smeared under car handles After an argument between
guests at a bed and breakfast and neighbors about where to park on
the 11200 block of Wing Point Drive, dog feces were found smeared
under the guest and his family’s car door handles on Feb. 20.
The neighbor was upset the guest had parked in her driveway while
he waited for family members to leave the bed and breakfast. The
guest told police he had only planned to leave the car there for a
The neighbor said she did not put the dog feces on the car, “but
that dog feces is common in the neighborhood.”
Can’t drive after smoking pot Officer Sias
found a an 18-year-old woman and 20-year-old man smoking pot in a
parked car at Rotary Park ball fields off Weaver Road about 10:30
p.m. Feb. 24.
Sias’s report said he was concerned the man, who was in the driver
seat, was going to try and drive after smoking. After he told them
they couldn’t drive away, the woman had her mother come pick them
Cutting in line with a concealed
weapon After a pickup truck driver was confronted for
cutting in line at the Winslow ferry terminal Sunday and said he
had a concealed weapon, he drove off pointing his hand in the shape
of a gun at the complaining man.
A man saw the white GMC pickup truck cut in line, grabbed a “report
something” card from the ticket booth and put it on the truck’s
windshield. That was when the driver told him he had a concealed
The man told police he was startled by the statement and finger
pointing at first, but did not feel he was being threatened. He
added that the driver was with his family and might have feared
someone approaching the vehicle.
DUI with child, dogs in car After reports of
an SUV swerving into oncoming traffic on Highway 305, police found
the vehicle — and its driver — in a parking lot Wallace Way off
Madison Avenue just after midnight Monday morning.
Officer Ben Sias saw a woman, small child and two small dogs
walking away from the Ford Explorer, which was not in a parking
While the child said the dogs had been loose in the SUV, the woman
told Sias she had about three drinks at an event in Indianola and
the family had brought two cars.
The woman was slurring her words, had blood-shot eyes and was
swaying, the report said.
After performing several sobriety tests, Sias asked the child to
take the dogs into the apartment. After the child was gone, he
arrested the woman.
She had blood alcohol breath samples that measured .179 and
Electric car owners will have a working charging station in
A Chargepoint Electric Vehicle station will be put in place of
the Blink station that has been “out of service for quite some
time,” said Barry Loveless, Bainbridge Island public works
The Blink station has been down for several months and has been
working intermittently for about a year.
The situation will be different with Chargepoint, Loveless
“They have a good record of maintenance and response to
service,” he said.
To repair the current station, Blink wanted keep 60 percent of
the profits from the station and have the city to agree to an
exclusive 4-year contract that would allow only Blink stations at
Chargepoint will keep only 10 percent of the fees, and the city
will have full control of setting the fees with a 3-year
The city will even be able to monitor the usage online,
including the time and hours of usage.
“We can be as sophisticated as we want to be as far as setting
the rates,” Loveless said.
That was not the case with Blink.
Blink had not been as forthcoming with usage data, said Rex
Oliver, Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce president.
While the new station will have two charging cables, there will
only be one designated spot for electric car charging like there is
“Until there is a proven need, which we would learn by the use
of [the new charging station], I am not in favor of taking a new
spot,” Mayor Ann Blair said. “The advantage is we will learn what
the demand is.”
The new station is estimated to cost about $8,200.
used to blow up mailboxes
Mailboxes on Bainbridge Island were recent targets of firework
Bainbridge Island Police responded to three separate calls of
exploding mailboxes on Feb. 10 — one on the 15700 block of Euclid
Avenue, one on the 12200 block of North Madison Avenue and another
on the 7100 block of Eagle Harbor Drive.
Reserve officer Mike Chamness heard a large explosion near Captain
Johnston Blakely Elementary School that sounded like a
firework or M-80 about 12:30 a.m. that day.
As another officer checked the neighborhood around the school there
were multiple 911 calls about other firework explosions on the
A damaged mailbox was found shortly after on Euclid Avenue along
with “remnants of an explosive device” that could have been a
sparkler bomb, according to the report.
While a neighbor told police the mailbox owner had a dog that was
not well liked in the community, other mailboxes on the island were
blown up with similar fireworks later in the day.
Mail prowler on Bucklin Hill Road A woman
saw a man going through her and her neighbor’s mailbox around 5
p.m. while walking her dog home Jan. 22 on the 7800 NE Bucklin Hill
The man had been cleaning the neighbor’s driveway when she walked
by earlier, and he appeared to be with a window cleaning company,
she told police.
The woman said she watched the man open the box, take out the
contents and throw the box on the ground, before running after him
and confronting him.
After he handed her the contents and told her he was just putting
it back, she called 911.
The man was gone by the time police arrived, the report said.
Lockbox cut at waste facility
An employee of Bainbridge Disposal got to work Monday, Jan. 26
around 8:30 a.m. and discovered the gate unlatched and the lockbox
The lockbox had been intact the Friday before.
The employee was not sure if anything was missing from the lockbox,
and the company is reviewing its surveillance video, the police
Driver sends pedestrian spinning
A man walking across Hildebrand Lane in the crosswalk by Highschool
Road Jan. 26 about 1:30 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle, spinning
him around and injuring his left arm. The man told police the
driver stopped to shake his fist at him before diving south on
The man described the driver as an asian man in his 40s.
There was no description of the vehicle in the police report.
Bainbridge Island Police Department is looking to improve its
once rocky relationship with residents through a designated
community resource officer.
“When you have that good relationship of trust between officers
and the community, we’re more effective,” said Police Chief Matthew
City Council unanimously gave the department the go-ahead to
apply for a federal grant that would cover 75 percent of the
$100,000 annual salary and benefits of the community resource
officer for three years. The department would cover the full cost
the fourth year.
The community resource officer would be responsible for
community related events and programs with the department, such as
the citizen police academy, neighborhood watches and the police
youth advisory group.
The community resource officer would be a liaison for the island
schools, although it would be up to the schools how often the
officer meets with students.
While the district has been without a school resource officer
for more than a decade, there might not be a great demand for one
The district recently determined students and parents felt safe
at the schools based on surveys and meetings with the police
department, said Galen Crawford, communications specialist with
Bainbridge Island School District.
Although residents don’t have a safety concern for the schools,
community trust in the police department was waning and the City
Council was split on whether to support a school resource officer
before Hamner became chief in June 2013.
In May 2011, the council stalled in a 3-3 vote to apply for
a school resource officer grant.
Another officer — president of the Bainbridge police guild at
the time — was accused of harassing City Council members the same
month as the fatal shooting.
During the summer of 2011, the department hired a volunteer
reserve officer — giving him a badge and the authority to carry a
gun — who had a criminal history, including a misdemeanor assault
charge and a weapons charge.
City Council learned about the reserve officer’s background a
couple months after he was hired, and he was asked to resign.
Public support for the police department has been increasing,
Hamner said, citing the council’s approval for a community
resource officer and the police department having more residents
apply for the citizen police academy than there were spots
“I think the chief has shown he has the best interest of this
community and our children at hand time and time again,” said
resident Dominique Cantwell, a former board member of the
Bainbridge Youth Services.
A full story on the community resource officer grant will be
available on the Kitsap Sun website.
This post has been updated to include a response from the