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November 3, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Baby killed in house fire near Olympia

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m. | A woman who left her infant son alone in a bedroom where a hotplate was being used for heat is being investigated for manslaughter in his death, the Thurston County sheriff’s office said.The 18-month-old was not in a crib. The hotplate with an open coil sat on a floor covered with…


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October 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Amber Alert canceled: Child found safe in Olympia

UPDATE, 10:55 a.m. | The abducted child has been located safely in Olympia, according to a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office tweet. The Amber Alert has been canceled. ORIGINAL POST | The Thurston County Sheriff’s office has issued an Amber Alert after an 18-month-old was allegedly abducted by his estranged mother. Cassandra Wilhelm, 34, is driving a 2012…


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October 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

State to pay $9.75 million over child-abuse case

OLYMPIA — The state will pay $9.75 million to five children who were abused by their parents. The judgment filed Friday in Clark County Superior Court settles a lawsuit filed on behalf of the children last year, KING-TV reported. Two of the children, who were adopted twins, were starved and beaten for years. Sandra and…


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September 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Wildlife agents kill 4 nuisance nutria in Olympia

OLYMPIA (AP) — Wildlife agents have killed four nutria — rodents the size of beavers — that have made themselves a nuisance at Capitol Lake in Olympia. The state Department of Enterprise Services, which manages the lake, hired the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife division to shoot the animals. The Olympian reports several dozen nutria are thought…


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August 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Tuesday Memo: Ms fans believin’ … Spokane deputy prosecutor may be linked to felon, texts, bikini photo

Who would have thought this might happen? Larry Stone: Mariners’ biggest victory is getting fans to believe again Now that was fast … and dang dangerous: 125-mph chase on I-5 nets Thurston County carjack suspect More than a 1,000 texts, a surveillance video and a bikini photo: Those things may link a…


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August 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Monday’s lightning starts 17 fires; all but 2 are contained

Monday night’s lightning storms led to 17 fires in Washington, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Information Officer Jean Nelson-Dean said the fires burned about 1,370 acres. As of Tuesday morning 15 fires were contained, Nelson-Dean said. Fire fighters are still trying to contain two of the new fires. The Haven Lake fire northwest of Olympia has burned about 285…


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July 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Vehicle hits 4 pedestrians in downtown Olympia

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Four pedestrians were hit by a vehicle Friday afternoon as they crossed a street in downtown Olympia. The Olympian reports an older couple and two elementary-school age children were struck in the crosswalk on Capitol Way South. Dylan McCarthy witnessed the incident while he waited in his car at the crosswalk. He told…


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May 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

‘Pay to potty,’ and other stuff you might have missed this week

This was not a great week to be an animal. Or a small child. …Or an adult who snacks on pet treats, but that one seems like a known risk. Below are five offbeat stories you might have missed on Here’s hoping our brethren in the animal kingdom fare better next week.  


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May 21, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Wednesday Memo: Hash oil blast … New Surface … Stuck duck

Another hash oil explosion: This one, in Puyallup, damaged a car and a home. The explosion sent debris far and wide, but there were no injuries. It’s no wonder these makeshift hash oil operations blow up. Marijuana leaves and stems and highly flammable butane are used in the oil-making process. Two of Nordstrom’s top executives More

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