Update | Buckely resident Lonnie Leroy Tate charged with arson, assault and obstruction

Buckely resident Lonnie Leroy Tate has been charged with four felonies for allegedly setting a neighbor's van and garage on fire, assaulting the neighbor and hindering the efforts of county deputies.

Buckely resident Lonnie Leroy Tate has been charged with four felonies for allegedly setting a neighbor’s van and garage on fire, assaulting the neighbor and hindering the efforts of county deputies.

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office filed papers in Pierce County Superior Court charging Tate with two counts of second degree arson, one count of second degree assault and one count of obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Tate is scheduled to be arraigned today.

According to a police report, Pierce County deputies were dispatched Aug. 25 to the 6800 block of 245th Avenue East near Buckley on the report of a suspect on a rampage.

Deputies were told the suspect was chasing a woman who was his neighbor with a baseball bat and yelling obscenities at her. The deputies also were told a house in the area was on fire.

When deputies arrived, smoke was visible in the area and Tate was seen with a baseball bat in each hand.

The deputies ordered Tate to drop the bats. He dropped one bat and threw the other at a deputy’s patrol vehicle. He also yelled obscenities and told deputies to shoot him.

The deputies used a Taser twice, but neither attempt was effective. Tate then ran into nearby woods and was able to escape the deputies and a subsequent search by a K-9 unit.

Tate eventually made his way to the Buckley Police Department and turned himself in. He was taken to Good Samaritan for treatment.

The woman told a Pierce County detective the incident began when she was gardening and heard Tate yelling. She went to see what he wanted and when Tate began yelling angrily at her she retreated into her house. Tate arrived at the house and began pouring gasoline inside her garage.

According to the police report, Tate said he was going to burn the place down.

Reports indicate as the woman fled Tate began chasing her with a baseball bat. She then heard glass breaking.

The woman was able to call 911 and wait at a friend’s house until deputies arrived.

Tate is alleged to have set fire to the van outside the home, which caused a fire in the garage.

According to a Pierce County deputy fire marshal the van was destroyed and the garage sustained about $1,800 in damage.

More in News

Burn ban in place for Pierce County

The weather may be getting colder, but burn bans have been called for multiple counties due to deteriorating air quality.

Enumclaw’s Van Hulse to compete in national music showcase

Erik Van Hulse, who also goes by his stage name Siboh Nisoh, has been working toward this big break for almost as long as he can remember.

Kiwanis honor four as Students of the Month

Members of the Buckley Kiwanis Club honored a trio of “Students of the Month” during an Nov. 16 gathering.

Pepper addresses ‘false’ recall charges in community meeting

The meeting, held at the Black Diamond library, was a chance for voters to have “an opportunity to hear from both sides before they decide to sign,” the recall petition, Pepper wrote in an announcement for the meeting.

Wilbanks wins close Buckley race

It took a month, but Luke Wilbanks finally knows he’ll be occupying a seat on the Buckley City Council.

Buckley Council race gets recount; results due Dec. 6

The closest general election outcome in Pierce County was found in Buckley, where a razor-thin difference in a City Council race forced a recount by the Pierce County Elections Department.

Enumclaw Council roster rapidly changing

A significant shake-up of the Enumclaw City Council is well under way. Soon to exit city government is Mayor Liz Reynolds, who opted against seeking another term after eight years in the city’s highest office. Already off the City Council is Jan Molinaro, who was elected to fill the mayoral post during the Nov. 7 general election and has stepped away from council.

Santa touring Bonney Lake, Sumner neighborhoods

Santa will once again be joining East Pierce Fire and Rescue around Bonney Lake, Sumner and surrounding communities to wish everyone happy holidays. He’s already toured Milton and Sumner, but there are still many more routes for him to complete before he heads back to the North Pole.

Most Read