South Sound briefs


Man reportedly tried to lure boys into car

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office is warning parents in the Rochester area of a man who reportedly tried to lure two 11-year-old boys into his car Saturday afternoon, an official said.

The boys were playing basketball outside one of their homes about 1:30 p.m on 178th Avenue Southwest when a man in a small, gray car, similar to a Honda Civic, pulled into the driveway and asked them whether they'd seen a dog he had lost, Lt. Chris Mealy said.

When they replied that they hadn't, he reportedly asked if they'd go with him to search for the dog. The boys refused, and the father of one of the boys drove up, Mealy said. The man got back into his car and drove away, Mealy said.

The boys described the man as tall, with brown hair, a beard and glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

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Homeless man dies after his tent catches fire

A 46-year-old transient man died in a Seattle hospital Tuesday morning from critical burns he suffered when his tent caught fire.

A candle or propane heater ignited William "Bill" Kirschbaum's tent, which was in an encampment of about four tents in an undeveloped forested area in the 2500 block of Mottman Road Southwest, said Tumwater assistant fire chief Jim McGarva.

Passers-by called in the fire about 1:25 a.m., and firefighters arrived to find the 12-by-12-foot tent burned to the ground and Kirschbaum just outside it with critical burns over 90 percent of his body, McGarva said.


Burglar flees when resident returns home

The Thurston County Sheriff's office is looking for a man who burglarized a home Tuesday afternoon.

A woman arrived at her home in the 22000 block of Thompson Creek Road about 5 p.m. to find a burglar inside, Sgt. Dave Odegaard said.

The man fled in a 2007 Subaru Outback that was reported stolen Monday from the Olympia area, Odegaard said.

Five units with the sheriff's office and Tenino police tried to box in the Subaru using their vehicles, but the man dumped the Outback about 5 miles from the home along the Deschutes River and ran into the woods.

Police searched for the man for 90 minutes with an Olympia police dog.

The man is described as Caucasian and in his mid-20s, with short hair and bad teeth. He was wearing a black stocking cap. Anyone with information is asked to call the Thurston County Sheriff's office at 360-786-5500.


Dog on highway causes two-car collision

A stray dog caused a two-car crash Tuesday on U.S. Highway 101.

The dog ran onto southbound lanes near Cloquallum Road southwest of Shelton about 2:20 p.m., causing a rear-end crash that sent seven Shelton residents and one Tacoma resident to Mason General Hospital, some with minor injuries, according to a Washington State Patrol release.