County Briefs


February 9, 2023

State awards grant

Mason County received $150,000 in a state grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office as part of more than $2 million in grants to help communities plan for outdoor recreation facilities.

According to a news release, Capitol Land Trust received the grant for planning for recreational uses at Bayshore Preserve. The preserve is a former golf course restored to a wildlife habitat. The land trust has not been able to afford the costs of building infrastructure needed to support the level of interest and use on the property. The needs include a parking lot allowing for safe bus entry, accessible trails, and materials for a covered structure and viewing platforms.

MCSO arrests suspect

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested one man in connection with a robbery at the Taylor Towne 76 Gas Station on Jan. 28.

According to a Facebook post, two unidentified men stole beer and assaulted a clerk. The Sheriff’s Office posted store camera screenshots of one of the suspects and asked the community for help in identifying the suspect. One of the suspects in the photos was arrested, and the name of the other person has been given to authorities, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Fred Meyer juvenile suspects arrested

The Shelton Police Department arrested two male juveniles for second-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, third-degree theft and minor in possession for attempting to steal from Fred Meyer.

According to police documents obtained through a public records request, officer Samantha Ortana said she arrived on scene to two males handcuffed and one was trying to avoid getting into the patrol vehicles but after a struggle, was forced into the back of a patrol car.

A Fred Meyer manager reportedly said one of the males struck an employee in the head twice and another employee was hit in the face after noticing the males trying to steal liquor and confronting them about it before escorting them out of the store.

According to officer Chris Pickens, officers detained the two suspects who had two backpacks, each with two bottles of stolen liquor from Walmart. The alcohol totaled $126.79 in liquor stolen.


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