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Senate OKs bill to add another Mason County judge

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has approved a measure that would increase the number of superior court judges in Mason County…. …read more

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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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Draft policies for Grays Harbor salmon, Columbia sturgeon available for review

The goal of the policy is to ensure spawning goals are met for wild salmon returning to the basin and to give anglers and commercial fishers a clearer picture of what fishing opportunities they can expect each year.

The draft policy options are available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/grays_harbor_salmon/. The website includes information provided during recent public meetings, along with the dates and times of two additional public meetings scheduled in January.

Written comments on the draft policy may be submitted via email to [email protected] or by mail to Ron Warren, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Key principles of the draft policy include:


  • Promoting the conservation and restoration of salmon and steelhead by working with partners, such as the Regional Fishery Enhancement Groups, to protect and restore habitat productivity, implement hatchery reform, and manage fisheries consistent with conservation objectives.
  • Developing fishing opportunities that are fairly distributed across fishing areas and reflect the diverse interests of fishers.
  • Structuring recreational and WDFW-managed commercial fisheries to minimize conflicts between the two gear types.
  • Seeking to enhance the overall economic well-being and stability of Grays Harbor Basin fisheries.
  • Ensuring salmon management is well documented, transparent, well communicated, and accountable.


The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the draft policy during its January meeting in Olympia. The commission is scheduled to make a final decision on the policy at its February meeting in Olympia.


Also at the February meeting, the commission is scheduled to make a final decision on the draft policy for managing lower Columbia River white sturgeon. A public hearing will be held on the draft policy in January.


During its December meeting, the commission was briefed on proposed revisions to that policy. The minor revisions are designed to ensure that the policy applies whether fisheries are open or closed to the retention of white sturgeon.


Those changes do not affect current regulations, including a rule beginning Jan. 1 that requires anglers to release all white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam, the Washington coast, Puget Sound and their tributaries. However, catch-and-release fishing for the species will be allowed in those areas.


The draft sturgeon policy is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/policies/c3001_draft120913.pdf.


Written comments on the draft sturgeon policy may be submitted to [email protected] or mailed to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.


In other action, the commission approved three land transactions, including the purchase of 2,639 acres in Asotin County, 640 acres in Kittitas County and just over two acres in Mason County.


The property in Asotin County – located 22 miles southwest of Anatone – contains important habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species, including steelhead, bull trout, deer, elk and bighorn sheep. Once the sale is completed, the property will become part of WDFW’s Blue Mountain Wildlife Area.


The 640-acre property in Kittitas County is located near Cle Elum and provides critical habitat for fish and wildlife, including northern spotted owls, bull trout and other federally protected species. This property will become part of WDFW’s L.T. Murray Wildlife Area.


The smaller property in Mason County is located just south of Belfair and provides important habitat for fish, shellfish and waterfowl.  The property will become part of the department’s South Puget Sound Wildlife Area. 


More information about the land transactions is available on the commission’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2013/12/dec0613_05_summary.pdf.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over patrols running through New Year


The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently asked people what the goal should be for the number of traffic deaths in Washington. Everyone indicated they would like to see fewer people killed. But when asked what the goal should be for their family members, everyone responded, “zero.” (Well, almost everyone. Visit www.WAdrivetozero.com to see what residents think about zero traffic deaths).

To reach zero traffic deaths takes effort from everyone. Please join law enforcement in working toward zero traffic deaths. Make sure all the people at your Thanksgiving table are also around to celebrate the New Year. Visit www.WAdrivetozero.com to review important safety tips, such as:

*Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads.

*If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don’t drive. Make plans before-hand for how you’ll get around.

*If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely! Plan to have sober designated drivers available. Buy a few extra air mattresses so guests can stay the night. If it’s an office party, limit alcohol, provide shuttle service or book hotel rooms. Remember, as a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.

*Talk with your children about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Help them understand the ways alcohol and marijuana use can harm their bodies, their brains, and their future. Let them know that they can call you instead of ever getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking, using marijuana or taking drugs. WEBSITE: Start Talking Now

*Give the best gift of all at the Holiday Season with the Designated Driver Gift Card.

*Addiction is a complex issue. If you or someone you know is dealing with alcohol, marijuana or drug abuse, call or check ONLINE- the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1 (866) 789-1511.

November 22, 2013/Washington Traffic Safety Commission News Release

New Deputy Sheriff for Mason County

After a cadet graduates, they must continue their training by spending 3-4 months riding with a Field Training Officer and proving themselves in the field before being allowed to “ride solo” and work alone as a fully commissioned peace officer.

Sheriff Casey Salisbury welcomes Deputy Sheriff Danielle Branes

Sheriff Casey Salisbury welcomes Deputy Sheriff Danielle Branes as a member of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and looks forward to her personal and professional development as she joins her other Deputies in their service to the citizens of Mason County.

Attached is a photo of Sheriff Casey Salisbury congratulating Deputy Branes on her successful completion of the basic law enforcement academy.

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

During the search warrant service, detectives recovered approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine, which has a street value of $5,000.00.  Nearly $3,000.00 in cash was also recovered.

The ongoing partnership that we experience with our local law enforcement agencies, makes for a safer community.  This cooperation has led to the removal of dangerous illegal drugs as well as placed suspects dealing these drugs behind bars. – Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury

Adam said due to an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.

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. 

Multi-Agency drug bust nets 5 ounces of meth in Mason County

Sheriff Casey Salisbury commented that due to the professional work of SOG along with the partnerships with other Law Enforcement agencies, a stolen firearm and over $10,500.00 worth of Methamphetamine was taken off the streets!

(Due to an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.)

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.