Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bremerton police blotter, June 16-24

Old police patch.

They were doing what in Evergreen-Rotary Park? Here’s your weekly police blotter:

Thrown rock, Fourth Street at Washington Avenue: Police were called June 18 for a man who said a bystander threw a rock at his truck. Officers noted a dent on the side of the truck. The victim explained he’d honked a couple times due to heavy traffic, which may have provoked the bystander. Police searched the area and found a man who told them he didn’t throw a rock, but did witness the driver being “crazy” and taking off at a high rate of speed. No arrests were made.

Vehicle prowl, 100 Washington Avenue: A car’s rear passenger side window was broken out in the Harborside parking garage June 19. It was unknown at the time of the report if anything was taken. Police have no suspects.

Assault, 800 Sixth Street: Police went to Salvation Army June 20 for an alleged assault. The victim said he was standing in line for breakfast when he’d been approached by a man who called the victim a “punk,” and then punched him in the face. The suspect’s only statement to police was that “people keep calling me a rape-o,” police said. The suspect was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Breach of trust, 3500 Parker Lane: A man told police June 20 that he’d moved from Florida to Bremerton recently and hired a company to drive his car across the country. But the company, which apparently promised to deliver the car to his door in Bremerton, said he needed to come to Seattle and get it or wait a few more days. Police said they couldn’t do anything because he’d given permission to the company to drive his car, but the man asked police to be on the lookout for it anyway.

Threats with a knife, Sylvan Way at Almira Drive: Police found a woman threatening to hurt herself with a knife June 20. The woman was “screaming, yelling about money and waving her arms,” before taking the knife and “poking” herself in the chest with it. She then threw the knife at an approaching officer, though the officer noted it landed “harmlessly.” A family member of the woman said she’d smoked meth several hours earlier and had become “increasingly difficult to deal with.” She was taken to Harrison Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

Found debit cards, 4200 Wheaton Way: A skateboarder found four cards, two of them debit cards in the area June 21. Police found out the man who the cards belonged to was in the Kitsap County Jail. They visited the inmate, who said he’d been at the homeless camp by Fred Meyer and had been drinking at the time. He thinks his backpack was left behind when he was arrested by county sheriff’s deputies. Police left the cards with Jail staff for the inmate to have when he’s released.

Flooding, 500 Pacific Avenue: Police responded to an alarm at the Tim Ryan Building June 21. With the help from firefighters, they found someone had turned on a water valve in the stairwell, flooding the parking garage inside the building. Used condoms and syringes were also found in the area. The water damage was limited to the parking garage and police vowed to do frequent patrol checks of the building.

Arguing over meth, 100 Bloomington Avenue: Police were called to the area June 21 for a report of a couple arguing over meth. The woman had a probation violation warrant and was taken to the Kitsap County Jail. The man told police they should know who he is because he just got out of jail. He wasn’t wanted for any crimes though police said he was trying to draw them into a “confrontation.” He eventually left the area.

Domestic assault, 3900 Wheaton Way: Two witnesses told police June 21 they saw a man hit his girlfriend while the couple was trying to change a tire in a parking lot. The alleged victim denied she’d been hit by her boyfriend. Police took the boyfriend to jail for assault.

Graffiti, 2500 Cherry Avenue: Harrison Medical Center staff June 22 told police that someone had just sprayed a swastika on a building at the hospital campus. Meanwhile, police got a call from a man wanting to report graffiti. When they met the man, he said he’d gone to visit a woman who’d just gotten out of jail. He’d agreed to give the woman, who was drunk and had a can of spray paint, a ride. Everywhere they went, she’d paint a swastika, to include the hospital, the downtown ferry terminal and another business. The man finally let her out of the car and he called 911. She was taken to the Kitsap County Jail and police advised the man that “it would probably be a good idea not to have any further dealings” with the woman.

Driving under the influence, 3200 Olympus Drive NE: A taxi driver reported June 22 that his cab had been rear-ended by a vehicle. The driver of that vehicle asked the cab driver not to call police. He did anyway. Officers responded and found the driver who’d caused the crash to be intoxicated. A breath test found he was .18, more than twice the legal limit for driving. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Thefts from lockers, 2200 Homer Jones Drive: The YMCA informed Bremerton Police June 23 that six lockers had been broken into, with petty cash taken from three different people. YMCA staff stated it’s the third wave of thefts in the locker room, police said. Police have no suspects, but recommended the staff put up flyers and perhaps a reward in an attempt to catch the thieves.

Lewd conduct and indecent exposure, 1500 Park Avenue: Officers were called June 23 for a report of a man and a woman “having relations” at Evergreen-Rotary Park. A couple had called 911, alarmed they were having sex in the park and “being quite loud,” while it happened. Police arrived to find a man engaged in oral sex with a woman at a picnic table. A third man was at the table watching the act, police said. When an officer asked the man involved in the alleged sexual activity what they were doing, the man replied, “you know what we were doing. I am embarrassed.” Police put the man into handcuffs but later released him, telling both the man and woman to leave and that a report of the incident would be forwarded to the Bremerton city prosecutor for a review of lewd conduct and indecent exposure charges.

Nuisance property, 1100 Warren Avenue: Police were patrolling near 1108 Warren Avenue June 24 — which officers said was a “chronic nuisance property” — and found a woman staying inside that had a misdemeanor suspended license warrant for her arrest. She was taken to jail, police said.

Broken mailbox, 6000 Harlow Drive: Officers were called June 24 for a report of a damaged locking mailbox. The resident who owns the mailbox said she couldn’t open it anymore, police said. Police have no suspects.

LIVE BLOG: Which Washington Avenue option will the Bremerton City Council pick?

Tonight, the Bremerton City Council will discuss the four options for the $1.7 million in pedestrian and bicycle improvements for Washington Avenue.

We’ll follow the discussion live below, starting at 5 p.m. There are several topics to be tackled before the Washington Avenue portion of the meeting, but I will keep you posted along the way.

Here’s the options:

1. The original option: City engineers envisioned a simple road “diet” for the stretch of Washington between Sixth Street and the Manette Bridge, in which a four lane road would become a two lane one. That will make room for wider sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the road, as well as additional lighting, but it would cut vehicular capacity in half.

2. The modified option: Following the road test, in which angry commuters gave public works crews an earful about traffic backups, public works crews came up with a modified proposal. Under this option, the waterside (or east side) of the road’s dated concrete median would still be reduced to one lane to make room for the pedestrian and bicycle improvements. But the upper (or west side) portion of the median would become a two way street, with minimal bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements being installed on that side (a combined bike-pedestrian lane would be added).

3. The one-way option: Also dreamed up after the road test, the option sees the road cut down from four lanes to two, but all lanes would be one-way northbound, with southbound drivers having to go to Pacific Avenue to get downtown.

4. The do nothing option: The city could just give the money back and forgo the improvements altogether.

Lower Wheaton’s 3 new intersections


You may have noticed that construction crews have pretty much run over a triangular lawn nestled in between the intersection of Lower Wheaton Way and Winfield Avenue. It’s all part of the $3.4 million project renovating Lower Wheaton between Manette Bridge and Lebo Boulevard.

Yes, we’ve written quite a bit about the project, detailing its amenities and its budget troubles. But lost in the luxuries of the project, to include a 10-foot sidewalk running the entire span, is the transformation of three intersections along the way.

Wheaton at 14th/Winfield, via Google Maps.
Wheaton at 14th/Winfield, via Google Maps.

The first, where that grassy triangle used to sit, will make the stretch safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike. The project will take Winfield Avenue and 14th Street and bring them together at their own intersection (drivers on Winfield will have the right of way). The two roads will become one and go right over that former grassy triangle, and intersect in only one spot Lower Wheaton perpendicularly.

Next to change will be Lower Wheaton’s intersection at 18th Street and Marlow Avenue. This time, the triangular grassy knoll (no, not that grassy knoll) won’t be taken out, just given a haircut, so that 18th can bend southward so it intersects Lower Wheaton at a perpendicular angle. Marlow Avenue, between 18th and Lower Wheaton, will go away altogether.

Wheaton at 18th Street. Google Maps.
Wheaton at 18th Street. Google Maps.

In sum, four roads that currently connect to Lower Wheaton will become two.

Make sense?

And finally, crews will remake the intersection at Lower Wheaton at Cherry Avenue and Lebo Boulevard. But the only big change here, which I’m sure you’ve already noticed, is the conversion of the intersection from a traffic signal to a four-way stop.

Bremerton police blotter, June 10-15

Bremerton police patch.
Bremerton police patch.

“Tweeker stuff.” A witness declined to talk to police about a theft case because, in her words, she did not want to get involved in said “tweeker stuff.” That incident, and the rest of your weekly police blotter, is below.

Theft of money, 1700 Fourth Street: A man reported to police June 10 that his “money box” containing about $1,200, was taken by someone he thought was a friend. A neighbor said she’d actually seen a man emerge from the victim’s home concealing a box-shaped item. Police caught up to the “friend” and other acquaintances on Burwell Street. Inside a sock worn by the “friend” was all of the money. It was given back to the victim and the “friend” was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Union issue, 2500 Cherry Avenue: Police were called June 10 to Harrison Medical Center for two women refusing to leave the cafeteria. Police learned that the women came there often on union business but had not alerted the hospital administration of a union meeting, which is apparently required. Police asked that the women leave and they did.

Unlawful bus conduct, 1500 13th Street: Police were called June 10 to a Kitsap Transit bus with an unruly passenger. The man appeared drunk and was being loud and obnoxious, even threatening other passengers with assault, police said. He told police he’d just had a death in the family. Police said his behavior was erratic. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center — where he’d just been trespassed from for stealing food earlier in the day — for treatment of a foot wound, and then booked into jail.

Dumpster diving, 4200 Wheaton Way: Police saw a man going through a dumpster behind Goodwill June 10. He said he was “scrounging.” Police confirmed he didn’t have permission; but he said no one had told him he couldn’t “dumpster dive.” The officer told him he needed to move along. The man did, but argued he wasn’t doing anything wrong.

Resisting arrest, 3200 Wright Avenue: Police went to an address on the avenue June 11 looking for a man wanted by Mason County authorities for missing a court date in a felony case. When they found the man, he made a run for it, jumping a fence right into blackberry bushes. Officers followed. He fought his arrest and was “screaming insults” that police had it in for him because he’d been acquitted of a murder. Police were unfamiliar with the case. The man, as well as the officers, were scratched up and bruised from attempting to get the man into custody. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center before he was transported to jail.

Theft, 200 First Street: Police were told that a man had just stolen an iPad from her and was now on the Bremerton ferry to Seattle June 11. Police held the boat and located the suspect on the boat. He had the iPad with him. Officers learned the suspect is a drug addict and believed he’d taken it from a recovering drug addict who’d allowed the suspect to stay with her. The suspect told police a story about how he thought it was someone else’s iPad. A third person, who’d driven the two from Sequim to Bremerton, told police she did not want to get involved with what she called “tweeker stuff.” The man was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Theft of a bicycle, 1400 Park Avenue: A man reported his BMX bike was stolen while he was in CJ’s General Store at Evergreen-Rotary Park June 12. Police have no suspects.

Burglary, 6000 Harlow Drive: A woman reported that she’d come home June 12 to find her bathroom window forced open and her jewelry box missing from her bedroom. Police are still investigating the break in.

Hit and run, 3800 Kitsap Way: Officers June 12 were called to the scene were a motorist had struck a pedestrian near a gas station. The driver reportedly fled the scene. A woman suffered multiple abrasions after being struck by a car in her left leg and being thrown onto the car’s hood. She said the driver, who was on his cell phone, stopped but then drove off. Police got the license plate and found the driver, who said he’d gotten scared of being assaulted by the woman’s boyfriend, who’d started yelling at him following the collision. Police sent a report to t a report to the Bremerton City Attorney’s Office for possible charging.

Burglary, 1000 Callahan Drive: A woman reported waking up June 12 to find a strange man in her home. She screamed and he ran out of the house. She told officers he hadn’t taken anything of value. The suspect evidentially left his shoes behind, as well as a credit card with a name that might be associated with the suspect, police said. Officers continue to investigate the case.

Found with drugs, 300 West Street: Bremerton police were called into the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to assist with a case June 12. Authorities there said a couple were “acting suspiciously” inside a Naval store, and may have been shoplifting. When they were searched, officers found drug paraphernalia and a few grams of meth and heroin. They were taken to jail.

Burglary, 4300 Kitsap Way: A woman called to say the garage where she lives, modified to be a residence, was broken into June 12. A blu-ray player, laptop and DVDs were taken. Police are investigating.

Shoplifting, 4100 Kitsap Way: A woman at Rite Aid allegedly put a bottle of vodka in her purse June 13 and took it to the bathroom, where store security could hear her trying to remove the bottle’s security device. The woman admitted to stealing the liquor and said it was because her friend was throwing a party. She was released by police but a report of the case was sent to the Bremerton City Attorney’s Office for charging.

Shoplifting, 300 Callow Avenue: A store owner said four men came into her store June 13 and took a video game by removing the disc from the box it came in. The store is reviewing security footage as police continue their investigation.

Threats with a stick, 900 Callow Avenue: Police were called to Safeway June 13 for a man who was waving around a large stick and threatening shoppers — including ones with children — in the parking lot. He was found a 7-Eleven and taken to the Kitsap County Jail. He’s also been trespassed from Safeway.

Driving while intoxicated, 1700 Sheridan Road: An officer stopped a car June 14 for going 37 mph in a 25 mph zone. The driver had watery and bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol, police said. She took field sobriety tests and blew a .10 blood alcohol level, more than the state’s .08 legal limit for driving. She was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Car theft, 4900 Auto Center Way: A woman reported her car stolen from her residence June 15. Police got the description and quickly found the car, and its driver, on the 2000 block of Sixth Street. The driver said he had permission and that he and the owner had spent the night together; the owner begged to differ, saying she’d given the man a ride a few times but that she had a boyfriend and he was at her residence. The driver was taken to jail on suspicion of stealing the car. When he was informed bail was set at $25,000, “he laughed and said he would be home before me.”

Domestic assault, 500 South Constitution Avenue: Police responded to a residence June 15 where a woman had allegedly been punched by her mother-in-law. Officers found that things had been “brewing” inside the house for sometime and when the suspect mother-in-law was found smoking — forbidden under house rules due to children living there — an argument ensued. A punch was thrown by the mother in law, causing redness on the alleged victim’s cheek. The alleged victim may have had a game counsel in her hand during the fight but police do not think she used it as a weapon. The mother-in-law was taken to jail.

The police blotter is compiled from the reports of the Bremerton Police Department. 


In Manette, how the Boat Shed got its parking lot back

The parking lot can be seen at the upper left.
The parking lot can be seen at the upper left.

A small gravel lot has long provided the Boat Shed, Bremerton’s venerable restaurant on the shores of the Port Washington Narrows, a trove of additional parking spaces. 

But you might have noticed that the lot was closed off for a few years, until it was reopened in April.

What changed? The answer, which I’ve long sought to uncover, involves more than just a parking lot. Indeed, it encompasses much of the Manette business community.

Our story begins in 2010, when construction crews began using the lot — about 1/5 of an acre east the restaurant, just off East 11th Street — as a staging area for the state’s construction of a new Manette Bridge.

The Boat Shed, like just about every Manette business, struggled through the bridge’s construction and a second project renovating East 11th Street.

But the Boat Shed lost access to the gravel lot because, put simply, it did not own it. Kenneth Hills, the man who did, had provided the restaurant access to the lot for years.

Hills died in September 2012 at the age of 95. A gravel parking lot was definitely not the only piece of property he owned. Donn Hughes, a real estate agent tasked with disposing of his real estate, had met Hill several years before his death.

“He was definitely an unsung and active participant of the growth of Bremerton,” Hughes told me via email.

Hills owned spots in West Bremerton, Silverdale, Tracyton, and points in between. “He owned a significant part of lower Manette” as well, Hughes said.

Sales of his property has led to some Manette businesses to buy the properties they once leased from Hills. A prime example is the R*K Mart on Harkins Street. Upon buying the property, its owners have since made a number of improvements to the building.

The parking lot, meanwhile, was closed off and also put up for sale. The Boat Shed no longer had access to it.

Kathy Davis-Hayfield, who owns the Boat Shed with her husband Brett, said the restaurant tried to negotiate a purchase of the lot to no avail.

But they would get a helping hand from Paul McCullough, a Manette resident and retired Orthopedic surgeon who moved to the area in 1966.

I picked it up myself,” McCullough said of the parking lot.

While he is a fan of the restaurant, McCullough added that he has an interest in its success too. He told me he has a stake in the land upon which the restaurant is situated, though not in the restaurant itself. (That said, you can find the retired doctor there about once a week, he added.)

Records from the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office show the property sold for $105,000.

Davis-Hayfield said the restaurant is grateful for McCullough’s help.

“He knows the lot is key to our success,” she said, adding that it may also be paved at some point.

UPDATE: Steve Johnson sent me some photos (below) that better identify the location of the parking lot. Thanks, Steve!

BoatShed 1

Via Google Maps.
Via Google Maps.

Future is bright for Bremerton’s Class of 2014


Here in Bremerton, there’s good reason to celebrate as the school year draws to a close. Bremerton High School‘s class of 2014, which held its official graduation festivities Friday, has been hailed as one of the school’s strongest ever academically.

“This is a very strong class with a long list of accomplishments,” said Chris Swanson, a career and college counselor at the high school.

The numbers speak for themselves: of the 250 who graduated, 81 got at least one scholarship. Those scholarships total $801,528 toward their college educations in one year alone. Over four years, those scholarships will fund $2.6 million for Bremerton High School’s graduates.

Little wonder then, of the class’ motto: “Give us today to conquer tomorrow, in our hands we hold the future.”

I know I’m keeping a close eye on education trends in Bremerton. Here’s another one worth watching: this year’s Kindergarten class in the Bremerton School District is about 60 students bigger than the last. Is it a bubble, or a sign of a growing population of families in the city? Time will tell.

What will become of Washington Avenue?


It’s decision time for Washington Avenue. Following a road test, comment period and a public meeting last Thursday, the Bremerton City Council will now decide how to spend the $1.7 million it has from the state for bicycle and pedestrian improvements along the thoroughfare.

Here are the Council’s four options:

1. The original option: City engineers envisioned a simple road “diet” for the stretch of Washington between Sixth Street and the Manette Bridge, in which a four lane road would become a two lane one. That will make room for wider sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the road, as well as additional lighting, but it would cut vehicular capacity in half.

Option 2.
Option 2.

2. The modified option: Following the road test, in which angry commuters gave public works crews an earful about traffic backups, public works crews came up with a modified proposal. Under this option, the waterside (or east side) of the road’s dated concrete median would still be reduced to one lane to make room for the pedestrian and bicycle improvements. But the upper (or west side) portion of the median would become a two way street, with minimal bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements being installed on that side (a combined bike-pedestrian lane would be added).

3. The one-way option: Also dreamed up after the road test, the option sees the road cut down from four lanes to two, but all lanes would be one-way northbound, with southbound drivers having to go to Pacific Avenue to get downtown.

4. The do nothing option: The city could just give the money back and forgo the improvements altogether.

At Thursday’s public meeting, attended by more than 40 people, option 1 was the clear favorite after a preference vote was held. You can see the tabulated results via the collection of post-it notes in the photo below. Twenty-eight people said option 1 was their first choice, seven said it was their second choice and six said it was their third choice. Option 2 drew just one first-place vote, 16 second-place votes and three third place votes. Option 3 had only three first-place votes, two second-place votes and 11 third-place votes.

Strong support for option 1 came as a surprise to Bremerton Public Works Director Chal Martin. It was Martin, after all, who stood by the road when the city tested the option 1 concept in April. Motorists were none too pleased by the backups created between 4-4:30 p.m., the town’s rush hour. Roughly three-fourths of respondents to an unscientific Kitsap Sun online poll said eliminating a lane in each direction on the road was a bad idea.

Feedback at the public meeting was varied, but many bicyclists came out in support of the improvements. Martin also reached out to Rick Tift, executive director of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, for his thoughts, as Tift could not make the meeting. Tift prefers Option 2, Martin says.

The Council decision won’t come without a chance to comment one more time. The decision will likely be made at the Council’s July 2 meeting at the Norm Dicks Government Center, where you can have your say one more time. Meeting’s at 5:30 p.m.

Below, you’ll also find Martin’s memo to the City Council.


Washington Avenue memo

When and how we report on crime

Blogger’s note: this post comes to us from Kitsap Sun Editor David Nelson. 

A few readers in Manette have pointed out a recent court case that acquitted a Bremerton teenager of an assault charge. They are curious why we haven’t given the incident more attention, particularly because a Seattle television station did at least two reports this week.

There are two questions to address here:

1. Why haven’t we published a story on the alleged assault?

2. How do we follow crime overall to share public safety information with readers?

One of our reporters did hear about the May 7 assault in the days after it happened. He called police several times for more information, and they declined to give details. The reason may have been because the assault was under investigation or because it involved a minor, which are legitimate criteria police have to temporarily withhold information about a crime. We do depend on our police relationships as one guideposts on when to report or not report a crime (though law enforcement’s opinion is not the only thing that we base decisions on). In this case, had the police felt there was an immediate danger to the neighborhood I hope they would tell us so we could share that with readers. They didn’t, so the rush to run a story with incomplete information was not as pressing.

When we saw the Q13 report this week, we decided to report the outcome of the court case. But the suspect was acquitted. At that point, the story would have been about unfounded allegations a month after the incident occurred. Legally, there was no crime to report on.

That’ll sound like an excuse those in Manette who are alarmed there may be a kid running around randomly attacking people. (Full disclosure: I live in Manette, too, and often go running where the incident occurred.) The initial arrest would have been newsworthy — had we had the complete story — and a reporter did seek information for several days. So we didn’t blow it off or cover something up. We just didn’t know enough about what happened, and the subsequent circumstances and other daily obligations kept us from following it more closely.

I thought that offering this glimpse at the how our reporters find out about possible crime will illuminate the case a bit more.

We learn about suspected crimes in five ways:

1. Checking police reports. We do not check reports daily from each of the county’s six agencies (not including Washington State Patrol). It’s time-consuming, and at times difficult because of legal restrictions (certain cases under investigation, for example) or delays in filing reports (say, information that must be redacted before going for public view).

2. Checking the daily Kitsap County Jail “in custody” list. This is something we do every day, and is probably the most efficient way to find out what’s going on. The list tells us who was booked into jail, for what suspected crime, and at what bail amount. A reporter learns to seek out potentially newsworthy arrests — whether a large bail amount or a serious crime listed — and we then request charging documents or police reports to find out more on that specific incident.

3. Communication with police or sheriff’s deputies. LIke I said above, law enforcement will let us know, whether a phone call or a news release, when something of public safety is going on.

4. Tips from the community. Folks call in, post to our Facebook page, email us, etc. when they see something happening. We can’t follow up on every single tip, but we’ll chase those that sound newsworthy.

5. Listen to the scanner. It’s going as I write, just like always in the newsroom. Editors and reporters are trained to listen for police traffic on incidents that we call police for more information about.

At this point it’s worth noting that the reported Lebo Avenue assault only fit one of those criteria — we got a tip from a reader. Bremerton police didn’t immediately provide the report or oral details and the suspect was booked into jail as a juvenile, which means his name was on a list that isn’t made public. We like those tips from the community, but they can also be the difficult to chase down solid information about.

What follows those five methods in a reporter’s decision making is a more detailed explanation — there are value judgments about what crimes to write up, protocols on felony cases or sex offenses, when to name or not name a suspect who is charged with a felony, and which cases we will follow through the court system. There’s no single answer that applies to everything.

What may be confusing for a reader is the variety of practices different media have in crime reporting. In this case, a Seattle television news station chose to focus on one incident in Bremerton even though Q13 very rarely reports on any other crime in our neighborhoods — so there’s little precedent for their coverage. The station chose to name and photograph the victim, which we rarely do, though it’s clear Jordan Monasmith was a willing participant in the coverage. And TV news overall tends to swoop in for a single crime incident then leave quickly — while our reporters have the job of following a crime through the court system for weeks or months.

We write Code 911 items to keep people informed of the criminal activities in our area and to illustrate what law enforcement, fire departments and our court system does each day. Our crime reporting can never be exhaustive. There are times when we’ll make a clear decisions against reporting on something, as well as instances when circumstances (unavailability of information, for example) determine our response. We want to err on the side of public safety, without being alarmist — and with 250,000 people living in neighborhoods around Kitsap County, we’ll never be able to write up everything that is possibly of interest.

But we continue to keep public safety in mind as part of our role. Let me know if you have questions, or comment below.

Bremerton police blotter, June 4-9

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Bremerton Police Lt. Pete Fisher talks to a woman on 19th Street.

Several establishments that sell alcohol got busted in Bremerton recently, after allegedly selling liquor to minors. Those incidents and more are in this week’s Bremerton police blotter. Here’s the full scoop:

Domestic assault, 1900 Naval Avenue: A man apparently assaulted his girlfriend June 5 after an argument. She did not want to cooperate with police. The man, located later, would not talk to the police about the incident. Witnesses who knew the couple were concerned about his violence. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Found license, 100 Washington Avenue: Kids on skateboards found a man’s driver’s license June 5. Police took it for safekeeping.

Theft of bike, 600 Washington Avenue: A man reported that an unknown suspect had cut his bike lock, taking his $1,600 bike June 5. Police have no suspects.

Stolen lanterns, 600 Washington Avenue: A woman told police that she’d watched on her home surveillance system a man come into her yard and steal two small lanterns, valued at about $25, June 5. Police have no suspects.

Theft of bicycle, 100 Washington Avenue: A man’s mountain bike was stolen from the bike racks at the lower level of the ferry terminal June 6. It had been locked. Police have no suspects.

Shoplifting, 4200 Wheaton Way: A woman reported to police that three women came into a beauty supply business June 6 and, while one woman talked to staff, the other two stole about $100 in beauty products. The store has video of the incident. Police are still investigating.

Scam, 4100 Westview Drive: A man called police June 6 to say he and his wife had received a call from someone claiming to be his grandson, and that his grandson needed money because he was stuck in the Dominican Republic. The couple was set to send almost $10,000 when their bank manager said it was strange and convinced them not to. Police confirmed it was a scam.

Liquor violation, 3500 Wheaton Way: An officer working with the liquor control board went into 7-Eleven with an 18-year-old in an attempt to buy alcohol June 6. The 18-year-old was successful in purchasing a Bud Light. The officer identified himself and the clerk said it was “really busy” in the store as rationale for not checking her ID. Police sent information to the liquor board and recommended charges to the Bremerton prosecutor for selling liquor to minors.

Liquor violation, 2100 Sixth Street: Another officer working with an undercover minor to do compliance checks June 6 on area businesses found that the Arco gas station at 6th and Naval sold a 4 Loko to a 19-year-old. The liquor board was informed and charges are pending.

Liquor violation, 3700 Kitsap Way: Another liquor compliance check June 6 found that the R&H Mart sold six pack of Corona to a 19-year-old. The liquor board was informed and charges are pending.

Vehicle prowling, 300 Callow Avenue: A man said that his car was rummaged through while he was at work at an adult entertainment store June 6. Taken from his car were his Vicodin pills. Police have no suspects.

Theft of cards, 900 Pearl Street: A woman reported that she’d left her wallet in a residence June 6, only to return and find several credit and debit cards taken out of the wallet. Police are investigating.

Building code violation, 700 Wallin Street: An officer June 6 had noticed for months there have been people living in a travel trailer, which is illegal under city code. He went by and found people were paying rent to stay in the trailer and that the owner was nearby. The owner was told monetary fines could be levied if people were living in the trailer longer than 30 days.

Shoplifting, 4900 Kitsap Way: Officers were called to WinCo Foods, where a woman was found to have stolen $43 worth of products June 7. She also had prescription drugs in her purse she wasn’t authorized to have. She was taken to jail.

Assault, 4600 Bay Vista Boulevard: Police said a woman who was paying off a $40 drug debt in a field was attacked by those she owed June 7; she was beaten. Police are still investigating for charges.

Drunken stupor, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Bremerton medics requested help for an unruly subject June 7. The suspect, who’d fallen and hit his head, which summoned medics, was now being held down by those medics, police said. Apparently the suspect was in a “drunken stupor” and had passed out, but was then alarmed by medics’ presence when they were treating him. He came out of the stupor “swinging.” No arrests were made.

Probation violation, 4200 Wheaton Way: An officer June 7 spotted a man behind Goodwill that “immediately started walking away.” The officer caught up to him behind a dumpster where the man said he’d been “peeing.” The man had a warrant for probation violation. He was taken to jail.

Scam, 4200 Wheaton Way: A woman told police June 7 that she’d gotten a text from someone she thought was a friend, who told her she’d won $100,000 through a Facebook contest. All she had to do was friend a person on Facebook and send an initial payment of $3,500 and the money would be hers. It was a scam. Police called the number where the text came from and the male voice requested more money from the woman. When the officer identified himself, the caller said “gibberish” and promptly hung up. The officer told her not to give out money or personal information to strangers in the future. Detectives are investigating.

Fight, 200 Fifth Street: Two residents got into a fight June 7 after one suggested the other had stolen a cable box. Police determined one of the men had “puffed up” and wanted to fight, and that man went to jail.

Meth in car, 4000 Wheaton Way: Police saw a “fidgety” driver at an intersection which piqued an officer’s interest June 8. He looked up the car in the state database and found the driver was wanted for probation violation. By the time the officer found out, the car had driven out of sight but the officer did find it in a Wheaton Way parking lot. Police could see inside the car was a crystal resembling meth. They got a search warrant, served it and found the substance was meth. The owner of the car had not been arrested yet, according to the report.

Assault with metal, 900 Sheridan Road: Police were called to the area June 8 for a bloodied man, who said he’d been assaulted with a piece of metal. He required aid from Bremerton medics. Police found out the name of the suspect, went to his house, and he was taken to the Kitsap County Jail. The suspect denied involvement.

Driving while high, Warren Avenue Bridge: A sergeant stopped an 18-year-old man who was driving across the bridge going about 50 mph in the 35 mph zone June 8. The sergeant suspected the man was high. He admitted to drinking two beers and smoking a “blunt” earlier in the night. Police took vials of his blood to test and then let him go. Police recommended the city prosecutor charge him with DUI, possession of marijuana, MIP, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Domestic assault, 3400 Spruce Avenue: Officers were called June 8 for an assault in which a man hit a woman he’s prohibited by law from contacting. She had a bruise on the right side of her face. There is probable cause to arrest the man involved but police hadn’t found him yet, according to the report.

Vehicle prowling, 4200 Wheaton Way: A woman’s cell phone was stolen out of her car June 9 while she was in a thrift shop. Police had no suspects at the time of the report.

Domestic incident, 600 Montgomery Avenue: A man and a woman got into a tussle June 9, while both were grabbing for a cell phone to use. The woman said she was hit and had her hair pulled. The man denied doing that. He went to the Kitsap County Jail.

Domestic incident, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue: Two women housemates got into a fight over potato chips June 9. One of the women accused the other of stealing the chips and then threw the chips in her face. She was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Bremerton, what does your foot ferry future look like?


Remember that sleek little ferry (pictured) that ran from Bremerton to Seattle for “research” in the summer of 2012? Well, Kitsap Transit still possesses that vessel, the Rich Passage 1. And it wants you to help figure out what should be done with it.

Kitsap Transit is writing a business plan for passenger ferry service and is seeking opinions from area residents. The survey’s short and sweet. Click here to fill it out.

The bottom line is that it’s going to cost money to run the 117-passenger vessel. But having that service would mean Seattle would be reachable in 35 minutes, rather than the current hour aboard the state ferry system.