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Crystal Springs Home Secure After Firefighters Work for Four Hours

The house fire that began smoldering this morning around 9:30 on Crystal Springs Drive is finally out and the home is secure after Bainbridge firefighters spent over four hours pulling back layers of wall and flooring to identify the last bit of smoking insulation. They found it near the floor behind a double wall in…

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Big Fire Department Response to House on Crystal Springs Drive

by Sarah Lane with Julie Hall The Bainbridge Island Fire Department responded to a report of a house on fire at 5609 Crystal Springs Drive this morning, April 18, at 9:35. The homeowner heard loud popping noises while in the shower and looked out his window to discover large billows of smoke coming out of…

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WA State on Manhunt for Accused Cult Leader Charged with 59 Felony Counts of Child Sex Abuse

The Washington State Patrol is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Pine County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office to apprehend Victor Arden Barnard, accused of felony sexual assault of two girls starting when they were each 12 years old into their early twenties. The girls were members of a tight-knit religious group that originated…

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Both Sides in Visconsi Battle File Motions for Reconsideration

Islanders for Responsible Development, the organization opposing the development and attendant tree removal at the northwest corner of 305 and High School, didn’t like Hearing Examiner Stafford Smith’s decision, which gave the go-ahead t0 the development. The Ohio-based Visconsi company didn’t like one small part of it either. Both parties filed motions for reconsideration last week,…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 4/16/14: Creepy Pizza Delivery and IRS Fraud Extravaganza

April 8 Creepy Pizza Delivery. Officer Mo Stich met with a woman about a suspicious male who had come down her driveway to deliver a pizza. She said that at on April 7 at around 7:15 in the evening, she and her partner were expecting a pizza delivery. They heard footsteps and saw a man peering…

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Emergency Response to Winslow Biking Crash Slowed by Multiple Medic Calls

A delayed response to a biking accident downtown today, April 16, had concerned citizens at the scene wondering when Bainbridge medics would arrive. At about 9:30 a.m. a 43-year-old man on a bicycle lost control, went over his handlebars, and suffered a head injury in the middle of Madison Avenue across from San Carlos Restaurant. An…

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Want to Have a Say in Design of New Public Safety Building?

The City of Bainbridge Island wants your input on the proposed Fire/Police Facility, a.k.a. the Public Safety Building. To that end, they’re hosting a series of three public outreach meetings with the architectural and engineering firm Mackenzie, the firm that has been selected for the design. Here is a list of questions we put together…

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The ibbis R Back: Vote 4 Your 2014 Island Faves!

It’s that time again—your chance to cast your votes for your favorite Bainbridge Island businesses and places. From your favorite French fries to your most trusted electrician to your best-loved beach, tell us whatcha like for the 2014 Inside Bainbridge Best of the Island (ibbi) awards. The voting period runs through May 15, 2014. Fill…

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Taxi Van Hits Building at Winslow Way and Ferncliff Avenue

Just before 9:30 this morning, April 14, the driver of a Taxis & Tours van lost control coming out of the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal parking lot and drove into the San Juan Building on Winslow Way near Ferncliff Avenue. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department responded with Medic 21, Engine 21, and their ambulance Aid 22….

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Man with Measles on Bainbridge May Have Exposed Ferry Riders and Clinic Visitors

The Kitsap County Health District has just announced that a statewide measles outbreak has reached Kitsap County. A Bainbridge resident who traveled to Friday Harbor was exposed when he visited a restaurant, the Cask and Schooner Public House and Restaurant, where a San Juan County man with the measles was eating. The man then potentially brought…

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Even Bainbridge Islanders Need to Worry About Heartbleed—What We Can Do

Heartbleed is a newly discovered security flaw in OpenSSL, software used by hundreds of thousands of sites around the Web to establish a secure connection between a user and a service, such as e-mail, Instant Messaging, e-commerce, and  online banking. According to a Bloomberg article today, April 11, the flaw has enabled the NSA to spy on people…

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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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