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Providence faces lawsuit after child rape allegations

Attorneys for a Thurston County woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Providence St. Peter Hospital should have done more to prevent the alleged sexual abuse of the woman’s 15-year-old son. A nursing assistant is accused of having a sexual relationship with the teen, who was admitted as a psychiatric patient. Stefani H. Martin is facing criminal charges in Thurston County Superior Court.

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Man who stole safe, tried to run down deputy gets 4 years

Micheal W. Calder of Shelton pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree assault, second-degree burglary, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He fled from a Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy in April after stealing a safe from Bayview Thriftway in Olympia. The deputy fired his gun at Calder after he tried to run the deputy down.

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Neighbors refuse to let family come home to ‘KKK,’ other hate

Citizens of Tenino came together to help Saturday after a Tenino family’s home was found vandalized with racist graffiti while the family was on vacation. The alleged vandals appeared to have written phrases such as “KKK,” “die,” and other racial slurs in black spray paint on the siding of the home. Similar words and phrases, in orange spray paint, also appeared on a vehicle that had been parked in the driveway of the residence.

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Judge rules Thurston County man must go back to Western State

Farokh Jalil-Al-Ghadr, a Thurston County man who has been in jail for more than three times the maximum sentence for his alleged crime, will return to Western State Hospital for competency restoration treatment. Jalil-Al-Ghadr has been found competent, and then incompetent, to stand trial multiple times since his November 2015 arrest. Judge James Dixon said he believed the defendant could still become competent to stand trial.

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‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ comes to Thurston County

Four local agencies — the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Olympia Police Department, Yelm Police Department and Washington State Patrol — will conduct emphasis DUI patrols Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. The patrols are part of a statewide effort, named “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” to curb the typical increase in impaired driving at the end of summer.

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Thurston County man suspected in Montana homicide

A 22-year-old Thurston County man was booked into the Thurston County jail on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree murder, in connection to a Montana homicide. His 20-year-old wife was also arrested. The couple is expected to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

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Thurston County man accused of choking parents

Stephen Ryan Haroldson Jr., 31, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court on domestic violence-related charges of second-degree assault (strangulation) and three counts of violating a no-contact order. Arraignment was set for Aug. 30.

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Man, 28, booked into jail after stealing Humvee from Centralia Police

About 6 p.m. Saturday, the man entered the Centralia Police Department compound on Mellen Street and drove off with the Humvee, Sgt. Dave Clary said Sunday. The facility is fenced, but a mechanical gate wasn’t working correctly at the time of the incident. It has since been fixed, he said. A military Humvee also doesn’t require a key to be started, Clary added.

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Thurston County man has served three times his maximum sentence due to mental illness

A 34-year-old Thurston County man has been in the Thurston County jail for 272 days — triple the maximum sentence for his alleged crime. County officials believe the state’s mental health system doesn’t adequately help defandants such as Farokh Jalil-Al-Ghadr, so they’re looking for a more local fix in the form of a mental health triage facility. But this man’s fate still lies in the hands of the state Department of Social and Health Services.

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Father says he lied to police about abusing child; now mother is accused

Both parents of an Olympia baby may face child abuse charges after the child was taken to Mary Bridge Hospital with broken ribs and symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. Initially, police arrested the father, Joseph Stephan, and he was charged in February with child assault. During a July interview, Stephan revealed that he lied, and the child’s mother, Monika Jackson, was arrested.

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‘Even if I’m in jail for life, there’s no justice,’ says man convicted in fatal Thurston County crash

Patrick L. Martin Jr. was sentenced to two years, 10 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence. The 27-year-old Seattle man killed Jennifer Barry — of Beaverton, Oregon — on July 4, 2015, when he crashed his car into hers on Interstate 5, near milepost 100 in Thurston County. Marijuana and speed were factors in the crash.

Videos

Tenino vandalism victim discusses racist graffiti

Volunteers in Tenino recently painted over racist graffiti on Marvin Phillips' house and truck. Mayor Wayne Fournier announced Aug. 23 that Sunset Chevrolet in Sumner has pledged to repair, restore or replace the Phillips family truck.
Andy Hobbs ahobbs@theolympian.com
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