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November 13, 2013 at 7:59 AM
TUMWATER (AP) — A woman has died in a house fire at Tumwater.
The fire department says a neighbor reported the fire about 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The Olympian reports firefighters found the woman who was pronounced dead in a medic unit.
The 39-year-old woman was alone in the home.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage to the home is estimated at $100,000.
September 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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. (more…)
July 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM
A standoff between law enforcement and a 50-year-old man with a gun who holed himself up inside a Tumwater gas station to talk to his former girlfriend still was unresolved about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, seven hours after the incident began.
Trosper and Littlerock roads still were closed and law enforcement still was on site, including Thurston County SWAT and Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies, Tumwater Police Detective Jen Kolb said. Olympia police, Washington State Patrol and Tumwater Fire also provided assistance during the day, she said.
Little had changed throughout the day after law enforcement were dispatched to the USA gas station at 701 Trosper Road about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Inside the station’s convenience store, the Olympia man had confronted his ex-girlfriend, an employee at the store, with a gun, wanting to talk to her.
Another employee left the building unharmed and no customers were thought to be in the store at the time, Kolb said.
The woman, 42, of Olympia, has a restraining order against the man, she said.
The two were locked inside an office in the store, and the man was in communication with law enforcement, repeatedly asking them to give him time to speak to his ex-girlfriend.
During the standoff, a tanker truck was left parked at the gasoline station, but eventually the driver of the truck was allowed to return to the truck and drive off with the protection of an armored vehicle, Kolb said.
Traffic was halted throughout the area, including at the southbound off ramp on Interstate 5 at Exit 102, according to the state Department of Transportation.
January 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM
A woman was arrested for DUI this morning after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 for nearly 18 miles, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said.
The 60-year-old Olympia woman reached speeds of more than 100 miles an hour between Tumwater and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, while troopers and police chased her in the parallel lanes, Gill said. A section of the freeway was shut down to avoid injuries because of the woman; there were no crashes, and no one was hurt.
Troopers were first dispatched to Tumwater, where the woman was reportedly sitting in her car in the middle of an intersection. Minutes later, 911 calls started pouring in about a motorist driving the wrong way on I-5, Gill said.
Troopers chased after her in the northbound lanes, with lights and sirens, Gill said. The woman did not stop until her white sedan struck a line of spike strips placed in her path by troopers, Gill said.
“We had [help from] officers from Pierce County, Lakewood, Tacoma PD and they shut off I-5,” Gill said.
Update: 11:56 a.m.
Here is a map below of the route she took, according to Washington State Patrol.
View Woman drives wrong way on I-5 for 18 miles in a larger map. (Graphic by Sharon Pian Chan/The Seattle Times)
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