CRIME & SAFETY
Tragic Road Rage Shooting in Auburn: A Call for Comprehensive Policy Action
The recent shooting at an Auburn gas station has left a family in mourning and a community in search of answers. On November 17, Myron Moss, 64, became the latest victim of what appears to be a road rage incident turned fatal. An SUV nearly collided with Moss while he was attending to his car, leading to an altercation and the subsequent gunfire that claimed his life. The shooter, a young man in his 20s asserting self-defense, was released after questioning by the King County Sheriff's Office, leaving the Moss family pleading for witnesses to shed light on the event and to bring clarity to their quest for justice.
Auburn Woman Dies in Two-Vehicle Collision Near Vantage Bridge
• An Auburn woman named Judy Coluccio was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Grant County. • The crash occurred at the intersection of State Routes 26 and 243. • Coluccio's car crossed the centerline and was struck by an eastbound semi-truck.
Deputies investigate assault near Military Road in King County
Deputies from the King County Sheriff’s Department responded to an assault near Military Road South and South 164 Street around 8:38 a.m. Saturday morning.
Police arrest man for killing woman in ‘family disturbance’ in Tacoma
Tacoma police say they arrested a man for murdering a woman in a “family disturbance” on Sunday.
Missing man last seen in Pierce County located
PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol (WSP) says they have located a man who was previously reported missing in Pierce County. According to the WSP, 39-year-old Michael Harris was reported missing at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1. He was last seen leaving his home in a red truck near the South Hill Mall in Puyallup. He did not return.
Drive-by shooting | Auburn police blotter
Auburn police were dispatched on Nov. 26 after receiving a report at approximately 7:14 p.m. regarding an assault with a firearm in the 1700 block of I Place Northeast. According to the department’s public information log, a fight involving firearms occurred in the city. The log listed four victims in the incident. Multiple additional individuals were listed as involved in the incident.
Weekly Safety Report: Shootings and Gunfire Incidents Impact Auburn, Washington
This week in Auburn, Washington, there were four incidents that impacted the safety of the community. These incidents included a shooting near Auburn resulting in one fatality, a fatal shooting of a man in his 20s, shots fired at a retired couple's home, and a fatal gas station shooting possibly linked to road rage. Law enforcement agencies responded to each incident and investigations are ongoing.
Auburn, Washington Grapples with Surge in Gun Violence: A Call for Holistic Solutions
The city of Auburn, Washington, has been rocked by a recent spate of violent incidents that have cast a long shadow over this small community's sense of safety. A series of shootings has left residents reeling — from a fatal shooting near Auburn that claimed one life to the discovery of a young man in his 20s, found dead in a vehicle on I Street Northeast. The violence didn't stop there; a retired couple's home was sprayed with gunfire, and a gas station on South 288th Street witnessed a deadly incident, potentially sparked by road rage. Each of these events has prompted a swift response from local law enforcement, with investigations aimed at bringing resolution and restoring peace.
Weekly Safety Report: Car Theft Frustration and Murder Charges Shake Federal Way
This week in Federal Way, Washington, two incidents occurred that impacted the safety of the community. In the first incident, a frustrated Kia owner returned his stolen car to the dealership after it was vandalized. The second incident involved two Kent men who pleaded not guilty to the murder of a man at an auto parts store. These incidents highlight the need for increased safety measures in the area.
SeaTac man sentenced after defrauding elderly of over $700K in call center scheme
SEATTLE — A SeaTac man who defrauded elderly victims of more than $700,000 was recently sentenced to prison in Seattle. United States Department of Justice officials said Arifkhan Pathan is sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release for a money laundering conviction related to his participation in a call center scheme to defraud victims across the country. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman, Pathan had a key role in defrauding 28 victims between August 2020 and January 2021.
Tragic End to Manhunt: James Salanoa Jr.'s Fatal Encounter with Law Enforcement
James Salanoa Jr., a 22-year-old man with a history of criminal activities, faced a tragic demise on November 28, 2022, in an encounter with Pierce County Sheriff's deputies near South Hill Mall in Puyallup. The events leading up to his death began on November 18, when he allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint outside Tacoma Mall. The Tacoma Police Department initiated a manhunt and issued an arrest warrant for Salanoa, who had prior charges including armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Woman shot, killed after dispute at Auburn gas station
The suspect and the victim got into an argument before the shooting took place, according to police. The suspect is still at large.
How much prison time did Joshua Ellis get for murder of ex? Here’s what a judge decided
More than 100 people signed petitions asking a Pierce County judge to give the 33-year-old defendant a high-end sentence.
Fatal Police Shooting of Kidnapping and Rape Suspect in Puyallup Sparks Investigation
In a recent incident near South Hill Mall in Puyallup, Washington, James Salanoa Jr., a 22-year-old man wanted by Tacoma police for allegations of kidnapping and rape at gunpoint, was fatally shot by Pierce County deputies. The confrontation occurred on November 28, following a vehicle pursuit that ended when Salanoa, reportedly armed, was stopped using spike strips and exited his SUV with a weapon. The Pierce County Force Investigation Team (PCFIT) has initiated a thorough review of the shooting, which has sparked concerns within the community over the violent encounter in a typically safe area.
Weekly Safety Report: Fire Investigation and Murder Charges in Ravensdale, Washington
The Puget Sound Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 26600 block of 216 Avenue South East near Ravensdale. The fire was located on the second floor of the building and was extinguished within 40 minutes. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. One resident was taken to a local hospital for treatment, while no firefighters were injured. In a separate incident, Andrew Ralph Baim has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree arson, and possession of stolen vehicles for allegedly killing a Ravensdale father and husband. Baim has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Beloved father in Auburn gunned down at his doorstep, suspect on the run
AUBURN, Wash. — In the moments after a horrific attack, the King County Sheriff's Office had their helicopter and K9s out Friday night, searching for a gunman around Watermark Apartments in Auburn, but they came up dry. Malki Loeak, 29, a beloved father, had been gunned down in his...
Self-Proclaimed Teenage ‘Kia Boyz’ Are Terrorizing Washington State School District
The teenagers have been seen driving recklessly in stolen vehicles and sometimes flashing weapons, police said
Officer saves person’s life while out on a date
An officer from Cincinnati helped save a person’s life while he was out on a date in October.