In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions and associated injuries, Shelton Police Officers have already dedicated thirty-two hours this month targeting distracted drivers. In the first few days of December alone, officers made over 109 traffic stops, resulting in 53 distracted driver infractions, 2 DUI citations, and 7 arrests. Shelton PD will be applying for additional grant funding in 2018 to continue targeted traffic safety patrols.
Fatalities from distracted driving have increased 32% in Washington State during 2017. Mason County alone has had two fatalities, and five people that were seriously injured, in auto collisions related to distracted driving. With the passage and signing of the statewide E-DUI Act in July, the Shelton Police Department is taking action locally to address the rise in distracted driving collisions.
According to a news release, the officers’ terminations were effective November 6, 2017 and followed an internal investigation of their actions on May 25, 2017 which revealed several violations of Shelton Police Department Policies.
A 42-year-old Shelton man is in custody after reporting a bogus homicide. According to a news release, the Shelton Police Officers, along with Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, converged on a home in the 200 block of Arcadia Avenue Tuesday morning after MACECOM received a 911 call regarding a fatal shooting. The caller reported that a man had been shot and killed by his roommate.
The Shelton Police seized a package containing marijuana this week after its odor made a local shipping company suspicious. On Tuesday, July 25th, a local shipping business contacted police regarding a suspicious package that had been dropped off for shipment to Starkville, Mississippi. The company expressed concern when they noticed a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the package.
According to a news release, Shelton Detective Dan Patton confirmed that the package prepared for transport to Mississippi was the source of the pungent odor, and was able to obtain a search warrant to access its contents. Inside, Patton found over 121 grams of processed marijuana.
Law enforcement used crisis intervention training Tuesday to de-escalate a situation where a woman was destroying her own property. Here is a news release from the Shelton Police Department explaining how they used their training:
On Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at approximately 6:10 AM, the Shelton Police Department was dispatched to a distraught, potentially suicidal female inside a home in the 1000 block of May Ave.
Upon arrival, two Shelton Police Officers and two Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office located a female experiencing a mental crisis. She was alone inside her home, being very destructive to her property.
Two Shelton Police officers could face charges for using excessive force during an incident in late May that was caught on video. Both officers involved were wearing body cameras and the Shelton Police Department released the videos Wednesday. The videos show the officers going up stairs leading to the back of of St. David’s Parish/Community Lifeline in the 200 block of North 3rd Street to contact a man reported sleeping on the landing. You can hear the officers identifying themselves, commanding the man to show his hands several times before using pepper spray. The man still didn’t comply and instead started to rise. That is when the officers became physical in order to subdue him.
The Shelton Police Department is investigating what looks like a suicide at Oakland Bay Marina. According to a news release, officers responded to the parking of of the Shelton Yacht Club about 8:45 AM Thursday after MACECOM received a call of an unresponsive person in the 600 block of East Pine Street. The caller told dispatchers the person was a male who appeared to have a gun-shot wound to the head, and that a firearm was nearby.
Shelton Kiwanis honored individuals in law enforcement for their outstanding efforts at a Law Enforcement Luncheon on Tuesday (June 13th), held at Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House which opened especially for the recognition.
This year’s recipients are (from left to right) Officer Tasesa “Ses” Maiava (Retired) from Shelton Police Department, Detective Sergeant Jeff Rhoades from Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Joseph Johnston from the Mason County Jail, Trooper Cody Pierce from Washington State Patrol, Officer Ken Balazs from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Officer Samuel Coleman from the Washington State Corrections Center, Officer Bene Blakenship from Squaxin Tribal Police, and Officer Michael DeRoche from Skokomish Tribal Police who was not unable to attend and not pictured.