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Boy struck by tree, dies while hiking the Olympics

LILLIWAUP, Wash. (AP) — A Mason County sheriff’s spokesman says a 12-year-old boy was struck by a tree and killed while hiking on a popular trail in the Olympic National Forest…. …read more

Mason County Sheriff promotes 2 Lieutenants & swears in new Reserve Deputy

New Lt Kasten & Sheriff Salisbury

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury promoted a new Patrol Lieutenant & a new Jail Lieutenant, as well as giving the oath of office and swearing in a new Reserve Deputy Sheriff. For the first time since 1996 when former Lieutenant Howard Armfield was…

Mason County Sheriff swears in a new Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Patrick Lopez and Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Patrick Lopez, the newest Deputy Sheriff of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Lopez was hired as a regular Deputy Sheriff in 2008, but then was laid off due…

Burglary suspect with multiple felony warrants sought in Mason County

DOB: 12/26/1963 – 6’-00” – 168 LBS.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Blaine Whitehead, 50, who is a burglary suspect and who has multiple bench warrants for his arrest.  Whitehead is known to frequent the north Mason County areas and the south Kitsap County areas.  There are no known associated vehicles.  Anyone having information…

Mason County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct dedicated to former sheriff

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury

On Saturday morning, February 22, 2014, over 200 people gathered at the new Sheriff’s Office North Precinct to attend the building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremonies where the new office was christened as The Sheriff Steve Whybark Public Safety Building. WA State Lt Governor Brad Owens, Mason County resident and long time friend to both…

Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy shoots suspect in hand

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, around 10:39 AM, a woman living in the 4600 block of SE Arcadia Road, called the Mason County Sheriff’s Office because she heard what sounded like two men in the woods behind her property, yelling at each other, and that she heard a man yell, “I’m gonna kill you”. Deputies…

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury swears in new Chief Admin Deputy

Sheriff Salisbury swearing in Chief Ehrich

During a ceremony held Monday morning at the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Casey Salisbury swore in the new Chief Administrative and Financial Deputy, Theresia Ehrich. Chief Ehrich’s family, friends and many elected officials were present for the swearing in ceremony as she took the oath of office as a Chief Deputy of the Mason…

Awards and recognitions at January Mason County Sheriff’s Breakfast

Group photo of OCCU supporting the K-9 program.  Left to right, Sheriff Casey Salisbury, Sergeant Trevor Severance (K-9 Supervisor), OCCU Bert Fisher, Deputy Sheriff Sean Dodge with K-9 “Kona”, Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer with K-9 “Jack”, and OCCU Daris Devaney.

The first of the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfasts for 2014 was held on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Little Creek Casino. Over 90 public safety professionals gathered for this wonderful event, now in its seventh year. Law Enforcement officials representing municipal, county, state and federal agencies, Fire/EMS officials representing city, county and regional districts, Public…

Mason County Sheriff’s Honor Guard Seeking Donations

Sheriff Casey Salisbury speaks with Deputy Mondry and Deputy Baran as they get ready to march in the Belfair Christmas Parade.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is seeking donations in order to be able to send two of their members to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in WashingtonDC, June 2014. This prestigious event brings together Honor Guard members from across the United States to participate in a national competition as well as to…

Hoodsport Lions Club Donates Dog Food To K-9 Program

SHELTON, Wash. - On Friday, December 13, 2013, Hoodsport Lion’s Club President Jim Good and Membership Chairman Chuck Smith presented several bags of dog food to Sheriff Casey Salisbury in their on going support of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that without the generous donations and public support from the Hoodsport Lions Club along with the support through partnerships with other civic organizations and private citizens, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office would not have a K-9 program!

Unbeknownst to many, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program is operated and maintained solely on the donations and contributions from concerned citizens and civic organizations.

Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer with K-9 “Jack”, Chuck Smith, Jim Good, Deputy Sean Dodge with K-9 “Kona”, and Sheriff Casey Salisbury

Search warrant turns up drugs, cash, and arrests for Mason County Special Operations Group

SHELTON, Wash. – The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested two on drug charges, after serving a search warrant for the Department of Corrections on Wednesday. Detective William Adam tells us their Special Operations Group (SOG) along with law enforcement officers from the Squaxin Island Tribal Police Department and the WA State Department of Corrections (DOC), served a search warrant in the 100 block of Skookum Drive, which is located in the Timberlakes area of Mason County. Two subjects were taken into custody on new drug charges and booked into the Mason County Jail.  One of these individuals was already on supervision with the DOC for previous illegal drug convictions.   

Missing motorcycle rider located in Mason County forest

BELFAIR, Wash. – On Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 1921 hours, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a missing/overdue dirt biker riding the trails from the Mission Creek trail head off of Belfair Tahuya, which is west of Belfair, WA.

Jill Venturi from Vashon, WA, had called 911 to report that at 1645 hours, she had received a text message from her 44 year old brother Darren Dysart, that he was riding his dirt bike and ran out of gas and he was walking out. After not hearing from her brother for a couple of hours, she called for our help.

Mason County Sheriff Deputies, Department of Natural Resources Officers and Fire District #2 Firefighters searched began searching the trails on quads. At 2330 hours, Darren Dysart’s motorcycle was found, but Darren was nowhere to be seen. At 0130 hours, within minutes of search and rescue resources from Kitsap County arriving, search teams found Darren walking in the forest about one mile from where they had found his motorcycle.

Darren was escorted to safety where he was found in good health. After recovering his motorcycle, Darren returned to his Vashon, WA home. 

Mason County hunter found dead, no foul play expected

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search & rescue mission for a missing hunter, but found him deceased the next day.

On Monday, 10/21/13, around 9 AM, Owen Vrooman, a Mason County resident, was dropped off by a friend in the Mason Lake area in order to hunt. Owen was supposed to meet up with a friend in the Deer Creek area around 6:30 PM, but Owen never showed up. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was called around 8:14 PM and began a Search & Rescue mission.

Over 6 search & rescue teams from three counties, along with K-9, searched for Owen. Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Chaplains met with family members and a news media release was prepared to be published, but today, 10/22/13, around 9:45 AM, right before a news release was to go out, Owen Vrooman was found deceased.

Coroner Wes Stockwell was able to notify next-of-kin. Foul play is not suspected in any way, but an autopsy is scheduled to be performed tomorrow.

No other information is available at this time.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Police Suicide Prevention Course

SHELTON, Wash. – On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, spear-headed by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps, hosted a Law Enforcement suicide prevention course entitled “Protecting & Serving Our Own: Reducing Police Suicide & Building Resiliency”. 

Over 75 attendees from Law Enforcement agencies throughout Washington and Oregon listened to the speaker/trainer Robert Douglas, who is a leading expert in the area of police suicide according to Dateline, CNN, Time Magazine, and the USA Today.  Robert Douglas is also the author of 4 books: “Death with No Valor”, “Hope Beyond the Badge”, “Healing for a Hero’s Heart”, and soon to be published, “The Art of Being You”.

Robert Douglas served as a U.S. Marine, is a 25 year Police Officer veteran serving in 2 different Police agencies, has served 24 years as a Pastor and has served several Law Enforcement agencies as a Police Chaplain.

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Suicide Liaison Julie Zielinski, former competition body builder and mother of Chelan Deputy Sheriff Matt Zielinski, also provided a moving personal testimony about how her son, a Deputy Sheriff and US Marine combat veteran, committed suicide while employed as a Deputy.

Fox Island man drowns in Lake Cushman

SHELTON, Wash. — A 20-year-old man drowned Sunday evening while swimming in Lake Cushman, he was later identified by the Mason County Medical Examiner as Kyle Austin Pape of Fox Island, Washington.
Detective Will Adam with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office tells us late Sunday afternoon, they were advised of a possible drowning on the west side of Lake Cushman. A 20 year old male was last seen diving off of a diving board and never surfaced. According to the property owner and other guests attending a barbeque, the male had dived off of the diving board four previous times that day. 

Adam said friends tried in vain to find the young man, but the water was too deep.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT), the Mason County Dive Rescue Team and Mason County Fire District #18 all responded and worked together in searching for the young man.

Mason County Explorers Graduate from WA State Academy

SHELTON, Wash. – Police officers and Deputy Sheriffs from all over the state joined forces last week with Washington teenagers for a week long intensive police explorer academy.  It’s a way for these young adults to learn what it might be like to have a career in law enforcement, and eight of Mason County’s finest teenagers were among them. 

This year’s Washington State Law Enforcement Explorer Academy for young adults ages 15 to 20 was held at Tahoma Jr. High School in Maple Valley.  More than 150 cadets hit the ground running a week ago Monday to experience some of the same training that police officers in the state are required to go through. 

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detective Danielle Rickards was the Tactical Training Officer for the Mason County Public Safety Explorers and helped train them in many classes including, but not limited to Firearms & Marksmanship, Drill & Ceremony, Physical Fitness, Handcuffing Techniques, Leadership Skills, Accident Scene Procedures, Bomb Threat Response, Proper Equipment Usage, Law Enforcement Protocols and Criminal Law.

During last week’s academy, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury and Chief Criminal Deputy Ryan Spurling made a personal visit to the academy and observed the training as well as speaking with each of our Mason County Explorers.

There are different levels of cadet training, beginning with Basic Explorers to the more Advanced Explorer cadets, who return year to year.  This summer’s Law Enforcement Explorer Academy ended on August 17th.

Port Orchard man drowns at Panther Lake

THREE LAKES, Wash. – A man drown Friday on the Mason County side of Panther lake, Detective Bill Adam tells KBKW on August 9, 2013 around 10 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a boating incident. Three men decided to take a very small boat out onto Panther Lake without oars or life jackets in order to fish. When it started to get dark, the men used their hands to paddle the boat when the boat began to sink. One of the men disappeared under the water and did not surface. The other two men were able to swim to shore.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office launched a patrol boat and around 2352 hours, the missing man was observed laying on the bottom of the lake. With the assistance of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, the man was recovered and taken to the shore, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell identified the dead man as Anthony Steven Asuelo, age 41, of Port Orchard.

The incident is under investigation and an autopsy will be performed this week. No further information is available at this time.

Seattle woman drowns at Lake Nawatzel near Shelton

On Sunday night, July 28, 2013 around 7 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office was advised of swimmer in distress.  A group of people who were having a friendly gathering at Lake Nawatzel reported that one of their friends, a 20 year old woman visiting from the Seattle area, had swam out to a buoy, went under water and did not surface.


Civilian boats with Fire District 12 and Central Mason Fire Medics started searching for the young woman.  The young woman was finally located 126+ feet from the dock and under 20+ feet of water, but swimmers could not get to her. 


The Mason County Sheriff’s Office launched a patrol boat where a member of the Mason County Dive Rescue Team recovered the woman around 8:05 PM and immediately started CPR.  The young woman was transported to the dock where medic personnel continued attempts to save her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mason County Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

BELFAIR, Wash. – After more than a month at large, a man wanted in the investigation of a Belfair bank robbery is in custody today. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Lee Mathes on On July 7, 2013. Detective Will Adam tells us Mathes was wanted for investigation of an armed robbery in the Belfair area on June 6, 2013. An active search for Mathes began at that time and over the last month, Mathes continued to elude capture.
Over this past weekend, Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office along with the Special Weapons and Tactics team conducted an extensive search in the Belfair area for Mathes.
On July 7, 2013, Patrol Deputies observed Mathes driving a stolen vehicle on Hwy. 3 in Belfair and attempted to stop Mathes, but Mathes failed to stop.  The pursuit was initiated and Mathes was finally stopped in Kitsap County.