The Mason County Sheriff’s Office reports a Level 2 Sex Offender has recently become homeless and has registered as transient. According to a sex offender bulletin, 56-year-old James Carl Anderson is required to register due to a 1993 conviction for Rape 1st Degree. This conviction stems from when Anderson was 35 years old and entered the house of a 29-year-old woman he knew without consent, crawled into her bed and forcefully raped her. Continue reading
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has been fined $10,000 as part of a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board. According to a report in the Seattle Times, Owen agreed to the fine the after accusations of ethics violation and the settlement will save him $5,000 as long as he has no other ethics violations in the next two years. Continue reading
There has been a superintendent change for the Shelton School District. After three years as Superintendent, Wayne Massie has stepped down and the Shelton School Board has appointed Dr. Arthur Jarvis as Interim Superintendent. Dr. Jarvis brings 47 years of educational leadership to Shelton Schools including 27 years Superintendent experience. Continue reading
A brush fire forced the closure of U.S. Highway 101 Thursday afternoon. According to Mason County Fire District 11, crews were dispatched around 1 PM to a report of a brush fire off Shelton Springs Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fast moving brush fire off Highway 101 behind Hidden Haven Mobile Home Park. The fire was crowning in the trees and had already jumped across Highway 101. Due to the wind gusts, the fire was quickly moving through the grass on Port of Shelton’s property. Crews quickly shut down Highway 101 and began to attack the fire. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire near the mobile home park and stood by the back fence of the park to provide structural protection. Continue reading
A school bus was involved in a hit and run collision Wednesday afternoon on Old Belfair Highway. The bus was struck by a red Honda Element that fled the scene. There were 16 kids on the bus but no injuries.
Mason County Medic One reports $2,000 of equipment was stole from one of the ambulance company’s vehicles late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. According to MCMO officials, the theft occurred between 8 PM and 5 AM at their headquarters, 2019 Jefferson Street in the Mountain View area of Shelton. Taken were two Motorola portable handheld radios and a fluorescent yellow safety vest. Continue reading
Tuesday, the presentation of Mason County’s 2015 Preliminary Budget was completed. Financial staff made an initial presentation last week but the document didn’t contain true numbers so the Mason County Commission continued the presentation until this week. Ed Baker, Chief Finance Manager in the Mason County Auditor’s Office, finished the presentation, summarizing the numbers in the document which contains all the budget requests from Department Heads and Elected Officials for next year.
According to Baker, the Preliminary Budget requests total over $72.1 Million ($72,146,007) while revenues in 2015 are expected to be around $62.8 Million ($62,828,272). This includes $33,647,430 for the Current Expense Budget next year and with Current Expense revenues projected at $26,642,576 that leaves a short fall of just over $7 Million ($7,004,854). Continue reading
The project to rehabilitate and make stormwater improvements on Turner Avenue between 7th Street and First Street begins on Wednesday September 10, 2014 and is expected to continue through the week of September 22, 2014. According to the City of Shelton Department of Public Works, work on the rehabilitation of a portion of Turner Avenue will begin with pavement grinding on Wednesday morning. Storm drainage work will begin near 7th Street and Angleside Road on Thursday. Continue reading
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the standoff Sunday near Spencer Lake. According to a news release, the incident began about 11:45 AM when the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a 45-year-old Shelton man with multiple arrest warrants, was currently violating a court order at a residence in the 100 block of East Spencer Glen Drive. Continue reading
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office took a man into custody after he barricaded himself in a home near Spencer Lake Sunday. The incident began about 12:30 PM in the 100 to 200 block of E Spencer Glenn. The suspect, who had warrants out for his arrest, barricaded himself in the home and would not respond to deputies. The SWAT team was called in but the suspect still refused to respond to additional request for him to come out. Continue reading