Bainbridge Island Police blotter, Sept. 3


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.

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.


About Ethan Fowler

Ethan Fowler has more than 20 years of journalism experience with 19 years of daily and weekly newspaper experience covering news, features and sports, as well as being an editor for 14 of those years. He has won several writing awards over the years in Washington state, Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including award-winning investigative journalism. Fowler was paid by the Review & Herald Publishing Association in 2009 to co-author a book, "Brushed Back: The Story of Trevor Bullock," with his wife. The book details the real life of a top minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his Christian faith. "Brushed Back" has sold more than 2,000 copies since its release.