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City Construction Schedule 9/24 to 9/28

Crews continue working on infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Downtown Connector Project, the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project and Cascade Natural Gas. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. Here are where crews are working September 24th to September 28th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Highway North will be open. The roadway is reduced to two lanes, one in each direction.
  • The intersection of 1st and Alder will be closed. Northcliff Road will remain accessible from Birch St.
  • Alder will be closed between 1st St. and 3rd. St.
  • Intermittent closures from 3rd St. to 6th St. between Alder and Birch.
  • 4th St., 5th St., and 6th St. will remain gravel roads until paving begins, September 28th – October 2nd.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

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Child Passenger Safety Week

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) are teaming up this September to help make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly using the right car seats (rear-facing, forward-facing or booster seats) or seat belts for their child’s age and size.

WTSC and DOH support the Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) network in Washington.  During Child Passenger Safety Week, September 23-29, many communities will have these technicians available to educate consumers about choosing the right car seat, installing that seat correctly in their vehicle, and using that seat on every trip. Mason County will lead off the week with a Child Passenger Safety Technician course at the Kamilche Fire Station. This course will train more car seat technicians to assist with car seat inspections and education.

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State Highway Road Construction 9/23 to 9/29

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from September 23, 2018 to September 29, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 352.5
Description: Crews will make roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101.

Crews will make the following improvements:

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Public’s Help Sought in Homicide Investigation

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information regarding the death of Noe Alvarado. Noe was reported missing on September 6, 2018 after not having contact with his church, friends or family since September 2, 2018. Noe’s vehicle was located in the Tahuya Forest in Belfair and a subsequent search located him deceased in the adjacent woods. It was later determined that Noe died from a gunshot wound. At this time, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Noe’s family are seeking any information related to his disappearance and death.

If you have any information or know someone who might, call 9-1-1 or call Detective Chris Liles at 360-427-9670 Extention 327. Please reference case #18-17067.

Sex Offender Moves to Shorecrest

A sex offender has recently moved to the Shorecrest area of Mason County. According to a sex offender information bulletin from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Theodore Robert Britton lives on Dogwood Place.

Britton is required to register as a Sex Offender due to a 1989 King County Superior Court conviction of Child Molestation 1st Degree. This conviction stems from when Britton was 19 years old, he sexually assaulted a 15-years-old female that was friends of the family. Britton was also convicted of Assault 2nd with sexual motivation in 1994 for crimes committed in the 1980’s. This involved a young female that was known to him.

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Suspicious Death Ruled Suicide

The death of a Shelton woman has been ruled a suicide.

On Tuesday, an apartment manager asked Shelton Police officers to do a welfare check on resident who had not been seen or heard from. When officers entered the apartment, they found the 57-year-old deceased. The woman appeared to have been dead for an extended period of time.

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WSP Focuses on Distracted Driving

Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers will conduct a statewide emphasis on distracted driving from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, distracted driving is the cause of 30% of traffic fatalities and makes up 23% of all serious injury collisions in the state. So far in 2018, the WSP has contacted 18,557 drivers for distracted driving. In 2017, troopers stopped 17,058 drivers.

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Labor Market Continued to Improve in August

Washington’s economy added 9,100 jobs in August and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for August was 4.5 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The August unemployment rate decreased slightly from the July 2018 unemployment rate of 4.6 percent and is the lowest rate for August since 1976.

“The state data continues to demonstrate the positive trends in its economy,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “The civilian labor force is up in August, and total unemployment is down, both month-to-month and over the year.”

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Suspicious Death Investigation

The Shelton Police Department is investigating a suspicious death. According to a news release, an apartment manager called Shelton Police Tuesday asking for a welfare check on resident that had not been seen or heard from recently. Shelton Police officers entered the apartment and found a 57-year-old female deceased. The female appeared to be the resident of the apartment and has been deceased for an extended period of time. Investigators from the Shelton Police Department are currently investigating this suspicious death and attempting to locate family members. No other information has been released.

Two Abduction Attempts Reported in Shelton

The Shelton Police Department is investigating two attempted abductions Tuesday in the Mt. View area of the City.

At approximately 3 PM, a 12-year-old female student was walking home from school. In the 2000 block of King Street, the girl was approached by an unknown subject in a vehicle. The subject told the young girl to get in the car or he would “hurt” her. The girl dropped her backpack, screamed for help and began running down the street. An alert neighbor working in his yard, heard the young girl scream and called her to him. The neighbor then called 9-1-1. Shelton Officers from the nearby school arrived within minutes.

While officers and detectives were investigating this incident a second call came into MACECOM of a possible second attempted kidnapping in the same area. At approximately 4:00 PM, an 8-year-old female was walking on “K” Street near Jefferson Street after being dropped off by the school bus. She was approached by a male driving a vehicle who called out to her to come to him. The young girl ran from the area to her nearby home. The call to 9-1-1 was made after she told her older sister what happened.

Investigators are currently investigating both incidents. At this time, it is unknown if the same suspect is involved, the descriptions are somewhat different, but have similarities.

Suspect #1 vehicle: Light brown SUV (similar to a Chevy Tahoe)
Suspect #1 description: White male, approximately 30 years old, skinny and wearing an orange cap.

Suspect #2 vehicle: light blue, jeep type vehicle
Suspect #2 description: white or Hispanic male, long sleeve white/blue plaid shirt, brown hair, wearing glasses.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or who may recognize the suspect should call the Shelton Police Department through the MACECOM dispatch center.

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