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Where on the Island? Cinematically Bainbridge

These luminously cinematic images of two old Bainbridge Island homes suggest an earlier era.

Thank you to Marilynn Gottlieb for sharing these stunning photographs, taken in two different locations on Bainbridge.

Do you recognize them? Tell us where on the Island they are.

Gottlieb sells all of the images featured in Where on the Island as photos or transfers onto metal plates. Visit her website to learn more.

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Bainbridge Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughter & Stepson

A former Bainbridge Island resident plead guilty yesterday, March 23, in Kitsap Superior Court to two felony counts of child molestation.

Judge Kevin D. Hull sentenced the white male, 51, to just under 7.5 years for child molestation in the first degree and to just under 3.5 years for child molestation in the second degree. The sentences will be served concurrently, so the offender will serve the longer of the two terms.

According to court documents, the man, who will remain unnamed to protect his family’s privacy, sexually molested his daughter in three different Bainbridge Island homes starting when she was five until she was 15 years old. He also molested his developmentally delayed stepson on two occasions when he was a middle school student.

The two charges of sexual molestation were for crimes committed between 2000 and 2002.

The criminal activity came to light in 2011 when the offender’s daughter told her mother about the ongoing abuse she had endured. She spoke with a school counselor about the events and then was interviewed by a Bainbridge Island police officer. She said her father’s abuse ended when she began dating a boyfriend as a freshman in high school. The stepson was also interviewed by the Bainbridge police.

The parents divorced and have been estranged for a number of years.

The first degree child molestation charge sentencing range is 67 to 89 months. Judge Hull gave the offender the longest possible sentence of 89 months.

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Bainbridge Dive Club Takes Firsts at Regionals

The Bainbridge Island Dive Club flew to Boise, Idaho, to compete in the Y Spring Classic regional diving meet over the weekend. The team, with members from Bainbridge, Kingston, and Poulsbo, showcased their abilities on both the 1 meter and 3 meter springboards against some very strong Pacific Northwest competition.

In the Girls 14-15 year old division Jackie Hellmers (Poulsbo) won a blue ribbon on the 3 M board with a score of 228.95 and placed 2nd on the 1 M with a score of 194.50. In the Girls 16-18 year old division Zora Opalka (Bainbridge) earned a 2nd place on the 1 M board with a score of 334.50 and a 4th place finish on the 3 M board with a score of 339.15. Cammie Rouser (Kingston) also competed in the Girls 16-18 year old division and placed 4th on the 1 M with a score of 301.65 and 3rd on the 3 M springboard with a score of 350.45.

In the Boys 12-13 year old division Henry Sauermann (Bainbridge) won a blue ribbon on the 3 M board with a score of 190.40 and took 2nd on the 1 M where he scored  163.20. Carter Wolff (Bainbridge) placed 1st on the 1 M with a score of 118.20 in the FC Level 4 boys division.

The team competes next in the U.S. Diving Regional Championships in Beaverton, Oregon, in late April.

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Former Manager of Ray’s Auto Sentenced to 6 Years

On March 6, Kevin Donald Norris pled guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court to four felony counts of theft and one felony count of jumping bail.

Formerly the manager of Ray’s Automotive on Bainbridge Island and a Poulsbo resident, Norris was arrested on December 29, 2014, for failure to appear in court on charges of third-degree theft. He remained incarcerated in Kitsap County Jail awaiting his trial.

Judge Sally F. Olsen sentenced Norris to 6 years in prison, 14 months for each theft offense and 16 months for skipping bail.

As manager of Ray’s Auto, Norris, 52, took payments from customers for repair services that were never completed. The felony charges were for thefts committed last spring: a first-degree theft on April 1, 2014; a first-degree theft on May 6, 2014; and a first-degree theft and a second-degree theft on May 7, 2014. He violated bail on October 6 of last year.

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Judge Finds Elder Abuse and HUD Violation at Winslow Arms Apartments

In a packed courtroom on Tuesday, March 10, Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Judge Sara McCulloch concluded a two-day hearing with a sharp rebuke of both the in-house manager and overseeing management company of Winslow Arms Apartments for violating at least one HUD rule and subjecting residents to abuse and unreasonable threats of eviction.

The hearing was scheduled after Winslow Arms Apartments Manager Rachel Robbins petitioned the court for an anti-harassment protection order against two of the HUD-subsidized building’s tenants, Nancy Lemaire and Dixie Carter. At times shaky and visibly exhausted, as the respondents in the hearing the two older women came prepared with extensive documentation, organized testimony, and nine supporting witnesses.

Rachel Robbins

Robbins, court clerk, and Lemaire at right

By contrast, Robbins had no witnesses present and displayed, according to Judge McCulloch, “demeanor, tone, facial expressions, and inflammatory questioning of witnesses” that led the court to have “serious credibility doubts” about her testimony.

The hearing followed rising tensions at the apartment complex and repeated outcries over the course of nine months for help among numerous residents and some of their adult children, who cited ongoing abusive behavior on the part of the manager and neglect on the part of the Seattle-based management company, Pan Pacific Properties. Documented complaints about Robbins began within her first few weeks as manager, starting early last May.

Petitioner Testimony

Robbins began her testimony with claims that Lemaire and Carter were harassing her, spreading false accusations about her, and leading “a bully group” at Winslow Arms. “They are trying to destroy me personally and professionally,” she said. She stated that the bully group was connected with this reporter, whom she said slandered her and was present in the courtroom “to plant more false information in my community.” As Lemaire later pointed out to the judge, this reporter in fact was not acquainted with Lemaire or Carter, or anyone else at Winslow Arms, until domestic abuse counselor Barbara Chandler Young approached Inside Bainbridge with grave concerns about the conditions in the HUD facility.

Robbins further stated that Lemaire punched her in the breast and that Carter resents her role as manager because she formerly “was in a position of power” [as a cleaning person at Winslow Arms].

Respondents’ Testimony

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Nancy Lemaire and Dixie Carter [seated]

In response, Carter stated, “I haven’t approached other tenants. They have approached me, and I will remain an advocate for them.” She further noted that with an apartment on the first floor not far from the manager’s office, she has often observed Robbins. “I have watched her in these terrible temper tantrums. It’s like she is in a tunnel of rage; she’s not aware of who is watching her,” said Carter. “Its scary, unpredictable, explosive behavior I’ve witnessed more times than I care to count. I began to carry pepper spray, because that rage really scares me. . . . You get a feeling she is going to hit you.”


In her responding testimony, Lemaire said Robbins’ allegation that she hit her was false and that, in fact, Robbins had deliberately assaulted her: “She charged across the hall toward me, shoulder-blocked me, and spun around and she said ‘f*ck you, you better watch out.'” Lemaire described a second very similar incident in which Robbins allegedly shoulder-blocked her again, cursed, and stomped away. “I think I got caught in the crosshairs because she was already on a roll screaming and slamming doors.” Lemaire said after the second incident she went to the Bainbridge police station and reported the assaults but was told by an officer that it would be her word against Robbins’ since there was no evidence of physical harm. . . . “Miss Robbins has an uncanny ability to lie to the police and the court. There was never any intention of anyone to have her relieved from her job. What we are only asking for is relief from this abhorrent behavior,” said Lemaire.

Lemaire stated that she then reached out to domestic abuse counselor Young, a social worker at Helpline House, and an attorney. “The consensus was that [further action] could fuel the flames and Rachel might attempt to sabotage my application to live in a HUD facility out of state.”

Respondents’ Witness Testimony

The respondents’ witnesses described similar observations of and interactions with Robbins.

A 25-year resident of Winslow Arms, Ed Cannard told the court that he believed Robbins should be removed from her job immediately. “This woman has created an environment of fear, intimidation, and assault. . . . I’m mystified why management has her here and not resolved this issue when there are so many people involved.” Cannard said it had become difficult to remain in compliance with all the rules. “I’m probably in violation of six different things right now. I’ll probably be evicted,” he said.

Loralynn Thompson, the daughter of another Winslow Arms tenant, told the court she used to visit her mother there several times a week but now takes her out for visits because she is fearful in the building. “You can’t just go and sit in the lobby anymore. Why are they scuttling out the sides of the building they live in? It makes me sick that my mother is in fear,” she said. “We’ve been trying to stay out of the politics of the building because I don’t want her to be targeted and given eviction notices. It is very upsetting to see Dixie and Nancy in this situation. They need help.”

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Witness Aurel Lungu testifying (standing right)

Winslow Arms tenant Aurel Lungu, 82, described to the court an incident that occurred after he had major surgery. “My doctor said to rest for a week. I parked my car in a handicapped spot and put my handicapped sign on the dashboard. Three days later a police officer came knocking at my door. Miss Robbins had reported my sign was not on the rearview mirror.” Lungu recounted another incident after he expressed concerns to Robbins about smoke and noise in the building. “She exploded and screamed to get out of her office and was slamming her hands. I told her you should see a pyschiatrist. I’ve never seen in my life such a behavior. She swore at me, using harsh and insulting words, banging. I had high blood pressure for three days. I wrote a letter to Mrs. Hirschberg [Pan Pacific Properties Manager] and told her about the conflict about Miss Robbins. She never responded to me,” said Lungu. “Miss Robbins said nothing negative can be said [about the manager] in meetings. She should resign today and not tomorrow. I am afraid to go to the site. I am not a strong man you know. I feel the federal assistance is misappropriated and abused.”

Another tenant’s daughter, Donna DeMeyer, told the court, “I don’t understand why Pan Pacific has been so very very defensive of [Robbins]. . . . You clearly have an employee who doesn’t have the needed social skills for this job. If you advertised this job you would have a stack of qualified applicants. . . . I believe the manager’s primary job should be an advocate, not an enforcer.”

Lease Compliance/Termination Notice

On the second day in court, Carter informed the judge that she had returned to her apartment after the previous afternoon’s hearing to discover an eviction notice on her door signed by Pan Pacific Manager Laurie Hirschberg. The news drew Judge McCulloch’s ire: “Did you not hear me yesterday when I said there was to be no interaction among parties [except in the case of emergencies] until the conclusion of the hearing?”

By way of explanation, Hirschberg said the posting was not an eviction notice and that the timing of its placement was unrelated to the court proceedings. The posting is titled “10-Day Notice to Comply with Lease or Quit Premises.” It states that Carter directed abusive language and behavior at the management and that in order to avoid tenancy termination Carter must “stop making threatening or harassing comments about the management.”

Judge’s Findings of Fact

In her conclusion of the hearing, Judge McCulloch explained that she had thoroughly reviewed all provided documents and listened carefully to all testimony. She then read from notes and also spoke extemporaneously for approximately 30 minutes. The following is part of her commentary.

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Judge Sara McCulloch

Judge McCulloch said, “This court finds that the complaints to management about Miss Robbins are justified, and they are appropriate. And they are not in the form of harassing conduct. Although all of the complaints may be detrimental to Miss Robbins, they have a lawful and legitimate purpose in that the tenants are exercising their rights against an abusive and an inappropriate landlord and a company that backs her up. The response from the management has been mostly in the use of 10-day notices with a threat of eviction for lodging complaints against the management.

“This court, having the opportunity to observe the demeanor and in-person testimony of all the witnesses, finds the testimony of the respondents credible. This court has serious credibility doubts about the testimony of Miss Robbins and finds that Miss Robbins’ demeanor, tone, facial expressions, and inflammatory questioning of witnesses all tend to corroborate the testimony of the respondents.

“I find Miss Robbins’ claims of being assaulted by Miss Lemaire absolutely not credible. Miss Lemaire is a very small woman with some medical frailty due to prior stroke and heart issues that is apparent from looking at her in the courtroom. She is in her late 60s. She testified that she is 5′ 2″ and 110 pounds, and her appearance is consistent with that.

“Miss Robbins is at least 5′ 10″, 180 pounds, and is very broad in stature. The idea that Miss Lemaire would risk her own health and safety by assaulting Miss Robbins physically and punching her in the breast is not credible, and I do not believe that it happened. I do, however, believe that Miss Robbins would have purposefully bumped into Miss Lemaire and caused fear and intimidation.”

Judge McCulloch further stated that she believed a HUD rule had been violated by the management:

“The HUD Bill of Rights that is in evidence lists the following right of a resident: ‘Residents have a right to organize as residents without obstruction, harassment, or retaliation from the property owners or the management.’ All of the evidence in this case suggests that this HUD rule has been violated. Management has retaliated against any speaking-out activity in the form of 10-day eviction notices under the guise of minute violations of HUD rules, and this is corroborated by the petitioner’s exhibit #3 where Robbins complained about a tenant being difficult and Laurie Hirschberg wrote them a letter indicating that ‘there was an interaction that could be received as hostile’ which could ‘result in the need to give them a ten day comply or vacate notice.’

“The same rules of enforcement do not seem to apply to the manager and resident of the complex, who lives there and has done far more than writing a nasty name on a note that was slipped under a door or engage in behavior that could be hostile. Complaints have been rampant about the abusive conduct, with letters over a large period of time begging management for help. And yet no 10-day eviction notices have been served on Miss Robbins.

“This court finds that the respondents and their witnesses are extremely credible, that their voices have been unheard and unaddressed by management, and that any complaint has been labeled as bullying and harassment to discredit it.

Judge Sara McCulloch (background), Nancy Lemaire, and Dixie Carter

Lemaire and Carter embracing after Judge McCulloch (left background) ended her concluding statement and adjourned

“There is a legitimate purpose to speak out against a company who is receiving government funding that employs management personnel who harass and retaliate and cause great undue stress to residents in an apartment complex who are seniors and who are medically frail. They have a right to share their story—here in court, in the newspaper, with the legislators, with the Attorney General.

This is not harassment under the circumstances that the court has heard today, and your request for an order of protection against Miss Lemaire and Miss Carter is denied.”

Following the judge’s conclusion, spontaneous applause broke out among courtroom attendees, and Lemaire and Carter shared an emotional hug. Robbins, Hirschberg, and Pan Pacific President Russ Francisco exited the room impassively, their lawyer accompanying them.

Read the full transcript of the court’s findings.

Huge thanks to Marijane C. Milton for transcribing an audio document provided by the court, which assisted in the reporting of this story.

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Rash of Roof Falls, One Fatal, Calls for Caution

On the weekend of February 21 and 22, three different Bainbridge Island residents, all men, sustained injuries after falling off their roofs.

One of the injured men was airlifted to Harborview Hospital with injuries so severe he died this week. Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said the man was alone when he fell from an estimated height of 10-15 feet. It was not clear if the ladder he was using collapsed or slid out from under him.

The other two accident victims were transported by ambulance to hospitals with broken bones. One man’s injuries have required two surgeries.

Carpenter emphasized the riskiness of doing roof work. “Even a fall from 5 or 6 feet can be severe or even fatal depending on how you land and what you land on,” he said.

Aside from hiring professionals to do your roof work for you, he suggested the following safety precautions:

  1. Have someone spot you or nearby who knows you are on the roof.
  2. Have a phone with you in case you need to call for help.
  3. Use good equipment and make sure your ladder is stabilized.
  4. Have a safety mechanism, such as a rope or harness, around yourself that is also tied to a tree.

Carpenter also noted that falls can result in serious or even life-threatening injuries that may not be apparent at first.

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Bainbridge Dive Club Makes a Splash at Canadian Competition

The Bainbridge Island Dive Club competed in an international diving meet last week in Vancouver, Canada. The British Columbia Winter Provincial Championships allowed the team’s members, from Bainbridge, Kingston, and Poulsbo, to compete on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with some of the best age-group divers Canada has to offer.

In the Boys 12-13 year old division Henry Sauermann (of Bainbridge Island) took home two 1st place blue ribbons. On the 1 M he scored  184.05 and on the 3 M board he scored 221.25. In the Boys 14-15 year old division Duncan Platz (of Poulsbo) placed 1st on the 1 M board with a score of 220.25 and 3rd on the 3 M board with a score of 141.8. The newest member of the team, Noel Issa (of Kingston), competed in the Boys 16-18 year old division and placed 2nd on both the 1 M and the 3 M springboards with scores of 219 and 182.85 respectively. He earned the “Coaches Award” for his fine first-time performance.

In the Girls 11-12 year old division Bryn Tiernan (of Bainbridge Island) placed 9th on the 1 M board with a score of 94.7 and 8th on the 3 M board with a score of 90.8. For the Girls 14-15 year old division Jackie Helmers (of Poulsbo) earned 1st place on the 1 M board with a score of 187.55 and 2nd place on the 3 M board with a score of 214.30. Cammie Rouser (of Kingston) competed in the Girls 16-18 year old division and placed 1st on the 1 M with a score of 305.45 and 2nd on the 3 M springboard with a score of 311.

The team is looking forward to its next meet in Boise, Idaho, later this month and U.S. Diving Regional Championships in Beaverton, Oregon, in April.

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Passing: Jay Abbott 1947-2015

James L. Abbott (Jay), a 30-year resident of Bainbridge Island, passed peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at Harborview Medical Center on January 29, 2015. Jay died from injuries sustained on January 25 while coaching the Gear Grinders, the Bainbridge Island middle-school mountain cycling team.

Jay was born in New York City, New York, on September 15, 1947, to Charles G. Abbott and Florence Van Hasslacher. He attended Saxe Junior High, New Canaan, Connecticut, and preparatory school at Choate School, Wallingford, Connecticut. In 1970, Jay graduated from the University of Denver, Colorado, with a BA in Economics.

Within weeks of graduation, Jay began learning to fly with his dear friend and skiing buddy Dave Sanctuary in the left seat. This initial foray into exploring more of the outdoors resulted in Jay getting his private, commercial, instrument, flight instructor and airline transport pilot ratings. In 1972, he joined Dave as a commercial airline pilot at Frontier Airlines. He flew for the company for 12 years.

In 1984, Jay married Darlene Kordonowy during a sunny week-long celebration with 60 family and friends on Orcas Island, Washington. Within their first year as newlyweds, Jay was diagnosed with adult onset type 1 diabetes, abruptly ending his career as an airline pilot, and the couple—along with two cats and Jay’s parakeet “Boeing”—moved to the Pacific Northwest. In 1987, he began his 25-year career working for the Boeing Company. Jay was often heard to say, “The diabetes diagnosis was one of the best turn of events in my life.”

Jay was well-known throughout Boeing and the worldwide industry for his smiling face, his jokes, his work ethic, and his ability to get difficult things done in a cooperative fashion. His innovative programs were considered crucial to the success of the 737 Next Generation and the 787 airline operations. One of his big accomplishments was working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to obtain the commonality agreement between the 777 and 787.

During his early years at Boeing, his airline experience was put to use in helping to design Boeing airplane cockpits. He later worked instructing airline pilots, and then began to help in creating procedures for use by the pilots. With this background, and his great ability to work with customer pilots and regulatory pilots, he was chosen to help with the development of first the 737NG aircraft and then later the very modern 787 aircraft. His job included traveling around the world to such places as Japan, Brazil, and Tibet to work with the customer airlines. Jay considered his recent work with ANA in Japan to be a highlight of his career. Wherever he went, he renewed old friendships and, of course, made new ones.

Throughout his life, Jay played in and loved the outdoors. From a young age, his summers were filled with swimming competitions, tennis playing, and sailing the waters of Long Island Sound. Family skiing in Vermont occupied winters, as did his extramural hockey activities. Throughout college, he taught skiing in Colorado, first at Arapahoe Basin and then at Copper Mountain. He was particularly proud of his involvement with the Copper Chopper Youth Skiing for 8-18 year olds, a program that taught skiing skills and developed love of the outdoors and the sport.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents. In addition to his wife, Jay is survived by one sister, Laine Lapin, and brother-in-law, Merv Lapin, of Vail, Colorado; three brothers, Joe, of Wolcott, Colorado; Hal, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Charlie and sister-in-law Michele, of Mar San Pedro, California; 14 nieces and nephews; and a devoted circle of extended family and friends.

A celebration of Jay’s life will take place on April 12 on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the American Diabetes AssociationBainbridge Island Gear Grinders, and/or the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation where a scholarship fund has been established in Jay’s memory to engage Bainbridge Island youth in outdoor activities.

Details and updates regarding the Celebration of Life for Jay may be found at his CaringBridge page.

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A Remnant of ‘the Last Whorehouse on Bainbridge’

[Updated March 6, 5:58 p.m.]

If you get around the Island much you’ve likely noticed the old stone chimney that stands at the head of Eagle Harbor on Eagle Harbor Drive near Blakely Avenue.

For old-time Islanders, the lone chimney is more than a charming oddity. Many know it to have been at one time attached to a house referred to in some circles as “the last whorehouse on Bainbridge.”

Long-time Bainbridge Islander Walt Ball remembers his mother instructing him as a boy in the 1940s and 1950s to look away whenever he and his siblings passed the house. Since he grew up in Eagledale, he passed the house quite often and was privy to plenty of stories about it.

Ball, who was dubbed “Mayor of Eagledale” at a keg party after he returned home from the Vietnam War, described the house: “It was good-sized with many rooms. The front was close to the street and it backed right up to the bay.” Both Ball and Island historian Jerry Elfendahl recall the bordello’s reputation as a thoroughfare for liquor during the prohibition years, between 1919 and 1933. Ball said booze was delivered regularly through the back door at high tide. He guessed the house was built sometime around 1910. “It was a halfway point between the shipyard in Winslow and Creosote Town,” he explained. Creosote Town (now the Wyckoff Superfund site) was a bustling community of men who worked at the former creosote plant making pilings used around the world.

Ball’s wife recalled that in the late 1950s the house became a gift store, before it burned down in the early 1960s.

I marveled at the longevity of the house’s chimney, which by Ball’s reckoning is more than 100 years old. He laughed and told me about the Day brothers, after whom Day Road was named. “That chimney speaks to the quality of masonry work that used to go on here,” said Ball. It also apparently has something to do with beer. “The three brothers were heavy beer drinkers who built wonderful chimneys,” Ball told me. “People said that as they worked they crushed the beer cans into the chimneys. People said it’s what made them [the chimneys] so strong.”

Third-generation Bainbridge resident Joan Bickerton, of the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, remembers an antique business in the former bordello. She said after the house was wiped away by fire, Leo Williamson, son of Ray Williamson, cultivated the Eagle Harbor property as a little park. Bickerton said that Leo Williamson graduated in the Bainbridge High School class of 1955 and died in 2012.

Ball also recalled Leo Williamson tending the grounds there. “Let’s say he was making amends for past deeds,” said Ball. “Leo took good care of it. It became overgrown after the fire. Leo cleared the site, put in a few benches, raked and kept it up nice. People would leave their old lawn mowers there and Leo would fix them up and give them away.”

In fact the old house was not the last whorehouse on Bainbridge, by a long shot. As recently as 2009 the Bainbridge police discovered a small prostitution ring on the southwest side of the Island (read the King5 report).

The land is currently owned by Ray Adams, owner of former Ray’s Automotive. He referred to the infamous corner as “Suicide Lane” for its history of fast driving and accidents. He said he believes today the chimney is a common geocaching spot.

Bainbridge Island photographer Robin Houck took the featured photograph of the chimney. “If you look closely you’ll see the grass and moss still green inside. I put a couple of flashes with red cover gels up inside to make it look like it’s glowing,” he said. “A combination of a day off from my regular job, high tide, and a cloudy day were needed for the effect.”

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Bainbridge Man Sentenced to 15 Months for Felony Assault

[Updated 12:43 p.m. March 2, 2015.]

Adrian Allan Charvet was sentenced on Friday, February 27, 2015, on two counts of felony assault and one count of possession of stolen property.

Charvet, 25, will serve three concurrent sentences in prison, two 15-month terms for second-degree assault and one 4-month term for possession of stolen property. He was also sentenced to two concurrent terms of 18-month probations to follow his incarceration. The first assault charge is for attacking a woman on Bainbridge in December. The second is for attacking his cellmate in Kitsap County Jail in January.

Without provocation, Charvet attacked two older women on December 15, 2014, on Bainbridge Island behind the Doctors Clinic. He first tried to strike a woman in the face but hit the back of her neck when she turned away. He punched a second woman in the face, breaking facial bones and lacerating her cornea. After fleeing the scene and retreating into his nearby apartment, a prolonged SWAT team standoff occurred before Bainbridge police arrested Charvet and he was placed in Kitsap County Jail. (Read more.)

While in jail awaiting his trial, Charvet attacked his cellmate on January 1, 2015. Charvet punched his face repeatedly, gauged his eyes, and attempted to strangle him in what Charvet said was an attempt to murder the victim. (Read more.)

Charvet will be taken to the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton and assessed to determine in what prison he will serve his time. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson said Charvet received a maximum security classification after he attacked his cellmate and has been in solitary cell confinement.

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New T&C Reader Board Frame Pops a Wheelie

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall

Town and Country’s new reader board just got framed this morning, courtesy of local metal worker Rory Thurrott. Thurrott, pictured on the left, created the new steel frame in his Bainbridge Island shop, Rory’s Custom Fabrication, on Eagle Harbor Drive. He put wheels on the frame so he could literally roll it to its permanent location in front of T&C, which is now a year into a 15-month major remodel process.

This morning Thurrott hooked up the frame to his truck, wheeled it along Bainbridge streets, and with help from two other guys picked it up with a crane, popped it in place, and bolted it into concrete. Thurrott said he also is making a custom guardrail to go in front of the store.

The new frame replaces the old wooden one, which had rotted. The rest of the reader board will take some time before it is complete, but you can expect it to resemble the original one from 1957 that Islanders know so well.

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Early Birds Begin Nesting at the Lovell Avenue Heronry

With our mild weather this winter, breeding great blue herons have started nesting early this season at their Winslow site on Lovell Avenue. Bainbridge-based photographer Paul Brians captured a few breeding pairs already at work on their nests this week.

Colony breeders, great blue herons have had several rookeries, known as heronries, on Bainbridge Island in recent decades. Predation by bald eagles lead them to abandon once active sites on Lafayette Avenue and Peterson Hill Road.

In the last few years, local breeding pairs reestablished themselves in a new colony near the water in a stand of Big Leaf Maples on Lovell Avenue. Learn more.

lovell heronry by Paul Brians

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Photos courtesy of Paul Brians.

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Name That Bird: Green-Eyed Angler

Commonly spotted around Bainbridge Island shores, this sociable coastal bird, slightly smaller than a goose, gathers in colonies. The males choose a nesting site and gather most of the nesting material, while the females are the nest architects.

With less preen oil than most waterbirds, this species spends much of its time drying its outspread wings. The tradeoff for getting wet feathers is being a fast and agile underwater hunter, targeting over 250 species of fish. This bird uses its webbed feet for underwater propulsion and hook-shaped bill for catching prey.

From afar, it appears dark and colorless, but in fact it has sparkly green eyes and a bright orange bill. This populous bird was besieged by shootings and thin eggshells from DDT. In recent decades it has rebounded abundantly.

Can you name this bird?

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Face closeup photo courtesy of Miguel Vieira. Other photos courtesy of Jay Wiggs.

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Puyallup Pulled from Service Sunday Night, Leaving Ferry Travelers in a Jam

Yesterday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. the Washington State Ferries (WSF) removed the Puyallup from service, resulting in seven cancelled sailings on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route. The cancellations happened between 5:30 and 11:40 p.m. Many ferry commuters switched over to the Bremerton ferry. This came after a morning of runs with limited car-space because of the Chilly Hilly Bike Ride.

The problem that sparked the pulling of the Puyallup was a faulty satellite compass antenna, according to Broch Bender of WSF Communications. The ferry relies on the satellite compass antenna for accurate GPS navigation.

WSF was able to replace the malfunctioning antenna with a similar antenna from another Jumbo Mark II overnight. The vessel returned to service with the first sailing (4:45 a.m.) this morning out of Bainbridge Island.

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Stats and Accidents

Bainbridge Island’s 43rd annual Chilly Hilly regional bike event, organized by Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC), saw riders enjoying a stunningly clear morning with mountain views and drier-than-normal conditions, with average temperatures for late February—a high of 51 degrees F.

This year’s Chilly Hilly drew an estimated 4,500 participants, more than the 3,000-4,000 annual average but less than the 2012 record of over 6,000 riders.

Chilly Hilliers surmount a challenging 33-mile route with 2,675 feet of climbing around the scenic highlights of Bainbridge Island.

“One of Four Classic Rides” according to Bicycling Magazine, the Chilly Hilly draws bike fanatics from as far away as France.


This year’s Chilly Hilly organizer Rebecca Sorensen took the torch from 16-year-organizer Dave Douglas. She was pleased to report that today’s event went relatively smoothly with minor accidents, in contrast to last year’s drama involving a cyclist revived from cardiac arrest by other riders with life-saving training who happened to be passing by in a literal lifesaving moment. (Read more.)

For bikers, scrapes and bruises come with the territory, but today’s Chilly Hilly drew three official emergency responses.

Two riders collided at about 10 a.m. at Phelps and Hidden Cove Road due to a “pothole incident.” They were treated by medics for non life-threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to a Seattle hospital. At about 10:35 a.m., a rider on Battle Point Drive sustained an arm injury from a fall. Bainbridge paramedics provided emergency treatment and loaded his bicycle into their truck. A fourth injured bicyclist is believed to have sustained a broken collar bone in an accident that occurred in the afternoon.

Volunteers and Sponsors

Sorensen gave a shout out to the BI Ham Radio Club members who volunteer their time each year for the event’s safety and communication. Sorenson said, “This year they rode with a Bainbridge Police officer. They provide extremely good eyes and ears on the road. It’s unbelievable how they follow, are first on the scene, and are first to get the word out.”

Chilly Hilly is sponsored locally by Squeaky wheels, Bainbridge Island Youth Services, Bainbridge Girl Scouts, Bainbridge Island Neighborhood Association, and Bainbridge Island Boy Scouts on behalf of Ometepe.

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Photo Gallery and Video

Today’s (February 22) Chilly Hilly 2015 was, in fact, not so chilly, and the riders came over from Seattle and elsewhere in droves, enjoying early sun and all-day dry weather. One estimate was that there were 5,000 riders taking part in this 43-year Bainbridge Island tradition.

Chilly Hilly 2015

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Shipping News: Bainbridge’s Marine ‘Parking Lot’

[Read our followup to this article, with more details and photos: Photos of the Day: Behemoths off the Sandspit]

Back in December we reported on four container ships and one cargo ship “parked” in the waters off of southern Bainbridge Island, a federally designated anchorage zone for overflow ships headed for the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Recently, additional container ships have been anchored off the northeastern edge of Bainbridge, near Fay Bainbridge Park, rattling locals with generator noise. As of 8:00 tonight, there are three container ships in that location, as well as four in the waters between southern Bainbridge and Manchester.

The overflow is the result of a continuing Longshoremen slowdown due to unresolved contract disagreements between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Group, representing west coast ports.

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The Facts About Ticks and Lyme Disease in Western Washington

These days most of us have relatives or friends struggling with Lyme Disease and its devastating impact. An infectious disease, Lyme is caused by at least three species of bacteria from the genus Borrelia, which dates back some 20 million years.

Lyme disease in the United States was identified in 1975 when a constellation of cases was discovered in Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut. By 1978 scientists determined that it is transmitted by infected ticks.

Ticks and Lyme Disease in Western Washington

Although Lyme disease is relatively widespread in the Northeast and increasingly in parts of the Midwest, it remains fairly uncommon in our region. However, ticks infected with Lyme disease do exist here in Western Washington, and locally transmitted cases of Lyme disease occur here.

According to Washington State Department of Health (WSDH) entomologist Liz Dykstra, who specializes in ticks, there are three main types of ticks in Western Washington: the American dog tick, the coastal squirrel tick, and the western blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick), which is the primary carrier of Lyme disease in the west coastal region.

cdc map distribution of western blacklegged tick

Centers for Disease Control distribution of western blacklegged tick

“People don’t realize we have ticks at all in Western Washington,” Dykstra said. “We suspected that Lyme disease was here, but it wasn’t until 2011 that funding became available to test for the Lyme disease parasite. It’s probably been here for quite a while.” Dykstra explained that the tick that carries Lyme disease in the Northeast and Midwest is a separate species from the western blacklegged tick and that there is yet another carrier tick in Europe.

Since testing began in our area four years ago, Lyme disease has been identified in ticks in the following counties: Mason, Pierce, Clallam, and one in King. Dykstra was not aware of ticks from Kitsap County having tested positive for Lyme. However, she pointed out that only a small sample of 37 ticks from Kitsap have been lab tested. She said some ticks from Bainbridge Island have been tested but none have turned up a positive result for Lyme—”yet.” She explained that given the limited testing there is no way to know for sure if the disease is present in a given community. Kitsap Public Health District spokesperson Karen Bevers corroborated Dykstra’s data.

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Western blacklegged tick larva, nymph, adult male, adult female courtesy of the California Department of Health

Washington State Department of Health epidemiologist Melissa Kemperman said cases of Lyme disease in our state have gone up somewhat from the mid-2000s but not dramatically. Between 2010 and 2013 there were 15-19 confirmed/probable cases of Lyme disease, with most acquired out of state. She said it is hard to say if the number of cases is rising: “It is low, but there is some risk out there. This is something we’re very interested in and watching closely. People should be aware.”

The Tick Life Cycle and Complex Host/Vector Relationship

Although many people believe deer are the main vectors for Lyme disease, deer mice are the disease’s reservoir. “Deer mice are the cute little ones in your garage in the winter time. They also carry hantavirus,” said Dykstra. Larval western blacklegged ticks hatch from eggs and attach to deer mice, becoming infected. As they grow, they drop off, molt into nymphs and find a slightly larger host to feed on. In their final life stage, nymphs molt into adults and look for a large host to feed on, such as deer, dogs, cats, and people. Interestingly, the ticks, rodents, and deer are immune to Lyme disease. People and dogs get it. Dykstra said cats appear to be less susceptible to it, possibly in part because they are more fastidious about grooming.

I asked Dykstra how deer mice contract the disease in the first place. “We’re not sure how it originates in the population,” she said. “It could have been brought here. Ticks keep it alive and passing around.” She said that other rodents common around human habitats, including the house mouse, Norway (brown) rat, and black (roof) rat, do not carry the disease.

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Western black legged tick courtesy of Alameda County Health Department

Western Blacklegged Tick Facts

  1. Adult bodies are slightly smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser and have white lines on the lower half.
  2. In the nymph phase they are the size of a poppy seed.
  3. They form a “cement plug” that helps keep them in place under the host’s skin.
  4. They inject anticoagulates to thin the blood and facilitate feeding.
  5. It takes 24 to 36 hours for a carrier of Lyme disease to transmit the infection to its host.
  6. Prime tick habitat in our region is the forest/field edge zone and grassy areas.
  7. They thrive in temperatures in the 50s and 60s and moist conditions, making spring (and sometimes part of fall) their most active time of year.
  8. Dykstra said with our mild February this year, the ticks are hatching now, with their prime months March through June.
  9. They can attach to a host for days and become increasingly bloated with blood, making them easier to find and turning their brown bodies a grayish color.
  10. Extremely bloated ticks can reach the size of a jelly bean.

Preventative Measures Against Ticks

The Washington Department of Health recommends protective measures against western blacklegged ticks. When in tick territory,

  • wear long pants and long sleeves;
  • tuck pant legs into long socks;
  • wear Deet on exposed skin;
  • spray clothes with Pyrethrum (it kills ticks); and
  • afterward check yourself and your dogs thoroughly, especially around the neck, ears, eyes, belly, and underarms.

Signs of Lyme Disease Infection

Lyme disease bull's eye rash

Lyme disease bull’s eye rash

A “bulls-eye” rash around the bite zone is characteristic of Lyme disease but does not always show up or is not always noticed. The incubation period of Lyme disease is 3-10 days, and a prompt antibiotic treatment is most effective. Dykstra said that a Lyme disease infection can show up as a red bump, along with flulike symptoms, within 2-3 weeks of a tick bite. Anyone concerned about Lyme disease exposure/symptoms should seek prompt medical intervention.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends tick removal with tweezers as close to the bite site as possible, pulling it straight out. Dykstra said the western blacklegged tick is notorious for breaking off at its mouth parts. She said Lyme disease cannot be transmitted through the remaining head, but it can lead to secondary infection, so the area should be cleaned thoroughly.

Transmission of Lyme Disease

Dykstra hesitantly likened the transmission of Lyme disease in our area to a lottery. “The prevalence is very low, but if you happen to be the one that got the tick that happened to have it. . . .”

She encouraged people who find ticks on themselves or on their dogs or cats to send the ticks in for lab testing. “We’re missing folks because of a lack of lab testing,” said Dykstra. Not all ticks submitted will be tested, however, depending on funding levels and the condition of the tick.

Here is a form to include with your sample. Dykstra emphasized that the more information provided about the location and circumstances regarding ticks the better.

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Astrology Weekly 2/16/15: To Be Part of Something Worth Belonging to

Here is the latest Astrology Weekly audio chat by Bainbridge Island astrologer, counselor, and radio personality Aleta McClelland:

Listen here.

Aleta McClelland

Listen to Aleta’s weekly radio show, Aleta’s Audacity, on www.12radio.com Wednesdays at noon.

Taking the Reins: Aleta is inviting you to take her online class on February 22. When we genuinely know and love ourselves, our relationships become better and better. . . so this class is designed for you to see you in a new and truer light. With Venus and Mars conjunct on the day of this class, creating/seeing a true foundation for your life and person-hood along with activating love, leveling up love, and deepening your understanding of your very individual love profile is our focus. Aleta will be answering your questions live during the class and you don’t need to be on the call live—this class will be recorded and you can pre-send your questions. To take the class, click here.

To make an appointment for a personalized astrological reading from Aleta, visit her website: acourseinconsciousness.com.

You can read more about Aleta in our article Aleta McClelland: Ace Astrologer.

Photos courtesy of Chad Miller and Richard McClelland.

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks for a Resounding Yes to a Winslow Central Park

Dear Fellow Islanders:

We at “People for Parks” want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the residents of Bainbridge Island. A 69% victory for the new park in Winslow was a resounding affirmation of the Island’s commitment to preserving open space and providing recreational opportunities for future generations of Islanders. Once again, this community has shown that it is willing to contribute time and money for a vision of the future—a vision that includes parks, schools, and a rich menu of public services and amenities. It’s this sort of commitment that makes Bainbridge the special place that we all love so much.

As co-chairs of People for Parks, we want to thank all of the voters who supported the purchase of the Sakai property in Winslow. Your generosity will make a “central park” for Bainbridge Island a reality.

We also want personally to thank all the folks who made the campaign a success by contributing dollars, volunteering time, spreading the word, and educating the community to the unique opportunity represented by this property.

Above all, we want to say thanks to all of the members of our steering and fundraising committees who made this victory happen. It’s been a pleasure to work with you all. Congratulations!

Bruce Weiland and Jason Shutt,
Co-Chairs of People for Parks

Photo of Sakai land courtesy of Paul Brians.

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