Monthly Archives: February 2007

Ferry Frenzy

A three-part story arc on “Grey’s Anatomy” concerns a Washington State ferry disaster. But by and large, ferry officials and state troopers have been supportive of the idea.

Why? They say it generates two things:

1) Interest in the ferry system (so says ferries chief Mike Anderson) and

2) A heightened interest in keeping ferries safe (and thus preventing a ferry boat accident or terrorist attack, says the state patrol.

What do you think of “Grey’s” use of the boats?

Getting His Goat(s)

A couple of Silverdale-area neighbors are having a bit of a spat over a pair of goats, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

One neighbor, 52, said two goats got out his his yard Feb. 5 and wandered into the neighboring pastures of a 57-year-old, sheriff’s reports said.

The neighbor whose yard had been entered by the goats called Kitsap County Animal Control, and they were hauled away. The 52-year-old got one of them back, but had to pay a $100 fine, reports said. The other goat is owned by another person, and thus remained with animal control, the 52-year-old told deputies.

The goat feud got a little more heated, however, when the two men encountered each other at a convenience store last Wednesday.

“If you don`t watch it, I’m going to bury you and your goats in my yard when no one is looking,” the 57-year-old is alleged to have said to the 52-year-old, according to deputies.

The 52-year-old told deputies he was working to repair his fence between the pair’s yards.

Reefer Madness

A lawsuit filed today in Kitsap County Superior Court seems to have re-ignited a debate over the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law.

In the suit, a Kitsap County woman is claiming that though she’d been given a license to use medical pot by a physician for a “debilitating illness,” she was fired from TeleTech, a Colorado-based company with an East Bremerton location.

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‘They’re Coming For Me’

Late Monday, a 39-year-old Bremerton man appeared to be in a hurry to a Bremerton Police officer, according to police reports.

The man was riding a motorcycle down Pacific Avenue at about 11:30 p.m., and the cop, who just happened to see him, estimated he was doing about 50 mph — and not even slowing for stop signs.

Another cop caught up to the man, who told the officer he was attempting to catch the ferry (presumably the 11:40 p.m. sailing to Seattle).

A ferry worker told police that when the man came into the terminal, and upon seeing the police car behind him, announced: “They’re coming for me.”

The cops forwarded a reckless driving report to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officer Makes ‘Reasonable’ Assumption

A Bremerton Police officer made a fairly sound assumption Sunday on the 2400 block of Phinney Bay.

The officer had been called there at 4:30 a.m. because a nearby homeowner had seen someone inside a vehicle the homeowner believed wasn’t his.

When the officer found the man inside the car — apparently holding a “pointed tool” — he suspected the 44-year-old’s motives were possibly criminal, despite the man’s insistence that he was installing a stereo.

“I thought it reasonable that at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning most car owners are not working on their car stereo.”

The suspect was taken to Kitsap County jail for warrants and the possible theft.

‘Sometimes Parents Need a Timeout Too’

I spent last Wednesday with Bremerton School Resource Officer John Bogen, who was the subject of a story Sunday.

Our feature revolved around what school resource officers do at the high school level. But these officers are called on to work at the district’s other schools, too.

Bogen does much of the same work he does at the high school at Mountain View Middle School and Bremerton Junior High School.

In Bremerton’s elementaries, he visits periodically to introduce himself to the younger ones.

He told me a funny story of a time in which a young student blurted out during the middle of class, “My daddy got arrested last week!”

Now, he says, it’s not that uncommon of an occurrence. But the first time he handled it, he needed an on-the-spot response to put the children’s minds at ease.

“Sometimes parents need a timeout too,” Bogen told them.

Dodging the Good News on Meth?

Is the country’s mainstream media dodging good news in the fight against methamphetamine?

That’s the view of Editor Jack Shafer in a column published last week.

Shafer cites a Newsweek article that was “clawing itself bloody about the growing trend,” of meth use, when in fact — in the very same week — use of meth was reportedly down by a federal study.

Here at the forum, we’ve already covered meth’s downward trend in a post last week. Thus, I wrote to Shafer this morning informing him that not all media outlets dodged this one.

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Sirens and Lights and Black and Whites

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Bremerton Police Department are each buying up the classic-look black and white patrol car, in what has become a national trend.

The black and whites are more visible, officials with both agencies said. Yet motorists who spot them will undoubtedly still not know what to do when they’re running with full-on sirens and lights.

We’ve harped on this issue before — twice — here at the forum. But it’s just one of those things you can’t say enough.

Remember: “Sirens and Lights, Move to the Right.”