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Yelm Police Department 

Mother Fires Gun in Air While Searching for Daughter

• A 38-year-old Yelm woman could be charged with first-degree assault after she allegedly fired a handgun in the air while accusing a group of young men of withholding information on the whereabouts of her 18-year-old daughter at about 3 p.m. Nov. 14 in the 200 block of Solberg Street Southwest. There were no injuries. The confrontation prompted the closure of nearby roads and communication with a nearby day care facility. The woman, who was arrested, accused the men of knowing the whereabouts of her daughter, who she said required medication for seizures. They denied having any knowledge and a confrontation ensued. The handgun used was a Smith & Wesson 380. The 18-year-old daughter later stopped by the Yelm Police Department and appeared confused as to why anyone would think she was missing. 



• Erik J. Burdick, 40, of Yelm, was cited and released for driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop in the 900 block of Yelm Avenue East at about 1:36 a.m., Nov. 13. An officer initially stopped the vehicle because of a broken headlight. Subsequent questioning revealed apparent intoxication. Burdick allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of .144. 


Sexual Assault Reported 

• A background investigation for a 20-year-old Yelm man seeking employment in Thurston County uncovered a previously unreported allegation of sexual assault. An 18-year-old woman reported that the assault happened in January of 2018. The background investigator notified the Yelm Police Department, which further investigated the claim. The case was forwarded to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. It’s unclear if charges will be filed. 


Residential Burglary 

• A residential burglary was reported at 9:52 a.m. Nov. 14 in the 300 block of Second Street Northeast. The 60-year-old woman who owns the home reported that a window was broken and that someone had rummaged through the home and stolen tools. The house is not occupied and was being remodeled at the time. 


Crime Roundup

• In addition to the crimes above, in the last week there were six reports of shoplifting at area businesses, three reports of trespassing, two reports of vandalism and destruction of property, a vehicle prowl, a report of fraud and two reports of identity theft, among other crimes. 

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