Missing girls, a car accident, a party at a greenhouse, an alleged drug dealer and a bank robbery in Olympia were the stories that everybody apparently wanted to read last week.
Here are last week’s top stories based on reader traffic to our website:
1. One missing Tumwater girl found, other spotted: Both girls were reported missing on Sept. 21, but two days later, Amber Herzog, 13, was found, while Epiphany Wall, who was seen in Tumwater, still is considered missing.
2. 3 taken to hospital after head-on accident in Lacey: This story drove a lot of people to the website probably because the accident happened on a busy stretch of Martin Way, not far from the movie theaters, and likely was seen by many who had to drive around it.
3. Tumwater police bust pot-and-booze party at high school greenhouse: Nine people — six adults and three juveniles — were arrested for allegedly breaking into a Tumwater High School greenhouse and then partying, drinking alcohol and smoking pot. Some on our Facebook page didn’t think this story rose to the level of news. Here’s my question: How could you think this was not news?
4. Alleged Olympia drug dealer arrested: A 26-year-old Olympia woman was arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine. Two of her roommates also were arrested — one for possession of meth, the other for unlawful possession of a firearm.
5. Armed man robs Olympia bank: For the second week in a row, readers couldn’t get enough of this story, possibly curious about three things: the suspect (who is it?); the bank teller (wonder what that moment was like for her?); and the two people (are they getting up to leave? Or are they getting up to run?) in the background of the photo released by police. This was the No. 5 story last week, and it is your No. 5 story this week.
Almost cracking into last week’s Top 5 were the restaurant inspections for Sept. 24. I leave you with this description: “Wall above microwave and most of the ceiling in food cooking area are coated with oil and gray lint.”