A Bremerton cop who reluctantly accepted a
“believe in miracles” plaque on the beat hung it up in the squad
room as an “attempt to foster a sense of encouragement to my fellow
officers.” All that and more in this week’s edition of the
Bremerton police blotter.
Here’s my report from the line-up board at department
Welfare check, 1100 16th Street: Police were called
the night of Oct. 22 to Olympic College to check up on an allegedly
intoxicated male. They found a man who was “carrying bandages and
had all sorts of monitor connections on his chest and stomach.” The
man evidently had just gotten out of the hospital and was concerned
about someone who he said had just crashed a car in a ditch. Police
offered the man a ride back to the hospital. He agreed.
Theft and a warrant, 2900 Wheaton Way: Police went to
the Midway Inn the night of Oct. 22, where a man said he had about
$5,000 in cash stolen out of the Inn’s computer room. He said he
had all the money because he was moving to Reno, where a job was
waiting for him. Police reviewed the surveillance at the hotel but
it proved inconclusive. However, the man had an arrest warrant for
assault in Bremerton Municipal Court and so he was taken to the
Kitsap County jail. Police have no other leads as to what might
have happened to his cash.
Vehicle prowling, 100 Lilac Lane: A woman reported
that a man was inside her car on Lilac Lane just before 5 a.m. Oct.
23. Police converged on the area to only find one man, who was
“acting nervous,” was “panting heavily” and had soaked shoes, pants
and coat. The man initially gave police a false name but came clean
about it eventually. He had a felony warrant for probation
violation. He said he was prowling to help feed his wife, and that
the pair live below the Madrona Inn in a tent by the highway. She
came up to take possession of his stuff and he was taken to the
Kitsap County jail.
DUI, Wheaton Way at Sheridan Road: An officer stopped
a woman driving for malfunctioning brake lights early Oct. 24. The
officer smelled intoxicants coming from her person. She was found
to have a .15 blood-alcohol level. An open container of beer was
found inside her car. She was taken to the Kitsap County jail.
Welfare check: Police were called the night of Oct.
24 to check on elderly woman who’d been inside the Bremerton ferry
terminal for about eight hours. The woman also had a bag full of
Christmas presents with her. The woman seemed confused to police
but said she lives in a home where there’s construction going on.
She was friendly but seemed to have no one to pick her up. So the
officer gave her a ride home. For the gesture, the woman insisted
on giving the officer a gift. Despite the officer’s efforts to
refuse, he relented and took the gift, which was a plaque that
reads “Believe in Miracles.” “I hung it in the line-up room in an
attempt to foster a sense of encouragement to my fellow officers,”
the cop wrote in his report.
Burglary, 100 South Summit: Officers were called the
night of Oct. 24 for a burglary at someone’s attached garage. A
thief or thieves broke in through a sliding door and took a table
saw and some tools. Police have no suspects.
Hit and run, 11th Street at North Callow Avenue: A
man told police early Oct. 25 that he’d been driving on 11th Street
headed east when a car came through the red light on Callow and
struck his vehicle. The damage included a broken axle on the truck.
A headlight of the car that hit the truck fell off at the scene.
Police searched the area for the car but could not find it.
Criminal trespassing, 4300 Wheaton Way: Police
ultimately found six people inside the Old Lowes building, near
Wheaton Way at Riddell Road, late Oct. 25. Some of the suspects
claimed they were bored and it was during a power outage, so they
went with a friend who had a key to the building. Only after
officers surrounded the building and then went inside did the six
come out. They were all taken to the Kitsap County jail for
Road rage, 3400 Kitsap Way: A road rage incident
nearly turned violent the afternoon of Oct. 28 in the parking lot
of Papa Murphy’s. Two cars were headed east on Kitsap Way, with
one, driven by the suspect, swerving toward the alleged victim’s,
who then flipped the suspect the bird. The alleged victim heard a
“thud” on his car and then called 911. While the alleged victim
waited in the parking lot of Papa Murphy’s, the suspect came to the
lot, pulled a baseball bat and allegedly threatened the other
driver. Then the suspect left. Witnesses confirmed the threats and
the bat. Police drove to the suspect’s nearby home and arrested
him. He was taken to the Kitsap County jail.
Vehicle prowling, 600 Fourth Street: A man reported
that his truck was broken into Oct. 28 while parked in the SEEFlim
Theater parking lot. The man, who worked from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
came out to find what he thought was his locked truck unlocked and
numerous items missing, including two cell phones. Police have no
DUI, 2900 Wheaton Way: Police stopped a driver on the
road for speeding shortly before 2 a.m. Oct. 31. The driver had a
strong smell of alcohol coming from her, officers said. She blew a
.14 blood-alcohol level, almost twice the legal limit. She said
she’d consumed three beers; officers were skeptical but she said
they were “strong beers. 2/11s.” She was booked into the Kitsap
Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan’s
weekly update included a few incidents worth noting as
This Would Have Done George
Costanza Proud: We received information that a
suspect in a serious felony was at an address in West
Bremerton. He had five (5!) misdemeanor warrants and a felony
arrest warrant for Rape of a Child. Officers surrounded the
residence and knocked at the front door. The man opened the
back window and began his exit when he was confronted by Officer
Brandon Greenhill. The man then ran to the front door
and almost knocked over a pregnant woman trying to get out.
Officer John Bogen deployed his Taser at the man while he was
at the front door, and he made his first good decision of the day,
giving up and being taken into custody. He went to jail.
Dave’s Not Here
Man…: We have been looking for a man wanted on a Burglary
warrant all week, and Officer Jordan Ejde went to an address
seeking this ne’er-do-well. We had information the man had
been living at an empty house outside of our city. While
being assisted by Officer Jacob Switzer, Jordan observed a bike
leaned up against a shed. The officer knocked on the shed and
heard a male’s voice inside. The officer said he was “Greg”
and “had his $20 bucks.” The suspect opened the door and was
taken into custody. The man has 233 contacts and 29
separate booking photos. He is in jail thanks to some good police
work, and another strong message sent by our department.
Also, this week Officer Chris Faidley located a car
that had crashed into the steps of the Synagogue at 11th St and Veneta Ave. The driver had
suffered a seizure while driving, and fortunately had only minor
injuries. The damage to the building was also minor, but the
man’s vintage 1966 Mustang did not fare so well.
Strachan also has info about a new scam:
We sent out a message on our Twitter account this
week about a scam being perpetrated nationwide, in which people
receive calls from someone saying they are with the IRS, and
demanding payment for back taxes owed. We have reports of
several people in our city receiving this call, and unfortunately
one man sent $16,000 to the scammers. It is infuriating to
think that someone lost that much of their hard-earned money to
these criminals. Here is more information on the
And finally, the High 5 criminal list is out: