Olympia High School burglaries, a fiery accident on southbound Interstate 5 and the mysterious case of a woman jumping from her retirement facility roof, were among the most read stories on The Olympian website last week.
1. Police arrest 3 suspects linked to burglaries at Olympia High School. This story got the attention of many readers, perhaps because of the chilling surveillance photo that was released with the news. The image appears to show one of the suspects holding some kind of weapon. Scary stuff.
2. Man taken to Olympia-area hospital after accident at rest stop. Readers didn’t miss this one, and how could you? A 25-year-old man from Hillsboro, Ore., was southbound on Interstate 5 when he lost control of his Mercedes-Benz and then crashed into the back of a truck parked at the Maytown rest area. His vehicle burst into flames, and then he was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for burns to his arms. Many of you have asked about his name; we’re still trying to get that, too.
3. 3 workers out, 3 penalized at Liquor Control Board over alleged timecard fraud. Take a community filled with state workers, throw in a state agency that has been in the news quite a bit (you’ve heard of recreational marijuana, right?), and the result is going to be a lot of people curious about allegations of timecard fraud at the state Liquor Control Board.
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4. Lawsuit: Lacey pneumonia patient died after feeding tube was inserted into lung. This story was posted online late last week and yet it still caught the attention of readers.
5. Lacey Police: Woman jumped from retirement center roof. We reported this story three times last week. It first began as a report from Thurston County dispatch, then Lacey Police and then we finally requested the police report in an effort to get a little more information about what exactly this woman was doing. We’ve since learned that the 64-year-old woman was in stable condition at Providence St. Peter Hospital with orthopedic-type injuries.