Daily Archives: September 22, 2008

Police blotter: parkour practitioners busted on school roof

Parkour practitioners (or “traceurs,” as they’re called in the sport’s homeland) took their fleet-footed stylings to the roof of Blakely Elementary. That is, until their practice session was halted by Bainbridge police.

Sort of like skateboarding but without a skateboard, or circus acrobatics without the tights, parkour is a newfangled French sport in which the urban environment is used as an obstacle course. Read all about it here, and see a traceur (and an angry chicken) perform here.

An officer heard me chuckling as I read the police report on the parkour-bust. I thought the four teens must have been pulling the arresting officer’s leg with the parkour excuse. Not true, the officer told me. There are actually quite a few traceurs on the island, he said. They mostly stay close to the ground, preferring planters, bike racks and benches to leap and flip over. He said hopping atop rooftops is a new development.

Also this week, harassment is spread via Harley on Winslow Way and a Point Monroe man’s grass is stolen (no, not that grass).

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Teens get diversion agreements for police vehicle vandalism

Read Kitsap Sun police reporter Josh Farley’s story on the price two Bainbridge teens must pay for painting and slashing the tires of police vehicles in June.

County prosecutors will drop vandalism charges against two Bainbridge Island teens if they stay crime-free for a year, do community service, and pay back the police department for the eight patrol cars they damaged.

Samuel Bice, 18, and Colin Bowman, 18, have entered the felony diversion program, according to Chris Casad, Kitsap County deputy prosecutor.

Bice and Bowman were arrested by Bainbridge police in June after an investigation revealed the pair had painted eight patrol cars and slashed the tires on some of them, including Chief Matt Haney’s vehicle, which was at his home. Some of the cars had “08” painted on them. The incidents occurred around the time of the island’s “paint night” tradition for Bainbridge High School’s graduating seniors.

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Sand pit’s stop work order upheld

The city hearing examiner denied an appeal this week by a local development company forced to halt work on a 4-acre sand pit operation on the island’s south end.

In her decision, Hearing Examiner Margaret Klockars affirmed the city’s late June decision to halt the operation at the intersection of Fletcher Bay and Lynwood Center roads for violating land use permit rules and possibly endangering the largely residential area’s underground water supply.

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