Readers showed an interest in a mix of stories last week, including one about a Facebook-organized event for the Deschutes River.
1. What actually happened to violent crime after Washington legalized marijuana: Since voters approved Initiative 502, FBI crime statistics show lower rates of violent crime in Washington than before legalization. According to the FBI data, in 2011 there were 295.6 violent offenses reported per 100,000 Washington residents. In 2015, the most recent full year of data available, that rate had fallen to 284.4 violent offenses per 100,000 people.
2. Delivery driver says he’ll take a dose of pepper spray for messing up the order: An argument between a man and a delivery driver escalated into a full-on fight involving pepper spray and a crowbar on Friday morning in DeTray’s Mobile Home Park on Fones Road, Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower said.
3. Tumwater braces for a crowd after Facebook event gets unexpected attention: What started as a fun way to spend a Saturday blew up on Facebook. Now, Tumwater officials are preparing for an extra busy day at Pioneer Park tomorrow.
4. Man hospitalized following fight in downtown Olympia park: A Wednesday night fight at the Artesian Commons Park hospitalized one man, and may lead to the arrests of five people, according to the Olympia Police Department.
5. Tumwater police search for suspect in Thursday night rape: Tumwater police are searching for a man accused of raping a 34-year-old woman Thursday night in the woods between Littlerock Road and Tyee Drive.