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Escaped Felon Suspect Catches Ride at Longhouse Texaco After Home Invasion

Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives have identified a suspect, Armstrong Nunes, believed to have been involved in a Poulsbo home invasion that involved a physical confrontation between the suspect and the homeowner at about 10 a.m. on December 5 in the 5400 block of NE Laura Loop. The suspect is believed to have stolen several firearms from the home….

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Other Victims Encouraged to Join Suit Against Poulsbo Doctor Accused of Rape

The law firm Morrow Kidman Tinker Macey-Cushman, PLLC, is investigating claims against Dr. Darren M. Chotiner of Poulsbo, who was arrested Tuesday, December 2, in connection with alleged sex crimes against two female patients seen by him at Peninsula Community Health Services in East Bremerton. Chotiner has since been charged with second-degree rape and had his…

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Bainbridge Man Arrested for Vehicular Assault and DUI

On the morning of November 30, Bainbridge Island Police Officer Maurine Stich arrested a man for vehicular assault and DUI. A young man had driven his car into a ditch at Koura and Fieldstone Roads. A passerby saw the car and reported that its occupants, the driver and a passenger, looked injured. According to the police report,…

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BIPD’s Advice for a Crime-Free Holiday Season

The Bainbridge Island Police Department wants to help keep you safe over the holidays. Officer Trevor Ziemba spoke with us about five areas of increased risk over the holidays and offered advice for protecting your family and finances. He said, “During this holiday season of joy and spending time with the family, it’s a good…

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Videotaped Armed Burglary Suspects Identified but Still at Large

Through investigative work and with assistance from citizens, Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives have identified two of the suspects believed to be involved in an armed break in and burglary at a South Kitsap residence in the Sunnyslope area last week. Felony arrest warrants have been issued for both men by the Kitsap County District Court for…

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Sheriff Requests Help to Identify Armed Men in Video Footage Burglarizing a Home

Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives are requesting public assistance to identify two suspects thought to be involved in a South Kitsap burglary and the theft of an ATM machine in King County. Video footage (below) shows two men armed with handguns burglarizing a home in the Sunnyslope area of South Kitsap between 1 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November…

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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