Daily Archives: September 12, 2012

Police Blotter: Screaming man inspires threat of vigilante justice


An intoxicated man screaming in the woods near Madrona Way on Sept. 7 prompted a threat of vigilante justice from a bat-wielding neighbor.

Also this week, an experimental, arrow-shooting rifle was reported stolen from a closet, and a cyclist was airlifted after a crash at Fort Ward.

The blotter is below:

Sept. 7

Public disturbance: A resident in the area of Madrona Way called 911 to report a man screaming in the woods. The resident reportedly told dispatchers he would give the man in the woods “something to scream about” if police didn’t resolve the situation. As police neared the scene they encountered the reporting party walking down the road with a baseball bat. The resident said he was upset because he’d already reported the man in the woods earlier that evening but police hadn’t detained the man. Police asked the resident to go home, and continued on to the end of Madrona Way. Police entered the woods near Ericksen Avenue and found a man lying on his back in the woods, waving his arms and screaming. The 33-year-old man appeared extremely intoxicated and was unable to stand on his own. Police called for medical aid and the man was taken to a Bremerton hospital for apparent alcohol overdose.

Sept. 5

Boaters in distress: A man and woman in a boat flagged down the Bainbridge marine unit near Keyport. The Lake Stevens couple said a belt had broken in the engine and the vessel was disabled. Police towed the boat to the Poulsbo city dock.

Hit and run: A Toyota Highlander sustained significant damage while left unattended in a Winslow Way parking lot. No suspects.

Theft: A Bainbridge man reported a prototype rifle was missing from the closet of his Manitou Beach Road home. The rifle was designed to shoot arrows. The man was unsure when the weapon went missing but suspected it was taken by someone he knew.

Sept. 3

Bicycle crash: A 50-year-old Bainbridge woman was airlifted to a Seattle hospital after crashing on her bicycle near the entrance to Fort Ward Park. The cyclist was approaching the park entrance from Pleasant Beach Drive at about 1 p.m. when her bicycle struck the corner of a speed bump, causing her to lose control. The woman struck her head on impact. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Theft: Police responded to a commercial parking lot near the ferry terminal at 11:45 a.m. for a report of a man steal cash from the payment boxes. Police contacted a man riding a bicycle near the lot, who matched description of the suspect. A wad of cash was visible in the man’s pants pocket. The man admitted to stealing from a pay box and told police he just needed money to “get by.” Police recovered $86 from the man’s pockets. He was booked into Kitsap County jail.

Noise complaint: A resident on the south side of Eagle Harbor reported loud construction noises coming from the ferry maintenance yard on the north side of the harbor. Police met the resident at their Ward Avenue home at about 9:30 a.m. and could hear the noise of sand blasters across the bay. It appeared a sound barrier had been erected at the maintenance yard but it wasn’t muffling all the noise. Police advised the resident to complain to the maintenance yard manager. The resident became enraged and threatened to sue “them.” Police talked to an engineer at the yard who said the contractors working with the sand blasters were nearly finished with their work. A report was taken.

Aug. 29

Collision: A Bainbridge man lost control of his Chevy S10 pickup while turning from Blakely Avenue onto Country Club Road. The man told police the truck fishtailed in the turn, and he had overcorrected and lost control. The truck veered into a ditch and rolled over, landing back on its wheels, facing the roadway. The man was taken to Harrison Hospital for evaluation. The truck appeared to be a total loss.