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By Bruce A. Smith Gina Blanchard-Reed, a long-time resident of Graham and currently a Commissioner of the Graham Fire and Rescue Department, is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by Senator Randi Becker (R), who is retiring.
Impact of murder among family members revealed in interview with Manny Silva, father of slain Tacoma woman
By Bruce A. Smith Manny Silva, the father of Lisa Melancon, a Tacoma woman killed in 2011 during a drive-by shooting, contacted the Mountain News this week to describe the impacts of his daughter’s murder. His testimony reveals how vast … Continue reading
By Bruce A. Smith Serious security questions have arisen in the wake of a commercial airliner being stolen from Sea-Tac on Friday evening, August 10. Richard Russell, a “ground services employee” of Horizon Air, entered the cockpit of a twin-engine … Continue reading
By Bruce A. Smith The following is a touching and powerful correspondence that I received from a former client of mine, Olujimi Blakeney. In it, Olujimi, via his wife “Jay,” utilizes the pages of the Mountain News to offer a … Continue reading
Special to the Mountain News from the Pierce County Office of Communications: ~ TACOMA, WA – The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Samantha Dawn Jones, 29, with murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree for her … Continue reading
By Bruce A. Smith Update, 6 pm, Thursday, 1. 11. 18 Special to the Mountain News-WA: Two Charged in Death of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Today, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Frank William Pawul, 32, and Brenda Kaye Troyer, … Continue reading
By Bruce A. Smith An Amtrak “Cascades” passenger train enroute to Portland, Oregon derailed this morning just north of the Nisqually River near DuPont, Washington. Six people were killed according to reports published by the Tacoma News Tribune, with almost … Continue reading
Special to the Mountain News-WA From James Lynch, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office ~ Graham-Kapowsin Shooter Charged ~ TACOMA, WA – Today, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced the alleged gunman in the drive-by shooting that happened last week near Graham Kapowsin High … Continue reading
DB Cooper and the FBI – New video investigates the parachutes and the death of Earl Cossey, the FBI’s chute expert
By Bruce A. Smith I am pleased to announce a new video on DB Cooper posted today on YouTube. It is part of an on-going series I am developing on the DB Cooper case – the only unsolved skyjacking in … Continue reading