Category Archives: Cops and courts

Graham resident – Gina Blanchard-Reed – Candidate for WA State Senate in 2nd LD

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.

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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

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Security questions abound on how a plane was stolen from Sea-Tac airport

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

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Apology offered for a 2010 drive-by murder – from Jimi Blakeney to Lisa Melancon

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

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Third Person Charged in Death of Deputy McCartney

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

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Two charged in the death of Sheriff’s deputy killed in Frederickson

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

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Amtrak passenger train derails near JBLM – 6 reported killed, over 70 injured

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

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Details released on last week’s shooting at G-K High School – gunman in cusotdy

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

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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

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DB Cooper video available now on YouTube

By Bruce A. Smith A comprehensive overview of the iconic DB Cooper skyjacking is now available on YouTube: Presented by Bruce A. Smith, it was filmed on November 8, 2016 at the Graham Library in Graham, Washington through the kind … Continue reading

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