Several arrests made in downtown riot Wednesday evening

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.

Power outages, collisions stack up as storm hits Thurston County

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.

Olympia PD arrests two suspects in West Olympia armed robbery

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.

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.