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Mason County Sheriff’s Office warns of “you have warrants” phone scam

Mason County Sheriff's Department

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a recent phone scam where someone impersonated a Deputy Sheriff from their office trying to get a social security number.

Detective Bill Adam with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office tells us a Mason County resident caught on before providing their personal information, and called the real police. That’s when a real cop called the fake one, posing as the victim’s spouse. A man answered as “the Mason County Sheriff’s Office,” but when told he was speaking with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, he brashly admitted that he uses the scam to get social security numbers and then hung up on officers.

It’s rarely a good idea to provide that type of personal information over the phone, especially when contacted and not sure of who you are talking to. Adam said even though real Deputies may in fact call people to tell them they have a warrant, a real Deputy will not ask for any individuals social security numbers over the telephone.

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that identity theft is one of the biggest and fastest growing crimes in the nation and that all citizens need to safeguard their personal information. The reporting person in this case is to be commended for not providing their personal information and for calling the Mason County Sheriff’s Office publicly listed number.

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

From: AP Washington News

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 promoted to Chief Civil Deputy, a new Patrol Lieutenant position was finally filled today.  Travis Adams was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant and becomes the newest member of Sheriff Salisbury’s administrative staff.

For the very first time in the history of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the position of Jail Lieutenant was created.  Cindy Kasten was promoted from Jail Sergeant to Jail Lieutenant and also becomes a new member of Sheriff Salisbury’s administrative staff.

Both Lieutenants had their badges and their new lieutenant bars pinned onto their uniforms by family members.

Sheriff Salisbury stated to a room full of family, friends and fellow Sheriff’s Office employees, that today is a very important day in the history of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office as well as for all citizens, for on this day we now have another layer of supervision and administrative support that directly contributes to the service we provide and helps us accomplish our mission to serve the citizens of Mason County.

Before the promotion ceremony began, Clayton Marcheen was sworn in and administered the oath of office as the newest Reserve Deputy Sheriff.  His son pinned his badge on while his wife looked on.  Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are fortunate to have people like Reserve Deputy Marcheen, who take an active part in volunteering to help protect and serve the community they live in.

The attached photos show Sheriff Casey Salisbury with Lt. Adams, Lt. Kasten & Reserve Dep. Marcheen.

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 Patrick Lopez

Deputy Lopez has his mother pin his Sheriff Star badge on his chest.

Deputy Lopez was hired as a regular Deputy Sheriff in 2008, but then was laid off due to budget cuts. Deputy Lopez was then hired by the Squaxin Island Tribal Police Department and served with distinction until he re-applied to again work as a Mason County Deputy Sheriff when a position opened this year.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to re-hire Deputy Lopez and that he will be a worthy addition to our agency.

Deputy Lopez lives in Mason County with his wife & family, and is looking forward to being on patrol and serving the citizens of Mason County.

Burglary suspect with multiple felony warrants sought in Mason County

BLAINE WILLIAM “BILLY” WHITEHEAD
DOB: 12/26/1963 – 6’-00” – 168 LBS.
WHITE MALE – BROWN HAIR – BROWN EYES
BLAINE WILLIAM “BILLY” WHITEHEAD DOB: 12/26/1963 – 6’-00” – 168 LBS. WHITE MALE – BROWN HAIR – BROWN EYES

BLAINE WILLIAM “BILLY” WHITEHEAD
DOB: 12/26/1963 – 6’-00” – 168 LBS.
WHITE MALE – BROWN HAIR – BROWN EYES

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 regarding the whereabouts of Blaine Whitehead are requested to call the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at 360-427-7761, or 911.  (Case #13-12785)

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 current Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury and former Mason County Sheriff Steve Whybark spoke words of praise for the many years of dedicated service that Sheriff Whybark provided as well as for the current leadership and vision of Sheriff Salisbury.

Mason County Commissioner District #1 Randy Neatherlin added to Lt Gov Owens thanks to Sheriff Salisbury and former Sheriff Whybark, by adding additional thanks to the men and women Deputies who serve the people of Mason County, and that having this new North Precinct is a long time vision now made a reality by Sheriff Salisbury.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office volunteer of fifteen years John Weichert provided a background on how former Sheriff Whybark began the dream of having a north end office in Belfair.

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury thanked all those in attendance and recognized the citizens of Mason County for helping make his goal of a North Precinct come to fruition.

Former Mason County Sheriff Steve Whybark was joined by his wife Lori where he explained his vision of a Belfair substation when he was a patrol deputy, and then he thanked the hard work and dedication of all of the volunteers who made the office a reality. He also thanked his previous staff that had worked with him for his three terms as Sheriff.

The ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the pledge of allegiance and invocation by Chaplain George Albertson, and the recognition of the many dignitaries in attendance by Sheriff Salisbury.

A cement stand with a bronze plaque was unveiled by Sheriff Salisbury and former Sheriff Whybark, and then the honor of the ribbon cutting was given to former Sheriff Whybark.

For the ribbon cutting, the following dignitaries were asked to join Sheriff Salisbury and former Sheriff Whybark: Lt Gov Brad Owens, Commissioner Randy Neatherlin, Undersheriff James Barrett, Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling (the new North Precinct Chief), Chief Civil Deputy Jan Shepherd, Chief Admin Deputy Theresia Ehrich, Jail Chief Tom Haugen, and former Undersheriff Gary Crane.

Also in attendance for the North Precinct dedication were former Mason County Sheriff Bob Shepherd, Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffreys, building owner Bill Byerly, Thurston County Sheriff Chief Deputy Brad Watkins, Kitsap County Undersheriff Dennis Bonneville and Kitsap County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Simpson.

After the ceremony, guided tours of the new North Precinct, tours of the static displays of different Sheriff’s Office equipment, meet and greet of different K-9’s, and a K-9 display were all provided to the attendees. There was also a free BBQ served to the public including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, pop & water. This was done as a thank you to the public for supporting the Sheriff’s Office in order to have a North Precinct.

A special thanks was also given to the KMAS radio station for providing the PA system for the ceremony, as well covering the event on the air. The Mason County Journal and KIRO TV News were also recognized for providing news journalist that covered the ceremony in order to keep the citizens informed of this great event.

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 responded to the area and found a 50 year old white male in the back yard area in the 200 block of SE Channel Point Road of rural Mason County, about 6 miles east of Shelton.

The suspect was moving back and forth between trees and pointing an object at the Deputies. The Deputies ordered the man several times to drop what was in his hands, but he continued to point the object at the Deputies. One Deputy shot at the suspect, striking him in his hand, causing him to drop the object.

The suspect was transported to Mason General Hospital and was later transported to Harbor View Hospital in Seattle. Medical staff advised that the gunshot wound was not life threatening.

A multi-jurisdictional shooting team made up of Officers and Deputies from surrounding law enforcement agencies responded and are conducting the investigation.

Due to the on going investigation, no names are being released at this time.

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 County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Ehrich will oversee the finance & administration functions of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. She brings to this office over 30 years of professional experience. Chief Ehrich was the former Chief Financial Manager for the Mason County Auditor’s Office and has assisted the Sheriff’s Office in financial management since the Sheriff Whybark administration.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that the addition of Chief Ehrich is a common sense action in order to be fiscally and financially responsible. Her skills and her dedication to serving the people of Mason County makes Chief Ehrich the very best choice for this office.

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 Health Officials, Retirees from different agencies, Community Group representatives from different neighborhoods and volunteers within the public safety/service field all enjoyed a breakfast buffet and meeting hosted by Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury.

1.Sheriff Casey Salisbury passing around the plastic bear to gather donations for the Polar Plunge

Sheriff Casey Salisbury passing around the plastic bear to gather donations for the Polar Plunge

First, Sheriff Salisbury advised all attendees about the 2014 Mason County Emergency Services Polar Bear Plunge, being held Saturday, February 1st, 2014, from 11 AM to 4 PM, at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa, Union, WA. Sheriff Salisbury then passed around a plastic container in the shape of a bear, requesting donations. He is going to jump into the icy water of the Hood Canal and all donations will go to support emergency services in Mason County.

Sheriff Salisbury also reminded everyone about the Grand Opening, Building Dedication, Open House and BBQ, celebrating the opening of the fully staffed Sheriff’s Office North Precinct in Belfair. This event will take place on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, ribbon cutting at 11 AM and the open house from noon until 4 PM. Sheriff Salisbury introduced former Sheriff Steve Whybark who was in attendance, and announced that the new North Precinct will be dedicated as “The Sheriff Steve Whybark Public Safety Building”. This honor is due to all of the dedicated work that Sheriff Whybark coordinated as a Mason County Sheriff in order to establish a Sheriff Sub-Station in the north end of the county.

2.Sheriff Casey Salisbury on the left, awarding the 25 year service award to Deputy Sheriff Thurman Rankin on the right.

Sheriff Casey Salisbury on the left, awarding the 25 year service award to Deputy Sheriff Thurman Rankin on the right.

Sheriff Salisbury then called up Deputy Sheriff Thurman Rankin and awarded him a 25 year service award plaque. Deputy Rankin has worked for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office since January 29, 1989 and received the award for his dedication and service over the last 25 years.

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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 provide honor to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice while enforcing the laws of this land.
This event will also be adding the names of over 140 Officers, Deputies, Troopers and Agents that were killed in the line of duty in 2013.  These additions will also include WA State Patrol Trooper Sean O’Connell.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is completely funded by public donations and they do not charge when requested to participate in public functions.
The Honor Guard is a tradition started by Deputy Sheriff Chris Mondry in 2010.  Since then, the Honor Guard has participated in every line-of-duty death memorial in WA State, participated in local events such as the Belfair parade, and have attended several memorial services throughout the region.
The cost to compete in the competition, the national training and to participate in the memorial event, as well as the cost of food is being personally covered by team members.  The Honor Guard is requesting donations to cover just the cost of the air fares and lodging.  Round trip air fare for 2 ($1,450.00) and lodging for two rooms over four days ($1,500.00) comes to $2,950.00.