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.
SK PASTOR ARRESTED
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.
MASTER CHIEF ARRESTED
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.
BI COUNSELOR ALLEGEDLY MURDERED BY SON
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.
GIRL DIES IN NAVY YARD CITY FIRE
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.
WOMAN SHOT WITH CHILDREN IN BACKSEAT
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.