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

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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

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Hoquiam man arrested over ‘large amount’ of sexually explicit images

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) with the assistance of detectives from the WSP Criminal Investigation Division and the

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Shelton man found beaten, unconscious, police seek tips

SHELTON, Wash. - On Tuesday, August 27 at about 11:11pm Shelton Police were dispatched to a disturbance in the downtown area of 1st Street and Railroad Avenue.  On arrival they found an unconscious adult male who was the apparent victim of an assault.  Witnesses indicated that a group of males were reported to have been seen fleeing the area on foot.  A K-9 track was conducted, but no suspects were located.

Lieutenant Les Watson with the Shelton police tells us detectives are following up on leads at this time.  The information obtained up to this point suggests that the victim and the assailant(s) are familiar with one another.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Mason General Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. His current condition is listed as critical.  Anyone with information that might be useful in the investigation of this incident is asked to call the Shelton Police Department at 360-426-4441. 

Homicide suspect chased from Shelton crime scene, one injured, one dead, one in custody

SHELTON, Wash. - At about 7:08 last night, Shelton Police were dispatched to a shooting in the 1900 block of South 1st Street. On arrival the Officers’ attention was directed to a vehicle that was fleeing the scene. Shelton Police tell KBKW a vehicle pursuit ensued for several blocks and terminated with the suspect crashing into a fence and then fleeing on foot. Officers engaged in a short foot pursuit, but ultimately caught up with the suspect and took him into custody.

At the original crime scene Officers located a victim who had sustained non-life threatening gunshot injuries to his hands and arms. He was transported to Mason General Hospital for treatment and later released. A second victim was found dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds.

Although the investigation is not yet complete, Detectives at this point have determined that the parties involved in this incident are familiar with each other. It appears that there was a disturbance at the residence earlier, after which the suspect left. He returned with a handgun at which point the shootings occurred. During the course of the incident he reportedly took personal possessions belonging to the victims, although that is not thought to be the primary motivation behind the shootings. The suspect was identified to be 53 year old Michael Justiniano of Shelton. Justiniano was booked on charges of 1st Degree Homicide, Attempted Homicide and Robbery.

Double Homicide Suspect Arrested

SHELTON, Wash. - A man suspected of fatally shooting two people in Shelton is now in custody.

Police say 22-year-old Charles Longshore of Shelton was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday on a highway near Shelton. He's accused of killing 19-year-old Tyler Drake and 37-year-old Anitrea (Roxy) Leigh Taber over a debt. Their bodies were found Monday.

Two others accused of rendering criminal assistance are also in the Mason County Jail.

Les Watson with the Shelton Police Department tells us with the assistance of information developed by the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and the Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Charles Sydney Longshore was located and taken into custody around 1:45 Friday morning.
He is currently at the Shelton Police Department and will soon be transferred to the Mason County Jail.
The black Hyundai Santa Fe mentioned in an earlier press release was located in Centralia and stopped by Officers from the Centralia Police Department and Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputies. Although Longshore had been in the Hyundai for much of the past two days, he was not in it at the time that vehicle was located in Centralia.
Further information was developed that led Officers to believe that Longshore might be in a black Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi was spotted traveling N/B on Hwy 101 just south of Shelton by a Mason County Deputy. Deputies, along with Troopers from the Washington State Patrol, affected a traffic stop on the Mitsubishi and took Longshore into custody without incident. The female driver of the Mitsubushi is being detained for questioning.
Watson said the successful apprehension of Longshore was accomplished with assistance and interaction by a number of agencies to include the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Centralia Police Department, Squaxin Island Police Department, McCleary Police Department, WESTNET and the Skokomish Department of Public Safety.

Suspect Sought in Mason County Double Homicide

SHELTON, Wash. - Police are searching for a suspect in a double homicide investigation in Mason county after two bodies were found at a Shelton home yesterday morning.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell has identified the bodies as 19 year old Tyler W. Drake, and 37 year old Anitrea (Roxy) Leigh Taber of Shelton.
Shelton Police Lt. Les Watson tells us officers found a man and woman shot dead inside a trailer in the 200 Block of Harvard 1:00 yesterday morning. Watson said two "persons of interest" were detained.


Police said in a statement last night that the "Investigation has led to the identification of 22-year-old Charles Sydney Longshore as the shooter. Longshore is described as a Native American male, 6-foot-2, 186 (pounds), with reddish brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a large tattoo on the left side of his neck."
Longshore is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information that might assist in this investigation is urged to call the Shelton Police Department at 360-426-4441

One Jailed, One Hospitalized After Mason County Shooting

An early morning shooting resulted in the hospitalization of a Belfair man who sustained multiple gunshot wounds at his home at about 6:40 AM tuesday.  The injured man who is described as being in his fifties was apparently shot by a neighbor man.  Sheriff’s Detectives do not yet have a motive for the shooting, but preliminarily learned the shooter was a neighbor who came over to the victim’s residence to borrow something.  The shots rang out after the victim went outside with the suspect.

When Sheriff’s Deputies and Medics arrived the man was conscious and alert. Due to foggy weather and poor visibility, the man was transported by ground to St Josephs Hospital in Tacoma.  Tuesday he was reported in stable condition.

Mason County Sheriff Links Area Robberies

Mason County Sheriff’s Detectives say they have been able to link the February 1, 2010 robbery of the Allyn Branch of Kitsap Bank to other armed robberies in the Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula areas.
According to investigators a lone white male walked into the bank armed with a black automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect allegedly told the teller “Don’t follow me or I’ll put a bullet in you.” The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one in the bank was injured. The suspect was last seen leaving the scene on foot. A K-9 Officer was later able to track the suspect to a location where the track abruptly ended with fresh tire tracks. According to detectives this is consistent with a get away vehicle being stashed near the scene.   Investigators also noted a witness reported seeing the dye pack explode and pink smoke emanate from the front of the suspect as he fled. The suspect could have sustained minor burns or have pink coloring on his person or clothing he does not want to explain.