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October 21, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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EXPLORER SCOUTS AND Scout officials discuss details of the search they Conducted here last week in the effort to find some trace of Kelly Coots, 11, who disappeared Oct. 11. Left to right are Bill Pearce, district scout executive, and Leslie VanderWegen and Bob Bednarski Jr., members of the Law Enforcement Explorer Scout Post. With his back to the camera in the reground is Dick Thompson, district Scout commissioner for Mason County. anal enles ooi Canal School in a statement Supt. John Pill, to delay the lion of the new complex by questioning the their district's District Supt. the Shelton at its Oct. 12 Canal District Whether, under required deposit the COunty treasurer of the new COuld delay the State Board of that all funds of the county plans are District has Orney general's they have The statement from Pill said: "The Hood Canal School District is not unmindful of the needs of the Shelton School District for the construction of the proposed new high School as stated in last weeks Shelton Journal and we have no intentions of stalling the beginning date of construction. If anything stalls the construction of the new facility, it would, appear, it will be State Law and the Department of Building and Facilities of the State Department of Public Instruction. We all look to pride in the new facility and the benefit our Hood Canal students will derive in the new Shelton ttigh School. "As administrators of the Hood Canal School District we feel it is our responsibility to bring to the attention of the people of our district, the Shelton district, and other participatiori, n0n-highs ill the capital fund aid, the clarification we are requesting from the State Department of Public Instruction, Department of Building and Facilities. From our previous experience of going thru four different building programs in our district it appears Shelton School District is correct in issuing its September 15, 1971, resolution that the Department of Building and Facilities is demanding prior for its presentation of Final Plans. The Hood Canal School District also appears to be correct and feels the immediate sale of bonds appears to be questionable in accordance with RCW 28.56.075. Very briefly, RCW 28.56.075. appears to indicate, that the high school shall pass a resolution for issue and sale of bonds within ninety days after the high school is ready for construction: The liood ('anal School District is requesting a clarification from the State Department of Public Instruction by way of an Attorney (;eneral's opinion on the matter. in a re~olution passed the 13th day of September l t)71, at a (Please turn to page 2) W. Bennett ~, Holly Hills the Shelton at its meeting r '$183,726.52, City last week Fristoe, Olympia. the couple wrongfully at Harper's ~abers of the states the force in and continued on Bennett Which occured that as the use of numerous d contusions the body of injuries to ligaments, of Bennett, I including a severe head injury. The claim also states that as the result of the injuries, Bennett has been required to obtain medical John W. Bennett treatment and was hospitalized. With the rejection of the claim, an action is expected to be filed in Mason County Superior Court in the case. Bennett, a candidate for Public Works Commissioner of the city of Shelton in the Nov. 2 general election, his wife and step-son Leo J. Beyer Jr., 304 East D. St., Shelton, were arrested by officers shortly before nfidnight Oct. 1. Bennett was charged with being drunk in public, resisting an officer, creating a nuisance, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Mrs. Bennett was charged with obstructing and resisting a police officer and Beyer was charged with being drunk in public and resisting an officer. They were scheduled to appear in the municipal department of Mason County District Justice Court Monday. Their cases were continued to Nov. 1 in justice court. The Mason County Sheriff's Office and the Shelton Police Department continued this week to check out any information they received which might gix.c some clue to the disappearance of l 1-year-old Kelvin (Kelly)Coo~ Oct. 11. The boy was seen shortly after 5:30 p.m. that day in the area of Seventh St. near the Thunderbird Motel. Foot and vehicle patrols, ~t boat patrol of shorelines and aerial searches by two helicoptms and a fixed wing aircraft turned up nothing last week. George Doak, county civil defense director, said some 35 Explorer Scouts from Mason a~d Thurston Counties spent three days in a ground search of the area around Shelton last week. Members of the Timber Runners and Pack Rats four-wheel drive clubs patroled back roads. The Sheriff's Office sent its boat out to patrol shorelines from Shelton tO Ally~t in the search effort. Two helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft flew search patterns over the county last week also. A German Shepherd tracking dog search and rescue group from the Kent area spent one day last week in the search effort also. The ground search effort was stopped Friday with the idea that with the hunting season opening over the weekend there would be a large number of people in the woods. Doak said the ground search could be resumed on short notice if law enforcement officials come up with any idea as to where a search might be worthwhile. The Sheriff's Office has appealed to hunters and Christmas Tree workers who will be in the woods shortly to keep an eye out for anything unusual and to report anything they see to the Sheriff's Office immediately. The Sheriff's Office and Police Department are continuing to check out any possible lead which comes to their attention and will welcome any information which anyone might have, The Annual patrol of Christmas Tree areas in Mason County, which is a joint effort between the Mason County Sheriff's Office and the Douglas Fir Christmas Tree Association, will start about Nov. 1. Under the plan, which has been in operation here for the past several years, the tree growers provide funds to pay for having off-duty deputy sheriffs patrol in the tree areas during the tree harvest season. The county provides the cars and gasoline to keep them running. The patrol was started as a method of reducing the number of Christmas Tree thefts which were occuring in the county. Anyone in the county hauling more than one tree must have a hauling permit under the c.ounty ordinance. Plans for the patrol were discussed at a meeting of the trec growers Tuesday night. Tom ('rcekpannl, chief criminal deputy with the Mason ('ounty Sheriffs office, told the group two problems which were encountered last year were the difficulty in getting tickets for violations prosecuted and that donations to pay the tnen making the patrols were slow in coming in. Allen Rasmussen. state game protector here, told the group his department would .~ssist as they had last year m checking on tree hauling as they patroled in these area in their own work. One of the tree growers commented that hunters should be cautioned that there are people working in the tree areas during hunting season that caution should be used. The tree growers also commented that an area of theft which has been on the increase is digging up young trees which have been planted and carrying them away. This is particularly true of Noble Fir and other species which are not found growing wild. The tree growers discussed the tax roll back on timber and Christmas Tree land which was a part of the legislation passed by the last session of the state legislature. Present for the meeting to discuss the question were Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan and the three county commissioners. The law, as understood by those present, states that timber and Christmas Tree land which was reassessed this year must be rolled back to the assessed (Please turn to page 2) undersheriff Harold Brown said this week. The boy, who is described as 11 years old, of small, thin build with brown hair and grey eyes. When last seen, he was wearing grey bell bottom slacks and a green turtle neck shirt with grey dots. He is four feet tall. Kelly was last seen at the Thunderbird Motel where he went to talk to members of the Redheads, a traveling girl's basketball team which played a benefit game here the night of his disappearance. The team was getting ready for the game at the time and told the youth they would see him at the game. He had been at the Shelton High School gymnasium earlier and talked to some of the girls and had been invited to sit on their bench during the game. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~| Plans for the establishment of a reward for information about I l-year-old Kelvin (Kelly) Coots, who disappeared from a downtown Shelton street Oct. 11, were formulated this week. Donations to the reward can be left at the Seattle-First National Bank here. One of the earliest responses to the fund was a pledge of $50 from the Shelton Lions Club. The action was taken at the Lions Club meeting Tuesday night. i~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thursday, Oct. 21, 1971 85th Year Number 42 Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 98584, under act of Mar. 8, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving, at 227 W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. 24 Pages --3 Sections 10 Cents Per Copy ru The Mason County Civil Service Commission, after a hearing last Friday, overruled the action of Sheriff John Robinson in dismissing Deputy John Hays after an incident last June in which another deputy was accidentally shot in the leg. The commission ruled Hays should be suspended 30 days as a diciplinary action for his part in the incident. Hays has been on suspension since June 9, the date of the incident. He will receive back pay for all except 30 days of the time he has been off duty and will be able to return to duty with the Sheri."f's Office as a deputy. Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan acted as advisor to the civil service commission members, M. H. Lambert, Bob Watson and Tom Weston. Hays was represented by B. Franklin Heuston, Shelton attorney and Robinson was represented by Fred Gentry, Olympia attorney. Leading off as witness for Sheriff Robinson in the hearing Was Tom Creekpaum, chief criminal deputy for the sheriff's office. Creekpaum said he had investigated the incident at the request of the Sheriff and that from statements taken from Hays, Deputy Fred Hadden and Deputy Brian Schoening he had been able to reconstruct what had happened. Creekpaum stated that apparently ttadden and Schoening had come into the jail area off road patrol duty and that Hays had been standing in for Hadden as jailor-dispatcher while Hadden was in the field. Hadden at that time had a .22 derringer which hc used as an off duty gun and as an auxiliary gun willie on duty, and. that it had been unloaded and the three deputies had examined the gun and discussed it and that the gun had then either been handed back to Hadden or had been placed on the corner of the dispatcher's desk. Creekpaum then stated that Hadden had reloaded the two-shot weapon preparing to put it away, and, that some discussion developed as to where the gun could be carried while on duty. He stated Hadden then removed a package of cigarettes The Pioneer School Board has scheduled a special meeting at 4:15 p.m. today at the school to consider passing a resolution for the sale of bonds to raise the district's share of the money for the new Shelton ltigh School complex. The district's share of the funds for the new facility is Wes Johnson's plans for a new Alderbrook Inn took another step forward last week when the Mason County Commission voted to approve a Shoreline Management Act permit for the project. The proposal now goes to the Department of Ecology in Olympia, which has 45 days to take action on it. The county commission approved the proposal with provisions that construction be started before Jan. 1, 1972 and that the buildings be not more than 120 feet in height. from llays' shirt pocket and dropped the then loaded gun into il. There was some discussion along the line of the shirt pocket not being a good place to carry the gun since it would fall out if the man bent over, and, that Iiays had removed the gun from his shirt pocket and placed it in his pants pocket where he had turned the barrel upward and pulled the trigger to see if it could be fired from there. The bullet struck Schoening $1,O06,702. Voters in the district approved a bond issue for the money earlier this year. The Shelton school board has approved a resolution asking that participating non-high school districts deposite their share of the money with the county treasurer within 90 days after the date of the resolution, Sept. 15. The commission held a hearing on the proposal Oct. 12, but postponed action until Oct. 14 to give them time to check height requirements. The proposed buildings are above the 35 foot height required by the Shoreline Management Act. Johnson told the commission the project would be constructed in three phases and that when the project was completed, most of the existing Alderbrook facilities would have been torn down and replaced. The Tri-County Advisory in the thigh. Creekpaum stated that at the time he had seen acting as gunnery officer in the department giving some instruction in the handling of firearms and that firearm safety was a part of the instruction. Hays had been one of those to whom he had given training, Creekpaum said. Under cross examination by lteuston, Creekpaum said he had worked with tlays and that he was an average or little above officer and had carried out his duties. tie also stated there was a regulation posted that no firearms were permitted to be carried in the jail area. Creekpaum said he, Robinson and other officers had practiced dry firing at a target high on the wall in the sheriff's office coffee room. The wall separates that room and the juvenile office. Next to take the stand was Schoening who testified about the (Please turn to page 2) ii i ii, Committee, a group formed to study and make recommendations to the county commissions of the three counties with lands on Hood Canal, at a meeting last week voted to approv~ the plans as now presented. The group, which is concerned with environmental issues in Hood Canal, was one of the strongest opponents of Johnson's previous proposal to build on a filled area out from the shore of the canal. Representatives of the group had attended the county commission hearing Oct. 12. OFFICERS AND ambulance attendants assist Mrs. Oleta Perrine, 25 from her car after an accident at Third and Cota Monday evening. Her car was involved in a collision with a station wagon driven by Lytle Johnson, 82. Shelton Police, who investigated the accident, said Mrs. Perrine suffered cuts on her face and possible chest injuries and Johnson suffered cuts on his face. Mrs. Perrine was headed east on Cota St. and Johnson north on Third at the time of the accident. Johnson's vehicle hit a light pole at the intersection as a result of the impact of the collision. Both were taken to Mason General Hospital for treatment of their injuries.