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Bainbridge Death Ruled a Suicide; Victim’s Friend Speaks out

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office announced today that the official cause of death of a Bainbridge Island woman earlier this week is suicide. After next of kin were notified, Deputy Coroner Nathan Edwards released her identity. Melissa Ripley, 34, died of a single penetrating gun shot wound to the head. Neighbors on Avalon Lane off of…

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Police Investigating a Death Near Blakely School

This morning at 9:30 Bainbridge police were dispatched to a residence on Avalon Lane near Blakely Elementary School after a neighbor called 911 regarding a death. Police are not saying much about the deceased, an adult female, other than that they are launching an investigation into the manner of her death. Chief Matt Hamner said that…

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House Fire on Eric Ave

Bainbridge Island firefighters are securing a house fire on Eric Avenue that was called in this afternoon at 3:41. The fire started after egg carton embers were left in an indoor compost bin next to the home’s garage. The egg carton was believed to be extinguished, but it was still smoldering and spread to nearby combustible…

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Spice Route Restaurant Helping out with Nepal Relief Effort

Throughout the month of May, Spice Route Restaurant, located in the Pavilion, is donating half of all proceeds from Mondays to help Nepal Relief. The donations are part of an effort by Friends of Nepal, an informal group of citizens including Spice Route owner Ramesh Kuwar and Mickey Molnaire, Elizabeth Dequine, Usha McCollum, Mary Alice Oneill,…

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Update on Search for a Person Overboard the Puyallup

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sarah Mooers said that the Coast Guard continued searching until past midnight last night, April 26, for a possible person overboard from the 9 p.m. Puyallup ferry out of Seattle. After a USCG crew switch, she said, the search resumed with first light, still consisting of a helicopter out of Port Angeles…

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Coast Guard Searching for Person in Water

[Updated at 10:14 p.m.] Chief Petty Officer David Moseley of the U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that crew of the ferry Puyallup found a life ring with an activated strobe light in the water along its 9 p.m. run from Seattle to Bainbridge tonight, April 26. It is uncertain whether or not a person jumped…

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Monte Vista fire

Overnight House Fire: One Resident Unlocated

At 12:57 this morning, April 18, fire crews were dispatched to Monte Vista Drive for a house fire. A neighbor of the home on fire called 911. Firefighters arrived on scene within nine minutes, but by then the home was fully engulfed in flames. An elderly man had escaped, but his wife was missing, and firefighters had still…

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Chief Hamner Talks About Tonight’s Ferry Incident

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner told IB about the BIPD’s response to tonight’s incident at the Bainbridge ferry terminal in which a woman was believed to have made a bomb threat against a ferry worker. He said that one or more people called 911 after they believed they overheard someone making a bomb threat. Bainbridge…

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Incident at Ferry Terminal Is a Bomb Threat

At about 7 p.m. this evening, April 16th, a person made a threat against a ferry worker at the Bainbridge terminal. The person made reference to a bomb. Bainbridge Police responded to the scene. Washington State Patrol officers then arrived on scene as well. The suspect was detained for questioning. The suspect is known to law…

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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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UPDATE: Amber Alert for Abducted 2 Year Old Cancelled

UPDATE (April 15, 3:06 p.m.): The boy has been found unharmed. Two-year-old Ronnie Tran and his 40-year-old mother were abducted today in Des Moines by his grandmother Vien Nguyen. His mother was subdued with an electrical stun device and then bound with plastic tie straps. Even so, she was able to escape. But Nguyen got…

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Medic Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing at Bainbridge Ferry Terminal

Emergency response helicopter Airlift 2 made an improvised landing at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal parking lot just before 8 a.m. today. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) had called for an airlift transport of a patient with a life-threatening medical condition. As Airlift 2, from Seattle, prepared to land, the pilot discovered that the BIFD…

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Small Fire at Doc’s This Morning

Bainbridge Island firefighters responded to a 911 call at 6:58 this morning about a fire at Doc’s Marina Grill on Madison and Parfitt. An employee had discovered smoke after opening the restaurant. The BIFD found a burning propane line in the building. Smoke was pouring from its melting plastic lining. Firefighters shut off the propane…

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Miller Road fire

Fire Destroys Miller Road Home, Cat Saves Homeowner’s Life

At around 4 this morning, March 11, a man was awakened by his cat in a panic. He noticed smoke and got out of his home, which was already in flames. Bainbridge firefighters were notified at 4:10. When they got to the home at 12300 Miller, it was already fully engulfed. The residence, a manufactured home,…

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Travel Alert: Emergencies and High Usage Delay Ferries

Currently both directions of the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry route are delayed by approximately 40 minutes. Washington State Ferries (WSF) spokesperson Susan Harris sited two medical emergencies in combination with heavy usage as the causal factors of the slowdowns. The 6:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island was slowed by at least 25 minutes because of…

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Travel Alert: Wenatchee Ferry Delayed Due to Medical Emergency

The 6:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island was delayed an estimated 30 minutes due to a medical emergency on board the Wenatchee ferry. That’s all for now, folks. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. Photo courtesy of  Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier.

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Get a Free Sign to Help Firefighters Find Your Home in an Emergency

Most of us are all too familiar with the experience of hunting for someone’s house in backroad Bainbridge neighborhoods that split and curve every which way with inscrutable, if any, address signage. The good news is the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) wants to help you help them find your home, the quicker the better…

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Pertussis on Bainbridge Now at ‘Outbreak’ Level

The Kitsap Public Health District has announced that an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, is occurring in North Kitsap County, with most cases on Bainbridge Island. Kitsap County typically has 14 recorded cases of pertussis annually, but in stark contrast it has already had 19 reported cases so far this year in January alone. Twelve…

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Coast Guard Searching for Plane Believed to Have Gone Down in Hood Canal

At around 1 this afternoon, January 26, a person called 911 to report having seen a small plane going down into the Hood Canal near Seabeck. Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue is responding to the scene and trying to get their sights on the water. The Coast Guard has confirmed that a helicopter departed from…

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Fire Department Makes the Case for the Fire Levy and Bond Measure

Your ballot should be arriving any day now. On the ballot, you will be asked whether you support a general levy increase for additional firefighter/EMT staffing on Bainbridge. And you will be asked to consider a bond measure for fire stations and capital equipment. Yesterday, January 21, Bainbridge Island Fire Department Chief Hank Teran, Assistant Chiefs…

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