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BIPD Helps Bring Down Human Traffickers Working in County (Including BI)

On November 13, the Bainbridge Island Police Department assisted in a multi-agency operation spearheaded by the FBI and the Bremerton PD to identify and arrest human traffickers in Kitsap and Pierce Counties. The operation resulted in six arrests in Kitsap. The operation involved renting rooms at a local Bremerton hotel and arranging “meets” through a…

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Darth Vader IRS by Seth Anderson

A Scam That Triggers Guilt and Fear “Inundating” the Island

The Bainbridge Island Police want Islanders to be aware of a scam that is “inundating” Bainbridge with fraudulent phone calls supposedly coming from the Internal Revenue Service. In a statement issued by the department, the BIPD reports that “Dozens of islanders have contacted the Bainbridge Island Police Department in the last couple of weeks to…

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taser by Roland Tanglao

Bainbridge Police Chief Issues Incident Review of Near Tasering of Senior Citizen

Today, November 6, Police Chief Matt Hamner released his official review of the incident involving a taser that failed to connect and a 72-year-old Island woman last month. Hamner’s conclusion was that Officer Mo Stich, who tried to deploy her taser against the woman, did not use excessive force. But, he said, “She could have…

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Washington State Patrol WSP car by Julie Hall

Washington State Patrol Institutes New DUI Testing Method

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has just added the next-generation of breath-testing instruments for DUI enforcement. The Draeger instrument is easier to use and produces faster results that are equally as effective as previous generations of breath-testing devices. The Draeger utilizes a dry gas standard instead of a liquid solution to verify that the instrument is working…

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open car door by Brett Levin

More Car Prowls, Vehicles Still Unlocked

Old habits die hard but none so much as the habit of Islanders of not locking their vehicles (or their homes). Meanwhile car prowls continue. Yesterday the target was Harbor Square Loop parking. Bainbridge Island Police Officer Carla Sias met with a resident who said that some time overnight his unlocked vehicle had been entered…

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‘Disturbing’ Number of Bainbridge Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses

For National Bus Safety Week the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) has issued a statement of concern about the number of drivers in our community violating bus stop laws. As part of a statewide survey, for one day last May BISD bus drivers tallied the number of times vehicles illegally passed their buses while they…

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Neighborhood Watch

Bainbridge Police Want You to Organize Your Neighborhood for Security

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department has been telling you this for years: Organize your neighborhood for emergency preparedness. Now the Bainbridge Island Police Department is taking up the refrain but, in their case, with an emphasis on security. BIPD is coordinating the Island-wide Neighborhood Watch program. To launch it, they are hosting a Neighborhood Watch…

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Crime Scene

Daytime Forced-Entry Home Burglary on Sands

Around 12:50 in the afternoon, a woman called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle parked in her neighbor’s driveway on Sands Avenue. She could see what she described as a gold-colored vehicle with tinted windows. The woman saw a man run around from the back of the house and get into the passenger side of the…

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Mentally Ill Woman Assaults BIPD Officer, Taser Fails to Connect

On October 6, Bainbridge Police got a 911 call about a 72-year-old woman yelling in a neighbor’s yard. Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horn said the callers reported that the woman was standing in their yard, yelling about the trees they had planted, which were causing her trees to die. Horn said Officer Mo Stich arrived on…

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neighborhood watch by Quinn Dombrowski

Bainbridge Police on Alert About Man Alleged to Have Propositioned a Young Girl

by Julie Hall with Sarah Lane Bainbridge Island Police Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horn has confirmed that the police department is on alert about a Bainbridge man who is believed to have made sexually aggressive comments to a girl on the street on Cherry Avenue in the Wing Point area. Deputy Chief Horn said the department…

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Bainbridge Most Wanted Duo Arrested at Makeshift Campground by Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies

Former Islanders Ericka Lynn Nitz, 24, and Kristopher Thurston Nickerson, 31, who were wanted by Bainbridge police for a car prowl and the attempted use of a stolen credit card at Wildernest on September 13, are now in custody. Detective Ryan Menday of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that, on the morning of September…

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October Is Cyber Security Month: Some Tips on Staying Safe

The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office have partnered with the Stop.Think.Connect global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help digital citizens stay safe online. The timing is perfect: Not only is it National Cyber Security Month, but the announcement comes on the heels of the Home…

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crime scene by Alan Cleaver

Burglary at Commodore Area Home Believed to Be the Work of Professionals

Thursday, September 25, residents of the Commodore neighborhood on Jeanette Place returned home at about 8:20 in the evening to find their house had been burglarized. A large bedroom window secured shut with a wooden pole had been forced out of its framework and pushed into the room to gain entry. The homeowners believe there…

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Bainbridge Police Identify Suspect in Illegal Entry of Wing Point Home and Assault

On February 24 of this year a Wing Point Way couple awoke at 1:30 in the morning to the sounds of someone in their home. The husband went downstairs and found a man in his kitchen rifling through his wife’s purse. A physical altercation ensued during which the husband received minor injuries to his hand…

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Two Dead German Shepherds Found Dumped at Stottlemeyer Trailhead

Note: This story includes graphic details and a potentially disturbing image. Yesterday morning, September 20, at about 8:45, Amanda Gorman Jackson pulled up with her horse trailer at the trailhead off of Stottlemeyer Road in Poulsbo. She was meeting a friend to go riding and was the first to arrive. She said what she saw…

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Midday Downtown Winslow Robbery Raises Concerns

We don’t have very many robberies on Bainbridge. Burglaries and car prowls, fraud and shoplifting, yes. But not robberies. So when there is one, it sparks concern and the police seek to raise awareness. On September 8 at 12:51 in the afternoon, an 88-year-old woman was walking home from volunteering at Helpline House. She knew…

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Bainbridge Crime Duo Wanted by BIPD: Chief Hamner Interviewed for ‘Washington’s Most Wanted’

Ericka Nitz, 24, and Kristopher Thurston Nickerson, 31, are from Bainbridge. And both are now among Washington law enforcement’s most wanted and considered dangerous. This morning, September 16, BIPD Police Chief Matt Hamner was interviewed on camera about the pair for Q13′s program “Washington’s Most Wanted.” Hamner explained that the Bainbridge Island Police Department was…

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Suspect in Murder of Jenise Wright Arraigned Today with Competency Undetermined

Gabriel Gaeta, the 17-year-old in custody for the alleged rape and murder of his 6-year-old neighbor Jenise Wright, faces arraignment this afternoon, September 12, in Kitsap County Superior Court. At his first court appearance on August 11, the defense and prosecution in the case agreed that Gaeta should be mentally evaluated to determine his competency…

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Bainbridge Frog Nabbed from Colman Dock

A 45-pound frog has been reported missing from its temporary home at Colman Dock in Seattle. The 40″ x 30″ x 24″ sculpture on a large base had been on display at the Seattle Ferry Terminal for over a year, since last summer. Part of a community art project on Bainbridge Island that includes 36…

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Jason Michael Lucas, Suspect in 24 Bainbridge Burglaries, Back in Kitsap County Jail

Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner is pretty pleased with his department, which just saw the completion of the law enforcement portion in the cases of 24 linked Bainbridge burglaries that happened at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. The suspect, Jason Michael Lucas, who fled the state in June, was located in August…

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