Police blotter: Wedding anniversary headbutt


It’s silver for the 25th wedding anniversary, pearl for the 30th, ruby for the 40th and gold for the 50th. But on what anniversary do you give a headbutt? Maybe on the last wedding anniversary.

The headbutt incident, along with an attack with silverware, a four-moon salute for a ferry crew, and “a piece of what appeared to be human flesh,” are in this week’s blotter. See below.

July 11
Theft: Two kayaks valued at a combined $1,600 were reported stolen from a Wing Point Drive waterfront property sometime during the last week.

July 10
Mooned: A state ferry had to take evasive maneuvers just before 5 p.m. in Eagle Harbor to avoid hitting a sailboat that failed to move out of the ferry’s path. The ferry sounded its emergency horn a number of times before the captain was forced to reverse engines. The sailboat momentarily disappeared from the ferry crew’s view when it went under the ferry’s bow. When it re-emerged, four males onboard dropped their pants and “mooned” the crew. The males were described as white and in their 30s. They appeared to be drinking beer. Police searched the harbor but found no sign of the sailboat.

Assault: A Bainbridge woman was arrested for headbutting her husband at their New London Court home just before midnight. The victim, who suffered a bloody nose, explained to police that the couple had been celebrating their wedding anniversary with two friends. They began arguing over what had caused a scar on one of their faces. The victim soon declared that he was packing his bags and leaving. As he approached his car, the suspect blocked his path and headbutted the bridge of his nose. The victim declined medical aid and asked that police not arrest the suspect. Both the suspect and victim appeared intoxicated. The suspect said she could not remember assaulting the victim. She was transported to the county jail in Port Orchard.

July 6
Fraud: A Bainbridge male reported that $2,750 in fraudulent charges were made to a debit card he left at a local restaurant. Ten charges were made in Florida.

Pot: Two Swiss citizens were arrested for possession of marijuana at Battle Point Park just before 8:45 a.m. Police had received a complaint that the suspects’ rental van had been parked at the Arrow Point Drive park for a few days. The suspects had thick accents and the van had the strong odor of marijuana, an officer reported. The suspects explained that they were driving from Canada to South America, and had been sleeping in parks along the way. Police found 12 grams of marijuana in the van.

July 5
Explosion: A Maple Street resident reported that her mailbox had been destroyed by an explosion. Police believe a large firecracker was used to blow up the box. Damages were estimated at $40.

Cracked: An unknown person tossed a beer bottle at the windshield of a semi truck traveling on Highway 305 at 2:30 a.m. The bottle, which shattered on impact, caused the truck’s windshield to crack. Damage was estimated at $500. The driver, a Portland, Ore. resident, said he did not see anyone throw the bottle and had initially thought his truck was assailed by a large fire cracker. No injuries.

July 3
Young drinker: A young female was arrested for underage drunkenness on Madison Avenue just before 11:25 p.m. The suspect reportedly tried to enter a closed business to use the bathroom, but was thwarted by custodial staff. An officer found the suspect stumbling nearby, and determined she was under 21 and intoxicated. A woman who refused to identify herself intervened and tried to get the suspect to leave the scene. When the officer ordered them to stop, the woman urged the suspect not to talk with police or show identification. The woman demanded to see the officer’s supervisor and sat the girl down on a curb until the supervisor arrived. She also made calls to her attorney. After speaking with the police supervisor, the woman disclosed the suspect’s date of birth and name. The suspect was allowed to leave with the woman after the suspect was cited.

Assault: A Bainbridge male was arrested for assaulting a Florida woman at a Winslow Way restaurant just before 9:30 p.m. A Bainbridge man who was eating dinner with his family at the restaurant told police that the suspect, with whom he has been in conflict with, approached his table and became verbally abusive. The suspect returned to the bar but later threw a small basket full of silverware in the man’s direction. The silverware missed the man but struck the Florida woman, who was not involved in the altercation. She suffered a small bump on the side of her head. She declined aid. The suspect, who had the faint odor of alcohol, said the man with whom he argued had “ruined his life.” The suspect was cited and ordered to leave. About a half hour later, a second conflict erupted when the one of the restaurant’s patrons demanded complimentary meals because the restaurant’s staff did not “show any sympathy” toward the Florida woman for being struck with silverware. One of the patrons shoved the restaurant’s co-owner against a wall when he came to the aid of his wife, who also co-owns the restaurant. The patron and his party left without paying. The owners declined to press charges.

Assault: A Bainbridge woman was arrested for assaulting a Bainbridge man in their Valley Road home just before 8:45 p.m. The suspect, who appeared intoxicated, told police that the pair had argued about what time they should leave to view fireworks in Poulsbo. She said they brushed shoulders but had not been in a physical altercation. The victim disputed the suspect’s story, explaining that the suspect had struck and scratched his face. The victim had bleeding scrapes on his face consistent with fingernail scraping, police said. Some of the flesh on the bridge of his nose was missing. The victim stressed he did not fight back. Police asked to see the suspect’s hands. Hanging from one of her fingernails was a quarter-inch “piece of what appeared to be human flesh,” police said. When the flesh was brought to her attention, the suspect “deftly pulled it off and threw it into the gravel of the parking lot,” police said. She was transported to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Crash: A Bainbridge male suffered back pain after his SUV struck a tree head-on on Port Madison Road just before 3 a.m. The male said he was speeding and lost control of the vehicle. He was cited for inattentive driving.