Monthly Archives: May 2007

UPDATE: High Court Rules in Kitsap Murder Case

The state supreme court today vacated the aggravated portion of a murder conviction against a Bainbridge Island preacher who strangled his wife to death in 1997.

Dawn Hacheney’s body was found badly burned on Dec. 26, 1997 in an East Bremerton home, and investigators first concluded she’d died in an accidental fire. Four years later, however, a woman came forward alleging Dawn’s husband, Nicholas Hacheney (pictured), was having an affair and he had drugged Dawn and strangled her with a plastic bag before setting their home on fire.

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Ask A Cop: The Bicycle Wheels of Justice

Blogger’s Note: Columnist-slash-cop Steve Sutherland, a veteran officer with the Bainbridge Island Police Department, is here to field another question. Feel free to write more questions or responses below. For more past editions, click here.

The question, from blog commenter N. Sizemore: There have been some letters to the editor, re: bicycles recently and I would like to ask a cop if they give tickets to bike riders for violations or if he has any stories to share on the subject. I’m also interested to know if there are laws regarding biking under the influence. I was just reading a site that claims that 40% of bicycle fatalities are caused by the bicyclist being impaired. I find that hard to believe although I know that it does happen.

The answer, from Officer Sutherland, is that bicycle riders are required by state law to obey all traffic laws and yes, they are cited for traffic violations.

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‘We’ll Learn Who We Are’

Residents in the area surrounding Crown Hill Elementary this month told the county commissioners they’re banding together to thwart crime and promote camaraderie.

In a story in Tuesday’s Kitsap Sun, I interviewed many of the neighbors, who say they’re scared for their personal safety, and about what goes on in their neighborhood.

They’re planning block watch groups, block parties, and anything that ultimately helps them to get to know one another — so they know who’s who and can call police when something appears out of the ordinary.

Have you ever pondered a block watch program in your neighborhood?

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How to Watch your Block

Here are some handy tips if you’re looking to start your own block watch, as published in the Kitsap Sun from a previous story. I’ve added some updated info.

The Bremerton Police Department and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office welcome residents who want to start a neighborhood or block watch programs in their own neck of the woods.

Officers and deputies with each department will help you organize a block watch meeting and can sometimes attend it as well. To start one, call Bremerton Community Resource Officer Andy Oakley at (360) 473-5231, or if you’re in the county, Deputy Pete Ball at (360) 337-7101.

If you’re in one of Kitsap’s other three cities — Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo or Port Orchard — send me a note and I’ll connect you with the right person.

Police advise these tips in maintaining a block watch program:

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Lawsuit: ‘Pipe came loose … struck plaintiff’

A Kitsap County couple is suing Home Depot over an incident in October 2005 in which a woman was perusing an isle at the Silverdale store and a pipe fell from a shelf and struck her in the head, according to court documents.

The woman was at the store the afternoon of October 25, 2005, with her then 3-year-old daughter. She was standing in the middle of the “fencing” isle, “looking straight ahead,” when “a 7 foot piece of galvanized pipe came loose from the shelf and struck Plaintiff in the head,” court documents filed May 18 say.

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Will Charges in Baby Death to Follow Kitsap’s Example?

Inside the Mason County jail, Shawna M. Doidge, 22, of Shelton, awaits possible charges county prosecutors could bring against her.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services have been building a case against her since her 19-month-old son Nickolas’ (pictured) drowning death April 19.

The sheriff’s office has finished its investigation, which concluded in her arrest Tuesday. Their recommendation: a second-degree negligent homicide charge, under the state’s felony murder statute.

If prosecutors elect to charge it that way, it wouldn’t be the first negligent homicide charge on the Great Peninsula in recent years.

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Sheriff’s Office Awards Bonanza

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office held its annual awards ceremony Tuesday night, with lots of honors handed out, new deputies sworn in, and of course, Sheriff Steve Boyer name-dropping his law enforcement alma matter, the Washington State Patrol, on numerous occasions.

Boyer, wearing a portable microphone, walked about the stage all night in that usual gregarious and cordial way he has about him.

It’s safe to say Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Aman left the ceremony the most handsomely of all.

Aman (pictured with Boyer), chosen by his fellow personnel as the deputy of the year, walked away from the Christian Life Center in Port Orchard with not only a plaque, but the keys to a brand new 2007 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

I’ll be honest with you: the person who gets to inherit his old patrol car — if it’s passed on — will be lucky as well.

Why? In all my ride-alongs with area police, I have never seen a patrol car as immaculately clean as his.

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Search Warrants: Probable not ‘Absolute’

Picture this: a group of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies enter a home inside which they believe are a bunch of gun-toting ID thieves. They have a court-backed search warrant.

Instead of finding nefarious characters, they find inside a naked, sleeping couple, who, they hold at gunpoint. (Yes, they’re still naked.)

Nothing is found in the home. The police apologize for the trouble, then leave.

Well, the in-the-buff couple wasn’t too happy with this intrusion, and sued alleging a violation of their fourth amendment rights. The case was eventually granted a writ of certiorari and the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case Monday, according to an article in the LA Times.

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Former Navy Chief’s Sentencing Delayed

Those curious about the fate of the criminal case involving Naval Base Kitsap’s former Command Master Chief will have to wait.

I spoke with Kitsap County Prosecutors this morning — when Edward E. Scott was supposed to be sentenced after pleading guilty to sex charges — and was told his next court hearing will now be June 11.

Scott has been the subject of much debate on this blog, after being arrested in the early morning hours of March 16 by Bremerton Police detectives.

As the Navy’s highest enlisted man in Kitsap, Scott admitted to chatting over the internet with what he thought was a mother of two children and agreeing to meet with them for sex.

He was actually chatting with an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force — in conjunction with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — and eventually pleaded guilty to attempted rape and communication with a minor for immoral purposes, both felonies.

And the reason for the delay in sentencing?

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