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Students fess up to track vandalism

Two high school students have been arrested following weekend vandalism to the new Bainbridge High School track, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

A 16-year-old Bainbridge student came forward to police today and said he was involved with the vandalism, in which the suspects dragged a piece of machinery behind a motorized cart, causing about $20,000 in damages to the track.

With the 16-year-old’s information, police then interviewed a 15-year-old Bainbridge High School student, who was allegedly found to be riding aboard the cart during the vandalism.

Police learned the driver of the cart was allegedly a 16-year-old North Kitsap High School student.

Officers took the NK student and the 15-year-old Bainbridge student to the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree malicious mischief. They allowed the 16-year-old who reported the vandalism to go home with his parents, pending his own possible charges.

Police are still asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call (206) 842-5211.

Vandals cause $20,000 damage to new high school track

Vandals dragged machinery across the newly installed Bainbridge High School track sometime over the weekend, causing $20,000 worth of damage, according to police and district officials.

Police went to the school Saturday and found that a motorized cart brought on site by contractors had been driven across the track with a piece of equipment dragging behind it.

The equipment was not on wheels and appears to have bounced along, causing dozens of divots ranging in size from six inches to a foot in diameter. The track surface, a spongy rubber material, was not fully firm when the vandals struck.

The artificial turf field nearby did not appear to have been damaged. The stadium was encircled by an 8-foot-high chain-link fence covered in plastic sheeting. A second, 3-foot-high chain link fence was around the track.

School district spokeswoman Pam Keyes said the vandalism could delay the track’s use into spring.

Head football coach Andy Grimm said the incident went “beyond a high school prank.”

“We’re very frustrated,” Grimm said as BHS football players drilled on a grass field outside the stadium. “From a coach’s perspective, we’re looking at a beautiful facility, so it’s hard to imagine a person doing something like this.

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Teens get diversion agreements for police vehicle vandalism

Read Kitsap Sun police reporter Josh Farley’s story on the price two Bainbridge teens must pay for painting and slashing the tires of police vehicles in June.

County prosecutors will drop vandalism charges against two Bainbridge Island teens if they stay crime-free for a year, do community service, and pay back the police department for the eight patrol cars they damaged.

Samuel Bice, 18, and Colin Bowman, 18, have entered the felony diversion program, according to Chris Casad, Kitsap County deputy prosecutor.

Bice and Bowman were arrested by Bainbridge police in June after an investigation revealed the pair had painted eight patrol cars and slashed the tires on some of them, including Chief Matt Haney’s vehicle, which was at his home. Some of the cars had “08” painted on them. The incidents occurred around the time of the island’s “paint night” tradition for Bainbridge High School’s graduating seniors.

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Brazen ‘Paint Night’ strike against Bainbridge police


Speaking of ‘Paint Night,’ have you gone past the police station lately?

Every police vehicle at the station was doused with white paint and spray painted.
A few tires were slashed, and a couple windows now sport a bright blue “08.”

In a bold and calculated move, the painters struck Chief Matt Haney’s police car….at his home.

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