Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 30


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

Crime log stats from July 20 to July 26: 7 traffic accidents, 5 found property, 4 miscellaneous, 3 thefts in the third degree, 2 assaults in the fourth degree, 2 burglaries in the second degree, 1 mailbox theft, 1 agency assist, 1 other crimes against property, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 bicycle theft, 1 residential burglary, 1 violation of no contact order, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 false alarm unknown cause, 1 suspicious persons/situations, 1 hit and run/unattended property damage, 1 indecent liberties, 1 verbal dispute, 1 runaway, 1 mental investigation, 1 driving under the influence/liquor, 1 malicious mischief in the second degree, 1 disorderly conduct.

July 28
Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 34-year-old Bremerton woman was stopped at 6:45 a.m. by an officer after he ran the license plate of the car the woman was driving. The woman had been charged with driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree for failure to appear in court for unpaid tickets. The woman said had been making payments to keep her license, but lost her job and stopped making payments.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 43-year-old Poulsbo man who had a warrant out for his arrest for drinking while intoxicated was stopped by a Bremerton Police Department officer at 9:02 p.m. at 17th Street and Warren Avenue. Bainbridge Police confirmed the man’s warrant, which carried a $5,000 bail, and faxed a copy to the Kitsap County Jail.

July 27
Identity theft: A woman living on the 9000 block of Tidal Court reported that she had been a victim of identity theft after receiving a copy of her credit report. She said she had accounts opened “left and right” that she didn’t open or authorize.

Mailbox theft: At 2:51 p.m. police were notified that mail theft had occurred at Miller and Day roads. The caller advised police that she had seen people in a white over tan 1966 Ford Mustang stealing mail from mailboxes. The car, which had a Missouri license plate, was last seen on State Route 305 southbound. When police ran the license plate the caller had provided, the license tab had expired in March. Officers were unable to locate the suspects after checking the area.

Failure to transfer title of motor vehicle: A 26-year-old man from Poulsbo was stopped as he drove his car at 8:45 a.m. on Sportsman Club Road at Wardwell Road. When the officer ran the car’s license plate, it indicated that the vehicle’s tab had expired in May and a report of sale of Feb. 28. The officer then noticed that the vehicle was displaying a “7” sticker for July on the license plate, making it appear that the car’s tab was current. The driver said he was aware he purchased the car in February and just hadn’t transferred the title, and that he had just gotten the car running. When asked about the incorrect month tab, the man said he must have put the tab from his other car on the wrong vehicle. The man also had an expired insurance card and no vehicle registration. Department of Licensing also advised the officer that the man had a driving while license suspended in the third degree arrest as of July 25 for failure to appear in court for unpaid tickets. The officer cited the man for failing to transfer the title of the car he was driving, driving while license suspended in the third degree and for no proof of insurance. The passenger in the car told the officer her license was in good standing and that she would drive the car from its stopped location.

July 26
Miscellaneous: An intoxicated 47-year-old man was found in the common bathroom of an apartment complex at 10:20 p.m. on the 200 block of High School Road. The man was a guest of a tenant in the past, but was told he was no longer wanted on the premise. An officer told the man if he returned to the location he would be arrested for criminal trespassing. The man said he understood the directive and wouldn’t return.

Burglary in the second degree: A possible burglary was reported by a restaurant on Madison Avenue at 4 p.m. However, restaurant employees and officers couldn’t find anything missing. An employee said the front door was unlocked when he arrived at noon, but didn’t think anything of it because he incorrectly assumed the co-owner had unlocked the door.

Traffic accident: A male French tourist was riding a rental bike from the ferry terminal bike rental shop with three other friends, who were also French tourists, south on Madison Avenue near Parfitt Way at 2:44 p.m. The man was riding too fast and used the bike’s front brake to abruptly stop. This caused the man to be launched off the bike and onto the pavement. Bainbridge Fire medics determined the man sustained torn shoulder ligaments and a collarbone injury before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

Disorderly conduct, criminal trespass in the second degree: A 47-year-old intoxicated married woman starting banging on a door of a home on the 200 block of Ferncliff Avenue at 11:30 p.m. She also started honking her vehicle’s car horn to get the attention of her 39-year-old boyfriend, who lives with his deaf mother. The boyfriend told the woman to leave, but she refused. An officer suggested to the man that he may want to consider getting a restraining order against the woman. Because the woman was drunk, officers offered the woman a ride home and she obliged.

Malicious mischief in the second degree, disorderly conduct: A 33-year-old intoxicated man was charged with malicious mischief and disorderly conduct after he caused $2,500 damage to a parked car in the ferry terminal parking lot at 1:37 a.m. When police arrived, one of the man’s arms was bleeding and the man was uncooperative. The man apparently arrived at the terminal with friends and started swinging around a golf club, which attracted the attention of ferry personnel who told him to stop. Although the rest of the friends boarded the ferry to Seattle the man swinging the golf club couldn’t be found by his friends on the ferry. It was later discovered that the man had broken out the back hatch window of a parked car that was 25 feet from where police officers found him. There were also blood marks on the asphalt next to the vehicle. The man was booked into Kitsap County Jail after he was taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries.

July 25
Driving while intoxicated/alcohol: A 40-year-old man was stopped as he drove southbound on Miller Road at 11:12 p.m. for driving 45 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. When the officer approached the man, he smelled alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The man provided a .139 and .140 Breathalyzer test and was transported to the Kitsap County Jail without incident with a $5,000 bail. At age 21, someone who registers at least a .08 percent on a Breathalyzer test can be charged for DUI in Washington state.

July 23
Suspicious incident/investigation: At 12:27 p.m., an unknown man drove into the yard of a home on the 10000 block of Mariner Lane. The man told the woman, who was in her yard at the time, that he was looking for a construction site but didn’t have an address. The man soon left quickly. The woman believed the man was casing her place because she lives down a long, secluded driveway. The man was in his 20s or 30s, white, clean cut with reddish blonde hair. He drove a silver 150 or 250 pickup truck. The woman didn’t get the license plate number on the truck the man was driving.


About Ethan Fowler

Ethan Fowler has more than 20 years of journalism experience with 19 years of daily and weekly newspaper experience covering news, features and sports, as well as being an editor for 14 of those years. He has won several writing awards over the years in Washington state, Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including award-winning investigative journalism. Fowler was paid by the Review & Herald Publishing Association in 2009 to co-author a book, "Brushed Back: The Story of Trevor Bullock," with his wife. The book details the real life of a top minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his Christian faith. "Brushed Back" has sold more than 2,000 copies since its release.