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

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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.

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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

From: AP Washington News

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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