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Class Action Lawsuit Over Debt Collection Letter Sent from Prosecutor to Bainbridge Woman

A class action complaint against Missouri-based debt-collection company Bounceback filed by Seattle law firm Terrell, Marshall, Daudt and Willie, PLLC, accuses the company of improperly using the Kitsap Prosecutor’s Office seal in its dealings with a Bainbridge Island woman. The woman wrote a bad $41 check to Goodwill. Seven and a half months later, she received…

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tansy ragwort

City to Begin Invasive Weed-Targeting Herbicide Application on Rights of Way

At Monday night’s (August 11), City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement formalizing what has been the ongoing arrangement between the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board and the City of Bainbridge Island, in which KNWB provides weed education and noxious weed eradication assistance. More controversially, the Council also unanimously approved a…

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National Night Out

Stayed in on National Night Out? What You Missed (w/ Photo Gallery)

If you didn’t show up at Sakai Intermediate School Tuesday night, August 5, for the annual National Night Out police-community celebration organized by Officer Carla Sias, you missed out on a great deal. First there was the free food: hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and cotton candy. Then there was the free music: lively guitar by…

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Jenise Paulette Wright missing child

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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National Night Out: Free Fun & Food Tuesday

National Night Out is the evening of police-sponsored events across the country that promote involvement in crime-prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhoods united against crime. This year’s NNO, the 31st national, happens Tuesday night, August 5, at Sakai Intermediate School. An estimated 37 million people in more than 16,000 communities across the United States will…

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Police Oversight Ordinance: Worries About Its Scope and Public Expectation

At Monday night’s (July 28) Council meeting, the Bainbridge City Council had a brief discussion about the proposed Police Citizen Advisory Board and the related draft ordinance that City Manager Doug Schulz had given them for their review. The ordinance was the outcome of the work of a citizen task force established earlier in the…

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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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BIPD Officer Trevor Ziemba Nominated for State Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year

A Crisis Intervention Officer, or CIO, is a specially trained law enforcement officer who works in concert with other CIOs to respond to calls and incidents involving mental illness. Bainbridge Island’s CIO, BIPD Officer Trevor Ziemba, has just been nominated by the Criminal Justice Training Commission of Washington State as CIO of the Year. The…

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Jeffrey Horn

Chief Hamner Gets a Deputy

The recent influx of Indianapolitans to Bainbridge has now risen to two. Police Chief Matt Hamner, who came to Bainbridge last year from Indianapolis, has just hired Jeffrey Horn as his new deputy, fresh from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Horn will start work with the Bainbridge Island Police Department this Monday, August 4. Hamner,…

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$3.5M Raised to Get Bainbridge Leg of Visionary Sound to Olympics Trail Moving

Imagine this: taking a safe, stress-free bike ride or walk along Bainbridge Island’s main transit artery, Highway 305. Sound radically beyond your risk-taking nature or ability level? The mild-mannered but tenacious architect of this idea, 40-year Bainbridge Island resident Don Willott, says the separated trail with a vegetation buffer is decidedly not just for commuters or…

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Barb Seitz and Ted Rought

Photo of the Day: Ted Rought’s Last Day with the BIPD

Today was the last day at work for Senior Police Clerk Ted Rought, who is retiring after about 20 years with the Bainbridge Island Police Department. Fellow staff sent him off with stereotypical donuts and other baked goods. His colleague Senior Police Clerk Barb Seitz, a master quilter, made Rought a race car-themed quilt—Rought is…

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EH Sewer Main project

City Begins the Big Sewage System Swapout in Eagle Harbor

Today, July 22, a team from the Seattle-based Frank Coluccio Construction Company began the work of replacing the aged and frail sewer lines in Eagle Harbor. This morning several 30,000- to 80,000-pound Caterpillar excavators were parked at the ready along Hawley Way, which has been reinforced with metal plates. The reason for the plates is…

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wiring at Bainbridge Police Station

Options to Replace Our Dump-Held-Together-with-Tape Police Station Narrowed to Three

At its Study Session tomorrow, July 21, our City Council will consider options for moving ahead with plans to replace the Bainbridge Island police station. The three options currently on the table have been narrowed from five presented on May 14 by the Seattle-based architecture/design firm Mackenzie, which specializes in public buildings and was contracted by the…

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Hold That Ballot: Here’s Your Chance to Meet the Law & Justice Candidates

If you’ve looked at your ballot, you know that there are a lot of Law & Justice choices you’re going to have to make. Four people are running for Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney: Russ Hauge, Bob Scales, Tina Robinson, and Bruce Danielson. There are four statewide justice positions to be filled (two candidates are running…

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Don’t Miss the First Meeting of COBI’s 20-Year Comprehensive Plan Update Process

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) is about to begin the vital process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, an update that occurs every 20 years. In accordance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), governed by RCW 36.70A, our City and citizens spend two years laying out a vision for growth and preservation that…

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Kelly Eisenhood

Meet Your New Police Clerk, Kelly Eisenhood

Long-time Senior Police Clerk Ted Rought will be retiring from the Bainbridge Island Police Department at the end of next week, on July 25. It has been hard to imagine the station without his happy and very tall presence behind the front glass. But the imagining just got easier with the announcement that his position…

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Council Approves SMP, Waterfront Property Rights Activist Talks About Suing

Less than 24 hours after the City Council approved the Shoreline Master Plan as amended by the Department of Ecology, Islander Gary Tripp used his e-mail list, Bainbridge News Wire, to call on waterfront property owners to meet “to develop a strategy to take legal action against the city over the adoption of the SMP.”…

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Bainbridge Gets Credit Rating Upgrade from Moody’s

Moody’s Investor Service just gave Bainbridge a credit rating boost on July 8 by upgrading the City’s long-term rating from Aa3 to Aa2 on the City’s Unlimited Tax General Obligation (UTGO) bonds. Moody’s also upgraded the City’s Limited Tax General Obligation (LTGO) bond rating to Aa3 from A1. The UTGO rating action affects $5 million in…

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Chief Hamner

Chief Hamner Looks Back on His First Year with the BIPD

Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner was sworn in one year ago on June 21. Last week he sat down to review the year. He said, “I came here with the idea that I would figure out what’s going on here.” He said his “number-one goal was to build community trust and confidence, to begin the process. I…

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DOE Issues SMP Changes & Responses to Last Summer’s Public Comments

The always controversial Shoreline Master Plan is about to get more attention. On June 23 the Department of Ecology issued a report reviewing the SMP and its history, sharing the Department’s findings, listing required and recommended changes for the City’s SMP update (to which the City must respond within 30 days), and responding to public…

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Virginia Mason