For a change of pace, no story related to the officer-involved shooting cracked last week’s top stories.
1. Girl wrote 8 notes before jumping from overpass: A heartbreaking story about Izabel Laxamana, 13.
2. Lacey-area family of four hits the road with an Airstream and a dream: Heather and Jeremy Clarke were looking into a new, bigger home for their family — maybe even one with a water view — when inspiration struck.
3. Security guard injured in struggle with shoplifter at Capital Mall: A shoplifting suspect faces a second-degree robbery charge after allegedly assaulting a store security officer while trying to flee with stolen clothing.
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4. Recent graduate Parker McFadden of Yelm awaits MLB draft: One American League scout compared McFadden’s frame, strength and long arms to nine-year major league pitcher, Pasco native and former Seattle Mariner Jeremy Bonderman, and McFadden’s “electric” arm to current San Francisco Giants pitcher and ex-Liberty High of Issaquah star Tim Lincecum when he threw 98 mph for the Washington Huskies.
5. Proposed apartments will house homeless and veterans on Olympia’s east side: The project, called Devoe II Veterans Housing, will occupy two parcels behind the Drexel House at 604 Devoe St. SE and 611 Pattison St. SE.