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Bainbridge police blotter, April 16

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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

April 8

Identity theft: A 41-year-old woman living on the 10000 block of Agate Point Road recently went to her bank to apply for a homeowner’s loan. After using a credit report, the woman discovered there were multiple fraudulent accounts that were opened in her name without her knowledge or authorization over the past several years.

April 4

Traffic collision: A man driving in the parking lot of Ace Hardware Store on the 600 block of High School Road pulled up to the front of the store. The driver then accelerated the vehicle into a support post for the roof overhang of the business. The collision damaged the support post to the point that it will need to be replaced. The vehicle sustained disabling front end damage and had to be towed from the scene. The driver said he was pulling up to the front of the store and instead of pressing the brake pedal, he accidentally pressed the gas pedal. The driver sustained no injuries from the collision.

***Editor’s note: Due to a processing change in the way incident reports are released to media outlets, these were the only reports available for this week’s blotter.


Bainbride police blotter, April 9

Sunday, April 13th, 2014


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.

April 8

Suspicious persons/situations: A woman living on the 10000 block of Puget Bluff reported a pizza delivery man from a restaurant on Winslow Way was peering into her windows instead of ringing her doorbell. The man said he thought the home was a library and was closed. When the woman told her neighbor about the incident, the woman neighbor said she saw a gray vehicle driving slowly down the lane within the past few days.

Telephone harassment: A 46-year-old woman living on the 10000 block of Kirk Avenue reported that a man had called her six times trying to get personal information as he pretended to be an enforcement agency for the Internal Revenue Service. The man was claiming she owed back taxes. The man had a East-Indian accent. After hanging up, the woman Googled the number and found multiple people had blogged warnings about the scam.

Theft: A woman living on the 11000 block of Country Club Road reported that her orange kayak, valued at $500, was taken from her beach property. She last used the kayak two weeks earlier. She said her property frequently attracts people to park there for views of Seattle.

Identity theft: A woman reported receiving a letter from the Internal Revenue Service asking her to verify her identity. After she did, an IRS official told her that someone else had tried to use her social security number to file a tax return.

April 7

Identity theft: A man living on the 10000 block of Arrow Point Drive reported that unauthorized charges appeared on his bank card’s account.

April 6

Suspicious persons/situations: A man and his wife, who live on the 5000 block of Wekfare Avenue, reported seeing a man in the bushes of their property. When they called out to the man, he ran to a waiting brownish gold Infinity SUV. The homeowners believed the man was casing the property since the property also stores equipment for his father’s construction company. Soon after, the suspect returned in the vehicle with two woman and the homeowner recognized the occupants as people he went to school with. The three people told the homeowners that they wanted to set up a secret cafe on the first floor of the abandoned building on the property next to the property owner’s home. They planned to sell marijuana brownies from the cafe. The three people also told the homeowners that they were aware of the movement of the neighbors in the area.

April 4

Found property: An abandoned bike was retrieved from a residence at the 4300 block of Eagle Harbor Drive. There were no matches for the bicycle’s description on the list of stolen bikes.

Joint police effort snares speeders

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Bainbridge cop

It would’ve been hard not to notice the incredible police presence on the island from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 18.

Bainbridge was the site for Kitsap County’s third “Target Zero” Task Force that utilized four Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office officers, three Bainbridge Island Police Department officers and three Washington State Patrol officers.

The result: 83 tickets and 18 warnings issued. Some drivers could’ve been cited for multiple infractions, said Marsha Masters of Kitsap County’s “Target Zero” Task Force.

Of the 90 contacts with drivers, officers issued 83 tickets.

Police officers issued 62 speeding tickets, seven tickets for no insurance, six tickets for seat belt infractions and three equipment violations. They also wrote two tickets each for cellphone usage and “other moving violations,” as well as a ticket for a non-moving violation.

Another driver was found to being compliant with an ignition interlock court order.

“We did a lot school zones, which was one of the biggest focus (areas),” Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner said.

Masters said none of the extra patrols resulted in overtime. She also noted that the non-Bainbridge officers were simply shifted from other areas in the county to focus on the island.

Although Masters said the county plans to regularly do “Emphasis Patrol” activities, the first two efforts were conducted last year – Bremerton (March) and Poulsbo (June). She said that Port Orchard would be the site of another “Target Zero” effort in the next couple of months.

“Just play by the rules and you don’t you get penalized,” Masters said.

– This story was updated at 5:25 p.m. March 28 to raise the total of speeding tickets issued to 62 and include other types of tickets issued.

Police believe brazen serial ‘smash-and-grab’ burglar prowling island

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A serial burglar unfazed by daylight hours or locked doors and who typically uses “smash-and-grab” techniques is believed to be roaming quiet neighborhoods across the island, Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner said Wednesday.

Guns, prescription drugs, jewelry and generally small, easily concealable items seem to be targeted by the burglar.

Remote areas far from the Winslow downtown area have been burglarized, particularly places near a cemetery and removed from nearby parking. These locations would offer the burglar with a place to stage a getaway vehicle.

Police believe the burglar could be casing areas in a vehicle and then returning on foot.

When residents spot suspicious people and vehicles in their neighborhood, they are encouraged to call 911. Unfamiliar people coming into their driveways or yards also warrant calls.

“Please don’t be hesitant to call 911 to report suspicious activity,” Hamner said. “My officers are here and ready to respond 24 hours a day. We would rather have a call turn out to be nothing than to have another one of our residents victimized.

“We need the community to be our extra sets of eyes and ears in order to catch this burglar,” Hamner added.

Bainbridge police blotter, March 26

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


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.

March 24

Malicious mischief: A resident living on the 200 block of Madison Avenue reported finding six street signs damaged near Finch Road and Wyatt Way. When a police officer arrived, he found a stop sign that had its wooden post broken off at the base lying in a ditch. The officer propped the sign back up and notified the city’s Public Works department to respond immediately and replace the sign. The officer also found a “stop ahead” warning and a speed limit signs pulled out. He also found two sharp curve warning signs shoved sideways and a speed limit sign pulled out on Sportsman Club Road. No suspects were found in the area.

Driving with license suspended: A 21-year-old Centralia man, who was driving with three passengers, was stopped by police after they received a complaint about a suspicious vehicle driving down a long driveway in the Manzanita Road area. The vehicle was spotted at a grocery store on High School Road later by an officer. The driver had a driving while license suspended in the third degree violation and didn’t have proof of insurance. The driver and his similarly aged passengers – who were also from Centralia – said they were going down driveways “looking for the water.” The officer advised the group to stop trespassing down driveways. One of the passengers had a license issued from Kuwait and was allowed to drive the vehicle as all parties were released from the scene.

March 23

Warrant – misdemeanor: A 47-year-old woman was transported to the Kitsap County Jail for a $10,000 driving while intoxicated warrant. The woman, who was well-known to police, was spotted by an officer as she rode as a passenger in a car on the High School Road roundabout with her boyfriend. The boyfriend caught the eye of the officer because he was seen talking on a cellphone as he was driving, a violation of a state law.

March 22

Identity theft: A 67-year-old woman reported that someone had charged more than $700 on her debit card to a body building website that day. She had $500 in her account, so her account was now overdrawn by $200. Because the transactions were listed as pending, the woman was able to report the theft and cancel her card.

Criminal trespass: A woman called police after three young boys were seen fleeing on bicycles from a barn located on the 700 block of Tiffany Meadows. When police arrived, the barn’s front doors were open and an officer found a strong odor of marijuana in each room of the barn. Two park benches that are stored in the barn during the winter were surrounded by trash from candy wrappers, Girl Scout cookies, water bottles, bags of potato chips and energy drink cans. The boys were startled at about 2 p.m. by a woman neighbor, who was walking her large dog. The dog began barking and ran toward the barn. This caused the boys to dash out of the barn and jump on their BMX-style bicycles and head toward the ferry. The boys were described to be between 12 to 15 years old. The barn sustained no damage and nothing inside appeared to be taken. The husband of the woman who had called police later in the day purchased some locks for the barn and “No Trespassing” signs.

Driving under the influence: An 18-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence-liquor after he was spotted slumped over his car’s steering wheel in front of a house on the 4000 block of Tolo Road. After regaining consciousness, the driver then drove to his residence, which was a few houses up the road. When police arrived at the driver’s home, the man’s mother answered the door. After talking to her son in another room, the teen came to the door and told officers that he had insomnia, which caused him to find it easier to sleep in a car. He also thought he fell asleep in his driveway, but when he awoke and found that he hadn’t he drove his car to his house. As the teen talked to police, an officer smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath. The driver denied consuming alcohol and refused multiple times to take Portable Breath Tests to determine whether he had alcohol in his system or not. Because of the man’s refusal and other objective symptoms of alcohol consumption – dry mouth, bloodshot eyes and the strong alcohol odor coming off of his breath – the teen was placed under arrest for DWI. The mother later started interfering in the investigation and told her son not to say anything as she was calling his attorney.

March 21

Identity theft: A 39-year-old woman reported to police that the Internal Revenue Service informed her that she may have been a victim of identity theft. An unknown person submitted a tax return using her Social Security number.

Bainbridge police blotter, March 18

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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.

March 17

Suspicious persons-situations: A 29-year-old woman employee of a cafe located on the 10000 block of Valley Road reported as she arrived at work at 6:15 a.m. she saw a man standing in front of the door of the business that faces Valley Road. The man, described as having a medium to heavy build, wearing a jacket and baseball hat, had his hands cupped beside his face to look into the window of the business. The business was closed at the time and its lights were out. The man then left in a white small S-10 Chevrolet Blazer that was dirty and about 15 years old. The employee’s boss requested that she report the incident to police due to recent break-ins in the area.

Identity theft: A man living on the 10000 block of Roberts Road was notified by the Internal Revenue Service that he was a victim of tax fraud.

Identity theft: A woman who works as a substitute teacher at St. Cecilla’s Catholic School on the 1300 block of Madison Avenue reported that her social security number was compromised. She said she found out from the Internal Revenue Service after the Seattle Archdiocese’s reporting of tax fraud victims. The school is under the umbrella of the Seattle Archdiocese.

March 16

Robbery and assault: A 20-year-old man who lives on the 5000 block of McDonald Avenue was caught stealing from a grocery store on the 200 block of High School Road. The man was recognized for previously assaulting an employee in another shoplifting incident in August 2013. Prior to police arriving, the suspect had become combative with store employees and was actively fighting with them as he tried to escape. When a store employee first saw the suspect, the man was looking suspicious and had a bottle of whiskey fall from his pants leg. As an employee told the suspect to not run, the suspect was grabbed by the employee and the suspect bit the employee’s left triceps area for nearly 10 seconds in the struggle. The employee declined medical help for his injuries. Champagne bottles were also recovered from the suspect and returned to the store. The suspect was transported to Kitsap County Jail without incident for robbery in the second degree with a $25,000 bail and assault in the fourth degree with a $5,000 bail. The suspect told police he is a transient that sometimes stays with his mother on the island.

Burglary: A 47-year-old Edmonds man was arrested for burglary, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was seen entering a garage that had two boats on the 200 block of Madison Avenue and was still inside when police arrived. Three police entered the garage with guns drawn and soon surmised the suspect was hiding in one of the boats that had a portion of its canvas covering unsnapped. When the suspect was non-compliant and officers saw him place his right hand downward and out of view, police felt an immediate threat and a Taser was deployed on the suspect. During the pat down of the suspect, police found a rubber tie-off used to assist in injecting narcotics intravenously. In the suspect’s belongings, police found more drug paraphernalia and a business card for a Tukwila pawn shop where the man sold a Dell laptop computer for $200 in January. Through a police computer search, the suspect had pawned at least five items since May 2013, including a snowboard and four Dell laptop computers.

Mail theft: A postman said he delivered mail to a home business located on the 9400 block of Holly Farm Lane, but the mail was missing by the time the woman homeowner arrived. Police report that there has been considerable thefts from the location.

March 15

Mailbox theft: A woman living on the 8400 block of Hansen Road reported possible mail theft as she provided police with an empty “Priority Mail” envelope that had been ripped open but not along the seams. The mail is generally delivered at 3 p.m. Saturdays and the woman opened her mailbox at 10 p.m. The only piece of mail known to be missing was a rebate check from Costco for $825. The woman had canceled the check.

Harassing phone call: A 33-year-old woman reported receiving phone calls and text messages from a man who was threatening her. She told the man to leave her alone and he continued to text and threaten her. The suspect has a record of physically abusing women and served time for drugs.

Vehicle prowling: A 21-year-old Sequim man reported that someone forced entry into his vehicle while it was parked on the 400 block of Olympic Drive. The suspect used an unknown tool to break the ignition in an attempt to steal the man’s car, but because the vehicle was equipped with a “kill switch” the suspect was unsuccessful. The man secured his car at noon in a parking lot, but when he arrived at 8:15 p.m. he saw the dome light on and found the door unlocked. The man found damage to the rear panel of the vehicle and above the ignition, where he estimated it would cost $500 to repair. An officer searched the vehicle for latent prints but was met with a negative result. Electronics and loose change were not taken from the car. Officers later discovered that a similar vehicle was stolen from the same parking lot during the same time frame.

Vehicle theft: A 40-year-old Sequim man reported at 8:35 p.m. that his green 2000 Honda Civic had been stolen from a parking lot on the 400 block of Olympic Drive. The man told police that keys were not with the vehicle and car payments weren’t delinquent.

Identity theft: A woman living on the 700 block of Moji Lane reported that she was denied being able to open a new checking account after she realized someone had used her name, social security number and driver’s license number to open credit card accounts without her consent or knowledge. A credit report showed several accounts and collections that she knew nothing about.

March 14

Theft: A 32-year-old man who parked his car at the Day Road Park N Ride at 5 a.m. returned to his car at 8:30 p.m. and found that someone had broken into his vehicle. The suspect stole a camera used for his ignition interlock device. When the man returned to his vehicle he noticed that his car’s door opened without his key. The only thing missing from the car was the interlock camera. The man, who used the parking lot to catch a ferry with his boss, doesn’t plan to use the parking lot again.

March 13

Hit and run-unattended property damage: A 72-year-old man noticed his vehicle had a 2-inch-by-2-inch hole in the license plate on his front bumper. The hole may have come from another vehicle’s hitch. The man said he had parked his car at a Winslow grocery store and later went to the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

Citizens’ Police Academy participants learn about police administration, fire department, counseling

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

This is the third entry in a weekly column about reporter Ethan Fowler’s participation in the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy.

Senior Police Clerk Barbara Seitz said her four plus years working at the Bainbridge Island P.D. has proven the “most interesting, engaging and fun” job she has ever held.

Seitz was one of three people who spoke at last Tuesday’s third class in the Citizens’ Police Academy. She was followed by Bainbridge Fire Marshall Luke Carpenter and psychologist Dr. Ted Rosenbaum closed the night by talking about the programs in place to help officers and firefighters cope with some of the grim sights they see as part of their work.

Seitz told the group she daily helps an average of 20 people who visit the police station. Concealed weapon permits, copies of incident reports, finger printing and dog licenses are some of things she handles.

Paper record retention ranges from five years for driving while license suspended arrests, 10 years for driving while intoxicated, 50 years for traffic fatalities and 75 years for missing person cases. Files that are saved electronically are never deleted, which helps officers in the field when they view a person’s record.

Sexual offenses or allegations, mental health and cases still under investigation are some of the incident reports that aren’t released to media outlets when people like me compile the weekly police blotter.

Carpenter said Bainbridge firefighters are all trained as emergency medical technicians and that each firefighter is required to take training classes for the rest of his career each Tuesday.

Station 21 on Madison Avenue always has a minimum staff of at least four firefighters, Station 22 on Bucklin Hill Road has two people on staff always and Station 23 on Phelps Road isn’t staffed. However, Station 23 is where Carpenter works from and it’s also where they assign firefighters when they have extra staff from the other two stations.

The Bainbridge Fire Department receives about 2,500 calls for service annually. These range from building fires to cat-in-the-tree calls. Carpenter said the department does hire some of its full-time staff from its volunteer resident program, which are provided with living accommodations and guaranteed shift assignments.

He said a volunteer from Olympia is able to pull off the long commute because firefighters work 48-hour shifts but then are off the next four days.

“It doesn’t happen often when we can sleep at night,” Carpenter said of a work shift.

The fire department treats about 12-16 heart attack victims a year.

Within 90 seconds of being alerted by dispatch about an emergency, firefighters try to have tires on the road. The average response time for the Bainbridge Fire Department is 6 1/2 minutes and “we like to be lower than that,” Carpenter added.

He suggested for homeowners to come by one of the island’s fire stations to get a blue and white reflective sign to help increase address visibility. The police department also provides the signs, Officer Carla Silas said.

With not a lot of time left in the scheduled two-hour class, Rosenbaum quickly went through a PowerPoint presentation on how they screen police applicants. They seek future officers who are dominant and not domineering.

“You want someone who can take control without being badge heavy,” Rosenbaum said. “People not too rigid of right and wrong.”

Applicants typically require 3-4 hours of writing for one of his tests. People who try to list themselves “too positively” tends to make his “radar” go up, Rosenbaum said.

Combating stress or strain is a key factor for both the well-being of police and fire staff, both of which Rosenbaum works for on the island. Responders who have long-term effects from stress often have declining work performance, deteriorating family relationships, increased health problems and other issues.

To help defuse a stressful or unsettling emergency call, Rosenbaum said within 24 hours of the incident he will discuss concerns that an officer or firefighter may have. The formal process of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing helps to reduce the amount of time a responder needs to recover. However, with a catastrophe like Sept. 11, 2001, such steps likely won’t be adequate enough.

“There’s not as much stigma as there used to be with these meetings,” said Rosenbaum, who also works with spouses of emergency personnel.

Next: Our class will learn about the municipal court process with new Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Judge Sara L. McCulloch, who took her oath of office in December.

Bainbridge police blotter, March 12

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


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.

March 10
Theft in third degree: A man living on the 7800 block of Spring Ridge Road responded to a burglary. While en route to respond to the call, officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspected vehicle. The 20-year-old Peninsula man driving the suspected vehicle tried to elude officers but was later stopped. The driver was arrested for criminal trespass in the second degree, theft in the third degree, driving on a suspended driver’s license, reckless driving and displaying a disfigured plate with a fictitious year tab affixed that was hand drawn and colored with a crayon. A 19-year-old male passenger in the vehicle had three warrants out of Kitsap County. The third occupant was released. The driver and the passenger with the warrants were booked at Kitsap County Jail and their vehicle was impounded. The bail for the driver was set at $15,000 and passenger $6,000. Pictures of the stolen evidence were placed into evidence.

Identity theft: A man living on 10000 block of Lafayette Avenue reported his credit card had been used fraudulently in Stone Mountain, Ga., for more than $8,000 in his checking and $6,000 from his savings account. Documents from the man’s bank indicated 17 purchases of more than $505.95 each at Kroger grocery store in Stone Mountain.

Stolen bicycle: A man living on 9100 block of Northtown Drive reported that his Kona brand 18-speed hybrid road bike with black and red handlebars was stolen from his front porch between 6 and 8 p.m. The bike is two years old and valued at $2,700.

March 9
Boat theft: A man living on the 200 block of Parfitt Way reported that the dock box on the foredeck of his boat was missing. The deck box contains four folding chairs that were also missing. Later that day, the man found a small children’s table in the trash dumpster. He recovered the table and returned it to his boat.

Driving while license suspended: A 39-year-old man living on the 100 block of Lovell Avenue was stopped in a grocery store parking lot on Winslow Way. He was pulled over because his driver’s license was suspended in the second degree as a result of a driving while intoxicated charge.

March 7
Found property: A woman brought a ring of keys she found hanging on a limb of a bush at the corner of Winslow Way and Lovell Avenue a couple weeks ago.

Animal at large, harassment: Two dogs got loose and killed two neighborhood chickens that lived at a home on the 9500 block of Lovgren Road and two other chickens that also lived on Lovgren. The owner of the dogs who lives at 9400 Eric Place called the police stating that he was being harassed and threatened by the owner of the chickens. The dogs were a wolf-husky hybrid. The officer contacted the Kitsap County Animal Control.

Bainbridge police blotter, March 5

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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

March 3

Driving under the influence/liquor: A woman living on the 600 block of Madison Avenue was arrested for driving under the influence and transported to the Kitsap County Jail. She was stopped near Sportsman Road after 11 p.m. driving with her two dogs in the vehicle. The woman’s Breathalyzer readings were .191 and .195. Washington’s legal limit is .08. The woman had a prior DUI in March 2007 and resisting arrest. In addition to receiving traffic infraction ticket, she also received a ticket for expired registration and no proof of insurance.

Identity theft: A 39-year-old man reported someone in Atlanta, Ga., fraudulently used a credit card of his to spend $3,000 after Feb. 26. The purchases were at McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, CVS Pharmacy, Bloomingdale’s and other businesses.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 29-year-old man living on the 500 block of Madison Avenue was taken to the Kitsap County Jail by an officer from the Kitsap County Sherriff’s Office. The man had a Department of Corrections warrant.

Lost property: A 62-year-old woman lost her silver Samsung Integrity cellphone sometime during the afternoon of Feb. 20 and 8 a.m. Feb. 21. The phone was valued at $400 and was five months old.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 22-year-old Poulsbo woman working at the Bainbridge McDonald’s restaurant was arrested for a warrant for use/possession of drug paraphernalia with a $5,000 bail.

Theft in the third degree: A 43-year-old woman living on High School Road reported losing a package delivered to her home on Feb. 18 when it was dropped off in the lobby of the condominium complex where she lives. Video surveillance didn’t show the area where the apparent theft took place well enough to see either when the package arrived or departed.

Vehicle prowling in the second degree: A woman who was walking around Battle Point Park for about 30 minutes returned to her car to find her right rear window of her vehicle smashed. The woman’s brown leather purse and wallet were taken from inside the vehicle. The purse contained her driver’s license, military ID card and prescription for Lorazepam, a drug used for treating anxiety, according to

Collision: A 19-year-old Poulsbo woman struck a tree on the shoulder of the roadway with her car while she was driving on state Highway 305 near Sportsman Club Road at 5:40 a.m. She drove approximately 200 feet on the shoulder before coming to a stop. The front passenger side wheel was torn off from the impact. The driver said she had closed her eyes for a second and when she opened them her vehicle was off the roadway.


March 2

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 27-year-old Seattle woman was stopped by an officer with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office following a warrant confirmation. The woman had a driving while license suspended in the third degree misdemeanor with a $5,000 bail.

Harassment: A 66-year-old man was stopped after it was reported he was harassing passengers at the ferry terminal. The man said his behavior was triggered by a taxi driver calling him a racial slur. The officer who responded to the incident caught up to the man at a nearby grocery store and reported that he smelled alcohol on the man’s breath. The man agreed to stop his unruly behavior.

Theft in the third degree: A 39-year-old man living on High School Road was accused of stealing a woman’s earrings, which were oblong pearls with gold hoops. The man was hired by a woman, who lived on Wyatt Way, to transfer files to her new computer in her home after she met him on the street. There was no proof the earrings were stolen since the business that was selling them or the woman had any proof how they acquired them, and the man denied involvement.

March 1

Driving while intoxicated/liquor: A 30-year-old man living on the 100 block of Madison Avenue was arrested for driving while intoxicated after 1:30 a.m. He blew a .206 and a .199 on a Breathalyzer machine. The man was transported to the Kitsap County Jail and booked with a bail of $5,000. He was given a March 3 court date.

Feb. 28

Patrol check: A 71-year-old man requested patrol checks in the area of Battle Point Drive and Salmon Run Lane for speeding vehicles. He requested special emphasis between 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. when a school bus drops off children in the area.

Feb. 26

Theft in the second degree: A 58-year-old Hansville man had the front side passenger tire/rim missing when he returned to his car, which was parked in the gravel area of the Park N Ride lot facing the fire station. A finger and palm print of the suspect(s) was lifted from the car, which had lots of pollen and dust on it. A woman whose car was parked next to the Hansville man’s car reported seeing an unknown woman and man appearing to change a tire on the Hansville man’s car at 4 p.m. The woman said the suspects didn’t look or act suspicious.

Feb. 25

Suspicious incident: A woman living on Fletcher Bay Road reported suspicious transactions involving her online home business of sewing custom pillows. The woman had questionable orders for $5,000 and $14,300. Neither order went through. Police believed multiple victims of credit card theft had their cards stolen and those cards were used to purchase the pillows by the suspect, which used addresses in Turkey and Haiti.

Eager to participate more in Citizens’ Police Academy classes

Friday, February 28th, 2014

This is the first entry in a weekly column about reporter Ethan Fowler’s participation in the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy.


As someone who has always been interested in how a police department works, I was eager to register for the 12th annual Bainbridge Island Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy, which kicked off Tuesday night.

I was one of the 15 people who had signed up and went through a background check to participate in the free 10-week, 12-class academy. Over the next two months, the academy will teaches us about the functions of the department, ranging from criminal law and narcotics, defensive tactics and investigations, use of force and tactics, traffic enforcement, marine patrol and the municipal court process.

We also will get to tour the Kitsap County Jail, Kitsap Mental Health, the county’s central communications center and the coroner’s office. Plus, we’ll be able to also see a K-9 demonstration and go on a two-hour officer ride-along – which is something I’m very interested in doing!

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner and instructor Officer Carla Sias started off the evening by giving everyone a warm welcome and providing treats and refreshments. Hamner spoke for about an hour as he answered several questions from the group and shared things about his life – he’s married with seven children (three are in college), has earned a master’s degree, served on a school board and ran his own business for 11 years.

Hamner said Bainbridge was a lot safer than Indianapolis, where he worked from 1990 to 2013. To compare, he said Indy had 124 murders in 2013 and Seattle had 29. Hamner said the island hasn’t had a murder since 1998.

“You live in a state that’s very non-violent,” said Hamner, who related some of his harrowing near-death experiences with the attentive audience. “I don’t miss it.”

In addition, Hamner said Bainbridge’s population of 23,000 warranted more officers than the current 18 it has and ideally he’d to like to have 25 officers in the future. This would give him more officers to specifically patrol busy Highway 305 and the 4.6 million people who come on the island from a ferry annually.

Sias said the top crimes committed on the island were property (burglaries, car prowls and mail theft), malicious mischief by youth and minors in possession in the summer months. Hamner surprised many of us when he said that heroin dealers also live on the island – there were five heroin purchases last year that resulted in arrests.

In fact, Hamner said that he was told by some Bainbridge High School students at the recent Healthy Youth Summit that “alcohol and marijuana are as accessible as drinking water” on the island and that a lot of the use is “enabled by the parents in the house.”

As the informative two-hour event was wrapping up, I was continually impressed by how friendly, welcoming and open all the police officers were to us. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the next nine weeks of classes.

“You will see things in a different light after this,” Hamner said as he closed his talk, prior to distributing his business card and encouraging us to contact him when questions or concerns arose.

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner was hired in June 2013. Contributed photo

Contributed photo Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner was hired in June 2013.

Bainbridge police blotter, Feb. 26

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


Feb. 26 blotter

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.

Feb. 25
Mailbox theft: A woman living in New Hampshire reported that she sent three Christmas cards to her sister and her two daughters on Dec. 21  that were never received by them. Two of the cards contained $20 checks and the other had a book of stamps and a picture. The victims didn’t report the case to police, but the alleged theft did coincide with the time frame and location of other pieces of stolen mail on the island.

Feb. 24
Malicious mischief: A custodian reported the doors of the big gym located between Bainbridge High School and Eagle Harbor High had been pried open sometime during the night. There were two 1-inch wide flat indentations on the metal door. Repairs to make the door lockable are estimated at least $200. No items apparently were missing. The doors have two security cameras above them and school staff will report back to police if they find anything of interest on the camera footage.

Malicious mischief: A 70-year-old woman living at 200 block of Parfitt Way reported four paintings that were hanging in a public foyer next to an elevator were found in a dumpster nearby. A frame on one of the paintings was damaged and would cost an estimated $100 to fix.

Warrant by outside agency: A 51-year-old woman living at the 10000 block of Madison Avenue was stopped by the Forks Police Department. She was stopped for a warrant for driving while license suspended in the first degree with a bail of $5,000.

Feb. 23
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: A 54-year-old man living at the 1000 block of Storecrest Lane was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police received a call of a possible DUI vehicle leaving Safeway and officers were able to locate the car. While conducting the stop, the driver put his vehicle in reverse and damaged the officer’s patrol car and caused an unspecified amount of damage. An officer believed the man’s impairment was caused by alcohol and a central nervous depressant. The man was arrested and booked in Kitsap County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a $5,000 bail.

Theft: A 43-year-old woman living on the 8000 block of Rosario Place  reported that her son’s trumpet was missing. Her son had asked a male  classmate in the Pep Band to put his instrument away for him and the classmate instead put it in a trash can. When her son went to the trash can, the trumpet wasn’t there and hasn’t been located by either the school administration, band teacher or janitors. The trumpet was purchased in 2010 and is now valued at $150.

Theft: A 51-year-old man living at 4000 block of Point White Drive reported that his boat parked on a trailer in the driveway of his home with a canvas covering it had items stolen from his boat and yard. The owner found the smaller of two motors, a Yahama 8-horsepower engine valued at $400, dismantled, a Lowrance fishfinder that was mounted on a console that was valued at $550 missing and Scotty downriggers valued at $1,400 missing as well. He also discovered a red yard sculpture with the phrase Life is Wonderful valued at $200 missing.

Feb. 22
Verbal dispute: A 52-year-old man was accused of nearly hitting a 59-year-old bicyclist while he was backing out of a condo driveway at Madrona Way and Madison Avenue as he drove his car with his two sons riding as passengers. The driver allegedly got out of his car and stepped on the bicyclist’s toe and refused to let him leave. One of the driver’s sons, who had gotten out of the car with his father, told officers that he allegedly saw the bicyclist hit his dad with his bike.

Bainbridge police blotter, Feb. 19

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014


Feb. 19 blotter

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.

Feb. 16

Malicious mischief: A 70-year-old woman living on the 15000 block of Washington Avenue reported her neighbor was damaging and stealing her property, including running over her garbage cans and lids. The neighbor denied hitting the cans. The officer noted in his report that the woman purposely placed the cans in the roadway in an attempt to slow traffic on her street.

Feb. 13

Disposal of litter prohibited: A 61-year-old man living at the 15000 block of Agatewood Road reported a large load of lumber was dumped on his property by someone trying to get rid of it. The man estimated the lumber would constitute about a pick-up load that would cost about $50.

Burglary: A 47-year-old man living at the 200 block of Gideon Lane reported a burglary that occurred during daylight hours when someone broke into a storage area on the side of his house. The suspects unscrewed a latch plate that attached to a door jamb to gain entry. The thieves stole two tool kits valued at $40 each, a portable battery jumper starter valued at $150, a cabin-style tent valued at $200 and two fishing poles valued at $50. A plastic tub of assorted camping equipment and REI camping chairs were also missing and their estimated values weren’t listed in the report. The total estimated loss of property was $700. When the homeowner arrived, there were no items left in the storage area.

Feb. 12

Mailbox theft: A 52-year-old man living on the 1500 block of Whited Place reported that some of his Netflix videos were missing from his mailbox. In the past, the man had seen his neighbor’s daughter taking the movies out of his mailbox and returning them later.

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