CRIME & SAFETY
Olympia police find $1,000 in cash after woman is detained for shoplifting
The woman’s last known address was in Alaska.
‘Innocent people shouldn’t have to pay the price’: Thurston Co. Sheriff speaks on pre-trial release
The Thurston County Sheriff told us on Tuesday that releasing people accused of violent crimes without bail is putting us all in serious danger.
Two burglary suspects drive car into Thurston County gun shop, police say
Two burglary suspects drove a stolen car into a gun shop on Pacific Avenue early Saturday morning, according to Lacey police. But nothing was taken, either because police arrived shortly after
Have you seen these men? They’re accused of theft, Lacey police say
The burglary was reported Sept. 9
Thurston County Sheriff's Office fires deputy who lied about his background before hire
The Thurston County Sheriff's Office has fired a patrol deputy for lying about his background, the department announced. The deputy was hired earlier this year, but the Sheriff's Office launched
Local Residents Invited to Solve Murder Mystery at Nichols Community Center
The article details a Murder Mystery Event where attendees can role-play as criminal psychologist, Dr. Gold, to help Detective Philip Chapman solve the murder case of Abigail Ross. The case involves an investigation into eleven possible suspects.
West Thurston Fire Department battles Capitol Forest Fire
The West Thurston Fire Department learned that a fire had started in the Capitol State Forest near Olympia on Saturday evening.
Weekly Safety Report: Carjacking, Unsolved Killing, BB Gun, and Judicial Conduct in Olympia, Washington
Multiple arrests were made in a carjacking incident at a local gym in Olympia, Washington. The victim reported his car keys stolen from his locker, and a group of people were found inside his car. When confronted, the prowlers attacked the victim and fled in his rented silver Lexus. In another incident, the unsolved killing of Karen Bodine in 2007 is being kept alive by her daughters and Olympia detectives. The body was found near Littlerock Road, and the daughters continue to seek justice. Additionally, a 17-year-old boy was arrested after a BB gun was found in a Capital High School bathroom. Finally, a former Clark County judge no longer faces a judicial conduct hearing over controversial comments regarding a Black man killed in a police shooting.
Police arrest shoplifting suspect in Olympia, recover meth and cash
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Police arrested a shoplifting suspect in Olympia earlier this month, and in addition to the stolen goods, officers recovered meth and cash. According to the Olympia Police Department (OPD), officers responded to reports of a shoplifting incident at a local retailer. When officers arrived, they found the suspect exiting the store with unpaid merchandise in her shopping cart and in her purse.
Investigators: Inmate smuggled deadly fentanyl into Thurston County Jail
Within a 10-day period, a total of six inmates overdosed. Jail staffers were able to revive the other four using Narcan.
Student Denies Gun Possession Allegation, Olympia Schools Reinstate Resource Officers Following Incidents
A 15-year-old student from Olympia's Capital High School is denying allegations of carrying a loaded gun on school property. The student was allegedly found with the gun tucked in his waistband in the gym area. A pre-trial hearing is set for September 19.
Weekly Safety Report: Fire and Burglary Incidents Shake Lacey, Washington
Two incidents occurred in Lacey, Washington this week. The first incident involved a massive fire in a mobile home park, which spread to two additional homes. Firefighters from Lacey Fire Department, Olympia Fire Department, and East Olympia Fire District 6 successfully extinguished the fire without any reported injuries. The second incident involved a burglary and assault in a Lacey home, where a teenager allegedly broke into his ex-partner's home and shot two people. The suspect, along with two others, is currently held in Thurston County jail.
Is This Armed and Dangerous Drug Dealer Hiding Out in WA?
Could this armed and dangerous felon be found in Washington?. Jeffrey Joseph Branham is known to have ties to the Evergreen State. A federal warrant was issued for his arrest on June 14th. Branham has been linked to Federal Way, Olympia, Kent, an Seattle. Why is Jeffrey Joseph Branham wanted...
Robbery ends in arrest: Car hits thief
Plus five more burglaries and five more assaults reported this month. The Olympia Police Department reported on Friday that a juvenile was arrested for an alleged robbery that ended with him being hit by a car while fleeing the scene.
Multiple arrests made in carjacking incident at local Olympia gym
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Police arrested multiple people who attacked a man and stole his car from a local gym in Olympia last month. According to the Olympia Police Department (OPD), the victim called police saying that his car keys were stolen out of his locker, and a group of people were inside his car.
Police Blotter for Wednesday, September 20, 2023
On 09/20/23 at 7:48 AM in the 5700 block of Kinney Road SW, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Corey Michael Christensen, 32, on suspicion of possession of stolen vehicle. On 09/20/23 at 7:48 AM in the 5700 block of Kinney Road SW, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Steven Tyler Sage, 24, on suspicions of 1) possession of stolen vehicle and 2) unlawful possession of controlled substance – synthetic.
Explosions and low flyovers shaking your home? It’s JBLM, and here’s when it will stop
Explosions can often be heard coming from Fort Lewis. This week there are also low-flying helicopters. Here’s how much longer it’ll last.
Police Blotter for Tuesday, September 19, 2023
On 09/19/23 at 8:48 PM in the 14700 block of 119th Way SE, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Chandler, 49, on suspicion of 1st degree assault. On 09/19/23 at 2:42 AM in the 5600 block of Martin Way E, police arrested Elliahs Akeem Allen, 25, on suspicion of 3rd degree driving with license suspended.
Anonymous tipster helps return man's stolen saw in Tumwater
The portable sawmill, which is worth about $85,000, was stolen from Tumwater work site in August.
Man in Thurston County accused of stealing hundreds of cigarette packs in repeated thefts, police say
A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of second-degree burglary earlier this month after Olympia police say he stole 321 packs of cigarettes. The same store was burglarized ...