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Yesterday’s Sewage Spill Released 67,000 Gallons

The City of Bainbridge Island reported this afternoon, August 11, that during yesterday’s sewage spill about 67,000 gallons of raw sewage were released into Eagle Harbor. Yesterday, City Manager Doug Schulze said that he thought only a small amount of sewage had been released. The last spill, in January, released about 145,000 gallons. The one before…

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Sewage Spill in Eagle Harbor: People Warned to Stay Away

The Bainbridge Island Police and Fire Departments are warning people and pets to stay away from the waters of Eagle Harbor near the ferry terminal for a sewage spill. The warning was issued around 2:07 this afternoon, Sunday, August 10. City Manager Doug Schulze said the spill happened when crews were working early this morning…

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FBI and Kitsap Sheriff’s Office Broaden Search for Missing Girl

A joint law enforcement investigation between the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Seattle Division is underway in the search for missing six-year-old Jenise Paulette Wright. Through its Washington D.C. office, the FBI announced its involvement in the case last night, Tuesday, August 5. They have established an investigative command center in Bremerton, Washington, at Crossroads…

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Kitsap Sheriff Asks for Help to Locate Missing Girl

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating a missing child. Jenise Paulette Wright, age 6, was last seen by family members at around 10 p.m. Saturday, August 2, when she went to bed in her family home at 1438 NE Steele Creek Drive in East Bremerton, a residential unit…

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Ferries Assesses Its Communi- cations After Wrongly Turning Away Thousands of Passengers Tuesday

Anyone riding Washington State Ferries (WSF) on the Seattle/Bainbridge, Seattle/Bremerton, and/or Edmonds/Kingston runs just after noon Tuesday, July 29, knows how chaotic things were after the Bainbridge-bound Tacoma lost power and required tug assistance. With the Wenatchee under repair, the failure of the Tacoma left Seattle/Bainbridge passengers with one-boat service from the Walla Walla until the…

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Ferry Service Back to Near Normal Levels, but No Answers Yet About the Tacoma

With the return of the Jumbo Mark 11 Wenatchee ferry following repairs to its stern tube seal, which was leaking water into the vessel, the Washington State Ferries (WSF) system is providing service again, as of today, August 1, at close to normal capacity. The Wenatchee began servicing the Edmonds/Kingston route this morning on the 7:55 run,…

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Ferry Service Resumes with One Boat but WSF Warns There’s Limited Capacity

After the sudden propulsion failure of the ferry Tacoma on its way from Seattle to Bainbridge today, July 29, the Washington State Ferries held the smaller-sized Walla Walla at Colman Dock in Seattle until the Tacoma could be towed to and secured at slip 2 in Eagle Harbor. But the 2:05 Walla Walla sailing finally…

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Stranded Tacoma Being Hauled to Bainbridge Terminal; One-Boat Service to Resume

The 202-vehicle-capacity Tacoma ferry that lost power in Eagle Harbor near Rockaway Beach is now being transported by two tug boats to the Bainbridge Island terminal, where it will unload its passengers and vehicles. Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced it will run a single ferry, the 188-car-capacity Walla Walla, to service both directions of the Seattle-Bainbridge…

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Both Directions of Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry Service Suspended

[Read the update to this breaking story.] The Tacoma 12:20 p.m. ferry heading from Seattle to Bainbridge Island lost power at approximately 12:45 near Rockaway Beach before arriving at its destination. The boat dropped anchor and waited for assistance. Foss Tugboat Company dispatched a rescue tug to transport the Tacoma to the Bainbridge terminal to unload its passengers. The…

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Update on Helicopter Crash in Puget Sound

The helicopter that crashed today, July 12, around 3:30, was a privately owned 1958 Bell. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson said the male pilot and his two female passengers had taken off from somewhere in the Seattle area and landed on a privately owned beach in Kingston. Just after they took off again,…

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Helicopter into the Water off Kingston

A 911 call came in at 3:30 this afternoon, July 12, about a helicopter in Puget Sound off Kingston, just off the end of Lindvog Road. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Aid units responded from Hansville, and the Coast Guard immediately launched a response boat from Seattle. The three occupants of the helicopter swam to…

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IB Will Post Lost & Found Pets: Here’s What We Need from You

It’s that time of year. Dogs and cats freaked out from fireworks run off in fear, become disoriented or even injured, and don’t know how to get home. We know that many of you are missing pets and some have found or seen lost ones. We would like to help by creating a master list…

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BIFD Emergency Responders Assist Wind Surfer at Agate Pass

A concerned resident in the 16200 block of Reitan Road on Bainbridge Island’s far north end called 911 this evening, June 26, at 6:39, to report a wind surfer in distress off Agate Pass. The caller described observing the wind surfer fighting the current and tides and attempting to paddle toward shore for an extended…

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Wenatchee Ferry Delayed After Crew Performs Emergency Water Rescue

According to Seattle Coast Guard District 13 Officer David Moseley, the Wenatchee Ferry stopped its run today, June 23, between Bainbridge and Seattle to rescue a man overboard after a distress call came in at 10:56 a.m. The man had fallen from his own 39-foot boat and was hanging on to its side as it…

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Suicide Shooting at Bainbridge’s Strawberry Cannery Cove

by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane According to Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner, at approximately 5:30 this afternoon, June 16, a small group of young people near the beach in Winslow at Strawberry Cannery Cove Park saw a man in the woods behaving oddly. They started to leave because, they reported, the man made them…

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Engine Fire Consumes Van on Wyatt Way; Road Closed Between Madison and Grow

Emergency responders closed Winslow’s Wyatt Way today, May 27, at approximately 2:50 p.m. while Bainbridge Island firefighters battled a serious engine fire. The driver of a VW van noticed flames coming out of the rear of her vehicle as she turned from Grow Avenue onto Wyatt Way heading east. She exited the vehicle, which has…

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Missing Bainbridge Teen Reunited with Family

On Tuesday, May 20, 15-year-old Jill Christine Schulte from Bainbridge Island was reported missing by her family. The teen had willingly left home with a 15-year-old boy from Lake Forest Park, Washington. According to Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner, the two teens had histories that were cause for serious concern about their safety. They…

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Brush Fire on Point Monroe Sandspit Caused by Blowtorch Weeding

If you happened to be on the north half of the Island this afternoon, May 13, at about 3:30 you may have seen Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) trucks zooming north. Having just picked up their kids from The Island School, several parents near the intersection of Highway 305 and Day Road had a close…

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UPDATE: Amber Alert: Auburn Woman Ties up Mother at Knifepoint, Kidnaps Son

UPDATE: The following Amber Alert was canceled around 2 this afternoon, May 5, when, after a high-speed chase, the mother was taken into custody. The boy is fine. A 6-year-old boy from Auburn is missing, and King County police want your help locating him. His mother, who does not have custody of him, forced entry…

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Search Near Bainbridge Coastline for Canoeist Called off

After over two hours of searching northeast Bainbridge waters yesterday, April 25, for a canoeist, the United States Coast Guard called off the search. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department and the Bainbridge Island Police Department had assisted in the search with their marine units after a call came in at 1o:12 a.m. about a swamped canoe…

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