Police blotter: Surfing on a dark, stormy night


This week, a surfer was spotted off the Bainbridge shore during a nighttime storm. Police raced out to help him, but the surfer assured officers he was not only in no distress, but quite happy.

Blotter’s below.

Jan. 30
Theft: Two male suspects were chased away from an unlocked car parked at Cambridge Crest Way. The suspects, who were both wearing glasses, fled in a vehicle just after 2:20 a.m. The car’s owner found that $32 cash was missing from the car.

Jan. 29
Drowned: The body of a Bainbridge woman was found floating near the Agate Pass Bridge. She was spotted by a passing boater near Angeline Avenue in Suquamish at around 2 p.m. Investigators found no signs of foul play. Her body was later identified, and the cause of death was determined to be drowning.

Jan. 26
Bullets: A container with 32 bullets was found outside Bainbridge High School just before noon. A school bus driver spotted the plastic container in a lawn on the school’s west side. The bullets were .22 caliber long rounds marked with an “F.”

Jan. 25
Assault: A Bainbridge male was beaten by an unknown male outside the Bainbridge Public Library just before 3 a.m. The victim’s forehead was bruised, swollen and had several lacerations. He complained of blurred vision, a “massive headache” and was staggering around when police located him outside the McDonald’s restaurant on High School Road. The victim said that the suspect had asked him for a cigarette outside the library. When he handed the suspect a cigarette, the suspect then demanded money. When the victim responded that he had none, the suspect knocked him to the ground and began punching and kicking his head. The victim was taken to a hospital.

Jan. 24
Surfing: A surfer was reported to be in distress during a nighttime storm off the east side of the island. The police marine unit located the surfer near Fay Bainbridge State Park. “He was happily paddling, and when I pulled up to him, he assured me he was in no distress,” an officer reported.

Injured: A Tacoma male suffered several injuries after falling from a second story roof just before 4 p.m. The male had been working with a crew on a home on Diamond Place. It appeared he lost his footing when moving from the roof to a ladder. He fell on a paved area, injuring a shoulder, arm and possibly his nose. He was airlifted to a Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

Damaged: A Bainbridge school district riding lawnmower was damaged by dirt that had been placed in its gas tank. Damage was estimated at $200. District staff said various pieces of equipment have been vandalized at the New Brooklyn Avenue storage facility over the years.

Jan. 22
Drunk: A bleeding and highly intoxicated man was found behind Island Grill near Hildebrand Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. The man was lying on the ground and bleeding from his nose. He was smoking a cigarette and mumbling to himself. A medical aid crew had to restrain the man after he became uncooperative. He was airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle due to his high level of intoxication. No one at Island Grill could provide information about whether the man had been assaulted.

Pot: A male was cited for possessing marijuana during a traffic stop on Ferncliff Avenue just before 10 p.m. Police stopped the suspect after noticing he had an inoperable headlight. During a discussion with the suspect, an officer noted a marijuana odor coming from suspect’s vehicle. The suspect handed over a small bag containing marijuana. A search of the vehicle produced another container with four more small bags of marijuana. Police did not disclose other information about the suspect.

Jan. 19
Damaged: The Wing Point Gold and Country Club’s pool house was broken into sometime during the night. A bolt lock was damaged and someone wrote a message on a wall that included “Haahahaha! Lifeguard?” Damages were estimated at $200.

Shoved: A landlord shoved his tenant during a discussion about rent at the tenant’s Eagle Harbor Drive home. The tenant wanted his rent prorated after having no water for three weeks. The landlord admitted he shoved and poked the tenant with a finger. He said he was angry because the tenant often fails to pay rent on time. A report was forwarded to the prosecutor.