Top Stories of 2007

It’s getting to be that time again where the reporters around here compile the stories of 2007 that impacted our lives most.

Some of those stories are obvious (can anyone say flood?). Some are less so.

I’d like to give you a chance to name what you believe are the top stories this year. In the meantime, here are five below that I’ve brainstormed.

Robin L. Harper, the pastor of a small church in South Colby, was arrested in October and charged with rape and molestation for his alleged sexual relationships with several young women in the church. After one woman, now 20 years old, came forward with her story, at least nine others told police they were victims as well. Harper remains in the Kitsap County jail awaiting trial.

Edward E. Scott, Naval Base Kitsap’s command master chief, was arrested in mid-March in a sting operation by police that lured him to a hotel room for what he thought was sex with a mother and two twin children. The local Navy’s highest enlisted man, Scott pleaded guilty in April to immoral communication with a minor and attempted rape of a child. He was given a nine-month jail sentence and three years of treatment for the crime.

A Kingston man who worked as a counselor at a Bainbridge Island Elementary School was allegedly killed by his own son Oct. 11 at the family’s South Kingston road home. Jeffrey Allen McKinstry, 53, was found stabbed to death and Garrett J. McKinstry, 21, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. McKinstry remains jailed on $1 million bail and is awaiting trial.

An early morning fire March 13 killed 8-year-old Ariana N. Hathaway, a second grader at West Hills Elementary School. The Hathaway family was displaced by the blaze, which destroyed their Charlotte Avenue home in Navy Yard City, but several fundraisers and community events in the months after the fire helped them get back on their feet.

A Bremerton man Oct. 2 is believed to have shot his ex-girlfriend several times in a car while their children sat in the back seat. Darrin D. Maiden, 28, was caught days later in Tacoma and charged by Kitsap County Prosecutors with first-degree assault. Angel Mitchell, the woman he’s accused of shooting, was able to recover from the wounds. Maiden remains in Kitsap County jail on $1 million bail and is awaiting trial.

3 thoughts on “Top Stories of 2007

  1. 1)
    Gregoire Seeks $100 Million for New Ferries; PT-Seattle Run Begins
    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007
    Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday proposed retiring the state’s four oldest ferries and quickly building replacement boats at a cost of about $100 million.
    Interim service to the Olympic Peninsula is scheduled to begin today with foot-passenger service from Port Townsend to downtown Seattle, and car-ferry service to Whidbey Island next month, the governor announced.

    $99 Fee Spells the End of Three School Districts’ Participation in Spelling Bee
    Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007
    The Bremerton, Central Kitsap and South Kitsap school districts say budget pressures and competition for instructional time were behind the move to discontinue schools’ participation in the annual bee after a fee was instituted for the first time. Students from those districts who want to participate will have to enter the home school category.

    Amid Newspaper Industry Turmoil, Kitsap Sun to Cut Five Newsroom Jobs
    Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007
    Citing economic pressures facing media companies nationwide, the Kitsap Sun announced Tuesday that it will reduce the size of its editorial staff by five full-time positions.

    Port Townsend Car Ferry Out for a Year — or More
    Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007
    Transportation leaders in the Legislature recommended Monday that four aging state ferries be scrapped rather than repaired — a move that could delay the return of car-ferry service between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island for a year or more.

    Frank Talk One of the Roles of Harrison Rape Clinic Nurses
    Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007
    Using a model that had been pioneered elsewhere, Harrison Medical Center formed a sexual assault clinic about 10 years ago. Nurses at the clinic now do outreach in area high schools.

    From the Editor’s Desk: Sun, Readers Collaborated for First-Rate Real-Time Flood Reports
    Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007

    In my opinion… Sharon O’Hara

  2. Bremerton Marina Tax Fell Under Public’s Radar

    Voters in the August primary demonstrated their distaste for the port commissioners’ decision to impose the tax when 55 percent of them picked a challenger in the port race over an 18-year incumbent. At a debate for port candidates on Oct. 4, one audience member equated the tax to the port commissioners reaching into residents’ wallets and taking money without permission.

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