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City Council Approves Property Tax Increase for 2015

City Manager Doug Schulze gave a brief review to Council Tuesday night, October 28, of where every bit of a property tax dollar goes on Bainbridge Island. This brief presentation preceded the Council’s unanimous vote to enact a slight property tax increase. Schulze used PowerPoint slides to show that the lion’s share, 30.6 percent, of…

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Want to Help Last Night’s Accident Victim?

Many readers have asked what they can do to help the victim in last night’s (October 29) vehicle v. pedestrian accident near the Eagle Nest Apartments on Madison. The incident resulted in life-threatening injuries to a man known to many and recognizable to many others on the Island, Ross “Roscoe” Olson, who gets around via a motorized…

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Canceled: Amber Alert for Missing Olympia City Toddler

This article was updated October 30 at 11:38 a.m. The Amber Alert has been canceled. The boy has been found safe. Original Post An Amber Alert was just issued, October 30 at 10:46 a.m., for 18-month-old Mason Wilhelm from Olympia City. Mason’s mother Cassandra allegedly assaulted her husband Bryan in violation of a protection order….

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 10/29/14: Mutual Flip-Off Road Rage

POLICE BLOTTER October 27 Car v. Drugstore. A vehicle was backing into a handicapped parking stall across from the entrance to Rite Aid. The driver backed into the handicapped sign and then began to pull forward. She then accelerated across the traffic lane, onto the sidewalk in front of the store, and then hit a…

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Man in Wheelchair Hit by Pickup in Winslow Airlifted for Treatment

A man in a wheelchair heading south on the east shoulder of Madison Avenue near Eagle Nest Apartments in Winslow was hit by a small pickup truck this evening after dark at approximately 6:45 p.m. The man, 52, was knocked out of his chair onto the curb. Bainbridge Island Fire Department Medic Unit 21 transported him…

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For Your Safety, BIPD Trains Fire Department in Water Rescues (w/ Photo Gallery)

The floating victim dummy used by the Bainbridge Island Police Department for training purposes is aptly named Bob, and Bob performed his job admirably on Saturday, October 25, a windy and rainy day that gave Fire Department water rescue trainees some inclement weather experience. The other victim of the day, a more animated, actual person,…

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Snapshot of the Day: Storm Damage

Susan Brandzel sent in these photographs of her family’s van damaged by the fierce windstorm that swept through Bainbridge Island and surrounding areas last night. A chunk of tree fell and speared the van’s windshield at about 10 p.m. Thousands lost power, and debris was evident all over Bainbridge this morning. Crews worked to restore…

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A Talk with Ferry Baby Zoë’s Dad

The latest Washington State Ferries (WSF) baby was born last Wednesday morning, October 22, on the Bainbridge Island boat to Seattle. I had a chance to talk with baby Zoë’s father, Chris Hammond, to get more details about the events of the day. Chris said that his wife Christina told him at about 3:30 that morning…

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Downed Trees and Wires All Over the Place

The gale force winds that hit the Island this evening, October 25, have taken a toll already, and the high winds are expected to continue until about 2 a.m. So far, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department has reported the following: 9:55: Wires down at Finch and New Holland. 9:50: Wires down at North Madison and…

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National Weather Service Issues Gale Warning & Wind Advisory for This Evening

At 9:27 this morning, October 25, the National Weather Service issued an urgent marine weather message warning people throughout Puget Sound and the Hood Canal about the potential for gale force winds of 15 to 25 knots growing to 25 to 35 this evening. Waves are expected to build to between 3 and 6 feet….

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Baby Delivered on Wednesday’s 5:20 A.M. Ferry from Bainbridge

The 5:20 a.m. ferry on Wednesday, October 22, had one more passenger aboard when it arrived in Seattle than when it left Bainbridge. That’s because, according to Washington State Ferries Director of Communications Marta Coursey, a pregnant woman delivered her baby at 6:01, while the boat was still in motion. The ferry had left Eagle Harbor…

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Weather Advisory: High Gusts & Possible Thunderstorm on the Way

Batten down the hatches, people, and pull out your candles. More rain, a possible thunderstorm, and winds gusting up to 30 mph are on the way this evening, with at times heavy precipitation continuing through the weekend. Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island: Thursday Afternoon Showers and a possible thunderstorm. High…

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Red Robin by Mike Mozart

Red Ribbons, Red Robins: BIPD Officers Wear Red, Wait Tables

In addition to stopping speeders and drunk drivers and solving crimes, your Bainbridge Island Police Department officers are volunteering in two community awareness-raising events this week. Red Ribbon Week Starting today, October 23, and for the next seven days officers are wearing red ribbons on their uniforms to honor the memory of DEA Agent Enrique…

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‘Disturbing’ Number of Bainbridge Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses

For National Bus Safety Week the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) has issued a statement of concern about the number of drivers in our community violating bus stop laws. As part of a statewide survey, for one day last May BISD bus drivers tallied the number of times vehicles illegally passed their buses while they…

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Police by Leonard Bentley

BIPD Is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women Who Like Uniforms

Do you want to serve your community, but bake sales, car washes, and walkathons are just not your thing? If you like uniforms and want to provide an important service, consider joining the Bainbridge Island Police Department Reserves. Reserve Officers perform a variety of functions including responding to medical emergencies and traffic accidents; patrolling the…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 10/22/14: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

POLICE BLOTTER October 20 Fraud from Missouri. A man checked his bank account and found that $8,640 had been withdrawn. He contacted his bank and learned that someone had e-mailed an employee at the bank and requested that a cashier’s check be sent to a Karen Walters in Rolla, Missouri. He filed a fraud report…

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Islanders Mosey on Down the Sound to Olympics Trail Route

The 60-some people who showed up for the Sound to Olympics Trail (STO) community walk/ride on Sunday saw the sun shining on the STO. Attendees got a warm break from the rain while touring the segment of Highway 305 from Winslow Way to High School Road slated for the trail’s next phase of development. Long-time trail…

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UPDATE—Traffic Advisory: Power Outage Cuts Stoplights Along Highway 305

Updated at 3:26 p.m.: Power has been restored to most of the Island, and stoplights on Highway 305 are functioning normally. ____ A large power outage today at 1:59 p.m. east of Highway 305 cut the stoplights along the highway at Day Road and Sportsman Club Road. Power is currently out at those intersections, leaving them functioning…

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Council Fast-Tracks Waterfront Park Makeover

The Bainbridge Island City Council has voted unanimously to push up the timeline for the planned redo of Winslow’s Waterfront Park from 2016 to 2015. During a Capital Improvements Plan budget review in last week’s Council meeting, Councilmember Steven Bonkowski questioned why the work on the park was scheduled to take place in 2016 since money will…

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Weather: A Very Rainy Week Ahead

A warm sunny day today with temps drifting up to about 70 degrees F will give way to clouds tonight and at times heavy rain throughout the week. Here is the National Weather Service Forecast for Bainbridge Island: Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 70 degrees F. South wind 9 to 11 mph. Sunday…

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