– Editor’s note:
After a Yelm active-duty military resident fired shots at his wife in a domestic dispute in a neighborhood with children, this should be a warning that Yelm may have a health crisis, as has been noted in other Thurston cities and in the county.
This blog has covered the rapid rise of health issues that have overtaken our community, such as and not limited to: rising crime, domestic/spousal abuse, homelessness, addiction/substance abuse, poverty, & PTSD.
Doing nothing is no longer an option!
Yelm is no longer a small town- growth here requires a big city response!
We have a mayor that has years of service seeing these issues as an emergency responder, retiring from his last post at the Tumwater Fire Department in 2013, a much larger city with varied health issues to which he was exposed.
Mayor Foster should bring his experience to Yelm’s council to address the facts that his city may be in engulfed in a health crisis!
– “Yelm man arrested after allegedly firing shot at his wife, police say”
“A 31-year-old Yelm man was booked on Sunday [Sept. 23] into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of reckless endangerment, according to Yelm police.
“Officers responded about 4:40 a.m. to a report of shots fired during a domestic dispute in the 16000 block of Prairie Heights Road [off Vancil near Safeway].”
“In addition to police, a member of the man’s chain of command responded to the incident because he is active-duty military, police Sgt. Adam Wood said Sunday [Sept. 23],” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
– UPDATE: September 24, 2018, 1pm
– “Thurston County firefighter placed on paid leave after fight”
“A Thurston County firefighter has been placed on paid leave after he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault Friday night.
“He was booked into jail early Saturday and is set to appear in court Monday afternoon, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.”
“SE Thurston Fire Chief Mark King [based in Yelm] said Monday [Sept. 24] that the man, who he described as a career firefighter with 10 years’ experience, was immediately place on paid administrative leave,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.