CRIME & SAFETY
Shelton Police Department Welcomes New Chief and Captain: An Exciting Era for Local Law Enforcement
On November 21, family and friends gathered at the Shelton Civic Center to witness the swearing-in of the Shelton Police Department's new captain and chief. Mayor Eric Onisko led the ceremony, promoting Dan Patton to Captain and Chris Kostad to Chief. Kostad succeeds Carole Beason, who retired in October after a three-year tenure as the town's chief.
Police Blotter for Tuesday, December 5, 2023
On 12/5/23 at 7:25 AM in the 600 block of Woodland Square Loop SE, police arrested John Joseph Payette, 41, on suspicion of 2nd degree burglary. On 12/5/23 at 11:13 AM in the 4700 block of Yelm Highway SE, police arrested Ryan C. Daley, 27, on suspicions of 1) theft shoplifting, and 2) out-of-town misdemeanor warrant.
Detectives trace fake bomb threat against Yelm High School to out-of-state address
Police say they have traced a fake bomb threat against Yelm High School to a juvenile suspect in New York. The suspect allegedly left a voicemail at the school Monday that indicated a "potential
Contractor Accused of Stealing from Clients, Failing to Complete Dream Homes
A contractor from Shelton is accused of stealing $677,000 from clients, promising to build dream homes but never completing the work. The victims, who paid hefty deposits, are seeking justice in court. The accused pleaded not guilty in a video arraignment.
Shelton contractor promising to build dream homes accused of stealing over $600,000 from clients
SHELTON, Wash. — A contractor accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from potential clients, pleaded not guilty to theft charges Tuesday morning. Investigators from the state’s Department of Labor & Industries and Attorney General’s Office said Stephen Ates was paid for work jobs he never completed from clients in Kitsap, Mason, and Pierce Counties.
Family in Roy jolted awake by blast of ‘tennis ball bomb’ in possible targeted attack
A family in Roy is awakened by a blast at four in the morning and the homeowner found his truck damaged in what he’s calling a domestic terror attack.
Retailers near Maple Court housing say shoplifting is up
Employees at several stores in the Hawks Prairie Village Mall claim there is more crime in the area since the July 5, 2023 opening of Lacey’s Maple Court Enhanced Shelter, located at 8200 Quinault Dr. NE, just across the street from the mall. The shelter houses over 100 residents...
Have you seen these 3 men? Lacey police need help identifying them
All three are tied to incidents reported in November.
Investigation Underway in Pierce County for Possible Tennis Ball Bomb Incident
A quiet neighborhood in Roy was startled by an early morning explosion. A bomb, possibly made from a tennis ball, was found on a damaged truck. The incident, currently under investigation by Pierce County deputies, appears to be a targeted attack.
Thank You KPFD
I would like to thank the Key Peninsula Fire Department and Peninsula Light Co. crews for responding quickly to my calls during a storm on Nov. 11.
School Resource Officers: oppressive or obligatory?
Two lockdowns in four days. Two weapons discovered and confiscated – both of them loaded firearms. One fifteen-year-old arrested. Although no one has been injured, these incidents at Capital High School left community members scared and confused. Their fear is warranted, given the 306 U.S. school shootings in 2023 alone.
Historic Track House, Heart of Olympia's Indie Music Scene, Destroyed in Fire
The Track House, a historic property at 511 7th Ave SE, was damaged by fire on March 19, 2023. The house, known for its proximity to the nearby railroad tracks, was likely built in the late 19th century and moved to its current location between 1939 and 1945.
‘Over the Weekend’ with Pierce County deputies
A Mountain Detachment deputy was dispatched to a residence for a report of vandalism in the 31700 block of 80thAvenue Court South in Roy. When he arrived, the victim showed him his damaged pickup truck. The hood was dented and the windshield was broken. The victim then showed the deputy a video of a loud explosion and bright flash that occurred in the early morning hours.
Police Blotter for Saturday, November 25, 2023
On 11/25/23 at 12:15 AM in the 5700 block of 188th Avenue SW, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Philip Edward Lewis, 48, on suspicion of 4th degree assault. On 11/25/23 at 4:46 AM in the 5400 block of Martin Way E, police arrested Cody Lynn Sanders, 31, on suspicions of 1) possession of a stolen vehicle, and 2) possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance.
Thurston County to improve data security using federal grant
At a meeting last Tuesday, November 21, Information Technology Director Sherrie Ilg discussed plans for Thurston County to enter into a contract with Varonis, a data security company. The county received $155,000 from the Department of Homeland Security’s State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. These funds will assist state and...
Police Blotter for Friday, November 24, 2023
On 11/24/23 at 1:44 AM in the 1400 block of Britanny LN NE, police arrested Stanley T. Minis, 30, on suspicion of simple assault. On 11/24/23 at 5:11 AM in the 400 block of College Street SE, police arrested Ralph Wayne Stevenson, 53, on suspicion of a misdemeanor warrant. On...