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Driver charged in Grapeview Loop collision

A driver who caused a collision while attempting to pass a turning car at state Route 3 and Grapeview Loop Road Dec. 7 has been charged with vehicular assault, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Joseph V. Campbell, 67, of Shelton, was driving on Route 3 behind Terry Petersen, 53, of Belfair, when Peterson slowed to turn onto Grapeview Loop Road. Campbell tried to pass on the left and struck Peterson's truck, causing both cars to block the road for three hours during the investigation, according to WSP.

Trooper Isaiah Husain said Campbell was unable to complete field sobriety tests, and when Husain asked him whether he'd been using drugs, Campbell "paused for a moment and advised he used 'crank,' a slang term for meth, a couple hours prior," according to the probable cause document.

Troopers obtained a search warrant to draw Campbell's blood and booked him in the Mason County Jail on vehicular assault charges.

Belfair speed limits decrease on Route 3

New speed limits will be taking effect in Belfair along state Route 3.

The new speed limit between milepost 27.96 near Log Yard Road and milepost 26.93 north of Belfair will be 45 mph, down from 50, and between milepost 25.30 and milepost 26.93 the speed will be 30 mph, down from 35.

The Washington State Patrol teamed with the state Department of Transportation in a study that advised the changes. Enforcement will start when signs are installed, which could be as early as Dec. 18, according to Doug Adamson with WSDOT.

Library publishes 2023 wrapup

Timberland Regional Library has published its version of Spotify's popular "wrapped" year-end statistics. Patrons borrowed 1,594,449 physical books and 1,543,727 digital titles for a total of 3,138,176.

The top fiction book was "A World of Curiosities" by Louise Penny, followed by "Demon Copperhaed" by Barbara Kingsolver, "Tomorrow & Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin, "Boys from Biloxi" by John Grisham and "Mad Honey: A Novel" by Jodi Picoult.

The top nonfiction title was "Spare" by Prince Harry, "The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck" by David Grann, "A Fever in the Heartland" by Timothy Egen, "An Immense World" by Ed Yong and "I'm Glad My Mom Died" by Jennette McCurdy.


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