Man arrested after boy found chained to bed

YELM — A Yelm man has been arrested, accused of chaining his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son to a bed for nearly a day, the police chief said Friday.

Jeremy Tyler, 27, was held at the Thurston County Jail for investigation of three counts of unlawful imprisonment.

The boy’s mother was not arrested, but police said she was aware of the situation. Prosecutors were reviewing her case.

The boy had been chained by his ankle from 9 p.m. Wednesday until about 4 p.m. Thursday, police chief Brian Asmus said.

Two younger brothers were not chained, but Tyler locked their clothes in a room and left them in their underwear, Asmus said.

Nuns in the running: A convent is among the uses being considered for a former 14-acre estate atop Prune Hill, which has been offered by its owner for what he calls "a higher purpose." "How can you say no to a bunch of nuns?" owner Tim Moyer said. Early this year, Moyer asked nonprofit agencies and religious groups to make proposals for using the $3 million property, which includes a 10,000-square-foot house, a barn, a pool and some outbuildings. Under Moyer’s plan, he would own the property, giving it rent-free to a charitable or religious group that would pay for maintenance, utilities and taxes. Moyer has received about 100 proposals so far, ranging from a reptile farm to "something involving crystals and the energy source of Prune Hill."

Man, kids rescued: A Coast Guard helicopter rescued a father and his two children after their boat crashed into the south jetty of the Columbia River near Astoria on Friday. Fred Oltmann of Vancouver, Wash., and his two children were heading out to sea to fish when the engine of their 19-foot boat swamped and wouldn’t restart. Without engine power, the boat couldn’t be steered.

Heart attack homicide: A 19-year-old man was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for a fight with his father that ended when the older man died of a heart attack. Gaspar Francisco Lopez pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree assault in the June 13 struggle with his father, Francisco Pascual-Bartolome, 52. According to court records, Lopez swung a large pole at his father but missed. However, the older man then fell unconscious to the ground. By the time paramedics arrived, Pascual-Bartolome had stopped breathing and could not be revived.

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