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PSE Work on Key Power Towers Starting 9/1 at Agate Pass Could Affect Traffic

Two aging lattice steel towers that carry all of Bainbridge’s power across Agate Pass have “reached the end of their lifespans,” according to PSE Project Manager Barry Lombard. The towers were built in the 1960s and the periodic bolt replacements are no longer enough to ensure their reliability. One of the towers sits on the…

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WSF Says Tacoma Ferry Will Be out of Service Until at Least December

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced that they now know the cause of the Jumbo Mark 11 Tacoma ferry’s sudden breakdown on August 8, which threw the crucial regional transportation system into chaos for days. The repair contractor, Siemens Marine Solutions, reported that a fuse blew in the vessel’s propulsion control system. WSF said the…

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Ferries Advisory for Tonight’s Seahawks Game

WSF anticipates increased foot traffic on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island ferry route today, August 22, because of a Seahawks preseason game tonight at home at CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m. against da Bears. WSF Advice Pre-purchase walk-on return ferry tickets on-line or at a kiosk. Sign up to receive WSF travel alerts. WSF Operations Plan To help mitigate obvious burdens on the…

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Key Bank/ Visconsi Protest Rally Photo Gallery & Video

The final rally around Chiara D’Angelo’s tree sitting yesterday evening drew over 150 people, including numerous community leaders who spoke out in support of the 19 year old’s political activism against a profit-driven corporate value system that sacrifices natural resources and strips communities of sustainable quality of life. (Read more about the rally here.) D’Angelo…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 8/19/14: Lavender-Clad Prowler

POLICE BLOTTER August 15 A Very Fast 20 MPH. At 8:14 in the evening, a driver was headed north on 305 near Seabold. He told police he was traveling about 20 mph. He said he was unable to stop before striking the vehicle in front of him, pushing it off the roadway and down a…

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Ask a Cop: What’s with All the Traffic Stops?

This is the first article in our new series Ask a Cop. Send your questions for the Bainbridge Island Police to We’ll get your answers and post them here. Detective Aimee LaClaire is providing the answers. Dear BIPD: I have some questions about the police and the traffic stops you make. It seems like…

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KItsap County

Class Action Lawsuit Over Debt Collection Letter Sent from Prosecutor to Bainbridge Woman

A class action complaint against Missouri-based debt-collection company Bounceback filed by Seattle law firm Terrell, Marshall, Daudt and Willie, PLLC, accuses the company of improperly using the Kitsap Prosecutor’s Office seal in its dealings with a Bainbridge Island woman. The woman wrote a bad $41 check to Goodwill. Seven and a half months later, she received…

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Jason Lucas

National Manhunt for Suspect Linked to 24 Bainbridge Burglaries

On August 11, the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s office issued a warrant for the arrest of Jason Michael Lucas for residential burglary and trafficking in stolen property. Lucas is the suspect in a spate of 24 burglaries on Bainbridge and one in Hansville that happened at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. His…

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City to Begin Invasive Weed-Targeting Herbicide Application on Rights of Way

At Monday night’s (August 11), City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement formalizing what has been the ongoing arrangement between the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board and the City of Bainbridge Island, in which KNWB provides weed education and noxious weed eradication assistance. More controversially, the Council also unanimously approved a…

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Car Nosedives into Ravine on 305: Rush Hour Traffic Slowdown Ensues

At about 4:45 this afternoon, the Bainbridge Fire Department responded to a 911 call about a car that had gone into the ditch on the west side of 305. Witnesses said the southbound vehicle drifted off the road and went up and over the railing. The car ended up nose down into a sheer 15-foot drop…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 8/12/14: Man Cave Ransacked

August 11 Dysfunctional Relationship. At about 12:05 in the afternoon, Officer Walt Berg spoke with a man about ongoing harassment and violation of a protection order. The man said that in the past two days he had received several phone calls from the woman against whom he has the order. He said the voice messages…

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Gabriel Gaeta led into court with a cloak over his head

Suspect in Murder of Jenise Wright to Be Evaluated for Competence

Gabriel Gaeta, the 17 year old arrested on suspicion of the brutal rape and murder of his 6-year-old neighbor in an East Bremerton mobile home park, will be evaluated to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial. At a Kitsap County Superior Court hearing yesterday, August 11, prosecutor Kelly Montgomery asked for $1 million…

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National Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning for Our Area

The potential for “scattered to abundant lightning” in a range of western Washington fire weather zones including our own, 654, prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning at 2:33 p.m. today, Monday, August 11. A Red Flag Warning is issued when critical fire weather conditions are occurring or expected to occur…

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Teen Arrested for Alleged Murder of Jenise Wright Nodded an Admission of Guilt

Gabriel Gaeta appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court this afternoon, August 11, where Judge Kevin Hull reviewed his suspected crimes and set bail at $1 million. The stocky, muscular 17-year-old wrestler stood quietly and motionless before the court while the following charges against him were read: Murder in the first degree with three aggravating circumstances…

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Yesterday’s Sewage Spill Released 67,000 Gallons

The City of Bainbridge Island reported this afternoon, August 11, that during yesterday’s sewage spill about 67,000 gallons of raw sewage were released into Eagle Harbor. Yesterday, City Manager Doug Schulze said that he thought only a small amount of sewage had been released. The last spill, in January, released about 145,000 gallons. The one before…

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Suspect in Murder of Jenise Wright to be Tried as an Adult

Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge announced that the 17-year-old male who was arrested on Saturday in the rape and murder case of 6-year-old Jenise Wright will be tried as an adult. The suspect is scheduled to appear in Kitsap County Superior Court today, August 11, at 3 p.m. for formal charges and the setting of…

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Madison Avenue Work Begins This Week: City Suggests You Steer Clear

The Madison Avenue Pavement Project officially starts tomorrow, August 12, between High School and Winslow Way, with the delivery of materials, according to Public Works Director Barry Loveless. But the inconvenience to drivers is not expected to begin until Thursday when some work begins on the northern half of the road and flaggers will be…

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Eagle Harbor

Sewage Spill in Eagle Harbor: People Warned to Stay Away

The Bainbridge Island Police and Fire Departments are warning people and pets to stay away from the waters of Eagle Harbor near the ferry terminal for a sewage spill. The warning was issued around 2:07 this afternoon, Sunday, August 10. City Manager Doug Schulze said the spill happened when crews were working early this morning…

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National Night Out

Stayed in on National Night Out? What You Missed (w/ Photo Gallery)

If you didn’t show up at Sakai Intermediate School Tuesday night, August 5, for the annual National Night Out police-community celebration organized by Officer Carla Sias, you missed out on a great deal. First there was the free food: hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and cotton candy. Then there was the free music: lively guitar by…

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Jenise Paulette Wright missing child

Teen Suspect Arrested for Rape and Murder of Jenise Wright

Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old boy for the rape and murder of 6-year-old Jenise Wright. Incident Commander Earl Smith of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office announced this afternoon, August 9, that the boy, who as a minor was unnamed, was arrested today based on Washington State Patrol crime lab DNA evidence. He will be charged with second-degree murder, first-degree…

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