head-on collision just south of the Agate Pass Bridge closed
Highway 305 for nearly four hours Monday afternoon. Two drivers
were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center and
remained in serious condition Tuesday afternoon.
Response to the collision closed the highway in both directions
from about 2-5:30 p.m. Monday. Backups stretched for miles.
We’ve heard from a few frazzled commuters and followers on social
media wondering why the highway remained closed for so long
after the drivers were evacuated. It’s a fair question, and I
thought it would be interesting to break down what goes into a
response of this nature, according to first responders:
- The collision was reported at 2:09 p.m. Monday by Bainbridge Fire Assistant Chief Luke
Carpenter, who happened to driving from the island to a meeting in
Bremerton at the time. Carpenter was only a few cars behind the
sedan involved in the collision when the wreck occurred.
- About 20 firefighters responded to the scene. The drivers were
trapped in their vehicles and had to be cut free. Both drivers were
transported away from the scene by 2:35 p.m. The last fire
department vehicle cleared at 3:06 p.m. (This
aerial image from KOMO nicely illustrates the scope of the
scene). Continue reading
The city will host two police-related outreach programs this
week. The first is a forum on the search for a new police chief, as
we noted with a brief last week:
Bainbridge seeks input on new police chief
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge Island is seeking input
on its search for a new police chief.
The public can weigh in on the search at a forum from 6-8
p.m. Jan. 15 at City Hall. Comments also can be emailed
The city is searching for a replacement for former Chief Jon
Fehlman, who resigned in September. Texas-based firm Strategic
Government Resources was hired in December to lead the search for a
“It’s very important to me that SGR hear directly from
island residents about the qualifications and characteristics
desired in potential candidates,” City Manager Doug Schulze said.
“The consultants will then use this input when developing the
police chief position profile.”
SGR also led the city’s search for a new manager, which
resulted in the hiring of Schulze last fall.
Fraud prevention workshop
Bainbridge Island Police Department has also organized a fraud
prevention workshop for Friday. The program will be held from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waterfront Park Community Center (a nice
check out the recent renovation).
A panel of experts will discuss common internet scams, mail
scams, and identity theft. The program will include information on
how to prevent fraud and resources available to fraud victims.
“The purpose of the workshop is simply to educate islanders
about the latest scams and to help them avoid being the victims of
fraud,” Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson said
in an announcement. “While the workshop will be geared toward
the island’s senior citizens, any interested members of the public
are welcome to attend.”
The workshop is free and no advance registration is
Collaborative Policing will host a discussion tonight on how
law enforcement can better respond to situations involving mentally
The Ostling trial brought the topic to the forefront this
summer, when a federal jury
found the city at fault for not properly training officers to
approach people suffering from mental illness. ICP founder Kim
Hendrickson said tonight’s will highlight changes at BIPD and what
initiatives could benefit the department.
“This event will be an opportunity, we hope, to raise community
and officer awareness about mental impairment, suggest new kinds of
community and police partnerships, and to consider best practices
employed by other police departments,” Hendrickson said in an
announcement for the discussion.
The free event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran
7968 Finch Road NE.
Participants include Joe Roszack of Kitsap Mental Health, Bill
Mosiman of Bainbridge Island School District, Lis Eddy of the state
Criminal Justice Training Commission, Dave Shurick of Poulsbo
Police, and Bainbridge Police lieutenants Bob Day and Chris Jensen.
Father Dennis Tierney of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will serve
Last week, I
reported on a police accountability consultant’s assessment of
the Bainbridge police department’s policies for investigating
The Kitsap Sun’s editorial board echos the consultant’s
determination: that the department’s complaint system is confusing,
not readily accessible and can be intimidating to citizens.
Here’s a bit from the editorial:
“(L)ast week’s unveiling of a report commissioned by the
city — which will be publicly discussed Nov. 16 — points out that a
culture which the community’s trust should be built upon was
incomplete at the bottom. A fairly basic function — providing a
form for a citizen to file a complaint or concern — is neither
clear nor easy to find, according to consultant Sam Pailca, and may
even be written so as to discourage that type of
here to read the full editorial.
By the way, the Sun is looking for some new blood on its
editorial board. If you’d be willing to volunteer and make regular
trips down to Bremerton to weigh in on issues about and beyond the
island, head over
Last week, a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by former
Bainbridge police officer Scott Anderson his wife, Cynthia
Anderson, against the Bainbridge police department.
The lawsuit involves a domestic dispute at the officer’s home in
which the Cynthia Anderson allegedly threatened to harm herself.
The Andersons are sued, saying Cynthia Anderson’s arrest was
unjustified and that police involvement in their affairs damaged
their relationship and led to Scott Anderson’s resignation from the
You can read the story
I wasn’t able to reach the Andersons’ lawyers before deadline on
Friday, but Cynthia Anderson’s lawyer, John Muenster, got back to
He said emphatically that there would be an appeal of the
“Yes, we’re definitely going to appeal,” Muenster said, adding
that he and his client want a jury trial. “This is a clear case of
a violation of constitutional rights.”
In his dismissal, the judge wrote that Bainbridge police had
probable cause to arrest Cynthia Anderson. He also wrote that there
is no evidence police were intentionally trying to undermine the
The TV show America’s Most Wanted will spend the day
on Thursday filming a segment about fugitive bank robber
You may remember his daring
escape from Bainbridge police back in September 2009. He led
police on a car chase, then a trail chase and finally paddled away
via a stolen kayak.
One of the show’s staffers told me filming would begin at the
Bainbridge police station at around 8 a.m. Later, they’ll reenact
the car chase near the Sportsman Club-New Brooklyn intersection and
may do some filming in Grand Forest Park, where dozens of law
enforcement officers staged
a high-profile search last year for firearms thought to have
been stolen by Robinett. The show also has permission from a
waterfront land owner to film the kayak escape scene.
The 62-year-old Bainbridge High School classroom aid suspected
of sexual misconduct with one of his students was released from the
Kitsap County Jail on Monday night.
The suspect was arrested Friday after a witness and security
camera footage indicated he had inappropriately touched a
17-year-old developmentally disabled girl at the Bainbridge Island
Aquatic Center’s swimming pool and hot tub.
Bainbridge police had initially set bail at $500,000 because the
suspect was considered likely to flee authorities.The suspect tried
to run away from police when they attempted to contact him at his
Ferncliff Avenue home Friday evening. The suspect refused to speak
with investigators and was arrested on suspicion of felony indecent
A judge reduced bail on Monday to $15,000. The suspect posted
bail and was released at 8:58 p.m.
The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office has not yet decided upon
any formal charges.
It is the Kitsap Sun’s policy to not release suspect names until
Bainbridge police are continuing their investigation and are
seeking additional information about other possible incidents
involving the suspect.
The suspect has worked in classrooms with developmentally
disabled students for at least six years, according to Bainbridge
School District officials. Investigators also learned the suspect
is a caregiver for mentally challenged females who live in his
Bainbridge police can be reached at (206) 842-5211.