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Bainbridge Burglary Stats: How Do We Compare to the Rest of the Nation?

Zane Schwarzlose, the Community Liaison at Protect America, which is a home security company, recently created an online tool that people can use to see how their cities compare to the national average in terms of crime. According to his research, Bainbridge looks pretty darn good. The online tool uses the FBI’s recently released Uniform Crime Report…

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Agate Pass Bridge Nesting Peregrine Falcon Shot

[Updated 1:19 p.m. and 2:49 p.m. April 20, 2015.] In early April, West Sound Wildlife Shelter got a call about a stressed raptor walking in the parking lot on the northwest side of Agate Pass Bridge. Unable to fly, the bird was spotted near the beach trail head on the Casino side of Highway 305….

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Ferries Suspended for Law Enforcement Activity at Bainbridge Terminal

Law enforcement activity at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal has delayed ferry service between Bainbridge and Seattle. The 6:20 p.m. Puyallup departed Seattle at 6:38 this evening and is currently sitting in the waters at the front of Eagle Harbor. Washington State Ferries (WSF) estimates that it will land at 7:45 p.m., which at this time looks…

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Bainbridge Bakers Asks Community for $100K; Should You Pay?

by Julie Hall [Updated 3:15 p.m., 7:48 a.m. April 15, 2015] Bainbridge Island mainstay Bainbridge Bakers in Winslow Green has made a public plea for help—specifically $100,000 through a gofundme campaign. One of Bainbridge Bakers front staff managers, Ben Goldsmith said he started the gofundme page with approval from the company’s current owner, Mike Loudon….

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Bainbridge Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughter & Stepson

A former Bainbridge Island resident plead guilty yesterday, March 23, in Kitsap Superior Court to two felony counts of child molestation. Judge Kevin D. Hull sentenced the white male, 51, to just under 7.5 years for child molestation in the first degree and to just under 3.5 years for child molestation in the second degree….

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City Calls for Help to Identify Source of Ongoing Illegal Dumping in Winslow

In the last several weeks, City maintenance crews and Water Resource’s staff have responded to nearly a dozen identical illicit dumping incidents around the downtown area. Each incident has involved plastic produce bags that have been filled with what appears to be liquid food waste and placed on the top of trash receptacles. In some cases…

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Police Chief Says “No Winners Here” in BHS Teacher Misconduct Investigation

Bainbridge Island Police Department (BIPD) Chief Matt Hamner confirmed today that no arrests have been made in the investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct between a Bainbridge High School teacher and a student. The investigation was launched February 25 after BHS Principal Mary Alice O’Neill informed the BIPD of reports of possible misconduct between one of the school’s teachers…

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Correction: Former Ray’s Auto Manager to Serve 16 Months

On March 14, we reported that Kevin Donald Norris was sentenced to 6 years in prison for five felony counts, including theft and jumping bail. An error on his sentencing document indicated that his 6-year sentence was not to be served concurrently. The prosector’s office has confirmed that, in fact, his sentence is concurrent. This means…

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Former Manager of Ray’s Auto Sentenced to 6 Years

On March 6, Kevin Donald Norris pled guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court to four felony counts of theft and one felony count of jumping bail. Formerly the manager of Ray’s Automotive on Bainbridge Island and a Poulsbo resident, Norris was arrested on December 29, 2014, for failure to appear in court on charges of third-degree…

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Another Rash of Mailbox and Vehicle Prowls Hits Bainbridge

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Bainbridge Police responding to the latest rash of vehicle prowls and mail theft to hit the Island. The first incidents happened February 26. At the Bethany Lutheran Park and Ride, an unlocked truck was prowled. The owner’s Sirius satellite radio and some loose change were taken. Overnight,…

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Judge Finds Elder Abuse and HUD Violation at Winslow Arms Apartments

In a packed courtroom on Tuesday, March 10, Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Judge Sara McCulloch concluded a two-day hearing with a sharp rebuke of both the in-house manager and overseeing management company of Winslow Arms Apartments for violating at least one HUD rule and subjecting residents to abuse and unreasonable threats of eviction. The hearing…

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Bainbridge Man Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling Victims’ Life Savings

Aaron Kithcart is happy that King County Superior Court Judge Timothy Bradshaw gave former Islander Patrick Michael Leonard the maximum sentence for his crimes of embezzlement: 62 months in prison. But he is angry that the maximum sentence allowed is only 62 months. Leonard, who in 2011 changed his last name from Snetsinger, was sentenced Friday (March…

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Sexual Misconduct Arrest Charge at BHS Shown in Bainbridge Police Crime Log

The weekly Bainbridge Island Police Department (BIPD) Crime Log released yesterday, March 3, includes a “sex offense” incident dated February 25, 2015, the same day the Bainbridge School District reported allegations of “inappropriate conduct” between a teacher and a student at Bainbridge High School. The Crime Log entry describes the offense as “sexual misconduct with…

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Bainbridge Man Sentenced to 15 Months for Felony Assault

[Updated 12:43 p.m. March 2, 2015.] Adrian Allan Charvet was sentenced on Friday, February 27, 2015, on two counts of felony assault and one count of possession of stolen property. Charvet, 25, will serve three concurrent sentences in prison, two 15-month terms for second-degree assault and one 4-month term for possession of stolen property. He…

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BI Public Defender Who “Fights Like Heck” Earns KCBA Professionalism Award

Bainbridge Island Public Defender Thomas Alpaugh was just awarded the 2015 Kitsap County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award. The award is given “in recognition of sustained excellence in the practice of law” for, as City Manager Doug Schulze put it, “his dedication and hard work, representing indigent people charged with misdemeanor crimes.” Members of KCBA, Alpaugh’s…

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Citizen Alertness Leads to ID of Possible Island Prowler

Last week saw a number of Island prowls. On the 28th a woman reported that her Venice Loop shed had been prowled the night before. There was another shed prowl that night on New Brooklyn. On the 27th, someone had prowled mailboxes on Mariner Avenue. There was a burglary on North Street on the 26th and mail theft…

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‘Belly Brawl’ in the Safeway Tofu Section

On January 17 at 1:13 p.m. Bainbridge Police Officer Gary Koon responded to an assault report in the High School Road Safeway. The woman who reported the incident said she had been shopping in the tofu section of the store when she was accosted by another woman. The first woman reported that the second was…

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New Scam on the Rock: Your Power Is Going to Be Cut

On January 10 at 2:30 in the afternoon, a local real estate broker with several rental properties within the city got a call from one of her Winslow Way business tenants. The tenant told her she had just received a call from Puget Sound Energy telling her that if the overdue power bill for the property were not paid immediately the…

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Former Manager of Ray’s Automotive Arrested

Kevin Donald Norris, the former manager of Ray’s Automotive on Bainbridge Island, was arrested on December 29, 2014, for failure to appear in court. Norris had been summoned on charges of 3rd degree theft but did not show up for his hearing on November 4. He is currently incarcerated in Kitsap County Jail with bail…

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Happy DUI 2015!

Senior Police Clerk Barbara Seitz reported that in six of the last eleven years, the first police report of the New Year has been a DUI arrest. Those DUI years are 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, and our most recent, 2015. Self-Aware Drunk Driver. Just 49 minutes into the New Year, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy…

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