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Police Blotter 10/14/14: Shots Fired at Landscaping Crew

POLICE BLOTTER October 10 Four Flat Tires. At 9:17 in the morning, Officer Erik Peffer was dispatched to the Grow Community. A resident said he was on his way to take his child to daycare when he saw that all four of his tires had been deflated. His vehicle was parked on Wyatt behind his…

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Here Comes the Rain, Again—100 Percent “Chance”

If you thought we were going to get away with it, well, you were wrong. October will get its share of rain after all. The National Weather Service says, with 100 percent certitude, that the rain starts today with the added bonus of wind, of the southerly type, around 16 mph. Along the coast, a…

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Wing Point by Jan Tik

Islanders File Petition for Review of SMP

Yesterday, October 7, Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management LLC and eleven Islanders filed a Petition for Review with the Growth Management Hearings Board to challenge the City of Bainbridge Island’s new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) (Ordinance 2014-04) and the Department of Ecology’s approval of it on August 8. The petition’s stated goal is for the GMHB…

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Bainbridge Island City Hall

Police Facility: Council Says No to Island Fitness Site and to Co-Location with Fire Department

At last night’s (October 7) City Council meeting, the Council swiftly and unanimously voted to remove the Island Fitness site to the south of City Hall from consideration for the construction of a new police building. The Council’s decision to drop pursuit of a public safety building combining Police and Fre departments took far longer…

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Mentally Ill Woman Assaults BIPD Officer, Taser Fails to Connect

On October 6, Bainbridge Police got a 911 call about a 72-year-old woman yelling in a neighbor’s yard. Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horn said the callers reported that the woman was standing in their yard, yelling about the trees they had planted, which were causing her trees to die. Horn said Officer Mo Stich arrived on…

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Police Blotter 10/7/14: Shoplifter Puts Tools in Pants

POLICE BLOTTER October 5 Lurker in the Dark. At about 9:45 in the evening, Bainbridge units were dispatched for a suspicious person on Intrepid Court. Officers Victor Cienega and Mike Tovar arrived on scene. The reporting party said he had been walking his dog on the back side of his residence located off Bolero Drive….

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neighborhood watch by Quinn Dombrowski

Bainbridge Police on Alert About Man Alleged to Have Propositioned a Young Girl

by Julie Hall with Sarah Lane Bainbridge Island Police Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horn has confirmed that the police department is on alert about a Bainbridge man who is believed to have made sexually aggressive comments to a girl on the street on Cherry Avenue in the Wing Point area. Deputy Chief Horn said the department…

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Island Fitness

Why Didn’t City Contact Owners of Winslow Property About Police Facility Development Plans?

Owners of the property adjacent to City Hall didn’t find out that their property was under consideration for the location of a standalone police facility until the September 23rd City Council meeting when architecture/design firm Mackenzie shared their latest plan options for a new police or combined police-fire facility. No one from the City approached the…

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305 bike lane work by Don Willott

Construction on Highway 305 Part of Roads Safety Improvement Plan

Wondering what the ruckus is about on Highway 305 between Winslow Way and High School Road? The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) is currently widening the east shoulder and adding a bike lane along what has long been a dangerously narrow section of the highway. The bike lane extends from Vineyard Lane 600 yards north. The…

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foggy road by JonDissed

Weather: Fog Hazard Starts the Week

Expect a foggy start to the week. Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island: Monday Fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy and then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 69 degrees F. Calm wind becoming north-northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Monday Night Patchy fog after 11 p.m. Otherwise, increasing…

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Strawberry Hill Dog Park

Owner of Seriously Wounded Dog Warns About Risk of New Dog Park

Barbra Boiser lives near Bainbridge Island’s new dog park at Strawberry Hill, and after several friends told her to check it out she took her dog there to give it a try on Tuesday, September 30. Having never been to an enclosed dog park, Bosier inspected the scene before letting her dog, Angel, into the…

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Jefferson Co. crime scene

Bainbridge Most Wanted Duo Arrested at Makeshift Campground by Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies

Former Islanders Ericka Lynn Nitz, 24, and Kristopher Thurston Nickerson, 31, who were wanted by Bainbridge police for a car prowl and the attempted use of a stolen credit card at Wildernest on September 13, are now in custody. Detective Ryan Menday of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that, on the morning of September…

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spokane ferry at kingston dock by compdude787

Two More Ferries Down, Cutting Service at Kingston and Port Townsend

The Spokane ferry has been pulled from the Kingston-Edmonds run for mechanical repairs. According to Washington State Ferries (WSF), the boat will be down at least until this afternoon. Morning sailing continue to be cancelled, including the Kingston 10:25 a.m. and the Edmonds 11:10 a.m. The Salish also is out of service for the day, leaving…

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bainbridge island sign

National Research Center Gives Bainbridge Two 2014 Voice of the People Awards

Bainbridge is one of just 18 communities across the country to have been awarded a 2014 Voice of the People Award by the National Research Center. And it’s just one of 10 communities to have received two or more of the awards this year. The awards come from the National Citizens Survey on which Bainbridge…

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Weather: Drying and Warming Trend

After a (needed) wet spell, we’re in for drier and somewhat warmer temperatures. Here is the National Weather Service Forecast for Bainbridge Island: Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 67 degrees F. Calm wind, becoming west-northwest around 5 mph in the morning. Thursday Night Areas of fog after 11 p.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with…

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computer safety

October Is Cyber Security Month: Some Tips on Staying Safe

The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office have partnered with the Stop.Think.Connect global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help digital citizens stay safe online. The timing is perfect: Not only is it National Cyber Security Month, but the announcement comes on the heels of the Home…

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Silverton motor yacht

Boat with 150 Gals. of Gasoline Sinks at Marina—Quick Action Saves the Day

On September 27 some good decision making and swift action helped contain the damage from a sunken boat. The 35-foot Silverton motor yacht had been entering Eagle Harbor a little before 3 in the afternoon. There were 7 adults and 6 children on board. The owner of the vessel heard what sounded like his propellers…

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ebola virus

CDC Confirms First U.S. Ebola Case

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed the first-ever case of an Ebola diagnosis in the United States. According to NPR, a patient is currently hospitalized in seclusion in Dallas, Texas, following a positive test result for the Ebola virus. He recently returned from Liberia. The CDC is sending a team to Dallas to manage…

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Navigate Bainbridge

Navigate Your Bainbridge Tomorrow: Five Ways to Participate

Tomorrow, October 1, from 7-9 p.m., you are invited to speak your mind about the course currently being set for Bainbridge through the Comprehensive Plan Update. Comprehensive Plans are a sort of sea chart for the direction a community will take over the next 20 years. The Update is required by the Washington State Growth Management…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 9/30/14: Pot + “Salvia” = Not Good

POLICE BLOTTER September 28 No License. At about 9:45 in the evening, Officers Victor Cienega and Jon Ledbetter ran data on a southbound vehicle on Madison. The vehicle turned west on Wyatt. The officers learned that the owner’s license was suspended. They stopped the vehicle just east of Weaver. The driver was the owner. Ledbetter…

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