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Bainbridge police blotter, March 5

The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on the Bainbridge Conversation blog link on the right side of the screen.

March 3

Driving under the influence/liquor: A woman living on the 600 block of Madison Avenue was arrested for driving under the influence and transported to the Kitsap County Jail. She was stopped near Sportsman Road after 11 p.m. driving with her two dogs in the vehicle. The woman’s Breathalyzer readings were .191 and .195. Washington’s legal limit is .08. The woman had a prior DUI in March 2007 and resisting arrest. In addition to receiving traffic infraction ticket, she also received a ticket for expired registration and no proof of insurance.

Identity theft: A 39-year-old man reported someone in Atlanta, Ga., fraudulently used a credit card of his to spend $3,000 after Feb. 26. The purchases were at McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, CVS Pharmacy, Bloomingdale’s and other businesses.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 29-year-old man living on the 500 block of Madison Avenue was taken to the Kitsap County Jail by an officer from the Kitsap County Sherriff’s Office. The man had a Department of Corrections warrant.

Lost property: A 62-year-old woman lost her silver Samsung Integrity cellphone sometime during the afternoon of Feb. 20 and 8 a.m. Feb. 21. The phone was valued at $400 and was five months old.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 22-year-old Poulsbo woman working at the Bainbridge McDonald’s restaurant was arrested for a warrant for use/possession of drug paraphernalia with a $5,000 bail.

Theft in the third degree: A 43-year-old woman living on High School Road reported losing a package delivered to her home on Feb. 18 when it was dropped off in the lobby of the condominium complex where she lives. Video surveillance didn’t show the area where the apparent theft took place well enough to see either when the package arrived or departed.

Vehicle prowling in the second degree: A woman who was walking around Battle Point Park for about 30 minutes returned to her car to find her right rear window of her vehicle smashed. The woman’s brown leather purse and wallet were taken from inside the vehicle. The purse contained her driver’s license, military ID card and prescription for Lorazepam, a drug used for treating anxiety, according to MedicineNet.com.

Collision: A 19-year-old Poulsbo woman struck a tree on the shoulder of the roadway with her car while she was driving on state Highway 305 near Sportsman Club Road at 5:40 a.m. She drove approximately 200 feet on the shoulder before coming to a stop. The front passenger side wheel was torn off from the impact. The driver said she had closed her eyes for a second and when she opened them her vehicle was off the roadway.


March 2

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 27-year-old Seattle woman was stopped by an officer with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office following a warrant confirmation. The woman had a driving while license suspended in the third degree misdemeanor with a $5,000 bail.

Harassment: A 66-year-old man was stopped after it was reported he was harassing passengers at the ferry terminal. The man said his behavior was triggered by a taxi driver calling him a racial slur. The officer who responded to the incident caught up to the man at a nearby grocery store and reported that he smelled alcohol on the man’s breath. The man agreed to stop his unruly behavior.

Theft in the third degree: A 39-year-old man living on High School Road was accused of stealing a woman’s earrings, which were oblong pearls with gold hoops. The man was hired by a woman, who lived on Wyatt Way, to transfer files to her new computer in her home after she met him on the street. There was no proof the earrings were stolen since the business that was selling them or the woman had any proof how they acquired them, and the man denied involvement.

March 1

Driving while intoxicated/liquor: A 30-year-old man living on the 100 block of Madison Avenue was arrested for driving while intoxicated after 1:30 a.m. He blew a .206 and a .199 on a Breathalyzer machine. The man was transported to the Kitsap County Jail and booked with a bail of $5,000. He was given a March 3 court date.

Feb. 28

Patrol check: A 71-year-old man requested patrol checks in the area of Battle Point Drive and Salmon Run Lane for speeding vehicles. He requested special emphasis between 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. when a school bus drops off children in the area.

Feb. 26

Theft in the second degree: A 58-year-old Hansville man had the front side passenger tire/rim missing when he returned to his car, which was parked in the gravel area of the Park N Ride lot facing the fire station. A finger and palm print of the suspect(s) was lifted from the car, which had lots of pollen and dust on it. A woman whose car was parked next to the Hansville man’s car reported seeing an unknown woman and man appearing to change a tire on the Hansville man’s car at 4 p.m. The woman said the suspects didn’t look or act suspicious.

Feb. 25

Suspicious incident: A woman living on Fletcher Bay Road reported suspicious transactions involving her online home business of sewing custom pillows. The woman had questionable orders for $5,000 and $14,300. Neither order went through. Police believed multiple victims of credit card theft had their cards stolen and those cards were used to purchase the pillows by the suspect, which used addresses in Turkey and Haiti.

Citizens’ Police Academy 2: Drug Recognition Expert

This is the second of 9 entries in a column about reporter Ethan Fowler’s participation in the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy.

Learning the basics of drugs and alcohol – as well as the devastating impact of both – was discussed in easy-to-follow fashion by Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Corn Tuesday night.

Corn has strong ties to Bainbridge. In fact, his police career in many ways started there when he participated as a 16-year-old in the Winslow Police Department’s cadet program in 1989. After working five years with the Army’s military police, Corn served eight years with the Bainbridge Island P.D. before joining the Kitsap Sheriff’s Office eight years ago.

Corn told the crowd of 12 Citizens’ Academy participants that he was one of the 211 certified Drug Recognition Expert police officers employed in the state.

Driving while intoxicated offenses started Corn’s interesting PowerPoint presentation. He said people can be arrested for a DUI even if they blow below the state’s legal limit of .08 for alcohol on a Breathalyzer if it’s determined that they’re at all impaired. Refusing to take a Breathalyzer test can result in a driver losing their driver’s license for at least a year.

“In my experience they’re very accurate,” Corn said of Breathalyzer machines.

Drugs were also explained and broken down by Corn. This included:

— Central Nervous System Depressants, such as alcohol and valium. They affect speech, coordination and mobility.

— Central Nervous System Stimulants, which includes caffeine, cocaine, meth and Ritalin. They increase physical activity, mental alertness and attention span.

— Hallucinogens, such as LSD, Ecstasy, peyote, mushrooms. They amplify the mood you’re in.

— Dissociative Anesthetics, which includes PCP, cough syrup and Ketamine. They produce feelings of detachment.

— Narcotic Analgesics, such as heroin and morphine. These drugs are highly addictive and cause severe withdrawal symptoms. People who use these often have a gravelly voice.

— Inhalants, which includes gasoline, aerosols, anesthetic gas, gold paint. They produce slurred speech, impaired judgment and confusion.

— Marijuana. This drug can relax inhibitions, shorten attention span and make you paranoid. I was surprised to hear Corn say that the active ingredient used in marijuana in the 1960s was 3 percent and now it’s more than 40 percent.

To make it easy to review all the drugs he talked about, Corn also distributed a handy notecard from the Washington State Patrol with the Drug Recognition Uniform guide for the abovementioned drugs.

Corn wrapped up his two-hour talk by showing videos – some disturbing – of people who were experiencing some of the effects drugs he talked about.

His last video showed the deadly results of an alcohol-related crash of rookie Seattle Police officer Joselito Alvarez Barber, 26, who died in 2006 when the patrol car he was driving was broadsided at 80 mph by a woman driving an SUV who had four warrants, including a DUI warrant.

Corn said the video tribute to Barber and his sacrifice reminded him of why he does his job and the importance of it.


Next week: Our class will learn about police office procedures and critical incidents.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Deputy Rob Corn. Photo Josh Farley/Kitsap Sun
Deputy Rob Corn of the
Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
Photo Josh Farley/Kitsap Sun