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Category: Thurston County


Power restored to Anderson Island after outage that started this afternoon

Power was cut to Anderson Island today from about 2:30 p.m. until roughly 7:45 p.m., according to Tanner Electric Cooperative.

The outage happened when some Puget Sound Energy service was affected on the mainland, according to Tanner.

Puget Sound Energy said about 6:30 p.m. that crews were removing a large tree from an overhead transmission line in Thurston County.

About 7,000 customers were affected by the Thurston outage, according to the agency.


Troopers arrested 51 suspected drunken drivers in Pierce, Thurston counties over weekend

Washington State Patrol troopers said they arrested 51 suspected drunken drivers in Pierce and Thurston counties over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Additional law enforcement officers patrolled the roads in an effort to cut down on DUIs over the holiday weekend. Numbers from the overall emphasis patrol were not immediately available.


More arrests expected in car theft investigation in Pierce, Thurston counties

Police hope a large takedown like the automobile theft investigation that ended this week with 21 people behind bars will deter other car thieves.

“If we create fear among these burglars that they’re selling to the cops, we’re hoping there will be less car thefts,” Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said. “Car thefts affect everyday people and it’s frustrating.”

The six-month undercover operation called “Shiny Penny” spanned Pierce and Thurston counties with warrants served at five houses and multiple vehicles.

More arrests are anticipated.

Some of the top players charged in the case are Reuy Samnang, 28; Harrie Oh Chan,

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Sting involving Pierce County nets 21 suspected thieves, 26 stolen cars

Pierce County arraignments started today after a six-month undercover investigation that ended Tuesday with 21 people in custody and 26 stolen cars recovered, including one owned by a soldier who was deployed.

Detectives from several agencies bought stolen property from suspects as part of the Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force, an operation they called “Shiny Penny,” according to Lakewood police.

The investigation involved auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud across Washington state, including Pierce County, police said.

Officers identified 26 suspects during the investigation and recovered 16 firearms, among other stolen property.

SWAT teams served warrants Tuesday at

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Man’s body found in Olympia’s West Bay Marina

From staff writer Rolf Boone at The Olympian:

The body of an unidentified man was found dead and pulled out of the water at West Bay Marina about noon Sunday, according to the Olympia Fire Department.

According to Olympia Fire Chief J.D. Young:

About 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the Olympia Fire Department responded to a report of a possible drowning at West Bay Marina. Once there, they found the body of a man in the water between two boats under a covered area of the marina, Young said. The unidentified man was fully clothed and had facial hair, he said.

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Inmate convicted of vehicular assault in Thurston County escapes from Monroe Correctional Complex

The Department of Corrections is searching for a 37-year-old inmate who escaped Wednesday night from Monroe Correctional Complex.

Officials said Brandon Musto, who was convicted in Thurston County for vehicular assault, only had three months left in a minimum security unit and was found missing about 9 p.m.

He apparently went over a fence, although officials are checking video as they investigate exactly how he got out and whether he had any help, spokesman Chad Lewis said.

A search team was immediately sent out to look for Musto and local law enforcement agencies were notified.

Musto began serving his sentence

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Accidents nearly double in Pierce, Thurston counties due to rain

The Washington State Patrol said the number of collisions in Pierce and Thurston counties have nearly doubled since the weather turned rainy.

From Friday to Sunday, troopers investigated 135 accidents. They were called to 70 crashes during the same time period the prior week.

The State Patrol reminds drivers to slow down and drive safe for conditions.


Driver stopped on I-5 struck by semi truck

A 43-year-old Tacoma woman was injured this morning when a semi-truck hit her stopped vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Tumwater.

The collision occurred about 6 a.m. near milepost 98.

Washington State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said the woman’s car was stopped on southbound I-5 in the slow lane without lights on when the semi struck it. It’s unknown why her car was stopped on the highway but troopers found prescription drugs in her vehicle.

The semi driver was not injured. The woman was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.