Bainbridge Island police blotter, Sept. 10

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department 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 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6: 4 traffic accidents, 4 assaults in the fourth degree, 3 suspicious incident/investigation, 3 miscellaneous, 2 found property, 2 identity thefts, 2 malicious mischief, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 failure to transfer title within 15 days, 1 boating-operating vessel under the influence, 1 animal cruelty, 1 warrant felony, 1 domestic verbal, 1 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 1 theft in the third degree, 1 driving under the influence, 1 theft motor vehicle parts and accessories and 1 theft in the second degree.
Sept. 7

Criminal trespass in the second degree: An employee with a construction company doing work on John Adams Road reported a pushed over a porta-potty at 6:17 p.m., as well as the construction site’s fence being knocked down. Although neighbors saw three teens in the area, they didn’t see them enter the construction site. Two of the teens had dark hair and the other had blond hair. All of the teens had skateboards.

Theft in the third degree: A 34-year-old man living in the 7000 block of Hidden Cove Road reported that his GMC Yukon Denali cross-branding bicycle, sold through Amazon, was missing. The man had left the bike in front of his garage around noon Sept. 6 and found it stolen around 5 p.m. Sept. 7. The man said he was home almost all of the weekend, but didn’t notice the theft.

Sept. 6

Theft in the second degree: A 37-year-old man who has placed $800 in cash in an envelope for two years to pay for the rent of his residence, located on the 8000 block of High School Loop, reported the envelope he left this month was missing from his landlord’s porch. The man had been late on his rent several times before and has been told in the past to pay his rent with a check by the landlord but has refused. The landlord has consulted with an attorney to review her options.

Sept. 5

Criminal trespass in the first degree: A 50-year-old man noticed at 6:51 p.m. his cat was on the second story deck of his home, located on 9000 block of Kono Road. Although nothing was missing or damaged from the residence, the man suspected someone came into his home since he usually keeps his cat locked in the downstairs entry room by the back door. When the man came home the back door was unlocked and open.

 

Theft – motor vehicle parts and accessories: A 75-year-old man reported that someone had removed his vehicle’s rear license plate while his car was parked on the 100 block of Parfitt Way from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5. The man suspects there are no security cameras at the location of the theft.

Bainbridge Island Police blotter, Sept. 3

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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 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.

Officer leaves Florida to join Bainbridge police force

Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island “I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees," says new BIPD Officer Jon Ledbetter.
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“I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees,” says new BIPD Officer Jon Ledbetter.

Officer Jon Ledbetter became the third new hire for the Bainbridge Island Police Department since July.

Ledbetter, along with Officer Jon Bingham and Deputy Chief Jeff Horn, were administered their Oath of Office by Police Chief Matthew Hamner at Monday’s Bainbridge City Council meeting.

“I’m very proud of these hires,” Hamner told the City Council crowd, which included the officers’ families and other BIPD officers.

Ledbetter, who started Aug. 18, worked the last three years for the Naples Police Department in Naples, Florida. He attended Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.

While seeing family in Seattle, Ledbetter also visited Bainbridge Island and soon realized where he wanted to make his new home with his girlfriend and his dog.

“I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees,” Ledbetter said.

Ledbetter also said he was intrigued with the prospect of working with a police force that had a “close relationship with the community.”

“I want to be the kind of officer that people get to know on a first name basis,” Ledbetter said.

After months of being short staffed, the addition of Ledbetter, Horn and Bingham leaves the Bainbridge Island Police Department with only one officer position to fill on the 19-officer force.

Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island Jon Bingham, a 31-year Bainbridge Island resident, joined the BIPD July 21.
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Jon Bingham, a 31-year Bainbridge Island resident, joined the BIPD July 21.
Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun "It feels great. It’s a new adventure for me and my family,” says new BIPD Deputy Chief Jeff Horn of moving to Bainbridge Island.
Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun
“It feels great. It’s a new adventure for me and my family,” says new BIPD Deputy Chief Jeff Horn of moving to Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge school district today will honor three retiring employees

Contributed photo / BISD Cami Dombkowski retires after 24 years with the BISD.
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Cami Dombkowski retires after 24 years with the BISD.
Contributed photo / BISD Bob Houk retires after 28 years with the Bainbridge school district.
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Bob Houk retires after 28 years with the Bainbridge school district.
Contributed photo / BISD BISD Kathy Roberts retires after 30 years in public education, including her last 13 years with BISD.
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BISD Kathy Roberts retires after 30 years in public education, including her last 13 years with BISD.

Combined, Bainbridge Island School District employees Cami Dombkowski, Bob Houk and Kathy Roberts worked 82 years in public education and today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the district will honor and recognize the well-known trio with a reception in the Bainbridge High School Commons.

The three will retire from the BISD Friday.

Dombkowski, human resources and transportation director, retires after serving the school district since 1990.

 

Houk, lead custodian, came to the district in 1986.

 

Roberts, administrative assistant to Superintendent Faith Chapel, started working for the district in 2001, after spending 17 years with Everett Public Schools.

Bainbridge Police blotter, Aug. 27

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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 Aug. 17 to Aug. 23: 6 found property, 4 traffic accidents, 3 malicious mischief in the third degree, 3 theft in the third degree, 3 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 miscellaneous, 1 patrol check, 1 assault in the fourth degree, 1 harassment, 1 warrant misdemeanor, 1 violation of civil anti-harassment order, 1 telephone harassment, 1 driving under the influence, 1 mental investigation, 1 outside agency referral, 1 forgery, 1 agency assist, 1 mail theft.

 

Aug. 25

Residential burglary: A man living on the 10000 block of Pointview Drive reported that between Aug. 22 and Aug. 25 – while he was out of town – someone tried to break into his home. The man found telltale signs of someone trying to use a metal object, such as a screwdriver or other tool, to gain access to a door jamb. Because the suspects were unable to get inside the door, the homeowner decided to not fix the door jamb since it still worked.

 

Identity theft: A woman living on the 10000 block of North Madison Avenue reported she received a call from her bank. The bank teller called to tell the woman that a Nigerian man tried to obtain an unauthorized money transfer by using the woman’s social security number, birthdate and her mother’s maiden name. The woman didn’t know how the man gained access to her private information. The transaction didn’t go through and the woman was given security measures by her employer to prevent further identity theft attempts.

 

Theft in the third degree: A 48-year-old woman reported that one of three crab pots anchored off Fay Bainbridge and Port Monroe were missing.

 

Aug. 23

Found property: A 79-year-old man found a MasterCard credit card at Winslow Green shopping center. Efforts, however, were unsuccessful to contact the Portland, Ore., person who owned the card. Police placed the card in evidence for safekeeping.

 

Aug. 22

Suspicious persons/situations: A man living on the 10000 block of Pleasant Place reported that his garage door had been raised to the level of his knees by someone. The man rarely uses the garage since it doesn’t have access to his home. The man didn’t see anything missing from the garage and believed the possible burglary attempt was thwarted because the door wouldn’t go back down after being opened.

 

Aug. 20

Malicious mischief: A 65-year-old woman discovered her car was keyed on the passenger side, possibly while she was doing errands on the island.

Bainbridge Island Police Blotter, Aug. 20

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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 Aug. 10 to Aug. 16: 7 traffic accidents, 2 domestic verbal, 2 malicious mischief in the third degree, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 thefts in the third degree, 2 warrant arrest by outside agency, 2 assault in the fourth degree, 2 identity theft, 1 false alarm, 1 driving under the influence/alcohol, 1 violation of protection order, 1 miscellaneous, 1 harassment, 1 found property, 1 violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-heroin, 1 warrant-misdemeanor, 1 mental investigation, 1 motor vehicle theft, 1 criminal trespass, 1 violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act-marijuana less than 40 grams, 1 agency assist, 1 fraud, 1 mailbox theft, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree.

Aug. 15
Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 47-year-old Seattle man was stopped and the Stanwood Police Department confirmed an arrest warrant on the man by calling the Bainbridge Island Police. The man was taken to the Kitsap County Jail. The cause of the warrant wasn’t listed in the incident report.

Aug. 14
Theft: A man living on the 10000 block of Silven Avenue reported that a fraudulent purchase of $338.65 was used in his name through an online purchase on a national electronic store’s website.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 74-year-old woman living on the 200 block of Finch Place was taken to Kitsap County Jail following two warrants for her arrest. She was taken to jail by a bail bondsman.

Aug. 13
Criminal trespass: Neighbors saw 10-12 teenagers in a vacant residence south of a home that burned on the 10000 block of Rolling Bay Walk. The suspects couldn’t be located by the time officers arrived and nothing was missing from the home.

Suspicious persons/situations: Officers responded to a suspicious homeless man knocking on doors at 8:20 a.m. in the 5000 block of Battle Point Drive. The reason for the man in the area lacked probability to officers and was suspicious due to a recent car prowl at the location.

Aug. 12
Vehicle collision: A 77-year-old man living on the 10000 block of Sunrise Drive said he fell asleep while driving at 4:54 p.m. and drove into a ravine on the 4000 block of Blakely Avenue. The man told officers that he woke as his car was leaving the roadway.

Motor vehicle theft: A 33-year-old Poulsbo man reported that his light blue Honda CRX had been stolen from the Diamond parking lot space #8 on the 200 block of Olympic Drive. The car was parked at 5 a.m. and was reported missing when the man returned at 5:30 p.m. Police checked with witnesses and they said didn’t see anything. Surveillance video also wasn’t available in the area. The man said he owned the vehicle with no payments. The car’s Washington license plate is AGC8936. The year of the car wasn’t listed on the incident report.

Identity theft: A 44-year-old woman who has lived on the island for eight years received a cable bill from a national company from Los Angeles. The woman said the account was opened with her full name, including her maiden name. A collection agency informed the woman she needed to file a police report and prove her island residency at the time the account was started. The amount of the bill wasn’t listed in the incident report.

Bainbridge Island Police Blotter, Aug. 13

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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 Aug. 3 to Aug. 9: 5 traffic accidents, 3 criminal trespass in the third degree, 3 miscellaneous, 3 identity thefts, 3 harassments, 3 residential burglaries, 2 thefts in the second degree, 2 audible alarms, 2 found property, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 thefts in the third degree, 2 malicious mischief in the third degree 1 violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act- methamphetamine, 1 domestic verbal, 1 telephone harassment, 1 mental investigation, 1 agency assist, 1 recovered stolen property, 1 bicycle theft, 1 driving under the influence, 1 theft in the second degree-embezzlement, 1 threats, 1 criminal mistreatment in the fourth degree, 1 violation of no contact order, 1 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 1 miscellaneous.

 

Aug. 10

Driving while intoxicated/liquor: A 26-year-old Seattle man was pulled over as he drove state Highway 305, near Winslow Way at 6 p.m. The Washington State Patrol had requested an assist with an intoxicated driver, who had performed poorly on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The man, who was arrested for DUI/liquor, refused to provide a breath sample. He was later booked into Kitsap County Jail.

 

Aug. 7

Theft in the second degree: A man living on the 1000 block of Weaver Road reported that a package was delivered to his residence’s door at 1:44 p.m., according to the company’s tracking system. But when the man arrived home at 8:15 p.m., the package was missing. The package came from a German vendor and contained an electronic bagpipe valued at $1,170.

 

Theft in the second degree/embezzlement: A 51-year-old woman was fired for embezzlement from a Gig Harbor business where she was employed. The woman was fired when the company figured out she had doubled her out-of-pocket expenses for reimbursement, totaling $971. When the woman was confronted with the allegation, she immediately paid back the money. The woman told police that she didn’t realize she had submitted the same receipt twice and that her life was very busy.

 

Aug. 6

Residential burglary: A man living on the 2000 block of Douglas Avenue learned he was a victim of burglary after he returned home from a seven-day camping trip. The man discovered rooms on the lower level of his home had been ransacked. The man told police that he sometimes leaves his house unlocked on occasion, but couldn’t say if this had occurred. A flat screen TV was flipped over and its screen smashed, backpacks were strewn, a rocking chair was flipped upside down and broken light fixtures were spread about the “man cave.” Through a police investigation, it was determined the burglar(s) were able to get through an unlocked side door since a deadbolt lock was still in place on the room’s main entrance.

 

Aug. 5

Found property: A driver’s license from an 18-year-old Seabeck woman was given to police by a man attending the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s National Night Out event at Sakai Intermediate School. The man had found the license, along with a bag of clothes, next to a storage unit located on the 500 block of Grow Avenue. When police came to collect the clothes later that night, they were missing. Police mailed back the driver’s license to the woman.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, Aug. 4

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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 July 27 to Aug. 2: 5 traffic accidents, 4 thefts in the third degree, 3 mailbox thefts, 3 thefts in the second degree, 2 hit and runs, 2 mental investigations, 2 identity thefts, 2 residential burglaries, 2 driving while license suspended/revoked, 2 found property, 2 suspicious persons/situations, 2 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 2 miscellaneous, 1 failure to transfer title of motor vehicle, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 agency assist, 1 warrant arrest outside agency, 1 theft in third degree/shoplifting, 1 violation of anti-harassment order, 1 verbal dispute and 1 indecent liberties.

Aug. 2
Found property: A 70-year-old woman found a wallet at 12:10 p.m. while she was placing a sandwich board sign for her employer on the shoulder of Day Road and state Route 305. Based on identification found in the wallet, the wallet’s owner is a man from Campbell River, British Columbia. The wallet, which had $70 in Canadian money, was entered into found property.

Suspicious incident/investigation: A woman and her daughter saw an unknown man wearing a backpack down their driveway on the 13000 block of Madison Avenue at 11:39 a.m. The man was seen feeding the neighbor’s dog in the middle of the road next to the neighbor’s house. The woman lives down a long gravel driveway with only two other houses. When the woman asked the man if she could help him, the man didn’t answer and started to walk away. Police were unable to locate the man, who was described to be in his 30s with black hair and a thin build. He was wearing cargo-type shorts.

Aug. 1
Theft in the third degree/shoplifting: Between 1:15-1:30 p.m., a male suspect is believed to have stolen four Zeal-brand sunglasses valued at $570. The theft occurred at a business on the 100 block of Winslow Way. The suspect is described as a black man that stood 6-foot-2 with a heavy build, wearing an orange T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. The woman at the store was helping another customer with a large purchase when the shoplifting occurred. The store doesn’t have video surveillance.

Arrest by outside agency: A 43-year-old woman turned herself in for a Bainbridge Island warrant at the King County Jail at 8:34 a.m. The warrant, which wasn’t identified in the incident report, was confirmed.

July 31
Traffic accident: A Poulsbo woman driving along state Route 305 near Lovegreen Road hit a deer at 2 p.m. after the animal jumped out of the woods. The deer caused significant damage to the front end of the woman’s vehicle, which needed to be towed away.

Theft in the third degree: An unsecured woman’s style bicycle with a torn seat cover was stolen from the ferry terminal’s parking lot/garage area. The bike was left at noon and when the owner returned that evening it was gone. The bike was valued at $100. A red bike helmet that was with the bike was also missing.

July 29
Found property: A woman found a Volvo car key in a fire pit at Pritchard Park on July 9. The woman had been on vacation and the first chance she had to drop off the key was July 29.

City Council noticing proliferation of sandwich boards

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun A pedestrian crosses Ericksen Avenue as he walks along Winslow Way next to a number of business sandwich boards.
Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun
A pedestrian crosses Ericksen Avenue as he walks along Winslow Way next to a number of business sandwich boards.

Even though last month the Bainbridge City Council pleased Winslow Way merchants with the process it and the city took in updating an ordinance for the retail use of sidewalks for cafes and displays, the City Council is still keeping a close eye on the seemingly growing use of sandwich boards by island businesses.

At the July 21 meeting, council member Steve Bonkowski wanted to add an item under council discussion about sandwich boards since a number of people had made comments about the influx of sandwich boards and trees advertising a hospital on public land. Bonkowski said he would refrain from talking about the use of the trees for another time and would focus the discussion on sandwich boards.

“At least to me, there are a lot more (sandwich boards) than I ever envisioned possible,” Bonkowski said. “It’s almost as if we’re deforesting the island to make sandwich boards.”

Bonkowski said it appeared there were two different varieties of sandwich boards: ones that advertise to consumers to “come on in” and others that direct the locations of businesses.

City Manager Doug Schulze said that on July 21 that the city’s Code Compliance officer found 39 signs from Madison Avenue, along Winslow Way, to State Route 305 with two violations. On July 18, the Code Compliance officer found 43 signs and only two violations for multiple signs that were off-site.

Schulze said he’s aware businesses use sandwich boards also on High School Road.

During the recent economic downturn, Schulze said cities often gave businesses more latitude on sandwich boards for advertising. Schulze also used a PowerPoint presentation to show the City Council some examples of how cities, including Seattle, use uniform directional signs to direct people to businesses.

“It doesn’t look like it’s a matter of people not complying with the current ordinance, it looks like it’s just what the current ordinance allows,” Schulze said. “What I would suggest is we look at the (sign) ordinance, but at the same time that we’re working with the businesses so that we can find some solutions that can work with the businesses as well. Rather than just looking at eliminating the signage.”

Bonkowski then asked Schulze whether something could be done this summer to impact the issue.

“I think it would be pretty difficult to get something constructed and installed that quickly,” Schulze said. “But, I think, certainly for next summer, it’s a reasonable timeframe.”

Council member Wayne Roth noted there are city directories in the Bainbridge ferry terminal and Columbia Bank that are updated, already in place and providing solutions to the situation. Roth said he’s used them many times with tourists who needed help finding food and clothing locations.

“There’s always been – old Winslow Way/new Winslow Way – some sandwich boards somewhere,” Roth said. “But it is now that everyone has one out and ‘Now I need one, too, (philosophy)’ and it has gotten to be … hard to find a business without one.”

Schulze said he planned to have a discussion with the business community about sandwich boards in the near future and revisit the issue with the City Council possibly as early as September.

Any change in the city’s sign ordinance would require public hearings.

Puget Sound Energy to start work on replacing lattice utility towers

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will begin work next week to replace the 45-year-old lattice utility towers (upper center). Work on the Bainbridge side, pictured, will start the week of Aug. 11.
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Puget Sound Energy will begin work next week to replace the 45-year-old lattice utility towers (upper center). Work on the Bainbridge side, pictured, will start the week of Aug. 11.

Starting as early as next week, Puget Sound Energy will begin work to replace the lattice utility towers on each side of the Agate Pass – the only two lines serving Bainbridge Island.

Construction will begin first as early as next week on the Squamish side and will start on the Bainbridge side the week of Aug. 11, Puget Sound Energy Project Manager Barry Lombard said.

Lombard said the two new brown weathered steel monopoles arrived Tuesday and the anchor bolts would arrive Wednesday.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October, if not sooner, Lombard said.

The estimated cost to remove the existing 45-year-old towers and replace them is $3.5 million to $4.5 million. The cost is approximately $500,000 less than previously estimated, Lombard said.

The new monopoles will stand 140-feet tall out of the ground – 10 feet taller than the current lattice towers. The monopoles will remain the current 115 kilovolts with each tower carrying three wires each.

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will replace the old lattice utility towers with 10 feet taller brown weathered steel monopoles.
Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will replace the old lattice utility towers with 10 feet taller brown weathered steel monopoles.

Longtime islander joins Bainbridge police force

Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island “Joining the BIPD is a great opportunity for me to give back and serve the community I was raised in," says Jon Bingham, Bainbridge Island's newest police officer.
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“Joining the BIPD is a great opportunity for me to give back and serve the community I was raised in,” says Jon Bingham, Bainbridge Island’s newest police officer.

Jon Bingham is in his second week of work after being hired by the city as Bainbridge Island Police Department’s newest officer.

Bingham is a longtime Bainbridge resident and previously served as a reserve officer with the BIPD for nearly six years.

Bingham comes to the Bainbridge Island Police Department after working the last three years with the Suquamish Police Department.

“Joining the BIPD is a great opportunity for me to give back and serve the community I was raised in,” Bingham said in a news release.

With Bingham’s hiring, Police Chief Matthew Hamner said three vacant officers positions remain to be filled. When BIPD is fully staffed, it has 19 officers and two administrators, which includes Hamner and a deputy chief.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 30

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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 July 20 to July 26: 7 traffic accidents, 5 found property, 4 miscellaneous, 3 thefts in the third degree, 2 assaults in the fourth degree, 2 burglaries in the second degree, 1 mailbox theft, 1 agency assist, 1 other crimes against property, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 bicycle theft, 1 residential burglary, 1 violation of no contact order, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 false alarm unknown cause, 1 suspicious persons/situations, 1 hit and run/unattended property damage, 1 indecent liberties, 1 verbal dispute, 1 runaway, 1 mental investigation, 1 driving under the influence/liquor, 1 malicious mischief in the second degree, 1 disorderly conduct.

July 28
Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 34-year-old Bremerton woman was stopped at 6:45 a.m. by an officer after he ran the license plate of the car the woman was driving. The woman had been charged with driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree for failure to appear in court for unpaid tickets. The woman said had been making payments to keep her license, but lost her job and stopped making payments.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 43-year-old Poulsbo man who had a warrant out for his arrest for drinking while intoxicated was stopped by a Bremerton Police Department officer at 9:02 p.m. at 17th Street and Warren Avenue. Bainbridge Police confirmed the man’s warrant, which carried a $5,000 bail, and faxed a copy to the Kitsap County Jail.

July 27
Identity theft: A woman living on the 9000 block of Tidal Court reported that she had been a victim of identity theft after receiving a copy of her credit report. She said she had accounts opened “left and right” that she didn’t open or authorize.

Mailbox theft: At 2:51 p.m. police were notified that mail theft had occurred at Miller and Day roads. The caller advised police that she had seen people in a white over tan 1966 Ford Mustang stealing mail from mailboxes. The car, which had a Missouri license plate, was last seen on State Route 305 southbound. When police ran the license plate the caller had provided, the license tab had expired in March. Officers were unable to locate the suspects after checking the area.

Failure to transfer title of motor vehicle: A 26-year-old man from Poulsbo was stopped as he drove his car at 8:45 a.m. on Sportsman Club Road at Wardwell Road. When the officer ran the car’s license plate, it indicated that the vehicle’s tab had expired in May and a report of sale of Feb. 28. The officer then noticed that the vehicle was displaying a “7” sticker for July on the license plate, making it appear that the car’s tab was current. The driver said he was aware he purchased the car in February and just hadn’t transferred the title, and that he had just gotten the car running. When asked about the incorrect month tab, the man said he must have put the tab from his other car on the wrong vehicle. The man also had an expired insurance card and no vehicle registration. Department of Licensing also advised the officer that the man had a driving while license suspended in the third degree arrest as of July 25 for failure to appear in court for unpaid tickets. The officer cited the man for failing to transfer the title of the car he was driving, driving while license suspended in the third degree and for no proof of insurance. The passenger in the car told the officer her license was in good standing and that she would drive the car from its stopped location.

July 26
Miscellaneous: An intoxicated 47-year-old man was found in the common bathroom of an apartment complex at 10:20 p.m. on the 200 block of High School Road. The man was a guest of a tenant in the past, but was told he was no longer wanted on the premise. An officer told the man if he returned to the location he would be arrested for criminal trespassing. The man said he understood the directive and wouldn’t return.

Burglary in the second degree: A possible burglary was reported by a restaurant on Madison Avenue at 4 p.m. However, restaurant employees and officers couldn’t find anything missing. An employee said the front door was unlocked when he arrived at noon, but didn’t think anything of it because he incorrectly assumed the co-owner had unlocked the door.

Traffic accident: A male French tourist was riding a rental bike from the ferry terminal bike rental shop with three other friends, who were also French tourists, south on Madison Avenue near Parfitt Way at 2:44 p.m. The man was riding too fast and used the bike’s front brake to abruptly stop. This caused the man to be launched off the bike and onto the pavement. Bainbridge Fire medics determined the man sustained torn shoulder ligaments and a collarbone injury before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

Disorderly conduct, criminal trespass in the second degree: A 47-year-old intoxicated married woman starting banging on a door of a home on the 200 block of Ferncliff Avenue at 11:30 p.m. She also started honking her vehicle’s car horn to get the attention of her 39-year-old boyfriend, who lives with his deaf mother. The boyfriend told the woman to leave, but she refused. An officer suggested to the man that he may want to consider getting a restraining order against the woman. Because the woman was drunk, officers offered the woman a ride home and she obliged.

Malicious mischief in the second degree, disorderly conduct: A 33-year-old intoxicated man was charged with malicious mischief and disorderly conduct after he caused $2,500 damage to a parked car in the ferry terminal parking lot at 1:37 a.m. When police arrived, one of the man’s arms was bleeding and the man was uncooperative. The man apparently arrived at the terminal with friends and started swinging around a golf club, which attracted the attention of ferry personnel who told him to stop. Although the rest of the friends boarded the ferry to Seattle the man swinging the golf club couldn’t be found by his friends on the ferry. It was later discovered that the man had broken out the back hatch window of a parked car that was 25 feet from where police officers found him. There were also blood marks on the asphalt next to the vehicle. The man was booked into Kitsap County Jail after he was taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries.

July 25
Driving while intoxicated/alcohol: A 40-year-old man was stopped as he drove southbound on Miller Road at 11:12 p.m. for driving 45 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. When the officer approached the man, he smelled alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The man provided a .139 and .140 Breathalyzer test and was transported to the Kitsap County Jail without incident with a $5,000 bail. At age 21, someone who registers at least a .08 percent on a Breathalyzer test can be charged for DUI in Washington state.

July 23
Suspicious incident/investigation: At 12:27 p.m., an unknown man drove into the yard of a home on the 10000 block of Mariner Lane. The man told the woman, who was in her yard at the time, that he was looking for a construction site but didn’t have an address. The man soon left quickly. The woman believed the man was casing her place because she lives down a long, secluded driveway. The man was in his 20s or 30s, white, clean cut with reddish blonde hair. He drove a silver 150 or 250 pickup truck. The woman didn’t get the license plate number on the truck the man was driving.