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Letter to the Editor: It’s Climate Week on Bainbridge

Last Tuesday, our City Council passed a resolution declaring September 21–27 Climate Week on Bainbridge Island. I am a representative of one of the two organizations proposing the resolution, Quality Bainbridge and Sustainable Bainbridge. We proposed this for many reasons: As in other efforts, Bainbridge Island should be a leader on this vital issue. We…

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Two Dead German Shepherds Found Dumped at Stottlemeyer Trailhead

Note: This story includes graphic details and a potentially disturbing image. Yesterday morning, September 20, at about 8:45, Amanda Gorman Jackson pulled up with her horse trailer at the trailhead off of Stottlemeyer Road in Poulsbo. She was meeting a friend to go riding and was the first to arrive. She said what she saw…

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Joe Kunzler

Holy Heart Failure Batman! Navy Growlers Buzz Bainbridge Thursday Night

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. September 19.] Last night, September 18, at approximately 8:15 roaring plane noise and bright lights jolted Bainbridge residents onto their feet. Some ran outside, others attempted to comfort children awakened by the sound, and still others reached for their glass of wine for a refill. The mystery hit Facebook, with numerous…

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Midday Downtown Winslow Robbery Raises Concerns

We don’t have very many robberies on Bainbridge. Burglaries and car prowls, fraud and shoplifting, yes. But not robberies. So when there is one, it sparks concern and the police seek to raise awareness. On September 8 at 12:51 in the afternoon, an 88-year-old woman was walking home from volunteering at Helpline House. She knew…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 9/18/14: Speeding Motorcyclist Crashes & Flees, Leaving Bike & Blood Behind

POLICE BLOTTER September 16 Stolen Generator. An employee of a pump and well drilling company told Officer Carla Sias that he had been using a portable generator at Seabold Church Cemetery. He had last sen it around 5 p.m. on the 4th and noticed it had been stolen by the 8th at 9:30 a.m. The…

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Who Takes the Fall for a Dog Bite?

At midday Saturday, September 13, a man was walking his dog on leash on the south sidewalk of High School Road, heading toward Safeway. A second man approaching from the opposite direction and heading to the library tripped on an uneven portion of the sidewalk and fell toward the dog. Startled, the dog bit the man…

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i was out of my mind when i shot at you by hobvias sudoneighm

Some of IB’s Favorite Story Titles

Ah, the art and science of titling. A bad title can sink an article, while a good one can set it aloft. The topic often dictates the title, but there are those times when the title inspires the content. Getting it right can be a minor agony, but when it trips off the mind in…

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Olympic Terrace House Fire Likely Caused by Spontaneous Combustion

Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) investigators say they have determined the cause of the fire that occurred Monday evening, September 15, in a two-story home at 11084 Olympic Terrace to be accidental. After interviewing witnesses and the homeowners, BIFD identified spontaneous combustion to be the probable cause of the fire. The homeowners had recently applied…

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Earthquake This Morning Largest to Hit Western Washington in Over a Decade

A 4.0 earthquake centered in Hood Canal about 17.5 miles west of Bremerton and approximately 21 miles west of Bainbridge Island rattled area residents at 3:06 a.m. today, September 17. The quake, 10.3 miles deep, was felt as far away as Seattle and Everett, but there have been no official reports of significant damage. Although…

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Bainbridge Crime Duo Wanted by BIPD: Chief Hamner Interviewed for ‘Washington’s Most Wanted’

Ericka Nitz, 24, and Kristopher Thurston Nickerson, 31, are from Bainbridge. And both are now among Washington law enforcement’s most wanted and considered dangerous. This morning, September 16, BIPD Police Chief Matt Hamner was interviewed on camera about the pair for Q13′s program “Washington’s Most Wanted.” Hamner explained that the Bainbridge Island Police Department was…

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Fire on Olympic Terrace Leaves Home Severely Damaged

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall [Updated at 9:03 a.m. September 16, 2014.] Dispatchers received a 911 call at 6:50 this evening, September 15, about a structure fire at a house on Olympic Terrace in a quiet neighborhood near Manzanita Bay to the west of Miller Road and Koura Road. The caller reported seeing flames. Other…

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Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Marine Services

Explosion at Blake Island Sends Victims to Hospital with Severe Burns

This evening, September 14, two people aboard a boat moored at Blake Island suffered severe burns when their vessel exploded and caught on fire. An initial 911 call at 4:47 p.m. reported an explosion and fire aboard a private boat at a public marina on the north side of Blake Island. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office…

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WSF Tells Us About Ourselves as Ferry Passengers

The Washington State Ferries Origin-Destination Survey was just released this week. The extensive, detailed report was compiled from data collected in 2013 directly from passengers on the ferries. These surveys are conducted every six to seven years as a “way to accurately capture and measure the travel patterns of ferry passengers.” WSF says the surveys…

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Letter to the Editor: A Simple Solution to Chronic Traffic Delays on 305

The other night we spent 30 minutes going a few miles on 305 from Koura Road to the casino. When we got to the casino, we saw just one car coming from Suquamish. Friends of ours who live near the Bloedel Reserve cannot get home various hours of the day. Elected officials have proposed a multi-million round-around for…

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Gabriel Gaeta led into court with a cloak over his head

Suspect in Murder of Jenise Wright Arraigned Today with Competency Undetermined

Gabriel Gaeta, the 17-year-old in custody for the alleged rape and murder of his 6-year-old neighbor Jenise Wright, faces arraignment this afternoon, September 12, in Kitsap County Superior Court. At his first court appearance on August 11, the defense and prosecution in the case agreed that Gaeta should be mentally evaluated to determine his competency…

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Ferry Alert: Sports Fans to Complicate Friday Rush Hour

This afternoon, September 12, you will be treated to more than the regular Friday evening jam-packed commute. That’s because sports fans are expected in droves in downtown Seattle for baseball and fútbol. The Seattle Mariners will be playing the Oakland A’s at Safeco Field, with a 7:10 p.m. start. A few minutes later, the Sounders…

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Bainbridge Frog Nabbed from Colman Dock

A 45-pound frog has been reported missing from its temporary home at Colman Dock in Seattle. The 40″ x 30″ x 24″ sculpture on a large base had been on display at the Seattle Ferry Terminal for over a year, since last summer. Part of a community art project on Bainbridge Island that includes 36…

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City Council Passes Resolution Supporting I-594, Background Checks for Gun Sales

I-594 is a Washington State initiative that, if passed, would require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms. Tuesday night, September 9, the Bainbridge City Council voted 6-1 for Resolution 2014-20, which expresses support for the initiative and authorizes City Manager Doug Schulze to forward the message to the State Legislature. Before the…

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Jason Michael Lucas, Suspect in 24 Bainbridge Burglaries, Back in Kitsap County Jail

Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner is pretty pleased with his department, which just saw the completion of the law enforcement portion in the cases of 24 linked Bainbridge burglaries that happened at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. The suspect, Jason Michael Lucas, who fled the state in June, was located in August…

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Bainbridge High School

Celebration of Life Scheduled for Michael Anderson

A celebration of life event for Michael Anderson will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Bainbridge High School Commons. Anderson drowned in Tiger Lake near Belfair on Sunday evening, September 7. He was pulled from the water by boaters responding to a woman screaming about a swimmer in distress. They performed CPR until…

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