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Bainbridge police blotter, Feb. 26


Feb. 26 blotter

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.

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.

Pedaling in your great-grandfather’s shoes

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Tristan Baurick here. On my way back from Colorado I got a chance to represent Bainbridge in a unique bike race. Here’s my story…

Your great-grandfather would have told you that a long day of bicycle riding is a bone-shaking and nerve-racking affair. He would have advised you to mind the smoke from your brake, and bring along a hunk of wood to drop like an anchor if the overworked brake gives out. And if a prostitute offers you whiskey in a hail storm, take a swig. You’ll need it.

I know all of this because I rode your great-grandfather’s bike – a 97-year-old, single-speed steel contraption – for last month’s L’Eroica Junction to Glenwood Vintage Bicycle Race. The 102-mile, one-day trek through western Colorado combines sports, history, and a touch of theater. Also, a lot of wool knickers and several waxed mustaches.

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Riding with the Bainbridge mountain bike team

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.

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Bainbridge rider wins another national title

Bainbridge Islander Zach McDonald struck a confident one-wheeled pose (see above) as he crossed the finish line to win yet another another national cyclocross title on Saturday.

McDonald managed to finish the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships U23 race more than two minutes before the second-place finisher, and he did it with relatively clean spandex – a rarity for a winter sport where slips and spills are par for the muddy course.

McDonald’s clean clothes underscore what makes him one of the nation’s best cyclocross riders – uncanny poise on slick, uneven surfaces.

Velo News reports that it was a “a perfect course” for McDonald, a rider “renowned for his technical abilities.” The Bend, Ore. course was “muddy, rutted, and greasy, with a couple of fast downhills and tricky corners that had racers flying into the tape all day long.”

McDonald used one of the corners to ease past the race’s initial frontrunner, who couldn’t handle the curves with equal grace.

For more about McDonald, read Annette Griffus’ Kitsap Sun profile from last January.

PHOTO: Wil Matthews, Velo News

POLL: Would you support a road improvement bond?

Drivers know the island’s roads aren’t what they used to be. Bicyclist know the roads aren’t what they could be.

Heeding calls for road repairs and new bike lanes, the Bainbridge City Council may put a multimillion-dollar bond measure on the November 2012 ballot.

The exact dollar amount and the scope of work has yet to be worked out, but one council member has floated the idea of an $8 million bond split between major road repairs and bike lane construction.

Would you vote for higher taxes if it made the roads less ragged and more safe for bike travel? Head over to the right (under the Facebook links) and have your say.

Pedaling to school

Ordway Elementary did something pretty amazing around this time last year. Through the leadership of teacher Sean Megy, the school had 300 out of its 400 students bike to school on National Bike to Work Day.

That’s 75 percent of the student body.

This year, Megy would like to hit the 100 percent mark. He knows that’s unlikely, but by aiming high he thinks Ordway may top last year’s turnout.

I plan to check in and see how the school’s effort goes this Friday.

In other Bike to Work initiatives, Squeaky Wheels is hoping to get more than 200 cyclists on the 7:05 a.m. ferry to Seattle on Friday. Last year, they nearly reached 160, so 200 is well within reach, said Squeaky Wheeler Dana Berg.

For more, head over here.

North Madison bike lanes and other notes

North-end cyclists rejoice
The long-awaited North Madison Avenue bike lane and pedestrian improvements will begin today, about a month ahead of schedule.

The city plans to construct a paved shoulder along North Madison between Highway 305 and Valley Road.

The work was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 28, but unseasonably warm weather has made conditions ideal for an earlier start. The work will be completed in during the spring.

Road work will also begin today on Manitou Beach Drive. For a bit more on both projects, head over here.

Closed on Sundays
The Bainbridge Public Library was open for its last Sunday this week. Patrons aren’t happy, but the system-wide hours reduction could save Kitsap Regional Libraries $100,000 each year. For more, read this article.

Gospel music on Bainbridge?
The island’s annual Sing Out! gospel sing-along was held on Saturday at Rolling Bay Presbyterian. See photos, video and read the story here.

Kid-tested, (earth) mother-approved
The Seattle Times did a story on an island mom who founded her own baby frame carriers. In true Bainbridge style, the carriers are made with organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes. Read more here.

A robot, some chickens and Dino Rossi

Here’s a rundown of the last week’s news:

Gardening greats: The Bainbridge Public Library’s unsung heroes, the Friday Tidys, have been hard at work for over a decade. With their members aging, the Tidys are now seeking some young (or not-so-young) blood to keep the garden-grooming project going. Read more HERE.

Public pod: Winslow’s newest piece of city-funded public art was unveiled on Saturday. Dozens of attendees at the unveiling praised it. Online commentators have (so far) panned it. Head over HERE and share your thoughts about “Pod.”

Hen homes: The island’s finest chicken coops were on display Saturday for the second-annual Tour de Coop. Read about it HERE and take my virtual tour HERE.

Robot randonneur: A retired engineer wanted the ideal tandem bicycle riding partner. So he built one. “Joules” the robot bike-rider never complains and never slacks off, but he can easily get carried away (and potentially brake the speed limit on most island roads). Read the story, see the photo gallery and watch the video HERE.

Dino drop-in: Two-time Republican gubernatorial candidate and current U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi stopped by Bainbridge to say, among other things, that the next ballot he’ll appear on will not carry the ‘baggage’ of more divisive, higher-profile Republican candidates. And that, he said, could give him the edge over incumbent Democrat Patty Murray. Read more HERE.

VIDEO: Hyla students harness pedal power

The above video shows Hyla Middle School students using a “bike generator” to power small electric devices like a fan and a light bulb.

Hyla students have spent part of their “mini-term” projects learning about energy use. They learned from the bike generator how much effort it takes to create just a little current.

Students around Kitsap are exploring environmental issues as Earth Day approaches. Check out Chris Dunagan’s story on environmental education HERE.

Bainbridge cyclist airlifted to Seattle hospital

A 35-year-old Bainbridge Island man was hospitalized Wednesday evening after being hit by a car while he was riding his bicycle.

The accident happened at about 7:20 p.m. on High School Road near Capstan Drive on Bainbridge. The bicyclist was headed east when a car, driven by a 56-year-old Bainbridge Island man, pulled out in front of the bike, said Sue Shultz, Bainbridge Island police lieutenant.

A Bainbridge Island Fire Department official said that the man on the bicycle was taken by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

The flight was a precaution and the bicyclist did not sustain life threatening injuries, Shultz said.

The bicyclist was wearing proper lighting, but the driver reported that he was difficult to see, Shultz said. The case has been forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
-Kitsap Sun staff

Should cyclists ride or walk over the Agate Pass Bridge?

The Kitsap Sun’s transportation blogger Travis Baker gets some questions and some answers about whether riders can or should pedal over to the mainland.

Here’s the initial question, sent in from an island resident:

“My husband and I moved to Bainbridge Island over 34 years ago. At that time, the Agate Pass Bridge was posted ‘Bike Riders Must Walk Over the Bridge.’

That sign disappeared long ago and many times we have had to watch carefully for bike riders that insist upon riding over the bridge. We are considerate with our driving, especially where they are no bike lanes, but it is an accident waiting to happen with the heavy commuter traffic traveling north from Bainbridge.

What will it take to have the sign posted?”

Read a state transportation planner’s response in Baker’s blog here.

Short answer: There was no legal basis for the sign. Cyclists have just as much right to pedal the bridge as motorists have to drive it.

My two cents: Hitting a cyclist brings a curse on your house for eight generations. Be careful.

BI’s dominance of offbeat sports continues

Not too long ago, an islander emerged as the fastest samurai sword-swinger in all the land.

More recently, an islander became the nation’s top-ranked cyclocross rider.

Bainbridge Island’s dominance over offbeat sports continues. Place your bets now on whether an islander will soon reign over jai alai, korfball, curling, hurling or sweep the Eskimo Olympics.

For now, bask in cyclocross champion Zach McDonald’s glory. See photos and read about his offroad exploits in John Becerra’s story.