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October 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM
The Associated Press
YELM — The van that exploded Tuesday in Yelm was modified with a homemade system designed to improve gas mileage.
A 55-gallon drum in the vehicle blew up, critically injuring a man and a woman who were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with burns.
Sgt. Ray Brady told KIRO the couple were unable to speak to detectives.
The system reportedly was designed for the van to run on gasoline fumes.
October 22, 2013 at 3:53 PM
A man and a woman have been airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center after their van exploded this afternoon near Yelm.
Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady told The Olympian he is not sure why the van exploded, but detectives will investigate. “It doesn’t appear to be anything other than an accident at this point,” Brady said.
The explosion happened about 1:30 p.m. in a trailer park in the 17000 block of 153rd Avenue near Yelm. There are unconfirmed reports that the van’s fuel system may have been modified.
The victims’ conditions were not immediately known.
March 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM
YELM (AP) — A camel named Hugo is back in his pen at a residence near Yelm after wandering away and having Thurston County deputies looking for him.
The 6-year-old dromedary was found after an hour and led home by his keeper, Sean Sage.
The Olympian reports Sage and his wife Stephanie take care of Hugo and another camel named Picasso. The animals are owned by Camels Unlimited, which leases them for appearances or zoo rides.
Sean Sage says Picasso was away on Sunday and Hugo got lonely and went looking for his friend. Hugo escaped his pen, cut through a yard between two fences and walked into some woods.
A neighbor reported seeing a camel on the loose. Sgt. Alvin Griffin said it made for an interesting day.
October 12, 2012 at 6:53 AM
“This ends here.” That’s what a man with a gun said shortly before he was shot dead by a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy early this morning.
You stole my name… Authorities raided five homes in Spokane yesterday as part of an investigation into an identity theft ring. That’s five homes… KXLY in Spokane has the story.
Is Seattle a kind city? Seattle volunteers want to take on other cities in service hours through a challenge called “The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has challenged Seattle, often rated as one of the nation’s most charitable cities, to see who could record more volunteer hours, proclaiming his city as the “most compassionate” in the country.
Sad story: A 10-year-old boy was ejected from a car and died on I-90 near Ellensburg Wednesday when the car left the road and rolled. The boy, from Kittittas, was a passenger in the car. The State Patrol said he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. The Yakima Herald-Republic has the story.
Here are the most-read local stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
- More salmonella cases linked to Wash. restaurant
A Clark County Public Health spokesman says the number of salmonella cases linked to a Vancouver, Wash., restaurant continues to climb.
- Inslee, McKenna define differences
It was the most widely watched debate yet of this year’s race for governor, but Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna broke little new ground in their meeting Thursday night.
- Virginia Mason among top hospitals tapped by Walmart
Walmart has chosen Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle as one of six top-ranked hospital systems in the nation to deliver specialty care to its insured employees and family members. Others on the list include the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.
- Break’s over! Seattle’s long dry spell about to end
Puget Sound’s long dry streak, which began in late July, is expected to come to a dramatic halt on Friday. Rain, heavy at times, is in the forecast well into next week.
- Study: pot arrests cost state $300 million in past 25 years
A new analysis of crime data has found more than 241,000 people in Washington were arrested for marijuana possession over the past 25 years, most of them in the past 10 years.
October 12, 2012 at 5:41 AM
The Associated Press
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the deputy had pulled the man over and was calling in license information when the man came out of his car with a gun saying, “This ends here.”
The deputy fired, killing the man. The 50-year-old driver died. The deputy was not injured.
It happened about 12:30 a.m. on Highway 702 near McKenna
February 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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Investigators believe a double shooting Sunday morning at a home in the 10200 block of Third Street Southeast, Yelm, was accidental.
“It looks like they were trying to fix a gun that was jammed,” said Yelm Police chief Todd Stancil. “We don’t suspect any foul play.”
Billy Ray Johnson, 66, was trying to fix a gun when it fired, shooting himself in the hand and leg, Stancil said. A 24-year-old woman also was shot in the leg during the incident.
The two were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. She was treated and released, according to police. He is in stable condition, according to a nursing supervisor.
Originally, investigators were told the shooting happened during a confrontation, and that a suspect fled in a maroon car. That story was later determined to be fabricated, police said.
December 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM
When Scamp the puppy got hit by a car in Yelm earlier this month, he was wrapped in a blanket and set in the cold backyard, soon to be buried.
But Scamp, a Yorkshire terrier-Shih Tzu mix, had a surprise for his owners.
The Olympian has the story.
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