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BHS ’13 Grad Tom Jorza in Serious Accident: Prayer Vigil Sunday

Last Saturday, September 19, Bainbridge High School class of 2013 graduate Tom Jorza was involved in a serious accident in Pullman, where he attends college at WSU. Family says he suffered a fall and sustained significant injuries including a serious head injury. He was airlifted to Spokane where he remains on life support and in the ICU. His…

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Bainbridge Man Killed in Highway 104 Accident

Washington State Patrol reports that yesterday (September 23) afternoon at 2:26, a passenger vehicle was heading west on 104 at mile post 7.9, about 10 miles south of Port Townsend. A pickup truck with two passengers, including an 88-year-old Bainbridge man, was heading east. The passenger vehicle crossed the centerline and lost control. The truck struck the passenger…

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The Meeks by Sarah Lane

Bainbridge Dad and Daughter to Be Honored by Coast Guard Tomorrow

The evening of August 31, 2014, Island father-daughter team Sean and Grace Meek were calmly fishing near Blakely Rock off Eagle Harbor. But within the next hour the two would have helped rescue eight people and a dog who were in peril. Tomorrow, July 24, the Coast Guard is honoring the duo with the Coast Guard…

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Caterpillar excavator by Sarah Lane

Photo of the Day: Cat Nap

This 34,000-pound Caterpillar excavator decided to take a nap this afternoon, July 20, and crashed over onto its side at a Tiffany Meadows/Ferncliff work site. No one was injured. The operating crew did not look too happy as they inspected the, er, Cat-astrophe. One operator said that a bulldozer would be used to pull the…

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Mochi Tsuki Pounder Shoichi Sugiyama Sustains Serious Arm Injury in Work Accident

Shoichi Sugiyama, the man familiar to many Islanders as the lively mochi pounder at the annual Mochi Tsuki Festival on Bainbridge, suffered a serious injury to his arm in a work accident Wednesday, July 8. Sugiyama, who works for a Seattle company that makes wood-fired hot tubs, was injured by a Dado saw that basically “shredded his…

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Driver Arrested in Indianola Hit and Run Fatality

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall After a 23-year-old pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Indianola early Saturday morning, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office launched an investigation to find the driver. Police had one bit of information to start with—that the car was a silver-colored sedan. They reached out to the public for help…

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Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run in Indianola—Police Want Your Help

Early this morning, July 4, at about 3:05, a 23-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle in the 20500 block of Nachant Drive NE in Indianola. The driver of the vehicle drove off. Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies and an officer from Suquamish Police Department arrived on scene at about 3:13. They discovered the unresponsive pedestrian…

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Two Bainbridge Accidents Highlight Mowing/Trimming Dangers

Lawn mowing can be a dangerous business. Two Bainbridge incidents from the past week highlight the potential dangers of mowers and powered lawn tools and the need to exert caution. On June 18, a woman parked her car at her place of employment on Madison. When she returned to the vehicle, the safety glass in her rear…

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Bainbridge Man Injured in Crash That Blocked SR 305 for an Hour

At about noon today, June 3, approximately 1 mile off the Island on 305, a two-vehicle accident resulted in injuries to a 69-year-old Bainbridge Island man. The man was heading south on 305 in a pickup when a driver of a sedan pulled out from Sandy Hook and struck the pickup. The impact caused the pickup to…

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Worker Falls 40 Feet off Roof

On May 18 emergency responders were summoned to a home on Bainbridge for a man who had fallen off a 40-foot roof. EMTs and police responded to the scene. Officer Ben Sias met with a co-worker of the injured man. Both men worked for a moss removal service. The co-worker said he had been working under the ladder…

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Agate Pass Bridge Damaged by Truck Trailer

[Updated at 3 p.m., May 6, 2015. See below in boldface.] The Agate Pass Bridge, which WSDOT crews spent the month of February cleaning by hand and inspecting, is now damaged. An accident yesterday, May 5, left parts of two sides of the bridge, specifically the protective grilles, broken and bent. The damage was caused by…

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House Fire on Eric Ave

Bainbridge Island firefighters are securing a house fire on Eric Avenue that was called in this afternoon at 3:41. The fire started after egg carton embers were left in an indoor compost bin next to the home’s garage. The egg carton was believed to be extinguished, but it was still smoldering and spread to nearby combustible…

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Monte Vista Drive house fire

Smoke Inhalation Cause of Home Fire Death

The victim of a fatal house fire at 6554 Monte Vista Drive early Saturday morning has been identified as Anne A. Schlee. According to Kitsap County Chief Deputy Coroner Tony Stewart, Schlee died of asphyxiation as a result of inhalation of combustible materials. Schlee, 83, was found by Bainbridge Island firefighters in the upstairs bedroom of the two-story…

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Monte Vista Drive house fire

House Fire Victim Found

The body of a resident of a Bainbridge Island house destroyed by fire early this morning has been recovered. The woman was in her mid80s. Her husband, also in his 80s, was able to escape the blaze uninjured. A neighbor spotted flames and called 911 just before 1 a.m. Firefighters fought the fire at the Monte…

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A Week of Bizarro Motor Vehicle Accidents

Bainbridge Island always gets its fair share of motor vehicle accidents, but this past week saw a significant amount of the oddball variety. Maybe the solar storm or Hillary Clinton’s e-mails had an effect. The first strange accident happened on March 8. A vehicle was traveling south on Eagle Harbor Drive at 9:52 at night. On a curve,…

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Rash of Roof Falls, One Fatal, Calls for Caution

On the weekend of February 21 and 22, three different Bainbridge Island residents, all men, sustained injuries after falling off their roofs. One of the injured men was airlifted to Harborview Hospital with injuries so severe he died this week. Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said the man was alone when he fell from…

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Celebration of Life Event for Jay Abbott

A celebration of life event will be held on Sunday, April 12, for Jay Abbott, who died of injuries following a biking accident on Bainbridge Island in late January. Abbott was coaching a middle school Gear Grinders class at Grand Forest East when he toppled from his bike and suffered devastating spinal cord injuries that…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Stats and Accidents

Bainbridge Island’s 43rd annual Chilly Hilly regional bike event, organized by Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC), saw riders enjoying a stunningly clear morning with mountain views and drier-than-normal conditions, with average temperatures for late February—a high of 51 degrees F. This year’s Chilly Hilly drew an estimated 4,500 participants, more than the 3,000-4,000 annual average but…

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Hiker Rescued from Fall at Gazzam Preserve

This afternoon, February 16, at approximately 2:40 the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) received an emergency call for rescue of an injured hiker who had fallen down a steep slope. The 25-year-old woman had walked down the Close Trail at Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve and on her way back up attempted as a short cut to climb a…

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Kitsap Transit Bus vs. Car Accident Slows Traffic on 305

[Updated 1/29/15 at 3:06 p.m.] An accident involving a large Kitsap Transit bus, a white sedan, and a truck just north of Agate Pass Bridge occurred at approximately 8:15 this morning, slowing traffic. Washington State Patrol and medics responded, and all vehicles were moved to the east side of the road next to the Park & Ride lot. WSP…

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