Police blotter: Man threatens to stab his designated driver


An intoxicated Bainbridge man threatened to stab the man who drove him home from a Poulsbo house party.

Also this week, police investigated a fire at a homeless camp, and a strange package was dropped off at the library.

Dec. 9
Threatened: A Port Orchard man reported that an unknown Bainbridge man threatened him with what may have been a knife on Old Mill Road just after 10 p.m. The Port Orchard man said he had agreed to drive the Bainbridge man home from a house party in Poulsbo. The Bainbridge man was intoxicated and could not drive his SUV safely. The two began arguing about a woman at the party before exiting the SUV on Old Mill. “Do you want me to stab you?” the Bainbridge man reportedly asked the Port Orchard man before throwing what may have been a knife in his direction. The object disappeared in some roadside bushes. The Bainbridge man then drove away, leaving the Port Orchard man to call a taxi. Police were unable to locate the Bainbridge man.

Dec. 7
Fire: Police were called to investigate a fire at a homeless encampment near Madison Avenue just before 3:45 p.m. A nearby resident had reported seeing smoke from the wooded area for two days. Police found smoke coming from the ground under undisturbed leaves. Firefighters dug through several feet of ash without finding a source. The fire is believed to have been burning for several days and may have traveled the route of a tree root. The area was littered with garbage, firewood, tarps and other items that indicated use by homeless people.

Dec. 6
Suspicious: A suspicious package found to contain photos of electronics and women in fashion poses was left in the Bainbridge Public Library book drop. The package was labeled “Out Takes” and had a strong cigarette smoke odor. A similar package had been dropped off a few months ago. An officer retrieved the package, donned rubber gloves and opened it. The contents appeared to be print-outs from various Internet searches. “The papers did not appear threatening, but simply annoying,” the officer reported. The papers were placed in evidence.

Theft: About $170 was reported stolen from the Subway sandwich shop on High School Road. A manager said about $100 was missing from the cash register and $70 appeared to have been taken from a safe. Security cameras in the shop were not facing the register or safe.

Dec. 5
Burglary: Several items valued at $3,600 were reported stolen from an unlocked Miller Road home. Stolen items included an iPad, two gold rings and two gold and diamond necklaces. The burglary is believed to have occurred between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.