Police Blotter


A cab driver was arrested on suspicion of raping a Lacey woman on Aug. 27. He was driving her home from a nightclub in Tacoma. Mahamud Jamaala Husseno is in custody at Thurston County Jail on suspicion of second-degree rape.


A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot on Aug. 27. Billy Shirley III attended a party in the 1600 block of South Center Street. He was about to start his senior year at Curtis High School. He lived in Salishan, a public housing project on the East Side.

An argument occurred shortly after 5 a.m. Several fights broke out and a gun was fired. Shirley was struck by at least two bullets. Police have not made any arrests.


A Tacoma man died in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 26. It happened on the State Route 705 interchange from Interstate 5. Brandon A. Butler, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control while changing lanes and struck a concrete barrier.


Mail was stolen from a United States Postal Service vehicle on Aug. 24. It was parked in an alley in the 5400 block of Pacific Avenue while the mail carrier walked to houses. She returned to find a window smashed out. A witness saw a man running from the vehicle with mail. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service sent letters to affected customers, asking them to monitor their financial records.


A man walked into Tacoma General Hospital on Aug. 25 with gunshot wounds. There were reports of shots fired in the 900 block of South Fifth Street. The victim was not cooperative with officers. They determined he was shot near the 500 block of South ‘J’ Street. His injuries are not considered life threatening.


A police officer was injured on Aug. 24 when his motorcycle was hit by a car on South 38th Street. He was going eastbound to the scene of an accident. The driver of a car was headed westbound and changing lanes when she hit the motorcycle. The officer was transported to a hospital for treatment of foot and leg injuries.


Prosecutors have filed charges of first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm against Jeremy J. Shaw and David A. Howlett stemming from an incident last month at a North End home. Both pleaded not guilty and are being held in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Shaw was shot by a contractor who went to the home to do some work. Prosecutors claim the men were stealing items from the home in the 4200 block of Alki Street. Howlett told investigators he was in the yard and ran away after the contractor arrived.


Thieves are stealing storm drain covers, with at least 15 disappearing on Aug. 24 and 25. According to information from the city, crews are replacing them as reports are made of their theft. City staff and Tacoma Police Department are working with scrap metal dealers to identify the thieves. Each costs about $160 to replace. Anyone who notices a missing drain cover should call the city’s Environmental Services Maintenance Division at (253) 591-5585. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call police at (253) 798-4721.


A Tacoma man has been charged with intimidating a judge. Kenneth R. Bixby is being held in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. According to court documents, Bixby was upset after appearing before Tacoma Municipal Court Judge David Ladenburg for a hearing in a domestic violence case. Several message were left on the voicemail of Bixby’s attorney. In them, Bixby threatened to find out where Ladenburg lived and kill him. Ladenburg was informed of the threats and said he felt threatened.


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