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OLYMPIA –– The Olympia City Council voted Tuesday night to pass a resolution that authorizes Olympia police to use chemical dispersion methods in crowd control efforts. The chemical dispersion agents are the third such exception to a city prohibition on less-than-lethal agents law enforcement can use on mobs and violent crowds who destroy property or set fires. The resolution passed by the city council took effect immediately.  The vote comes days after Olympia police officers were said to have been instructed to stand down from responding to property damage calls. Business owners downtown told JOLT earlier this week that a pack of vandals smashed five business’ windows late Saturday night into Sunday morning.  There were no arrests made despite the fact that six windows were broken at The Pet Works on Fourth Avenue East and Adams Street.  more
THURSTON COUNTY –– Thurston County got the green light from the Washington Secretary of Health on Tuesday to move into Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan. more
OLYMPIA –– The City of Olympia Finance Committee talked about state shared revenues, or state money shared with local jurisdictions, on Wednesday night during a conversation that broached the subject of paying for certain crime prevention programs, transportation expenditures and other budget items. more
OLYMPIA  – In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQIA+ workers from job discrimination nationwide, the Olympia School Board (OSB), the governing body of the Olympia School District, talked about its own transgender student policy. more
TUMWATER — A fire that broke out Saturday at the empty Olympia Brewery was deemed the work of an arsonist, according to a press release from the Tumwater Police Department, and some local officials said the latest fire highlights the need to restore the community staple to its original glory. more
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