Cat found dead in neighbor’s yard being investigated as suspicious

Questions are arising and rumors are circulating about the possible return of a Thurston County “cat killer” after a cat was found killed and mutilated in a neighborhood near Olympia High School.

The cat was found in a yard in the area of Eskridge Blvd SE & Quince St SE, according to posts made on the NextDoor neighborhood connection website by both the cat’s owner and the neighbor who found it in their yard.

The posts indicated that the cat was left mutilated in a way that led them to believe it was not killed by another animal, but by a human. The owner contacted the Olympia Police Department to file a report. We have requested a copy of that report from OPD and will follow up when we receive it.

In 2018, over a dozen cats were found dead and there was a $53,000 reward offered for information that led to the arrest of the killer. An additional cat was found dead in Lacey in 2019, but it was never confirmed whether that was related to the killing spree in 2018. Investigators later determined, after necropsies were completed, that some of the cats had been killed by other animals.

State Patrol identifies man killed in Rochester motorcycle accident on Sunday

The Washington State Patrol has identified the man who was killed in a motorcycle accident on SR 12 at Forstrom Rd SW near Rochester on Sunday evening.

He has been identified as Craig J. Nelson, 62, of Centralia. Nelson was travelling westbound on SR 12 on his motorcycle when a man driving a yellow Chevrolet Corvette crossed the highway on Forstrom Rd. Nelson struck the Corvette, ejecting him from his motorcycle.

Medics with West Thurston Fire responded with WSP and originally requested LifeFlight be dispatched to transport the patient, but updated shortly thereafter that the patient was deceased.

It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. The cause is under investigation.

Fireworks are banned in Thurston County. Residents encouraged to use non-emergency line, not 911, to report violations

It’s almost July 4th, and the Thurston County Manager, in consultation with the Fire Marshal, has enacted an emergency ban on consumer fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County due to high fire danger following our historic heat wave last week.

Fireworks are already prohibited by law in the cities of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater.

Residents are encouraged to use the non-emergency line for local law enforcement to report fireworks violations, not call 911. 911 should be reserved for emergencies that threaten life and property, including fires resulting from the use of fireworks, and injuries resulting from the use of fireworks.

The non-emergency line for all law enforcement agencies in Thurston County is 360-704-2740. A dispatcher at TCOMM will route your complaint to an officer with the appropriate law enforcement agency, and you won’t be using 911 lines that could be used for life threatening emergencies.

For those interested in fireworks, there will be a “drive up” style fireworks show in Lacey at 10:00 pm on July 3rd. Fireworks are being launched from Chinook Middle School and viewers can park in nearby areas to watch.

There will also be a “drive up” fireworks show in Tumwater on July 4. Fireworks will be launched from the Tumwater Valley Golf Course at 10:15 pm. Viewers can park in the area and watch.

Authorities searching for murder suspect known to be homeless in West Olympia

Authorities from Thurston and Mason counties are searching for 24-year-old Kyle Baker, who is also known by the name “Bam Bam”. He is suspected of killing another man with a machete in Shelton on June 24, 2021.

The homicide occurred on Thursday, June 24, near Kneeland Park in the 200 block of Turner Ave in Shelton. First responders were called to the scene where they found a 22-year-old man deceased with trauma to his body. That male was identified as John L. Farmer, according to the Shelton Police Department.

The resulting homicide investigation has resulted in Baker being named a suspect. He is known to be homeless in West Olympia near the Capital Mall, according to David Rose with Washington’s Most Wanted. Rose also says he has prior criminal convictions for Theft 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree and Robbery 2nd Degree.

Baker is considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 immediately if you see him. If you have current information about his whereabouts, you’re encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or call the Shelton Police Department at 360-426-4441.

Historical heat wave on tap this weekend

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an Excessive Heat Watch in our area, effective Friday afternoon through Monday evening. They are anticipating a heat wave that could break records.

The official forecast from the National Weather Service is calling for a high of 102 degrees on Saturday, 107 degrees on Sunday, and 102 degrees on Monday, as of Wednesday afternoon. The hottest temperature ever recorded at the Olympia Airport is 104 degrees in August of 1981. That record is in jeopardy this weekend.

Meteorologist Cliff Mass has more in his blog. He says in part “In any case,  it is essentially certain that the Willamette Valley and western Washington from Seattle southward will have a historical heatwave, one beyond the experience of many residents.”

Temperatures this high can have deadly consequences. The American Red Cross recommends that during a heat wave you stay hydrated, not participate in strenuous activity, find somewhere with air conditioning to go if possible, and keep an eye on family, friends and neighbors who could be affected by the heat.

Arrest Report for Sunday, June 20th

The Arrest Report is now available for Sunday, June 20th, 2021. Agencies in Thurston County made 3 felony arrests, 7 misdemeanor arrests, and 1 warrant arrests (0 felony, 1 misdemeanor) for a total of 11.

Felonies

  • Guydish, Z. Assault 2nd Degree DV, Felony Harassment DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Robertson, T. Assault 1st Degree – Deadly Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Firearm 1st Degree. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Wallway, R. Burglary 2nd Degree DV, Violation of Protection Order DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.

Misdemeanors

  • Boldt, J. Harassment DV. 8700 blk Stockholm Ln NE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Cooper, A. Driving under the Influence. 6600 blk Blade St SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Frederick, D. Certificate Required to Operate or Sell Vessel. 500 blk Yelm Ave W. Arrested by Yelm PD, released on scene.
  • Little, J. Violation of Protection Order DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Matthew, C. DWLS 3rd Degree, Ignition Interlock Violation. 3500 blk Martin Way E. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.
  • Rincon, A. Property Damage – Graffiti. 100 blk Talcott Ave SW. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Spear, B. Assault 4th Degree DV. 6900 blk Sweetgum Ave NE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.

Warrants – Felony or Misdemeanor

  • Wells, S. Criminal Trespass 1st Degree (M). 200 blk McKenzie Ave SE. Arrested by Yelm PD, held in Nisqually Jail.

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*Being arrested does not mean that a person is guilty of the charge(s) listed and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Charges listed are initial offenses referred by the officer at the time of arrest that are based on probable cause (except in the case of a warrant arrest). The Prosecutor decides if charges will be filed in court, and if so, what those charges will be.

Please also understand that this report does not include any misdemeanor arrests made by TCSO or WSP that don’t result in a suspect being booked into jail. Misdemeanor suspects are often “cited and released”, depending on the crime, at the discretion of the Officer. We have no way of finding this information quickly.

Those who would like more information about a specific case can find it by searching the various jail rosters and other online resources, such as the “Daily Bulletin” on the Police2Citizen website.

Arrest Report for Saturday, June 19th

The Arrest Report is now available for Saturday, June 19th, 2021. Agencies in Thurston County made 5 felony arrests, 8 misdemeanor arrests, and 2 warrant arrests (1 felony, 1 misdemeanor) for a total of 15.

Felonies

  • Howard, D. Residential Burglary. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Hull, A. Residential Burglary DV, Assault 4th Degree. 2100 blk 9th Ave SW. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Mathis, M. Assault 3rd Degree, Vehicular Assault. 1100 blk Vista Loop SW. Arrested by Tumwater PD, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Perez, C. Residential Burglary. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Sisler, R. Assault 1st Degree. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.

Misdemeanors

  • Childers, N. Driving under the Influence. 1100 blk Chestnut St SE. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Lemus, K. Assault 4th Degree DV, Interfering with Reporting DV. 300 blk Kenyon St NW. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • McCown, J. Driving under the Influence 1+ priors last 10 yrs. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by WA State Patrol, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • McCreven, J. Driving under the Influence. 1500 blk Yelm Ave E. Arrested by Yelm PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • McKinlay, D. Hit and Run Unattended. 1400 blk Galaxy Dr NE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • O’Dell, D. Hit and Run Attended. 1600 blk Gateway Blvd NE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Sanchez, Z. Assault 4th Degree DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Stephens, D. DWLS 3rd Degree, Ignition Interlock Violation. 1100 blk Cooper Pt Rd SW. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.

Warrants – Felony or Misdemeanor

  • Lopez-Gonzalez, A. Assault 4th Degree DV (M), Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree DV (M). Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Ward, T. Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin (F), Burglary 1st Degree (F). Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.

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*Being arrested does not mean that a person is guilty of the charge(s) listed and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Charges listed are initial offenses referred by the officer at the time of arrest that are based on probable cause (except in the case of a warrant arrest). The Prosecutor decides if charges will be filed in court, and if so, what those charges will be.

Please also understand that this report does not include any misdemeanor arrests made by TCSO or WSP that don’t result in a suspect being booked into jail. Misdemeanor suspects are often “cited and released”, depending on the crime, at the discretion of the Officer. We have no way of finding this information quickly.

Those who would like more information about a specific case can find it by searching the various jail rosters and other online resources, such as the “Daily Bulletin” on the Police2Citizen website.

Arrest Report for Friday, June 18th

The Arrest Report is now available for Friday, June 18th, 2021. Agencies in Thurston County made 4 felony arrests, and 10 misdemeanor arrests for a total of 14.

Felonies

  • Berry, C. Felony Harassment – Threats to Kill. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Grady, J. Assault 2nd Degree DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Hanson, S. Assault 2nd Degree DV – Strangulation, Felony Harassment DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Kornelussen, D. Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Burglary 2nd Degree, Vehicle Prowl 1st Degree. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.

Misdemeanors

  • Acosta, S. Lewd Conduct. 2700 blk Harrison Ave NW. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Best, M. Violation of No-Contact Order. 600 blk Trosper Rd SW. Arrested by Tumwater PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Dubois, C. Assault 4th Degree DV, Property Damage DV, Resisting Arrest. 2600 blk Martin Way E. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Gunstone, J. Unlawful Aiming of a Weapon. 4500 blk Ruddell Rd SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Keylock, K. Theft 3rd Degree – Larceny. 600 blk Sleater Kinney Rd SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Lane, J. Assault 4th Degree. 1000 blk Cherry St SE. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Maxfield, J. Hit and Run Attended, Reckless Driving. 700 blk Cooper Pt Rd SW. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.
  • Schaffer, F. Violation of Protection Order DV. 6700 blk Compton Blvd SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Schiltz, E. Property Damage. 1900 blk 4th Ave E. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Schiltz, E. Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree. 1900 blk 4th Ave E. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.

Warrants – Felony or Misdemeanor

None to report.

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*Being arrested does not mean that a person is guilty of the charge(s) listed and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Charges listed are initial offenses referred by the officer at the time of arrest that are based on probable cause (except in the case of a warrant arrest). The Prosecutor decides if charges will be filed in court, and if so, what those charges will be.

Please also understand that this report does not include any misdemeanor arrests made by TCSO or WSP that don’t result in a suspect being booked into jail. Misdemeanor suspects are often “cited and released”, depending on the crime, at the discretion of the Officer. We have no way of finding this information quickly.

Those who would like more information about a specific case can find it by searching the various jail rosters and other online resources, such as the “Daily Bulletin” on the Police2Citizen website.

Arrest Report for Thursday, June 17th

The Arrest Report is now available for Thursday, June 17th, 2021. Agencies in Thurston County made 2 felony arrest, 9 misdemeanor arrests, and 3 warrant for a total of 13.

Felonies

  • Cornwell, A. Assault 2nd Degree DV, Assault 4th Degree DV, Assault 4th Degree. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Negrete, A. Eluding Pursuing Police Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.

Misdemeanors

  • Gomez, A. Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree. 3900 blk 14th Ave SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Hennings, C. Driving without a License. 2600 blk Martin Way E. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.
  • Joyce, M. DWLS 3rd Degree. 3500 blk Martin Way E. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.
  • Owings, J. Driving without a License. 1900 blk Eastside St SE. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.
  • Rice,R. Violation of Protection Order DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Saunders, L. Theft 3rd Degree – Shoplifting. 1400 blk Galaxy Dr NE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Songer, A. Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree DV. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Whitten, K. Criminal Trespass 1st Degree. 700 blk Prairie Park Ln NE. Arrested by Yelm PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Wood, K. DWLS 3rd Degree. 200 blk Lilly Rd NE. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.

Warrants – Felony or Misdemeanor

  • Christensen, C. Theft 3rd Degree (M). 5900 blk Littlerock Rd SW. Arrested by Tumwater PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Lake, A. DOC Violation – Escape Community Custody (F), Criminal Trespass 1st Degree, Theft 3rd Degree (x3). 200 blk McKenzie Ave SE. Arrested by Yelm PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Peltola, J. Vehicular Assault (F). Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Shincke, K. DOC Violation – Escape Community Custody (F). 100 blk College St SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.

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*Being arrested does not mean that a person is guilty of the charge(s) listed and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Charges listed are initial offenses referred by the officer at the time of arrest that are based on probable cause (except in the case of a warrant arrest). The Prosecutor decides if charges will be filed in court, and if so, what those charges will be.

Please also understand that this report does not include any misdemeanor arrests made by TCSO or WSP that don’t result in a suspect being booked into jail. Misdemeanor suspects are often “cited and released”, depending on the crime, at the discretion of the Officer. We have no way of finding this information quickly.

Those who would like more information about a specific case can find it by searching the various jail rosters and other online resources, such as the “Daily Bulletin” on the Police2Citizen website.

Arrest Report for Wednesday, June 16th

The Arrest Report is now available for Wednesday, June 16th, 2021. Agencies in Thurston County made 2 felony arrest, 11 misdemeanor arrests for a total of 13.

Felonies

  • Middleton, T. Robbery 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Woodring, D. Violation of Civil Anti-Harassment Order. 7000 blk Flute St SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Thurston County Jail.

Misdemeanors

  • Armstrong, D. Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree DV, Harassment DV. 1400 blk Yonkers Dr SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Denham, R. Assault 4th Degree DV, Interfering with Reporting DV, Theft 3rd Degree – Other Locations. 1500 blk Ethel St NW. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Denham, R. Theft 3rd Degree – Other Locations. 1500 blk Ethel St NW. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.
  • Gavrilov, N. Theft 3rd Degree – From Motor Vehicle, Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree. 2400 blk Bush Ave NW. Arrested by Olympia PD, held in Olympia City Jail.
  • Haskins, C. Assault 4th Degree DV. 7200 blk Henderson Blvd SE. Arrested by Tumwater PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Jason, J. Assault 4th Degree DV. 12800 blk Yelm Hwy SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Pulido, K. Driving under the Influence. Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by WA State Patrol, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Rogers, J. Theft 3rd Degree – Shoplifting, Criminal Trespass 1st Degree. 17100 blk SR 507. Arrested by Yelm PD, held in Nisqually Jail.
  • Stewart, M. DWLS 3rd Degree. 2200 blk College St SE. Arrested by Lacey PD, released on scene.
  • Swift, Y. Violation of No-Contact Order DV (x2). Unknown location of arrest. Arrested by Thurston County Sheriff, held in Thurston County Jail.
  • Zalauf-Stewart, M. Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree. 1000 blk 5th Ave SE. Arrested by Olympia PD, released on scene.

Warrants – Felony or Misdemeanor

None to report.

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*Being arrested does not mean that a person is guilty of the charge(s) listed and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Charges listed are initial offenses referred by the officer at the time of arrest that are based on probable cause (except in the case of a warrant arrest). The Prosecutor decides if charges will be filed in court, and if so, what those charges will be.

Please also understand that this report does not include any misdemeanor arrests made by TCSO or WSP that don’t result in a suspect being booked into jail. Misdemeanor suspects are often “cited and released”, depending on the crime, at the discretion of the Officer. We have no way of finding this information quickly.

Those who would like more information about a specific case can find it by searching the various jail rosters and other online resources, such as the “Daily Bulletin” on the Police2Citizen website.