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Journal Shelton-Mason County Thursday, March 22, 2012 Week 12 — The Voice of Mason County since 1886 — Published for Mason County and Bob Veach of Skokomish Valley — $1 Toddler drowns Father presumed dead in Lake Limerick tragedy By KEVAN MOORE A 2-year-old Shelton boy drowned in Lake Limerick Saturday night and his father is still missing. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office said that Jace S. Olsen, 2, and his father, Sheldon W. Olsen, 31, went on a canoe outing in the lake. They were seen in the boat offshore from the Lake Limerick Clubhouse as late as 6:13 p.m., but the alarm was sounded a short time later when the canoe was spotted on the lake with nobody aboard. The first 911 call came in at 6:48 p.m. Deputies immediately organized a search utilizing one of the department’s three boats and divers. Deputies found Jace’s body at about 9:20 p.m. and suspended any further searching for Sheldon Olsen at about midnight. “Deputies have not discovered any signs of foul play and characterize the incident as a father and son outing that turned tragic,” said Chief Deputy Dean Byrd. “When the canoe was recovered two life jackets were discovered in the canoe leading investigators to conclude life jackets were not used by either victim.” Additional searches were conducted Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Monday, from 9 a.m. until about 5:30 p.m. The searches utilized three boats, with three divers per boat, and as many as 20 people total in various supporting roles. Divers included local deputies and additional deputies from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Squaxin Island Police Department. On Tuesday, Byrd said that the searches had been suspended. “We’ve used all the assets we can at this point to try and recover Mr. Olsen,” Byrd said. Olsen, his wife and their adopted son recently moved to Shelton from Oregon. Sheldon Olsen worked as an optometrist at Walmart. Courtesy photo Julie Olsen, left, lost her 2-year-old son, Jace, in a drowning on Saturday evening in Lake Limerick and her husband, Sheldon, has still not been found. Students shine at showcase Hood Canal School hosts annual event By ARLA SHEPHARD ty commissions voted to pass moratoriums on the gardens soon after the Legislature passed the bill. “In part that was a result of ambiguity in state and federal law and confusion that existed and still exists now,” Goins said. “There are several issues that we need a little more time to address.” While state law allows collective gardens, federal law classifies Ever since Lea Townsend was little, she’s wondered why flames can make different colors. Townsend, a Hood Canal School seventh-grade student, got the chance to explore her curiosity for the school’s student achievement showcase last week. Students from the school’s classes contributed to the event, creating science, history, writing and art projects to display for family members and the community. “It’s an opportunity for kids to bring their parents to school and for their parents to see not only their child’s work, but see how their child’s work compares to their peers,” Hood Canal School District Superintendent Tom Churchill said. “It’s a subtle message for parents and a tangible way for them to do that. A lot of times parents only see their kid’s homework.” Townsend, 13, created a science fair project about the colors in flames. “I’ve been to a lot of beach fires, so I wondered what changes the colors of fire,” she said. “Now I know it’s the chemical in the salt and the water that gets into the driftwood.” Younger students created class art projects. Ruthie Peterson-Bluebird, 9, created a shape poem — a poem in the shape of its subject matter — in the form of a flower with her third-grade class. “I liked it because it’s really artistic and stuff,” she said. “I like that I can show this to people.” Fifth-grade student Bryan Daggett created a science project exploring how to make rubber eggs. “I was hungry that’s how I thought of this project,” he said. “I looked it up and apparently you can make rubber eggs.” Daggett soaked eggs in jars full of vinegar, which reacted to the calcium carbonate in the egg shells, dissolving the shells. The eggs become translucent and are held together by a rubber-like See Marijuana on page A-7 See Showcase on page A-7 Journal photo by Kevan Moore Air Force Technical Sergeant Kevin McAbee, left, helps U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Jones out of his Tyvek suit Tuesday afternoon in downtown Shelton. The men are part of the 10th Civil Support Team out of Camp Murray, a unit that specializes in identifying and dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced explosive agents and devices. Meth delivered to DOC Military experts called in to identify powdery substance By KEVAN MOORE A suspicious package led to the evacuation of the downtown Shelton office of the Department of Corrections, located at 507 N. 4th St., on Tuesday afternoon. A Weapons of Mass Destruction team from Camp Murray was eventually called in and determined that the unknown substance in the package was crystal methamphetamine. A call to police alerting them to the suspicious package was made shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. The responding officer then called in fire department personnel. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Sobotka said that, per department procedure, he immediately called the Washington State Department of Ecology. No state patrol units were available, so the 10th Civil Support Team from Camp Murray was dispatched. That military unit specializes in dealing with and identifying chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced explosives — also known as CBRNe. Two soldiers in Tyvek suits entered the DOC office and emerged a little over a half hour later with evidence bags. Chief Sobotka said the soldiers made a preliminary determination inside the DOC office that the unknown substance was meth. Further analysis done inside one of the unit’s mobile labs confirmed that initial finding. Evidence that was gathered was turned over to the Shelton police. SPD Lieutenant Les Watson said that the meth was found inside a plastic baggie inside a paper envelope. Lt. Watson said that the envelope was addressed to the Shelton DOC office and contained a name and return address. “Whether or not that is a fictitious name or not is something we don’t know at this time,” Lt. Watson said. “That, of course, is something we are following up on and determining.” Medical marijuana debate rages on at commission meeting By NATALIE JOHNSON Both the City of Shelton and Mason County officials resumed public discussion on their respective moratoriums on medical marijuana collective gardens on Monday. The City of Shelton The city commission Commission voted unanifirst enacted the moratorium on September 19, mously after a public hearing Monday night to 2011, after the Washcontinue its moratorium ington State Legislature for another six months, to passed Engrossed Second give city staff more time Senate Substitute Bill to consider potential zon(ESSB) 5073, which leing regulations and regalized collective medical quirements for the collecmarijuana gardens. Steve tive gardens. According to the bill, Goins “In this case, it’s a step up to 10 patients could get share space to grow back to take a look at what we need to do,” city Commissioner up to 45 cannabis plants. Dawn Pannell said. Both the city and Mason Coun-

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