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Obit.00,,i0000 Mencer gets, a split verdict (Continued from page 8.) because Mencer "wasn't staying Ruth Van De Riet Former longtime Shelton resi- dent Ruth Van De Riet died of heart failure in Gresham, Oregon, on December 24, 2006. She was 85 and lived in Shelton 41 years before moving to Gresham two years ago to be near her daugh- ters. She was born in Washington, Kansas, on Au- gust 4, 1921 to Archibald D. and Martha (Krebs) Van Petten. She earned a bachelor's de- gree from Kan- Ruth sas State Uni- Van De Riet versify and a master's degree from Michigan State University. She married Harold J. Van De Riet in Kansas on July 28, 1950. Mrs. Van De Riet was a faculty member at Michigan State Uni- versity and taught high-school classes in Pigeon, Michigan. She also worked as a child specialist for the Community Mental Health Center in Olympia and was chair of the Washington State Universi- ty Cooperative Extension Office in Shelton from 1977 to 1986, when she retired. She did some freelance writing in retirement. She was a member of the Unit- ed Methodist Church of Shelton, American Association of Universi- ty Women, Mason General Hospi- tal Auxiliary and worked with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and at the Nifty Thrifty shop. Surviving are daughters Jeanne Van De Riet and son-in-law Mal- colm McCord of Sandy, Oregon, and Shirley Van Garde and hus- band Richard of Gresham and granddaughters Mariah and Au- rora "Rory" Van Garde. A memorial service was held at the Gresham Manor Retirement Apartments. Memorial donations may be made to the Saints' Pantry food bank, P.O. Box 1064, Shelton. Inurnment arrangements are by Evergreen-Washelli, Funeral Home in SeattLe. LOW COST CREMATION Peggy Coon Leona Morgan "Peggy" Coon died of natural causes on Sun- day, December 24, 2006, at Ma- son General Hospital. She was 81 and lived in the Shelton area fbr more than 20 years. S  , ne was born in Kelso on Oc- tober 24, 1925 to Jack and Thehna (Gates) Morgan. She was a homemaker who enjoyed caring for ani- mals, especially cats and birds. She also liked to Peggy read and watch Coon ice-skating per- formances. She was preceded in death by lusband Harold "Dick" Coon and daughter Gall Jobb Burkhardt. ' Mrs. Coon is survived by sons John Jobb of Chicago, Illinois, and Michael Jobb of Shelton; daughter Cindy Jobb-Ilkhani of Seattle; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Private services were sched- uled. An important legacy Complete obituary informa- tion is not only an appropri- ate tribute to the deceased but a part of history. The Journal provides fbrms and is happy to print infbrmation on the lives of residents and former resi- dents. go in one at a time." He said they announced their presence in a very loud voice and each one yelled "Police, search war- rant" several times. He said when he entered the bedroom Mencer was wearing headphones and did not respond to commands "to show us your hands and roll over." Potts continued, "Deputy Reed pushed him and stepped back. He opened his eyes and looked at us. At one point he lunged toward Deputy Reed and then he immediately sat down. We called in a third person, Deputy McGill, and Deputy Reed deployed a taser." DETECTIVE ROBERT Noyes said he searched the bedroom where Mencer was found. "I had spoke with Mr. Mencer. I had escorted him into the bedroom so he could point things out," he said, "and claim things that were his and were not his." Noyes said he located several documents with Mencer's name on them. He said a .22-caliber pistol that was loaded was found on top of the stereo next to where Mencer had been sleeping. The stereo was in an entertainment center and Noyes said he found a box of bullets for the pistol on top of the entertainment center. Noyes said he found the oth- er three guns under drawers at the bottom of a dresser inside the closet of the bedroom. Debbie Marshall, who was resid- ing at the York residence on October 17, said the four firearms belonged to her ex-husband and that she had brought them to the residence be- cause she was moving into the bed- room where Mencer was found. She said she put them in the bedroom there at that time." She said she was there with her three children in the afternoon and took the guns into the residence. She said her son reminded her to place them in a corner of the closet with the barrel-ends up. She said neither York or Mencer were at the residence when she brought the guns inside. SHE SAID SHE had the guns for two or three years and had recently taken them out of storage. She said she could not remember whether or not she had a box of bullets for the pistol. She said she did not inform depu- ties or the prosecutor's office about her ownership of the guns until she filed a declaration on December 18. "I didn't know where to go to. I just thought that the day of the search warrant; I decided to keep my mouth shut. Then I went on the Internet to find out how to retrieve firearms," Marshall said. When Deputy Prosecutor Mike Dorcy asked her why she waited two months to claim the firearms, she said, "because I just found out last week that I could." However, when he showed her the handgun which was found in the bedroom with Mencer, Marshall said it was not the one she brought into the residence on October 17, explaining the pistol she brought there had a wooden handle and was bigger than the one he showed her. She said she put the pistol, which was in a box, on a shelf in the closet. Judge James Sawyer read two stipulations, telling the jury to treat the written statement the same as sworn testimony. Detective Bill Epiphany concert Saturday The Shelton Children's Choir The youngsters will be celebrat- will sponsor an Epiphany service ing what their instructor calls a at 6 p.m. this Saturday, January "festival of light" with excerpts 6, at Faith Lutheran Church at- from "Lessons and Carols" from 1.212 Connection Street on Moun- Kings College Cambridge and var- tain View in Shelton. ious instrumental selections. The free concert is open to all. THREE BEDROOM, one bath house for rent, Basement, garage, fenced yard on Cota Street, $950 monthly. Available January 15th. Call (360) 866-4594 or (360) 432-0971. Mcl/4-25 FOR SALE by owner. Lease purchase on Park St. 2 bedroom, new bath, just painted on inside. Large detached ga- rage. $121,500. Call (360) 426-1585. O1/4 FIREWOOD. FREE to anyone who will help me clean up and burn storm debris in my field. Several huge trees will turn into lots of firewood. Call Ray, (360) 426-2509. C1/4 80 HP Mercury with tiller handle and pump. $2,500 OBO. (360) 427-0574. L1/4-11 ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE Techni- cian. Temporary, full time, night shift po- sition, all days of the week and possibly other shifts. This position is responsible for custodial duties in general and medi- cal areas of a 60+ bed hospital. Apply at or send resume to Mason General Hospital, H.R. Dept., P.O. Box 1668, Shelton, WA 98584. (360) 427-9575, lalvarez@masongeneral.com. M 1/4 TIMBERLAKE 2 bedroom home, $475 monthly. First, last, deposit. Kristian (360) 710-9114 (cell). $1/4-11 CREDENTIALING SPECIALIST. Up to full time and up to 1 year, M-F, day shift, replacing Military Leave Personnel. Computer exp., Word, Access, Excel, ability to work well with a variety of peo- ple, attention to detail, well organized and ability to multi-task required. Physi- cian credentialing exp. helpful. Health- care benefits, and 5 days paid vacation after 90 days. Pick up application or send resume to Mason General Hospi- tal, H.R. Dept., P.O. Box 1668, Shelton, WA 98584. (360) 427-9575, lalvarez@ masongeneral.com. M1/4 1948 DODGE, very clean, no rust, li- censed, running good, flat 6-cyl., stain- less trim, $5,000. Must see to, igeci- ate. (360) 432-9654 or (360) J56-7132. Wl/4-25 1975 BLACK EL Camino. 400 .small block. Right front fender damage. $2,000 OBO. (360) 868-2061. V/4 UPRIGHT FREEZER, white, $50. (360) 868-2061. V1/4 SHELTON MEMORIAL Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Complete Line of Memorial Markers Available for sale: Burial and Cremation Lots, Columbariums, Liners, Vaults Phone 426-2152 Fax 426- 5615 All of our staff reside in Mason County, adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Mason County's Only Crematorium t Our flail service ofti:rs cremation, burial, memorial markers and Purple Cross Burial Insurance Ron Larson, funeral director, Competitive Pricing 13-year employee Pre-need and at-need arrangements available Adam reported firing each of the four firearms and noted each firearm was in working order. The other stipula- tion noted Mencer was convicted on March 7, 2005 of a felony that is not defined as a serious offense. TESTIMONY RESUMED on December 22 with Deputy Reed, who said he participated as a mem- ber of the SERT when the warrant was served. He said he was the first person through the bedroom door. "It was open. I observed the defen- dant laying on a mattress on the floor under a blanket." He said he waited for Deputy Potts and that both of them were telling him to show his hands and roll over on his belly. "I noticed he had headphones on and his eyes were closed. I didn't know if he was listening to music or if he was sleep- ing. I kicked his leg to get his at- tention. He took off his headphones and started with profanity toward me. He was telling me to get out," Reed said. He confirmed the use of the taser to gain compliance. The defense case began with tes- timony from Carrie Justus, Mencer's mother. She said her son had lived with her at 1426 Ellinor since July 2 of 2006, although she said between July and August he lived at the Highland Road residence. She said he moved back into her residence in September and that he was living there on or about October 17. Mencer testified in his own de- fense. He said he knew that because of a felony conviction he was not al- lowed to have firearms. He said late on October 16 he went to the High- land Road residence to get some of his belongings like the entertain- ment center and night stand. "I INTENDED to grab my stuff and get going. Richie came to my house to pick me up. He apparently fell asleep," Mencer said, explaining he went into the bedroom and went to sleep. "All I know is I had my headphones on and I was sleeping. All I know is I'm being tased and then I'm being handcuffed." He said he did not see the hand- gun sitting on the stereo when he went into the bedroom because it was dark and he did not turn on a light. He said he did not know about the guns hidden under the drawers in the closet. "When I went in there the lights were off. I went in there to go to sleep. It was dark except from the light under the door," he said. Mencer said he had "no idea" how the box of bullets got into the room. He said the door to the room has a padlock which he had to un- lock when he went in to go to sleep. He said he did not know Marshall was at the residence until the morn- ing when law enforcement officers arrived. He said when he went to sleep York and Rodriguez were at the residence. Members of the jury were Meghan Andrews, Karen Rasor, Franklin Phillips, Raphael Mostel, Claire Voskuhl, Eugene Stacy, Leonard Eckroth, Joyce Bryant, Grant Fos- ter, Doug Traynor, John Devitt and Thomas Snyder. Sherry Holmes- Gier was the alternate. Complete $3 75 360-705-2857 or 1-800-575-8823 24 hours Always low cost with dignity AMERICAN BURIAL & CREMATION S,RWCS Forest Funeral O REST Home "A reputation built on service" Professional service, fair pricing, attention to details. At Forest it's not about the money a family spends, it's about the service we provide. Call on us today 360-427-8044 313 West Railroad Avenue, Shelton, WA 00D(X; JANUARY L PROGRESSIVE STOP BY THE CASINO FOR MORE DETAILS! LUDO RETURN THIS COUPON TO THE LUCKY , JANUARY PROGRESSIVE *CASH BASH* NAME: ADDRESS: CITY: ST ZIP EMAIL: ng Deck ack Page 10 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, January 4, 2007 ,,, Obit.00,,i0000 Mencer gets, a split verdict (Continued from page 8.) because Mencer "wasn't staying Ruth Van De Riet Former longtime Shelton resi- dent Ruth Van De Riet died of heart failure in Gresham, Oregon, on December 24, 2006. She was 85 and lived in Shelton 41 years before moving to Gresham two years ago to be near her daugh- ters. She was born in Washington, Kansas, on Au- gust 4, 1921 to Archibald D. and Martha (Krebs) Van Petten. She earned a bachelor's de- gree from Kan- Ruth sas State Uni- Van De Riet versify and a master's degree from Michigan State University. She married Harold J. Van De Riet in Kansas on July 28, 1950. Mrs. Van De Riet was a faculty member at Michigan State Uni- versity and taught high-school classes in Pigeon, Michigan. She also worked as a child specialist for the Community Mental Health Center in Olympia and was chair of the Washington State Universi- ty Cooperative Extension Office in Shelton from 1977 to 1986, when she retired. She did some freelance writing in retirement. She was a member of the Unit- ed Methodist Church of Shelton, American Association of Universi- ty Women, Mason General Hospi- tal Auxiliary and worked with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and at the Nifty Thrifty shop. Surviving are daughters Jeanne Van De Riet and son-in-law Mal- colm McCord of Sandy, Oregon, and Shirley Van Garde and hus- band Richard of Gresham and granddaughters Mariah and Au- rora "Rory" Van Garde. A memorial service was held at the Gresham Manor Retirement Apartments. Memorial donations may be made to the Saints' Pantry food bank, P.O. Box 1064, Shelton. Inurnment arrangements are by Evergreen-Washelli, Funeral Home in SeattLe. LOW COST CREMATION Peggy Coon Leona Morgan "Peggy" Coon died of natural causes on Sun- day, December 24, 2006, at Ma- son General Hospital. She was 81 and lived in the Shelton area fbr more than 20 years. S  , ne was born in Kelso on Oc- tober 24, 1925 to Jack and Thehna (Gates) Morgan. She was a homemaker who enjoyed caring for ani- mals, especially cats and birds. She also liked to Peggy read and watch Coon ice-skating per- formances. She was preceded in death by lusband Harold "Dick" Coon and daughter Gall Jobb Burkhardt. ' Mrs. Coon is survived by sons John Jobb of Chicago, Illinois, and Michael Jobb of Shelton; daughter Cindy Jobb-Ilkhani of Seattle; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Private services were sched- uled. An important legacy Complete obituary informa- tion is not only an appropri- ate tribute to the deceased but a part of history. The Journal provides fbrms and is happy to print infbrmation on the lives of residents and former resi- dents. go in one at a time." He said they announced their presence in a very loud voice and each one yelled "Police, search war- rant" several times. He said when he entered the bedroom Mencer was wearing headphones and did not respond to commands "to show us your hands and roll over." Potts continued, "Deputy Reed pushed him and stepped back. He opened his eyes and looked at us. At one point he lunged toward Deputy Reed and then he immediately sat down. We called in a third person, Deputy McGill, and Deputy Reed deployed a taser." DETECTIVE ROBERT Noyes said he searched the bedroom where Mencer was found. "I had spoke with Mr. Mencer. I had escorted him into the bedroom so he could point things out," he said, "and claim things that were his and were not his." Noyes said he located several documents with Mencer's name on them. He said a .22-caliber pistol that was loaded was found on top of the stereo next to where Mencer had been sleeping. The stereo was in an entertainment center and Noyes said he found a box of bullets for the pistol on top of the entertainment center. Noyes said he found the oth- er three guns under drawers at the bottom of a dresser inside the closet of the bedroom. Debbie Marshall, who was resid- ing at the York residence on October 17, said the four firearms belonged to her ex-husband and that she had brought them to the residence be- cause she was moving into the bed- room where Mencer was found. She said she put them in the bedroom there at that time." She said she was there with her three children in the afternoon and took the guns into the residence. She said her son reminded her to place them in a corner of the closet with the barrel-ends up. She said neither York or Mencer were at the residence when she brought the guns inside. SHE SAID SHE had the guns for two or three years and had recently taken them out of storage. She said she could not remember whether or not she had a box of bullets for the pistol. She said she did not inform depu- ties or the prosecutor's office about her ownership of the guns until she filed a declaration on December 18. "I didn't know where to go to. I just thought that the day of the search warrant; I decided to keep my mouth shut. Then I went on the Internet to find out how to retrieve firearms," Marshall said. When Deputy Prosecutor Mike Dorcy asked her why she waited two months to claim the firearms, she said, "because I just found out last week that I could." However, when he showed her the handgun which was found in the bedroom with Mencer, Marshall said it was not the one she brought into the residence on October 17, explaining the pistol she brought there had a wooden handle and was bigger than the one he showed her. She said she put the pistol, which was in a box, on a shelf in the closet. Judge James Sawyer read two stipulations, telling the jury to treat the written statement the same as sworn testimony. Detective Bill Epiphany concert Saturday The Shelton Children's Choir The youngsters will be celebrat- will sponsor an Epiphany service ing what their instructor calls a at 6 p.m. this Saturday, January "festival of light" with excerpts 6, at Faith Lutheran Church at- from "Lessons and Carols" from 1.212 Connection Street on Moun- Kings College Cambridge and var- tain View in Shelton. ious instrumental selections. The free concert is open to all. THREE BEDROOM, one bath house for rent, Basement, garage, fenced yard on Cota Street, $950 monthly. Available January 15th. Call (360) 866-4594 or (360) 432-0971. Mcl/4-25 FOR SALE by owner. Lease purchase on Park St. 2 bedroom, new bath, just painted on inside. Large detached ga- rage. $121,500. Call (360) 426-1585. O1/4 FIREWOOD. FREE to anyone who will help me clean up and burn storm debris in my field. Several huge trees will turn into lots of firewood. Call Ray, (360) 426-2509. C1/4 80 HP Mercury with tiller handle and pump. $2,500 OBO. (360) 427-0574. L1/4-11 ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE Techni- cian. Temporary, full time, night shift po- sition, all days of the week and possibly other shifts. This position is responsible for custodial duties in general and medi- cal areas of a 60+ bed hospital. Apply at or send resume to Mason General Hospital, H.R. Dept., P.O. Box 1668, Shelton, WA 98584. (360) 427-9575, lalvarez@masongeneral.com. M 1/4 TIMBERLAKE 2 bedroom home, $475 monthly. First, last, deposit. Kristian (360) 710-9114 (cell). $1/4-11 CREDENTIALING SPECIALIST. Up to full time and up to 1 year, M-F, day shift, replacing Military Leave Personnel. Computer exp., Word, Access, Excel, ability to work well with a variety of peo- ple, attention to detail, well organized and ability to multi-task required. Physi- cian credentialing exp. helpful. Health- care benefits, and 5 days paid vacation after 90 days. Pick up application or send resume to Mason General Hospi- tal, H.R. Dept., P.O. Box 1668, Shelton, WA 98584. (360) 427-9575, lalvarez@ masongeneral.com. M1/4 1948 DODGE, very clean, no rust, li- censed, running good, flat 6-cyl., stain- less trim, $5,000. Must see to, igeci- ate. (360) 432-9654 or (360) J56-7132. Wl/4-25 1975 BLACK EL Camino. 400 .small block. Right front fender damage. $2,000 OBO. (360) 868-2061. V/4 UPRIGHT FREEZER, white, $50. (360) 868-2061. V1/4 SHELTON MEMORIAL Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Complete Line of Memorial Markers Available for sale: Burial and Cremation Lots, Columbariums, Liners, Vaults Phone 426-2152 Fax 426- 5615 All of our staff reside in Mason County, adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Mason County's Only Crematorium t Our flail service ofti:rs cremation, burial, memorial markers and Purple Cross Burial Insurance Ron Larson, funeral director, Competitive Pricing 13-year employee Pre-need and at-need arrangements available Adam reported firing each of the four firearms and noted each firearm was in working order. The other stipula- tion noted Mencer was convicted on March 7, 2005 of a felony that is not defined as a serious offense. TESTIMONY RESUMED on December 22 with Deputy Reed, who said he participated as a mem- ber of the SERT when the warrant was served. He said he was the first person through the bedroom door. "It was open. I observed the defen- dant laying on a mattress on the floor under a blanket." He said he waited for Deputy Potts and that both of them were telling him to show his hands and roll over on his belly. "I noticed he had headphones on and his eyes were closed. I didn't know if he was listening to music or if he was sleep- ing. I kicked his leg to get his at- tention. He took off his headphones and started with profanity toward me. He was telling me to get out," Reed said. He confirmed the use of the taser to gain compliance. The defense case began with tes- timony from Carrie Justus, Mencer's mother. She said her son had lived with her at 1426 Ellinor since July 2 of 2006, although she said between July and August he lived at the Highland Road residence. She said he moved back into her residence in September and that he was living there on or about October 17. Mencer testified in his own de- fense. He said he knew that because of a felony conviction he was not al- lowed to have firearms. He said late on October 16 he went to the High- land Road residence to get some of his belongings like the entertain- ment center and night stand. "I INTENDED to grab my stuff and get going. Richie came to my house to pick me up. He apparently fell asleep," Mencer said, explaining he went into the bedroom and went to sleep. "All I know is I had my headphones on and I was sleeping. All I know is I'm being tased and then I'm being handcuffed." He said he did not see the hand- gun sitting on the stereo when he went into the bedroom because it was dark and he did not turn on a light. He said he did not know about the guns hidden under the drawers in the closet. "When I went in there the lights were off. I went in there to go to sleep. It was dark except from the light under the door," he said. Mencer said he had "no idea" how the box of bullets got into the room. He said the door to the room has a padlock which he had to un- lock when he went in to go to sleep. He said he did not know Marshall was at the residence until the morn- ing when law enforcement officers arrived. He said when he went to sleep York and Rodriguez were at the residence. Members of the jury were Meghan Andrews, Karen Rasor, Franklin Phillips, Raphael Mostel, Claire Voskuhl, Eugene Stacy, Leonard Eckroth, Joyce Bryant, Grant Fos- ter, Doug Traynor, John Devitt and Thomas Snyder. Sherry Holmes- Gier was the alternate. Complete $3 75 360-705-2857 or 1-800-575-8823 24 hours Always low cost with dignity AMERICAN BURIAL & CREMATION S,RWCS Forest Funeral O REST Home "A reputation built on service" Professional service, fair pricing, attention to details. At Forest it's not about the money a family spends, it's about the service we provide. Call on us today 360-427-8044 313 West Railroad Avenue, Shelton, WA 00D(X; JANUARY L PROGRESSIVE STOP BY THE CASINO FOR MORE DETAILS! LUDO RETURN THIS COUPON TO THE LUCKY , JANUARY PROGRESSIVE *CASH BASH* NAME: ADDRESS: CITY: ST ZIP EMAIL: ng Deck ack Page 10 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, January 4, 2007 ,,,