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June 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

1 dead, 2 injured in explosion at Tenino fireworks plant

Update at 2:33 p.m.: The Associated Press TENINO  — A 74-year-old man injured in an explosion Wednesday morning at a fireworks plant died at the scene from his injuries. The man died while awaiting an airlift to a regional trauma center, Thurston County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Greg Elwin said. Two others were hurt in the explosion in unincorporated…

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September 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Tumwater bank tellers mistake customer for robber, call 911

TUMWATER, Thurston County — Employees at a Tumwater bank treated a customer from Tenino like a bank robber last week, tripping an alarm that resulted in police officers drawing guns and handcuffing him after he left the branch of Timberland Bank.

“I thought they were going to shoot me,” 59-year-old Thomas Budsberg said of his ordeal on the afternoon of Sept. 16.

Budsberg and a companion were released by police after they realized he had not robbed the bank and was not a bank-robbery suspect, The Olympian reported Thursday.

Timberland Bank CEO Michael Sand said he believes employees did nothing wrong during the encounter. Sand said employees at the bank were on alert for Budsberg because he had come into the bank in August, taken some brochures and left.

This was considered “odd” behavior on Budsberg’s part, Sand said. Sand said the branch on Trosper Road has been robbed before. “We want to protect our people,” he said.

Bank employees subsequently looked through CrimeStoppers photos of recent bank-robbery suspects and believed that Budsberg resembled one of them, Sand said.

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May 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Cooler winds helping Washington firefighters

OLYMPIA (AP) — A shift in winds Monday is helping firefighters at a couple of wildfires in southwest Washington. Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Karen Ripley says they grew Sunday under dry easterly winds. But winds have shifted to an onshore flow, bringing cooler, more-humid air. About 100 firefighters with helicopters are trying to control a fire…

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