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005 !488 3! 138 Small Town Paper'~ 217 H Cota St ~l ton HA 985~t-2263 Mason County 2014 - Week 51 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 m $1 30-year-old charged with tint-degree sexual misconduct with a minor By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncoun tom A Shelton High School teacher and coach was arrested last week after being accused of having sexu- al relations with a student. Christopher Michael Frazier, 30, was arrested at SHS on Dec. 10. He was for- really charged in Mason County Frazier SuperiorCourt on Dec.12 with sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree. Frazier is on leave from his teaching and coaching duties, ac- cording to Shelton School District officials: District staff would not comment on details of that leave. Frazier was released from the Mason County Jail on Dec. 11 on $10,000 bail. FrazietZs arraignment is sched- uled for Monday. He has not yet en- tered a plea. The alleged victim, a 17-year-old girl, attends Shelton High School and is enrolled in one of Frazies classes, according to the Mason County Sheriffs Office. Frazier teaches social studies at see TEACHER, page A-28 REGAL EAGLES J. \ Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Eagles perch in a tree Tuesday in a flooded section of Purdy Creek. e Freedom Foundation backs labor propositions By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty com A judge last week dismissed a lawsuit against the Shelton City Commission, ruling that two peti- tion-driven propositions the city left off the November ballot both con- flicted with state law. On Dec. 10, Mason County Su- perior Court Judge Amber Finlay denied a lawsuit Shelton resident Diane Good filed against the com- mission after it declared two prop- ositions regarding unions legally invalid and declined to put them before voters. The Olympia-based nonprofit Freedom Foundation bankrolled Good's lawsuit. Finlay ruled that the content of both initiatives conflict with state law. She also ruled t~aat Proposition 2 is administrative rather then leg- islative, keeping it outside the scope of initiative power. In a news release, the Freedom Foundation states that Finlay "has ruled against government transpar- ency and the right of local residents to adopt laws by citizen initiative." In the suit, Good asked the city to place Propositions 1 and 2 on a possible February ballot. She also sought a declaration that the City Commission erred when it voted Sept. 8 to declare the two petition- driven propositions legally invalid. The two propositions, which would have changed how the city of see RULING, page A-2 80-year-old STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com An 80-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after telling law enforcement officers he shot and killed another man. The alleged shooter, who lives in the 100 block of West Chappell Crossing, 6 miles west of Shelton, called 911 at 6:51 p.m. and told dis- patchers he shot a man. The men were ac- arrested after shooting quaintances, according to the Sheriffs Office. The Journal only identifies suspects af- ter formal charges have been filed. The man was sched- uled to make his first appearance in Mason County Superior Court yesterday. Mason County Coro- ner Wes Stockwell iden- tified the shooting victim as Scott Tracey Jeffries, 51, of Shelton. According to the Sher- iffs Office, the 80-year- old man said Jeffries at- tacked him. The Mason County Sheriffs Office, Shel- ton Police Department, Mason County Fire Dis- tricts 15 and 16, and Mason County Medic One responded to the residence. Jeffries was found inside the resi- dence. The alleged shooter met officers outside the residence and turned himself in. ; in on $9K STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com The annual Journal~40 et 8 Christmas food basket pro- gram has raised $8,888 as of Dec. 12 for its 68th year of providing holiday meals for Mason County families. The program's 2014 goal is $35,000, which could pro- vide gift certificates for as many as 1,000 families to purchase food for the holi- days. see FUND, page A-28 .llll!!!l!!llI}!!I!llll= City weighs rate increases for garbage Page A-3 Commissioner proposes changes to pay for sewer Page A-5 Local salmon projects receive funding Page A-7