The third suspect in a July 13 Tumwater shooting, Richard M. Connor, was booked into the Thurston County Jail ib Friday. Connor could face assault, burglary and robbery charges. Two other suspects, Larico Rodney and John Bailey, are already in jail.
About 60 children were evacuated from Olympia’s Jefferson Middle School on Thursday afternoon after a child reported that someone may have been there with a gun. The Olympia Police Department found no gun. The children are participants in a Boys & Girls Club summer program.
A 33-year-old Olympia man, a former state Department of Corrections employee, was sentenced to 5 years to life in prison after he was convicted in June of attempted second-degree rape. He was sentenced Wednesday by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor. The attempted rape took place in January 2014 in Tumwater.
The first of four suspects in a March 28 drive-by shooting in Olympia was sentenced to 15 months in prison. David P. Rodriguez appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price and pleaded guilty to one count of drive-by shooting. His co-defendants — Angel V. Rodriguez, Jesus H. Flores and Aaron Salazar Ruiz — all await trial.
The Thurston County Narcotics Task Force seized a large amount of marijuana Monday from Sonshine Organics Network in Olympia. Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Capt. David Johnson said the business had been warned that they were operating illegally. A new state law regarding medical marijuana came into effect on July 1.
K9 Melnic of the Olympia Police Department will be off work for about six weeks as he recovers from back surgery. The police dog is well known because of the “Where’s Melnic?” scavenger hunts in downtown Olympia.
Four people were shot July 13, 2016 in an attempted robbery on Gerth Street in Tumwater. Larico D. Rodney, 29, is the first to be booked in the Thurston County jail. Bail was set at $2 million. He could face assault, robbery and burglary charges. The Tumwater Police Department said a second suspect was taken from Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia to the jail Thursday. He will likely appear in Thurston County Superior Court on Friday (July 22). The third suspect remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor said on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, that if Olympia Police officer Ryan Donald does not consent to an interview with defense attorney George Trejo, he will order a deposition. George Trejo represents Bryson Chaplin, who will stand trial with his brother Andre Thompson on Oct. 3, 2016, for the alleged assault of Donald on May 25, 2016. Thompson and Chaplin allegedly attacked Donald with skateboards on May 25, 2015. Donald was apprehending the men after a report that they had tried to steal beer from a west Olympia Safeway earlier that night.
The Lacey Police Department performed alcohol compliance checks at 48 local businesses on July 15, 2016. Four businesses — Rite Aid, Chevron, Denny’s and Cheers — sold Corona and Mike’s Hard Lemonade to a 19-year-old undercover operative. Employees may be charged criminally, and investigation of the businesses will be conducted by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
A group of about 20 people gathered Friday at Community Youth Services in downtown Olympia to make blue ribbons to raise awareness about Gail Doyle, missing Tumwater man Logan Schiendelman, and the 563 other Washingtonians on the national Missing Persons Database.