel, University of Puget Sound, 7pm, Wednesday, November 20. Admission is free and open to the public.
Heather Songer, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
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.
By Lt. Chris Lawler, Lakewood Police Department
Lakewood Police Department Homicide detectives arrested the 32 year old boyfriend of 33 year old Angela Cannizzio-Brooks Wednesday evening for Murder in the second degree. He has been booked into the Pierce County Jail.
On November 13, 2013 at approximately 4:03 AM, a frantic male called 911 to report that his girlfriend was unresponsive and needed medical aid. The male called from an apartment at the Pacific Walk Townhomes located at the 8300 block of 31st Avenue South. West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded and requested police because of a suspicious scene and circumstances. Patrol officers arrived on scene and the 33 year old female victim was pronounced deceased.
People cited for traffic infractions, misdemeanors and other non-felony violations in Steilacoom have been traveling to the next community over to handle their cases the past month.
On Oct. 1, Steilacoom officially entered into a contract with the Municipal Court of Lakewood and University Place. That means the enhanced services that come with the court – everything from a fully staffed, five-day-a-week front desk to prosecution and public defense to probation and electronic home monitoring – are now available to Washington’s oldest town. The contract includes everything but police and jail services.
TACOMA, WA – Tuesday, 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 charged with RENDERING CRIMINAL ASSISTANCE for tampering with evidence. The victim and defendants are all active duty soldiers stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord.
On October 5, 2013 at approximately 2:38 AM, Lakewood Police Department (LPD) responded to a 911 call for a man down in a parking lot at the 12500 block of Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood. When officers arrived, they found a 20 year old male suffering from multiple stab wounds. West Pierce Fire & Rescue (WPFR) responded, but the victim died from his injuries at the scene.
Pierce County News Release
Fun-seekers heading for 6th Avenue’s nightclubs this Saturday night in Tacoma will have help scoring a taxi ride home if they’ve had too much to drink.
The rides – the first 25 of which will be free for groups sharing a ride within Tacoma – are sponsored by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force and four participating companies: Fair Fares and JR Cab along with Aloha and Alien car service companies.
By Nancy Covert
Steilacoom’s municipal court held its final session on Sept. 4, 2013. The municipal court had operated for about two decades in the town.
Municipal court services now will be offered through the City of Lakewood. Changing operational requirements, including increased pressure on small local courts, necessity for increased security, changes in Case Law, etc., prompted the Town to partner with Lakewood’s Municipal Court to provide these services.
The Lakewood community has been selected to receive funding to reduce alcohol and other drug use among youth and create a healthier and safer community environment. This support includes funding for training, technical assistance, and community and school-based prevention services.
On August 1, 2013, Fire Boat Endeavor was training on the East side of Anderson Island at approximately 10:20 am when they were called to perform a water rescue near Eagle Island. Endeavor quickly headed toward the incident and arrived in seven minutes. They found a 70 year old male in the water, clinging to his boat. The fast moving tide had pulled the man’s boat off the shore despite having bow and stern anchor lines in place. He swam to the boat, but was unable to get onboard. The man held on to the bow anchor line in the strong current for about ten minutes when he decided to swim to shore. The boater, who was not wearing a life jacket made it back to shore just as Endeavor arrived on scene.
The Suburban Times reader, John, emailed Wednesday morning wondering, “10 cop cars last night in the 6800 block of 86th St SW in Lakewood. any word?” An email to Lakewood Police Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Chris Lawler yielded the following reply, “Officers were doing follow up on a vehicle theft at a residence in that area and observed a male inside the house with narcotics (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia (needles). The male fled on foot out of a window when he saw the officers. Other LPD officers responded to assist with the search for the suspect and to deal with other subjects in the residence. The house was secured for a search warrant and later searched under that authority. The subject who fled is still outstanding.”
Pierce County News Release
TACOMA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Thomas Lee Oyen, 28, with Assault in the First Degree for shooting at Lakewood Police Department police officers. The defendant was arrested after a lengthy stand-off, during which he told his girlfriend that he shot at the officers because of her.