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UPDATED: Bainbridge police blotter, May 28

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


***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 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.

O’Neill named interim Bainbridge High principal

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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.

UPDATE: Bainbridge High principal to take reins of California school

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Contributed photo “This has been one of the most challenging and difficult decisions that I've had to make in my professional career,” says Jake Haley, who could officially become Costa Mesa High School's new principal on Tuesday.

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“This has been one of the most challenging and difficult decisions that I’ve had to make in my professional career,” says Jake Haley, who could officially become Costa Mesa High School’s new principal on Tuesday.

***Story updated 11 p.m. May 13 to reflect Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Board of Education voting 7-0 on Tuesday night for Jake Haley to be Costa Mesa High School’s new principal.


Being closer to family who live in California will likely take Bainbridge High School Principal Jake Haley back to the Golden State, where he worked from 2005 to 2010.

Haley was named officially the new principal of Costa Mesa High School after the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Board of Education voted 7-0 for his hiring at Tuesday’s meeting. Haley will start July 1.

Haley would replace Phil D’Agostino, who left in March to become the district’s director of student services, the Daily Pilot website reported.

“His background is in educational leadership, mathematics, special education and athletics,” the Newport-Mesa Unified School District news release stated of Haley. “He expresses a passion and commitment to instructional leadership, a desire to meet the individual needs of students and staff, and, exhibits the ability to build relationships balanced with a sense of humor.”

Costa Mesa High School ranked 131st in California and 650th nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s best high school rankings in its recently released 8th annual list of more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Costa Mesa, a seventh through 12th grade school, has a total enrollment of 1,693 students.

Haley’s roots run deep on Bainbridge Island. He entered Wilkes Elementary as a kindergartener and attended BISD schools until he graduated from high school in 1993. He was Bainbridge High’s student body vice president his junior year and student body president the following year.

After earning an undergraduate degree from Whitworth University, Haley was hired as a BHS math teacher in 1997, a position he kept through the 2005 school year. During those years, he also served as the Spartans’ assistant football and assistant boys basketball coach.

“This has been one of the most challenging and difficult decisions that I’ve had to make in my professional career,” said Haley, who will continue to work as the BHS principal through the end of the school year. “For 28 years, Bainbridge has been my home as I’ve evolved as a student, teacher, coach and principal. I will deeply miss the students and staff of Bainbridge High School who have enriched my life in countless ways.”

Haley left Bainbridge in 2005 to become the head football coach for El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. He guided the Chargers to a pair of 5-6 records his first two seasons, a 6-6 mark in 2007 and a 2-8 campaign in 2008, according to

He then was hired as an associate principal for Laguna Hills High School in Orange County, where he worked during the 2009-10 school year. Haley returned to Bainbridge in 2010 when he was hired as Bainbridge High’s associate principal. Last July, he was named the school’s new principal.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Bainbridge the sixth best high school in Washington and 276th best nationally. Last year, BHS was ranked seventh in the state and 274th nationally.

“Jake is an outstanding educator who has made significant contributions to our district as a student leader, teacher and administrator,” Bainbridge Superintendent Faith Chapel said. “He will be greatly missed by everyone who has worked with him.”

Chapel said the Bainbridge Island School District will start making decisions on replacing Haley in the next few days and will announce those plans through the district’s Listserv email service.

Magazine ranks BHS 6th in state, 276th nationally

Monday, May 5th, 2014

U.S. News & World Report ranked Bainbridge High School the sixth best high school in the state and 276th best nationally in its recently released eighth annual rankings of more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Last year, BHS was ranked seventh in the state and 274th nationally in the magazine’s “Best High Schools Rankings.”

Only 133 Washington state schools made the magazine’s 2014 list. Eligibility for the list required school’s garnering a national gold or silver medal; Bainbridge won a gold medal.

Kirkland’s International Community School was ranked the top school in the state, followed by Bellevue’s Community School, Bellevue High, Newport (Bellevue) High and Interlake (Bellevue) High.

Des Moines’ Aviation High, Seattle’s Roosevelt High, Seattle’s Garfield High and Winthrop’s Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High rounded out the state’s top 10.

Dallas’ School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, earned the top honors nationally, followed by BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Kirkland’s International Community School was ranked the highest nationally in the state at No. 13.

According to information the magazine posted online, Bainbridge High has a 67 percent participation rate in Advanced Placement course work. Out of its total enrollment of 1,309, 50 percent of the student body is made up of males, and it has a total minority enrollment of 11 percent.

Bainbridge rowers earn medals at Canadian regatta

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Contributed photo / Anna Bernhard Carson Bainbridge varsity boys 8 receives final instructions from Assistant Coach Zoe Lewis (right) before their race at Brentwood Regatta. From left to right, Coxswain Keith Carlson, Keegan Dymoke, Alex Derry, Walker Hauptman, Trevor Wikstrom, Bryson Allen, Gabe Schulz, Cole Sander and Connor Teddy.

Contributed photo / Anna Bernhard Carson
Bainbridge varsity boys 8 receives final instructions from Assistant Coach Zoe Lewis before their race at Brentwood Regatta. From left to right: Cox Keith Carlson, Keegan Dymoke, Alex Derry, Walker Hauptman, Trevor Wikstrom, Bryson Allen, Gabe Schulz, Cole Sander and Connor Teddy.

Bainbridge Island Junior Rowers turned in a strong effort last weekend as they won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 44th annual Brentwood Regatta in scenic Mill Bay on Vancouver Island.

The competition attracted approximately 1,600 rowers and coaches to the 1,500-meter course, including more than 90 Bainbridge High School rowers.

The varsity boys heavyweight 4 was the third fastest U.S. crew at the regatta, placing them with a chance to qualify for the U.S. national championships at the Northwest Regional Regatta May 15-18 at Vancouver Lake in Vancouver. Trevor Wikstrom, Alex Derry, Walker Hauptman, Keegan Dymoke and coxswain Keith Carlson comprised the four-person crew.

The varsity boys 8 also qualified for this weekend’s Opening Day Regatta in Seattle for the third consecutive year. Connor Teddy, Cole Sander, Gabe Schulz, Bryson Allen, Trevor Wikstrom, Walker Hauptman, Alex Derry, Keegan Dymoke, and cox Keith Carlson comprised the varsity boys 8.

The varsity boys lightweight 4 were third in a close finish. Lars Erickson, Schuyler Westerhout, Talbot Miller, Thomas Musselwhite and coxswain Nathan Johnson competed on the lightweight 4.

Four of the varsity girls boats earned silver medals – the high school 8, the varsity lightweight 8, the varsity B 4 and the varsity B lightweight 4. They also placed in five out of eight events and had two fourth-place finishes.

The high school 8 also qualified to compete in the Opening Day Regatta. Elisabeth Chun, Abby Leigh, Liz Fawley, Faith Eckford-Prossor, Rosie Brown, Hannah Schneiderman, Kylie Van Aken, Justeen Komok, and cox Natassja Haught comprised the high school 8.

“It’s important to have this kind of success and near-success,” varsity girls coach Chris Lane said of the close margins between the top crews. “Now we know how close we are to our goals and what it will take to reach them. The open weight field this year for the girls is incredibly competitive. We have our work cut out for us for regionals.”

The novice boys’ performance at Brentwood was the best for Bainbridge Island Rowing. The boys medaled in three of their four events, with two of the boats posting the highest U.S. finishes.

The novice boys A 8-plus placed second despite being a mostly freshmen squad competing against older crews in the under 18 race. Aidan Stearns, Dan Queen, Jack Carson, Konner Vander Leest, Matthew Derry, Scott Musselwhite, Will de Rubertis, Colin O’Keefe and cox Sam Bryant made up the team.

The novice girls 4-plus won first, beating 11 U.S. and Canadian teams in the final. Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Kayla Buchmeier, Erin McGee, Carly Lant and cox Sophie Bodlovich comprised the boat. Sophie finished the race with almost no voice left as she continued to yell commands throughout the race despite the boat’s cox box – used to amplify the coxswain’s voice so rowers can hear their commands – breaking as they launched.

Contributed photo / Anna Bernhard Carson Bainbridge lightweight girls 8 crosses the finish line and takes silver, beating out a Sammamish crew at the Brentwood Regatta held in Canada last weekend. The boat included Tica Drury, Anneke Karreman, Jessie Sheldon, Emma Pazoff, Samantha Dore, Julia Denlinger, Jemma Blazina, Kate Hathaway and coxswain Sydney Gibbs.

Contributed photo / Anna Bernhard Carson
Bainbridge lightweight girls 8 crosses the finish line and takes silver, beating out a Sammamish crew at the Brentwood Regatta held in Canada last weekend. The boat included Tica Drury, Anneke Karreman, Jessie Sheldon, Emma Pazoff, Samantha Dore, Julia Denlinger, Jemma Blazina, Kate Hathaway and coxswain Sydney Gibbs.

Bainbridge High School to host civil rights speakers

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

A lifelong friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be among a group of speakers visiting Bainbridge High School this week, as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaches.


Rev. McKinney

Rev. Samuel Berry McKinney and four other guest speakers will reflect on the legacy of King and the civil rights movement at the high school Wednesday. A public presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the LGI building as part of the “Carrying on the Dream” program.

McKinney attended Morehouse College with King in the 1940s and they remained close. McKinney supported civil rights protests in Seattle in the 1960s as a pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church. He organized King’s visit to the city in 1961 and later joined King for marches in Selma and Montgomery, Ala.

Appearing with McKinney on Bainbridge will be Patricia Moncure Thomas, president of the Black Historical Society of Kitsap County; state Rep. Drew Hansen, author of “The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation;” Dr. Rosie Rimando Chareunsap, a 1995 BHS graduate and vice president at South Seattle Community College; and Ali Saunders, a BHS senior and president of the school’s United Brothers & Sisters Club.

McKinney and Hansen will visit with Bainbridge classes during the day. The evening presentation is free and donations are accepted.

The public program was organized by the Sing Out Kitsap committee in cooperation with the school district; the Bainbridge Island Schools Foundation; UBS club; the district’s Multicultural Advisory Committeeand the Filipino American Community

Teacher to give presentation on epic rowing journey to Hawaii

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Former Bainbridge High School teacher Rory Wilson will share reflections and photos from his rowing odyssey to Hawaii next week.

The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Bainbridge High School commons. The event is free, and donations will be accepted for the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.

Wilson made the 44-day journey from San Diego to Honolulu earlier this fall in a slender homemade craft powered by oars and kites. He called the vessel “KROS,” short for kites, rowing ocean, solar. Wilson’s math students at Bainbridge High helped him prepare for the journey.

You can get a taste of Wilson’s adventure in the video below, which shows KROS dancing through waves under kite power.  Wilson has posted many more amazing images on the KROS page on Facebook.

Photo and video courtesy Rory Wilson, via Facebook

Teacher’s experimental craft inching across Pacific

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

It’s been three weeks since former Bainbridge High School teacher Rory Wilson shoved off for Hawaii in an experimental watercraft called KROS.

The 21-foot boat, powered by oars and kites, is creeping steadily toward its goal, according to updates posted by Wilson’s brother Shane on the KROS Facebook page. Wilson launched from San Diego on Sept. 18 and spent the first few days of his solo voyage paddling southwest off Baja California. He is now traveling roughly due west for Hawaii.

Wilson relays his position to Shane using a SPOT GPS tracker (the latest track is shown above). The brothers also talk regularly by satellite phone. According to Shane’s latest post, Wilson has rowed up to 12 hours a day when the wind is too light to use KROS’ kites.

“He sounds like he’s having a great time, all in all…” Shane wrote.

Wilson taught math at Bainbridge High and used the plans for his experimental voyage to engage his students. Before departing last month, Wilson compared the KROS to a moving math problem.

“It’s just like a really cool, multivariable equation of all the factors that go into it,” he told the Sun’s Angela Dice.

Courtesy photos

Riding with the Bainbridge mountain bike team

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Bainbridge High mountain bike team pedals through the Grand Forest on Mar. 21. Photo: Larry Steagall.

A few weeks ago, when I looked into doing a story on Bainbridge High School’s newly-formed mountain bike team, its coach, Gordon Black, was quick to suggest I come to a Wednesday practice and bring my bike along.

I immediately cast that idea to the side. I’d have a City Council meeting at around the same time, and I couldn’t show up muddy and sweaty to a place as decorous and dignified as Bainbridge City Hall. But then a fight broke out during a recent council meeting, and I figured ‘what the heck. If the politicians can practice hand-to-hand combat, why can’t the reporters show up covered in mud?’

I mountain bike fairly regularly, but not at this team’s pace. I’m also not accustomed to the rollicking, narrow pathways they take in Grand Forest Park. There were plenty of sharp turns, steep slopes, crisscrossing tree roots and muddy patches that can instantly rob a bike of all its hard-fought momentum.

I showed up to the practice with a mountain bike a guy at an island bike shop once playfully ridiculed as a “Mad Max” bike. It’s made from mostly scavenged, bartered and donated bits and pieces. Its best part – the front shocks – were yanked from some ivy behind a church in Bremerton. Nothing really syncs up well thanks to the mismatched components and my own happy-go-lucky approach to bike assembly.

Black yelled for me to shift to an easier gear on our first hill. “You’ve got to shift, Tristan! You’re going to kill yourself!” Little did he know that steep-slope shifting on the Mad Max leads only to chain derailment.


Mortenson and his ‘Three Cups of Tea’ under scrutiny

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Bainbridge was abuzz about “Three Cups of Tea” in 2007.

The bestselling book about Greg Mortenson’s transformation from mountain climber to school builder in the isolated regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan was required reading at Bainbridge High that fall.

When Mortenson stopped by the island for a visit, hundreds flocked to his readings at the high school and Eagle Harbor Books. Attendees called Mortenson’s story uplifting and inspirational.

I wrote a story about Mortenson’s Bainbridge visit. You can read it here.

This week, the CBS show 60 Minutes and author Jon Krakauer (“Into Thin Air”) cast doubts on key parts of Mortenson’s story.

“It’s a beautiful story, and it’s a lie,” Krakauer said on 60 minutes.

60 Minutes also called into question the way funds are allocated by Mortenson’s charity, the Central Asia Institute, indicating that large sums have been used to promote Mortenson rather than build schools.

You can see the 60 Minutes piece below the jump.

Krakauer’s lengthy article is here.

Mortenson denies wrong-doing, although he does admit the truth was stretched a bit in the book. He gave his side of things to Outside magazine. You can read the interview here.


VIDEO: The ‘Fonz’ stops by Bainbridge

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Henry “The Fonz” Winkler made a stop at Bainbridge High School on Sunday as part of a promotional tour for a children’s book he co-authored.

Winkler is best known for playing Arthur Fonzarelli on the 1970s TV show “Happy Days.” In recent years, Winkler has worked on a series of books centered around a dyslexic boy named Hank Zipzer. Many of Winkler’s own experiences with the learning disability were fodder for the series.

For more, read Chris Henry’s story HERE.

Bainbridge student diagnosed with swine flu

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

A member of the Bainbridge High School marching band has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of swine flu.

Letters went home to band parents about the case. The students have been meeting to practice for the upcoming marching band season.

Bainbridge schools spokeswoman Pam Keyes said no other cases have been detected. The student was well and back practicing with the band by Friday. Keyes did not know when the student had been diagnosed.

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