On April 1st, the sales tax rates in Mason County increased but some businesses apparently didn’t get the message. Last November, voters in the City of Shelton increased the sales tax one-tenth of a percent for criminal justice and public safety. The Mason County Commission approved a one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase for chemical dependency and mental health services.
The two accused in the robbery, assault and murder of Shawn Joseph Morrow entered “Not Guilty” pleas Monday in Mason County Superior Court. The suspects, 29-year-old Stephen R. C. Churchill and 28-year-old Travis Carl Baze, entered their plea during separate arraignments. Both remain in Mason County Jail and have been charged with robbery and murder.