Last week’s most read story was about Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts and his comments on the Port of Olympia.
1. Police chief blasts Port of Olympia for allowing fracking-related shipments: “I have spent the last five years empowering our department to build trust and build relationships with our community. I don’t want to lose those efforts. It angers me to have to put our officers in combat gear and face off with members in our community over something I don’t believe in myself.”
2. Lacey dad accused of starving, psychologically abusing sons: Marc J. Litten, 38, appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price on Monday, and the judge set bail at $10,000. The judge found probable cause for two counts of second-degree assault of a child.
3. Demolition work begins at Nisqually Ballpark: The covered grandstands at Nisqually Ballpark — a 16-acre property at 425 Marvin Road SE that has gone by numerous names, including Skyhawks Park, Dream Team Park and Bucknell Field — are being demolished this week as part of an improvement project by North Thurston Public Schools, which owns the ballfields.
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4. Lacey police officer saves 1-year-old using CPR: Westphal, a school resource officer assigned to North Thurston Public Schools, was traveling between schools Nov. 17 when he heard dispatchers asking for assistance with a baby that wasn’t breathing. Dispatchers directed him to Quinault Drive, just outside of Lacey, where he found a woman standing in the road with a child in her arms.
5. Lacey police search for Chase Bank robbery suspect: Sgt. Terence Brimmer said the man entered the bank at the intersection of Marvin Road and Martin Way at about 3 p.m. The man showed bank employees a handgun and demanded money.