South Sound readers like stories on the crime beat, as evident in last week’s top five, most-clicked items on The Olympian’s website.
Woman’s body found near Scott Lake: The body of a 62-year-old woman who had been reported missing by her husband on Feb. 28 was found on Saturday, March 7, in some brush not far from the Scott Lake golf course. (Update: On Tuesday, the Thurston County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Kandy J. Towner. An autopsy determined there was nothing suspicious about her death. However, officials were awaiting toxicology results.)
Mason County Level 3 sex offender absconds from registration requirement: Mason County Sheriff’s Office issued a general notification about 18-year-old Mark Christopher Withem, who failed to register as a sex offender. Registration was a requirement from Withem’s June 2011 conviction in Kitsap County Superior Court for first-degree incest. Withem is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches and 125 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. Since he absconded from registration requirements, he is considered high risk, officials say.
Yelm man accused of growing pot, abusing sheep: Eleven extremely thin sheep, many with parasites or skin conditions, were removed from a Yelm home. Oh, and while they were rescuing the animals, deputies stumbled upon enough marijuana at the home to fill four 55-gallon garbage cans, according to court documents.
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Thurston County brothers plead not guilty to child assault: Brothers Kameron A. Rosengren and Joshua C. Davis pleaded not guilty to third-degree child assault Tuesday morning. The case began when a nurse reported to police that a 3-year-old boy was covered in cuts and bruises, and that the injuries didn’t match the story told to hospital workers by the toddler’s mom and her boyfriend, Rosengren.
Vehicle vandals target Olympia neighborhood: Olympia police say rocks have been used to smash windows out of several vehicles in one northeast Olympia neighborhood in recent weeks. Has your car been vandalized? If so, police hope you’ll report it, so they can add that information into their investigation.