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Porch Lights on: National Night Out Moves to Town Square (with Pie Toss)

The annual free-food, free-information, free-fun event sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and local businesses to raise awareness about crime, crime prevention, and preparedness won’t be at Sakai this year as it has the previous two years. As it was in 2012, National Night Out will be held in City Hall Town Square, in…

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Scam Alert: The IRS Is Not Really out to Get You

The messages are usually pre-recorded. They tell you that you owe money to the IRS and that the IRS is going to file a lawsuit against you or put a lien on your property. And they’re completely untrue. Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner said about the latest resurgence of a familiar scam to hit the Island, “I assure…

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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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BIPD Asks for Public Compliance to Fireworks Ban but Will Enforce

This afternoon the Bainbridge Fire Department issued a ban on discharging consumer fireworks, in effect for the July 4th season. The ban is a response to historic hot, dry weather conditions and low fuel moistures, which have already led to a rash of brush fires in the last several days. The Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Section 8.28.100…

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Colorful Mischief in Winslow Paints the Town Orange

Downtown got a little bit more colorful this week, and it wasn’t the City’s doing. Several concrete block benches on Winslow Way have gone from drab gray to bright orange, thanks to an anonymous “artist” with a flare for flashy mischief. City Manager Doug Schulze called the paint job a mystery, neither planned nor executed by City…

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Fuchs Pleads Not Guilty, Released on Reduced Bail

Jessica Fuchs, the BHS teacher accused of criminal sexual misconduct with a sophomore, appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court today, May 11, for the first time, before Judge William C. Houser. Fuchs, who appeared very nervous and kept her head down as she waited to be called before the bench, pleaded not guilty. The state…

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BISD Responds Swiftly to BHS Teacher’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Bainbridge Island School District has responded swiftly to news of yesterday’s (May 7) arrest of Jessica Fuchs, a Biology teacher at Bainbridge High School, for sexual misconduct with a minor. BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel wrote to the community last night, “It saddens me to be reporting this news. We know this is an unsettling, deeply disturbing…

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Police Report Details Alleged Sexual Crimes by Bainbridge High School Teacher

NOTE: This article contains graphic information that might be disturbing to minors.  Forensic evidence obtained by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and reviewed by the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in the case of misconduct between a Bainbridge High School teacher and student suggests an extensive sexual relationship. According to court documents, the police found…

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Chief Hamner Talks About Arrest of BHS Teacher

Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner said this evening, May 7, after the arrest of 25-year-old Bainbridge High School teacher Jessica Fuchs for felony sexual misconduct, “I hope we never have to go through this type of thing again.” He lamented that “There are no winners here.” The Chief was being hammered by media requests from…

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Arrested Teacher Is a BHS Graduate and a ‘Friend’ to Students

The Bainbridge High School (BHS) teacher arrested today for alleged felony sexual misconduct with a minor is a former BHS student and a 2007 BHS graduate. After graduating from BHS, Jessica Fuchs, 26, attended Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she studied chemistry and graduated in 2014. She was hired last fall as a chemistry and biology teacher…

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BHS Teacher Arrested for Felony Sexual Misconduct

On February 25, 2015, the Bainbridge Island School District contacted the Bainbridge Police Department regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct between a female teacher at Bainbridge High School and a juvenile male victim. The School District placed the teacher on administrative leave, and Bainbridge Police launched an extensive investigation. The lengthy investigation required the assistance of the…

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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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