Monthly Archives: April 2010

Police blotter: Man goes door-to-door looking for a fight


It must be getting hard to find people willing to trade face punches these days. After trying to provoke a fight at a Winslow Way bar, a man tried his luck at the grocery store across the street and then the pizzeria down the block. His fight fantasy went unfulfilled when police handcuffed him outside the pizzeria. He vowed to fight (and sue) once he is released from jail.

Blotter’s below.

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Designs for new Bainbridge Art Museum unveiled

Ten designs for a new nonprofit art museum were unveiled on Monday.

“This museum is going to be an icon on Bainbridge Island,” said John Baker, president of Bainbridge Art Museum’s board, during a gathering of supporters at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Set to open in the fall of 2011 as part of the Island Gateway development on Winslow Way, the museum will specialize in the works of living Bainbridge and Kitsap County artists.

“It will show art from our time, our place,” Baker said.

For more, read HERE.

BI man back in jail after recent rape charge

A Bainbridge Island man is back in jail after being accused of coming too close to a woman he is suspected of sexually assaulting, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

Markus A. Felder, 27 was accused by Kitsap County prosecutors of second-degree rape Feb. 3. Police arrested him Feb. 1, saying in Kitsap County Superior Court documents he’d raped an adult woman at a High School Road address.

Felder told police the encounter was consensual, court documents said.

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Reality TV chef got his start at BI’s Streamliner Diner

Reality TV chef Marcel Vigneron credited the Streamliner Diner for sparking his interest in cooking.

Here’s a bit from an interview LA Weekly did with him:

“What happened was that I was going to high school, and my parents were like [in old folks accent], You need to go out and get a job and start making some money. So I was like, Okay. And I started working at a little diner, it was called Streamliner Diner on Bainbridge as a dishwasher. And realized that dishwashing was kind of like grunt work and it wasn’t really for me. And I saw these prep cooks working with like vegetables and stuff and I was like, Oooh, that looks like a glamour job.”

Vigneron was on season two of Top Chef, a reality TV competition show that airs on the cable network Bravo.

He’s now a chef at Bar210, “a posh lounge” near the Beverly Hills Hillton, according to the Weekly.

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

Concrete poured into Island Gateway storm drain

A construction manager at the Island Gateway development says concrete powder was deliberately dumped into one of the site’s stormwater drains.

According to police reports, the manager found the drain, which sits about 50 feet north of Winslow Way, clogged with hardened concrete on Tuesday morning. The concrete was caught in a drain “sock” where it hardened into a large block, police said. The drain flows directly into Eagle Harbor.

The manager said no concrete powder was being stored at the work site at the time of the dumping.

The manager told police that the incident could have been “damaging” to his company. Had state environmental regulators seen the concrete, the company likely would have been fined, he said.

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Inslee says Internet freedoms are under threat

Rep. Jay Inslee recently sounded a warning that Internet freedoms are under threat by a recent federal court ruling.

The Bainbridge Democrat said the ruling will allow Internet service providers to restricting access to certain content and websites.

“Put simply, service providers would have the power to control the pipes that deliver content to consumers and with it the ability to play favorites or discriminate against bits of data,” Inslee said in a Seattle Times guest editorial.

Read more HERE.

Bainbridge distillery (finally) opens

It took an extra eight months, but Bainbridge Organic Distillers is now selling spirits from its Coppertop Loop distillery.

Bottles of island-made vodka going for around $33.

A small batch of whiskey should be ready in time for Christmas. A wait list has already been established and is filling fast.

Like the name implies, all of Bainbridge Organic Distillers’ products are organic – even its line of t-shirts and hoodies.

For more, read my story (and see video) HERE.

Senior center reconstruction plan is “out the door”

Plans to replace the Bainbridge senior center with a new $9 million dollar facility have fizzled out.

“It’s out the door,” said Tom Kilbane, a senior center member who has long championed the reconstruction.

Rather than push for a new multi-use, two story facility, senior center members are asking the city to help them make basic improvements on the existing building.

For more, read HERE.

City utilities transfer could lead to several job cuts

The proposal to transfer the city’s water and sewer utilities to the Kitsap Public Utility District could slash monthly water bills by as much as half.

More on that HERE.

The move would also likely mean the city would let go several – possibly even 21 – employees who work directly and indirectly with utilities.

Below is a breakdown of the full-time employee (FTE) equivalents working in city departments. For example, a .25 FTE is equal to a quarter-time employee, or a quarter of one employee’s work time.

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Bainbridge Island Land Trust sues landowner over new driveway

Head over HERE to read my story about the Bainbridge Island Land Trust‘s legal battle with a North Madison Avenue landowner.

BILT contends that Joseph Lachac broke a conservation easement agreement by clearing plants and at least one tree to make way for a rerouted section of his driveway. Lachac says he has the right to improve his driveway, and stresses that he has replanted the abandoned section with native plants.