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Will James

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Past articles by Will:

How four Tacoma police officers arrived at the street corner where Manny Ellis died

The Walk Home is a podcast, produced by KNKX in partnership with The Seattle Times, about the life and death of Manny Ellis. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked to KNKX Special Projects reporter and producer Will James about the latest episode "The Other Side of the Line." → Read More

Second-largest county in WA adopts new regional plan to "end homelessness"

Pierce County Council members passed a regional plan to “end homelessness” in Washington state’s second-largest county. The plan calls for the county to set up a Tacoma-Pierce Unified Regional Office of Homelessness by July 2023. → Read More

Three Tacoma police officers charged in the killing of Manuel Ellis

Three Tacoma police officers have been charged with felonies in the March 2020 killing of Manuel Ellis, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said → Read More

State attorney general launches criminal investigation into Pierce Sheriff Ed Troyer

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says his office will investigate Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer for possible crimes related to an incident on Jan → Read More

Pierce County officials concerned, want answers about sheriff's treatment of Black newspaper carrier

Pierce County leaders say they are "concerned" and want more information about an incident in which county Sheriff Ed Troyer followed a Black newspaper → Read More

Who was Manny Ellis? Family and friends saw a man searching for peace and redemption

Author’s note: As protests against police brutality and racism swept the United States in 2020, the name of a Tacoma man was sometimes shouted alongside → Read More

Man shot, killed during suspected vigilante attack on homeless encampment, court records say

Update: The Pierce County medical examiner's office has identified the victim of the shooting as Patrick N. Shenaurlt, 38, of Parkland, and ruled his death → Read More

'I just want answers.' Turmoil looms over Pierce County's medical examiner.

This story was reported by digital content manager Kari Plog and South Sound reporter Will James, and written by Plog. Nina Summerrise tried to stay → Read More

Pierce County medical examiner faces second complaint from staff member

The Pierce County medical examiner is facing a second complaint about his job performance from his second-in-command. Megan Quinn, the county’s associate → Read More

Homeland Security officials open investigation into detainee's death in Tacoma

This is a breaking news story. We will update this post with new information as it develops. U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have opened an → Read More

Responding To Activists, Tacoma City Council Moves To Protect Renters From Eviction

Leaders in Tacoma are moving closer to passing a tenant-protection law designed to help renters weather upheavals in the city's housing market. → Read More

Puyallup, A City With No Homeless Shelters, Seeks To Make It Harder To Open One

The Puyallup City Council is moving closer to passing a law that would make it more difficult to open a shelter or daytime drop-in center serving people → Read More

Unraveling The Mystery Of Why So Many African-Americans End Up Homeless

If you walk into any homeless shelter in Washington state, or anywhere in the U.S., you're likely to see a disproportionate number of African-Americans. It → Read More

Pierce County, Latest To Seek Ban On Safe Injection Sites, Was Once A Pioneer Of 'Harm Reduction'

Pierce County Council members are likely to vote Tuesday to ban sites where people can inject drugs under medical supervision. So-called "safe injection → Read More

Seattle Mayor Voices Dissatisfaction With 'Head Tax' Proposal As Debate Rages On

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the City Council's proposal to tax businesses, in its current form, does not meet her "requirements." Durkan has the power → Read More

Hepatitis C Cases Linked To Nurse In Pierce County

Health officials have linked two cases of Hepatitis C to a nurse in a Pierce County emergency room who may have shared needles with unwitting patients, → Read More

Tacoma Reckons With A Housing Crisis

A mass eviction from a Tacoma apartment complex is causing city leaders to take a hard look at tenant protections that have lagged behind Seattle's. → Read More

The Puget Sound Region Prepares For May Day

Local leaders, police and businesses around the Puget Sound region are preparing for May Day on Tuesday. May Day is International Workers Day. In Seattle → Read More

Transit Leaders Seek Feedback On Future Light Rail Link Between Federal Way And Tacoma

An unbroken chain of light rail is going to connect Seattle and Tacoma by the year 2030, if all goes according to Sound Transit leaders' plans. They're → Read More

Inside The Experiment That Is Tacoma's First Legal Tent City

Tacoma City Council members voted Tuesday to allow up to six legal tent cities or other temporary shelters to open throughout the city. That could give → Read More