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Published August 8th, 2012 - 7:17AM
Lawyers acting on behalf of missing Utah mother Susan Cox Powell filed a $20 million claim for damages Tuesday against the state Department of Social and Health Services, accusing the agency of negligence in the deaths of Powell’s two young sons.
Published August 7th, 2012 - 6:11PM
Steven Powell’s journals leave little doubt he had a “sick” obsession with his daughter-in-law.
Published August 2nd, 2012 - 3:31PM
Two Seattle attorneys are preparing to file a claim for damages against the State of Washington on behalf of missing Utah mother Susan Cox Powell. The claim will accuse the state of negligence in the deaths of Powell’s sons, Charlie and Braden.
Published August 2nd, 2012 - 9:47AM
The state might have banned Josh Powell from having his two young sons at his Graham house if they had known Utah authorities considered him a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, according to a Department of Social and Health Services report released today.
Published May 9th, 2012 - 7:00PM
For 30 minutes Wednesday, a Pierce County sheriff’s detective narrated for a jury a series of digital images as they flashed across a video screen in Superior Court.
Published May 8th, 2012 - 7:38PM
With his son, Josh, dead, Puyallup-area resident Steven Craig Powell has become the focal point in the disappearance of his daughter-in-law.
Published May 8th, 2012 - 6:38AM
The Pierce County judge presiding over the trial of Steven Powell, father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell, on Monday dismissed one of 15 counts filed by prosecutors.
Published May 6th, 2012 - 8:33PM
Jury selection starts Monday in the voyeurism trial of Steven Powell, the Pierce County man whose connection to missing Utah mother Susan Cox Powell has generated national interest in his case.
Published May 1st, 2012 - 6:44AM
Friends and family of Susan Cox Powell have formed a committee to create a pair of memorials to the missing Utah mother and her two sons.
Published April 29th, 2012 - 1:54PM
The latest fight with her husband brought a new round of anxiety and confusion for 27-year-old Susan Powell.
Published April 27th, 2012 - 6:36PM
An attorney for the parents of Susan Cox Powell has filed a formal request with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the West Valley City Police Department to review all investigative files related to the missing woman’s case.
Published April 25th, 2012 - 4:20AM
To hear Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper tell it, it almost would have been a crime had Pierce County sheriff’s detectives not searched the South Hill home of a missing Utah woman’s father-in-law.
Published April 23rd, 2012 - 1:23PM
A Pierce County judge Tuesday will rule on whether law enforcement officials had probable cause to search the South Hill-area home of Susan Cox Powell’s father-in-law last year. Steven Powell, 62, wants evidence seized during that search, including photos he allegedly took of young girls and his daughter-in-law, thrown out of court.
Published April 18th, 2012 - 9:47PM
The Pierce County Law Enforcement Support Agency dispatcher who took a social worker’s 911 call just before Josh Powell killed his children and himself has been reprimanded for allowing 22 minutes to lapse before help arrived.
Published April 18th, 2012 - 5:15PM
The West Valley City Council in Utah has denied a request to release documents related to the investigation of Josh Powell.
Published April 11th, 2012 - 6:44PM
Neighbors looked on with relief Wednesday as a demolition crew knocked down and hauled away what was left of the Graham-area house where Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons.
Published April 7th, 2012 - 4:39AM
A co-worker of Steve Powell says the father-in-law of Susan Powell planned to travel to Utah for a camping trip shortly before she disappeared in 2009, according to an attorney.
Published April 4th, 2012 - 6:03PM
Steve Powell called in sick to work a day after his daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell, disappeared from her home in West Valley City, Utah, more than two years ago, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
Published April 2nd, 2012 - 6:43AM
A Utah mayor is defending his police department's handling of the Susan Powell case, insisting it did everything it could to resolve it.
Published March 30th, 2012 - 3:36PM
A witness told police that Josh Powell spoke of killing someone and disposing of a body, according to a search warrant unsealed this afternoon in the case of his father, Steven Powell.
Published March 8th, 2012 - 4:20AM
A life insurance company has asked a federal judge to decide whether Josh Powell’s relatives are entitled to collect on a $1.5 million policy after he killed himself and his two sons last month.
Published March 7th, 2012 - 3:51AM
Josh Powell’s father claims in newly filed court documents that Pierce County authorities illegally searched his house last year. Steven Powell, 62, wants evidence seized during that search, including photos he allegedly took of young girls and his daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell, thrown out of court.
Published March 6th, 2012 - 2:36PM
Josh Powell’s father claims in newly filed court documents that Pierce County authorities illegally searched his house last year.
Published March 3rd, 2012 - 6:01AM
Josh Powell – in a form filled out a day after his father’s arrest and placement of his sons in foster care, and nearly two years after his wife Susan disappeared – stated he had no symptoms of depression, anxiety or sadness in the previous year.
Published February 28th, 2012 - 6:51AM
Everybody has their off days, and David Lovrak has had his. The Pierce County Law Enforcement Support Agency call-taker recently was lambasted for not recognizing the severity of a 911 call he handled from a case worker standing outside Josh Powell’s house before the Puyallup man killed himself and his two young sons in a gasoline-­fueled inferno Feb. 5.
Published February 24th, 2012 - 6:38AM
Josh Powell’s in-laws said Thursday that Washington’s child protection system is flawed and could better ensure the safety of children with changes in policy.
Published February 23rd, 2012 - 6:27AM
The maternal grandparents of two boys killed earlier this month in a devastating house fire ignited by their father will be in Olympia today for a meeting on Child Protective Services.
Published February 22nd, 2012 - 5:59PM
Crime writer Ann Rule plans a book on the story of Susan Cox Powell, who disappeared more than two years ago, and her husband, Josh, who killed himself and his two sons in a fiery blaze earlier this month.
Published February 22nd, 2012 - 11:37AM
Plans are under way for a Utah memorial honoring missing West Valley City mom Susan Cox Powell and her two sons.
Published February 18th, 2012 - 5:05PM
Nobody used the word “exorcism,” but it seemed to apply. About 30 people, including religious leaders from a half-dozen faiths, gathered Saturday morning at the house where Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons, seeking to use prayer and symbolic ritual to rid the place of whatever evil might remain.
Published February 17th, 2012 - 8:51PM
That Josh Powell might harm his children one day lingered in the minds of state social workers even as they took the steps to reunite him with his two young sons.
Published February 17th, 2012 - 2:32PM
A psychologist who evaluated Josh Powell as part of the custody case involving his two sons found the father had a good relationship with the boys and competent parenting skills.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:14PM
Josh Powell’s family said Thursday he will not be buried in the same Puyallup cemetery as his two sons, killed Feb. 5 in an explosive fire he set at his Graham-area house.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:15PM
Josh Powell’s relatives want him buried at the same cemetery as the two young sons he killed, in a plot just overlooking their grave, Puyallup’s city manager said Wednesday.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:15PM
New tips in the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell have been pouring in since the deaths of her husband and their two sons, but it’s unclear whether investigators are any closer to finding her.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:15PM
The hurt just keeps on coming for the people who knew Charlie and Braden Powell or live near the house where their father, Josh Powell, murdered them on Feb. 5.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:15PM
The home Josh Powell showed to authorities was nothing but a sham. He did not live there. He did not keep his important things there. And when he found he could not keep his children there he decided to blow it up.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:15PM
Pierce County sheriff’s investigators found some books and a map of Utah during a search Sunday of paper at a Graham-area recycling center.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:15PM
Volunteers from Pierce County Search and Rescue sifted through tons of paper at a recycling center Sunday, hoping to find items that Josh Powell may have dumped before killing himself and his two sons in a house fire last week.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
Our coverage in today’s paper of the memorial for Charlie and Braden Powell marks the end of an emotional week for our community and one that tested the newsroom as we tried to be thorough but sensitive on a story that drew national coverage.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
It was quiet outside Life Center in Tacoma on Saturday as family and friends gathered within the sanctuary’s walls to celebrate the lives of Charlie and Braden Powell.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
In a folder on his work computer labeled “Personal Pics,” Steve Powell maintained a peculiar collection of photos: 55 depicting his daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell, but few if any showing his son.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
The Pierce County 911 operator who handled a social worker’s call Sunday from Josh Powell’s house told “Dateline NBC” in an exclusive interview he wishes he’d “recognized the urgency of the situation” that day.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
Hundreds of community members attended this morning's service to celebrate the short lives of the Powell brothers at Life Center in Central Tacoma.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
Josh Powell spent his last day alive running the errands that mark the humdrum of daily life. Powell, it turns out, checked off the items on his list with monstrous intent.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
Pierce County sheriff’s investigators found a comforter stained with blood inside a storage unit rented by Josh Powell but further tests are needed to know what kind of blood it is and who it belonged to.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:30PM
Westboro Baptist Church may not be coming for the Powell boys' service after all. A Tweet sent from leader Fred Phelps Jr's Twitter account says "Washington trip now cancelled."
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:33PM
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has released a surveillance photo of Josh Powell taken the day before he set fire to his Graham-area rental home, killing himself and his two young sons.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:33PM
Pierce County sheriff’s investigators have roped off part of a Graham recycling center after receiving a tip that Josh Powell threw some paper away there before he ignited a deadly house fire Sunday.
Published February 16th, 2012 - 5:33PM
If, on Saturday, you plan to celebrate the lives of Charlie and Braden Powell at their memorial service, please, come and be welcome.
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