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

September 26th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

September 24th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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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

September 19th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

September 12th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

September 11th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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.

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


Public participation encouraged for updating Comprehensive Plan

September 10th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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.


Bainbridge Island police blotter, Sept. 10

September 10th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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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 Aug. 31 to Sept. 6: 4 traffic accidents, 4 assaults in the fourth degree, 3 suspicious incident/investigation, 3 miscellaneous, 2 found property, 2 identity thefts, 2 malicious mischief, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 failure to transfer title within 15 days, 1 boating-operating vessel under the influence, 1 animal cruelty, 1 warrant felony, 1 domestic verbal, 1 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 1 theft in the third degree, 1 driving under the influence, 1 theft motor vehicle parts and accessories and 1 theft in the second degree.
Sept. 7

Criminal trespass in the second degree: An employee with a construction company doing work on John Adams Road reported a pushed over a porta-potty at 6:17 p.m., as well as the construction site’s fence being knocked down. Although neighbors saw three teens in the area, they didn’t see them enter the construction site. Two of the teens had dark hair and the other had blond hair. All of the teens had skateboards.

Theft in the third degree: A 34-year-old man living in the 7000 block of Hidden Cove Road reported that his GMC Yukon Denali cross-branding bicycle, sold through Amazon, was missing. The man had left the bike in front of his garage around noon Sept. 6 and found it stolen around 5 p.m. Sept. 7. The man said he was home almost all of the weekend, but didn’t notice the theft.

Sept. 6

Theft in the second degree: A 37-year-old man who has placed $800 in cash in an envelope for two years to pay for the rent of his residence, located on the 8000 block of High School Loop, reported the envelope he left this month was missing from his landlord’s porch. The man had been late on his rent several times before and has been told in the past to pay his rent with a check by the landlord but has refused. The landlord has consulted with an attorney to review her options.

Sept. 5

Criminal trespass in the first degree: A 50-year-old man noticed at 6:51 p.m. his cat was on the second story deck of his home, located on 9000 block of Kono Road. Although nothing was missing or damaged from the residence, the man suspected someone came into his home since he usually keeps his cat locked in the downstairs entry room by the back door. When the man came home the back door was unlocked and open.

 

Theft – motor vehicle parts and accessories: A 75-year-old man reported that someone had removed his vehicle’s rear license plate while his car was parked on the 100 block of Parfitt Way from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5. The man suspects there are no security cameras at the location of the theft.


Bainbridge Island Police blotter, Sept. 3

September 3rd, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police 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 Aug. 24 to Aug. 30: 6 traffic accidents, 4 found property, 2 criminal trespass in the second degree, 2 miscellaneous, 2 driving while license revoked/suspended in the second degree, 2 residential burglary, 2 theft in the third degree, 2 warrant arrest by outside agency, 2 malicious mischiefs in the third degree, 2 warrant misdemeanor, 1 domestic verbal, 1 identity theft, 1 mental investigation, 1 suspicious persons/situations, 1 felony warrant, 1 load/cover not securely fastened, 1 theft in the second degree, 1 violation of the uniform controlled substance act for amphetamine/methamphetamine, 1 theft in the first degree other than firearms and 1 driving while license revoked/suspended.

Aug. 31

Fail to transfer title within 15 days: A 22-year-old man was cited for failure to transfer the title of a car after its May 2013 sale and for expired tabs. The man was driving southbound on state Route 305 at Seabold Road at 10:15 a.m. The man told the officer that he was a small business owner and that money was tight.

Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 20-year-old Poulsbo woman was pulled over at 9:30 a.m. as she drove on state Route 305 at Seabold Road. Previously the woman had been cited in a collision and was to appear in court Oct. 6, but she didn’t realize at first she had been cited and the ticket went to collections. The woman then said she was not comfortable paying collections over the phone and had no idea her license was suspended as result. The officer told the woman she could not drive.

Aug. 30

Malicious mischief in the third degree: A woman living on the 10000 block of Pinyon Avenue reported that someone pulled off her mailbox and threw it, but the suspect made no attempt to get it and there was no damage to the box. The woman estimated it would cost $50 to repair the mailbox’s damage. The woman was unsure why anyone would want to damage her property.

Aug. 29

Found property: A city employee found a white metal ring with several small clear stones in the bushes on Winslow Way. The employee discovered the item while he was cleaning the vegetation on Winslow Way near Madison Avenue.

Aug. 25

Animal cruelty: A 64-year-old woman living in the 10000 block of Sunrise Drive reported that her cat came home severely injured. A vet exam determined the injuries were from a pellet wound, likely done by the suspect intentionally. The surgery cost $2,200 to repair the shoulder of the cat, who survived and is recovering at home. When the woman posted photos of the cat and the incident around the Sunrise and Lafayette neighborhood on Aug. 29, someone had taken excrement and smeared the posters with it. The woman said her cat roamed to the south of her house and didn’t have a collar or tags. The officer suggested the woman get a collar and tag for the cat to help prevent people from thinking it was feral. The woman, who already reported it to the Humane Society, posted the incident on Facebook sites for Bainbridge Island and a reward of $500 was posted and it was soon increased to $1,000. The officer forwarded the incident report to the Kitsap Animal Rescue for information.


Officer leaves Florida to join Bainbridge police force

August 28th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island “I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees," says new BIPD Officer Jon Ledbetter.

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“I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees,” says new BIPD Officer Jon Ledbetter.

Officer Jon Ledbetter became the third new hire for the Bainbridge Island Police Department since July.

Ledbetter, along with Officer Jon Bingham and Deputy Chief Jeff Horn, were administered their Oath of Office by Police Chief Matthew Hamner at Monday’s Bainbridge City Council meeting.

“I’m very proud of these hires,” Hamner told the City Council crowd, which included the officers’ families and other BIPD officers.

Ledbetter, who started Aug. 18, worked the last three years for the Naples Police Department in Naples, Florida. He attended Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.

While seeing family in Seattle, Ledbetter also visited Bainbridge Island and soon realized where he wanted to make his new home with his girlfriend and his dog.

“I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees,” Ledbetter said.

Ledbetter also said he was intrigued with the prospect of working with a police force that had a “close relationship with the community.”

“I want to be the kind of officer that people get to know on a first name basis,” Ledbetter said.

After months of being short staffed, the addition of Ledbetter, Horn and Bingham leaves the Bainbridge Island Police Department with only one officer position to fill on the 19-officer force.

Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island Jon Bingham, a 31-year Bainbridge Island resident, joined the BIPD July 21.

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Jon Bingham, a 31-year Bainbridge Island resident, joined the BIPD July 21.

Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun "It feels great. It’s a new adventure for me and my family,” says new BIPD Deputy Chief Jeff Horn of moving to Bainbridge Island.

Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun
“It feels great. It’s a new adventure for me and my family,” says new BIPD Deputy Chief Jeff Horn of moving to Bainbridge Island.


Bainbridge school district today will honor three retiring employees

August 27th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Contributed photo / BISD Cami Dombkowski retires after 24 years with the BISD.

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Cami Dombkowski retires after 24 years with the BISD.

Contributed photo / BISD Bob Houk retires after 28 years with the Bainbridge school district.

Contributed photo / BISD
Bob Houk retires after 28 years with the Bainbridge school district.

Contributed photo / BISD BISD Kathy Roberts retires after 30 years in public education, including her last 13 years with BISD.

Contributed photo / BISD
BISD Kathy Roberts retires after 30 years in public education, including her last 13 years with BISD.

Combined, Bainbridge Island School District employees Cami Dombkowski, Bob Houk and Kathy Roberts worked 82 years in public education and today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the district will honor and recognize the well-known trio with a reception in the Bainbridge High School Commons.

The three will retire from the BISD Friday.

Dombkowski, human resources and transportation director, retires after serving the school district since 1990.

 

Houk, lead custodian, came to the district in 1986.

 

Roberts, administrative assistant to Superintendent Faith Chapel, started working for the district in 2001, after spending 17 years with Everett Public Schools.


Bainbridge Police blotter, Aug. 27

August 27th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police 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 Aug. 17 to Aug. 23: 6 found property, 4 traffic accidents, 3 malicious mischief in the third degree, 3 theft in the third degree, 3 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 miscellaneous, 1 patrol check, 1 assault in the fourth degree, 1 harassment, 1 warrant misdemeanor, 1 violation of civil anti-harassment order, 1 telephone harassment, 1 driving under the influence, 1 mental investigation, 1 outside agency referral, 1 forgery, 1 agency assist, 1 mail theft.

 

Aug. 25

Residential burglary: A man living on the 10000 block of Pointview Drive reported that between Aug. 22 and Aug. 25 – while he was out of town – someone tried to break into his home. The man found telltale signs of someone trying to use a metal object, such as a screwdriver or other tool, to gain access to a door jamb. Because the suspects were unable to get inside the door, the homeowner decided to not fix the door jamb since it still worked.

 

Identity theft: A woman living on the 10000 block of North Madison Avenue reported she received a call from her bank. The bank teller called to tell the woman that a Nigerian man tried to obtain an unauthorized money transfer by using the woman’s social security number, birthdate and her mother’s maiden name. The woman didn’t know how the man gained access to her private information. The transaction didn’t go through and the woman was given security measures by her employer to prevent further identity theft attempts.

 

Theft in the third degree: A 48-year-old woman reported that one of three crab pots anchored off Fay Bainbridge and Port Monroe were missing.

 

Aug. 23

Found property: A 79-year-old man found a MasterCard credit card at Winslow Green shopping center. Efforts, however, were unsuccessful to contact the Portland, Ore., person who owned the card. Police placed the card in evidence for safekeeping.

 

Aug. 22

Suspicious persons/situations: A man living on the 10000 block of Pleasant Place reported that his garage door had been raised to the level of his knees by someone. The man rarely uses the garage since it doesn’t have access to his home. The man didn’t see anything missing from the garage and believed the possible burglary attempt was thwarted because the door wouldn’t go back down after being opened.

 

Aug. 20

Malicious mischief: A 65-year-old woman discovered her car was keyed on the passenger side, possibly while she was doing errands on the island.


Bainbridge Island Police Blotter, Aug. 20

August 20th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police 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 Aug. 10 to Aug. 16: 7 traffic accidents, 2 domestic verbal, 2 malicious mischief in the third degree, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 thefts in the third degree, 2 warrant arrest by outside agency, 2 assault in the fourth degree, 2 identity theft, 1 false alarm, 1 driving under the influence/alcohol, 1 violation of protection order, 1 miscellaneous, 1 harassment, 1 found property, 1 violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-heroin, 1 warrant-misdemeanor, 1 mental investigation, 1 motor vehicle theft, 1 criminal trespass, 1 violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-marijuana less than 40 grams, 1 agency assist, 1 fraud, 1 mailbox theft, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree.

Aug. 15
Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 47-year-old Seattle man was stopped and the Stanwood Police Department confirmed an arrest warrant on the man by calling the Bainbridge Island Police. The man was taken to the Kitsap County Jail. The cause of the warrant wasn’t listed in the incident report.

Aug. 14
Theft: A man living on the 10000 block of Silven Avenue reported that a fraudulent purchase of $338.65 was used in his name through an online purchase on a national electronic store’s website.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 74-year-old woman living on the 200 block of Finch Place was taken to Kitsap County Jail following two warrants for her arrest. She was taken to jail by a bail bondsman.

Aug. 13
Criminal trespass: Neighbors saw 10-12 teenagers in a vacant residence south of a home that burned on the 10000 block of Rolling Bay Walk. The suspects couldn’t be located by the time officers arrived and nothing was missing from the home.

Suspicious persons/situations: Officers responded to a suspicious homeless man knocking on doors at 8:20 a.m. in the 5000 block of Battle Point Drive. The reason for the man in the area lacked probability to officers and was suspicious due to a recent car prowl at the location.

Aug. 12
Vehicle collision: A 77-year-old man living on the 10000 block of Sunrise Drive said he fell asleep while driving at 4:54 p.m. and drove into a ravine on the 4000 block of Blakely Avenue. The man told officers that he woke as his car was leaving the roadway.

Motor vehicle theft: A 33-year-old Poulsbo man reported that his light blue Honda CRX had been stolen from the Diamond parking lot space #8 on the 200 block of Olympic Drive. The car was parked at 5 a.m. and was reported missing when the man returned at 5:30 p.m. Police checked with witnesses and they said didn’t see anything. Surveillance video also wasn’t available in the area. The man said he owned the vehicle with no payments. The car’s Washington license plate is AGC8936. The year of the car wasn’t listed on the incident report.

Identity theft: A 44-year-old woman who has lived on the island for eight years received a cable bill from a national company from Los Angeles. The woman said the account was opened with her full name, including her maiden name. A collection agency informed the woman she needed to file a police report and prove her island residency at the time the account was started. The amount of the bill wasn’t listed in the incident report.


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