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"Sparked: Marion Apartment fire was set deliberately. Fire came from the first floor—where the only resident lived."

The Seattle Times said he lived on the second.

Posted by cochise. | October 28, 2008 9:18 AM

plus, where in the child abuse article does it say anything about the parents blaming others? Where's your unpaid intern when you need him?

Posted by rococo | October 28, 2008 9:26 AM

Joe the Plumber running for Congress would be the perfect absurd capstone to his ridiculous narrative.

Oddly enough, even if he wins, he still would not make more than $250k.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 28, 2008 9:34 AM

Note to self - NEVER but NEVER help people in "distress" if you ever forget, go watch Clockwork Orange again my little droogs :P

Posted by Fred34 | October 28, 2008 9:35 AM

First floor, ie ground floor, is a parking lot and I think a lobby. He lived on the first floor of actual units.

Walking by this morning it definitely looked like it started in the back of the building, and he lived in the front. Whoever was assuming he killed himself in the comments yesterday might want to rethink that.

Posted by w7ngman | October 28, 2008 9:38 AM

Funny that Stevens can still run for congress, but won't be able to vote for himself as a convicted felon.

Posted by Banna | October 28, 2008 9:40 AM

Also wondering (like post #2) where the information about the couple claiming it was someone else came from. The article only says they plead not guilty.

Posted by confused | October 28, 2008 9:40 AM

@ 2 & 7) So if they didn't do it--and the girl was starved, this is certain--then someone did it, right?

Posted by Dominic Holden | October 28, 2008 9:48 AM

Come on, Punky! Show us your real colors and push the puppy out the window!

Posted by Spoogie | October 28, 2008 9:56 AM

"If convicted, Pomeroy and Long each face a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison."

Posted by THAT'S IT?!?!?!?! | October 28, 2008 9:59 AM

Yes! You dear reader are supposed to infer from the couples non-guilty plea that they claim someone else did it. Talk about your misleading headlines.

Wha's up with the Stranger's writers this morn?????

Posted by Jennifer | October 28, 2008 10:07 AM

Why exactly are they waiting to charge the subhuman fake-bicycle -accident attempted rapist? Lock him up and throw away the key. If he's lucky he'll get to taste his own medicine for a good long time.

Posted by Rhiannon | October 28, 2008 10:26 AM

Tyrone Wilingham is the antithesis to cocky. In an ethically acidic field he's one of few that puts honor and accountability above all else. It's undue to refer to him as such in the name of a clever headline.

Posted by Sarah | October 28, 2008 10:31 AM

I'm with @10. 3 years seems ... I don't know. Insufficient. Grossly so.

Posted by Peggy G. | October 28, 2008 10:39 AM

@8 The law works in funny ways. If you plead not guilty, it doesn't mean that you are saying they didn't do it at all, it is saying you are not guilty of the crime you are accused of. Like, "we punished our daughter, but we felt that what we did was within reason."

and in your headline, "Fire came from the first floor—where the only resident lived", you are clearly insinuating that he killed himself.

Posted by cochise. | October 28, 2008 10:43 AM

just looking at the priggish, self righteous faces of those assholes who starved and dehydrated their daughter--(but we had to because she was so OPPOSITIONAL!) has put me in a bad mood. me want to kill kill kill.

Posted by ellarosa | October 28, 2008 10:49 AM

@ 15) I'm not suggesting he killed himself. I'm relaying information that the fire started on the floor where the only tenant lived.

Posted by Dominic Holden | October 28, 2008 10:52 AM


Posted by Happy Halloween | October 28, 2008 11:12 AM

@15. I don't think Dominic was inferring anything... he was just stating the facts. Actually, based on my casual knowledge of the circumstances (he was being evicted), I sort of assumed that he might have set the fire himself out of spite and then somehow couldn't get out.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 28, 2008 11:21 AM

I had the same reaction as #10- that woman deserves to be put away for way longer than three years! I hope this case spurs lawmakers to increase the maximum sentence for child abuse!

Posted by east coaster | October 28, 2008 12:21 PM

@8: "It Had to Be Someone Else: Parents plead not guilty" okay, that's fine -- you're making a hypothesis for why they could be pleading not guilty. "—saying they weren’t the ones who locked up their 14-year-old daughter" See that word "saying"? That would normally mean they actually said that in their plea. You also made the link to the article be "they weren't the ones", which would normally imply I can find that at said link. There's a whole host of words or phrases you could have used instead of "saying" - "implying", "leading one to believe", yadda yadda.

Posted by So it's yellow journalism then | October 28, 2008 1:18 PM

Three years for starving a child? That girl will suffer the effects of this intentional mistreatment for the rest of her life.

These people have the privilege of spending the next several weeks out of jail while they argue "cause" and attempt to weasel out of a MAXIMUM sentence of THREE FUCKING YEARS?

Unbelievable. Un-fucking-believable. I almost hope there's more evidence of some other crime to add time to their sentence.

Posted by MJ | October 28, 2008 7:22 PM


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