Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bainbridge police blotter, Feb. 12


Blotter Feb. 12

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

Feb. 10
Malicious mischief: An employee with the Bainbridge Island Parks District reported a vehicle had damaged a ball field at Battle Point Park, located on the 10000 block of Arrow Point Drive, by driving on  it and spinning its tires. The mischief caused an estimated $500 in damage. The suspected vehicle is a large blue Ford pickup with tinted windows and multiple stickers in the back window. A woman walking her dog witnessed the incident and said she could identify the truck if she saw it again but didn’t see the driver.

Identity theft: A 23-year-old woman living at the 4000 block of Lynwood Center Road learned she was a victim of identity theft. After being turned down for a job following a credit check, the woman discovered items that weren’t authorized by her — credit cards, personal accounts and even collection items — she had no knowledge of.

Suspicious incident: A 39-year-old woman living on the 9000 block of Pine Street discovered some of her mail had been opened and put back into its original envelope, including financial information. The woman had witnessed an unknown woman hunched over her mailbox bank after dropping off her daughter from school at 9 a.m. The suspect was described as a 30-year-old woman about 5-foot-7 with a medium build, wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. The suspect also drove a blue pickup truck.

Theft: A 52-year-old man living in the 5000 block of Taylor Avenue reported his 10-year-old male German shepherd dog, who required medication, was missing for several days. A woman neighbor reported seeing a man who had visited her to purchase a bass guitar she had listed on Craigslist had taken the dog because he said the dog didn’t look well cared for. After police contacted the suspect, who had left his phone number with the neighbor and later posted photos of himself with the missing dog on his Facebook page, the suspect returned the dog to the couple at 10:38 p.m. The couple doesn’t plan to pursue criminal charges against the suspect.

Feb. 11

Malicious mischief: A 62-year-old woman living on the 400 block of Robinwood Drive reported that her front window and office window were egged sometime while she and her husband were out of town from 9 a.m. Feb. 4 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 10.


Littering: An 81-year-old man living on the 8000 block of Hansen Road reported that 10 plastic bags of trash were left at the head of his driveway. The garbage’s contents identified three women. A 57-year-old woman who lives nearby called police and told them she had hired kids to take the trash to the dump, but instead they dropped it at her neighbor’s house. The woman told the officer she would discipline the kids. An officer later called Bainbridge Disposal to pick up the garbage.



Feb. 7

Identity theft: A 23-year-old man living on the 500 block of Homestead Lane discovered he was a victim of identity theft. The man found this out after he was turned down for a job due to adverse credit history. The man ordered a credit check and uncovered credit cards he didn’t authorize, a personal account and a collection item.


Mailbox theft: A 62-year-old woman living on the 11000 block of Blue Heron Drive noticed that there were several items in her mailbox while she was driving away from her residence at 11 a.m. When the woman returned at 4 p.m. her mailbox was empty. One of the items missing was a delivery of jewelry the woman had ordered and was valued at $50.

Update: Hearing Examiner expects to make Visconsi decision no later than March 10

Story updated 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Attorneys involved in the proposed Visconsi shopping complex were requested by Bainbridge Hearing Examiner Stafford Smith to submit their briefs by Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Visconsi attorney Dennis Reynolds to submit his reply by Monday, Feb. 17.

Smith’s request on the final day of his hearings about the Visconsi project on Jan. 28, followed the Bainbridge Planning Commission voting 7-0 in November to recommend denying the proposed 62,000-square-foot shopping center. To be located on High School Road across the street from McDonald’s, the 8-acre complex would have a two-story medical facility, bank, drugstore, restaurants and other retailers.

Smith is looking at three parts to the Visconsi issue, a conditional use permit, a site plan review and a State Environmental Policy Act, Hearing Examiner Assistant Debbie Rose said.

Rose stated in an email Wednesday that Smith planned on having a decision in the case by March 10.

“Legal briefing by the parties is scheduled to be completed by 2/24/14 and the hearing examiner expects a decision to be issued within two weeks of that date,” Rose said.

When Smith reaches a decision on the Visconsi project it, Rose said will be posted on the city’s website.

Bainbridge police blotter, Feb. 7

Blotter Feb. 7

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

Feb. 2

Assault: A 60-year-old man and his 21-year-old son got into a fight that the mother was attempting to stop prior to the Super Bowl at a house located on the 300 block of Eakin Drive. The mother said the son and his 16-year-old brother were belittling her as she tried to prepare snacks for the game. The father told police his sons were smoking marijuana upstairs before they started mouthing off. Police determined the 21-year-old son was the primary aggressor in the altercation and placed him under arrest. He was transported to Kitsap County Jail and booked for assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence).

Feb. 1

Found property: A 50-year-old woman found a 24-year-old woman’s coin purse on the 600 block of Winslow Way at 3:53 p.m. After police contacted the woman who had lost the purse, she picked it up at 4:30 p.m.

Burglary: A 62-year-old man living on the 15000 block of Annavera Lane reported that someone opened his garage door at 2 a.m. The man waited until the morning to check the garage. When he awoke, the homeowner found the garage door open and several beer cans strewn in the nearby bushes. The owner told police that he planned to install several motion lights after the incident. On Dec. 18, the homeowner reported to police that someone had opened his house’s front door in the middle of the night.

Jan. 30

Miscellaneous: A 62-year-old man living on the 9000 block of Viewcrest Avenue believed that malicious mischief or attempted theft caused an open valve that resulted in a heating oil spill. The homeowner had a furnace repairman at his house on Jan. 30 and the repairman said he didn’t open the heating oil drain valve. On Jan. 18, the homeowner discovered the valve was open, resulting in a heating oil spill that the Bainbridge Fire Department and the state Department of Ecology responded to, and the city’s Public Works crew estimated was less than 200 gallons released into the stormwater drainage system.

Birding on Bloedel: A pair of bald eagles to watch for

“A Year of Birding in Bloedel” is a column that runs every Friday in the Bainbridge Islander. The project is planned to continue in 52 parts through 2014 to help readers find and identify birds in the island’s garden sanctuary. Beginning with this entry on the bald eagle, each column will also be published here on the Bainbridge Conversation blog each Friday. 

The author, Ted Anderson, is a retired professor of biology, having taught at McKendree University (Ill.) for 32 years and for the University of Michigan’s summer biological station for 20 years, where he frequently taught the biology of birds.

Anderson is also the author of “Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow, from Genes to Populations” (2006), and “The Life of David Lack, Father of Evolutionary Ecology” (2013). Ted and his wife Carol have been members of Bloedel Reserve for 7 years. They live in Kingston. 

WA Eagle

A bald eagle sits in a tree overlooking Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

Beginning in 2005, visitors to Bloedel were treated to wonderful views of the majestic bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at a nest near the top of a tall Douglas Fir near the shore of Puget Sound behind the visitor’s center. The nest activity could be viewed from windows in the visitor’s center, or, at closer range, near the birch grove down the hill.

The former director, Richard Brown, took numerous photos of the nesting eagles, many of which are still on display in albums in the library of the Visitor’s Center. In July 2013, however, this magnificent, living display ended when the nest tree snapped off, dumping the nest and a full-grown but flightless eaglet, apparently unhurt, onto the beach below. The adults continued to feed their youngster on the beach until it was able to fly.

Long an important element of he cultures of many Native American tribes, the bald eagle was chosen as the national emblem of a fledgling new nation by the Continental Congress in 1782. This act did not come with an order of protection, however, and later bounties were established for the bald eagle and many other top predators including other birds of prey, wolves, coyotes and bears. Eagle numbers dropped dramatically due to this persecution, and eagles virtually disappeared from many parts of the lower 48.

Widespread use of DDT in the 1940s through the 1960s further reduced their numbers, driving them to near extirpation in the lower 48. DDT residues in the fat bodies of fish had a devastating effect on many top predators in the aquatic food chain due to a process known as bioamplification. The residues interfered with calcium metabolism in the eagles resulting in the thinning of their eggshells and resultant egg breakage and nest failure.

When the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973 the bald eagle was one of the first species placed on the endangered species list. With the almost simultaneous ban on many uses of DDT the bald eagle population began a dramatic recovery in the continental United States. One of only a few such successes, the Bald Eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007. Many Americans who had never seen their national emblem in the wild now have had the opportunity to enjoy seeing this magnificent bird.

The Bloedel pair is still active in the areas near their old nest site. Listen for their high-pitched screeches emanating from the wilderness area adjacent to the site or from the conifers near the birch grove. They typically lay their eggs in February and the pair is now in active courtship.