Bremerton Stories Behind the Stories

Yesterday evening as I was driving home I hit a spot along Trenton Avenue in which there is no cell coverage. When I got into Ilahee my phone buzzed and showed I had a voice message. I figured it was probably my wife asking when I’d be home. It wasn’t.


I pulled into my driveway at home and listened to the message. It was a woman from California calling to give me details about her brother, who was being airlifted to Seattle following a fight in Bremerton. She had other details about the fight that I’m not sure Bremerton Police want publicized at this point so I’ll simply refer you to Wednesday’s Code 911. (It’s the bottom one.)

Next I called Josh Farley, our police reporter, the one who regularly compiles Code 911 items. He said he had heard there might be someone getting flown to Seattle, but couldn’t get any information. He said I should contact our night reporter for this week, Julie McCormick. I called her, gave her the information that I had, then called the woman in California. She gave me a lot more information, including the patient’s name. I called Julie and left that information on her voice mail.

Occasionally police won’t want certain information published because it could tip off criminals that police know something. I’m not sure how many wrong-doers of this kind read our paper or the online site, but sometimes they have friends or family who do.

At this point I’m not certain how much information Julie was able to get from police, but you see the results in the code item. I would expect there could be more information in the next few days. At least I hope there is. If what the victim’s sister said is true, there were some interesting details.

In other news, you may remember the story of a man who was accidentally shot with a real gun instead of a Taser in June when he was up a tree, refusing to come down. That incident earned Kitsap County Sheriffs national headlines and a Schrammie from KOMO’s Ken Schram.

On Wednesday we have a new story about the same guy, this time wearing only a T-shirt around his waist, having to be coaxed down from a roof. Lloyd Pritchett, our Web editor, posted that news item last night with the headline, “Near-Naked Man Climbs Atop Bremerton Home.” I told him that our site would now get hits from people typing the word “naked” in their search engines. I don’t know if that’s true, but today’s headline doesn’t have the word in it and as of about noon the story got more hits yesterday.

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