It was a tough week for a 4-year-old boy from Thurston County and Tenino Police Chief John Hutchings. And from the how-not-to-commit-a-crime department, if you’re going to ship drugs through the U.S. Mail, there’s probably no need to provide a return address.
1. Motorcycle rider dies Wednesday night in Tumwater crash: The 57-year-old motorcycle rider, Jeffrey Barnes, had stopped in the southbound lane next to a truck that had pulled over to the side of the road, presumably to check on the driver, according to police. An SUV was traveling southbound and struck the motorcycle from behind, and the rider died at the scene, according to police.
2. Thurston County boy airlifted to hospital with injuries from dog bite: A 4-year-old Thurston County boy was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Wednesday after being severely bitten in the face by his family’s pit bull, according to a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Cliff Ziesemer.
3. Tenino citizens demand answers after mayor fires police chief: An online petition with 250 signatures is circulating to support the reinstatement of Police Chief John Hutchings, who was fired March 25 by Mayor Bret Brodersen.
4. Three Thurston County men accused of growing pot, mailing it to Kentucky: A detective from Lexington, Kentucky, contacted the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force to inform detectives that he had recovered a three-and-a-half-pound package of marijuana that had been shipped from Washington.
5. Senate budget would reject state worker contracts, offer smaller pay package: Under the contracts negotiated between Gov. Inslee’s office and 23 employee unions, workers would receive 3 percent raises in July, followed by another 1.8 percent next year. But Senate Republicans are looking at a different approach: giving every state worker a flat $1,000 raise for each of the next two years. That plan would save the state about $75 million in the 2015-17 budget, Senate budget writer Andy Hill said Tuesday.