Gun club case moving forward

Attorneys for Kitsap County and the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club have agreed on a mediator, as a third party member, to help the two sides find a common ground and reach a negotiated resolution before the scheduled trial in March.

“I was heartened that you found a mediator,” said Pierce County Superior Court Judge Susan Serko at a hearing Jan. 21.

Mediator Bill Joyce, a lawyer from the Seattle firm Salter Joyce and Ziker, has worked extensively in environmental and regulatory matters, said the gun club’s attorney, Brian Chenoweth.

At the hearing, Serko signed an order that would allow each party to have up to 10 depositions, adding that finding one person to present all the necessary information would be difficult. A deposition is when witnesses give oral testimonies for later use in court. Depositions began Tuesday, Chenoweth said.

In September, Kitsap County Prosecutor Russell Hauge filed the lawsuit in Pierce County against the Seabeck gun club for alleged nuisances after neighbors of the range filed complaints.

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