Spanaway couple narrowly avoid rip current in Ocean Shores

A husband and wife from Spanaway barely made it out of the water after being caught in a rip current on the beach at Ocean Shores.

At 12:52pm on Monday, a caller reported to the 911 Center that a man was screaming for help in the surf near the Chance ala Mer beach approach.

When the Police and Fire units arrived on scene at 12:57pm, the 44-year old male victim was on the beach but having difficulty breathing. He said that his wife had been caught in a rip current and he went to help her, but got caught himself. His 43-year old wife was still in the surf, about 300 feet off shore and beyond the breakers.

A 29-year old man from Lynnwood used his boogie board to reach the woman and bring her close to shore. They were met by Paramedics who helped get the woman into an ambulance.

Both victims were treated on scene for exhaustion and ingesting seawater, and were then transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Man dies in Capitol Forest after UTV rolls

A 53 year old Tacoma man died in the Capitol Forest over the weekend, Trooper Howson with the Washington State Patrol reports the man’s 2014 Kawasaki KRT800 rolled down an embankment off of the B-line around 1:30 Saturday. Two passengers in the UTV, A 30 year old Tacoma man, and a 48 year old Spanaway man were not injured.

Human Remains in Lewis County Identified as 1986 Cold Case

The human remains found near Mineral on Saturday, March 26, 2011, have been positively identified as Michael Lloyd Riemer.  Riemer was originally reported as a missing person in December of 1985 to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Riemer was missing along with his significant other, Diana Robertson, also from Pierce County.

Their two year old daughter was found wandering alone at a Spanaway K-Mart on the same day Riemer and Robertson went missing.

Riemer was 36 years old at the time of his disappearance. Robertson was 21 at the time of her disappearance.

Robertson’s remains were found February of 1986 on an abandoned logging road north of Mineral. Riemer’s remains were located within a mile of where Robertson’s remains had been previously located.

During 1986 there were several attempts to find Riemer through numerous Search and Rescue missions.


Information on the case aired on the television show Unsolved Mysteries in 1989 and generated numerous tips over the years as to the whereabouts of Riemer. Riemer was a person of interest in the death of Robertson as he had not been located after Robertson’s body was found and his whereabouts were still unknown.

Detectives with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office have notified Pierce County Sheriff’s Department of the identification of Riemer and a joint investigation continues.

If anyone has any information about this case, please call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-748-6422.

Motorsports Mania at Grays Harbor Raceway

In the Cut Rate Hobby Stock division Aberdeen’s Zack Simpson continues to lead the point standing with 890 points, 78 more than Cosmopolois driver Tom Sweatman who has 812 points. Sweatman was the feature winner at the last event for the Hobby Stocks. Jack Parshall Jr. from Aberdeen sits in third with 806 points, followed by Olympia’s Eddie Blood with 777 points. Spanaway’s Tom Hecker, the top Rookie of the year contender continues to hold down the fifth spot with 762 points.

Next weekend it’s Extreme Night presented by Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union at Grays Harbor Raceway featuring, Monster Trucks, Free Style Moto X Metal Mulisha rider Justin Holman and for the first time ever Mud Drags.

The front gates open at 4:30 pm, qualifying at 5:30 pm and racing to start around 6:30 pm.
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            According to the indictment, BRETT SMITH began working at Manke Lumber in May 2004.  In September 2004, SMITH became a "Scaler" for Manke.  A scaler weighs, measures and inspects logs delivered to the lumber mill to determine their grade and value.  Based on that information, Manke Lumber would mail checks to those people who were being compensated for the logs. Between November 2004, and July 2006, SMITH and others entered into a scheme to create false records that prompted Manke to send checks to conspirators for logs that were never delivered to the mill.  In his plea agreement SMITH admits he submitted false paperwork for more than 1500 loads of logs worth more than $2.5 million.  In all, SMITH submitted false log intake information in at least twenty different names.

             "Brett Smith, and several under him, seduced 25 others into lives now marred with criminal records with the lure of easy cash," Assistant United States Attorney Arlen Storm wrote in his sentencing memo.  Judge Leighton agreed saying SMITH "was the pied piper.  He was the guy playing the sweet tune and flashing the money…. There are 27 lives here that have been adversely affected big time. And that's not all on Mr. Smith, but he can't just walk away.  The honor system has been impacted."  Judge Leighton imposed a sentence above the guidelines range and ordered SMITH immediately into custody.

            In asking for a significant prison term, Mr. Storm told the court that SMITH continued to gamble away what was likely the Manke Lumber money even after the scheme was discovered and he was indicted.  Co-conspirators informed the government, moreover, that SMITH asked them to help him hide the proceeds of the crime, including a 2002 BMW and a 1998 BMW, that the government is seeking to forfeit.

            Five other defendants, Bryan Smith, 28, Puyallup, Jeffrey S. Ogburn, 24, Puyallup, (also a Manke employee for a short time), Berlie Fincham, 29, Tacoma, Shaun Jones, 29, Tacoma, and Shawn Pak, 27, Spanaway, recruited others to act as recipients of the fraudulently obtained checks. Bryan Smith was sentenced last month to 54 months in prison, Ogburn was sentenced last month to 37 months in prison, Fincham was sentenced to 30 months in prison, Jones was sentenced to 37 months in prison, and Pak was sentenced to six months in prison. 

            In addition, Bryan Smith's girlfriend, Elaine H. Turner, 28, of Puyallup, assisted Bryan Smith in obtaining check proceeds from check passers while Bryan Smith was incarcerated on a probation violation between May 2006 and July 2006.  When investigators questioned her regarding the offense, she denied any knowledge of it.  Turner entered a guilty plea to Misprision of a Felony on January 5, 2009.  Turner was sentenced today to five years probation.       

            More than a dozen additional defendants have been prosecuted and sentenced in connection with the scheme.  The majority were charged with tax crimes for failing to report the income they took from the scheme.

            "With April 15th right around the corner, it should be emphasized that the majority of the two dozen or so defendants in this case were convicted of Federal income tax crimes," said Kenneth J. Hines, the IRS Special Agent in Charge of the Pacific-Northwest.  "All income that is taxable must be reported on your Federal income tax returns."

            "The conviction of Smith and the group of individuals who assisted him in defrauding Manke Lumber highlights the impact that fraud and other types of white-collar crime can have on a business, its employees, and an entire community.  The U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies strive to combat these types of criminal activities," said David Iacovetti, the Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service's Seattle Field Office.  "I would like to commend the outstanding work of the Tacoma Police Department and IRS-CID in this joint investigation."

            The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Tacoma Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI).

            The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arlen Storm.