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In Statewide 911 Outage Bainbridge Emergency Calls Rerouted to Backup Center

For an as yet undetermined reason, an outage intermittently knocked out 911 calls statewide this morning. A shift supervisor at Cencom in Kitsap said they noticed the outage at 1:15 this morning, April 10, when another call center reported to them that they were having trouble. Cencom checked and noticed their lines were down as…

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National Guard Youth Outraged at Bainbridge Shooting of Pregnant Doe

On the morning of Saturday, March 22, West Sound Wildlife Shelter received a call from a citizen about a dead deer in his yard off Sunrise Drive just south of Day Road on Bainbridge Island. The Shelter agreed to pick up the deer and haul her away to use as food for its animal charges….

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Planning Commission Presents Final Pot Recs to Council, Which Briefly Considers a Referendum

Monday night, April 7, Jennifer Sutton, the City’s Special Project Planner, shared with the Bainbridge Island City Council the recommendations of the Planning Commission for Marijuana-Related Uses. She said the Commission had met four times in January and February, held a public hearing, and then issued its recs. Mack Pearl, a member of the commission,…

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Burglars Hit a Gun Shop in Gorst—Police Want Your Help

When the burglary alarm went off at Gorst’s Boerner Firearms this  morning, April 9, at 4:53 a.m., first responders didn’t have far to go. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 16 is right across the street, Highway 3 West, and firefighters immediately began informing Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office about what they were seeing. Patrol deputies…

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Beware of Clamzilla! Clamming Prohibited into Perpetuity at Fay Bainbridge Park

Clamzilla, also known as Camille Speck of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, is a biologist in charge of the Puget Sound Bivalve Management Project. Her job is to protect all creatures clammy, setting seasons and closures for recreational fisheries. Clamzilla came to Bainbridge Island yesterday, April 8, to assist the Bainbridge Island Park…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 4/8/14: Accident at Miller, 305, and Koura?

April 6 It’s More Fun When It’s Illegal.  At about 3:31 in the afternoon, Cencom advised Bainbridge units about suspicious people on Welfare Avenue. Lieutenant Denise Giuntoli made contact wit the reporting party who told her that at about a quarter after the hour, he and his wife had been sitting on the back porch…

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Big Firry Deal: The City Spares a Tree

This 100-year-old Douglas Fir tree along quiet Cave Avenue in Winslow has been spared from cutting. What’s the big deal? Last spring a nearly 2.5-acre forested area in an ecologically sensitive ravine across the street from this tree was wiped out by a private party owner to build a multifamily housing complex. After losing a…

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Weather: Rainy Weekend, Then Sunny Warming Trend

The National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island shows rain for the weekend, opening up to part sun and temperatures in the low 6os early next week. Friday A 50 percent chance of scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54 degrees F. South wind around 15 mph. Friday Night A 40 percent chance of…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 4/2/14: A Whole Lot of Yelling

April 1 Tires Slashed. Officer Trevor Ziemba called a citizen regarding malicious mischief that happened to his vehicle. The citizen told Ziemba that he had parked his vehicle on March 31 at about 1 p.m. in the lot at Blakely Harbor Park. He said that when he returned to his vehicle at about 6 p.m. he…

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Bainbridge Man Killed in Edmonds Drug Deal

Early Friday morning, March 28, Bainbridge Island resident Colin S. Dahlquist got into a fight while at an Edmonds QFC, that ended in his death. Dahlquist, who was 23, was there allegedly to make a drug deal. His alleged accomplices, a man and a woman, have been charged with his murder. Police found Dahlquist in the…

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Human Remains Detection Canine Team from Bainbridge Part of FEMA Recovery Effort in Oso

Bainbridge Islander Anthea Groves usually spends her weeks working for the Pegasus Coffee Roasting Facility on Day Road where she has been a bagger and delivery person for the past 14 years. Her co-worker Lee Robinson, who is the office manager there, says that this week Groves is on a different mission: Along with her…

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City Launches New Online Permitting Portal

In just two weeks, on April 14, the City will transition from the current Tidemark Permitting System to something more local: SMARTGov, which was developed by Poulsbo-based Paladin Data Systems. Although it’s more local, the system actually has a larger reach, offering Bainbridge citizens a way to track and manage their building permits online. It’s…

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IB's Top 10 Stories

IB’s Top 10 Stories in March 2014

Here are the ten most-read articles Inside Bainbridge published in March, 2014, in descending order. (The first article is always our top one, but it was not published in March.) Ferry on Foot to Bainbridge: 37 Things to Do Downtown Sale of Best Western Puts over $23 Million of Prime Bainbridge Real Estate on the…

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Convicted Sex Offender Proclaims Innocence, Accuses City, Police, and KCCHA of Homophobia

Bainbridge Islander Louis Hoffman Alloin is sleeping outside. Alloin is 65 years old and disabled, using a walker and living with a brain injury. Until recently, he has been residing in his 89-year-old mother’s Rhododendron Apartment on Bainbridge, assisting her with day-to-day needs. The management of the Rhododendron was just taken over in January by the…

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Weather: Seattle’s Wettest March on Record Ain’t Over Yet

As of yesterday, March 29, the Sea-Tac Airport weather station reported 9.44 inches of rainfall for the month, the most rain recorded for March in Seattle since recordkeeping began at the downtown Federal Building in 1891. Yesterday’s precipitation tally exceeds the 1950 record of 8.40 inches by over an inch and vastly exceeds the March…

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Hearing Examiner’s Visconsi Decision Challenges All Parties to Step up Their Game

COBI Hearing Examine Stafford Smith issued his decision today, March 27, that the Visconsi development proposed for the northwest corner of 305 and High School should be green lighted provided it meets a long list of very specific conditions. His mammoth 65-page decision was, despite the length and specificity, rather single-minded in its support of…

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Citizens Who Gave Life-Saving CPR to Chilly Hilly Rider Honored at Fire Dept Ceremony

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) hosted a packed house at the Madison Avenue station tonight, March 27, to honor the fast action of three men who helped save the life of a fellow Chilly Hilly rider last month. After summiting Halls Hill, approximately three-fourths of the way along the challenging 33-mile Chilly Hilly route,…

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Hearing Examiner Gives Conditional Go-Ahead to Visconsi Project

Ohio-based Visconsi Company’s project for the commercial development of the Northeast corner of Highway 305 and High School Road on Bainbridge launched in 2012 with high hopes, the goal being to get city approval and permits quickly. At the time, Kelly Dickson, Special Projects Planner for the City, said that in the very best case scenario for…

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Man Makes Death Threats, Hurls Insults, Damages Property, and Exposes Himself

At 3:09 in the afternoon of March 24, a man called 911 to report that a person living in a shack near his property was yelling at him and threatening to kill him, his wife, and his young daughter. Officers Ben Sias and Mo Stich arrived on scene and met the caller at the driveway…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 3/27/14: Underage Drinker/ Driver Falls Asleep in the Middle of a Road

March 25  Dead iPhone. A woman found an iPhone on the sidewalk in front of Windermere on Madison last Friday. She brought it to the station. The battery was dead. March 24 Signs of Damage. At 10:08 in the evening, Cencom advised that a citizen was reporting finding several street signs strewn across Finch Road…

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