A fatal car accident, a soon-to-close restaurant and damage to a local veterinary hospital rounded out last week’s top five stories.
1. Two reported dead in Thurston County crash: See below.
2. Two dead in Thurston County crash identified: The man and woman from Roy have been identified by the State Patrol as Joe Hicks, 62, and Sherry Ann Hicks, 61.
3. Black Bear Diner in west Olympia set to close in November: The Black Bear Diner in west Olympia is set to close next month after its owner and its landlord were unable to come to terms on a new lease. The restaurant’s last day is set for Nov. 18, said owner Danny Banwait.
4. Woman rams patrol care after highspeed chase in Lacey area: The suspect locked up her brakes to avoid hitting a white Nissan Altima that was stopped at a red light in the southbound lane of Marvin Road. A deputy had stopped behind the suspect, who then backed up and struck the patrol car, then rammed the Nissan in front, then slammed back and forth into both vehicles again.
5. Burglar causes $100,000 in damage to Olympia Veterinary Hospital: Bail was set at $2,500 Thursday for Ariel R. Calabria, a 25-year-old man who was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly broke into the Olympia Veterinary Hospital and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.
The suspect had a blood alcohol content of 0.158 — nearly twice the legal limit for driving. Officers reported that he told them he had been having a bad day and had no purpose in life, according to the Olympia Police Department.