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Murdered Girl’s Family Friend at Court Hearing Calls the Accused a ‘Monster’

Gabriel Gaeta, the 17-year-old suspect in the rape and murder of his 6-year-old neighbor Jenise Wright, made his second court appearance today, August 28. The scheduled arraignment was meant to determine if Gaeta is fit to stand trial, but the assessment of his mental state was delayed. A new hearing was set for September 12…

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Bainbridge’s ‘Most Wanted’ Nabbed in Virginia

At tonight’s (August 25) City Council meeting, Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner announced that the man responsible for the biggest burglary spree in the Island’s history has finally been apprehended. Hamner said that Detective Scott Weiss, who has been the lead on the case, heard today from the U.S. Marshal’s office that Jason Michael Lucas…

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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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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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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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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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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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Steele Creek Mobile Home Park

Jenise Wright’s Death Ruled a Homicide, Investigators See Her as ‘Their Own’

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office released findings this afternoon, August 8, confirming that the body of a child recovered yesterday near the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park in Bremerton, Washington, is that of 6-year-old Jenise Wright. The report further confirmed, as suspected, that Jenise was murdered. Cause of death has been determined but has not…

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Police Looking for Evidence of Heavy Mud on Jenise Wright’s Killer

Investigators into the presumed murder of 6-year-old Jenise Wright say they are looking for someone who would have been carrying a substantial amount of mud on his or her shoes, pants, and possibly shirt during the time of Jenise’s disappearance, last Saturday night and Sunday, August 2 and 3. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson reported…

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Recovered Body Believed to Be Jenise Wright; Criminal Investigation Underway

FBI chief investigator Frank Montoya Jr. reported at 4:30 today, August 7, that the girl’s body recovered this morning in East Bremerton is that of Jenise Wright. FBI investigators located the body at about 11:30 a.m. with the assistance of a canine team. The deceased girl was found in a wooded area in the immediate vicinity…

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Jenise Paulette Wright

Body of Child Found Near Home of Missing Bremerton Girl

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) announced at 12:15 today, August 7, that the remains of a child’s body have been found near the East Bremerton Steele Creek Mobile Home Park, where 6-year-old Jenise Wright went missing from her home some time last Saturday night, August 3. Earl Smith of the KCSO announced that the…

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One of Kitsap’s Most Wanted Caught by Bainbridge Police

He may not have looked very threatening, popping up here and there around the Manitou Beach area wearing nothing but shorts, but the man numerous people had called about after finding him behaving oddly in their neighborhood turned out to be one of Kitsap County’s Most Wanted. Bainbridge police arrested him on August 4. The…

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Kingston Man Arrested for Alleged Murder of His Infant Daughter

A Kingston man has been arrested and booked in jail on a charge of second-degree murder of his four-month-old daughter. Kitsap Sheriff’s detectives took the 21-year-old accused man into custody yesterday, July 21, after establishing probable cause, and bail was set at $1 million. According to the Sheriff’s report, the baby was rushed by a North…

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BIPD Provides Burglary Update

The Bainbridge Island Police Department reports that, since the upswing in Island burglaries starting late last year, they have “served search warrants on multiple vehicles and cell phones; recovered stolen property from numerous locations throughout Kitsap, King, and Pierce counties; and arrested seven people for crimes including burglary, possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen…

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Local Witness Recalls Brush with America’s Most Wanted Suspect Who Eluded Bainbridge Police

On November 24, 2009, a suspect believed to be Bradley Steven Robinett led Bainbridge police officers on a high-speed chase through Bainbridge Island’s Battle Point Park. The vehicle the suspect was driving, a Honda Pilot, had been reported stolen from Beaverton, Oregon. Bainbridge resident Bill Lane had a close call with the suspect during the chase that day….

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City Warns of Latest National Phone Scam Hitting Bainbridge

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) has issued a warning to Bainbridge residents about a national fraud trend that has begun occurring locally. Suspects use Voice Over IP technology to display on a target’s caller ID the name of a city official and a local telephone number to appear legitimate and get the potential victim to answer…

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The Bainbridge Park District Responds to a Rise in Vandalism

Vandalism in Bainbridge Island parks is nothing new. But in recent months the BI Parks & Recreation District has faced a run of particularly persistent and sophisticated property damage and rule-breaking at certain parks. Included in the vandalism have been destruction of park signs, removal of a bollard, illegal trail-building, and drug and alcohol use…

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Got a Subaru? A Honda? Lock it Up, Say Police

If you are one of the 17,237 Islanders who own a Subaru, if you own one of those rarer Civics, or if, like me, you happen to have both, then take heed. The Bainbridge Island Police are warning that somebody is targeting old (1995-2005) Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, and Honda Civic models for theft. Police…

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Bainbridge Man Beaten at Bremerton Concert

A 21-year-old man from Bainbridge was attending a multiple-band all-ages concert at Bremerton’s Charleston Theater on Callow Avenue last night, May 16, when he was attacked by a group of young people in the mosh pit. The attack happened a little after midnight. The man was hit on the head and face and held in…

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Break-in at Agatewood Home

A Bainbridge Island homeowner near the corner of Agatewood Road and Dolphin Drive off the northern-most section of Highway 305 reported early this afternoon, May 14, that her house had been broken into. The homeowner said she departed her house at about 9:35 this morning and returned at about 12:30 p.m. to find evidence of…

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