Capitol Blvd closed near Cleveland due to gas leak

Tumwater Police and Fire units have closed Capitol Blvd to all traffic as of 6:30 pm on Tuesday night due to a natural gas leak in the area. Capitol Blvd is closed from Cleveland Ave to Carlyon Ave.

The gas leak appeared to be caused by construction in the area, which involved an excavator. The road will be blocked until Puget Sound Energy arrives on scene to shut off the gas and repair the line.

Traffic detours are available via North St and Deschutes Parkway.

ICYMI: First fall storm of the year hits tomorrow

Fall began at 6:30 on Tuesday morning, and it will waste no time making its presence known in our area.

The National Weather Service says r ain and wind will pick up overnight tonight and continue Wednesday. The Olympia area should expect an 1-1.5″ of rain and 20-25 mph wind gusts throughout the day.

Following the storm Wednesday, a series of smaller and less-impactful storms will follow through the weekend, with an additional possibility of thunderstorms, especially on Thursday.

Next week should be dry, with temperatures in the 70s possible – maybe this will be one last whiff of summer before we head into October.

Olympia Police investigating armed robbery in West Olympia

Just before 3:00 pm Tuesday, Olympia Police responded to a report of a robbery with a gun at Sunrise Park, 500 Birch St NW, in west Olympia.

The victim told 911 dispatchers that two known subjects took $40 out of their wallet at gunpoint at the park. The suspects reportedly left in a black Hyundai Elantra, possibly headed towards downtown.

Officers said later they had probable cause to arrest two suspects, a male and a female, for 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Robbery, and Felony Harassment.

We are working on gathering more details.

One in custody after short pursuit through Tumwater neighborhood

Tumwater Police took a man into custody early Tuesday morning after he attempted to lead officers on a pursuit through a residential neighborhood, according to scanner traffic.

Officers attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, around 3:00 am near 69th Ave and Riverdale St, in the Munn Lake area of Tumwater. The vehicle immediately picked up speed and ran several stop signs, in an apparent attempt to elude officers.

Unfortunately for him, the vehicle suffered a mechanical issue, officers said, and it came to a stop in the 7100 block of Desperado Dr SE. The driver was cooperative and had his hands in the air.

The 36-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of felony Eluding a Police Vehicle. Records show that he also had warrants for domestic violence assault and a protection order violation. He is being held in the Thurston County Jail.

Man arrested for DUI after rollover near Rainier

Thurston County Deputies placed a man under arrest for driving under the influence after he rolled his car near Rainier, according to scanner traffic.

The collision occurred on Military Rd SE near McIntosh Ln SE, and was dispatched around 11:45 pm Monday.

The calling party stated that the vehicle had gone off the road, through a ditch, and ended up in a pasture. They also stated that the driver appeared intoxicated.

Southeast Thurston Fire was dispatched to evaluate the patient. He was not injured, but was promptly placed under arrest for driving under the influence once deputies arrived on scene.

Smoke inside Lacey mini-mart caused by faulty refrigerator

Around 6:45 pm Monday evening Lacey Fire crews responded to the Lucky Seven Food Mart at 4061 Pacific Ave SE for a report of smoke inside the store.

Crews found that the smoke was caused by a faulty refrigerator unit. They immediately disconnected the unit and mitigated the hazard.

The building has been turned back over the owners, who will be contacting maintenance.

One injured in bicycle collision in Tumwater Monday afternoon

Photo: Thurston County Scanner, News, and Weather

One person was transported to the hospital by Olympic Ambulance after being involved in a vehicle vs. bicycle collision in Tumwater on Monday afternoon.

The collision was dispatched just before 2:00 pm in the 5800 block of Capitol Blvd SE, near the Tumwater Inn & Suites.

Medics with Tumwater Fire and Tumwater Police officers responded to the scene. Other information on what led up to the crash, or the extent of the patient’s injuries, was not immediately available.

The southbound lanes of the roadway were blocked for around 20 minutes.

State Patrol releases identity of man killed in hit-and-run Saturday

The Washington State Patrol has released the identity of the Olympia man who was killed in a collision on Saturday south of Tumwater.

The man has been identifed as Dale B. Drewry, 54, of Olympia. Drewry was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by his wife, when they were struck from behind and run off the road, according to a release by the State Patrol.

Drewry’s wife was transported to St. Peter’s Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

A 37 year old Olympia man was booked into jail Saturday on charges of Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, and Felony Hit and Run as a result of the collision. He took off running from the scene of the accident, according to scanner traffic. Thurston County deputies apprehended him a short time later.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, but drugs and/or alcohol were involved, according to the State Patrol’s release.

Tenino Police Department announces death of Chief Bob Swain

Photo Courtesy: Tenino Police Department

The Tenino Police Department announced the death of Chief Robert “Bob” Swain on Monday morning in a post on the department’s Facebook page. Swain, 60, died Sunday night of health complications, according to the department.

Chief Swain suffered a medical emergency in early April, which resulted in him crashing his police car into the side of Scotty B’s diner in Tenino. He was out of work for three months, and returned in July.

Earlier this month, Tenino Police announced that Chief Swain would retire as of September 15, 2020. He died just five days later.

Swain was a 40-year veteran of law enforcement. 22 of those years were spent at the Colorado Springs Police Department. He also spent time at other departments in Colorado and Oklahoma. He was hired as the Chief of Police in Tenino in 2017.

Tumwater-area home damaged by fire Sunday night

Fire crews responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the 5600 block of Black Lake Belmore Rd SW, just outside of Tumwater, just before midnight Sunday evening.

Crews arrived on scene to find flames showing from a single-wide mobile home. 911 callers reported that the fire likely started in a dryer, according to scanner traffic.

Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. The extent of damage is unclear. All human occupants were able to evacuate, but firefighters removed a deceased cat and bird from the home, according to witnesses.

Crews from McLane-Black Lake Fire District #9, Tumwater Fire Department, East Olympia Fire District #6, and West Thurston Fire District #1 responded to the scene.