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The view over Bremerton

July 14th, 2014 by josh farley
Photo by Robert Johnston.

Photo by Robert Johnston.

Have you ever had the privilege of flying over Bremerton? Robert Johnston, a member of the Army National Guard, has. Johnston, who also works at the Shipyard, sometimes gets a chance to fly on Chinooks and Blackhawks as part of his duty.

I thought I would share his pictures here. So peaceful and beautiful our area is from the air. Don’t you agree?

Photo by Robert Johnston.

Photo by Robert Johnston.


Bremerton police investigating mysterious ‘federal agent’

July 11th, 2014 by josh farley
The badge worn by proper officers.

The badge worn by proper officers.

A few weeks back, I got a call from Bremerton resident Chris McEwen about a pretty bizarre set of circumstances. McEwen told me that while running his dog in the Grocery Outlet parking lot off Sylvan Way, he was approached by a stranger who told him he was a “federal agent making a citizen’s arrest.”

McEwen says he has a seemingly inexhaustible dog that he works out by driving, with the dog following closely behind. The mysterious man approached his car about what McEwen was doing.

It just didn’t smell right to McEwen. He asked for the man’s badge number and agency that he worked for. “That’s classified,” the man replied. When he got suspicious, he phoned 911, and the apparent “special agent” took off in a mid-90s Pontiac Grand-Am.

That was June 30. On July 4, another report came to Bremerton police’s attention: same facts, only in the area of Elm Street and Hefner Avenue on the east side.

Bremerton police officer Robbie Davis tells me that the incidents are still being investigated. I’ll keep you posted.

McEwen points out just how scary it is to have someone claiming to own a badge when, in fact, he does not. It undermines the entire system of law and could be used quite nefariously.

“We’re trained to obey civil authorities,” he told me. “When we’re told to pull over, we pull over.”

Bremerton Police Capt. Tom Wolfe reminds residents that if you’re having doubts about who’s pulling you over, don’t hesitate to call 911 and confirm that you’re being stopped by a proper officer.


Bremerton police blotter, July 2-8

July 10th, 2014 by josh farley

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Here’s your weekly police blotter.

Burglary, 4500 Auto Center Way: A man reported July 3 that his storage unit had been broken into, and a welder, gaming machine and lock box were missing. Police have no suspects.

Illegal camping, E. 11th Street at Trenton Avenue: Officers were called July 5 to a forested trail where a tent was found. The tent was locked but there were two suitcases nearby. Officers took them for safekeeping. The woman who owned them soon called police. She said she’d been camping there for two weeks with no problem. Officers told her she’s not allowed to camp on any public property.

Theft of liquor, 2900 Perry Avenue: A man took a bottle of vodka from Red Apple July 5; by police got there the suspect was gone.

Church burglary, 1700 Trenton Avenue: Officers were called to the New Testament Christian Church for a burglary July 5. They found a skylight had been broken to gain entry but nothing else appeared to have been taken. Police have no suspects; the investigation continues.

Warrant suspect runs, 200 Elm Street: An officer July 7 observed a man with three misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. The man ran when the officer spotted him. Police combed the area, finding him in Stephenson Canyon park. Officers told him to come out, with one saying he’d use his Taser to “(light him up) like a Christmas tree.” The man came out. He was “very compliant” after that. He was taken to the jail.

Marina trespassing, 200 First Street: Police learned a man was using the private bathrooms for boaters at the Bremerton Marina July 7. They found the man taking a shower. He said he was getting ready for drug court. He was told not to return and signed a trespass notification.

Lewd conduct, 1000 Kitsap Lake Road: Officers were called July 7 for a man lying nude on the railroad tracks. Police arrived to find him in that state of undress while engaged in sexual activity with himself. Officers told him to put on clothes and, after finding he was wanted for a probation violation, took him to jail. A bag with him was found to contain methamphetamine and related paraphernalia.

Keep the peace, 1100 Naval Avenue: An officer accompanied a woman to her ex-boyfriend’s house July 7, where she said he was keeping a “bucket” of her clothes. The man wouldn’t let them in the house. The officer then told the man he was now investigating the case as a theft. The man then let them in. The clothes weren’t discovered, but a warrant for his arrest for theft was. He was taken to the Kitsap County jail.

Theft of a truck, 6500 Kitsap Way: Officers got a call from a tree service company July 7 for a report of a stolen truck. The company has its fleet tracked with GPS and noticed one truck began moving without authorization. The truck stopped on the 5800 block of Werner Avenue. The fuel pipe had been cut and gas was taken; chain saws, vehicle batteries, strobe lights and other items were also taken. The suspect had evidently found a secret key to gain access. Police have no suspects.

Missing boy, 3100 15th Street: Police were called July 7 for a report of a missing 4-year-old boy. Officers searched the area, finding the boy in a camper. The boy said he was playing hide and seek.

Stolen iPhone, 1200 Park Avenue: A businessman reported July 8 that his iPhone was stolen while he was working. He suspected a woman that had come into use a (different) phone. Police found that woman at Evergreen-Rotary Park but she denied taking the phone. No arrests have been made in the case. The phone was deactivated.

Refusing to leave, 1500 Fifth Street: Police were called July 8 for a report of a vehicle prowl. They found a man a witness said had indeed gotten into a car on the street. The car’s owner found nothing missing. But the man walked up the steps to a nearby home, whose residents said they didn’t know him or want him at their house. Police told him to leave, and even offered him a ride to Port Orchard. He wouldn’t leave. So police still gave him a ride to Port Orchard — in the back of a patrol car to jail, for trespassing.


Inside Evergreen-Rotary Park, a memorial to a fallen officer

July 9th, 2014 by josh farley

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As I browsed Evergreen-Rotary Park Tuesday for an upcoming story about the new playground going in, I came upon a memorial I had not found before. It displayed the face of a man named John Masengale, an ATF special agent killed in the line of duty on May 6, 1992.

Bremerton, with its rich Navy history, is full of monuments and memorials. I’ve come to enjoy stumbling upon them. But this particular memorial, near the basketball court, was one I’d heard of before. In my years as the crime and justice reporter, I’d heard about Special Agent Masengale, and the criminal investigation that took his life.

Seven law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in Kitsap County history. Masengale, working a clandestine explosives factory case, had helped his fellow agents serve a warrant on a Bremerton home on May 5 , 1992. The next day, while attempting to dispose of about 300 pounds of explosive materials in the Fort Lewis area, some of them ignited and Masengale was badly burned. He succumbed to his injuries.

I’d encourage you to go check out the memorial when you get a chance.


Bremerton police blotter, June 25-July 1

July 2nd, 2014 by josh farley

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Why was he speeding? “His boot got caught under the gas pedal,” he told police. All that and more in this week’s Bremerton Police blotter.

Trashing a hotel, 4300 Kitsap Way: Officers were called June 25 to the Quality Inn for a report of a woman being in the hotel that has previously been banned for trashing a room. Police went to the room and sure enough, it had been trashed. The woman, found by police to have possessed a glass pipe, was taken to the Kitsap County Jail for malicious mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing.

Biking with a mailbox, 15th Street and Naval Avenue: An officer June 25 spotted a man biking while holding a “curb side mailbox.” The man said he’d found it and officers couldn’t find any names or addresses on it. He was let go.

Stolen car, 2700 Maple Street: A man reported to police June 25 that his Honda CRX was stolen sometime overnight. Police have no suspects.

Spitting on an officer, Callahan Drive at 16th Street: Police were called June 26 for the report of a man on the Warren Avenue Bridge with his pants down. Officers arrived to find a man matching the suspect’s description and noted he was the same guy that had warrants for his arrest for assault, harassment and theft. The officer took him into custody and began transporting him to jail, but the suspect got angry in the back of the patrol car en route, hitting his head on the partition between the front and back seats. The officer stopped to tighten his restraints and the suspect spit in the officer’s face and eyes. More officers showed up to put a “spit hood” on his head. He was jailed.

Stolen car, 3800 Wheaton Way: Officers were called to Affordable Used Cars June 27 for a report of a stolen car. Employees at the business said a spare key was in the vehicle and that they didn’t notice it was gone because they were busy. The car, a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, looks “like a police car,” officers were told. Police are still investigating.

Stolen wings, 2900 Wheaton Way: A loss prevention officer June 27 watched as a man walked out of Albertsons with a package of chicken wings. Police were called. The loss prevention officer told police she’d gone outside to confront the suspect who stated “what” before driving away. Police continue to investigate.

Vandalism, 3200 Spruce Avenue: Several windows were broken out by rocks and vulgar graffiti written on View Ridge Elementary School June 27. Damage was estimated to be $1,000. Police have no suspects.

Stolen car, 800 10th Street: A man reported June 27 that his Hyundai Tiburon was stolen from an alley near his residence. It has a “high end” stereo and a large luggage rack on top, he told police. He had the keys and hadn’t given anyone permission to take the car, officers said. The investigation continues.

Warrant suspect resists arrest, 200 South Oyster Bay: An officer went to a home June 28 where he ultimately found a suspect wanted for a drug warrant. The woman she was visiting from Arizona but the officer realized he’d seen her before. When the officer realized she had a warrant for her arrest while checking his in-car computer, she ran away saying, “I’m not going to jail!” The officer chased her as she ran away and finally hid in a stranger’s shed. Police found her there and she continued to struggle with them but she was eventually cuffed and taken to jail. The officer asked why she lied; she said she knew she had a warrant.

Assault, 700 12th Street: Witnesses reported June 29 that a woman had been assaulted the day before by her boyfriend, who’d allegedly hit her several times with an electrical cord. She was also slapped and punched, police wrote in reports. The woman had fled from the boyfriend and police found him a short time later and arrested him.

Vehicle in a ditch, Kitsap Way at Lyle Avenue: An officer June 29 found a motorist “nosed” into a ditch. The driver said he was “being stupid” and had tried to “four wheel” it across a property. A tow truck pulled the car out of the ditch. The officer “made it clear” to the man not to come back to the property.

Yelling man, 1700 Bayview Drive West: Officers went there June 29 after a man had yelled at a neighbor for doing some weed whacking. The man had jumped the neighbor’s fence to yell at her. The officer went to talk to the man, who said he “works really hard” and had earned relaxation free from weed whacking noise. “I suggested he close his windows or get some hearing protection,” the officer said, noting to the man he’d arrest him if he went back onto the woman’s property.

Violation of an order, 4000 Bledsoe Avenue: Officers were looking for a warrant suspect June 29 and got a call he might be on Bledsoe. Officers went to the home and knocked on the door. No one came to the door. Police announced they would be using a ram to force it open. They tried but the man came to the door and surrendered. He had five warrants for his arrest and was with a person he’s prohibited from being around. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Car prowling, 1200 Pointdexter Avenue: A woman reported to police June 30 that her car was broken into in her driveway. Police noted no forced entry and the owner said it had been locked. Keys, three beers and a phone charger were taken out of the car. It’s the second time in a month keys have been stolen out of the vehicle, police noted. The investigation continues.

Man barely breathing, 2400 East Phinney Bay Drive: Police were called July 1 to a home where a man was barely breathing and not responsive. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center. A witness said the victim uses heroin, meth and other drugs and the condition maybe drug induced. There was no followup on the man’s condition.

Reckless driving, 1000 Fourth Street: An officer observed a motorist July 1 rev the engine of his car at a stop sign and then take off westbound, through the medians at Warren Avenue. The car was going over 60 mph when the officer caught up to it near Veneta Avenue. The driver said “his boot got caught under the gas pedal,” and that’s why his tires spun out. The officer didn’t buy it, and forwarded a report to the city attorney’s office recommending a charge of reckless driving. The officer stopped the driver again after the first traffic stop, finding the car had expired registration. The driver told the officer he felt like he was being harassed.

Smoking marijuana, 300 Shore Drive: An officer patrolling July 1 noticed a man sitting at a picnic table at Shore Drive’s “mini park” at East 9th Street and smelled marijuana. The officer asked for the name of the man, who had head phones on. The man eventually gave it to the officer and asked if he was free to go. The officer said no and found a “suspected marijuana flake” on the picnic table where the man had been sitting. The officer arrested the man, who was 19, for minor in possession of marijuana (state law says you must be 21 to possess marijuana). He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.


New gardens at Bremerton’s Haddon Park to fill up Foodline with fresh produce

July 1st, 2014 by josh farley
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Contributed photo.

(Blogger’s note: Please welcome our guest writer, Kimberly De La Cruz, a Bremerton native and journalism student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kimberly’s aunt, Karole Johnson, has started a new garden program at Lulu Haddon Park. Here’s Kimberly with the details.)

Local organization Seeds of Grace is planting roots in Bremerton’s Lulu D. Haddon Park, and will provide organic produce to the community’s primary food bank, Bremerton Foodline.

Seeds of Grace volunteers rally together with great camaraderie to achieve one common goal: to teach and provide agricultural sustainability in a global capacity.

Since March 2014, Seeds of Grace has played a dynamic role in introducing sustainable gardens to impoverished areas, like Mazatlan, Mexico. Now, the focus has shifted back home.

Karole Johnson, Team Lead of Seeds of Grace and Bremerton native, secured support from over 30 volunteers and donors, who provided manpower, in-kind donations and monetary backing for the “Lulu D. Haddon Park Garden Project,” which was completed on June 14, 2014.

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The garden is nestled in a secured area of the park, where its strawberries, kale, hot peppers, tomatoes, carrots, onions, salad greens, beets and other offerings can flourish to their full potential.

Once harvested, the fruits and vegetables will be donated to Bremerton Foodline to be served at the tables of those who are in need across the community.

The spring harvest is expected to begin in July, and will make room for winter crops, like squash and Brussels sprouts. Johnson anticipates that more than 600 pounds of food will be donated over the first year of the partnership.

The lack of fresh produce on food bank shelves is a problem that is widespread, but Johnson says, “partnership is the key, as well as setting people up for success and teaching the importance of sustainability, both globally and locally.”

The Seeds of Grace program does not stop at growing food to be donated; it also educates community members on how to maintain the garden, so that it can be a lasting source of nourishment. Johnson says the project’s long-term effects are “bigger than we know.”

Unlike typical community gardens, the crops do not get divided by plots among community members. Instead, all of the food that is harvested is done so by volunteers who choose to serve their neighbors, then the food is given to a place that feeds the hungry.

Seeds of Grace is now setting its sights on future projects, such as building additional gardens within other Bremerton parks, introducing a curriculum into schools to teach children the importance of sustainability and its return trip to Mazatlan in the fall.

“When your motivation is to help others and to love others, just do it. People are going to be inspired by that,” says Johnson.

It costs between $500 and $1,200 to build a sustainable garden locally, and international gardens start $12,000.

If you would like to participate in an upcoming Seeds of Grace project, you can find a list of opportunities online at www.dreambigaskbold.com, or you may email at info@dreambigaskbold.org.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lulu D. Haddon Park garden with Mayor Patty Lent in attendance, at 3:30 p.m. July 24.


Bremerton police blotter, June 16-24

June 25th, 2014 by josh farley
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They were doing what in Evergreen-Rotary Park? Here’s your weekly police blotter:

Thrown rock, Fourth Street at Washington Avenue: Police were called June 18 for a man who said a bystander threw a rock at his truck. Officers noted a dent on the side of the truck. The victim explained he’d honked a couple times due to heavy traffic, which may have provoked the bystander. Police searched the area and found a man who told them he didn’t throw a rock, but did witness the driver being “crazy” and taking off at a high rate of speed. No arrests were made.

Vehicle prowl, 100 Washington Avenue: A car’s rear passenger side window was broken out in the Harborside parking garage June 19. It was unknown at the time of the report if anything was taken. Police have no suspects.

Assault, 800 Sixth Street: Police went to Salvation Army June 20 for an alleged assault. The victim said he was standing in line for breakfast when he’d been approached by a man who called the victim a “punk,” and then punched him in the face. The suspect’s only statement to police was that “people keep calling me a rape-o,” police said. The suspect was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Breach of trust, 3500 Parker Lane: A man told police June 20 that he’d moved from Florida to Bremerton recently and hired a company to drive his car across the country. But the company, which apparently promised to deliver the car to his door in Bremerton, said he needed to come to Seattle and get it or wait a few more days. Police said they couldn’t do anything because he’d given permission to the company to drive his car, but the man asked police to be on the lookout for it anyway.

Threats with a knife, Sylvan Way at Almira Drive: Police found a woman threatening to hurt herself with a knife June 20. The woman was “screaming, yelling about money and waving her arms,” before taking the knife and “poking” herself in the chest with it. She then threw the knife at an approaching officer, though the officer noted it landed “harmlessly.” A family member of the woman said she’d smoked meth several hours earlier and had become “increasingly difficult to deal with.” She was taken to Harrison Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

Found debit cards, 4200 Wheaton Way: A skateboarder found four cards, two of them debit cards in the area June 21. Police found out the man who the cards belonged to was in the Kitsap County Jail. They visited the inmate, who said he’d been at the homeless camp by Fred Meyer and had been drinking at the time. He thinks his backpack was left behind when he was arrested by county sheriff’s deputies. Police left the cards with Jail staff for the inmate to have when he’s released.

Flooding, 500 Pacific Avenue: Police responded to an alarm at the Tim Ryan Building June 21. With the help from firefighters, they found someone had turned on a water valve in the stairwell, flooding the parking garage inside the building. Used condoms and syringes were also found in the area. The water damage was limited to the parking garage and police vowed to do frequent patrol checks of the building.

Arguing over meth, 100 Bloomington Avenue: Police were called to the area June 21 for a report of a couple arguing over meth. The woman had a probation violation warrant and was taken to the Kitsap County Jail. The man told police they should know who he is because he just got out of jail. He wasn’t wanted for any crimes though police said he was trying to draw them into a “confrontation.” He eventually left the area.

Domestic assault, 3900 Wheaton Way: Two witnesses told police June 21 they saw a man hit his girlfriend while the couple was trying to change a tire in a parking lot. The alleged victim denied she’d been hit by her boyfriend. Police took the boyfriend to jail for assault.

Graffiti, 2500 Cherry Avenue: Harrison Medical Center staff June 22 told police that someone had just sprayed a swastika on a building at the hospital campus. Meanwhile, police got a call from a man wanting to report graffiti. When they met the man, he said he’d gone to visit a woman who’d just gotten out of jail. He’d agreed to give the woman, who was drunk and had a can of spray paint, a ride. Everywhere they went, she’d paint a swastika, to include the hospital, the downtown ferry terminal and another business. The man finally let her out of the car and he called 911. She was taken to the Kitsap County Jail and police advised the man that “it would probably be a good idea not to have any further dealings” with the woman.

Driving under the influence, 3200 Olympus Drive NE: A taxi driver reported June 22 that his cab had been rear-ended by a vehicle. The driver of that vehicle asked the cab driver not to call police. He did anyway. Officers responded and found the driver who’d caused the crash to be intoxicated. A breath test found he was .18, more than twice the legal limit for driving. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Thefts from lockers, 2200 Homer Jones Drive: The YMCA informed Bremerton Police June 23 that six lockers had been broken into, with petty cash taken from three different people. YMCA staff stated it’s the third wave of thefts in the locker room, police said. Police have no suspects, but recommended the staff put up flyers and perhaps a reward in an attempt to catch the thieves.

Lewd conduct and indecent exposure, 1500 Park Avenue: Officers were called June 23 for a report of a man and a woman “having relations” at Evergreen-Rotary Park. A couple had called 911, alarmed they were having sex in the park and “being quite loud,” while it happened. Police arrived to find a man engaged in oral sex with a woman at a picnic table. A third man was at the table watching the act, police said. When an officer asked the man involved in the alleged sexual activity what they were doing, the man replied, “you know what we were doing. I am embarrassed.” Police put the man into handcuffs but later released him, telling both the man and woman to leave and that a report of the incident would be forwarded to the Bremerton city prosecutor for a review of lewd conduct and indecent exposure charges.

Nuisance property, 1100 Warren Avenue: Police were patrolling near 1108 Warren Avenue June 24 — which officers said was a “chronic nuisance property” — and found a woman staying inside that had a misdemeanor suspended license warrant for her arrest. She was taken to jail, police said.

Broken mailbox, 6000 Harlow Drive: Officers were called June 24 for a report of a damaged locking mailbox. The resident who owns the mailbox said she couldn’t open it anymore, police said. Police have no suspects.


LIVE BLOG: Which Washington Avenue option will the Bremerton City Council pick?

June 25th, 2014 by josh farley

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Tonight, the Bremerton City Council will discuss the four options for the $1.7 million in pedestrian and bicycle improvements for Washington Avenue.

We’ll follow the discussion live below, starting at 5 p.m. There are several topics to be tackled before the Washington Avenue portion of the meeting, but I will keep you posted along the way.

Here’s the options:

1. The original option: City engineers envisioned a simple road “diet” for the stretch of Washington between Sixth Street and the Manette Bridge, in which a four lane road would become a two lane one. That will make room for wider sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the road, as well as additional lighting, but it would cut vehicular capacity in half.

2. The modified option: Following the road test, in which angry commuters gave public works crews an earful about traffic backups, public works crews came up with a modified proposal. Under this option, the waterside (or east side) of the road’s dated concrete median would still be reduced to one lane to make room for the pedestrian and bicycle improvements. But the upper (or west side) portion of the median would become a two way street, with minimal bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements being installed on that side (a combined bike-pedestrian lane would be added).

3. The one-way option: Also dreamed up after the road test, the option sees the road cut down from four lanes to two, but all lanes would be one-way northbound, with southbound drivers having to go to Pacific Avenue to get downtown.

4. The do nothing option: The city could just give the money back and forgo the improvements altogether.


Lower Wheaton’s 3 new intersections

June 19th, 2014 by josh farley

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You may have noticed that construction crews have pretty much run over a triangular lawn nestled in between the intersection of Lower Wheaton Way and Winfield Avenue. It’s all part of the $3.4 million project renovating Lower Wheaton between Manette Bridge and Lebo Boulevard.

Yes, we’ve written quite a bit about the project, detailing its amenities and its budget troubles. But lost in the luxuries of the project, to include a 10-foot sidewalk running the entire span, is the transformation of three intersections along the way.

Wheaton at 14th/Winfield, via Google Maps.

Wheaton at 14th/Winfield, via Google Maps.

The first, where that grassy triangle used to sit, will make the stretch safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike. The project will take Winfield Avenue and 14th Street and bring them together at their own intersection (drivers on Winfield will have the right of way). The two roads will become one and go right over that former grassy triangle, and intersect in only one spot Lower Wheaton perpendicularly.

Next to change will be Lower Wheaton’s intersection at 18th Street and Marlow Avenue. This time, the triangular grassy knoll (no, not that grassy knoll) won’t be taken out, just given a haircut, so that 18th can bend southward so it intersects Lower Wheaton at a perpendicular angle. Marlow Avenue, between 18th and Lower Wheaton, will go away altogether.

Wheaton at 18th Street. Google Maps.

Wheaton at 18th Street. Google Maps.

In sum, four roads that currently connect to Lower Wheaton will become two.

Make sense?

And finally, crews will remake the intersection at Lower Wheaton at Cherry Avenue and Lebo Boulevard. But the only big change here, which I’m sure you’ve already noticed, is the conversion of the intersection from a traffic signal to a four-way stop.


Bremerton police blotter, June 10-15

June 18th, 2014 by josh farley
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Bremerton police patch.

“Tweeker stuff.” A witness declined to talk to police about a theft case because, in her words, she did not want to get involved in said “tweeker stuff.” That incident, and the rest of your weekly police blotter, is below.

Theft of money, 1700 Fourth Street: A man reported to police June 10 that his “money box” containing about $1,200, was taken by someone he thought was a friend. A neighbor said she’d actually seen a man emerge from the victim’s home concealing a box-shaped item. Police caught up to the “friend” and other acquaintances on Burwell Street. Inside a sock worn by the “friend” was all of the money. It was given back to the victim and the “friend” was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Union issue, 2500 Cherry Avenue: Police were called June 10 to Harrison Medical Center for two women refusing to leave the cafeteria. Police learned that the women came there often on union business but had not alerted the hospital administration of a union meeting, which is apparently required. Police asked that the women leave and they did.

Unlawful bus conduct, 1500 13th Street: Police were called June 10 to a Kitsap Transit bus with an unruly passenger. The man appeared drunk and was being loud and obnoxious, even threatening other passengers with assault, police said. He told police he’d just had a death in the family. Police said his behavior was erratic. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center — where he’d just been trespassed from for stealing food earlier in the day — for treatment of a foot wound, and then booked into jail.

Dumpster diving, 4200 Wheaton Way: Police saw a man going through a dumpster behind Goodwill June 10. He said he was “scrounging.” Police confirmed he didn’t have permission; but he said no one had told him he couldn’t “dumpster dive.” The officer told him he needed to move along. The man did, but argued he wasn’t doing anything wrong.

Resisting arrest, 3200 Wright Avenue: Police went to an address on the avenue June 11 looking for a man wanted by Mason County authorities for missing a court date in a felony case. When they found the man, he made a run for it, jumping a fence right into blackberry bushes. Officers followed. He fought his arrest and was “screaming insults” that police had it in for him because he’d been acquitted of a murder. Police were unfamiliar with the case. The man, as well as the officers, were scratched up and bruised from attempting to get the man into custody. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center before he was transported to jail.

Theft, 200 First Street: Police were told that a man had just stolen an iPad from her and was now on the Bremerton ferry to Seattle June 11. Police held the boat and located the suspect on the boat. He had the iPad with him. Officers learned the suspect is a drug addict and believed he’d taken it from a recovering drug addict who’d allowed the suspect to stay with her. The suspect told police a story about how he thought it was someone else’s iPad. A third person, who’d driven the two from Sequim to Bremerton, told police she did not want to get involved with what she called “tweeker stuff.” The man was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Theft of a bicycle, 1400 Park Avenue: A man reported his BMX bike was stolen while he was in CJ’s General Store at Evergreen-Rotary Park June 12. Police have no suspects.

Burglary, 6000 Harlow Drive: A woman reported that she’d come home June 12 to find her bathroom window forced open and her jewelry box missing from her bedroom. Police are still investigating the break in.

Hit and run, 3800 Kitsap Way: Officers June 12 were called to the scene were a motorist had struck a pedestrian near a gas station. The driver reportedly fled the scene. A woman suffered multiple abrasions after being struck by a car in her left leg and being thrown onto the car’s hood. She said the driver, who was on his cell phone, stopped but then drove off. Police got the license plate and found the driver, who said he’d gotten scared of being assaulted by the woman’s boyfriend, who’d started yelling at him following the collision. Police sent a report to t a report to the Bremerton City Attorney’s Office for possible charging.

Burglary, 1000 Callahan Drive: A woman reported waking up June 12 to find a strange man in her home. She screamed and he ran out of the house. She told officers he hadn’t taken anything of value. The suspect evidentially left his shoes behind, as well as a credit card with a name that might be associated with the suspect, police said. Officers continue to investigate the case.

Found with drugs, 300 West Street: Bremerton police were called into the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to assist with a case June 12. Authorities there said a couple were “acting suspiciously” inside a Naval store, and may have been shoplifting. When they were searched, officers found drug paraphernalia and a few grams of meth and heroin. They were taken to jail.

Burglary, 4300 Kitsap Way: A woman called to say the garage where she lives, modified to be a residence, was broken into June 12. A blu-ray player, laptop and DVDs were taken. Police are investigating.

Shoplifting, 4100 Kitsap Way: A woman at Rite Aid allegedly put a bottle of vodka in her purse June 13 and took it to the bathroom, where store security could hear her trying to remove the bottle’s security device. The woman admitted to stealing the liquor and said it was because her friend was throwing a party. She was released by police but a report of the case was sent to the Bremerton City Attorney’s Office for charging.

Shoplifting, 300 Callow Avenue: A store owner said four men came into her store June 13 and took a video game by removing the disc from the box it came in. The store is reviewing security footage as police continue their investigation.

Threats with a stick, 900 Callow Avenue: Police were called to Safeway June 13 for a man who was waving around a large stick and threatening shoppers — including ones with children — in the parking lot. He was found a 7-Eleven and taken to the Kitsap County Jail. He’s also been trespassed from Safeway.

Driving while intoxicated, 1700 Sheridan Road: An officer stopped a car June 14 for going 37 mph in a 25 mph zone. The driver had watery and bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol, police said. She took field sobriety tests and blew a .10 blood alcohol level, more than the state’s .08 legal limit for driving. She was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Car theft, 4900 Auto Center Way: A woman reported her car stolen from her residence June 15. Police got the description and quickly found the car, and its driver, on the 2000 block of Sixth Street. The driver said he had permission and that he and the owner had spent the night together; the owner begged to differ, saying she’d given the man a ride a few times but that she had a boyfriend and he was at her residence. The driver was taken to jail on suspicion of stealing the car. When he was informed bail was set at $25,000, “he laughed and said he would be home before me.”

Domestic assault, 500 South Constitution Avenue: Police responded to a residence June 15 where a woman had allegedly been punched by her mother-in-law. Officers found that things had been “brewing” inside the house for sometime and when the suspect mother-in-law was found smoking — forbidden under house rules due to children living there — an argument ensued. A punch was thrown by the mother in law, causing redness on the alleged victim’s cheek. The alleged victim may have had a game counsel in her hand during the fight but police do not think she used it as a weapon. The mother-in-law was taken to jail.

The police blotter is compiled from the reports of the Bremerton Police Department. 

 


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