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Tacoma teachers’ strike: Sides ‘far apart’ in state’s 4th-biggest school district

Teacher strikes in Tacoma, Battle Ground, Centralia, and Tumwater have impacted more than 53,000 students combined, just under half of whom come from low-income households.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Suspect in custody after hostage situation near Tacoma

Police say an armed man was shot and taken into custody in what may have been a robbery gone wrong near Tacoma.


No school in Tacoma on Thursday as teachers announce strike

Tacoma teachers say they will strike starting Thursday.


Tacoma police arrest suspect in spate of South End rapes

Tacoma police arrested a man Sunday morning they say offered women rides in his beige SUV and then raped them at knifepoint.


Tacoma fugitive returned to U.S. after decade on the run

A former Tacoma man wanted for investigation of second-degree murder has been returned to Washington state after more than a decade on the run.


In one Washington state immigration court, bonds are among the highest in the country and asylum is granted less often

Judges in Tacoma’s immigration court denied bond to seven parents separated from their children. When other parents were released, their bonds often ran higher than elsewhere. Why? “It’s arbitrary,” but …


Man pleads guilty to fatally shooting Pierce County deputy, gets life

A man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a deputy south of Tacoma in January and has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.


Dippin’ Dots deliveryman left dry ice in the back seat of his car. It may have asphyxiated his mother.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, runs a business delivering Dippin’ Dots ice cream and had left four coolers full of dry ice on the back seat …


Steven Powell, father-in-law of missing Utah woman, dies

Steven Powell, the father-in-law of a long-missing Utah woman whose husband was eyed in a police investigation and later killed himself and his two young children, has died in Washington …


Honduran mother separated from son to remain in custody

An immigration judge says a Honduran woman who was separated from her 8-year-old son when she entered the United States must remain in custody, prolonging her reunification wait.


New complaint filed against Tacoma megachurch pastor cites multiple instances of sexual misconduct

Revelations surrounding Tacoma megachurch pastor Dean Curry have reached the crisis stage.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Mom seeking asylum released in Washington state, but can’t see her son yet

Still in the blue uniform she got upon her release from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Yolany Padilla looked shellshocked. She was happy to be free, the 24-year-old Honduran …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Immigration judge in Tacoma denies bond for mom separated from son

“Her child is in the custody of the government. The fact that she would skip town is incomprehensible,” said a lawyer for a 25-year-old Honduran mom denied bond. She had …


10 protesters arrested at migrant detention center in Tacoma

Authorities say 10 protesters were arrested Tuesday night outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where detainees from the southern border crisis are being held.


He turned to heroin for his combat injuries. Now he’s sentenced for a Tacoma murder.

The last text message Steve Shaw sent to his son was hopeful. “Hi son, just wanted to say how much I love you, but like I’ve said before you have …


Ten arrested outside Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma police say

Ten people were arrested Tuesday evening outside the Northwest Detention Center on Tacoma’s Tideflats, according to Tacoma police.


$5M bail set for suspect in 1986 killing of Tacoma girl

A judge has set bail at $5 million for a 66-year-old man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma more than three decades ago.


Another decades-old Tacoma murder solved? Suspected killer of 12-year-old Michella Welch arrested

Possibly solving a second high-profile cold case murder in two months, Tacoma police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of killing 12-year-old Michella Welch more than three decades ago.


Tacoma’s population growing faster than Spokane’s; Spokane Valley nearing 100,000

Spokane prides itself on being the second-largest city in Washington, but that might be a title the Lilac City loses in the next 10 years.


Girlfriend of man convicted of triple murder gets 1 year

The girlfriend of a man convicted of killing three people has been sentenced to one year in prison for purchasing guns for him.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 2:50 p.m.

Suspect in 1986 Tacoma murder case arrested in Illinois

A suspect in the 1986 killing of a young girl in Washington has been arrested in Illinois.


Truck crashes through brick wall, into elementary school

Authorities say a pickup truck crashed through a brick wall and into a Washington elementary school.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 11:31 a.m.

Missing German billionaire’s family gives up hope of rescue of Tacoma native

The family of a German billionaire has given up hope of finding him alive a week after he went missing in the Swiss Alps, his company said Friday.


Deputy released from hospital with broken neck, man charged

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy who was hit by a suspected impaired driver last week has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a broken neck.


Puget Sound Energy, Puyallup Tribe in showdown over LNG plant on Tacoma tideflats

What started out as a proposal by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to build a liquefied natural-gas plant, to provide cleaner fuel for transportation and natural gas to its customers, has …


Washington teen pulled from bike by officer awarded $500K

A teenager who was pulled from her bicycle in a mall parking lot and shocked with a stun gun by an off-duty officer working security has been awarded $500,000 in …


UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 1:49 p.m.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department accused of cover up, retaliation in connection with homicide case

Two former Pierce County sheriff’s deputies allege the agency tried to cover up how a man who killed his wife and then himself got access to the gun used in …


Two boys arrested for making threats at 2 Tacoma schools

Tacoma Police say they have arrested two boys for threatening violence in separate incidents at two schools.


2 charged with murder in alleged drug deal gone wrong

A woman and man have been charged with murder after authorities say a drug transaction over psychedelic mushrooms went wrong.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Trump administration’s oil drilling plan prompts protests

The Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil and gas off the coast of the United States drew protests Tuesday in Congress and on the streets.