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Family of unarmed man killed by police settles for $13M

The city of Lakewood, Washington, its police chief and two officers have agreed to pay $13 million to the family of an unarmed black man who was killed four years …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Western State Hospital is ‘like going into hell’

Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and …


UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Lakewood aims to block release of dangerous psychiatric patients

The city that houses Western State Hospital, Washington’s main psychiatric facility, is fighting to keep patients from being released into its boundaries.


Man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed 3 near Lakewood

A man accused of killing three people in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 5 in Lakewood has been charged with vehicular homicide and failing to remain at the scene of …


Lakewood to appeal $15 million police shooting award

A small Washington state city will appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a $15.1 million verdict against police who shot and killed an unarmed black man.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Judge blasts lawyers in upholding $15M police shooting award

A federal judge has upheld a $15 million verdict over a Lakewood police shooting in an opinion that blistered the city for suggesting the award was racially motivated.


Olympia gets rid of its anti-panhandling rules following Supreme Court decision

The city of Olympia has removed references to panhandling from its municipal code in response to a Washington state Supreme Court decision that partially invalidated a Lakewood ordinance restricting panhandling.


National Guard member whose job was eliminated wins lawsuit

A Washington county’s transit company was ordered to pay $105,000 to a National Guard member whose job was terminated when he deployed.


Five sentenced in Lakewood sex sting case

Washington officials said five people involved in a prostitution sting at two Lakewood massage parlors have been sentenced.


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Washington judge sentences 5 people involved in sex sting

Washington officials say five people involved in a prostitution sting at two Lakewood massage parlors have been sentenced.


Mother of abandoned infant arrested

A woman who police say abandoned her 3-month-old baby south of Tacoma has been arrested.


Lakewood woman accused of throwing knives at children

A Washington state woman has been charged with assault after prosecutors say she threw knives at two children who lived across the hall from her in a Lakewood apartment complex.


Lakewood police shoot, injure suspect during hourslong standoff

Authorities said a suspect has been shot and wounded by Lakewood police officers following an hourslong standoff with a SWAT team at an apartment complex.


Commissioner orders oversight of Western State Hospital admissions

A Pierce County court commissioner has ordered the state to appoint an expert to oversee changes in admissions policies at Western State Hospital.


Western State Hospital patient escapes, is quickly captured

A patient escaped Monday from Washington’s largest psychiatric hospital but was captured soon after, authorities said. Lakewood police spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler said the patient broke out of Western State …


UPDATED: Tue., May 3, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

Dozens escaped from Western State Hospital since 2013

When a man accused of torturing a woman to death broke out of Washington state’s largest mental hospital with another patient in early April, officials called it a rare occurrence …


Woman linked to police killer may plead guilty

TACOMA – A woman accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he ambushed and killed four police officers last year is expected to plead guilty this week, Pierce County prosecutors say. …


Paper seeks shooting records of killed Lakewood officers

OLYMPIA – Washington’s largest newspaper has asked the state Supreme Court to release police files from last year’s fatal shootings of four police officers, saying there’s no evidence the documents …


5-year sentence in Lakewood officers shooting

A woman convicted of rendering criminal assistance in the shooting deaths of four Lakewood, Wash., police officers was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.


Police killings spark call to action

OLYMPIA – Judges should be able to deny bail to criminal suspects who are thought to be “inherently dangerous” to the public, Gov. Chris Gregoire and representatives of the state’s …


Tacoma Dome memorial honors slain officers

About 20,000 mourners, mostly members of law enforcement from Washington state and across the country, honored four slain officers who were remembered Tuesday as heroes and loving family members.


going to honor their own

Dozens of law enforcement and fire officials from across the Inland Northwest are expected to attend today’s memorial for four slain Lakewood, Wash., police officers. The Spokane Police Honor Guard …


Clemmons repeatedly slipped through the cracks

Last April, a Department of Corrections officer was watching a television news story about a series of armed robberies around Puget Sound when he saw a Pierce County Crime Stoppers …


Aunt went to police when Clemmons called her

“I am coming to your house,” he said. “I have killed four policemen and I need a place to rest and hide.” We know now who that was: Maurice Clemmons, …


Man accused of helping Clemmons flee pleads not guilty

The convicted murderer who drove Maurice Clemmons away from the coffee shop where he massacred four suburban police officers waited with a newly purchased cigar in the getaway truck while …


Washington won’t take parolees from Arkansas

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday the state won’t accept any more parolees from Arkansas until she’s assured of a better system for sending them back.


Seattle police kill suspect in officer slayings

A lone officer on patrol in the middle of the night Tuesday spotted a stolen car, its hood up and engine running, and pulled over to check it out. As …


Griswold’s sister traveling to Lakewood today

The sister of slain Lakewood police officer Tina Griswold said she’s relieved to know that suspect Maurice Clemmons has been killed.


Hunt for suspect frustrates West Side police

The hunt for suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons has stretched deep into its second day, frustrating police as they chase lead after lead across two counties.


State Patrol watching for shooting suspect

Law enforcement officers have been assigned to watch train and bus terminals, and the Washington State Patrol is monitoring freeways in the massive hunt for the suspect in the shooting …