Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bremerton blotter, May 20-27

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Lots of crazy stuff on the police beat in Bremerton this past week. Here’s what happened in your neck of the woods.

Found bike, 400 Washington: A Schwin hybrid bicycle was found May 20 under a building. Police took it for safekeeping.

Found purse, 2900 Sixth Street: Neighbors watched as a purse was thrown into one of their yards May 21. Police found documents related to a woman inside but have yet to find her. The purse was taken by police for safekeeping.

Fight on bus, 500 Bruenn Avenue: Police were called for a fight between two women on a Kitsap Transit bus May 21. The alleged victim explained she was attacked on the bus after the suspect, who she did not know, had taken issue with her “stinky” take-out food. The suspect punched the woman several times, leaving behind some redness on her face and neck. The woman said she did not wish to complain as she’s on probation and “didn’t want any trouble.” The suspect told police that the woman she attacked had “said something” beforehand, prompting the assault. Police took the suspect to the Kitsap County Jail.

Theft of a gun, 1100 Oyster Bay Avenue: A man said he’d left his revolver in the glove box of his car, which was being serviced, and when he got the car back, the weapon was gone. Police, called May 21 to investigate, said the car was serviced May 19-21. The man said the issue was “his fault” and wasn’t accusing anyone of stealing it without proof, but that he could not locate the gun. The investigation continues.

Burglary, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue: Officers were called to a burglary May 22 after witnesses spotted a woman in a garage. She’d evidentially taken a cake out of it and had eaten some of it. After hearing the description of the woman, officers suspected it to be a woman who lived nearby. It was. She admitted to taking the cake and wished to apologize to the homeowner. She was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Domestic assault, 2100 E. 21st Street: Officers were called May 23 to a domestic disturbance. A couple had gotten into a heated argument and the girlfriend had allegedly thrown a framed picture on the ground, causing it to break. The boyfriend said he tried to hold the woman so she wouldn’t break anything else and also allegedly wouldn’t let her phone 911. Police noted “significant” scratches on her arm. The woman was very upset when police took the man to the Kitsap County Jail.

Possession of a dangerous weapon, E. 10th Street at Trenton Avenue: Officers learned of a possible physical assault May 23 between a man and a woman. The man was found by police; the woman was not. The man claimed it was just “verbal.” Turned out he had a warrant for making false statements; a search by police turned up a disassembled shotgun shell with an intact primer police viewed as a dangerous weapon. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Driving under the influence, 13th Street and Warren Avenue: Officers were told of an erratic driver May 23. Police found the car nearby and stopped it after the officer saw for himself the erratic travel. The man, who had no license. He said he’d consumed seven beers and the officer noted two open bottles in the center console. The driver failed field sobriety tests and was found to have a .21 blood alcohol level, almost three times the legal limit. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Vehicle prowling, 2300 11th Street: A woman told police May 23 that her GPS was stolen out of her car sometime the evening or early morning prior. Police have no suspects.

Theft, 1500 9th Street: A woman said a stranger came to her door selling cleaning products May 23. There was a language barrier and he entered the home. After they talked, he left but she noticed $175 was missing from a shelf by a hallway. Police have no suspects.

Assault, 3500 9th Street: Two people got into a fight in a common area at Cypress Gardens May 23, police said. It started as an argument between two men. An employee there tried to break up the fight. One man said the other was the aggressor; the other man wouldn’t talk. Police took that man to the Kitsap County Jail.

Shoplifting, 900 N. Callow Avenue: An officer watched as a man near Safeway pulled a bottle of alcohol from his coat May 24. The alcohol still had the security cap on it. The officer approached and the man denied stealing the alcohol and $254 in total items from the store, but later admitted to it. He was banned from Safeway for a year. Police released him and informed him he’ll be summoned to Bremerton Municipal Court on a charge of theft.

Burglary, 800 Callahan Drive: Officers were called to a burglary May 24. A padlock had been broken to get into the house and a large wooden trunk was taken. Inside were materials for needlework, a boat motor, shotgun ammo, a volt meter, mustache and beard posters and a gold hat pin. Police are still investigating.

Vehicle theft, 2500 Cherry Avenue: A man told police May 25 that his truck was stolen from a Harrison Medical Center parking lot. He’d gone to work at the hospital in the morning and when he returned to go home, it was gone. Police are still investigating.

Phone theft, 900 Callow Avenue: A woman said she was shopping at Safeway May 25 when a her phone was taken right out of her purse, which was sitting in her shopping cart. Video confirmed the theft. Police are developing suspect information and the case is active.

Probation violation, Kitsap Way at Highway 3: Police contacted a man in traffic May 25 that was causing vehicles to stop. When they got his name, they ran it through a database, and when they found he had a warrant for violating probation, he took off running. Officers, with help from Washington State troopers, caught up to him. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

First-degree assault, 3100 Kitsap Way: Officers were dispatched to a call for an assault with a gun May 26. They learned a woman had reportedly been assaulted by her estranged husband, who’d pointed a gun at her. She tried to break out a window with her hands to get away, and ultimately got out and into a car, where officers found her. Police gave her bandages to help with her injuries. The man was later apprehended on Cambrian Avenue. He acknowledged the pair had been arguing but claimed he never had a gun. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Assault of officer, 1500 Riddell Road: An officer spotted a man who looked to be prowling a car in a parking lot May 26. The officer watched as the man opened the car’s door and close it, then leave the area on his bike. The officer followed in his patrol car, then got out to go talk to the man. When the officer started asking questions, the man responded angrily. First, he threw his wallet at the cop. Then, he pulled a knife. That spurred the officer to pull his gun and call for backup. The officer said the man threw something else at him but eventually got down on the ground. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

In Bremerton, a battle over bulbous boulevards 

Pacific Avenue, Before and after it got bigger sidewalks.
Pacific Avenue, Before and after it got bigger sidewalks.

Here in Bremerton, the streets are shrinking. 

Or rather, the sidewalks are getting bigger.

It started along Pacific Avenue, downtown’s main drag, as millions of dollars have been poured down the thoroughfare to create a much more walkable stretch. It continued with the city’s Park Avenue Plaza project, which brought a theater downtown — and more wide sidewalks. Other improvements, including narrowing Warren Avenue northbound from Burwell Street, have given pedestrians safer access while shrinking the amount of blacktop for motorists.

And now, the battle over more bulbous boulevards comes to Washington Avenue.

Between the Manette Bridge and Sixth Street, the city’s public works department has $1.7 million in hand from a state grant fund dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The City Council recently OK’d designing three different alternative road designs for the area.

Why three? Because the one the city planned on — taking the road down to one lane in each direction from its current two — was met with much motorist resistance during a road test.

It turns out that for 23 hours and 30 minutes a day, there’s no need for a four lane road there. But at about 4 p.m., it bottlenecks, extending the motoring commutes of ferry riders and workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Public works staff said it would add about 10 minutes onto a car commute in the area.

Add to that concerns from some Council members that the city must save some of its roads downtown for trucking traffic. How could a grocery store, for instance, operate downtown without daily deliveries via an 18-wheeler?

City leaders, including Mayor Patty Lent, say they’re planning a downtown for the future; for the inevitable: a downtown Bremerton where people live, work and play. Where walking and bicycling are commonplace. They point to three pending apartment complexes likely to be built in the next year.

They view widening the sidewalk from the bridge to Sixth Street as paramount. But there’s just not enough room to keep two northbound lanes, widen the sidewalk and put in a bike lane.

It’s not hard to see why they’ve targeted the stretch for a bigger pedestrian walkway. It’s strange to go from the wide promenade that spans the bridge down to a 5 1/2 foot walkway, crammed with power poles, driveways, cars and garbage cans. Even in winter months, about 500 people a day traverse it.

But is expanding that walkway coming at too great a cost?

The heart of the debate came out at a recent City Council study session. Mayor Lent highlighted Bremerton’s unrestricted building heights, and made the case downtown Bremerton will soon be people first, automobile second.

Then, there was a fascinating discussion between two Council members, which I wrote about in a recent story:

(Councilman Roy Runyon) and a few of his colleagues expressed concern that freight might struggle to get in and out of downtown with the downsized road capacity. Councilman Mike Sullivan contrasted road projects in Silverdale that are adding lanes with those in Bremerton, which are reducing lanes.

“Are we digging ourselves a hole we can’t get out of?” he wondered, adding he would likely vote against proceeding with the Washington Avenue project.

Mayor Patty Lent told Sullivan that several high-rise apartment projects in the works would make the pedestrian-minded Washington Avenue project critical.

Sullivan countered that many Puget Sound Naval Shipyard workers don’t live in the city and need to drive out every night.

That did not sit well with Councilman Dino Davis, who questioned why the city would want to cater to workers “desperate to get out” of Bremerton after work.

“Are we in the business of designing a city for those who do not care to stay in the city longer than they’re required for their job, or are we trying to improve our city for the people that do live in our city and invest in our city?

I’ve talked to many people since the meeting that were intrigued by Davis’ standpoint. If nothing else, it provides a useful starting point when thinking about Bremerton’s developing downtown. The city is changing. Who are we building it for, and why?

There’s a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 12 at the Norm Dicks Government Center to go over the options for Washington Avenue’s improvements. There, it is likely the debate over bulbous boulevards will continue.

Bremerton blotter, May 13-19

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If one thing’s clear from this week’s Bremerton police blotter, it is this: if you have a warrant for your arrest in Bremerton, and the police find you, plan on going to jail. 

Remember that the blotter is no substitute for the Kitsap Sun’s Code 911 section, where more prominent police calls and investigations will appear. Here’s your blotter for May 13-19:

Lewd conduct, 3200 Rickey Road: Officers were called May 13 for a man caught with his pants down. He denied it but admitted to being high on drugs. Police took him to the Kitsap County Jail on suspicion of lewd conduct.

Theft, Parkside Drive: An officer said a local company reported May 14 two unauthorized company charges for tools and appliances totaling $4,600. Detectives are looking into it.

Damage to street vegetation, 700 Pacific Avenue: An officer was called May 14 to Pacific Avenue for a report of workers who’d parked a truck on new vegetation planted as part of the recently completed Pacific Avenue project. The workers, who were roofers, moved their truck and offered to replace any damaged landscaping. One small plant had been “smashed down,” the officer said.

Protection order violation, 1300 East Hope Street: Officers arrested a man May 15 who was sleeping next to a woman who he’s not allowed to contact (under court order) until 2019. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Harassment, 1500 High Avenue: Officers were called for threats with a gun May 15 and confirmed that a man had made threatening remarks in an argument with a woman. He denied he said he would “drop” the woman with a .45 gun, but rather meant a 45 record. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail for harassment and a probation violation.

Felony warrant, 3200 Pine Road: Officers May 15 learned a man with a probation violation who had reportedly failed to register as a sex offender was staying at a home on the road. He was arrested without incident.

Identity theft, 1700 Callow Avenue: A woman reported May 16 that she got a notice in the mail saying she’d opened 32 bank accounts with Ally Bank. She immediately canceled all 32, noting to officers that no money had been deposited in any accounts. An investigation is continuing.

Suspicious investigation, 3570 Wheaton Way: Officers were called to Key Bank May 16, where a woman was attempting to get money out of her “dead father’s non-existent bank account.” She claimed it contained millions of dollars and was refusing to leave the bank. Officers placed her into protective custody.

Domestic assault, 300 Bryan Avenue: Officers went to a home where a men had reportedly assaulted his girlfriend May 16. He left in his car in a hurry. Police were able to find his car and detained him. The woman said he’d grabbed her arm in a heated argument. Police noticed she had a broken finger nail and redness on her neck. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Reckless driving, Warren Avenue Bridge: A sergeant observed a motorcycle May 16 doing about 80 mph on Warren Avenue. The sergeant caught up to the motorcyclist and pulled him over. He had his girlfriend on the back. The motorcyclist apologized several times. “I suspect that he was trying to impress her with the powerful motorcycle,” the sergeant wrote in his report. The man will be summoned to Bremerton Municipal Court for a charge of reckless driving.

Domestic assault, 800 Seventh Street: Officers May 16 were called for a fight between a man and a woman who live together, have a child together, but are not dating. They’d argued and the man had reportedly shoved the woman and pushed her toward the ground. He left. Officers have probable cause to arrest him.

Malicious mischief, Fourth Street at Washington Avenue: A woman reported May 16 that nails had been placed near two of her car’s tires inside a parking garage and had caused them to go flat. Police took the report for information but did not pursue suspects.

Belligerent subject, 600 Park Avenue: Officers went to the movie theater May 16 for a report of intoxicated men “being disorderly and making noise” in a theater. Police went to the theater and the movie was halted so they could escort three people out of the theater. They left without incident. But a fourth person, who officers said was uninvolved in the situation, began accusing the officers of “abusing our authority” despite the manager’s request the three be removed. He requested the officer’s names and badge numbers and said he knew people at the “LAPD” and accused the officers of misconduct. He also told one officer that the officer’s notes were “public record” and accused him of having “illegible” notes. “At this point it was clearly evident that there was northing either of us could say or do to satisfy (the man) and we concluded our contact.” The man then went and complained some more to the theater staff. Police stood by while he did so to “assure there would be no further issues.”

Trespassing, 800 Seventh Street: An officer saw a woman setting up camp near the South Court Apartments May 16. The owner of the apartments, who also own the property near it, had authorized police to trespass campers there after a few had done so in December. The officer found the woman had already been trespassed so he arrested her. She claimed she forgot she’d been trespassed. On the way to the Kitsap County Jail, where she was booked, she accused the officer who arrested her of being a “murderer” and responsible for her losing her car.

Theft of car, 1500 Park Avenue: Officers learned May 16 that a man had a Toyota Camry stolen out of his driveway the same morning or previous evening. He didn’t give anyone permission to take it. Police filed it as stolen and notified neighboring law enforcement agencies.

Vehicle prowling, 5800 West Werner Road: A man reported May 17 that a battery had been stolen straight out of his box truck. Police have no suspects.

Littering, 100 North Summit Avenue: Police were called to Forest Ridge Park May 17 for a report of littering. Yard waste and car tires had been discarded and officers were given a license plate of a possible suspect vehicle. The investigation continues.

Officer assist, 11th Street at Warren Avenue: A man’s car stalled May 17 on Warren Avenue in the middle of one of the lanes and it was going to be awhile before a tow truck came. An officer used his patrol car’s push bars to propel the car into the Bank of America parking lot. It caused a slight “gouge” on the bumper of the man’s car but he told officers he wasn’t concerned.

Lots of warrants, 800 Park Avenue: Officers were called the morning of May 18 for a dispute over money. A woman who had no identification was relying on a man to get her money from a Money Gram machine. It wasn’t working and the woman called the police. Officers regarded it as a civil issue, but did check everyone to see if they had warrants for their arrest. The final count:
* The woman had two theft warrants from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office;
* The man had a suspended license warrant from Bremerton, and an unknown warrant from Port Townsend;
* A witness who “had little to add” to the dispute but was a friend to the man and woman had two theft warrants from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in California.
All three went to the Kitsap County Jail.

Jack theft, 3000 Kitsap Way: A man walked out of the Napa Auto Parts store May 18 with a $300 vehicle jack and got into a van, officers wrote in reports. When police got there, they knocked on the van’s door and the suspect came out, saying his wife would be paying for the jack and that he was now taking a nap. He could not remember his wife’s last name and had no contact information. When officers asked him to tell the truth, he said he really just needed a jack to fix his vehicle. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail for theft and he had a warrant for his arrest for domestic violence assault.

Help name the new ferry

UPDATE, Dec. 29, 2015: The state went ahead and named the third Olympic Class ferry the Chimacum. It’s destined to arrive on the Bremerton run in early 2017.

A fourth Olympic class ferry will also be constructed for $122 million, Kitsap Sun Reporter Ed Friedrich said in a story today.

The new ferry will be named the Suquamish, Sammamish or Cowlitz. What’s your pick?


VIDEO: Ed Friedrich talks to me about the contest to name the newest state ferry, one that will be coming to the Bremerton run.

Sound off: Red light cameras in Bremerton



What are people saying about the 6-year-old red light camera system in Bremerton? Here’s some quotes from our elected officials and prominent city leaders on what they think of it:

Mayor Patty Lent 

“I’m willing to pull the cameras when they become nonproductive for us. It can’t cost us more than we’re bringing in. We aren’t going to pay for something that’s not revenue neutral. And I think we’ve already changed (driver’s) habits.”

Police Chief Steve Strachan

“I’m not pro- or anti- photo enforcement. I view it as a policy decision by our elected officials. But I do recognize that big multilane intersections are difficult to enforce any other way. But there’s other ways to (conduct enforcement) as well.”

Municipal Court Judge James Docter 

“Do I think the red light cameras work? Yes, I think people learn and they serve their purpose. But the more fundamental question is, what are you trying to stop?”

Council President Greg Wheeler 

“I’m in favor of using technology for police enforcement. This isn’t surveillance. This is only a picture being taken for an infraction. I believe it frees up a police officer to patrol other areas.”

Councilman Mike Sullivan 

“If this can generate a positive cash flow, I’m all for it. We’re not violating people’s privacy — this is not a case of big brother watching you. It forces people to slow down and pay attention to traffic controls.”

Councilwoman Leslie Daugs 

“I have mixed feelings. I don’t like them if they’re used as revenue generating system, and sending the money out of state. But they can be beneficial in traffic enforcement.”

Councilman Jerry McDonald 

“If it’s going to save lives that’s good, but I’m not convinced that it does that much. And if we’re going to be participating, we ought to get more than 20 percent of the dollars (in ticket revenue).”

Councilman Dino Davis 

“In theory, I’m not in favor of this style of policing. From people I’ve spoken to, it’s a reason people avoid our town. I believe that in order to effectively police, we need to be connected. I’m not in favor of taking out human element.”

Councilman Roy Runyon

“We can’t have a traffic cop sit there twenty-four/seven. The key is ‘is it making the city safer?’

Councilman Eric Younger 

“When they were first implemented I didn’t like them, and I would often times brake when I should’ve gone through them. But after all these years I’ve gotten used to them. I need to see the data but my gut feeling is they’re preventing collisions.”

To see a video of what other local residents think of the cameras, click here.

Red light cameras: have you been caught?

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Raise your hand if you’ve been here: The traffic light goes yellow and you have to make a split-second, game time decision. There’s $124 riding on it — and you can only lose.

In the words of The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go?”

But it’s too late. And through the intersection you go, in a panic that, by the time you forget about the close call, a citation will arrive in the mail.

Bremerton, I’m looking for your own experiences with the city’s red light camera system. Now in its sixth year, it has written more than 50,000 tickets and generated more than $4.3 million in revenue, $2.6 million of which goes to the Arizona vendor that provides it.

How do you like it? Opinions are almost always strong about the cameras. And all of us seem to have a story about them.

I look forward to hearing from you. This is just an introduction to my new project, examining the system. It’s the focus of a special report in Sunday’s edition of the Kitsap Sun.


Bremerton blotter, May 6-12


Here’s your weekly Bremerton Beat police blotter for May 6-12. 

Theft of wedding ring, 1200 Fifth Street: A man recently released from prison who lives at a halfway house told police that on May 2, he took off his wedding ring to do the dishes and had walked away from the sink when he got a phone call. When he returned, the ring was gone. Police have no suspects.

Truck theft, 11th Street and Olympic Avenue: Officers May 6 learned that a man who’d reported his truck stolen had found it and was following it. After police pulled over the truck and detained its occupants, they asked the man how he could have found it after reporting it stolen. The man told police he’d called a girl whose phone number he’d found on and invited her over May 6 because “he just wanted somebody to hang out with.” He said that while he’d been drinking, he thinks the woman put something in his drink while they were hanging out because he doesn’t remember much from the night. He woke up in jail and said he was told he was arrested for disorderly conduct at Fred Meyer. When he was released from jail he found the truck was not at his home. The man identified one of the women in the truck as the one he’d called from the ad. She was arrested for taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission and booked into the Kitsap County Jail. Police found opiate pills and a drug pipe in her purse.

Man in woman’s restroom, 1500 Park Avenue: Police were called to Evergreen-Rotary Park May 6 for a man passed out in a women’s restroom with “blood coming out of his ears.” Police found him there and he indeed did have some blood on his earlobe. The man said he “does not see well” and was confused about where he was. He denied alcohol or drug use and said he just wanted to catch the bus home. He denied needing help from medics.

Theft of camera, 300 Naval Avenue: A man reported to police that he’d left his camera, valued at about $5,000, inside the Pour House Tavern May 9. “He was not sure if he left his camera there or if it was stolen,” reports said. Police have no suspects.

Girls fighting, 1500 Park Avenue: Police went to Evergreen-Rotary Park for a report of two girls fighting May 11. One of the participants left in a car and an officer pulled the car over. The officer found the girl, 15, who said the other participant had “been talking about her on Facebook and they agreed to meet to fight.” When they got there, the 15-year-old said she hit the other girl (also 15) even though the other teen did not want to fight. She then left in a car. Police found she had a warrant for minor in possession of alcohol and she was taken to the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center. Police also found the other girl, who said she did not know her attacker.

Vehicle prowling, 1300 Park Avenue: A woman reported May 12 that her boyfriend’s vehicle may have been prowled. The car had a “partially open” front door and the passenger side window was “partially out.” It didn’t appear anything had been taken from inside the car.

Domestic disturbance, 3000 Halverson Avenue: Police were dispatched May 12 to a call of a woman allegedly being attacked. But when they got there, they found there’d only been an argument. However, a woman living there had three warrants for her arrest — one for driving with a suspended license and two for theft. She was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Gun toting, 11th Street and Warren Avenue: A call to 911 reported a man carrying a rifle around 4 p.m. May 12. A police officer found the man, rifle slung over his back. He was walking two dogs on leashes. The officer deemed his conduct lawful, and did not contact the man.

Kitsap Bank comes down on Wheaton Way

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The old Kitsap Bank comes down. Photos by Shannon Childs.

We’ve seen a few demolitions around Bremerton lately, the latest being the destruction Monday of the old Kitsap Bank along Wheaton Way. 

The branch, built in 1961, was Kitsap Bank’s first outside its Port Orchard headquarters. It has been reduced to rubble, adjacent to the bank’s new location at Wheaton and Sylvan Way.

Coffee drinkers rejoice: the new bank will be connected to a new Starbucks.

The long-deteriorating Wheaton Way corridor is starting to see signs of new life. McDonalds is nearly done with a rebuild at its same location (not far from Kitsap Bank) and the Bremerton Teen Center is just down the street at the site of the old East High School.

The new bank is slated to open Aug. 1.

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Controversial Turner Joy photo: ‘Appropriateness’ versus ‘preserving history’

This photo set off a small firestorm when it was removed from the USS Turner Joy earlier this year.
This photo set off a small firestorm when it was removed from the USS Turner Joy earlier this year.

Officials from Bremerton tourist attraction Turner Joy are back on the same page after a photo removed from a wall display earlier this year threatened to split them apart.

The photo was with others about sailors relaxing in The Philippines during the Vietnam War, in which the destroyer took part. Four sailors were pictured drinking in a bar in street clothes with young Filipino women. The gals, showing lots of leg and one in a bikini top, sit beside the men or on their laps. The photo had hung in the destroyer for years.

In March, a visitor complained that it was offensive. The Bremerton Historical Ships Association leadership ordered it taken down.

A museum volunteer took a picture of the picture and posted it with an explanation of what had happened on an Internet site. That set off up a debate between appropriateness and preserving history. Museum director Steve Boerner said he received 160 emails the first morning, and that a lot of Vietnam veterans were upset. He was afraid the backlash could cost business at one of the regions top tourist stops. John Gerten, museum curator for 12 years, was also concerned.

John Hanson, president of the Bremerton Historic Ships Association, said removing the picture wasn’t a big deal. The museum was just updating its displays.

“Our executive board looked at the picture and decided it didn’t fit anymore in 2014,” he said. “Pictures of prostitutes don’t belong in a museum for young families. Today it’s young families that want just see a Navy ship. That picture didn’t fit with our image.”

Hanson said the museum received just six emails expressing dissatisfaction with taking the picture down.

As quickly as the rift developed, it healed, with everybody agreeing the picture wasn’t appropriate and that nobody wanted to do anything that would disparage the museum.

The USS Turner Joy, left, on a recent sunny day. The ship is one of Bremerton's top tourist attractions.
The USS Turner Joy, left, on a recent sunny day. The ship is one of Bremerton’s top tourist attractions.

Bremerton Blotter, April 29-May 5


Here’s your weekly police blotter, compiled from the reports of Bremerton’s officers. 

Bar assault, 200 First Street: Roommates got into an argument over rent payment at the Drift Inn Tavern the evening of May 3. The suspect, of Bremerton, allegedly hit his former roommate in the face and attacked her, including pulling some hair out. Witnesses confirmed to police what had happened. Located at his residence, then man was taken to the Kitsap County Jail for assault. Police also took the woman home and made sure it was safe there.

Disorderly conduct, 4300 Wheaton Way: Officers were called May 3 for a man who was attacked for no apparent reason. Officers found the man with a bloodied and bruised face. Witnesses said the suspect, found sitting under a tree, had hit the man and had also been “punching at cars and yelling profanity at people.” Officers approached the suspect and told him to turn around and put his hands behind his back, but he refused to do so numerous times. A sergeant used his Taser and the man “slowly dropped to the sidewalk.” He was arrested and taken to the Kitsap County Jail for assault and disorderly conduct, with bail set at $10,000.

Sleeping on a bench, Burwell Street at Park Avenue: A man was found by officers “passed out” on a park bench May 3. It was pouring down rain and the officers found the man to be “highly intoxicated.” He did not want to go with police or with medics, so officers detained him. He was taken for an evaluation at Harrison Medical Center.

Indecent exposure, 2900 Stewart Road: A man was yelling obscenities and performing a lewd act May 3 in someone’s front yard. They found the man, 47, who has a previous conviction for indecent liberties. He was arrested and found with a meth pipe and syringes on his person. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail for indecent exposure and potion of meth, with bail set at $100,000. He told the police officer who took him to jail that he wanted help and to be sober.

Narcotic activity, Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue: A woman reported someone had stolen her car May 4. Police interviewed her and found she “kind of” gave permission to someone to borrow it. While there, they noticed she had a can of spray paint, a mask on her face, and paint on her fingers and mouth area. Her nose was bleeding. Officers took the woman, who they believe was “huffing paint” to get high, to Harrison Medical Center for an evaluation.

Domestic assault, 3500 Marion Court: Police were called the afternoon of May 4 for a domestic assault. Officers learned an argument had occurred between a woman and her boyfriend and that he’d allegedly squeezed her throat. The man denied that had happened and said he’d only “grabbed” her wrists to keep her from walking away. The man was taken to the Kitsap County Jail for assault, with bail set at $50,000.

Hit and run, 11th Street at Marguerite Avenue: A driver and two passengers reported the car they were riding in had been “rammed” the evening of May 4. The car was damaged. They’d recently left Safeway and said there’d been an altercation in the parking lot that may have led to the collision. Police are still investigating.

Car theft, 600 Warren Avenue: A man reported May 4 that he’d parked his car at Burger King and left it there 24 hours while he went to work at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. He said he’d lost one of his car keys at work a couple months back and that he was unsure if he’d locked the car, a Chevrolet Impala, the day it was stolen. He also told police no one had permission to borrow it. Police reported the theft to other area law enforcement agencies.

Suspicious incident, 200 High Avenue: Officers were called early May 4 to a home where a stranger was attempting to get into the residence. A wooden fence gate had also been knocked over. Police found a man wearing shoes matching shoe prints left at the home nearby. He was “mouthy but cooperative,” police said. He was intoxicated and “appeared lost.” He was trying to get to a house near Burwell Street at Olympic Avenue. After finding he didn’t have warrants for his arrest, the officer transported him there. The officer went back to High Avenue and told residents there what had happened.

Assault, 1800 15th Street: Officers went to a home where two roommates had gotten into a fight May 4. Police determined a 55-year-old man had been the aggressor and arrested him. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail, with bail set at $5,000.

Possible theft, 800 Seventh Street: Officers learned May 4 of a missing phone. The phone’s owner thought it to be stolen. The officer called the phone’s number and a woman answered. She told police where to find it, as it had been “left” there. Officers gave it back to its owner.

Speeding with a suspended license, 2900 Perry Avenue: Two lieutenants working stationary radar the afternoon of May 5 watched as a car went by going 46 mph in a 25 mph zone. The driver, whose license was revoked for prior DUI and hit and run arrests, also had a misdemeanor warrant out of Grays Harbor County and a felony warrant for dangerous drugs out of Pennsylvania. But police couldn’t extradite the man, 42 of Bremerton, on those. However, the lieutenants found an officer had given the driver a break in an earlier stop if he promised not to drive again. He didn’t keep the promise and was taken to the Kitsap County jail, and, under a city ordinance passed recently, his car was impounded for a minimum of 14 days.

Attempted burglary, 900 Washington Avenue: Officers were called May 5 to a home on Washington, where a Bremerton man was allegedly attempting to break into a home of a woman he’s prohibited from contacting. He’d evidentially knocked on a window first, then pounded on the front door — breaking the door frame but still unsuccessful at getting inside — and then pounded on the back door. The man was found in a car nearby and arrested. He was taken to the Kitsap County jail for attempted burglary and violating a court order. Bail was set at $50,000.

Theft, 1500 Houston Avenue: Officers went to a home on the street May 5 for a call of a theft from a home. The resident said she’d let a woman live there who’d recently gotten out of prison. After her visitor moved out, she’d noticed seven pairs of jeans missing and possibly some jewelry. Police are still investigating.

Driving while high, Sheridan Road at Wheaton Way: An officer stopped a driver the evening of May 5 after he’d spun his tires and accelerated onto Wheaton Way, fishtailing in and out of the lanes of traffic. Cops smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and the driver admitted he’d “smoked one bowl” that morning. An officer had the man, 20, of Poulsbo, take some field sobriety tests and said his “forgetfulness” in completing them was evidence of marijuana use. The officer got a warrant to get a blood sample to determine his level of intoxication. The man was released pending the result of that sample.

Welfare check, 4700 West Werner Road: An officer was called to a restaurant the morning of May 5 for an unconscious Bremerton man inside. The officer arrived to find the man awake and talking. He requested medical treatment for drug addiction. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center.

Unknown problem, 5600 Kitsap Way: Officers were called to a parking lot early May 5 where a man was naked and screaming. The officers arrived and confirmed he was on his knees, naked and “screaming at the top of his lungs.” Officers were told that the man had consumed a lot of vodka. He made incoherent and wild statements. Police helped Bremerton Fire Department medics secure the man on a gurney and has was taken to Harrison Medical Center.

Malicious mischief, 300 11th Street Place: Officers were called May 5 to an apartment whose sliding glass door was hit by a BB. Police are investigating.