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Buy a brick, fight domestic violence

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services, a young advocacy group that’s sprung up in Mason County, needs your help to survive.

Their Shelton shelter will be placing engraved bricks in a park area in front of its main building. They’re inviting community members to contribute their own bricks, which can be purchased for $35 each or three for $100.

Mason County Sheriff’s Detective Bill Adam believes in the center and is helping promote the fundraiser:

Even though they are not associated with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, we help them because of their wonderful work in helping save and protect victim’s of domestic violence.

As a board of trustee’s member of Turning Pointe, I am requesting that you help get the word out about this wonderful fund raiser to help such a wonderful cause.  We need your help and support to keep the doors open to our Domestic Violence Shelter, which actually serves citizens living in many counties surrounding Mason County.  Victims from Mason, Thurston, Lewis, Pierce, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Jefferson, Kitsap are assisted by this very important shelter.

From the press release:

Turning Pointe is offering for sale decorative bricks that you can personalize. Bricks will be placed in the Turning Pointe park area in front of the main building. Purchase your Brick in Shelton at WalMart on Friday and Saturday November 4th and 5th 10 am to 2 pm or at Safeway in Belfair on Friday and Saturday November 11th and 12th from 10 am to 2 pm

Your name can become a permanent part of Turning Pointe’s park setting. Decorative bricks will be used to pave the park setting and surround the Turning Pointe Facility creating a lasting symbol and remembrance of supporters and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, their children and their pets.

With your contribution, your personalized engraved brick will be permanently displayed along with those of your friends, neighbors, community businesses and organizations. An engraved brick is a perfect way to honor a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, and to show your support in helping to end family violence here in Mason County.

Bricks are $35 a piece or 3 / $100. The proceeds from this brick fundraiser will be used to fund Turning Pointe’s services and operational needs.

Now is your opportunity to create a lasting memory carved into a decorative brick, personalized with your name, a special message or honorarium for someone you know and love.

Contributions made through purchasing a brick qualifies as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes. Turning Pointe is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID # 91-2024833.

All Turning Point Services are Free and Confidential.

2010’s Officer-Involved Shootings on the Kitsap Peninsula

On Tuesday night, Bainbridge Island police shot and killed an ax-wielding man, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s the fifth time this year that police — on duty or off — on the Kitsap Peninsula have resorted to lethal force. Here are the previous incidents:

In February, Suquamish officers opened fire on a man who drove a car at them on Nelson Street. The shooting was justified, according to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

In July, a Poulsbo officer on a traffic stop in Silverdale shot and killed a Bremerton man who police said was reaching for a gun. That shooting was also ruled justified by the prosecutor.

In September, an off-duty Washington State trooper at his home in Olalla shot and killed a man who’d hit him in the head with a steel rod. That shooting remains under investigation.

In early October, a Mason County deputy was hit in the leg with gunfire following a chase in Allyn. Though the investigation is not complete, early reports indicate a deputy had fired a shot at the suspect’s car after he’d begun using it as a “deadly weapon,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Roadways Were Busier for Troopers in 2009

DUIs, speed, and pretty much everything else had Washington State troopers working harder in Kitsap County in 2009. Krista Hedstrom, our local state patrol spokeswoman, sent me the stats this morning. Among them:

  • DUI related collisions were up 23 percent with 117, compared with 95 in 2008.
  • Speed related collisions were up 10 percent with 273, compared with 248 in 2008.
  • DUI Arrests in Kitsap County were up by 2 percent in 2009. Troopers removed 858 impaired drivers from the roads in Kitsap compared with 839 arrests in 2008.
  • Speed contacts were up 16 percent in 2009. Kitsap troopers contacted 16,788 speeders in 2009, compared with 14,457 in 2008. Out of those contacted, 11 percent more received tickets than in 2008.
  • In addition, there were 247 more drivers contacted who were issued tickets for aggressive driving in Kitsap County than in 2008. In 2009, 2,620 drivers were ticketed for aggressive driving violations, compared with 2,373 in 2008.

In neighboring Mason County, the numbers were actually down:

  • DUI related collisions were down 45 percent with 45, compared with 82 in 2008.
  • Speed related collisions were down 39 percent with 67, as compared with 109 in 2008.