9th cat killed: 11-year-old cat found by owners beaten, mutilated in east Olympia

9th cat killed: 11-year-old cat found by owners beaten, mutilated in east Olympia

Another cat was found beaten, mutilated, and with several of it’s organs removed in Olympia this week.

The owners of the 11-year-old “Midnight” noticed she was missing on Sunday and the remains were found by the owners on Monday near the intersection of Lilly Road and Pacific Avenue, according to Joint Animal Services.

A veterinary necropsy was being conducted Tuesday afternoon.

A reward of $21,000 is being offered in the original case, up another $1,000 from Tuesday. If you have any tips, you can call Thurston County Animal Services at (360) 352-2510. You can donate to Pasado’s reward fund here.

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OPD: Investigation ongoing into death of  Yvonne McDonald, detectives looking for info

OPD: Investigation ongoing into death of Yvonne McDonald, detectives looking for info

On August 7, 2018 at about 7 a.m., Olympia Police and the Olympia Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a woman lying in the yard of a private residence in the 900 block of Division Street NW. Fire personnel rendered immediate medical care to the woman, identified as Yvonne McDonald, a 56 year-old Olympia resident. Ms. McDonald was partially clothed at the time she was found. She was transported to St. Peter Hospital where further medical treatment was rendered. Ms. McDonald died at the hospital. Due to the circumstances, the Olympia Police Investigations Division was notified and investigators were immediately assigned to begin an investigation into Ms. McDonald’s death.

As is protocol in death investigations, the Thurston County Coroner’s Office was also notified. A deputy coroner was assigned to this matter as well. An autopsy was conducted on Ms. McDonald. A forensic pathologist conducted that exam. The results are currently listed as pending. No official ruling on Ms. McDonald’s cause and/or manner of death has been made at this time. Toxicology results, which may shed some light on Ms. McDonald’s death, will not be available for some time. These results sometimes take months.

The Olympia Police Department, like our community, is very concerned about the circumstances surrounding Yvonne McDonald’s death. A full and thorough investigation has been undertaken and is still very much open. Detectives with OPD and the assigned deputy coroner have been in close contact with Ms. McDonald’s family since shortly after she died.

As with all investigations, Olympia Police Department staff are keeping an open mind while seeking facts to establish whether a crime has been committed or whether Ms. McDonald died of another cause. In order to respect Ms. McDonald’s medical privacy, some of those details will not be available right now. Investigators are currently assigned to this matter and are actively engaged in seeking clarity surrounding this unfortunate situation. Those investigators are seeking the public’s assistance. If you have information that may be useful, please contact Olympia Police Detective Al Weinnig at (360)753-8300 or aweinnig@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Fire at Kingdom Hall in Lacey caused by malfunctioning fan

Fire at Kingdom Hall in Lacey caused by malfunctioning fan

LACEY, WA – Firefighters with Lacey Fire District #3 were dispatched at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon to a report of smoke seen from the building at the Kingdom Hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses on 6th Ave SE.

The fire immediately drew suspicion because Kingdom Halls in Thurston County have been a target for attacks over the last 6 months. In March, the Halls in Olympia and Tumwater were attacked by an arsonist but those fires were put out before they could cause much damage.

In Yelm, a Kingdom Hall was shot at. Bullets pierced glass, chairs, and walls. The building was unoccupied at the time. Then, on July 3rd, the Olympia location was set on fire again at 3:00 in the morning – this time it was destroyed.

Thankfully, today’s fire was determined to be caused by a malfunctioning ceiling fan. The fire was in a closet and was quickly knocked down, thanks to quick detection and the calling of 911, according to the Lacey Fire Department.

 

Boeing 737 fuselage on a trailer makes its way through Thurston County

Boeing 737 fuselage on a trailer makes its way through Thurston County

A 125 foot long Boeing plane fuselage (and that doesn’t even include the truck and trailer) made its way through Yelm, Tumwater, Rochester, and rural Thurston County on its way to southern California early Friday morning.

The fuselage was taken from Yelm, down Yelm Hwy to Henderson Boulevard, through several roundabouts and tight turns. It then turned onto Old Hwy 99, 88th Ave, and Littlerock Road until it got to Rochester, where it continued south on Old 99.

Traffic was slightly affected, and the only damage done was one slightly bent sign at a roundabout on Yelm Hwy.

The State Patrol, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Thurston County Roads, and Tumwater Public Works assisted with this event.

photo credit: Kyle Fievez

Helicopter crash near Olympia Airport sends two to hospital

Helicopter crash near Olympia Airport sends two to hospital

Two employees of Northwest Helicopters have been transported to the hospital after a helicopter went down shortly after takeoff, according to owner Brian Reynolds.

The pilot and the mechanic had just taken off from their base on 85th Ave SW, right next to the Olympia Airport, when the helicopter experienced a tail-rotor failure. The total flight time was approximately 5 seconds, Reynolds said.

The helicopter itself was a Vietnam-era chopper used for fighting forest fires.

The two employees had non-life threatening injuries. The crash had broken the helicopter’s airframe.

The Tumwater Fire Department and Tumwater Police Department responded to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation.

 

19 protesters arrested at State Capitol after refusing to leave building

19 protesters arrested at State Capitol after refusing to leave building

19 protesters with the “Poor People’s Campaign” were arrested in the State Capitol Rotunda on Monday evening after they refused to leave the building at closing time.

The group had a permit for their demonstration, according to the State Patrol, but refused to leave when the Capitol closed at 5:30 pm.

19 people were arrested on charges of second-degree trespass.

The organization said poor people, clergy and advocates are conducting a six-week period of nonviolent action by marching on the statehouse to “demand elected officials take immediate steps to confront systemic racism.”

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Intercity Transit proposes service changes to 10+ routes

Intercity Transit proposes service changes to 10+ routes

Do you ride the bus?

Chances are that your route is going to be affected by major service changes being planned by Intercity Transit in September.

The Intercity Transit Authority is looking for public comment related to their proposals -visit their website to see when you can provide feedback at an open house or do so online.


Here are route-by-route details on the changes.

Route #12

Proposed changes to Route 12 would introduce new trip options by providing direct service between Tumwater, SPSCC & west Olympia and increase frequency to 30 minutes on weekdays. The proposed Route 12 would complement the revised Route 42 to maintain 15-minute service between the Olympia Transit Center and SPSCC.

  • A change in the bus route to provide service on Barnes Road between Linwood Avenue and SPSCC, as well as service between SPSCC and the Olympia Transit Center; the change replaces portions of the discontinued Route 43 and discontinued Route 44.
  • Discontinues service on 2nd Avenue between Linwood Avenue and Tumwater Square (refer to Route 68 for service on 2nd Avenue).
  • Discontinues service on Capitol Way between Tumwater Square and the Olympia Transit Center (refer to Route 13 or Dash for service on Capitol Way).
  • Three new trips on weekday nights from the Olympia Transit Center to Labor & Industries.

Route #42

Proposed changes to Route 42 would provide direct service between Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court and the Olympia Transit Center. This bus route would complement the revised Route 12 to maintain 15-minute service between the Olympia Transit Center and SPSCC.

  • Provides continuous service earlier and later in the day and removes gaps in the schedule during mid-mornings and mid-afternoons.
  • Provides two-way service on Dr. Nels Hansen Way/29th Avenue.
  • Discontinues service on RW Johnson Boulevard and Black Lake Boulevard between 29th Avenue and Cooper Point Road.
  • Discontinues service on Cooper Point Road (refer to Route 68).

Route #43

Route 43 would be discontinued and replaced by Routes 1242 and 68.


Route #44

Route 44 would be discontinued and replaced by Routes 1242 and 68.


Route #47

Proposed changes to Route 47 would simplify service to and from Capital Mall and introduce new service in west Olympia on Kaiser Road and Harrison Avenue.

  • Discontinues service on Black Lake Boulevard between Capital Mall and Harrison Avenue.
  • Discontinues service on Harrison Avenue between Division Street and Cooper Point Road as well as Kenyon Road (refer to Routes 4849 or revised Route 68 for service on Harrison Avenue and Kenyon Road).
  • Discontinues service on McPhee Road and Yauger Way as well as eastbound service on Capital Mall Drive.

Route #60

Proposed changes to Route 60 would improve consistency and address challenges with on-time performance.

  • Discontinues service on 12th Avenue to the stop located at St. Francis House.

Route #62A

The proposed changes to Route 62A would adjust the schedule to improve on-time performance and introduce service to northeast Lacey.

  • New service on Orion Drive, Willamette Drive, and Marvin Road NE.
  • Discontinues westbound service on Martin Way between Meridian Road and Marvin Road.

Route #62B

The proposed changes to Route 62B would adjust the schedule to improve on-time performance


Route #68

Proposed changes to Route 68 would provide direct service between Lacey, SPSCC and west Olympia and increase frequency to 30 minutes on weekdays.

  • Discontinues service on Capitol Way between Tumwater Square and the Olympia Transit Center (refer to Route 13 or Dash for service on Capitol Way).
  • A change in the bus route to provide service in Tumwater on 2nd Avenue and Barnes Road between Tumwater Square and SPSCC; this change replaces portions of the current Route 12 and the proposed discontinued Route 43.
  • A change in the bus route to provide service in Olympia on Cooper Point Road between SPSCC and Capital Mall; this change replaces portions of the proposed discontinued Route 44.

Route #94

The proposed changes to Route 94 would adjust the weekend schedule to improve on-time performance.

  • Adds time in the schedule to help keep the bus on time during periods of heavy traffic congestion.
  • One less trip on Saturday and one less trip on Sunday.

Olympia Express – Route #612

Routes 603, 605 and 612 would be consolidated into a revised Route 612.

The proposed changes to Express services would consolidate Routes 603, 605, and 612. Adjustments to the schedule would improve on-time performance and provide 15-minute departures during peak hour trips.

  • Discontinues Express service to the Lacey Transit Center, Hawks Prairie Park & Ride and the Tacoma Dome Station.

The following routes will not be changing

  • Route 101 Dash
  • Route 13
  • Route 21
  • Route 41
  • Route 411 Nightline
  • Route 45
  • Route 48
  • Route 49
  • Route 64
  • Route 66
  • Route 67
  • Route 620