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Geology expert Charles Mason, wife Ruth die in apparent murder-suicide

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WENATCHEE — Police believe local geology sage Charles L. Mason shot and killed his wife Ruth Berthold Mason on Friday, then turned the gun on himself.

Mason, a lecturer, author and frequent tour guide leader, was 81. Wenatchee police say he apparently shot his wife Ruth, 97, in a parked vehicle in the couple’s condominium garage, then took his own life.

A housekeeper summoned police and emergency crews to the condominium in the 300 block of South Elliott Avenue at…

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