Bainbridge Island police blotter, Oct. 1


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

Crime log from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27: 4 theft in the third degree, 3 mental investigations, 2 boating/marine incident, 2 theft in the second degree, 2 found property, 2 traffic accidents, 2 identity thefts, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 motor vehicle theft, 1 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 verbal dispute, 1 burglary in the second degree, 1 assault in the fourth degree, 1 residential burglary, 1 malicious mischief in the second degree/driving under the influence.

Sept. 28

Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 58-year-old man living on the 7000 block of Manual Road was stopped by police at Weaver Road and Wyatt Way as he drove his car at 9:45 p.m. Police told the man that his driver’s license was suspended and continuing to drive would open him up to additional penalties. The man said there must’ve been a mistake since he said that he had settled all prior financial responsibilities associated with the car. The man was issued a driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree citation and given a court date.

Animal at large: A gray dog, a blue heeler breed, was running loose on the 4000 block of Bergman Road at 2:39 p.m. The dog came into a neighbor’s yard and started barking viciously at a 63-year-old woman. The woman said the dog started advancing on her and believing it would bite her, she grabbed a shovel to defend herself. The woman told police she had been bitten on the leg by a dog but didn’t report it. However, it wasn’t clear to police if the unreported dog bite was caused by the dog in question. When the officer spoke to the dog’s owners they said the dog had been outside as they were cutting firewood. They said the woman started yelling and chasing the dog with a garden hoe. They also said that the dog had entered her house and chased her into a bedroom, which was different than the woman’s version of the incident. The dog’s owner was informed by police that the Humane Society might call or visit to follow-up on the incident.

Sept. 27

Boating/marine incident: A 35-foot Silverton-brand boat owned by a 38-year-old Issaquah man was carrying seven adults and six children when the boat started sinking at 2:55 p.m. after hitting a rock in Eagle Harbor. The boat contained approximately 150 gallons of oil. The Coast Guard sent representatives via the ferry to Bainbridge Island Marina. After the boat owner’s insurance declined to act on the incident, the Coast Guard assumed jurisdiction and mitigation of the petroleum products on the vessel. Only a light sheen of oil was visible when the police officers cleared the scene.

Sept. 26

Driving while under the influence/drugs: A 24-year-old Tumwater man and a 23-year-old Spanaway woman were stopped by police as they tried to leave the ferry terminal at 12:02 a.m. Ferry terminal employees called police to report the man was possibly under the influence of drugs after he caused $4,000 in damage by breaking windows to enter the terminal’s locked front door. The couple ran from police when they were spotted and got into a dark sedan, but police caught them. The man didn’t initially stop for police, but suddenly did in the middle of the road. When the officer approached the suspect’s vehicle, the driver started to speed off but abruptly stopped again. The two suspects said they had been smoking marijuana and also salvia divinorum, a psychoactive plant that can induce visions. After securing a warrant, the man’s blood was drawn and he was transported to Kitsap County Jail at 4 a.m.

Sept. 25

Residential burglary: A married couple living on the 1000 block of Jeanette Place left their home at 10:30 a.m. and when they returned at 10:16 p.m. they found their home was burglarized. The suspect or suspects entered the home by lifting the master bedroom’s sliding glass door off its rails and pushing it forward into the room with no apparent damage or fingerprints. The couple was aware of the door’s defect. Drawers and cabinets were left open in the master bedroom, bathroom, office, kitchen and living room. Some silverware, watches, jewelry and other items were stolen.

Found property: House and car keys were found on a key chain on Erickson Avenue at 2:25 p.m. The keys were turned into the police station 10 minutes after they were found by a Seattle man.

Sept. 24

Vehicle collision report: An 84-year-old Poulsbo man accidentally drove his car into a Madison Avenue restaurant at 10:30 a.m. The man apparently hit the car’s gas pedal instead of the brake when the vehicle hopped the parking curb and accelerated into the building’s corner.

Found property: A city employee found a green duffel bag with needles and brought it to the police station at 9:29 a.m. The bag was found being used to prop open the women’s restroom door at Waterfront Park. The duffel bag also contained various socks and other belongings. Inside two tins were two small Ziploc baggies that had the odor of burnt marijuana. The employee also found a large suitcase with wheels and a handle next to the bag. After looking through the suitcase and only seeing several papers inside and nothing of value, the employee threw the suitcase away. There was nothing in the bag or suitcase that identified the owner.

Burglary in the second degree, theft in the first degree: An auto repair business on the 200 block of Olympic Drive reported at 8:05 a.m. that a 25-year-old woman of mixed race, who later told police she was 38 years old, tried to use obvious counterfeit bills to pay for a bill before leaving in a vehicle. The fake bills were printed on plain white paper with light pink ink used on one side with a depiction of a $20 bill. When the business owner balked at the counterfeits, the woman said they were traveler’s checks. The woman said she would use the car and come right back so she could get the traveler’s checks cashed at a bank. At 8:45 a.m. police called the car’s owner and the man said he didn’t give permission to the woman to pick up the car. He also said that the car’s legal owner was his father who lives in Connecticut. The car was then broadcast by police as a stolen vehicle at 9:10 a.m. The woman returned to the business at 9:49 a.m. without the car. The woman was arrested by police, transported to Kitsap County Jail on charges of burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. Both charges came with a $5,000 cash/bond.

Sept. 23

Criminal trespass: A 24-year-old woman employee of a restaurant on the 200 block of Parfitt Way reported that she had a few regular male customers who refused to leave the business. One of the men, a 43-year-old, told the woman inappropriate comments about her jeans. This caused the men to be asked to leave by the woman employee and later reinforced by a male employee. When police arrived, the customers were told not to return to the business for 48 hours. Soon after, the men walked off the property without incident.

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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.