Bainbridge Community Broadcasting to celebrate 100th podcast with free open house Saturday

MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN Bainbridge Community Broadcasting project manager Barry Peters and voice-over artist Kayla Black test new equipment in the studio in March.
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Bainbridge Community Broadcasting project manager Barry Peters and voice-over artist Kayla Black test new equipment in the studio in March.

Bainbridge Community Broadcasting (BCB) will celebrate its 100th podcast, 7,500 internet downloads to listeners and its six-month birthday party with a public open house at its Winslow podcast radio studio from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Marge Williams Center.

The center is located at 221 Winslow Way West, 100 feet uphill and west of Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, west of Madison Avenue.

The open house includes studio visits, free refreshments and souvenirs.

Bainbridge Community Broadcasting also is making available a free BCB app for iPhone, iPad and for Android smartphones and tablets. The app allows people to automatically receive and listen to BCB’s all-Bainbridge Island radio shows. The new BCB podcast app was released this month and can be obtained for free from the Apple and Android app stores by searching for BCB Bainbridge.

“We’re an all-island intergenerational project serving the Bainbridge community,” said Barry Peters, Bainbridge Community Broadcasting’s volunteer manager, in a news release. “This (100th podcast) milestone is a credit to the dozens of adult and high school volunteers who have collaborated to bring internet radio to our community. The podcast radio episodes tell the stories of Bainbridge events, people, nonprofits, businesses, arts and artists, local issues, outdoor activities and local food.”

BCB is a project of the 8-year-old nonprofit Sustainable Bainbridge.

“It’s remarkable how much has been accomplished for the community by BCB volunteers in six months,” Sustainable Bainbridge board member Maradel Gale said.

Currently, BCB offers a choice of six internet radio shows:

–             What’s Up Bainbridge: Local events,

–             Who’s On Bainbridge: Local people,

–             Community Cafe Bainbridge: Local issues,

–             Bainbridge Outdoors: Outdoor activities,

–             Tastes of Bainbridge: Local food, gardening, dining,

–             Bainbridge on Campus: Teen perspective from the BHS Radio Club.

Examples drawn from BCB’s first 100 episodes include:

–             The sounds of seashore wildlife on the Fort Ward Park beach with the fall arctic seabird migration explained by birder-naturalist George Gerdts.

–             The unlikely and delightful story of Jake’s Pickup – where chef and owner Jacob Angel serves up healthy, organic, locally sourced foods, prepared from scratch – in the new Chevron gas station food store on High School Road (BCB’s 100th podcast).

–             Edge Improv founders Frank Buxton and John Ellis tell how the 20-year-old improve troupe started.

–             Conversations about local issues with Bainbridge city officials, such as City Manager Doug Schulze, Planning Director Kathy Cook, Finance Director Ellen Schroer and Police Chief Matthew Hamner.

–             85 What’s Up interviews, each of which described an upcoming local Bainbridge event, as told by the event organizer or performer.

The start-up of the BCB project has been funded through funds received by Sustainable Bainbridge’s One Call for All, a $7,000 Bainbridge Island Rotary Club grant for studio equipment, a $4,750 Bainbridge Community Foundation grant for start-up growth and several thousand dollars of individual cash and in-kind donations, Peters said.

In addition to Bainbridge Community Broadcasting seeking more volunteers for more podcast radio shows, Peters said the nonprofit has plans to do an oral history and story-share project with the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center; encourage the city to offer AM broadcast radio for local emergency information; add video to some of BCB’s audio internet episodes; and do continuous internet streaming of music and more diverse programming in 2015.

For more information, visit the BCB website at http://BestofBCB.org.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, Oct. 29

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25: 4 domestic verbal, 3 residential burglaries, 3 thefts in the second degree, 2 traffic accidents, 1 theft in the third degree, 1 mental investigation, 1 false alarm unknown cause, 1 miscellaneous, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree.

Oct. 24

Assault in the fourth degree: A 62-year-old man who lives on Agatewood Road and a 68-year-old man who lives on Agate Pass Road were involved in road rage at 5:34 p.m. The incident started after the two men, who were each driving trucks, gave an obscene hand gesture to each other as the older man drove on the shoulder to exit State Route 305. As a result of the older man thinking the younger man blocked his path to exit the roadway, he parked his vehicle and confronted the younger driver. The older man took a swing at the younger man, but missed when his attempt was blocked. The older man then threatened the younger man by telling him, “Your day is coming, I will get you.” The younger man, who called police, said he didn’t want to take the matter to court, but only wanted police to contact the older man. When police called to the older man at 6:15 p.m., he denied taking a swing at the younger man. The report was forwarded to prosecutors for charges.

Residential burglary: A 45-year-old man living on the 10000 block of Manzanita Road reported at 8:30 a.m. that his home had been burglarized. The man’s home was in the middle of being remodeled when burglars broke into the man’s guesthouse, which was being used as a staging area for large items. The thieves entered through a guesthouse window and stole two 60-inch LCD televisions, two Blu-Ray players, a laptop computer, a desktop computer, a computer server, two routers and a cable modem. Prints the suspects left were lifted from a window screen and other areas.

Oct. 23

Theft in the second degree: A man living in the 100 block of Madrona Lane reported that an anchor he had displayed in his yard was stolen between the evening of Oct. 22 and morning of Oct. 23. The anchor was approximately 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide and weighed 60 pounds. It was made of galvanized steel. Police research revealed a new similar anchor would cost $700.

Malicious mischief in the third degree: A 52-year-old man reported that someone had cut the gas hoses in his car while his vehicle was parked at his workplace on the 8000 block of Day Road East. About 10 days earlier, the man noticed gas dripping from underneath his car as he pumped gas. The man saw a large hole in his incoming gas hose and a section missing from the vent hose. The man found the missing sections near his work parking spot Oct. 23.

Oct. 21

Vehicle collision: A 36-year-old woman on vacation from Los Alamos, New Mexico, with two friends hit another vehicle as she drove a rental car at the intersection of State Route 305 and Madison Avenue at 3:06 p.m. The driver didn’t stop when she hit the back of a 45-year-old Indianola man’s truck. The woman believed she fell asleep while driving because she had closed her eyes prior to impact. An officer noted the woman appeared sleepy. The woman suffered back injuries and was taken to the hospital. She was cited for inattention.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, Oct. 22 (UPDATED WITH CRIME LOG)

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log from Oct. 12 to Oct. 18: 3 found property, 3 domestic verbal, 2 malicious mischief in the third degree, 2 mental investigation, 2 driving under the influence, 2 traffic accidents, 1 possession of drug paraphernalia, 1 identity theft, 1 felony warrant, 1 theft in the third degree – shoplifting, 1 false alarm unknown cause, 1 agency assist, 1 mailbox theft.

Oct. 18

Mailbox theft: A woman living on the 7000 block of Bayhill Road was a victim of mailbox theft. The woman had checked her mailbox at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and when the documents she was waiting for weren’t there, she left the mail in the box and went to work. When she checked the box again at noon on Saturday, the box was empty.

Oct. 17

Found property: A 70-year-old woman found four keys on a key ring while volunteering at the Rotary Auction at Woodward Middle School in June. The woman wasn’t sure where the keys came from and believed they may have been hiding in some of the items she brought or received in exchange for her volunteering. She also wasn’t sure why she took so long to turn in the keys to police.

Oct. 15

Malicious mischief in the third degree: The mailbox, newspaper box and address sign on a house on the 10000 block of Yaquina Avenue were strewn in the weeds next to the road. The sister of the owner noticed the damage as she was housesitting for her sister’s family. The woman wasn’t sure when the damage occurred, but it did appear the damage likely was caused by a car.

Shoplifting: A white man described to be in his 30s or 40s stole an unidentified bottle of liquor from a High School Road grocery store at 11:47 p.m. After placing the liquor in a black bag in a shopping cart and walking around the store a few minutes, the man abandoned the shopping cart. The man then walked out of the store with the bag over his shoulder without paying for the liquor. The man is about 6 feet tall and has gray hair and a gray beard. The store employee believed the man is responsible for several other thefts at the store and always shops around 11 p.m. and is on foot.

Oct. 10

Identity theft: A woman who recently was a victim of burglary at her home on the 300 block of Wood Avenue discovered someone had attempted to use her credit card online. Officers weren’t able to determine whether the incidents were connected since a credit card wasn’t taken during the burglary. The person was trying to use the card and have the items sent to a Tacoma address.

Oct. 9

Theft in the second degree: A 71-year-old man living on the 6000 block of Marshall Road reported a 43-year-old Seattle man, who said he was a struggling father, may have been a con artist who stole $2,000 from the homeowner six to eight months ago. The suspect also may have stolen new high-end jackets from the man’s relatives. The homeowner, who also owns property in Seattle, said out of sympathy for the suspect and his situation had provided the suspect with jobs, housing and even the use of a vehicle, which the suspect damaged while driving. The suspect recently was arrested in King County for theft using stolen checks from another property owner that he rented from in Seattle.

Eagle Harbor High student leads Commodore students in anti-bullying effort

After struggling with being bullied in elementary and middle school, Eagle Harbor High School junior Otis Doxtater created a program that helps students learn tolerance, unity and kindness.

Otis’ efforts inspired many students Tuesday when he led the Commodore K-12 Options School student body and employees in an anti-bullying program.

Prior to a morning assembly, Otis visited classrooms with a strip of orange paper for each student. The students wrote what made them special on one side of the paper and on the other described what things they would do to stop bullying. The classrooms then created a chain of orange links, which later were connected with the rest of the school’s classes during a silent lunchroom procession.

Otis is known to many island residents for holding an anti-bullying sign near the Bainbridge McDonald’s restaurant on High School Road, off State Route 305. With “Stop Bullying” on one side and “Love and Equality” on the other, the signs elicited support and people wanting to talk to him about bullying.

“At Eagle Harbor High School everyone knows everyone and people are very accepting,” Otis said in a news release published by the Bainbridge Island School District. “I really found the right fit here. Now I want to help others feel they can talk freely about bullying prevention and know their actions can make a difference.”

Otis’ efforts coincide with the eighth annual National Unity Day on Wednesday (Oct. 22), which encourages schools, businesses and communities to come together against bullying and unite by wearing orange with a message of support, hope and unity.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, Oct. 8

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4: 6 traffic accidents, 2 hit-and-run unattended property damage, 2 driving while license revoked or suspended in the third degree, 2 residential burglaries, 2 miscellaneous, 2 identity thefts, 1 warrant misdemeanors, 1 animal at large, 1 unlawful factoring-credit payment card, 1 mental investigation, 1 domestic verbal, 1 shoplifting theft, 1 motor vehicle theft, 1 child abandonment/neglect, 1 forgery, 1 assault in the third degree, 1 theft in the third degree, 1 lost property.

Oct. 6

Verbal dispute: Officers responded to an apartment on the 1000 block of Wing Point Way that had a 911 hang up phone call at 9:45 p.m. A 32-year-old man and his 32-year-old girlfriend were yelling and the man’s 61-year-old stepfather said the arguing between the couple was ongoing. The boyfriend, who was taking a shower when police arrived, had a cut on his right side of his forehead that was still bleeding after he emerged from the shower. The boyfriend, who was wearing a hat after he got dressed, believed he must have received the cut after having an altercation at a local bar an hour earlier. He also said he didn’t know he had the cut until police officers informed him about it. The woman and the man both said nothing physical happened between them that evening. The woman told officers the couple often argue over finances and their living arrangement.

Theft in the second degree: An almost new professional pruning white Stihl-brand chainsaw valued at $500 and a brand new multi-colored climbing belt valued at $400 were stolen from the 300 block of Point White Drive at 2:50 p.m. The 63-year-old man who lost the equipment told police that he had placed the tools behind a pump house out of view from the street before leaving for lunch. The tools were gone when he returned from eating.

Felony warrant: A 43-year-old man who lives on the 9000 block of Moran Road was pulled over by police at 1:28 p.m. off High School Road and Highway 305. The man, who had a warrant for his arrest, had a violent offender tag for resisting arrest and an assault on a law enforcement officer, was seen at a grocery store by an off-duty Squamish police officer. The man offered no resistance when he was asked to get out of his vehicle by BIPD officers and was handcuffed for officer safety. He was transported to Kitsap County Jail for booking.

Oct. 5

Suspicious persons/situations: At 9:45 p.m., an officer arrived at the 2000 block of Intrepid Court following a call about a suspicious person. A man was walking his dog on Bolero Drive when he spotted a person crouching down between his house and his neighbor’s. The suspect then stood up and ran out of the area. The man pursued the suspect but because he thought it wasn’t safe to continue to chase the person, he stopped and returned home to call police. An officer searched the area, which led to a wooded area and a trail that went to Toe Jam Hill Road, but couldn’t find anyone. Because it was very dark the man wasn’t able to provide a description of the suspect to police.

Oct. 3

Residential burglary: At 12:51 p.m., a 54-year-old man living on the 8000 block of Sands Road called police requesting a patrol check at his neighbor’s house. The neighbor had heard dogs barking and a black man in his 30s, approximately 5-foot-10 with a medium build and wearing fluorescent green utility type workpants with reflective bans on the cuff running from the back of the neighbor’s home. He then saw the man get into the passenger side of a gold colored vehicle carrying a pillowcase. When police arrived, they found the back door of the neighbor’s home had been forced open. The door had pry marks on it and pieces of the door jamb, face plate and door screws were spread across the kitchen. The homeowner said laptop computers and jewelry were taken from the home.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, Oct. 1

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27: 4 theft in the third degree, 3 mental investigations, 2 boating/marine incident, 2 theft in the second degree, 2 found property, 2 traffic accidents, 2 identity thefts, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 motor vehicle theft, 1 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 verbal dispute, 1 burglary in the second degree, 1 assault in the fourth degree, 1 residential burglary, 1 malicious mischief in the second degree/driving under the influence.

Sept. 28

Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 58-year-old man living on the 7000 block of Manual Road was stopped by police at Weaver Road and Wyatt Way as he drove his car at 9:45 p.m. Police told the man that his driver’s license was suspended and continuing to drive would open him up to additional penalties. The man said there must’ve been a mistake since he said that he had settled all prior financial responsibilities associated with the car. The man was issued a driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree citation and given a court date.

Animal at large: A gray dog, a blue heeler breed, was running loose on the 4000 block of Bergman Road at 2:39 p.m. The dog came into a neighbor’s yard and started barking viciously at a 63-year-old woman. The woman said the dog started advancing on her and believing it would bite her, she grabbed a shovel to defend herself. The woman told police she had been bitten on the leg by a dog but didn’t report it. However, it wasn’t clear to police if the unreported dog bite was caused by the dog in question. When the officer spoke to the dog’s owners they said the dog had been outside as they were cutting firewood. They said the woman started yelling and chasing the dog with a garden hoe. They also said that the dog had entered her house and chased her into a bedroom, which was different than the woman’s version of the incident. The dog’s owner was informed by police that the Humane Society might call or visit to follow-up on the incident.

Sept. 27

Boating/marine incident: A 35-foot Silverton-brand boat owned by a 38-year-old Issaquah man was carrying seven adults and six children when the boat started sinking at 2:55 p.m. after hitting a rock in Eagle Harbor. The boat contained approximately 150 gallons of oil. The Coast Guard sent representatives via the ferry to Bainbridge Island Marina. After the boat owner’s insurance declined to act on the incident, the Coast Guard assumed jurisdiction and mitigation of the petroleum products on the vessel. Only a light sheen of oil was visible when the police officers cleared the scene.

Sept. 26

Driving while under the influence/drugs: A 24-year-old Tumwater man and a 23-year-old Spanaway woman were stopped by police as they tried to leave the ferry terminal at 12:02 a.m. Ferry terminal employees called police to report the man was possibly under the influence of drugs after he caused $4,000 in damage by breaking windows to enter the terminal’s locked front door. The couple ran from police when they were spotted and got into a dark sedan, but police caught them. The man didn’t initially stop for police, but suddenly did in the middle of the road. When the officer approached the suspect’s vehicle, the driver started to speed off but abruptly stopped again. The two suspects said they had been smoking marijuana and also salvia divinorum, a psychoactive plant that can induce visions. After securing a warrant, the man’s blood was drawn and he was transported to Kitsap County Jail at 4 a.m.

Sept. 25

Residential burglary: A married couple living on the 1000 block of Jeanette Place left their home at 10:30 a.m. and when they returned at 10:16 p.m. they found their home was burglarized. The suspect or suspects entered the home by lifting the master bedroom’s sliding glass door off its rails and pushing it forward into the room with no apparent damage or fingerprints. The couple was aware of the door’s defect. Drawers and cabinets were left open in the master bedroom, bathroom, office, kitchen and living room. Some silverware, watches, jewelry and other items were stolen.

Found property: House and car keys were found on a key chain on Erickson Avenue at 2:25 p.m. The keys were turned into the police station 10 minutes after they were found by a Seattle man.

Sept. 24

Vehicle collision report: An 84-year-old Poulsbo man accidentally drove his car into a Madison Avenue restaurant at 10:30 a.m. The man apparently hit the car’s gas pedal instead of the brake when the vehicle hopped the parking curb and accelerated into the building’s corner.

Found property: A city employee found a green duffel bag with needles and brought it to the police station at 9:29 a.m. The bag was found being used to prop open the women’s restroom door at Waterfront Park. The duffel bag also contained various socks and other belongings. Inside two tins were two small Ziploc baggies that had the odor of burnt marijuana. The employee also found a large suitcase with wheels and a handle next to the bag. After looking through the suitcase and only seeing several papers inside and nothing of value, the employee threw the suitcase away. There was nothing in the bag or suitcase that identified the owner.

Burglary in the second degree, theft in the first degree: An auto repair business on the 200 block of Olympic Drive reported at 8:05 a.m. that a 25-year-old woman of mixed race, who later told police she was 38 years old, tried to use obvious counterfeit bills to pay for a bill before leaving in a vehicle. The fake bills were printed on plain white paper with light pink ink used on one side with a depiction of a $20 bill. When the business owner balked at the counterfeits, the woman said they were traveler’s checks. The woman said she would use the car and come right back so she could get the traveler’s checks cashed at a bank. At 8:45 a.m. police called the car’s owner and the man said he didn’t give permission to the woman to pick up the car. He also said that the car’s legal owner was his father who lives in Connecticut. The car was then broadcast by police as a stolen vehicle at 9:10 a.m. The woman returned to the business at 9:49 a.m. without the car. The woman was arrested by police, transported to Kitsap County Jail on charges of burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. Both charges came with a $5,000 cash/bond.

Sept. 23

Criminal trespass: A 24-year-old woman employee of a restaurant on the 200 block of Parfitt Way reported that she had a few regular male customers who refused to leave the business. One of the men, a 43-year-old, told the woman inappropriate comments about her jeans. This caused the men to be asked to leave by the woman employee and later reinforced by a male employee. When police arrived, the customers were told not to return to the business for 48 hours. Soon after, the men walked off the property without incident.

Fire Commissioners to determine whether to place facilities levy at Oct. 9 meeting

Bainbridge Island Fire Commissioners will likely determine at their Oct. 9 meeting whether they will place a potential 20-year, $17 million facilities bond measure for a possible election in February. The bond would finance replacing the island’s two oldest fire stations and remodeling its newest.

The commissioners made the decision at Thursday’s night meeting after the Bainbridge Island City Council decided Tuesday at its meeting that they needed additional community input regarding a new police station that would possibly be co-located with the municipal court.

To accomplish this, the City Council will have a public comment period about the range of options regarding a new police station at its 7 p.m. Oct. 7 study session in the Council Chamber.

The city of Bainbridge Island is looking at various options, including a new stand-alone police facility in Winslow, either to the north or south near City Hall, as well as a combined police and fire facility located at the site of the current Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) Station 21.

A June report by an architect firm stated building a new combined police-fire facility would cost $2.3 million less at $15.3 million than the $17.6 million combined total it would take to build separate fire and police facilities.

A June phone poll indicated the support for a joint Bainbridge fire/police station was overwhelming with 87 percent of island residents out of 200 favoring a design for a new main fire station on Madison Avenue that included a new city police station.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Seattle architect firm Mackenzie delivered a report analyzing the feasibility of the preferred options on public safety and court facilities being considered by the City Council. This report is available on the city of Bainbridge Island website at: www.bainbridgewa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/3987. Additional information and background about this project can be found on the project page on the City’s website: www.bainbridgewa.gov/528/Police-Facility-Planning.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, Sept. 24

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20: 3 identity thefts, 2 theft from motor vehicles, 2 assaults in the fourth degree, 2 agency assists, 2 traffic accidents, 2 thefts in the second degree, 2 thefts in the third degree, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 1 residential burglary, 1 fraud, 1 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 indecent exposure, 1 negligent driving in the second degree, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 open door, 1 mental investigation, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 false alarm, 1 boating-marine accident, 1 miscellaneous, 1 violation of the controlled substance act-marijuana 40 grams or less.

Sept. 21

Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 24-year-old woman who lives on the 10000 block of Olympic Terrace Road was stopped as she drove state Route 305, just south of Hidden Cove Road. The woman was stopped at 5:24 p.m. because the car she was driving wasn’t registered after being sold April 6. The woman also didn’t have a driver’s license or proof of insurance. The officer was informed by Kitsap Central Communications that the woman had a suspended license in the third degree for unpaid tickets and had an extraditable warrant out of Seattle Municipal Court for destruction of property. When the officer contacted the jail, the officer was told that the jail wouldn’t hold the warrant. The woman was given a criminal citation for driving with license suspended in the third degree, warned about not having liability insurance, the warrant and for failing to register her vehicle. The woman’s mother was called to the scene to drive the vehicle away.

Theft in the third degree: A 27-year-old man who lives in the 10000 block of Arrow Point Drive had his iPod Touch stolen while he lived in Las Vegas more than a month ago. Las Vegas Police advised the man to file an incident report with the local police department for them to begin their investigation. The man didn’t report the theft at the time it occurred because he was about to move from Las Vegas.

Sept. 20

Boating-marine incident: A Bothell man needed help with his Bayliner at 5 p.m. The boat had ran out of fuel and he requested help from the Bainbridge police boat, which was on patrol nearby, to pull his boat away from the Port Madison harbor rocks to keep it from running aground. The boat had its anchor out and was being blown onto the beach by a 15-knot north wind. The police boat operator took the Bayliner in a side tow, backed it away from the rocks and secured it out of harm’s way on a private mooring buoy.

Sept. 19

Theft in the third degree: A 35-year-old woman locked her bike overnight on the north side rack of the ferry terminal’s bike barn. When she returned the next morning, the $132 black Blackburn brand of rear and front lights mounted on the bike were missing. The theft occurred between 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and 6:45 a.m. Sept. 19. The woman filed a report in case there had been a string of similar thefts.

Theft in the third degree, recovered stolen property: A 39-year-old woman had her missing purse returned to her by police 15 days after it went missing. It was discovered sitting in a parking stall on the south side of an office on the 700 block of Ericksen Avenue. The purse was clean and dry, as if it had just been placed on the ground. This was contrary to the weather since it had rained and was wet outside. The woman said her purse was last in her car and reported it missing to police. When the purse was returned to the woman, it was missing $25 in cash and some change. However, the purse now contained black Adidas XL climate workout sweatpants, along with eight pairs of earrings, four bracelets, four necklaces, three charms and a single earring – all of which didn’t belong to her. The day before officers responded to a possible car prowling in the area by a 24-year-old man with long blond hair. The jewelry and sweatpants all had long blond hair stuck in them.

Sept. 17

Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: An 86-year-old woman who lives on the 1000 block of Monte Vista Drive was reported to police by other drivers for driving recklessly, weaving all over the road and driving on the right shoulder. The responding police officer recognized the woman from her driver’s license being currently suspended in the third degree for refusal to take the exam. The officer had requested a re-test through the Department of Licensing several months earlier due to her driving, which was similar to this incident. When the officer located the woman’s car at a grocery store, the officer followed her. The woman drove 10 mph in a 25 mph zone and weaved one time from the left to the right. The officer found the woman’s driving unfocused. When the officer spoke to the woman, she was very hard of hearing and the officer informed her that there had been complaints over two days about her driving. Although the officer had already been at the woman’s house previously regarding her driving, the woman had no memory of the officer being there. Based on the officer’s experience, the officer said it appeared the woman had dementia issues and had difficulty with the cognitive understanding of the situation. After the woman’s son arrived at her home, the woman was later cited by the officer. The woman will have to appear in court Oct. 27 and re-test her driving skills with the Department of Licensing.

Negligent driving in the second degree, miscellaneous: A 16-year-old male took a turn on the 8000 block of Sands Road too fast and crossed into the oncoming lane of travel and lost control of his vehicle as it spun around. The vehicle’s motor then died, causing it to roll backwards into the road’s speed limit sign and break it off at the base and hit a home’s fence. The male was informed by police that he would have to compensate the city for the time and materials to fix the broken speed limit sign. He also made a verbal agreement with the homeowner to fix her fence.

Criminal trespass in the second degree: A 24-year-old suspicious looking unemployed man who lives on the 100 block of Wallace Way was observed by employees who work on Hildebrand Lane and Tormey Lane looking into parked cars. The man was seen sleeping without permission inside a garage unit of a Camellia Loop apartment by an apartment employee, who the day earlier had his car prowled and his iPad taken. The employee also found the man lurking around the apartments and was later seen looking in cars parked at the Doctor’s Clinic on 900 block of Hildebrand Lane. When an officer stopped the man, he didn’t admit to prowling cars and said he was only looking. The man has mental health issues and has an officer safety caution for suicide. The man was cited for criminal trespass in the second degree and issued a court date of Oct. 27. He was instructed to stay out of carports and garages, where the officer believed he was searching for cars to prowl. The man, who has blond hair, was possibly connected to the previously listed Sept. 18 theft in the third degree/recovered stolen property incident.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, Sept. 17

The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

 

Crime log stats from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13: 4 traffic accidents, 3 found property, 3 theft in the third degree, 2 driving under the influence/liquor, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 warrant arrest by outside agency, 2 malicious mischief in the second degree, 1 agency assist, 1 verbal dispute, 1 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 robbery in the second degree, 1 domestic verbal, 1 stalking-domestic violence, 1 false alarm unknown cause, 1 hit-and-run unattended property, 1 suspicious person/situations, 1 trafficking in stolen property in the first degree knowingly, 1 unlawful factoring-credit card payment, 1 theft in the second degree, 1 disorderly conduct, 1 warrant-felon, 1 animal bites/attacks, 1 miscellaneous, 1 driving while license suspended in the third degree, 1 theft from motor vehicle.

Sept. 14

Theft from motor vehicles: A 49-year-old Poulsbo woman discovered a green backpack she had in her Nissan Leaf was stolen while her car was parked on the 700 block of Ericksen Avenue. The car was parked at her office from 4:55 p.m. to 10:12 p.m. In addition to the approximately 10-year-old Jansport or Eastpak backpack, the bag also contained gym clothes, black running pants, miscellaneous earrings and bracelets, and an expensive bottle of champagne, which she received as a gift. The bag also had a blue canvas bag full of cosmetics and a silver chain locket that contained the photo of her parents on their wedding day. The replacement value for all the items was $100.

Sept. 13

Violation of vehicle ignition interlock: A 40-year-old woman living on the 12000 block of Pleasant Place was stopped at 3:50 p.m. while she was driving a black compact car. The officer recognized the woman from past dealings in the last few months for her driver’s license being suspended. The woman’s license was still suspended in the third degree and she required an ignition interlock. The woman, who didn’t have the court-ordered ignition interlock, told the officer she knew she had a suspended license and said she had to go to the bank to avoid bouncing a check. The officer cited the woman for driving with her license suspended in the third degree and not possessing an ignition interlock.

Malicious mischief in the third degree: A man, who was parked at a business on the 100 block of Wyatt Way as he ate breakfast from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m., reported that when he returned to his truck that he found eight to nine small nails in the driver’s side rear tire of his truck. The nails were linked by resin, which would indicate the nails were likely deployed by an air nail gun. The truck was in the man’s garage before the incident. The man took his truck to a tire repair shop and it couldn’t be repaired due to the multiple holes in the same part of the tire’s tread.

Warrant felony: Two officers flew out to Roanoke, Virginia, to take serial burglar suspect Jason Michael Lucas into custody from the Roanoke City Jail on an active burglary warrant. Lucas has been tied to 24 burglaries on the island during the spring. Lucas was placed in a belly chain with front securing handcuffs and a jacket that concealed his handcuffs. On the return flight during a layover in Detroit that was delayed three hours, Lucas was provided lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the transport and never voiced any complaints or concerns about his restraints or welfare. He was booked into the Kitsap County Jail for a BIPD warrant with a bail of $250,000 and a warrant out of Poulsbo for theft of rental, leased property with a $20,000 bail. The officer noted throughout the lengthy transport trip that Lucas was cooperative and never complained.

Sept. 12

Driving under the influence/liquor: A 55-year-old man was stopped on the 600 block of High School Road at 10:45 p.m. for lane travel (swerving over the center line), showing slow coordination and smelling of an alcoholic beverage. After admitting to drinking a beer at a nearby casino and performing poorly on the Field Sobriety Tests, the man was arrested for driving under the influence. He subsequently blew a 0.173 and 0.164 on the Breathalyzer test. Due to a previous DUI approximately nine years ago, the man was booked into Kitsap County Jail with no bail. The man was very cooperative throughout the entire process and took responsibility for his actions, the officer noted in the report.

Sept. 10

Found property: An abandoned bike that had been locked to a tree for two to three months on the corner of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club roads had its lock cut by police. The bike was placed in police evidence for safekeeping. The bike had no serial number and identifying make or model descriptions.

Suspicious incident/investigation: A woman living on the 6000 block of Blue Sky Lane received threatening phone calls from a man with an Indian accent between 10 a.m. and noon. The man said he was with the Internal Revenue Service and that she owed money to the Treasury Department. The woman knew it was a scam, but wanted to file a report to alert others about it.

Theft: A 21-speed Montague blue mountain bike was taken from the bike carrier of a gray Chevrolet Tahoe while the car was parked during a 24-hour period in the home driveway of the bike’s owners on the 9000 block of Lafayette Avenue. The bike was valued at $500.

Sept. 7

Suspicious incident/investigation: A woman walking with her husband down Wing Point Way at 9 a.m. saw someone throw out the window a blue colored Apple iPhone from the driver’s side of a westbound SUV. The couple couldn’t tell how many people were in the vehicle and didn’t get the car’s license plate. The phone was brought to the police station Sept. 10 basically destroyed and in pieces. An officer looked over the calls from Sept. 7 and didn’t see anything that involved phone theft, burglary or vehicle prowls, where phones were taken. The phone was placed into the department’s evidence system.

House passes memorial site’s proper name, awaiting Senate approval

After working several years to have legislation correct a 2008 law to reflect a name of a memorial chosen by Bainbridge residents, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, successfully introduced a bill that was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives Wednesday.

The bill – which would ensure the site would be properly recognized as the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial – still needs be approved by the Senate before it can become law.

“We’re so grateful for Congressman Kilmer’s leadership and hard work to get this bill passed, and we are looking forward to working with Senators (Patty) Murray and (Maria) Cantwell to ensure the bill’s passage in the U.S. Senate,” said Clarence Moriwaki, the memorial’s president.

Moments after the bill had unanimously passed the House, Moriwaki said one of Kilmer’s staff members called to tell him the good news.

“It’s very rare for any freshman congressman to prime sponsor a bill that even gets a hearing, let alone make it to the House floor and passed, unanimously – especially in this Congress known mostly for inaction and a climate of strident partisanship,” Moriwaki said. “(This) not only says a great deal about Derek’s ability to bring people together, but think of it: A unanimous vote to honor and remember the 120,000 Japanese-Americans who suffered the unconstitutional exclusion during World War II – a stark contrast to 72 years ago when there was virtually unanimous support for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which set in motion this sad chapter in American history. Time can indeed be a healing solvent.”

The memorial is located at the former Eagledale ferry dock and is the only national memorial to the internment of Japanese-Americans not located on one of the 10 incarceration sites.

“I am pleased that the House was able to come together and pass legislation to properly recognize the unfair and unjust treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II,” Kilmer said in a news release. “The moving and heartbreaking stories chronicled at the Bainbridge memorial, describing how families were rounded up and forcibly removed from their homes, remind us that we must always be vigilant in fighting prejudice and discrimination.”

Moriwaki said the name change to include “exclusion” was a long process.

“We’ve been working on this name change for several years, first with Congressmen Jay Inslee and Norm Dicks, who both were working hard on ways both legislatively and administratively, to make this happen,” Moriwaki said. “However, at that time the U.S. House of Representatives was not very productive, and then Rep. Insee ran for governor and Rep. Dicks resigned. Plus, Bainbridge Island was redistricted from the 1st to 6th District, so we put the idea on the back burner until the outcome of the 2012 election.”

However, things changed once Kilmer was elected.

“I knew Derek, and shortly after he assumed office we reached out to him and his staff, asking him as out new congressman to pick up where we left off,” Moriwaki said. “Derek was not only excited, he was commendably proud to commit his time and energy to make this happen. Derek’s congressional staff is professional and competent, not only personally meeting with me on my trips back to Washington D.C. to attend the National Parks Conservation Association’s Annual Meetings, but they reached out to me for information, advice and stayed in constant contact and communication in every step of the bill’s progress. Indeed, Derek’s staff personally called me moments after the bill had unanimously passed. ”

Although it would seem adding one word shouldn’t take an act of Congress, Moriwaki said exclusion is “no ordinary word.”

“Officially adding ‘exclusion’ to the name of this beautiful memorial is so vital to completely tell this sad chapter of American history, because not only were 120,000 Japanese-Americans forcibly removed and placed behind barbed wire in American concentration camps, but some people don’t know that everyone with a drop of blood of Japanese ancestry were also forbidden to remain in the exclusion zone,” Moriwaki said. “By adding the word ‘exclusion’ we are remembering and honoring everyone who suffered from this unconstitutional violation of civil liberties, and hopefully inspire everyone to never let fear, hysteria and prejudice deprive anyone of life, liberty and equal protection under the law.”

Below is a link to a YouTube video of Kilmer speaking Monday on the House floor in support of his legislation officially renaming the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial:

Tree-sit inspires song, music video

Although 19-year-old Chiara D’Angelo’s recent Bainbridge Island tree-sit protest of the Visconsi Cos. 62,000-square-foot shopping complex didn’t prevent the clearing of 830 trees off state Route 305 and High School Road, her efforts have inspired a song and music video that was posted to YouTube Monday.

Leif Utne’s original “Girl in a Tree” song and video features D’Angelo and other Bainbridge residents of all ages dancing and holding up handwritten pro-environment signs in various locations around the island. Honey Toad Studio, located on Bainbridge, helped Utne with the video’s production.

Below is a link to the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUVjSkt1QIY

As of 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, the video had received 1,728 views with 33 “likes” and two “dislikes.”

News of the video was starting to gain attention nationally. On Wednesday, Mother Earth News posted a story about it on its Facebook page and Kim Murphy, the Los Angeles Times’ assistant managing editor for foreign and national news, tweeted about it.

D’Angelo, a 2013 Bainbridge High graduate and a sophomore at Western Washington University, stayed approximately 41 hours on a wooden platform 70 feet up roped to an evergreen tree Aug. 18-19. She avoided being arrested for trespassing on Visconsi private property by making a deal before she came down from her perch, Bainbridge Island Police Deputy Police Chief Jeff Horn said.

Many islanders fought for more than a year against the 8.16-acre Visconsi shopping complex, which the Bainbridge Planning Commission unanimously rejected in November. It wasn’t until the island’s Hearing Examiner approved the project in March with 50 State Environmental Policy Act conditions that the shopping complex could move forward.

Five days before D’Angelo’s tree-sit protest began, a grade and fill permit with clearing was authorized by the city of Bainbridge for the property, which was zoned for commercial use.

Contributed photo Here's a screen shot of the tweet posted by Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times.
Contributed photo
Here’s a screen shot of the tweet posted by Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times.

Public participation encouraged for updating Comprehensive Plan

If you’re either happy or not pleased about the Visconsi shopping complex or other recent moves by the city or City Council, Bainbridge Island residents will get a chance to have their voice heard as the city begins working on updating its Comprehensive Plan at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.

As part of Thursday’s regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting held in the Council Chamber, residents will learn how the recently created Comprehensive Plan Update-Navigate Bainbridge Steering Committee will develop a plan for the public’s involvement in the update.

The Steering Committee is comprised of City Council members Mayor Anne Blair, Sarah Blossom and Val Tollefson and Planning Commissioners Mack Pearl, Maradel Gale and Mike Lewars. The committee will work closely with city staff to help guide updating the Comprehensive Plan.

Developing the initial components of a public participation plan is the first task for the Steering Committee. The plan for public participation will be presented to residents attending Thursday’s meeting, which residents are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan Update-Navigate Bainbridge, and participation, visit www.bainbridgewa.gov/615/Navigate-Bainbridge-Comprehensive-Plan-U. People can also sign-up to receive email updates on the Comprehensive Plan Update by going to www.bainbridgewa.gov/list.aspx and choosing Navigate Bainbridge.

Questions about the Comprehensive Update-Navigate Bainbridge can also be emailed to pcd@bainbridgewa.gov or by calling Special Project Planner Jennifer Sutton, in the city’s Department of Planning & Community Development, at 206-842-3772.