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Coroner identifies 3 dead in Thurston County shooting

LACEY — The Thurston County coroner has identified the three people who were found dead Wednesday after a shooting near Lacey.The three people were 36 year-old Gerald M. Berkey of Elma, 28 year-old Jackson L. Edens of Olympia, and 31 year-old Terron R. McGrath of Olympia.

Date: 06/24/2016 | Northwest


Authorities don’t know why 4 were shot in Lacey

LACEY — Three people are dead and another is recovering from a gunshot wound following an early morning shooting in Washington state, authorities said Wednesday.

Date: 06/22/2016 | Northwest


Deputies search remote landfill for remains of Olympia woman

OLYMPIA — Thurston County sheriff’s deputies are digging through mounds of refuse at a remote landfill as they search for the remains of an Olympia woman.

Date: 06/15/2016 | Northwest


5 Olympia schools found with elevated copper levels

OLYMPIA — The Olympia School District says five of its schools have been found to have elevated levels of copper.

Date: 06/14/2016 | Northwest


Olympia’s Community Court aims to combat recidivism

The OlympianOLYMPIA — In his years working in Olympia’s municipal court, Judge Scott Ahlf has learned an important lesson: doing the same thing over and over doesn’t work.

Date: 06/08/2016 | Northwest


State Capitol to hold two-day ‘active threat’ drill

OLYMPIA — State officials will be running a two-day “active threat” readiness drill at the Capitol campus.The Washington State Patrol and Department of Enterprise Services says that the exercise will take place Friday and Saturday.

Date: 06/01/2016 | Northwest


DOT employee presumed dead in plunge off Hood Canal Bridge

SHINE — A search for a state worker presumed dead after a vehicle plunged off the Hood Canal Bridge on state Highway 104 is expected to continue today after an unsuccessful search Tuesday.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Northwest


Second ex-Olympia school bus driver accused of sex abuse

OLYMPIA — A former Olympia School District bus driver has been arrested on charges of child rape and molestation in connection with the alleged assault of a 10-year-old boy.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Northwest


Rescued sea lion found dead in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Washington state biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was strangely found in the driveway of a cattle ranch about 50 miles from the ocean.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Northwest


Driver faces new charges following death of pedestrian

OLYMPIA — Authorities say they plan to file new charges against a 19-year-old driver following the death of a pedestrian.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest


Lawsuit: Olympia School District hid sex abuse from parents

OLYMPIA — The Olympia School District is facing a lawsuit that claims it hid information from families about a school bus driver who admitted to molesting their children.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Northwest


Washington Capitol soon to be home to 30,000 honeybees

OLYMPIA — About 30,000 European honeybees will arrive at the Washington state Capitol next week as part of an effort to raise awareness about the decline of bee populations across the country, as well as to boost pollination of plants at the governor’s mansion and on the Capitol campus.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Northwest


Personal data stolen from Olympia School District employees

OLYMPIA — Personal information of some current and former Olympia School District employees has been stolen by someone posing as the district’s superintendent.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest


Washington Capitol soon to be home to 30,000 honeybees

OLYMPIA — About 30,000 European honeybees will arrive at the state Capitol next week.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest


Workers create sidewalk art under pressure

OLYMPIA — It all started with a monkey and a dirty sidewalk.

Date: 04/10/2016 | Northwest


State tests environmentally friendly lawn at state Capitol

OLYMPIA — Washington state is testing an environmentally friendly lawn at the state Capitol. The lawn mixes species and reduces the need to mow.The Olympian newspaper reported that the pilot project will also reduce the use of water, fertilizer and pesticides.

Date: 04/10/2016 | Northwest


Few answers on Olympia theft that risked data of millions

WASHINGTON — Senate investigators indicated Monday they’ve received few answers from the Obama administration after a laptop and portable hard drives — likely containing names and Social Security numbers of millions — were stolen from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in...

Date: 04/04/2016 | Northwest


Judge finds grocery group violated state campaign laws in 2013

SEATTLE — A Thurston County judge has ruled the Grocery Manufacturers Association violated Washington’s campaign finance disclosure laws in 2013 while fighting a food labeling initiative.

Date: 03/12/2016 | Business Wire


Woman pleads guilty to strangling boyfriend who wanted to die

BILLINGS, Mont. — A 32-year-old Washington woman who said she always wanted to try killing someone with her bare hands has pleaded guilty to strangling her boyfriend.

Date: 03/07/2016 | Northwest


Man dies while being detained by police in Olympia

OLYMPIA — The Olympia Police Department says a man has died while in police custody at a local bus station.The man has not yet been identified, but police described him as a white male in his 30s or 40s.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest


Plans for Capitol Lake to open up for public comment

OLYMPIA — Officials are seeking input from the public on plans for the 260-acre Capitol Lake in Olympia and Tumwater.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest


Mistrial declared for mom charged in son’s death by fire

OLYMPIA — A Thurston County judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a woman accused of leaving her 18-month-old son alone in a house where he died in a fire.

Date: 02/26/2016 | Northwest


About 2,000 evacuated from Olympia hotel due to pepper spray

OLYMPIA — Police say about 2,000 people were evacuated from a hotel in West Olympia after pepper spray fumes spread through the hotel’s air system.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Northwest


Suit against Olympia School District cites hazing of student

OLYMPIA — A lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the Olympia School District on behalf of a former student, alleging the district should have done more to protect him from a hazing ritual.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest


Gun rights rally held at Capitol in Washington

OLYMPIA — About 100 people gathered on the steps of the Capitol to urge lawmakers to protect gun rights.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Northwest


State suspends license of shrink charged with child sex crime

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Health has suspended a psychologist for 10 years after he was charged with seeking sex with a minor.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest


State bans drones at Capitol in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Drones will soon no longer be allowed to fly at the Washington state Capitol.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Man gets prison time after bizarre arrest in Olympia

OLYMPIA — A Washington man who behaved bizarrely during his July arrest has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Olympia High School counselor finalist for national award

OLYMPIA — A career- and college-readiness counselor at Olympia High School is being honored as one of six finalists for a national award for school guidance counselors.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Northwest


Former refugee thanks governor who welcomed him in 1975

TACOMA — Vuong Nguyen has spent the past 40 years feeling indebted to former Washington Gov. Dan Evans.This year, the former Vietnamese refugee finally found a way to express his thanks: by giving the former Republican governor a bonsai tree landscape.

Date: 12/19/2015 | Northwest


Olympia man charged in powdered fentanyl trafficking case

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two more people have been indicted in what authorities say was an international synthetic-drug ring that led to overdose deaths in three states.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Northwest


Ex-Olympia Farmers Market manager accused of embezzling $159K

OLYMPIA — The former manager of the Olympia Farmers Market is facing charges of theft after being accused of embezzling $159,000 from the market.The Olympian reported that 59-year-old Charlene Haney pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft Tuesday.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest


Marijuana seized at rental house owned by Olympia councilman

OLYMPIA — Thurston County authorities have seized more than 165 marijuana plants from a rental property owned by a member of Olympia’s City Council.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest


Police: Student arrested for bringing gun to high school

OLYMPIA — Olympia police say they’ve arrested a high school student for bringing a handgun to school.Aa police officer who works at Capital High School arrested the student Thursday afternoon after he got a report that the student had brought the gun to the school.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Northwest


Review board says Olympia officer didn’t violate police policies

OLYMPIA — An Olympia police officer did not violate department policies when he shot and injured two young men in a May encounter that sparked protests, a five-member shooting review board announced Wednesday.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest


Half-brothers shot after Olympia robbery plead not guilty

OLYMPIA — Two half-brothers shot by police after a suspected Olympia robbery pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in a Thurston County court.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest


Olympia man uses hornet spray to capture accused trespasser

OLYMPIA — An Olympia man kept who he says was a trespasser in his backyard at bay with a can of wasp and hornet killer.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest


Anti-police, anti-Nazi demonstrators march through Olympia

OLYMPIA — Demonstrators marching through downtown Olympia chanted anti-police slogans, broke windows and took a bat to a truck before dispersing.The Olympian reported that the demonstrators walked the streets on Saturday night chanting “Nazis out of Oly” and other slogans.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest


Department of Transportation to widen I-5 near JBLM

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Transportation is planning to add lanes to Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord to battle long-term traffic problems, but the six-year project is expected to make traffic congestion worse between Olympia and Tacoma in the near future.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Northwest


Burglar in Olympia may have been scared off by car crashing into home

OLYMPIA — Olympia police say an attempted burglar was probably scared off when a car crashed into the apartment.The Olympian reported that a woman was leaving the complex after visiting her friend Aug. 19 when she pushed the gas instead of the brake and crashed into an apartment.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest


Salvation Army sues Olympia over sewer pipe mistake

OLYMPIA — The Salvation Army is seeking nearly $12,000 in damages from Olympia after the city mistakenly claimed a broken sewer pipe had been on the charity’s property.The Olympian reported that the lawsuit was filed July 9 in Thurston County Superior Court.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Northwest


Fugitive’s role in Olympia horror film leads to his arrest

TACOMA — A fugitive has been arrested after federal agents saw his photo in a story featuring a low-budget horror movie in The Olympian.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest


Olympia vets: Switch from pharmaceuticals to pot

OLYMPIA — Andrew Collins no longer has a cocktail of 17 prescriptions coursing through his body.The Army combat veteran stared death in the face while serving two tours of Iraq in the 2000s. He now battles post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his wartime experiences.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Northwest


Olympia man pleads guilty to child molestation charges

OLYMPIA — A 36-year-old Olympia man has pleaded guilty to five counts of child molestation and a child assault charge.The Olympian reported that Brandon Hughes-Ranahan entered his pleas on Monday in Thurston County Superior Court.

Date: 07/13/2015 | Northwest




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