Female suspect reportedly robs Tumwater Safeway with fold-up knife

Tumwater Police responded to the Safeway located at 520 Cleveland Ave SE for a report of an armed robbery around 10:30 pm Wednesday evening.

A female suspect pulled a foldable knife on staff and left the store with merchandise, last seen southbound on Cleveland Ave towards Custer Way.

Thurston County Sheriff’s K9 Arlo and his handler were called in to track the suspect, who Tumwater officers had probable cause to arrest for robbery.

As of 11:00 pm, K9 Arlo was tracking near the railroad tracks west of Capitol Blvd, still attempting to locate the fleeing suspect.

Updated – perimeter was cleared around 11:25 pm. Units are unable to locate the suspect.

Attempt to Locate – Missing Person: Cindy Deshields

The Olympia Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating the above pictured missing person, Cindy Deshields.

Deshields was last seen in the Northeast Olympia neighborhood around 11:00 am today (Tuesday). She may have been walking a small white dog.

If you see her, or have any info on her whereabouts, call 911.

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.