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Eyman under investigation in theft of $70 chair from store

LACEY, Wash. — Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman is under investigation for the theft of a $70 office chair from an Office Depot store in Lacey. The Seattle Times reports that Lacey police officers were called to the store Wednesday afternoon after employees noticed a chair in the entryway was


Despite resident pleas, Lacey policy is to clear only main roads during snowstorms

Lacey policy is to clear only main roads during a snowstorm and to forgo removing snow from residential streets because of “unintended consequences,” the city’s public works director said during Thursday’s City Council meeting.


Car tab initiative inventor Tim Eyman accused of stealing a chair

LACEY - Initiative innovator Tim Eyman, the man behind the $30 car tab push, has been accused of thieving a chair from an Office Depot store in Lacey. The alleged theft took place last week and a police report was filed on Wednesday by the Lacey Police Department saying Eyman took the chair, which h


Local drug task force busts 19-year-old with 6,000 Xanax pills

A multi-county drug task force — including the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office — executed a search warrant Thursday at the residence of a Puyallup 19-year-old in possession of 6,000 Xanax pills.


Washington lawmaker seeks restrictions on violent offenders location, release

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A lawmaker from the district holding the troubled Western State psychiatric hospital said Friday that measures before the Legislature would restrict what he described as the disproportionate placement of violent offenders in the area after release.


Heavy snow caves in roof at Verizon store in Lacey

LACEY, Wash. - City officials are tallying up the damage Thursday after heavy snow caused a roof to collapse at a Verizon store in Lacey, rupturing the fire sprinkler system and a gas line, emergency officials said.


Thurston Co. students are finally heading back to school. What took so long?

After nearly a week of snow days, most Thurston County students will return to school Friday. While most main roads in the area were cleared by Tuesday, Olympia School District said snow-covered side roads and slushy sidewalks were behind the decision to cancel school late into the week.


Washington state buys more than 1 thousand acres for wildlife and hunting

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved land purchases and modified several rules governing wildlife rehabilitation this month. At a meeting on Feb. 8, the commission took action on the topics.


Recent white supremacist activity in Washington is not new

This is the second in a two-part series on white supremacist activity in the Northwest. Read part one here. When a group attacked a DJ at a Lynnwood bar last December, it surprised some that the assault was carried out by a gang of white supremacists.


Washington handles runaway foster kids with handcuffs, shackles and jail. Is there a better way?

She is 14, and looking for a family. She had one once. Her mom died of cancer a couple of years ago, and her dad killed himself five months later. She became a ward of the state.


Number of measles cases in Washington rises to 60

SPOKANE, Wash. - Health agencies across the state are keeping a close eye on the measles outbreak in Washington. 60 cases have now been reported in the state, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Clark County has 59 confirmed cases and King County has one confirmed case. According


Police: Woman shot in Lakewood hotel parking lot, husband sought

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A woman was found in the parking lot of a Lakewood hotel with several gunshot wounds Friday evening, and authorities are searching for her husband in connection with the shooting.


Puget Sound school districts seek to avoid snow makeup days

After a snowy week in western Washington, several school districts hope to avoid having to make up school days canceled because of the weather. North Mason, North Thurston, Tacoma, and Tumwater are some of the south Sound school districts who will be seeking waivers from the Office of Superintendent


Another storm, another big question: Why was power out for so long?

Olympia resident Barbara Burgener has lived in Alaska and Eastern Washington, but it wasn’t until she moved to Olympia that she experienced losing power to her home on a regular basis.


Deschutes River Battles in Olympia’s Past

For many of us, the Deschutes River is a peaceful place. We see it as a normally placid river, even when it courses through waterfalls. But several times in the last century of so, the Deschutes River – and the economic power it represented – was the crux of legal and political struggles in our comm


Washington Senate passes death penalty repeal bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Senate on Friday approved a measure that would repeal the death penalty, just months after the state's Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment as arbitrary and racially biased.


Friday's Girls Basketball: Beas Too Much for Bearcats in District Finals

LACEY — The Bearcats did not repeat as District 4 champions here Friday night. But, as coach Tom Kelly pointed out afterwards, the loss didn’t mean the end of their season, much less the world.


Roy police officer who shot two men on utility vehicle has been identified

The Roy police officer who shot two men on a utility vehicle Feb. 9 has been identified. Chris Johnson is the officer who fired the shots, according to the city of Roy. He was attempting to stop the two men as they were allegedly driving recklessly on Roy city streets and on state Route 507.


Did you get a call from Olympia’s utilities dept.? It could be a scam, city warns

The city of Olympia is warning residents about a rash of fraudulent phone calls claiming to be from the city’s utilities department. According to the city’s warning, the calls say the resident’s water will soon be shut off if they don’t pay their bill.


The new year is off to a good start if you’re a prospective Thurston County home buyer

If you’re a prospective Thurston County home buyer who has grown weary of multiple offers or lack of selection, then January was for you. That’s because the inventory of single-family homes in January was nine percent higher than this time a year ago, according to new Northwest Multiple Listing Serv