BONNEY LAKE, WA – A mother, father and their infant son were crushed to death when a concrete wall fell from a state Route 410 overpass under renovation and landed on the family’s truck.
East Pierce Fire & Rescue officials said the accident happened before 11 a.m. Monday when concrete and other materials fell off the overpass and landed on the family’s pickup as they drove down Angeline Road East.
It took crews almost eight hours to remove the debris from the truck and realize that there were three people dead inside. Their names have not been released, but police say they were a couple in their 20s and their 6-month-old baby.
No word on how the “very heavy” concrete structure fell, but a construction crew had been working on a project to replace and extend a sidewalk on that overpass. The part that fell was part of the original overpass, which was built in 1992.
“The type of work that was going on shouldn’t have resulted in anything falling,” said Bonney Lake Public Works Director Dan Grigsby.…
LAKE STEVENS, WA – Two third grade girls from Sunnycrest Elementary School have been suspended after they bypassed Internet filtering software on their school supplied laptops and shared explicit pornographic images with other students while in class.
The two girls were in class using the laptops at the time, says Lake Stevens school district spokeswoman Jamie Taylor. According to the district, the school system subscribes to a filtering software that blocks certain content like pornography, gambling, obscenities, etc.
The girls were able to view the porn due to a change in the search engine that had not been updated by the filtering software company. Regardless, the district says they are standing by their decision to suspend the two girls because instead of alerting their teacher, they shared the images with other students.
Austin Maxwell, the stepfather of one of the girls, isn’t happy with their decision. He says they have parental locks on their home computer that work, and that his daughter only saw the images after searching for words on the urging of another student.…
SPRAGUE, WA – Police are looking for a man whose toddler shopping was foiled after he tried abducting a young child and was chased down the street by the boy’s siblings.
On Sunday, Michael Wright dropped his three kids off at a babysitter’s house and went to work. At some point during the day, 10-year-old Brenden, 8-year-old Delicia and 22-month-old Owen were all playing unsupervised in a park near the babysitter’s house.
That’s where an unidentified man talked with them for a few minutes before snatching Owen out of a stroller and began running down the street. Surveillance cameras from city hall and a local grocery store captured the man running with Owen in his arms and his two siblings giving chase.
“This little girl come running around the corner screaming her head off,” said Dorothy Giddings, who sent her grandson and his friend after the man.
The kidnapper ended up dropping Owen in a vacant lot and disappeared. The suspect is described as about 30 years old, 6-foot to 6-foot-2, with a thin build, brown hair and a mustache.…
BONNEY LAKE, WA – Police say 36-year-old Sarah Cieslikowski fatally shot her her 16-year-old, wheelchair-bound daughter before shooting herself.
According to reports, Cieslikowski’s boyfriend called police after he found their bodies just after 10:30 p.m. Friday. Police say they found a note written by Cieslikowski.
The details of this note have not been released, but neighbors say Cieslikowski’s daughter was a special needs student at Bonney Lake High School and used a wheelchair.
Neighbors also said the mother and daughter could often be heard arguing outside whenever the school bus arrived.
“I’m not sure what kind of problems she had,” said Patsy Warner. “But she was disabled, for sure. I think she fought her mom, not to go to school or something.”
Tacoma, WA – Wallace Jackson, 48, Crystal Jackson, 30, and Darrel Daves, 49, have all been arrested for murder after the dismembered and rotting body of 18-year-old Jesus Isidor-Mendoza was found in a ravine in Tacoma.
Isidor-Mendoza was last seen Oct 22nd leaving his mother’s home to attend a class at Pierce College. She never saw him again and reported him missing in November. On Feb 8th police would respond to a report of a body in a duffle bag.
Though the mutilated body was badly decomposed, they were able to identify it as Isidor-Mendoza’s. Court documents show that he had been cut in half at the waist, chopped up, wrapped in plastic bags, and then shoved into a red nylon duffle bag with a tarp.
According to prosecutors, Daves lived with Wallace Jackson inside Crystal Jackson’s detached garage. Isidor-Mendoza went to the garage to meet with the three but ended up arguing over drugs. Things got weird, as arguments over drugs often do, leading up to the death of Isidor-Mendoza.…
AUBURN, WA – Laszlo Molnar has been arrested after police say the 67-year-old was caught on camera raping an 83-year-old dementia patient in his care.
Molnar is one of the owners of AA Adult Family Home, a home care facility that specializes in Alzheimer’s. He was allegedly busted after the family of one of his patients feared she was being abused and placed a hidden camera in her room.
To their horror, they reportedly captured Molnar sexually assaulting the 83-year-old woman. After reviewing the footage, police took Molnar into custody and charged him with second degree rape.
“It’s a very disturbing video. Obviously very disturbing, very traumatizing for the victim and the family,” said Auburn police Commander Mark Caillier.
The home has since been shut down and all 12 residents were taken away and placed in new homes. Since many of them suffer from dementia and can’t communicate clearly, they’re all being checked for signs of sexual assault.
DSHS says they’ve never received any serious complaints against the home in the past, aside from reports of bed bugs and non-working smoke detectors.…
MACHIAS, WA – Four years ago we reported on an otter in Florida that went on a bloody rampage. Now we have an otter in Washington that attacked a little boy and his grandmother, sending them both to the hospital.
Bryce Moser and his grandmother, Roxane Grove, were swimming in the Pilchuck River Thursday morning when Grove heard her grandson screaming bloody murder.
“All of a sudden I just heard him scream for his life,” Tabitha Moser said. Her son was the boy who was attacked. “He was just bobbing up and down in the water and as he came up there was something all the way on top of his head.”
As she got close to the boy, she could see that the object on her grandson’s head was one very pissed off otter. “I could see that it was biting into his head and it had its claws around him,” said Grove.
Her maternal instincts kicked in, and Grove began wrestling the four-foot long otter of the little boy’s head.…
According to police, Tatanysha Hedman set fire to 52-year-old Vincent Phillips with gasoline and a flick of her Bic, as he lay sleeping in their bed on July 17.
Phillips managed to extinguish the flames before driving to a nearby convenience store, where he screamed “I’m on fire!” Which, by that time, he was not. Oops, credibility GONE.
Store employees called for medical assistance, and when police arrived on scene, Phillips reportedly said, “My wife did it,” before passing out.
When questioned by police, Hedman, 40, admitted setting her husband on fire. She claimed he hurt his stepdaughter, and well, shooting him was just too nice.
She’s being held on charges of arson and assault — bail has been set at $500,000.
Phillips is currently recovering at Harborview Medical Center. No word on the extent of his injuries. …
Kenneth Chambers and his roommate were apparently involved in some sort of strange altercation that stemmed from her refusal to clean his ear. One thing led to another, and Chambers ended up ripping the woman’s bedroom door off its hinges.
The alleged victim told police that at that point, she sat on Chambers’ lap and tried to talk to him, but he refused to be placated and pushed her to the floor. He then gummed her wrist. And then, well, he choked her a little bit and poured water all over her, damaging her hearing aid. When she stated she was going to call 911, Chambers threatened to kill her, she said.
When questioned by police, Chambers claimed the woman hit him… he was only trying to defend himself. He did admit to gumming her, but said it couldn’t have hurt because he doesn’t have any teeth.
Chambers was arrested after a witness confirmed the victim’s account of the story.…
SEATTLE, WA – Jesse Brisbin, a 30-year-old child molester, got his ass beat after he tried kidnapping a 6-year-old girl from a Seattle park.
The girl was playing with her sibling at Benefit Park when Brisbin, a twice-convicted child molester, tied a shirt around the girl’s head and told her he was going to “take the poison out of her” and began dragging her out of the park.
She was able to break free and a group of 20 people – including the child’s father and two of his friends – chased after Brisbin as he fled the scene and surrounded him. The girl’s father reportedly made Brisbin use his own cell phone to call 911 and report what he’d done.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found Brisbin on the ground getting his ass kicked by the child’s father and his friends. The beating started after Brisbin reportedly tried attacking one of the men after he was confronted. (*wink*)
Police arrested Brisbin placed him in the King County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping charges.…
Kennewick, WA — A transient who may or may not be mentally ill was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly pissing into a cup at Old Country Buffet, then drinking it in front of the already disgusted/sickened diners.
Ryan Bravo, 26, reportedly dined at the establishment that evening, and after his dinner date left, stood up and urinated into a plastic cup. Then, while standing at his table, he was all CHEERS! and slurped it down.
After receiving several complaints, management asked Bravo to kindly exit the premises. He was arrested just outside.
Bravo has been charged with public urination and remains behind bars in the Benton County Jail. Fortunately for him, he’s been banned from the establishment for five years.
Speaking of pee… gimme your bad buffet stories. I have none and must live vicariously through you people. And point and laugh and stuff.…
TACOMA, WA – A former sixth-grade teacher was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually abusing a 12-year-old student for over a year, but with four months already served, will spend the remaining two months at home.
Keshia Shaw was a math and science teacher at at Tacoma’s Gray Middle School when she first started molesting one of her students in 2007. The sexual abuse continued for over a year and a half, stopping only after the boy heard a sermon about molestation and finally told his mother what was happening.
Shaw would eventually plead guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape, in exchange for a six-month sentence. Judge McCarthy delivered the sentence on Tuesday, but was reluctant. He said he’d read through the court documents and didn’t like that Shaw kinda shifted some of the blame on the victim.
However, standing before the judge, Shaw took full responsibility for her actions and Judge McCarthy ended up crediting her for the four months she’s already served, and agreed to let her go home with a monitoring device to serve out the remaining two months.…
EVERETT, WA — Brad George, 16, has been charged with murder after he confessed to beating his adoptive mother to death with a dumbbell.
Two weeks after getting off probation for assaulting a staff member at a school for troubled youth, George murdered 37 -year-old Georgina Latshaw, the woman who has taken care of him for the last ten years.
George called 911 on Friday afternoon after coming home from school to find his mother’s car at home, although she should have been at work, and the front door of his family’s apartment open. When he could not get his mother to answer his cell phone, he called for police.
When arriving officers entered the apartment, they found Latshaw dead in her bed. She had apparent blunt-force trauma to the head, and a bloody dumbbell was found in a nearby garbage can. Robbery did not seem to be a motive as there were no signs of forced entry, and money was reportedly lying out in the open in George’s room.…
WOODLAND, WA – Teresa Hernandez is facing two counts of child abuse after the 35-year-old admitted to using a clothes iron to burn the hand of her boyfriend’s 3-year-old, then pushing him down a flight of stairs two days later.
The boy’s father was not at home during these assaults, but Hernandez explained to him that the burn on the boy’s hand came from him touching a hot iron after she had left the room. The boy’s father accepted this explanation, but took his son to the hospital two days later after noticing he was walking unsteadily.
Emergency room staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital called police when they saw the third-degree burn on the back of the boy’s hand and found he was suffering from a severe head injury. The boy was taken to Randall Children’s Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to treat his brain injury. As of Thursday morning, the boy was listed in fair condition.
When interviewed by police, Hernandez first repeated the “touched the iron” story she’d given the boy’s father.…
The man told police he was just getting his hair cut Monday, when one of the salon’s other barbers started giving him shit. The two apparently have some sort of long running feud-type thing going on. He knows the barber from around the neighborhood, he told police, but the two certainly aren’t friends. He also told police the barber had assaulted him on previous occasions, but he never reported it.
Anyways, the alleged victim had had enough of the man’s crap that day, and after he was finished in the chair, asked him to kindly knock it the fuck off. The mean barber reportedly responded with a death threat of sorts, in addition to threats of a stabbin’ and a punchin’. And with that, the victim said, the barber grabbed a pair of scissors and attempted to stab him in the gut.…
Schmidt apparently started terrorizing the residents in the 7000 block of Rainier Avenue South in late August. That was when police received their first report of a nekkid, masturbating man driving around the neighborhood. The woman who called to report that particular incident told police the man drove by her home and then returned an hour later, all nekkid and rubbing himself and stuff. She said he appeared to be looking at a group of children playing nearby. The woman’s husband reported having seen the same man doing the same thing about three or four weeks prior.
Another woman told police she first witnessed the man tickling his pickle in late May. According to charging papers, the 27-year-old woman said the alleged flounder pounder passed her home about nine times. She told police she was able to snap a photo several times.…
Vancouver, WA - A police scanner enthusiast in Vancouver unwittingly live-tweeted the fatal crash that killed her husband Wednesday afternoon.
It all started after The Columbian started reporting the crash on Twitter based on emergency scanner traffic. Caran Johnson, known as @scancouver on Twitter, has been listening to police scanners since college and also began tweeting about the crash. This isn’t out of the ordinary, as Johnson seems to be known to local news outlets and has more than 13,000 community-related tweets.
Over the next four hours, Johnson tweeted about the crash. She first began commenting on how horrible it was that someone had died, and how much she hated Highway 205. These tweets soon turned to worry about her husband, Craig Johnson, who had left work feeling ill and had not made it home yet. Even worse, he used that same stretch of highway and he wasn’t answering his phone.
After some back and forth between her and police as she tries to get more information regarding the vehicles involved in the crash, her worst fears are realized when she is notified her husband was in one of the vehicles, and he had died at the scene.…
Redmond, WA – The ex-wife of Eric Lehtinen arrived at his home Tuesday to pick up their 4-year-old son and found that Lehtinen had attempted to kill the boy by injecting him with heroin.
When the unidentified woman got inside the locked home after a job interview, she found Lehtinen unconscious, as was their son who also had a syringe sticking out of his chest. Both were rushed to the hospital where staff found indications of needle marks on the boy’s neck and buttocks.
Tests would reveal he’d been injected with a drug cocktail of heroin, ketamine, morphine, codeine, and other drugs. The latest reports have him listed in stable condition, but doctors are unsure of what long-term damage the drugs may have caused.
Lehtinen was released from the hospital and sent straight to jail. He did not collect $200. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. He’s being held on $3 million bail after prosecutors described him as a “man who is willing to inject his 4-year-old son with heroin in an attempt to kill the boy” and a “dangerous man willing to do anything.” If convicted, Lehtinen will be looking at a minimum of 15 years behind bars.…