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November 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM
A man diagnosed with schizophrenia pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder Tuesday in connection with the stabbing of his girlfriend in her Lacey apartment Nov. 5.
Alexander Althauser, 35, pleaded not guilty to the charge during his video arraignment before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon.
Althauser is accused of stabbing his girlfriend five times in her apartment in the 5600 block of College Street after she tried to prevent him from getting into bed with her 10-year-old daughter, according to court papers.
She and her daughter barricaded themselves in a bedroom, court papers state, and the woman passed out during a 911 call. The woman was initially admitted to the intensive care unit at Providence St. Peter Hospital, but she has since been released.
Althauser was being held at the Thurston County Jail Tuesday, with bail set at $1 million.
October 16, 2013 at 6:29 PM
The Associated Press
Lacey police are investigating a dead body found Wednesday afternoon inside a tent in a wooded area off the 5800 block of Martin Way, across from and past the Regal Cinemas.
A person walking on a trail in the area found the body about 1:30 p.m., Lacey Police Cmdr. Jim Mack said. The body inside the tent is badly decomposed, and investigators are not sure whether it is a man or a woman, Mack said.
It is too early to say whether the deceased is a victim of foul play, Mack added. The Thurston County coroner and Lacey detectives were on scene Wednesday afternoon investigating.
October 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM
UPDATE, 1:48 P.M.:
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says a wolf hybrid that escaped from its owner’s kennel Friday near Lacey and attacked his German shepherd has been tranquilized and returned to its kennel.
Lt. Greg Elwin said deputies were prepared to shoot the 140-pound animal if it got out of a neighbor’s fenced yard.
He said the owner used raw meat to lure it into a portable kennel. The wolf hybrid was trying to chew its way out of the portable kennel when a Fish and Wildlife agent arrived and shot it with a tranquilizer gun.
Elwin said the animal is legal because it’s a hybrid, although it was described as 98 percent wolf.
The German shepherd that was attacked is OK.
The Associated Press
LACEY — Thurston County deputies are trying to capture a domesticated wolf that escaped from a home and attacked a neighbor’s dog Friday morning near Lacey.
Lt. Greg Elwin says the wolf is confined in a backyard. Deputies are trying to snare it or lure it back into a kennel with food.
If the animal tries to leave the fenced yard, deputies are prepared to kill it.
Elwin described the animal as a hybrid that’s 98 percent wolf.
September 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM
The Associated Press
LACEY — Authorities in Thurston County have arrested a man they believe is responsible for fatally stabbing one woman and gravely injuring another man in the Lacey area.
The Olympian reports that a 67-year-old man who uses a wheelchair was found stabbed in the neck in his home before 3 p.m. Monday. While police were investigating, they discovered a second stabbing victim at another location just before 5 p.m.
Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady says the man in the wheelchair was in critical condition at Providence St. Peter Hospital.
Brady said deputies were called to the first scene after a woman went to the man’s home to return a lost dog she believed might belong to the owner. She saw the man lying on the ground with what appeared to be a stab wound to the neck.
The man in custody is reportedly the son of the female victim.
July 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy’s body was found in southwestern Montana and a Lacey man has been detained after a convenience-store clerk saw him washing blood off his clothes.
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Attorney Ben Krakowka says the 38-year-old man is being held on a disorderly-conduct charge while police investigate the boy’s death.
The man was arrested Monday night after a clerk reported a man in a convenience-store restroom trying to wash blood off his body and clothes.
A statement by the Montana Department of Justice says the man was involved in a custodial dispute and took his 3-year-old son from Lacey.
Police found the man’s vehicle five miles southeast of Anaconda on Monday. They found the boy’s body Tuesday.
Krakowka declined to release the boy’s name.
July 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM
OLYMPIA (AP) — A 16-year-old has been given a 15-year sentence for his role in a drive-by shooting that wounded another teen in Lacey for what prosecutors called a “schoolyard beef.’
Victor Torres pleaded guilty Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court to assault charges.
The Olympian reports he’ll remain in the county juvenile jail until he’s 18 and then be transferred to a state prison.
Prosecutors say he had been fighting with a 15-year-old and enlisted a friend with a gun to “hunt” the victim who was wounded in January in a leg.
The 18-year-old who is accused of firing the shot, Terrell Fox, is scheduled for trial later this year on assault charges.
June 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM
LACEY, Thurston County (AP) — A 4-year-old boy who fell into an apartment building swimming pool at Lacey has died.
Police Lt. Phil Comstock told The Olympian the boy died Sunday night at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma where he had been in critical condition.
Police says the boy’s father fell asleep and woke up Saturday to realize his son was not in the apartment. He searched the grounds and found him in the pool.
The father, police and medics gave him CPR. He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and then airlifted to Tacoma.
January 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM
Seattle police have arrested a man they’ve been calling the “Jimmy Buffett Bandit” since he robbed a bank in September sporting a thick mustache, pony tail and Hawaiian shirt.
The 44-year-old man was caught Thursday evening around 5:30 p.m. when trying to rob a US Bank near Westlake Avenue and 8th Avenue North, according to the Seattle Police Department. This time he was wearing a ski mask and threatened to shoot the bank clerk from whom he’d demanded cash.
As the bank clerk handed money over to the suspect, a security guard sneaked behind him and knocked the gun — which turned out to be fake — out of his hand. The suspect and security guard wrestled on the floor until the guard overpowered him.
When police arrived, the guard had the man pinned down on a floor strewn with cash, according to the department.
Robbery detectives believe the man arrested Thursday night is the same man who has committed at least nine robberies in Seattle, Bellevue, Covington, Kirkland and Lacey since September.
“Margaritas will be hard to come by where he’s going,” wrote Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on SPD’s online blotter.
November 29, 2012 at 6:58 AM
Brass knuckles vs. a spider: Guess who won? A Spokane man found a huge spider in his house, and finding some brass knuckles handy – smashed the critter dead. Oh, and he also put a hole in the wall… You can see the results on his YouTube video.
All we can say is, “Whoa!”: Cameras get 6,000 school speeders in Seattle.
Since the Powerball winners are from Arizona and Missouri, none of us won, did we? At least not the BIG prize.
A 17-year-old teen was pulled from a burning house in Lacey early this morning and is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Two others in the house escaped and were treated for smoke inhalation. KING5 has the story.
Burglar stabbed dog: Why isn’t clear, but a Spokane man surprised an intruder last night, catching him stabbing the dog. A fight ensued during which the intruder was stabbed himself. The battle moved outside, and a neighbor was able to grab the burglar and hold him until the cops arrived. The dog suffered a wound to his neck but is expected to survive.
Is there something to be said about that fact that one of the top five most-read stories this morning is that Lindsay Lohan has been arrested, again? Here’s a photo in case you forgot what she looks like…
Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Washington State’s Mike Leach claims Marquess Wilson ‘recanted everything’
- Warning: Cameras catch 6,000 speeders near 4 Seattle schools
- Pac-12 football: Here’s what to expect in 2013
- Lindsay Lohan arrested on assault charge in NYC
- C.J. Wilcox leads Huskies past Saint Louis
Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or email@example.com. On Twitter @NickProvenza1
October 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM
The Associated Press
LACEY — Police in Lacey say they arrested a nude woman outside a Big Lots store after she tried on a coat, then dropped it as she fled.
Sgt. Adam Seig says witnesses report the woman took off her clothes before entering the store Tuesday afternoon.
Seig tells The Olympian that he arrested the woman for investigation of indecent exposure after officers saw her running naked in and out of traffic in the store parking lot.
He says the woman seemed disoriented.