KELA News Headlines for Thursday, September 3, 2015
No charges to be filed officer in Olympia shooting
Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim announced Wednesday afternoon that charges will not be filed against Olympia Police Officer Ryan Donald who shot two men in Olympia in May. Speaking at press conference, Tunheim said no finding on his part pointed to race being a factor in the investigation. He said that statements from the two stepbrothers were incomplete. Tunheim said the shooting did not occur because of the men stealing beer from a nearby store, but because of the threat of assault when the officer approached the men. Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson will be charged for assaulting Officer Donald.
Winlock vegetable oil spill emergency response wrapping up
The Washington Department of Ecology is wrapping up its emergency response phase to the Winlock warehouse fire and oil spill at Olequa Creek last month. Officials say the source of the vegetable oil runoff at the warehouse site is contained, the stormwater system has been cleaned and the oil-contaminated soil at the stormwater system outfall has been removed and erosion control is in place. DOE says they have determined that no further oil recovery efforts in the creek will be effective and the residual oil in the creek cannot be recovered. As many as 100,000 fish died as a result of the spill.
Heavy holiday weekend traffic expected beginning Friday
People hitting the roads for the Labor Day holiday weekend will likely see heavier than normal traffic on Interstate 5 beginning about midday Friday. Bart Treece with the state Department of Transportation says one of the heaviest areas of travel will be northbound I-5 between Olympia and Tacoma. He says drivers are likely to encounter heavy traffic again Monday as folks are returning home. Treece says for the most part, drivers shouldn’t encounter delays due to construction projects over the weekend as crews will be wrapping up work by midday on Friday.
August was warmer, wetter than average
It comes as no real surprise that August was warmer than average in the Twin Cities. KELA/KMNT weather man Dean Dahlin says we averaged 66.6 degrees, which is 2.7 degrees above average for the month. What may be a little surprising is that is was also wetter than normal. Dean says we ended up with 2.15 inches of rain, which was .9 inches above average. Dean says in September we average 59 degrees and about 2 inches of precipitation.