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November 25, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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November 25, 1971

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il i~IiI iii~!ii = ~ i i iii!i!ii~iI ii~ ~i~ii!~ ~ MEMBERS OF THE Mason County Park Board have been busy looking over property owned by the county which might be used for recreational purposes. They will make recommendations to the County Commission on some of the sites. Left to right are Park Board members Gary Plews, Irvin McArthur, Bill McGee and Evalyn Stirling. Nov. 25, 197,1 Number 46B Published In Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 98584, 4 Sections -- 28 Pages 227underW.aCtcota.Of Mar.s5 I~r8' year1879"inPUblishedMason County,Weekly'$6exceptelsewhere.tw issues during week of Thanksgiving,, at Te :ents Per Copy Indian Tribe has the beaches on its reservation to all members, it was this week. been working on plans for development of a natural recreation area on the island, which was given to them as their reservation in the Treaty of Olympia in 1854. Some of the Indians sold their el County Commerce has made with Santa Claus to Season in the Santa will arrive in ~helton Police and the Mason O ffice are follow up any leads to the disappearance Coots, 10, from St. area in Shelton said the leads were ira, but they will follow any they get. rrlve ay She]ton at the Post Office lawn under the big tree at 7 p.m. Friday. A group of Shelton Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts will present Christmas carols, ,and Gayle Wentz, president of the Chamber of Commerce will assist Santa in lighting of the World's largest living Christmas tree. Santa will then listen to the wishes of youngsters at Thurston County Savings and Loan lobby each Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday afternoon until Christmas. Everyone in Mason County is welcome to attend the arrival of Santa Claus, the lighting of the tree, and to open the Holiday Season in Christmas Town,.U.S.A. Friday.. Fund and 8 - Journal Contributions to the fund reached $125 this should be turned in at the Journal addition of three office. The contributions ~vill .to the two which be listed in the Journal unless the last week. doner wishes to remain 8, which handles anonymous. for the baskets, The four contributions this them, has week were Fred B. Wivell Umphenour a~ American Legion Post Auxiliary project againthis Unit 31, $30; Mrs. Merrill W. McKinstry, $15; Shelton-Mason $1,000 has been set County Journal, $25; Mason Co. effort. Salon No. 508, 8 et 40, $20. Sheriff Graduates Friday r~ty Deputy Sheriff graduated from Orcement School at in Bremerton He has been attending the school for the past eight weeks. Several fellow members of the Sheriff's Office staff attended the graduation ceremonies. land to non-Indians some time ago. The Squaxin Tribe is now trying to raise funds through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and from other sources to purchase the non-Indian land back, according to Dewey Sigo, a member of the Tribe. The tribe contends it owns all of the tidelands and beach rights on the island. It has leased to the State Parks and Recreation Department the beach rights other than for oysters and clams for the area in front of the State Marine Park on the island. The steps to close the beaches on the island to anyone other than their own tribal members was made, Sigo isaid, because of real estate agents in recent years have been offering land for sale with beach fights which the Tribe contends are not there since the Tribe owns all of the tidelands. The Tribe has the support of the Small Tribes of Western Washington and the NCIA on the national level in its beach closure Service Set The Mason County Ministerial Association will sponsor a Service of Thanksgiving in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church ' at 7 p.m. Wednesday,. Prior to the service, a "Poverty Meal" will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship room. The simple meal will be a reminder that many people in our own country know only a meager existence while two thirds of the world lives with constant hunger. The simulation of a poverty meal costing 23c will be all that many thanksgiving tables will be able to afford. All are welcome to both the meal at 6:30 p.m. and the service at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will be received at the worship service to aid in the activities of the association. A l 0 a.m. Thanksgiving Worship will mark the holiday celebration at Faith Lutheran Church. Are are welcome to this service of song, praise, prayer, proclamation. decision, Sigo said. In another project, the Tribe has installed fish rearing pens on the east side of the island with an eye for the pan-sized salmon market which is growing. John W. Bennett, Holly Hills Apt. 4, his wife, Alice, and step son, Leo Beyer Jr., were each found guilty of charges following a Mason County District Justice Court Trial before Judge Pro-Tem Gerald Whitcomb Monday afternoon. The charges were the result of an altercation between the three and Shelton Police in the early morning hours of Oct. 2. Whitcomb found Bennett guilty of being drunk in public, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Mrs. Bennett was found guilty of obstructing a peace officer in the performance of his duties and resisting arrest. Beyer was found guilty of being drunk in public, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. A charge of assaulting an officer against Bennett was dismissed after Don Taylor, Olympia attorney who represented Mr. and Mrs. Bennett questioned whether on the charge was one which was covered by the Shelton City Ordinance in the language in which it was stated on the citation. City Attorney B. Franklin Heuston did not contest the dismissal, but, stated he believed the charge was a proper one under the city' ordinance dealing with assault. Whitcomb imposed fines of $225 each against Beyer and Bennett and a $150 suspended fine against Mrs. Bennett. Taylor told the court his clients intended to appeal the decision. Beyer was represented by Ward J. Rathobone, Olympia Attorney. Barbara Vanders, a waitress at Harper's Broiler, testified she had called police because she believed t rouble which had started between Beyer and Mrs. Bennett and four or five people who were also in the bar at that time might turn into a fight. She stated she had served Beyer two or three drinks and, that he was getting boisterous at the time, and, that she would not have served him any more drinks. She stated Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and Beyer were on the way out of the bar when officers arrived; Patrolman James Read of the Shelton Police Department testified he and Patrolman Donald Smith answered the call to Harper's Broiler, and, that as they entered the bar section of the business, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and Beyer were'at the door also and appeared to be arguing. He stated that someone approached Beyer in an apparent effort to calm him down, and, that Beyer took a swing at~ the man. Read stated that at this time, he and Smith each grabbed one. of Beyer's arms and tried to calm .him down. When he would not calm down, Read said, he was told he was under arrest for being drunk in public and for disorderly conduct and was escorted outside by the two officers. He was then handcuffed because he was still struggling against the officers and was placed in the patrol car. Read said while the officers were attempting to get Beyer in the patrol car, Mrs. Bennett came over to them and grabbed the officers arms demanding they let Beyer go because he had not done anything. Read said Mrs. Bennett was told several times to move away and was then told she was under arrest for interfering with an officer. He stated a third officer who arrived at the scene restrained Mrs. Bennett. Read said by this time Bennett was at the scene also and was giving the officers trouble. After the handcuffs were placed on Beyer, Smith took Beyer to the patrol car while he (Read) turned his attention to Bennett. Read said Bennett struck him below the eye with his fist, and, that at this time, he spun Bennett around and got a control hold on him and later put Bennett on the ground and with assistance from Smith, put handcuffs on him. Read stated the two officers then attempted to put Bennett in to the patrol car, which was finally accomplished by Smith pushing and he pulling Bennett physically into the vehicle. The officer said after they arrived at the Police Station he observed that Bennett had a cut on the top of his head which he believed needed medical attention so he was transported to Mason General Hospital. Read said after the arrival at the hospital, Bennett continued to be disorderly and used foul language toward the officers and a nurse and an orderly who attempted to assist him. Read stated Bennett refused help in getting himself cleaned up and refused to let a doctor look at the injury to his head. He was returned to the police station where he was released on his personal recognizance on the authority of District Court Judge Glenn Correa. Smith told substantially the same account of the events as Read. Patrolman Dale Henz testified he had arrived at the scene as the other two officers were attempting to put Beyer in the patrol car, and,.that at the request of Read he restrained Mrs. Bennett after she had been advised she was under arrest for interfering with an officer. Also testifying was Benny Saylor, who stated that at the time he was employed as an orderly at Mason General Hospital. He stated he saw A motion for a change of venue in the case of Robert Daly, former Shelton School District psycologist, against the schobl district, was denied by Judge Hewitt Henry in Mason County Superior Court Friday morning. Dan Smith, Seattle attorney who now represents Daly, had filed for the change of venue for the trial of the case. He based the request on the fact that persons who would sit on the jury would in some instances be taxpayers in the school district which is the defendent in the action. The trial of the case was started here before a jury once, but, at the end of the presentation of Daly's case, Judge Charles T. Wright dismissed the suit on the grounds that there was not sufficient evidence to continue further. The dismissal was appealed to the State Supreme Court, which remanded it back to Superior Court here for trial. The case will be set for trial during the jury term scheduled here for February and March. Man Jailed In Investigation Lawrence T. Richards, Timber Lakes, 37, Shelton, was being held in Shelton City Jail Tuesday morning for investigation of grand larceny and forgery. He was arrested Monday evening by a Shelton Police Patrolman. The incident which officers are investigating is the use of a credit card which was either lost or stolen and which was used to purchase four tires and a battery from the Union 76 Service Station on HiUcrest, officers said. Officers said the owner of the station reported to them the Credit Card Bureau had a pick up out on the card as either lost or stolen. THIS METAL TURKEY and its master will grace the residents mess hall at the Washington Corrections Center Thanksgiving Day. Here, two of the residents who did much of the work on the project show it to Robert Rains, center, superintendent of the Corrections Center. The turkey was built by the vocational welding class taught by Larry Vice. It took about three weeks to put together. Bennett when he was brought into the emergency room and that Bennett used foul language and refused assisting in getting cleaned up and refused medical treatment for his injury. Mrs. Nancy Yates, a nurse at Mason General Hospital, testified she was on duty at the hospital emergency room when Bennett was brought in. She described him as uncontrollable and stated they were unable to do anything with him. Both Saylor and Mrs. Yates testified that Bennett returned to the hospital later on the same morning with his wife and after being examined by a doctor was admitted to the hospital. Mrs. Yates stated she beleived Bennett remained in the hospital two or three days. Beyer told the court he hsld attended a Shelton High School football game with his wife and bro,ther-in-law that evening, and, that after the game he had walked to the Lamp Post Tavern where had had one small pitcher of beer and then went to Harpers. He stated he had one drink at the bar, and, then went to make a telephone call in an effort to find a ride home. He stated he was unable to get a ride and returned to the bar when he saw his mother and step father and joined them in the booth where they were setting. He stated he had one drink with them and danced one dance with his mother. He got up to go to the rest room and as he passed the group of people setting around the fireplace in the bar, a man by the name of Frank Hutson tripped him which resulted in the incident which led the waitress to call the police. Beyer stated his mother came over to where he was and asked him to leave, which the three were doing when officers arrived. He stated the officers grabbed his arms and took him outside where he was handcuffed and placed face down in the patrol car. Beyer stated he was not intoxicated at the time, and, that he was not told by officers he was under arrest for anything. Bennett testified he and his wife and another couple had had dinner downtown that evening, and, that about ten minutes to 10 p.m. they had gone to Harpers. He stated he left a short time later to keep a previous appointment to pick his son, Scott, up after the football game, arriving at the school about 10:15 p.m. He stated that when he got to the school, Scott asked permission to spend the night with a friend, and, that after talking to the parents of the friend he had agreed to let him do SO. Bennett stated he then returned to Harperswhere he joined his wife. Hestated he noticed Beyer at the bar, and, asked him to join them. He stated that as Beyer was going to the rest room, he was tripped by Hutson, and after Mrs. Bennett went to where her son was, she was slapped by Hutson. Bennett stated he had taken his wife and Beyer each by an arm and got them started out the door before trouble began. Bennett said that as they approached the door to the bar, the two officers came in and that they grabbed Beyer without saying anything he heard. The officers took Beyer outside, Bennett testified, and, he and his wife followed. He stated he tried repeatedly to tell the officers they had the wrong person and, that Beyer had not caused any trouble. He stated he was thrown to the ground by the officers and handcuffs were put on him. They were put on so tight, he said, his wrists were cut, and, he still does not have any feeling in one thumb because of a smashed nerve. Bennett stated while he was On the ground handcuffed, one of the officers put his thumbs in his throat and that he was about ready to pass out when the officer released his grip. Bennett said he was yanked to his feet and propelled toward the open door of the patrol car. He stated he saw the sharp edge of the metal barrier coming toward him. The officers, he he said, continued to push him into the car, striking his head against the piece of metal. He stated he passed out from ,the blow, and, that from that time on for the rest of the evening, he is unable to put events in the proper sequence. Bennett said he remembered being in the hospital and being concerned about his wife and wanting to talk to her. He stated he also remembers lying on the floor of tha police station and an incident with a State Patrolman. He stated the next thing he remembered clearly was in the hospital the next day. i i,! :i i: illi ~ilii . i