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Police Blotter 3/25/15: Attack of the Drone

POLICE BLOTTER March 24 Found Backpack. A person found a black backpack that washed up on the beach. Officer Erik Peffer found identification inside and a receipt from the 22nd. The Bremerton police were contacted and they knew the owner as a transient. The backpack was placed into storage. March 23 Attack of the Drone….

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Bainbridge Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughter & Stepson

A former Bainbridge Island resident plead guilty yesterday, March 23, in Kitsap Superior Court to two felony counts of child molestation. Judge Kevin D. Hull sentenced the white male, 51, to just under 7.5 years for child molestation in the first degree and to just under 3.5 years for child molestation in the second degree….

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City Calls for Help to Identify Source of Ongoing Illegal Dumping in Winslow

In the last several weeks, City maintenance crews and Water Resource’s staff have responded to nearly a dozen identical illicit dumping incidents around the downtown area. Each incident has involved plastic produce bags that have been filled with what appears to be liquid food waste and placed on the top of trash receptacles. In some cases…

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Meet BIPD’s Four New Recruits

The Bainbridge Island Police Department has just hired four new officers to replace those who retired this year. Joining the staff are lateral hires Kurt Enget, Bill Shields, and Chuck Kazer and new recruit Cameron Lewis. Enget and Shields started on February 17. Kazer and Lewis started March 16. Cameron Lewis As the newbie to police…

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Police Chief Says “No Winners Here” in BHS Teacher Misconduct Investigation

Bainbridge Island Police Department (BIPD) Chief Matt Hamner confirmed today that no arrests have been made in the investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct between a Bainbridge High School teacher and a student. The investigation was launched February 25 after BHS Principal Mary Alice O’Neill informed the BIPD of reports of possible misconduct between one of the school’s teachers…

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Council Set to Pass Tamer Leash Law, Considers Off-Leash Trial at Pritchard

At the March 24 City Council meeting, the Council will be voting on and likely passing a much softened version of their originally proposed dog leash law. At this week’s March 17 meeting, the Council had the chance to discuss the latest version on the table and they decided to advance it to next week’s consent…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 3/18/15: Kid Almost Hit at Bus Stop

POLICE BLOTTER March 16 Where’d I Leave My Gun? A man called police about a found gun. Officer Kurt Enget spoke with the man who told him that he commutes by bicycle from Bainbridge to Poulsbo. While he was riding around 8 in the morning on 305 he saw a black case on the side…

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A Week of Bizarro Motor Vehicle Accidents

Bainbridge Island always gets its fair share of motor vehicle accidents, but this past week saw a significant amount of the oddball variety. Maybe the solar storm or Hillary Clinton’s e-mails had an effect. The first strange accident happened on March 8. A vehicle was traveling south on Eagle Harbor Drive at 9:52 at night. On a curve,…

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Correction: Former Ray’s Auto Manager to Serve 16 Months

On March 14, we reported that Kevin Donald Norris was sentenced to 6 years in prison for five felony counts, including theft and jumping bail. An error on his sentencing document indicated that his 6-year sentence was not to be served concurrently. The prosector’s office has confirmed that, in fact, his sentence is concurrent. This means…

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Bored with Inside Bainbridge? We figure you must be, ’cause we are. Looking around at local news, there’s not a lot to get hot about. Fortunately and unfortunately, that will change, probably on a dime. So, right now, this moment, let’s take a breather and count our blessings. The weather is calm. There are no…

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Police Body Cams, Privacy, & Public Right to Know: What Will Rep. Hansen’s Bill Do?

The increase in the use of body cameras by law enforcement to record interactions with the public has been accompanied by an increase in the public’s ability to view those interactions. This has caused concern among law enforcement officers and private citizens. State House Representative and Islander Drew Hansen is one of the sponsors of a…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Inside Bainbridge

At Inside Bainbridge, we get new readers all the time. Our Facebook likes grow daily, many new readers follow us on Twitter, and we have a consistently increasing weekly news update readership. We are about to hit the 4,000,000 views mark. A steadily growing percentage of our readership consists of Baby Boomers, some of whom are less…

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Ferry Spring Schedule Changes and Peak-Season Fare Increases

The Washington State Ferries (WSF) spring sailing schedule begins on Sunday, March 22. Peak-season fare increases go into effect May 1. During peak-season, WSF recommends that travelers arrive earlier, plan for busier sailings, and make a reservation for travel on the San Juan Islands routes, Anacortes/Sidney B.C. route, and Port Townsend/Coupeville route. Spring Schedule Changes The Anacortes/Sidney B.C. route opens,…

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Weather: Very Rainy and Breezy Today and Tonight

Heavy rain will fall Sunday and Sunday night, with breezy conditions, giving way to a dry cloudy day Monday and possible showers again Monday night. Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island: Sunday 100 percent rain all day, with a high near 51 degrees F. North wind around 16 mph. Precipitation amounts…

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Former Manager of Ray’s Auto Sentenced to 6 Years

On March 6, Kevin Donald Norris pled guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court to four felony counts of theft and one felony count of jumping bail. Formerly the manager of Ray’s Automotive on Bainbridge Island and a Poulsbo resident, Norris was arrested on December 29, 2014, for failure to appear in court on charges of third-degree…

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Three Proposed Development Projects Need Your Input

The City of Bainbridge Island is looking for public input on three very different proposed development projects. The first is for ten buildings to be built on 4.5 acres of undeveloped land accessed by the road serving Manzanita Park and the Saddle Club. The developer, Tseng Properties LLC, wants to offer light manufacturing uses such as…

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Another Rash of Mailbox and Vehicle Prowls Hits Bainbridge

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Bainbridge Police responding to the latest rash of vehicle prowls and mail theft to hit the Island. The first incidents happened February 26. At the Bethany Lutheran Park and Ride, an unlocked truck was prowled. The owner’s Sirius satellite radio and some loose change were taken. Overnight,…

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Judge Finds Elder Abuse and HUD Violation at Winslow Arms Apartments

In a packed courtroom on Tuesday, March 10, Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Judge Sara McCulloch concluded a two-day hearing with a sharp rebuke of both the in-house manager and overseeing management company of Winslow Arms Apartments for violating at least one HUD rule and subjecting residents to abuse and unreasonable threats of eviction. The hearing…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 3/12/15: Defensive Meditator, Kicking Neighbor, Menace at Wheel

POLICE BLOTTER March 10 Found Backpack with Meds. Officer Kurtis Enget was on patrol when at 1:24 in the afternoon he was dispatched for a fond backpack. Cencom advised that the reporting party believed the backpack contained narcotics. Enget, who is new to the department, was accompanied by Officer Jeff Benkert. The reporting party told…

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Rash of Roof Falls, One Fatal, Calls for Caution

On the weekend of February 21 and 22, three different Bainbridge Island residents, all men, sustained injuries after falling off their roofs. One of the injured men was airlifted to Harborview Hospital with injuries so severe he died this week. Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said the man was alone when he fell from…

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