• ‘Ax Men’ crew salvaged logs illegally

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources on Friday seized more than two dozen logs it says were illegally salvaged by a timber crew featured on the History Channel’s reality show “Ax Men.”

    DNR officers served a search warrant on S&S Aqua Logging to retrieve timber the company had pulled from the Hoquiam River without a permit, said Larry Raedel, the agency’s chief enforcement officer.

    Officers were tipped off after watching the popular series, which chronicles the lives of Pacific Northwest timber cutters, including a father-son team from Aberdeen-based S&S Aqua Logging.

    “These are valuable materials that belong to the public and this looks like theft, plain and simple,” state Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said.

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  • Mason County Sheriff's Office

    Mason County Jail inmate found dead

    SHELTON, Wash. (AP) – Officials with Mason County Sheriff’s Office say an inmate has been found dead in the Mason County Jail in Shelton. Medics and law enforcement were called to the jail at about 7: 40 p.m. Wednesday on a report of an inmate who was found unconscious and not breathing. Mason County Coroner […]

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  • Barefoot Bandit Settles into Stafford Creek Corrections Center

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The youthful thief known as the “Barefoot Bandit,” who led police on a two-year crime spree in stolen boats, cars and planes, has been moved out of solitary confinement and into the general inmate population at another prison in Washington state, corrections officials confirmed Thursday.

    Colton Harris-Moore, 21, had spent three weeks in “intensive management,” most of which was at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary alongside inmates facing the death penalty. It was for his own protection as a high-profile convict, said Washington Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis.

    Somebody might want to make a name for himself by saying, `I took down the Barefoot Bandit,’ – Lewis

    Harris-Moore had been in solitary confinement at Walla Walla since he arrived April 11, and he was allowed out of his cell five times per week, for an hour each time. A department spokeswoman said last month he was expected to remain in solitary confinement for as long as eight weeks while officials determined his long-term placement.

    His lawyer, John Henry Browne, objected to that over concerns about his mental health.

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