The National Weather Service says that another “vigorous frontal system” will push through our area on Friday, dumping plenty of rain and possibly causing more wind damage than the storm we had on Wednesday.
Meteorologists wrote in this morning’s forecast discussion that they expected tomorrow’s storm to be “at least as windy as the system yesterday and maybe a notch higher”. Early fall storms tend to be particularly impactful because leaves are still on trees, making trees more susceptible to damage.
Nevertheless, expect rain and wind tomorrow, and be prepared for the possibility of localized power outages caused by tree damage and blown transformers. Check your storm drains and make sure they are clear of leaves to prevent urban flooding.
And please, drive carefully, especially on I-5 where the water pools up near the interchange. We had multiple accidents in that area yesterday, including a rollover.
WSDOT says I-5 northbound will be closed at Maytown Rd (MP 95) through the afternoon and possibly into the evening commute.
Fire crews and WSP were dispatched earlier this afternoon to a report of a jackknifed semi which had caused several secondary collisions. Fire originally reported they had eight patients, but only one or two were transported to the hospital and the others were treated on scene, according to scanner traffic.
WSDOT has set up a detour using Maytown Rd, Tilley Rd, and 93rd Ave for travelers to get around the incident. The Department of Ecology is responding for a fuel spill, WSDOT needs to reset the jersey barrier between the directions of the freeway, and multiple vehicles need to be towed from the scene.
The Olympia Police Department arrested 13 individuals on charges of Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Disperse, which are both violations of the Olympia Municipal Code, at a demonstration turned riot on Wednesday evening downtown.
Around 8:45 pm, two demonstration groups joined together in front of City Hall and began smashing windows and tagging buildings with spray-paint. Two large windows in the front of City Hall were completely smashed out, according to scanner traffic.
Officers also said over the radio that rioters were shining red lasers in their eyes, and throwing rocks at them.
Officers declared the group an unlawful assembly and began issuing dispersal orders and he group began marching east. OPD officers, with the assistance of TCSO deputies, WSP troopers, and Lacey PD, engaged with them at 4th and Plum, where riot munitions were deployed.
Thirteen people were arrested in that area, five men and eight women. All but one of those arrested are age 29 or younger. One 44-year old female was among those arrested, according to arrest records.
As of this morning, they had all been released from the Olympia City Jail.
The Arrest Report is now available for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. Agencies in Thurston County made 6 felony arrests, 14 misdemeanor arrests, and 1 warrant arrest (0 felony, 1 misdemeanor) – for a total of 21.
*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.
Olympia Police made several arrests Wednesday after a demonstration evolved into an unlawful assembly, with lots of graffiti visible as well as a few broken windows.
Two separate groups formed in the early evening, one at Sylvester Park and one at City Hall. The group at Sylvester Park eventually marched down 4th Ave to meet the other group, according to scanner traffic. They allegedly damaged an ATM, broke out windows in a bus shelter, and left graffiti on several buildings as they marched.
Once the two groups merged, around 8:45 pm, they broke several windows at the Olympia City Hall and began to march eastbound on 4th Ave. After giving several dispersal orders, officers engaged with the group in the area of 4th and Plum and around 10 arrests were made. We aren’t sure of the exact number.
The remainder of the group appeared to disperse from there. We will follow up later with additional details on the arrests and the damage that was done.
911 dispatchers, firefighters, medics, and police officers in Thurston County had a busy day Wednesday as the rain poured and the wind blew. The weather caused plenty of issues with trees into power lines, blown transformers, and several collisions, mostly on I-5.
The most serious of the collisions seemed to be a rollover which occurred on the I-5 southbound off ramp to N 2nd Ave SW at exit 103 around 2:30 pm. One vehicle was upside down on the ramp and firefighters had to extricate a trapped occupant. Nobody was seriously injured.
Other collisions occurred near MP 88 in Grand Mound, and MP 111 and 113 in Lacey.
Power outages were also reported. The largest of these outages was in the area of Mud Bay and Delphi Rd west of Olympia which affected around 900 customers. Puget Sound Energy said they estimated that power to be restored by 5:30 pm.
Other power outages were reported across the county, mostly impacting 25 customers or less.
The Olympia Police Department arrested two suspects, a 28-year old man and a 20-year old woman, on suspicion of first-degree robbery and felony harassment early Wednesday morning, arrest records show.
The two suspects are accused of robbing an acquaintance at gunpoint at Sunrise Park in West Olympia. Officers responded to that report on Tuesday afternoon. The suspects got $40 out of the victim’s wallet, according to scanner traffic.
The victim was able to give officers the names of the suspects, the description and license plate of the car they were driving, and the name of the hotel where they usually hang out. Officers found that car at the hotel late Tuesday night.
The suspects were taken into custody at the La Quinta Inn on Park Center Ave in Lacey. Lacey Police officers assisted Olympia with the contact. The two suspects have been booked into Thurston County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Armed Robbery and Felony Harassment. The male suspect also has a warrant for forgery.