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Bainbridge Island police blotter, June 25

June 26th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

Crime log stats from June 15 to June 21: 3 false alarms with unknown cause, 3 suspicious incident/investigation, 3 domestic verbal, 2 miscellaneous, 2 found property, 2 identity theft, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree, 1 stalking, 1 theft in the second degree, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 malicious mischief in the second degree, 1 open door, 1 driving with no valid operator’s license, 1 mental investigation, 1 traffic accident, 1 theft in the third degree, 1 extortion in the second degree and 1 lost property.

June 23
Patrol check: A patrol check was requested by a business owner on the 9000 block of Sportsman Club Road. The owner requested extra patrols and a meeting regarding prowlers on her property.

June 21
Found property: A woman found a cell phone on Eagle Harbor Drive that belonged to a woman in SeaTac. When police tried to contact the out-of-town woman, the number was disconnected. The phone was placed in the department’s evidence as found property.

June 20
Identity theft: A woman withdrew cash from her bank’s ATM at 10:30 a.m. and discovered her account was overdrawn by more than $200. Someone had charged more than $1,000 in airline tickets from her account without her consent.

Theft in the third degree: A woman living on the 200 block of High School Road found that the lock on her storage unit had been broken and that two tents had been stolen. The tents were described as a four-person green Coleman-brand valued at $100 and an orange two-person valued at $35. The brand wasn’t known of the orange tent. Both tents were in a blue nylon duffel bag valued at $20. The storage unit was on the second floor of the complex. A police officer didn’t see any other storage units damaged.

Identity theft: A woman living in the 500 block of Homestead Lane reported her Visa card was used today at Snoqualmie Casino for a fraudulent charge of $527.99. The woman was notified of the theft by her bank.

June 19
Driving with no valid operator’s license: A 21-year-old Bremerton man, who was involved in a minor traffic accident with another vehicle, was issued a traffic citation for not having a driver’s license or any identification or paperwork with his name on it. There was also no record found for the man, who admitted driving in reverse on Baker Hill Road after he missed his turn for Palomino Drive. The man had caused a collision with a 30-year-old Poulsbo man driving a BMW.

June 18
Open door: The door to a Winslow Way business located on the 100 block was found open and unlocked. No one was in the store when an officer arrived after a family walking down the street noticed the open door. The officer left messages with the owner and also texted her. The officer could not secure the door since it only locked from the inside. The officer later checked on the business while she was on bike patrol and the door was locked.

Malicious mischief in the second degree: At Battle Point Park, someone used a black permanent marker to write letters and offensive words on four Park District vehicles, street signs and the mobile stage. This caused an estimated $1,200 worth of damage. A metal lift gate was also damaged and would cost $1,000 since it now hit a custom door. Photos of the damage were taken by the responding officer.

June 17
Theft in the third degree: A man who was moving to Hawaii and believed he was renting an apartment found he was a victim of a $4,149.59 scam when the man he was working with that claimed to be the property manager wasn’t legitimate. The man had taken steps to confirm the apartment’s location was legitimate through numerous emails, reference checks and filling out applications. Police discussed with the man how he could avoid future theft since the man had provided the suspect with his personal information for the apartment application.

Found property: A woman living on the 10000 block of Manitou Park Boulevard came to the police station to turn over drug paraphernalia that she had found. She handed a small, clear Ziploc bag with 40 small cotton balls inside a tree near the library at 10:30 a.m. Police tested the balls and one indicated the presence of amphetamine. The balls are often used to filter narcotics prior to intravenous use. The bag was placed into police property for destruction.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: The King County Jail called to confirm a warrant on a 43-year-old Seattle woman. The woman’s warrant charge wasn’t listed on the incident report.


Bainbridge residents invited to ferry meeting

June 18th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Bainbridge residents are encouraged to attend a community meeting that will include long-range planning, new vessel construction, route-specific issues, liquefied natural gas and other topics will be discussed at a Washington State Ferries meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 23.

The meeting will be held in Suite 210 of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, located at 100 Ravine Lane.

The ferry system hosts community meetings twice a year and also takes input from customers and the community through its Ferry Advisory Committees.

Bremerton’s meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the Kitsap Conference Center’s Oyster Room, located on 100 Washington St.

 


Roth voted City Council’s new deputy mayor

June 18th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Starting in July, Wayne Roth will replace Val Tollefson as the Bainbridge Island City Council’s deputy mayor following an unanimous vote on the motion by the council at a recent meeting.

“In six months, you’ll look as old as I do,” Tollefson joked after the vote.

The deputy mayor is a six-month rotating position among council members, Tollefson said.

Roth, Tollefson and Roger Townsend were all elected to four-year terms to the council by voters in November 2013.


Bainbridge police blotter, June 18

June 18th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

Crime log stats from June 8 to June 14: 6 traffic accidents, 4 thefts in the third degree, 3 miscellaneous, 2 mental investigations, 1 mailbox theft, 1 verbal dispute, 1 theft in the second degree, 1 found property, 1 assault in the fourth degree, 1 driving without a license, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 lost property, 1 suspicious persons/situations, 1 patrol check, 1 reckless burning in the second degree, 1 harassment, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree, 1 identity theft, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 intoxicated person, 1 arson in the first degree, 1 false alarm, 1 driving under the influence, 1 agency assist.

June 16

 

Malicious mischief: At approximately 5:30 a.m., a family living on the 7000 block of Hidden Cove Road reported that they heard their car alarm go off after someone had broken the right rear passenger window of their vehicle. Although nothing was missing from the still locked vehicle when the residents inspected the broken window, they did see what appeared to be possible footprints left by a suspect. The estimated cost of replacing the window glass was $250.

 

June 14

 

Driving under the influence/liquor: A 31-year-old driver who lives on the 700 block of Madison Avenue was stopped for passing in a no-passing zone and was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the corner of Grow Avenue and Wyatt Way at 7:35 p.m. The officer observed the driver pass another driver going 48 mph in a 25 mph no-passing zone. The man said he had drank two to three beers while on the beach at Lynwood Center.

 

June 13

 

Warrant arrest by outside agency: The Bainbridge Island Police Department was contacted by the Kitsap County Jail to confirm a warrant arrest for a 24-year-old Port Orchard man. BIPD verified the man had a $5,000 bail for a driving while intoxicated arrest.

 

June 11

 

Malicious mischief: A man living on the 7000 block of Spring Ridge Road reported that someone cut 12 plants on his property with some type of trimmer. The man said he saw a man exiting out of the south gate of his property that afternoon. The man, who rode away on a bicycle, was white with a medium build and stood 6-foot-1. He also had brown hair and was wearing khaki shorts. The plants were started 10 years ago.


Bainbridge police blotter, June 11

June 11th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

Crime log stats from June 1 to June 7: 5 traffic accidents, 2 thefts in the third degree, 2 malicious mischiefs in the third degree, 1 harassment, 1 warrant misdemeanor, 1 found property, 1 residential burglary, 1 littering, 1 assault in the fourth degree, 1 mental investigation, 1 miscellaneous, 1 theft of bicycles, 1 verbal dispute.

June 9

Theft in the third degree: A 48-year-old woman living on the 200 block of Tormey Lane reported that her convertible car was broken into during the night. When she went to her vehicle in the morning, she found the seats reclined forward. All the items taken out of her glove compartment and storage areas were found on the seats. The only thing the thief stole was a universal car charger valued at $200. The woman’s car was also broken into in December.

June 7

Harassing phone call: A 65-year-old man living in the 3000 block of El Cimo Lane reported that he has been receiving calls left on his voicemail from a man with a heavy accent. The man says he’s from the Internal Revenue Service and is threatening legal action if the man doesn’t contact him. The man, who has saved one of the messages, said he ignores the calls.

June 6

Malicious mischief in the third degree: A Bremerton woman was having a pizza lunch with her family at Lytle Beach Park. When she returned to her car to place the pizza box inside, she noticed a car pulled abruptly into the parking space next to her and heard a loud noise as her car got hit. The woman noticed that her passenger side mirror had been folded in and that the driver of the other car, a 65-year-old man from Kingston, had hit her car when he opened his car door. When the woman confronted the driver, he told her if she hadn’t taken up three parking spaces this wouldn’t have happened. The man then walked down the length of her car on the passenger side, which the woman saw later and found a 6-inch key marks in the paint and a black rubber substance. The woman collected her family and immediately drove to the police department to report the incident. Officers were able to find the suspected driver and woman he was with soon after at the park, which has only four parking places. The couple were sitting on beach chairs with a table that had a bottle of wine. The man admitted grabbing the woman’s car mirror and folding it in to get into the tight parking place, as well as hitting the woman’s car as he exited his vehicle. When officers asked him to see his keys, the man only had a single key with a rubber grip. Damage to the woman’s car was estimated at $1,200.

Theft of bicycles: A 52-year-old man reported two bikes of his were stolen within the last three weeks. The first was stolen while it was left unlocked at the 400 block of Olympic Drive at the ferry terminal. The yellow Kuwahara mountain bike was left at 3 p.m. and when the man returned at 9 p.m. it was gone. On May 16, the man parked another bike, a black and white Specialized Hardrock, at the high school softball fields at 3 p.m. It was left unlocked as well.

June 1

Found property: The owner of a business located on the 5000 block of Rose Avenue reported that someone had left a stroller in front of his architecture business. The stroller had no name attached to it. An officer picked up the stroller and placed it into the police department’s evidence for safekeeping.


Bainbridge police blotter, June 4

June 4th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

Crime log stats from May 25 to May 31: 7 traffic accidents, 3 thefts in the third degree, 2 miscellaneous, 2 suspicious incidents/investigations, 2 mental investigations, 2 warrant arrests by outside agency, 1 driving under the influence, 1 open door/window, 1 assault in the second degree, 1 residential burglary, 1 theft in the second degree, 1 verbal dispute, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree and 1 found property.

June 2

Passing stopped school bus with red lights flashing: A woman described as a 25-year-old was reported to police for driving through a stopped school bus stop sign at 8:07 a.m. at the corner of Baker Hill Road and Lynwood Center Road. However, the license plate number given to police didn’t return to a registered vehicle.

June 1

Theft in the third degree: A 47-year-old woman who works on the 200 block of Madison Avenue reported to police that she accidentally left her car unlocked at 11:30 a.m. When she returned at 10:30 p.m., she noticed that her black Dell laptop valued at $250 and black rolling overnight laptop case valued at $150 were both missing. The car was parked behind a trail.

Malicious mischief in the third degree: A 40-year-old woman returned to find her 2014 Mazda Mx3 car had been involved in a hit-and-run collision while she shopped from 5 to 6:05 p.m. at a grocery store on the 200 block of High School Road. When she unlocked the car, the alarm beeped seven to 10 times. This alerted her that something had happened to her car while she was away. The front passenger door was no longer flush with the front panel. Also, the part of the car between the front tire and passenger door was severely scratched and buckled. The damage to the vehicle, which caused the door and car to not lock, is estimated at $1,000.

May 31

Traffic accident: A 29-year-old man living on the 10000 block of Winthers Road was the driver in a rollover vehicle collision in the area of Eagle Harbor Drive and Wimsey Lane. Although no one was with the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived, the man was tied to the collision by police through the scattered items found at the scene. Four fire crew and two police officers responded to the incident. Officers found two empty beer bottles and a small amount of marijuana in the car.

May 30

Theft in the third degree: A Quilcene woman who was visiting her mother discovered that her black Haiku-brand purse that contained her wallet, cash and other items was stolen out of her car while it was parked on Wing Point Road. The estimated market value of the purse is $130.

May 28

Hit-and-run collision: A 50-year-old woman who drove a 2013 Nissan Leaf parked her car at 7 a.m. in a car lot on Winslow Way. When she returned to her car at 7 p.m., she found a 10-inch scratch just above her vehicle’s left rear wheel.


UPDATED: Bainbridge police blotter, May 28

May 28th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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***This report was updated at 7:30 p.m. May 28 for additional details and clarification.

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

Crime log stats from May 18 to May 24: 3 thefts in the third degree, 3 warrant arrests by outside agency, 3 traffic accidents, 2 thefts in the second degree, 2 driving with license suspended/revoked, 1 dangerous weapon on school facilities, 1 residential burglary, 1 runaway, 1 miscellaneous, 1 driving under the influence/liquor or drugs, 1 identity theft, 1 suspicious persons/situations, 1 verbal dispute, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 mailbox theft, 1 found property, 1 criminal trespass in the second degree and 1 recovered stolen property.

May 26

Suspicious incident/investigation: A man living in the 8000 block of Hidden Cove Road arrived at his home at 10:30 p.m. to find his front door open. Nothing looked disturbed in the house. On May 23 at 1:15 a.m., the owner heard someone trying to gain entry into his home. When the man turned on his back patio light, he saw two figures running. The man didn’t report the May 23 incident to police the night it occurred.

Miscellaneous: Police found an unoccupied car running at 2:03 p.m. in a parking lot on the 5000 block of New Sweden Road. An officer then turned off the car and removed the key. The owner of the car, a 64-year-old man, was called by police but a message couldn’t be left since the man’s voicemail was full. Police also drove to the man’s house to find him but no one was home. Police placed the key into a temporary evidence locker. The car was still parked in the same location at 10:20 p.m. and police called the man’s home again at that time but still didn’t receive a response.

 

May 25

Driving while intoxicated: A 42-year-old Bremerton man was stopped at 1:30 a.m. for driving 74 mph in a 50 mph zone on Highway 305 near Hidden Cove Road. An officer smelled alcohol on the man’s breath, but the man refused to take a Breathalyzer test. The man was later booked for driving under the influence and taken to Kitsap County Jail with a $5,000 bail.

 

May 24

Criminal trespass: A pair of juveniles were seen by a night custodian trying to gain access to the Bainbridge High School gym at 1 a.m. One of the boys was described as having a thin build and about 16 to 18 years old. The intent of the boys was unknown.

 

May 23

Recovered stolen property: Police received a call from the Washington State Patrol that a white three-door Honda Civic with a stolen license plate was in-bound from Seattle to arrive at the Bainbridge ferry terminal at 10:20 p.m. The front license plate didn’t match the back plate. The 29-year-old Seattle man driving the car told police that earlier this year he was a victim of a car prowl and that the plates may have been switched then. Police told the man that switching license plates was a common tactic used by thieves to make detection harder. The officer recommended the driver file a stolen license plate report. Police removed the stolen back plate from the vehicle and booked it into police property.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A Port Orchard police officer called Bainbridge Island Police to confirm a warrant on a 32-year-old woman he had pulled over. The woman’s warrant was for driving without a license in the third degree.

 

May 19

Assault in the second degree: A woman living on the 200 block of High School Road was hit in the face by a man who had being staying at her place the previous 10 days and cooking meals. No one else observed the assault.


Birding on Bloedel: Forest lover returns to Northwest

May 27th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

“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 seven years. They live in Kingston. 

Mid-May brings the Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) back to the Pacific Northwest from its wintering grounds in southern Mexico and Central America.

The melodious song of this denizen of forested habitats throughout the western states resembles the song of the American Robin, but is usually longer and is often punctuated by a “chunk” note that is typical of the species. The song is virtually identical to that of its close cousin, the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, that replaces the Black-Headed Grosbeak in eastern North America.

Black-Headed Grosbeaks are sexually dimorphic with adult males, as their name implies, having a black head as well as black upper back, wings and tail. The underparts and rump are a rich cinnamon brown and the wings have prominent white spots. Females and first-year males have brownish upperparts and yellowish-orange underparts, and a white stripe over the eye. Both sexes flash large yellow patches under their wings when they fly.

In most songbirds only the male sings, but grosbeaks are an exception.

Females regularly sing a song similar to that of males, but less complex. Both sexes also participate equally in breeding activities, and both male and female may actually sing from the nest while incubating the eggs. The nest is usually located in the outer branches of a deciduous tree or shrub.

The large conical beak of grosbeaks enables them to husk large seeds, and they are frequent consumers of quantities of sunflower seeds at backyard bird-feeders. About half of their diet is insects, however, particularly during the breeding season. They typically forage high in deciduous trees gleaning insects from the foliage.

One interesting feature of grosbeak foraging is that they have adapted to eating Monarch butterflies, which are toxic for most birds, in their enormous winter congregations in the mountains of Mexico. The result can be a orange carpet of Monarch sings under the trees where they congregate to spend the winter.

At Bloedel, listen for their melodious song as you walk along the forested paths, and search the upper branches for a glimpse of this strikingly-plumaged songster.


Bainbridge police warn Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Civic owners

May 21st, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Due to a recent uptick in crime, Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner is urging owners of older Honda Accords and Civics, as well as owners of Subaru Legacy cars, to ensure that their vehicle is locked when they park it near or at the Bainbridge ferry terminal.

Models of the vehicles from 1995 to 2005 are being targeted the most.

Investigators believe the suspect or suspects drive to Bainbridge in a stolen car, park the vehicle on the island, walk on a Seattle ferry as a passenger and return later to Bainbridge to steal a different vehicle.

Police believe the thieves are able to steal the Honda and Subaru vehicles with little trouble because of their knowledge of the cars’ equipment.

Hamner said owners of these car models who park within proximity of the ferry need to be especially diligent in locking their cars and aware of their surroundings.

“Sometimes a few simple steps to secure your belongings can be enough to deter theft,” said Hamner, who has strong leads in the case.

According to the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Seattle-Bainbridge route in 2013 transported 6.3 million people, including 3 million walk-on passengers – more than any other Washington State Ferry route.


Bainbridge police blotter, May 20

May 21st, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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

Crime log stats from May 11 to May 17: 3 traffic accidents, 3 false alarms, 3 identity thefts, 3 thefts in the second degree, 3 miscellaneous, 2 mailbox thefts, 2 burglaries in the second degree, 2 residential burglaries, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 found property, 1 failure to secure load, 1 domestic verbal, 1 reckless driving including racing, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 driving without a license, 1 threats, 1 harassment, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree, 1 agency assist, 1 mental investigation, 1 possession of drug paraphernalia.

May 19

Burglary-residential: A woman living on the 9000 block of Sands Avenue returned to her home at 5:40 p.m. to an uninvited man cooking in her kitchen wearing some of her clothes. The suspect also rearranged the woman’s clothing and had stayed the whole weekend at the woman’s place.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 38-year-old Montlake man was stopped for driving with a license suspended for third degree with a $2,500 bail. Snohomish County Jail confirmed the warrant with Bainbridge Police Department.

May 18

Driving while license suspended in the third degree: A 28-year-old man living on the 5000 block of Rockaway Beach Drive was stopped for going well over the 35 mph speed limit. The officer also revealed that the man was driving on a suspended driver’s license after failing to pay a traffic citation out of Florida several years before.

May 17

A 37-year-old man reported that his debit card was used without his permission by someone in Puyallup, who was attempting to make a purchase of $1,700 and $700 at a national electronics store.

May 15

Theft in the first degree: A hotel located on the 900 block of Hildebrande Lane reported unwanted guests from Whidbey Island had accrued a $30,000 bill since they arrived March 24, 2012. The credit card the couple was using had been declined. The couple had made several promises they would pay the bill but had failed to do so. The couple was booked into Kitsap County Jail with a bail of $50,000.


Birding on Bloedel: Warbler heard more than seen

May 19th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

“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 seven years. They live in Kingston. 

The migratory species that spend their summers and nest at Boedel began to arrive in mid-April, with plenty of time to spare before the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day on May 10. One such species, a common summer resident in forested areas with extensive undergrowth at Bloedel, is the Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla).

It has made the long journey from Central America where it spends the winter. Wilson’s Warbler is more often heard than seen, its song a melodious “cheerycheery cheeeycheery chewchew,” the last notes slightly lower in pitch.

A glimpse of the singer is well worth the patience and work. The male has a bright yellow head and underside, gray wings and tail, and a greenish back — and a black cap on top of its head accentuating the bright yellow coloration. Females are a duller yellow and lack the black cap.

Wilson’s Warbler is named for the man who is often referred to as the “father of American ornithology.” Alexander Wilson was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1766, but immigrated to America after being imprisoned for writing poetry protesting the working conditions of garment workers in Scotland. Here he developed an interest in natural history and decided to produce his own paintings of American birds. His hand-painted engravings of 268 bird species were published in three volumes entitled “American Ornithology” between 1808 and 1814 (2014 is thus the bicentennial of its completion).

Wilson’s Warbler was one of 26 species new to science that appeared in the folios. Wilson’s work helped to inspire John James Audubon to produce his magnificent body of work.

Listen and look for Wilsons’ Warbler in dense forest undergrowth near the Bird Marsh and near the Christmas Pond.


O’Neill named interim Bainbridge High principal

May 19th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Following Bainbridge High Principal Jake Haley accepting a principal position at Costa Mesa High School in California, Bainbridge Island School District named Mary Alice O’Neill as the school’s interim principal for the 2014-15 school year. She will start July 1.

O’Neill was the associate principal at BHS from 1999 to 2001 and Woodward Middle’s principal from 2001 to 2009. She currently works as a teacher on special assignment.

“I’m excited to fill this important role,” O’Neill said in a news release. “I believe we have one of the finest high schools in the state. I’m looking forward to working with the amazing students, the talented and caring staff, as well as the supportive parent community.”

O’Neill has worked as an educator for more than 30 years in Kitsap County, California and Kuwait. She holds a bachelor of arts and masters of education from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

“We’re thrilled to have Mary Alice rejoin the district in this critical role,” Superintendent Faith Chapel said. “She is a skilled and experienced principal and understands the needs of our district.”

Haley will work through the end of the school year before starting his new job in California July 1.

Last month, Amii Pratt was named the new associate principal at Sakai Intermediate School. The half-time administrative position – which was cut in 2011 – is being reinstated as a result of the district’s increased enrollment and changes in administrative roles and responsibilities. She’ll start her new job July 1.

“Amii has excelled in a number of instructional and leadership roles in the district, and she is highly regarded by those who have worked with her,” Chapel said.

Pratt brings 11 years of educational experience to this new position. She taught first and second grades at Wilkes and Ordway Elementary Schools and second grade at Ogden Elementary in Vancouver, Wash. She also served as a K-5 English Language Learner coordinator in Vancouver for two years.

Currently, Pratt is a K-5 English language arts teacher on special assignment and is a principal intern at Blakely Elementary. She has designed and led professional development sessions and co-facilitated the Teacher Evaluation Committee for the Bainbridge Island School District.

She graduated in 2001 from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in science and a year later earned a master’s degree in teaching from OSU. In 2008, she achieved her National Board Certification, a rigorous and advanced teaching credential. This year, she received her Initial Principal and Program Administrator Certificate from the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program.

Contributed photo Amii Pratt recently was named the new associate principal at Sakai Intermediate School.

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Amii Pratt recently was named the new associate principal at Sakai Intermediate School.


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