Mason County Sheriff’s Office seeking tips to ID burglary suspect

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this photographed burglary suspect.

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Untouched night surveillance camera photos of burglary suspect who appears to be a white adult male wearing a heavy jacket and a head band style flash light.

On October 4th, 2014 around 1:20 AM, this individual burglarized a metal shop/garage located within the 1300 block of E. Johns Prairie Road, Shelton, and stole several thousand dollars worth of knives, tools, etc.  Anyone having information regarding the identification and whereabouts of this burglary suspect are requested to call the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at 360-427-7761, or 911. (Case #14-13785)

State to fine owners of Mason County water system for neglect

The Washington State Department of Health intends to issue a $17,640 penalty to the investor-owners of Ripplewood Tracts water system in Mason County. The planned fine is for violating a state directive to bring the water system into compliance with drinking water regulations.

In March, the agency directed the owners to hire a certified operator to run and maintain the system, to test the water for nitrate contamination, and to notify customers that the water system had violated state drinking water regulations. As of October 30, the owners had not complied with the directive.

The state requires public water systems to employ trained, certified operators to ensure safe operation of the water systems.

Operators routinely test the water for contaminants, including nitrate, which poses a serious health risk because it reduces the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Infants and people who don’t have enough stomach acids or with an inherited lack of the enzyme that converts affected red blood cells back to normal (methemoglobin reductase) are especially at risk.

The water system ownership includes Heritor Inc., a Washington corporation; and Ripplewood Utilities, Bristol Group, a Washington corporation. The registered office for the water system is 843 S. 212th St., Suite 105, Kent.

The agency issued a $22,680 penalty against the same investor group for violating state drinking water regulations in its operation of the Green Mountain Acres water system in Kitsap County. The penalty, issued Feb. 13, 2014, is under appeal, and negotiations are under way to transfer ownership of that system to Kitsap Public Utility District #1.

“We hold water system owners and operators to very strict standards because of the role they play in protecting public health,” said Clark Halvorson, director of the agency’s Office of Drinking Water. “We’d rather work with owners to find solutions than penalize them, but when they shirk their responsibility, we have little choice but to issue financial penalties.”

The owners filed an appeal on October 16. The penalty is suspended until the appeal is resolved.

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Man charged with attempting to redirect Western Washington River

The Attorney General’s Office filed three misdemeanor charges today against a Tahuya man accused of using heavy machinery to fill and alter the course of the Tahuya River near his home without any permits.

William Cayo Sr. is charged in Mason County District Court with violation of the water pollution control act, violation of the shoreline management act, and conducting unpermitted hydraulic activities in connection with the alteration of the channel of the Tahuya River in early February 2013.

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Mason County Sheriff swears in Jail Officer and Deputy Sheriff

On Monday, October 27, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Jail Officer Trenton Latch and Deputy Sheriff Alfonso Mercado, the newest employees of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to hire Officer Latch and Deputy Mercado. Both will be very worthy additions to our agency!  Officer Latch and Deputy Mercado also fill much needed positions within our short handed Jail and Patrol divisions.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office seeks tips on stolen generator

Sometime during the first week of October 2014, property owners in the Agate area reported that two unknown men were seen going onto the victim’s property and stealing a brand new generator.  The adult males were described as one white male and one Hispanic looking male.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to identify the suspects.  Attached to this news release are two photos of the suspects taken by a surveillance camera as they were stealing the generator.

Mason County theft suspects close upIf anyone recognizes either of the two suspects or has any information regarding this crime, please call the Mason County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 360-427-7761 and refer to case number 14-14082.

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Additional trout releases to focus on lakes in Seven Western Washington counties

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is stocking 47 western Washington lakes with 340,000 catchable-size trout this fall.

This is nearly four times more fish than were released last fall in western Washington.

WDFW is currently stocking lakes in Grays Harbor, Island, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom Counties.

Those lakes, which are scheduled to be stocked between Oct. 12-19, include:

  • Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek ponds 1 and 2;
  • Island County: Cranberry Lake;
  • King County: Angle, Bitter, Deep, Rattlesnake, Shadow, Green, Langlois, Walker, Holm, Fish, Fivemile and Fenwick lakes;
  • Pierce County: Harts, Kapowsin, Bonney and Bradley lakes;
  • Snohomish County: Tye Lake and Gissburg Pond North and South;
  • Thurston County: Long’s Pond, Offutt, Black, St. Clair, Lawrence, Long and Ohop Lakes; and
  • Whatcom County: Fazon Lake.

Other waters that were recently stocked include Island, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer lakes in Mason County; Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County; Rattlesnake Lake in King County; Cascade Lake in San Juan County; and Gibbs, Leland and Teal lakes in Jefferson County.

Additional stocking efforts will focus on different lakes and counties in western Washington and will continue through October and November.

Bonus bag limits will also be allowed on some lakes, doubling angler’s catch limits from five to 10 trout.

A list of lakes to be stocked, those offering the bonus bag limit, and the department’s recently updated stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/.

Chris Donley, inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be great throughout the fall and winter months at all of these lakes. “Most of the trout are 11 to 13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix,” he said.

The fall fish plants are in response to anglers’ requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities in western Washington, said Donley. That effort also includes stocking lakes in southwest Washington for the Nov. 28 Black Friday opener, which offers anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving.

For those fishing closer to the Puget Sound area, there are thousands of trout available in lakes that can be pursued throughout fall and winter, said Donley. “We encourage anglers young and old, inexperienced or well-seasoned, to get out and take advantage of these great fisheries,” he added.

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov, or see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015, to participate in these events.

Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

Suspect barracades himself in, then blows up, Mason County garage

Last night, Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 9:16 PM, Deputies responded to within the 100 block of SE Shadowood Blvd., south of Shelton, to the report of a suicidal suspect previously wanted for suspicion of domestic violence assault.  A friend of the suspect had responded earlier and believed that his friend may already have taken his life.

A day earlier on Tuesday night, Mason County Sheriff Deputies had responded to the same residence to the report that the suspect had assaulted his wife, had made threats to kill and then fled the scene.  The suspect was believed to possess multiple firearms.

Upon arrival on Wednesday night, Mason County Sheriff Deputies along with Police Officers from the Shelton Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety all responded when it was ascertained that the suspect was alive, that he had barricaded himself in his garage and that he claimed to have firearms.  Officers and Deputies began to back away from the residence when there was a large explosion which blew the garage door off the garage.

Deputies and Officers pulled the suspect to safety where he was immediately transported to Mason General Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle.  The 35 year old man’s condition is unknown at this time.

Mason County Fire Districts 4, 5, 11 and 16 all responded to the scene and put out the fire.

Due to the explosion and statements made about “booby traps”, the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad will respond this morning and conduct an inspection of the property for any explosive devices.  No further information is available while the case is under investigation.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office “Knock & Talk” verifies registered sex offenders

Last week, the week of August 11-15, 2014, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety, Skokomish Department of Public Safety, the WA State Department of Corrections Shelton Field Office, and the Western WA US Marshal Fugitive Apprehension Task Force conducted operation “Knock & Talk”.

 

Nineteen personnel from the above agencies divided up into four teams and contacted registered sex offenders within Mason County in order to verify that they were complying with WA State law.  A Sheriff’s Clerk also participated to help with the administrative side of the operation.

 

234 address verifications/or attempts were made, another 9 transient/homeless sex offenders were verified, 3 were arrested that had outstanding warrants for their arrests and 12 investigations for failure to register were started.  As of today, that number is dropping as sex offenders are being verified that went on vacation, registered in other jurisdictions, and other reasons as to not being at their registered addresses.

 

During the operation, 20 different locations were also investigated in the attempt to apprehend fugitives living in Mason County that have outstanding warrants.

 

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that partnering with the US Marshal Service as well as our local Law Enforcement partners, provides a high level of safety and security to the citizens of Mason County.  Coordinating sex and/or kidnapping offenders in Mason County is a very important part of our responsibilities that we take very seriously!

 

For questions regarding the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Sex and/or Kidnapping Registration Program, please visit the MCSO website at: http://so.co.mason.wa.us/ and click on “Sex Offenders”.

Mason County Sheriff swears in new Jail Officer

On Monday, August 18, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Hector Diaz, the newest Jail Officer of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to hire Officer Diaz and that he will be a worthy addition to our agency!  Officer Diaz also fills a much needed position within our short handed Jail staff ranks.

Officer Diaz lives in Olympia with his girlfriend and is looking forward to working within the Mason County Jail and serving the citizens of Mason County.  Officer Diaz is a former United States Marine and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Mason County Superior Court seeks candidates for Third judicial position

The Legislature has statutorily authorized a third Superior Court position as provided for by RCW 2.08.063. Governor Jay Inslee is now seeking interested and qualified members of the Washington State Bar Association to submit applications to fill this position. The Governor’s application for judicial appointment, the Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, is accepted by several minority bar associations for evaluation purposes. It can be downloaded below.

Nicholas W. Brown, General Counsel
Office of the Governor
Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504

http://www.governor.wa.gov/office/judicial/default.aspx

 

To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the statewide minority bar associations. All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by September 5, 2014, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel by October 3, 2014.