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


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.

Mason County search crews find missing 10-year old safe Friday morning

Search-and-rescue crews have located the 10-year old boy missing in Mason County overnight, spotted by helicopter around 9:30, he was reported safe shortly after.
Searchers from Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pierce and Mason counties searched for the boy after he disappeared while picking berries with his sister near Lake Cushman in Mason County. The family searched for him until dark and then called for help. Ground searchers found a footprint earlier that morning.

Over 30 Search and Rescue ground volunteers as well as 4 K-9 teams from Mason County, Pierce County and Thurston County were called and responded to the area. Searchers worked throughout Thursday night. King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter “Guardian One” responded and attempted to check the area, but was forced to discontinue due to heavy cloud cover.

Hernandez recovery missionFriday morning, July 25, 2014, 30 more Search & Rescue volunteers as well as 4 more K-9 teams were called to replace the workers from the night. “Guardian One” also returned and began searching.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were called in and began checking out abandoned cabins, questioning local area residents, and contacting registered sex offenders living in and around the area.

Around 10:00 AM, “Guardian One” spotted a boy in the thick woods on a small mountain above where Search & Rescue teams were searching. “Guardian One” directed a K-9 team to the boy’s location and confirmed that the boy was, in fact, the lost boy Nathan.

Nathan was provided food and drink, checked out by Fire District #18 Medics, and then was returned to his family safe and sound.

The family was vacationing from Uvalde, Texas and wanted to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the Deputies, Troopers, Fire Fighters, Dispatchers and Search & Rescue volunteers who worked to find Nathan and return him back to his family.

Hernandez recovery mission


Allyn shooting leaves one dead, one in custody

Detective William Adam tells us around 9:11 Thursday night, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 9-1-1 call of a gunshot heard in the 1 to 100 block of E. Sherwood Lane, Allyn, WA.
The caller said that a woman had shot a man in the face, then fled on foot, and that the victim was laying unresponsive.

Arriving deputies found the 47 year old homeowner dead in front of his front door, the victim of an apparent gunshot wound to the face.
Deputies searched the area and found the suspect, lying in the back yard next door to the victim’s residence. The 34 year old Shelton woman was taken into custody and transported to the Mason County Jail without incident, booked for investigation of murder with a firearm.
Detectives located a firearm while serving a search warrant on the home. The victim is not being identified until his family can be notified.

Tahuya man arrested for shooting another man over argument

A Mason County man was arrested after allegedly shooting another man over an argument about a car. William Adams with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office tells us around 7 Wednesday afternoon, they was advised that a 57 year old man had shot a 31 year old man between the 400 and 600 block of NE Dewatto Hills Road, Tahuya, WA.

According to victim and witness statements, the two men were involved in a disagreement over a vehicle which lasted from late afternoon through the evening. The suspect allegedly came onto the victim’s property, shot the victim’s vehicle, then shot the victim in the abdomen and walked away.

The victim was transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton where he was treated and released. Deputies searched for the suspect in the Tahuya area for two hours until he was apprehended without incident.

Detectives served a search warrant on the suspect’s house and confiscated a small caliber handgun.

The suspect was booked into the Mason County Jail on the charge of assault in the first degree. The victim is now back at his Tahuya, WA home recovering from his injury.

Due to the ongoing assault investigation, no further information will be provided at this time.

Shelton driver runs stop sign, hit by Sheriff’s truck

A Shelton man was arrested at the scene of a collision with a Mason County Sheriff’s truck yesterday. The Washington State Patrol reports his 97 Honda Accord failed to stop at a stop sign at 1st street in Shelton just after 5 Wednesday. His car was struck by a fully marked Ford truck driven by Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Sisson. Both were injured, and transported to Mason General with undisclosed injuries. The 30 year old driver of the Honda was charged with DUI, his vehicle listed as totaled. The Sheriff’s truck sustained reportable damage, the investigation blocked the road for 2 and a half hours.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Volunteers

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office needs people to be a part of its volunteer team who are wanting to make a difference every day.

The department said in a press release “We are looking for dedicated retired individuals who are community minded and would like to donate some of their time to serve their community.”

As a volunteer you will assist with administrative duties, such as answering phones, fingerprinting, permit issuance, and public awareness programs. Assignments out on the road are available after 6 months of administrative duties in the office. A 12 hour training program will be provided. At the end of the training you will be donating a 4-hour shift per week at the North Precinct in Belfair.

You may obtain a volunteer application by contacting Chief Civil Deputy Jan Shepherd at 360-275-4255 or 360-427-9670, ext. 316, or email Chief Shepherd at

You may also stop by the North Precinct at 23293 NE State Route 3, Belfair, to pick up an application and talk to a volunteer personally. They would be glad to tell you about the program and answer questions. A background check is required for this position.

Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Fight Ocean Acidification in Washington state

On Thursday, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced bipartisan legislation to help fight ocean acidification. The bill, entitled the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act, would for the first time allow federal agencies to use existing funds to design prize competitions in order to increase our ability to manage, research, and monitor ocean acidification and its impacts.

This budget-neutral legislation was created in collaboration with key stakeholders, including the X PRIZE Foundation, an innovative non-profit organization that creates public competitions designed to encourage increased investment in solutions to problems that impact our entire society.  For example, the Ansari X PRIZE awarded in 2004 for personal spaceflight launched an entire industry which has generated more than $1 billion in investments.

Ocean acidification is a rising threat to coastal communities in Washington state. Scientists have found the shells of pteropods are dissolving due to acidification– a key part of the food chain for salmon, herring, and other fish. The shells of shellfish are made of the same components as pteropods, raising concern about future implications on the species.

Ocean acidification poses a threat to our coastal communities and to key industries in our state,” said Kilmer. “Changes to the ocean chemistry are putting entire livelihoods at risk while endangering the chance for future generations to grow up in a state still connected to a healthy Pacific Ocean. After listening to scientists, fishermen, businesses, and other stakeholders we’ve come up with a unique way to help. Our bipartisan bill is based on a simple idea to help: let’s have experts clearly identify the acidification problem and provide a strong incentive for folks to research and develop ways to solve it.”

“I’ve heard from shellfish and fishing folks up and down the coast in Pacific County about the trends they are seeing and threats their industries are facing due to ocean acidification,” said Jaime. “We need to understand what is happening and find solutions.”

The commercial and recreational fishing industry in Washington state alone supports over 67,000 jobs and contributes over $300 million in revenue. Washington state leads the nation in producing farmed clams, oysters, and mussels. Growers in Washington state contribute more than $250 million to the economy and support more than 3,200 jobs. In the region, the shellfish industry is the second largest employer in Mason County. The fishing and processing industry in Pacific County contributes over $150,000,000 to the local economy, producing 25% of the nation’s oysters.

Tacoma man dies after car flips into Lake Cushman

A Tacoma man died yesterday evening after his car went into Lake Cushman, off of North Staircase Road in Mason County. The Washington State Patrol tells us the passenger was able to escape the car and swim to shore. The Mason County Coroner notified family of 20 year old Joseph Dusek overnight, his 2000 Audi TT was Southbound when it left the road to the right, rolled and came to rest upside down in the lake. The passenger, a 19 year old Lacey man was injured and transported by aid to Mason General Hospital. Trooper Richardson’s report lists “wheels off the roadway” as the cause of the accident.

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

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.

Shelton felon arrested for plotting to blow up store and gas station as bank robbery diversion

A recently released prison inmate was arrested on Monday for plotting to blow up a large store and gas station as part of his bank robbery scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. LARRY GILLETTE, 53, of Shelton, Washington, is charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. GILLETTE allegedly began plotting the bombings and bank robberies while still serving a state prison sentence for identity theft. After being released from prison on April 14, 2014, GILLETTE described his plot in detail to someone he thought would assist him with his crimes. In fact the person he met with was an undercover officer working for the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. GILLETTE will appear in U.S. District Court in Tacoma at 2:30 today.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement learned that GILLETTE told others in prison of his plan to rob banks in Shelton using bombs at various businesses as a diversion during which he would commit violent takeover style robberies. Following his release from prison, an undercover officer posed as someone who could assist GILLETTE in obtaining weapons and explosives for his plot. On two different occasions in April 2014, GILLETTE was recorded on audio and video describing his plot to the undercover officer as they drove around Shelton. As described in court documents, the plot involved powerful bombs at Walmart, and Arco and Chevron gas stations. The plot allegedly anticipated that while first responders were busy with the bombings, GILLETTE would rob three banks. GILLETTE indicated he wanted the maximum loss of life to occur in the bombings and the bank robberies. At one point in the investigation, GILLETTE took possession of four Glock firearms. GILLETTE did not know the firearms had been modified so they would not fire. GILLETTE was arrested yesterday afternoon when he met again with the undercover officer, and attempted to ignite a car bomb. The “bomb” was inoperable.

Solicitation to commit a crime of violence is punishable by up to twenty years of imprisonment. Being a felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment.

The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force — which includes special agents from the FBI and task force officers from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) — and the SPD Major Crimes Task Force. SPD SWAT, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, and Shelton Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) partnered with the task forces on the arrest and the serving of search warrants.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey A. Backhus.
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer at (206) 553-4110 or