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Is it stormy weather? istle a happy tune the wind whistles so the Pickering area. As it happens, windstorm echoes nearly three a crew employed by the public weeks after it blew through town. PUD 3 reports that a tree limb fell across powerlines near the Harstine Island Bridge, knocking out the electrical pow- er of some 2,200 customers at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning. Parts of the island were out of power for four days after the windstorm of December 14-15. This week's outage affected not just the island but also Spen- cer Lake, Phillips Lake and the utility district was doing some storm cleanup work nearby and was able to restore power by 10:50 a.m. This newspaper is still do- ing some storm cleanup of its own. Last week we published several photographs taken by our readers of damage caused by the storm and told the sto- ries that went along with them. This week we add a couple of latecomers that didn't make it in last week's paper. LEE ASCHE TOOK this photograph at his home off Lynch Road last month. Wind knocked down the trees, and the trees did a number on the truck. Trees root for pickup truck Lee and Sonja Asche have an old Mazda pickup truck they drive when their other rigs are out of service for one reason or another. On the evening of" December 14 it was parked near a stand of fir trees at their property on Lynch Road. The high winds that ripped through knocked OVer a cluster of trees and their root system acted like a kind of spatula. "The root s);stem of that fir cluster uprooted the ground and tipped the truck over," Mrs. As- che said. The trees in question were about 100 feet tall, she said, and the force of the wind and the roots combined also dislodged a canopy that had covered the back of the truck, leaving it draped over a soggy patch of ground. FRANK WEEKS snapped this shot of inspectors Kelly Riordan and Nick Carr checking out some dead wood near Treewater Place. IA,":, N (' I;NTY Days The home of the Weekses on Treewater Place survived the Storm, but the trees gave way before the wind and the power of a woodcutter with firewood on his mind. "A tree had fallen and just barely missed my house," Frank Weeks said. Kelly Riordan and Nick Carr Were called to the scene and in- vited to inspect where a sizable fir had hit the gutters before coming to rest on the ground. left Weeks with timber "We were just out making sure nothing major had happened," Weeks said. That done, Riordan got about the business of cutting up this fallen tree and others that had tumbled thereabouts. The wood will be cured for a while and then dedicated to the heating of homes. "We've since logged the whole lot. They're all gone," Weeks said of the land around the home he has made for him- self and his daughter, Kelseigh. 00qrrested but not charged No charges were filed in Ma- son County Superior Court gainst three woman who had ee: scheduled for arraignment oa December 29 in unrelated Cases. Robin Marie Hermann, 21, r  helton, was arrested Decem- er 14 in an investigation of pos- SeSsion of methamphetamine. Akasha Leigh Garner, 8, of 766 SE Cook Plant Farm Road, Shelton, was arrested De- cember 17 in an investigation of possession of stolen property in the second degree. Sarah Lois McFarlane, 24, of 290 East Sherwood Creek Road, Allyn, was arrested De- cember 17 in an investigation of intimidating a public servant. They were all released from conditions imposed on them by order of the superior court. Man, woman arrested for assaulting trooper By MARY DUNCAN A Belfair couple suspected of assaulting a Washington State Patrol trooper appeared Tues- day, January 2, in Mason County Superior Court. Norman Eugene Vanderberg, 53, was identified in an inves- tigation of assault in the third degree and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Christine Louise Vanderberg, 48, was identified in an investigation of assault in the third degree and driving under the influence of intoxicants. The Vanderbergs re- side at 41 NE Virginia Avenue, Belfair. They were arrested at about 11:46 p.m. on December 29 by Trooper C.W. Bates of the Wash- ington State Patrol, who said he stopped the vehicle Ms. Vander- berg was driving for erratic lane travel on State Route 300 near Sand Hill Road. After detect- ing an odor of intoxicants on her breath he asked her to perform field sobriety tests and to take a portable breath test. He said the result of the breath test was a .165, over twice the legal limit of .08. As she was being taken into custody her husband exited their vehicle and approached the trooper's car. Bates reported tell- ing Mr. Vanderberg to stop and return to the vehicle but he con- tinued toward the trooper and allegedly hit him with his right hand. The trooper was adjust- ing the hand restraints on Ms. Vanderberg when she allegedly swung her leg back and kicked the officer. They appeared in court with attorney James Gazori who asked for a personal recognizance re- lease for the couple. He said Mr. Vanderberg is employed at Ban- gor Submarine Base and has a high-level security clearance. He also noted the couple owns their property in North Mason. Judge James Sawyer exoner- ated the bail which they posted, $5,000 each, and released the couple on their promise to appear for arraignment on January 12. C;,uLilty pleas: Teen tells in spray spree An 18-year-old Hoodsport man who spraypainted property at Shelton High School last fall changed his plea recently in Ma- son County Superior Court. Justin D. Christensen of 500 North Mountain View Drive pled guilty on Friday, December 29, to malicious mischief in the first degree. In his plea state- ment he wrote: "On September 29 I caused physical damage in excess of $1,500 at Shelton High School. I spraypainted graffiti at the school." Christensen has agreed to pay restitution to the high school and to several businesses which were also vandalized, Deputy Prosecutor Reinhold Schuetz said. In exchange for his plea, the state agreed not to charge Christensen in connection with the businesses he "tagged" the same evening, Schuetz added. With no prior felony history the sentencing range is from zero to 90 days, Judge Toni Shel- don explained. She scheduled sentencing for January 29. Christensen's codefendant, Kendall Beth Koester, 18, of 3460 West Shelton-Matlock Road, Shelton, was in court on December 29 as well. She has been charged with first-degree malicious mischief and is sched- uled for trial during the jury term beginning January 23. Also on December 29: Trevor Alan Felix, 20, of 140 East Blevins Road, Shelton, entered guilty pleas to charges of first-degree theft and theft in the second degree. With an offender score of three, the sentencing range for the first-degree theft is from four to 12 months and from two to six months for second-degree theft, Judge James Sawyer explained. In his plea statement Felix admitted taking two motorcycles on June 13: a 2004 Honda and 1994 Yamaha. He is scheduled for sentencing on January 29. Gordon Bruce Pavey, 61, of 650 East Twilight Way, A1- lyn, pled guilty to assault in the third degree. In exchange for his plea the state agreed to dismiss a second count of residential burglary. In his plea statement he ad- mitted shooting a pellet pistol into the residence of Mark A. Matsko, who was staying in a trailer on Pavey's property. "In a fit of anger I fired a bb gun into my friend's residence with- out regard to where he was," he wrote. With no prior felony criminal history the sentencing range is from one to three months in the Mason County Jail followed by up to 12 months of community cus- tody, Judge Sawyer explained. He said that in addition to dis- missing the burglary charge the state would recommend 60 days to be served on electronic home monitoring. The judge scheduled sentencing on January 29. llllll Weather llllll High Low Precip. Fahrenheit (In.) December 27 42 27 .22 December 28 34 26 0 December 29 37 27 .04 December 30 35 28 0 December 31 43 30 0 January 1 44 33 1.19 January 2 54 44 1.75 Measurements are recorded for the National Weather Service at Sanderson Field. Total precipitation in December was 12.71 inches, which is three inches more than the 75-year av- erage for the month of 9.67 inches and makes the year-to-date total a staggering 80.85 inches of precipi- tation for 2006. That's about 16 inches above the 75-year average of 64.98 inches annually. Snow fell on December 23 and 27. The highest temperature last month was 53 degrees recorded on December 14 when 2.4 inches of rain fell and a wind gust of 53 miles per hour was recorded. A chilly 24 degrees was the lowest temperature, recorded December 17 and 18. Low temperatures did not dip into the teens during the month. Wednesday morning the Na- tional Weather Service predicted showers on Thursday with a high temperature in the lower to mid- 40s. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a low in the lower to mid-30s. Forecasters expect rain and breezy conditions on Friday with winds increasing in the afternoon. The high should be in the lower to mid-40s. The extended forecast for Fri- day night through Monday night calls for rain, with lows in the mid- 30s to lower 40s and highs in the 40s. Showers are likely on Tues- day with a high in the lower 40s. 00lrrest warrants Warrants were issued for the following people who failed to ap- pear on Friday, December 29, for proceedings in Mason County Superior Court: Franklin Need- ham, $7,500; Shadow Williams, $5,000; and Joseph Edward An- drews, $627.50 and $3,465.38. On Tuesday, December 26, Le- roy Eugene Miles failed to ap- pear for trial on charges of theft in the second degree, second-degree malicious mischief and posses- sion of methamphetamine. Judge James Sawyer issued a $20,000 warrant for his arrest. PUBLIC "--S H E R I F F ,,,, NOTICE Steve Whybark ~ Sheriff SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN WHERFABOHTS UNKNOWN LEVEL 3 NOTIFICATION If you have any information regardin current criminal adiviW of this or any other offender, please call 911. For other inf6rmauon on sex offenders,http://so.co.mason.wa.us/ DAVEY KEITH NEWBY WHITE MALE - DOB: 05/01/82 5'-07" TALL - 165 LBS. BLOND HAIR & BLUE EYES Davey Sewby re-registered with the Mason County Sheriff's Office on 01/18/06 for a 09/12/00 conviction of Assault 3rd Degree With Sexual Motivation, Thurston County Superior Court cause # 00-1-0919-8. This conviction stems from Newby pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a known female when she was between the ages of 9 and 10 years old; and then sexually assaulting the same girl again when she was 15 years old. Newby has also been convicted of other non-sexual crimes including the Attempted Manufacturing of Meth, Criminal Trespass 2nd, the Manufacturing of Meth, Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, and Possession of Marijuana. Newby has absconded from his registered address within the 400 block of SE Picadilly Drive, Shelton, WA., and has failed to notify Law Enforcement of his whereabouts since leaving that residence in December 2006. There is an active DOC Secretariat Arrest Warrant on Newby and he is considered a HIGH RISK. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Davey Newby, do not approach him, but call 911 or contact the Mason County Sheriff's Office or any local Law Enforcement Agency. Newby is assessed by the Mason County Sheriff's Office as a Lcvl 3 Sex Offender. This is the highest level given to a Sex Offender, meaning that the subject is at a HIGH RISK to re-offend. HIS WHEREABOUTS ARE UNKNOWN Paid for by the Mason County Sheriffs Office I II II II I II I I Thursday, January 4, 2007 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 9 Is it stormy weather? istle a happy tune the wind whistles so the Pickering area. As it happens, windstorm echoes nearly three a crew employed by the public weeks after it blew through town. PUD 3 reports that a tree limb fell across powerlines near the Harstine Island Bridge, knocking out the electrical pow- er of some 2,200 customers at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning. Parts of the island were out of power for four days after the windstorm of December 14-15. This week's outage affected not just the island but also Spen- cer Lake, Phillips Lake and the utility district was doing some storm cleanup work nearby and was able to restore power by 10:50 a.m. This newspaper is still do- ing some storm cleanup of its own. Last week we published several photographs taken by our readers of damage caused by the storm and told the sto- ries that went along with them. This week we add a couple of latecomers that didn't make it in last week's paper. LEE ASCHE TOOK this photograph at his home off Lynch Road last month. Wind knocked down the trees, and the trees did a number on the truck. Trees root for pickup truck Lee and Sonja Asche have an old Mazda pickup truck they drive when their other rigs are out of service for one reason or another. On the evening of" December 14 it was parked near a stand of fir trees at their property on Lynch Road. The high winds that ripped through knocked OVer a cluster of trees and their root system acted like a kind of spatula. "The root s);stem of that fir cluster uprooted the ground and tipped the truck over," Mrs. As- che said. The trees in question were about 100 feet tall, she said, and the force of the wind and the roots combined also dislodged a canopy that had covered the back of the truck, leaving it draped over a soggy patch of ground. FRANK WEEKS snapped this shot of inspectors Kelly Riordan and Nick Carr checking out some dead wood near Treewater Place. IA,":, N (' I;NTY Days The home of the Weekses on Treewater Place survived the Storm, but the trees gave way before the wind and the power of a woodcutter with firewood on his mind. "A tree had fallen and just barely missed my house," Frank Weeks said. Kelly Riordan and Nick Carr Were called to the scene and in- vited to inspect where a sizable fir had hit the gutters before coming to rest on the ground. left Weeks with timber "We were just out making sure nothing major had happened," Weeks said. That done, Riordan got about the business of cutting up this fallen tree and others that had tumbled thereabouts. The wood will be cured for a while and then dedicated to the heating of homes. "We've since logged the whole lot. They're all gone," Weeks said of the land around the home he has made for him- self and his daughter, Kelseigh. 00qrrested but not charged No charges were filed in Ma- son County Superior Court gainst three woman who had ee: scheduled for arraignment oa December 29 in unrelated Cases. Robin Marie Hermann, 21, r  helton, was arrested Decem- er 14 in an investigation of pos- SeSsion of methamphetamine. Akasha Leigh Garner, 8, of 766 SE Cook Plant Farm Road, Shelton, was arrested De- cember 17 in an investigation of possession of stolen property in the second degree. Sarah Lois McFarlane, 24, of 290 East Sherwood Creek Road, Allyn, was arrested De- cember 17 in an investigation of intimidating a public servant. They were all released from conditions imposed on them by order of the superior court. Man, woman arrested for assaulting trooper By MARY DUNCAN A Belfair couple suspected of assaulting a Washington State Patrol trooper appeared Tues- day, January 2, in Mason County Superior Court. Norman Eugene Vanderberg, 53, was identified in an inves- tigation of assault in the third degree and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Christine Louise Vanderberg, 48, was identified in an investigation of assault in the third degree and driving under the influence of intoxicants. The Vanderbergs re- side at 41 NE Virginia Avenue, Belfair. They were arrested at about 11:46 p.m. on December 29 by Trooper C.W. Bates of the Wash- ington State Patrol, who said he stopped the vehicle Ms. Vander- berg was driving for erratic lane travel on State Route 300 near Sand Hill Road. After detect- ing an odor of intoxicants on her breath he asked her to perform field sobriety tests and to take a portable breath test. He said the result of the breath test was a .165, over twice the legal limit of .08. As she was being taken into custody her husband exited their vehicle and approached the trooper's car. Bates reported tell- ing Mr. Vanderberg to stop and return to the vehicle but he con- tinued toward the trooper and allegedly hit him with his right hand. The trooper was adjust- ing the hand restraints on Ms. Vanderberg when she allegedly swung her leg back and kicked the officer. They appeared in court with attorney James Gazori who asked for a personal recognizance re- lease for the couple. He said Mr. Vanderberg is employed at Ban- gor Submarine Base and has a high-level security clearance. He also noted the couple owns their property in North Mason. Judge James Sawyer exoner- ated the bail which they posted, $5,000 each, and released the couple on their promise to appear for arraignment on January 12. C;,uLilty pleas: Teen tells in spray spree An 18-year-old Hoodsport man who spraypainted property at Shelton High School last fall changed his plea recently in Ma- son County Superior Court. Justin D. Christensen of 500 North Mountain View Drive pled guilty on Friday, December 29, to malicious mischief in the first degree. In his plea state- ment he wrote: "On September 29 I caused physical damage in excess of $1,500 at Shelton High School. I spraypainted graffiti at the school." Christensen has agreed to pay restitution to the high school and to several businesses which were also vandalized, Deputy Prosecutor Reinhold Schuetz said. In exchange for his plea, the state agreed not to charge Christensen in connection with the businesses he "tagged" the same evening, Schuetz added. With no prior felony history the sentencing range is from zero to 90 days, Judge Toni Shel- don explained. She scheduled sentencing for January 29. Christensen's codefendant, Kendall Beth Koester, 18, of 3460 West Shelton-Matlock Road, Shelton, was in court on December 29 as well. She has been charged with first-degree malicious mischief and is sched- uled for trial during the jury term beginning January 23. Also on December 29: Trevor Alan Felix, 20, of 140 East Blevins Road, Shelton, entered guilty pleas to charges of first-degree theft and theft in the second degree. With an offender score of three, the sentencing range for the first-degree theft is from four to 12 months and from two to six months for second-degree theft, Judge James Sawyer explained. In his plea statement Felix admitted taking two motorcycles on June 13: a 2004 Honda and 1994 Yamaha. He is scheduled for sentencing on January 29. Gordon Bruce Pavey, 61, of 650 East Twilight Way, A1- lyn, pled guilty to assault in the third degree. In exchange for his plea the state agreed to dismiss a second count of residential burglary. In his plea statement he ad- mitted shooting a pellet pistol into the residence of Mark A. Matsko, who was staying in a trailer on Pavey's property. "In a fit of anger I fired a bb gun into my friend's residence with- out regard to where he was," he wrote. With no prior felony criminal history the sentencing range is from one to three months in the Mason County Jail followed by up to 12 months of community cus- tody, Judge Sawyer explained. He said that in addition to dis- missing the burglary charge the state would recommend 60 days to be served on electronic home monitoring. The judge scheduled sentencing on January 29. llllll Weather llllll High Low Precip. Fahrenheit (In.) December 27 42 27 .22 December 28 34 26 0 December 29 37 27 .04 December 30 35 28 0 December 31 43 30 0 January 1 44 33 1.19 January 2 54 44 1.75 Measurements are recorded for the National Weather Service at Sanderson Field. Total precipitation in December was 12.71 inches, which is three inches more than the 75-year av- erage for the month of 9.67 inches and makes the year-to-date total a staggering 80.85 inches of precipi- tation for 2006. That's about 16 inches above the 75-year average of 64.98 inches annually. Snow fell on December 23 and 27. The highest temperature last month was 53 degrees recorded on December 14 when 2.4 inches of rain fell and a wind gust of 53 miles per hour was recorded. A chilly 24 degrees was the lowest temperature, recorded December 17 and 18. Low temperatures did not dip into the teens during the month. Wednesday morning the Na- tional Weather Service predicted showers on Thursday with a high temperature in the lower to mid- 40s. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a low in the lower to mid-30s. Forecasters expect rain and breezy conditions on Friday with winds increasing in the afternoon. The high should be in the lower to mid-40s. The extended forecast for Fri- day night through Monday night calls for rain, with lows in the mid- 30s to lower 40s and highs in the 40s. Showers are likely on Tues- day with a high in the lower 40s. 00lrrest warrants Warrants were issued for the following people who failed to ap- pear on Friday, December 29, for proceedings in Mason County Superior Court: Franklin Need- ham, $7,500; Shadow Williams, $5,000; and Joseph Edward An- drews, $627.50 and $3,465.38. On Tuesday, December 26, Le- roy Eugene Miles failed to ap- pear for trial on charges of theft in the second degree, second-degree malicious mischief and posses- sion of methamphetamine. Judge James Sawyer issued a $20,000 warrant for his arrest. PUBLIC "--S H E R I F F ,,,, NOTICE Steve Whybark ~ Sheriff SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN WHERFABOHTS UNKNOWN LEVEL 3 NOTIFICATION If you have any information regardin current criminal adiviW of this or any other offender, please call 911. For other inf6rmauon on sex offenders,http://so.co.mason.wa.us/ DAVEY KEITH NEWBY WHITE MALE - DOB: 05/01/82 5'-07" TALL - 165 LBS. BLOND HAIR & BLUE EYES Davey Sewby re-registered with the Mason County Sheriff's Office on 01/18/06 for a 09/12/00 conviction of Assault 3rd Degree With Sexual Motivation, Thurston County Superior Court cause # 00-1-0919-8. This conviction stems from Newby pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a known female when she was between the ages of 9 and 10 years old; and then sexually assaulting the same girl again when she was 15 years old. Newby has also been convicted of other non-sexual crimes including the Attempted Manufacturing of Meth, Criminal Trespass 2nd, the Manufacturing of Meth, Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, and Possession of Marijuana. Newby has absconded from his registered address within the 400 block of SE Picadilly Drive, Shelton, WA., and has failed to notify Law Enforcement of his whereabouts since leaving that residence in December 2006. There is an active DOC Secretariat Arrest Warrant on Newby and he is considered a HIGH RISK. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Davey Newby, do not approach him, but call 911 or contact the Mason County Sheriff's Office or any local Law Enforcement Agency. Newby is assessed by the Mason County Sheriff's Office as a Lcvl 3 Sex Offender. This is the highest level given to a Sex Offender, meaning that the subject is at a HIGH RISK to re-offend. HIS WHEREABOUTS ARE UNKNOWN Paid for by the Mason County Sheriffs Office I II II II I II I I Thursday, January 4, 2007 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 9