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Police Blotter 8/29/12: Father-Son Yard Fight

2:59 p.m.

August 28

Mail Theft Thwarted. A woman called on August 27 at 9:30 p.m. to report suspicious circumstances at her home on McDonald. At 3 p.m. she was outside working in her garden when her dogs began to bark. She saw two vehicles that she did not recognize: a black Jeep and a sky-blue pickup parked in front of her gate. She saw a white male with dark hair emerge from the Jeep and walk over to a Hispanic male in the pickup. They were conversing and the woman overheard one of them ask the other, “Do you think she’s home?” She noticed that the mail carrier had just delivered the mail. She stood up and walked over to the mailbox to make her presence known. They left the area. She has been a victim of burglary in the past and installed a coded gate to stop people from coming onto her property uninvited. She said her dogs reacted more aggressively toward these men than to neighbors they know.

August 27

Parole Violator. At 11:21 p.m., four officers went to Madison Ave. N. to find an Asian female with an extraditable felony warrant out of California for parole violation under an original robbery charge. Three officers went to the door of the apartment while the fourth stood by in the parking lot. They knocked on the door and a small Asian woman answered it. One officer asked her if she was the felon and she replied that she was. They asked her to step out, and she did. She matched the parolee’s description. An officer told her that she had a problem with her parole and needed to take care of it. She looked at the officer sheepishly and looked down when the officer asked her if that was right. They placed her under arrest. One officer helped her put on sweatpants under her nightgown. Another officer found her purse and ID, medication, and eyeglasses. She put on flipflops and an officer retrieved her sweater for her. She was transported to the Kitsap County Jail.

August 26

Felon Arrest. An officer ran a plate on a vehicle that passed him at around 4:10 in the afternoon. The owner had a felony warrant for dangerous drugs out of Port Townsend. The officer called the originating agency and they confirmed the warrant. The officer called for backup and stopped the truck at the Agate Pass Park and Ride. The man identified himself as the owner. The officer arrested him, searched him for weapons, and transferred him to the Suquamish Police.

Driving After Four or Five Shots of Alcohol. At about 3:03 in the morning, Bainbridge Officer Amy LeClaire was driving in a marked patrol vehicle southbound on 305 approaching Hidden Cove Rod. She saw a vehicle heading northbound that appeared to be traveling faster than the 50 mph posted speed limit. LeClaire activated her speed measuring device and clocked the vehicle at 64 mph. She did a u-turn and pulled in behind the same vehicle. She saw the vehicle swerve slightly to the left, with the left tires about one tire width away from the center line for about 3 seconds. She activated her overhead lights and the vehicle stopped near Seabold Church. LeClaire approached the vehicle, which had all its windows rolled up. She knocked on the driver’s side window, and it rolled down. She could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage. In addition to the driver, the vehicle contained a front-seat passenger and a rear-seat passenger. The driver identified himself with a Washington license. He confirmed that he had consumed alcohol, one or two shots about three hours earlier. LeClaire asked him to step out of the vehicle. He agreed to perform voluntary sobriety tests. He completed them in an unsatisfactory manner. Officer Scott Weiss arrived and took a breath sample. The driver blew a 0.101. LeClaire arrested the driver.

Both passengers told Weiss that they had been drinking with the driver during the evening but thought he had had less than they did. Weiss offered to call a taxi for them, but they declined. They collected their belongings and left the scene, walking toward the Casino. They both had cell phones. Lieutenant Phil Hawkins arrived to wait for the vehicle to be impounded. LeClaire and Weiss transported the driver to Kitsap County Jail. They issued him a criminal citation for DUI. During the drive he finally admitted to consuming a minimum of four or five shots prior to driving.

August 25

Mysterious Deadbolt. At approximately 5:13 in the afternoon, Bainbridge units were dispatched to Day Road for a possible burglary. Two officers arrived on scene and contacted the reporting party. She said she had left the residence earlier in the day. She said she had left the back door handle unlocked but had locked the deadbolt. When she returned home around 3 p.m. she found the deadbolt unlocked and the handle locked. She said she never locks the handle because a few years ago she locked herself out of the residence by locking the door handle. The officers checked inside and found that everything appeared to be normal. She then entered and agreed. She wanted the police to note that, on August 2, she had been unable to lock her front door. She had summoned a locksmith who had found that the door lock and plate did not line up. He realigned the plate and hinges. She thought this was odd and wanted it included in the report.

Found Keys. At approximately 3:04 in the afternoon, a woman called 911 to report that she had found keys in the roadway. Officers contacted her at Lynwood Center and she turned over two Honda keys on a key ring. She said she had found them at 12:45 near Fletcher Bay Road.

Young Parents Stressed Out. At approximately 12:56 in the afternoon of August 22, Cencom dispatched Bainbridge units to a physical domestic in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Shannon. Cencom said that the male had walked away and the female was leaving in a white SUV. The SUV had turned off Madison Avenue, and the reporting party had pulled over to await police contact. When nearing City Hall, Officer Carla Sias was advised that the reporting party had pulled over at Windermere.

Officer Victor Cienega checked the area for the male suspect while Sias spoke with the reporting party. The reporting party said that she and her husband had left the Queen City Yacht Club and, as they were passing an apartment on the left, they saw a young couple arguing. As they drove past, the husband saw the male slap the woman. They stopped and contacted the couple. The male said, “Mind your own business.” He then walked away as the reporting party spoke with the young woman. She was about twenty years of age and was crying. She told the reporting party she was going to go stay with her mom. The reporting party described the vehicle to Sias but she was unable to locate it. Cienega was unable to locate the male.

On August 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Sias drove by the location where the previous day’s incident had occurred and noticed a vehicle there matching the description given. She called the reporting party at 9 a.m., and she confirmed the description of the vehicle. At 10:30 a.m., Sias made contact with the young woman who said she had broken up with her boyfriend about two months earlier. They have an eight-month-old daughter together, but she said they have been getting in too many arguments in the year they’d been together. They have an issue with child care and both of them working,. She worked yesterday and was a little late coming home before he had to leave for work. He became agitated and began yelling and wanted her to drive him. She told him she wasn’t going to drive until he calmed down. This enraged him and he punched her on the arm. There were no visible marks. She said she didn’t know if he was trying to hurt her or if he was just frustrated. She said it was not the first time they had had a physical fight.

Sias noticed that she had a small dime-sized bruise on her cheek. She asked if that was from the previous day, and the woman said no. She also had a few small bruises on her right forearm. Sias asked if they were from the boyfriend, and the woman laughed and said, “I don’t know.” Sias provided her with a domestic violence pamphlet and encouraged her to contact the YWCA advocate. A short time later, the boyfriend returned to the apartment. Sias introduced herself and requested that he tell his version of what had happened. He said they are strapped financially and he is sleep deprived. He said they had gotten into another argument and both started pushing and shoving each other. He admitted hitting hjs girlfriend on the arm but he said it as because she was holding onto his collar. He said that her father had come over last night to help mediate. He said it had been a big help and that they would continue to discuss how to resolve their financial and child-care issues.

Father-Son Yard Fight. A man called police to report that two males at his neighbor’s residence were fighting. Officer Cienega drove toward the location on Westwind Court at 9:46 in the morning. As Cienega approached Westwind Court he saw a male walking toward N0rth Madison Road. He stopped and asked the male if he had been involved in the argument down the road. The male said no and continued walking. The reporting party told Cienega that he had heard yelling from his neighbor’s house and he had gone to investigate. He saw two males pushing and shoving each other. He told them he was calling the police. The man pointed at a male in the yard next door and said to Cienega that he was one of those involved. He said the other male had walked away. Cienega spoke with the man in the yard who said he had been in a verbal argument with his son. He and his son were both there to do a tree-trimming job. He confirmed that the male Cienega had seen walking away was his son. The man said he had told his son he was lazy and they began to argue. He and his son had grabbed each other and begun wrestling. He said that no punches had been thrown. He said the neighbor had come over and asked them to leave. The man had told his son to leave. He said he had to stay to finish the tree-trimming job he was doing. H said he had about one more hour of work.

Mysterious Pot Pipe. At about 33 minutes after midnight. Officer LeClaire was heading northbound on 305 from High School Road when she observed a vehicle in front of her that did not have working taillights. She activated her overhead lights and contacted the driver and his passenger on Madison at 305. The driver was unaware that his taillights were not working. As she was speaking with him, LeClaire detected an odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle. He did not show signs of consuming it and he denied there was any inside the vehicle. Officer Weiss arrived and looked in the passenger side of the vehicle. He observed by shining his flashlight into the rear of the vehicle what appeared to be a glass pipe underneath the passenger seat. The driver said it was not his and that he didn’t know it was there. He retrieved it and handed it to LeClaire. It smelled like marijuana. The driver again denied there was any in the vehicle. He confirmed that it was his father’s vehicle but that it was his to use. Weiss had had prior contacts with the driver and his father and knew that the driver had a recent criminal case with BIPD in which he was found to be in possession of marijuana.

The driver gave consent for a search to be performed of the vehicle. He and his passenger exited the vehicle and were patted down for weapons. The officers found several illegal items in the car including a small baggie with marijuana, another baggie with three marijuana buds and a round silver grinder, and a silver flask with liquid inside. Inside a backpack they found a bottle of vodka. Weiss also found a clear glass bottle of cinnamon-flavored whiskey under the front passenger seat. The driver told Weiss that he thought it was ok to transport alcohol and that the bottle was his sister’s. Weiss told him that he was under 21 so he could not transport alcohol at all. The driver submitted to a breath test and blew 0.00. The items were confiscated as evidence. The driver was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and for possession of alcohol while a minor. He and the passenger were released from the scene and advised to drive with their hazards on for safety. They were headed to the passenger’s house to spend the night. The items were tested for marijuana with positive results. The items were placed into evidence.

August 23

Stolen Joint Compound. An officer spoke with a man who said he was having a house built on Euclid. The man said he had received a call from the sheet rockers at the job site who reported that some materials had been taken from the site. The officer went to the Euclid address and spoke with the lead man for the drywall company. The man said that when they had arrived at the job site that morning, they had discovered that several boxes of joint compound were missing. Several items of value, such as an air compressor, a paint sprayer, and tools had not been taken. They had left around 6:30 the evening before and arrived at 9:30 in the morning.

Hit Deer. At 9:25 in the morning, Officer Cienega responded to a vehicle versus deer collision. The driver requested a tow for his vehicle, which had sustained front-end damage and was nonoperational. Gateway Towing arrived and removed the vehicle from the roadway. Reserve Officer Crowthers, who was off duty, dispatched the deer before Cienega arrived.

Driving with No License, Seatbelt, Tabs, or Brake Light. At 9:20 in the morning, Officer Cienega stopped a vehicle for expired tabs, a nonworking driver’s side brake light, and a driver not wearing a seatbelt. The officer contacted the driver and told him why he had stopped him. The driver said he had lost his driver’s license while he was in the hospital recently. The officer discovered that the driver in fact had a suspended license. He issued him a citation for driving with a suspended license and for expired tabs.

Driving with No License. Officer Dale Johnson was monitoring traffic on Miller Road north of Battle Point. He observed a vehicle traveling northbound past his location. He recognized the plate as belonging to a vehicle he had stopped a month ago for speeding. Johnson recognized the driver as one he had cited for driving with a suspended license. He stopped the vehicle on Miller just south of Day. He asked the driver if he still had a suspended license. He said it was still suspended and that he was going the next day to DOL to get it reinstated and that he had paid all his fines. Johnson checked his status through DOL and found that his license was still suspended in the third degree for unpaid tickets since 2009. Johnson issued him a citation and an infraction for driving without proof of liability insurance.

Rental Scam. Officer Denise Giuntoli contacted a man who had called to say he was in the process of moving to Denver and had been on Trulia.com looking for a place to rent. He had found a house. On August 22, he contacted the supposed owner by phone at 816-441-7193. The “owner” said he was working in the Philippines for the next four years and asked the man to send him a $900 deposit for the rental. The man said he went to Safeway and wired the money via Western Union. The owner said he would be using DSL to send him the keys to the rental, but the package never arrived. Today the man had received a text from the owner, from 646-827-0432, requesting an additional $900. The man became suspicious and checked the public records on the property. He discovered the residence is owned by someone else. He contacted Western Union. They told him that this is a common scam and that the numbers he provided them are commonly used. Giuntoli provided the man with an identity theft packet.

August 22

Tab Thief. At about 11:3o, Officer LeClaire did a routine clearance on a plate on a parked vehicle near Parfitt and Madison. The DOL showed the expiration date for the plate to be May 22, 2012. The tabs on the plate showed May of 2013. DOL showed the tabs to be registered a different vehicle. At about 3o minutes after midnight, LeClaire observed a person enter the vehicle and drive off westbound on Parfitt. She noticed that the front right headlight was not operating. She turned around to follow the vehicle but was unable to locate it. At 1:03 in the morning, she saw the same vehicle on New Brooklyn approaching Fletcher Bay/Miller Road. At that time she noticed that the vehicle’s brake light was nonoperational. She activated her overhead lights and made contact with the vehicle on Fletcher Bay Road just east of Foster. She contacted the driver of the vehicle who said he was not aware that his headlight and brake lights were not operational. He said that his registration and proof of insurance were in a folder at his house. He said that he had recently registered the vehicle by “taking all the things down to DOL.” LeClaire advised him that the DOL still shows his plates to be expired, and he admitted to borrowing the tabs from a friend. He said he was trying to buy himself some time because he did not have money to pay for the parking tickets to be able to renew his tabs. LeClaire urged him to be truthful, and he admitted he had stolen it off an unknown vehicle in Seattle about a month ago. He also admitted he had no current insurance for the vehicle. He was issued a traffic citation for expired vehicle license tabs and no liability insurance. He was also issued a criminal citation for possession of stolen property. The rear plate was confiscated. He was allowed to drive his vehicle to his residence which was approximately 1/4 mile away. He was advised not to drive his vehicle after that point. LeClaire tried to contact the person whose tabs had been stolen.

Another Hit Deer. At 8:50 in the morning, a driver was heading southbound on 305 just south of Reitan Road when a deer ran out in front of her vehicle. She tried to avoid the deer but hit it with the front side of the vehicle. The impact caused damage to the front fender, bumper, and hood. Officer Cienega located the injured deer and used two rounds of his duty weapon to kill it.

August 21

Parking Lot Pay Box Picker. At approximately 9:55 a.m., Commander Sue Shultz and Officer Bob Day responded to the Eagle Harbor Ferry Terminal on a report of several males trying to pick the parking lot pay box. The caller gave a description of the suspect vehicle, including the plate. As Day was driving to the northwest lot exit onto Winslow Way, he observed the vehicle eastbound on Winslow Way. He pulled into a trail position, and the suspect vehicle, a silver Honda CRV, made a quick left turn onto the east end of Harbor Square Loop and stopped when Day activated his emergency lights. Day made contact with the driver who said he had just dropped off two friends at the ferry terminal so they could catch the boat to Seattle. Day asked why he had come all the way from Bremerton to the Bainbrideg ferry terminal. He said they had been at the Casino. Just then, the original complainant called to report that a second suspect was walking on Winslow Way. Shultz left the scene of the stop and began searching for the person. Day rejoined her and they found the suspect and contacted him. Cencom advised that the man had a DUI out of Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office for $5,000. He was taken into custody.

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter: 4/11/12

April 9

Puppy Scam. A Michigan resident called Bainbridge Police. He said he had answered an ad in a local online Michigan newspaper for two free puppies. The advertiser told him that if he paid for shipping he would get the puppies for free. The man said he wanted the puppies, and the advertiser told him shipping would be $600. He provided a link to the shipping company. The man contacted the shipping company, and they told him they had not received any puppies. So he called the seller and was shuffled around to different phone numbers that came back to a Bainbridge Island number. He was told he needed to send the money first. He looked up the phone number (206-317-3374) online and discovered that it was associated with many online scams. An officer called the phone number and heard a message that sounded like an adult trying to sound like a kid. The message said, “You have reached United Puppy Adoption.”

April 8

Still Driving with a Suspended License. At about 9:45 p.m., an officer stopped a car on Madison Avenue in front of the fire station. The car had driven past the officer earlier and he had run the plate and determined that the registered owner had only an ID card. The car had two cracked taillights. The officer spoke with the driver, a female whom he recognized from a previous stop for driving with a suspended license. At that time she had been driving a different vehicle. She gave the officer her ID and acknowledged that she still had no license. The officer found that her license was still suspended for unpaid tickets. The officer issued her a ticket and asked her to call a licensed driver to pick up the car.

Man on Home Monitoring in Poulsbo Drives ATV on Bainbridge Roads. An officer was advised by the commander that an ATV was riding on the road near Madison and Yaquina. At about 5:20 in the evening, the officer was westbound on Yaquina near Hemlock when he saw a heavyset male wearing a white t-shirt riding an ATV in the eastbound lane. Then he turned right onto Hemlock and stopped in a driveway. The officer spoke with the driver who told him he was unaware that it is illegal to ride an ATV on a public roadway. The officer asked the man for his license. The man said he was on home monitoring in Pierce County for driving violations. He said that his license was suspended. He said he was wearing his home monitoring device and had just moved to Bainbridge but didn’t know the address. He said he was living in the location where he had stopped the vehicle.

Another officer arrived. The first officer found out that the man had a DUI warrant out of Kitsap with $25,000 bail. He was also listed as a habitual offender for driving with a suspended license. The second officer asked to see the home monitoring device. The man said he had removed it because he couldn’t afford it and was going to turn himself in the next day to complete his sentence. He told the second officer that he is under house arrest at a Poulsbo address and that he had told the first officer it was the house in front of them because he had helped someone move there and was staying there for a few days. The officers arrested him for the DUI warrant. He was turned over to the Kitsap County Deputy.

April 7

Found Wallet. A Bainbridge resident called to report that she had found a wallet in the woods next to co-housing. An officer picked up the wallet and placed it into evidence.

April 6

Minors with Pot and Faulty Brake Lights. At approximately 11:45 p.m., an officer observed that the vehicle in front of him had faulty brake lights. He stopped the vehicle on Wyatt near Cosgrove. The driver told him that he knew about the problem and had been stopped for it before. He provided his license and insurance information. The officer could smell marijuana in the car. Another officer arrived for backup. That officer had experience as an undercover narcotics agent and confirmed the odor of marijuana. The officer told the occupants of the car that he believed there was marijuana in it. The front passenger removed a bag from his pocket and turned it over. The passenger was issued a criminal citation for the possession of drugs/drug paraphernalia. The officer placed the bag of marijuana into evidence. All three people in the car were minors.

Passing Dangerously Without a License. An officer traveling north on 305 between Sportsman Club and Koura saw a vehicle cross over the center line to pass. The vehicle had to exceed the speed limit in order to pass. The pass occurred on a curve and required oncoming traffic to slow down to avoid a head-on collision. The vehicle turned left on Koura and the officer activated his emergency lights. The driver gave the officer a California driver’s license and said she lives in both Washington and California because of business needs. The officer conducted a check and found that, because of an unpaid ticket, the woman’s status in Washington was listed as driving with a suspended license, even though she had not been issued a license. She confirmed that she had received a parking ticket a few months ago. The officer issued her a criminal citation. The owner of the vehicle, who had been seated in the passenger seat, drove the vehicle away.

Meow Scratched on a Car Door. Around noon, a man called 911 to report damage to his vehicle. An officer showed up at the residence of the man’s parents on Battle Point and the man showed the officer that someone had scratched the word “meow” on the passenger door of his vehicle. The man explained that he had been house sitting for his ex-girlfriend for a year. While he was house sitting, the family’s six cats had escaped and never returned. The ex’s parents have been demanding money from him for the replacement of the cats. The man said he had given them some but they wanted more. He said his ex and told him that her current boyfriend had damaged his car. The man said that his ex had recently broken up with her latest boyfriend and that he figured she was trying to blame him for the vehicle damage because of that.

Crash with Bus, No Insurance. The driver of Vehicle 1 said that the driver of Vehicle 2 had slammed on his brakes while they were heading south on Olympic Drive at Harborview Drive so he had had to swerve to avoid a collision. The driver of Vehicle 1 had then slammed into Vehicle 3, a Kitsap Transit Bus. His vehicle’s fender and the bus door were damaged. The driver of Vehicle 1 told police he did not have insurance.

Fraud at Wal-Mart in Arkansas and China. A Bainbridge Island woman told police that her debit card had been used without her permission by someone unknown to her. There were six charges on her card totaling $2511 made at Wal-Marts in Arkansas and China.

Heroin and Domestic Violence Assault. At about 11:21 a.m., CenCom advised Bainbridge officers of a domestic violence assault on Shepard Way. The 23-year-old daughter had reportedly broken her mother’s nose. She was going through heroin withdrawals. Three officers responded. A woman opened the door. She was holding a bloody tissue to her nose. The aid crew entered and treated the woman. An officer spoke with the woman as another officer spoke with the daughter. The daughter told the officer she had been staying with her mother but wanted to return to Skagit County. She said she and her mother had been arguing over her mother’s cell phone. She said her mother had scratched her arm while trying to get the phone away from her. She said she hadn’t meant to hit her mother but had become “Really, super angry with her!” She confirmed that the phone belonged to her mother. She confirmed that her mother had first asked for it before trying to get it away from her. She confirmed that she had intentionally struck her mother in the face.

The mother told the other officer that, after asking for the phone and trying to get it, she had gone to take a shower. Later, she was able to get the phone while her daughter was sitting on the couch. The daughter had followed her mother and tried to get the phone back and punched her in the nose when she couldn’t get the phone. The officer confronted the daughter with the mother’s version, and the daughter confirmed it. The mother said that if her daughter had any scratches on her arm it might have come from her attempts to grab her daughter’s fists to keep her from striking her.

The officers arrested the daughter for domestic violence. They discovered that she had two warrants for her arrest, one from Mt. Vernon with $500 bail for failure to appear for theft and for use of drug paraphernalia. The other was from Burlington with $500 bail for failure to appear for theft. The mother told the officers that her daughter has been in rehab three times and had been arrested several times in Skagit County for drug offenses. Officers saw a wallet in the bedroom. They asked the mother if it was hers and she said it was not. She agreed to watch the officers as they inspected it. Inside they found a large metal spoon partially wrapped in aluminum foil and a used syringe. Officers tested the paraphernalia and it tested positive for heroin. They added arrest charges for the daughter for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin. Officers promised to put the mother in contact with a domestic violence victim’s advocate. She said her daughter is homeless and lives in a car. The daughter had given officers an Anacortes home address. The woman said that is the address of her ex-husband who had changed his locks to keep the daughter from entering his home.

April 3

Attention Diverted to the East. Vehicle 2, which had been heading southbound on Madison Ave. stopped in the roadway with the signal activated, waiting to turn left into the library parking lot. Vehicle 1, also southbound, struck the rear of Vehicle 2. The driver of Vehicle 1 said her attention was diverted to the east and she didn’t see the vehicle stop.

The Janitor Mixup. At about 9:16 p.m. two officers responded to Ericksen Avenue about a possible prowler. The reporting party said she had seen a male outside the window of her office. The male was described as white, about 55, 5’8″, medium build, wearing a red ball cap and dark jacket. An officer saw a man fitting that description standing next to a car in a parking lot on Ericksen. The officer noted that the car was filled with janitorial gear and cleaning supplies. The man told the officer that he cleans several buildings on the island and has done so for several years. He said he had just come from the Ericksen complex. He says he usually walks around the building to pick up any trash and to make sure there are no open doors or windows. He said he had seen a light on and he thought the window was open. A woman appeared at the window and looked startled. He was startled too and left to clean the next building.

The woman did not seem to believe the man was a janitor. Officers found the man again, cleaning the building where he had said he would be working next. The next day (April 4) the officer found that a followup call had been made by the woman the previous evening. She said she had spoken with the property manager who told her that the description she gave of the man did not match the description of any of the janitors for the building. She believed the man had lied to police and was upset that the police had not verified his employment. An officer called the woman and told her that he would follow up. The officer called the property manger who confirmed the name of the janitorial service that handled her building. The officer called the owner of the janitorial service who said that no one matching the man’s description worked for her. She said all her employees were in their twenties.

The officer contacted the owner of the other building where he had seen the man cleaning. He gave the police the name of the cleaning service that works on his building. The officer called the owner of that cleaning business. That man said that the man the woman had seen through the window works for him. He said that he had already spoken with his employee who told him what had happened the night before. He confirmed that the man checks the exterior of the buildings he cleans for trash. He also said that his firm had been hired by a tenant of one of the buildings where the woman had been startled. So the officer called the building manager of the first building who said she didn’t know that tenants had hired their own cleaners. The officer called the original reporting party and left a message. She did not call back.

Stolen Wedding Ring. A woman wanted to report the theft of her wedding ring from her residence on Sunset Loop. She said the ring had been taken sometime around March 19. She said that her niece and her niece’s boyfriend had stayed with her from March 12 to March 19. They left after an argument. She said she had discovered the ring was missing on March 31. She said all her jewelry had been placed in a bag under her bed since December. She said the only other person in the residence was her adult son, but she was sure he had not taken it. She said the boyfriend is on parole and she believes he and her niece are somewhere in Mason County. The officer contacted the man’s parole officer who said he had just issued a warrant for the man who is homeless. He said he thought he might be in Grays Harbor. An officer checked pawnshop records with negative results.

April 1

Blackout on Seabold Church Lawn. The driver of Vehicle 1 said that she was traveling south on 305. The next thing she knew she was off the roadway on a grassy surface of Seabold Church, trying to stop her vehicle. She managed to avoid trees on the property and stopped the vehicle safely, but it was stuck in the mud. A witness saw the vehicle swerve to the right and exit the roadway. He stopped to make sure the driver was uninjured.

March 30

Unfamiliar Vehicle. The driver of Vehicle 2 was backing out of a parking space at Madison and Jacolet and collided with Unit 1. The driver of Vehicle 2 said he started turning too soon because he was unfamiliar with the vehicle he was driving. Vehicle 1 was parked and unoccupied. The driver of Vehicle 2 left a note on Vehicle 1.

Ferry Line Accident. Vehicle 2 was stopped northbound in a line of traffic in the ferry parking lot. Vehicle 1 was pulling out of a parking stall to enter the line of traffic and exit the lot. The driver of Vehicle 2 said that Vehicle 1 pulled out and collided with his vehicle. The driver of Vehicle 1 said he was partially out of the stall and stopped waiting for traffic when the driver of Vehicle 2 pulled forward and collided with him.

March 29

Gatorade Causes Crash. Vehicles 2 and 3 were northbound on 305 and stopped for traffic. Vehicle 1 ran into the rear of 2, which pushed 2 into the rear of 3. The driver of Vehicle 1 said that an empty Gatorade bottle had fallen out of the center console onto the driver’s side floorboard. The bottle lodged under the brake pedal so the driver reached down to retrieve it. When he looked up, he saw that the traffic had stopped. He did not have time to stop. The driver of Vehicle 2 said she had neck and knee pain but refused EMS treatment. The officer called a friend for her who responded to the scene to assist. Vehicle 2 was unable to move forward due to transmission problems and was towed from the scene. The damage to Vehicle 3 was minor. The driver of Vehicle 1 was cited for having no insurance and for negligent driving.

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Live Music Venues on Bainbridge Island

by Jennifer Pells and Julie Hall March 18, 2012

Until fairly recently, night life on Bainbridge Island was notoriously sleepy. Islanders’ options used to be limited to dinner and a movie or drinks, but these days locals can enjoy a caliber of live music once only found across the pond in Seattle—and not just at night. Places like the Treehouse Cafe, Island Music Center, and even our own Park District are booking first-class entertainment from around the region, country, and world. Here are some great options for catching live music on the Rock.

Treehouse Café | Concerts Most Saturdays | 8 p.m. | 4569 Lynwood Center Rd NE | 206-842-2814 | Calendar | Upcoming: Eldridge Gravy plays March 31 at 8 p.m., with $18 advance tickets required.

Concerts spiced with food, drink, and dancing are typically sold out at this popular south-end food, pool, and music joint. Owner Arnie Sturham says, “the Treehouse Café is now just something different on the island.” Treehouse has live music 3-5 times a month, typically on Saturday nights, with occasional Friday night performances. Tickets are sold in advance for $15-$25, and at the door if available. Acts such as Greg Brown (returning this October) and the Clumsy Lovers, who played March 17, pack the house.

The 122 | Concerts Most Fridays | 8 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. | 241 Winslow Way W | 206-451-4440 | Calendar | Upcoming: Rule 62 plays March 23 at 9:30 p.m.

This recently relocated bar and restaurant offers concerts on most Friday nights, DJ and Karaoke nights on Saturdays that fill the house, and Trivia nights on Mondays. Large groups, parties, couples, and families alike now have another place to have fun. Read more about The 122.

Island Music Center | Concerts Various Days and Times | 10598 NE Valley Rd | 206-780-6911 | Calendar | Upcoming: Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs Saturday March 31 at 8 p.m., with $10-20 advance tickets required.

Formerly the Music Guild, these days Island Music Center is attracting a wide range first-rate performers, including Grammy-award winners, as well as music festivals and events, throughout the year. Learn more about this great Island resource.

Pegasus Coffee House | Concerts Most Fridays and Saturdays | 8 p.m. | 131 Parfitt Way SW | 206-842-6725 | Calendar | Upcoming: Steve Grandinetti plays March 23 at 8 p.m.

On the relaxed side, the long-running coffee house music scene at Pegasus draws a steady crowd. An antipasto plate, cocktail, and set or two of live eclectic blues on a Friday or Saturday night make a great recipe for dissolving work-week worries.

The Harbour Public House (“The Pub”) | Open Mic Night First Tuesdays of the Month | 8 p.m. | 231 Parfitt Way SW | 206-842-0969 | Website

Hosted by Todd Houghton, Open Mic Night at The Pub happens every first Tuesday from 8 p.m. until closing. Bring your talent or your listening ears to this favorite Island eatery with a view of Eagle Harbor.

Fork & Spoon | Summer Concerts on Thursdays and Fridays | 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. | 120 Madrone Lane N #100 | 206-842-3675

Fork & Spoon, the newish spinoff of Blackbird Cafe, plans to bring back its summer concerts on their twinkling back patio on Thursdays and Fridays, usually at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Drinks and light fare are served.

The Bloedel Reserve | Concerts throughout the year | 7571 NE Dolphin Dr | 206-842-7631 | Calendar

The Bloedel Reserve offers a range of live music, from string quartets to kids’ performers such as Caspar Babypants to a summer blues fest. Intimate indoor concerts take place in the Visitor’s Center and in two larger outdoor venues in the summer—under their large tent on the lawn overlooking Puget Sound or in the Meadow near the Sheep Sheds.

Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District | Summer Concerts in the Parks | 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Various Locations | Details TBA

Our own Metro Park and Rec District is bringing back its Wednesday Evening Concerts in the Parks series this summer, details TBA. Last summer their Wednesday Concert series drew terrific bands from around the world, playing funk, blues, Middle Eastern vibes, rock, Dixieland jazz, and much more. The location of the weekly concerts alternated throughout the summer from Waterfront Park to Fay Bainbridge to Battle Point Park on their spiffy mobile stage.

Seabold Community Hall | Second Saturdays Live Music and Open Mic | Open Mic Signup 6:30-7 p.m., Open Mic 7:30 p.m., Featured Act 9:30 p.m. | 14450 Komedal Rd. | Calendar | Upcoming: Hank and Claire April 14.

General admission is $5, with kids and performers free of charge. Visit the Seabold Community Hall website for more information.


Jennifer Pells is a real estate agent with Windermere Bainbridge Island. Visit her website at www.jenniferpells.com.

Image courtesy of Jennifer Pells.

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Weekend on the Rock: November 11-13, 2011

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of November 11-13:

1. Plant a Tree

When: Friday, November 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Meigs Park, at Koura Road and 305.

  • You can be part of  the National Wildlife Federation Trees for the 21st Century program and join Island Cooperative Nursery School in planting 50 trees on the Island.
  • Arborist Jim Trainer will be on hand to share information with grownups and kids.

RSVP at info@islandcooperativepreschool.org.

Jam on My Muffin2. Folk Friday: Jam on My Muffin

When: Friday, November 11, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Island Music Center 10598 NE Valley

  • Fire up your November with Hot Cajun, Old Time, and Quebecois.
  • Fun hats, dancing.
  • Jam on My Muffin is a well-known local band, playing often at the Mandolin Cafe in Tacoma and the Oasis Cafe in Puyallup.

3. Farmers’ Market

When: Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Town Square

  • This is the last day of the outdoor season at Town Square.
  • Get your root vegetables!

4. Holiday Bazaar

When: Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Seabold Church, 6894 Northeast Seabold Church Road

  • For those of you who are superorganized and therefore highly annoying to the rest of us, this is your chance to show off by stocking up early on holiday gifts and decor. You can then smugly announce that you are “all done.”
  • All proceeds go to support local and worldwide missions.

Hippo silhouette5. Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Where: Lollipops, 278 Winslow Way E # 101

  • Get an affordable hand cut silhouette portrait of your kid to wow the grandparents over the holidays.
  • You can be just like Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, Tom Cruise, and Reese Witherspoon at least in the sense that you too will have a Karl Johnson silhouette. That may be where the resemblance ends.
  • It only takes a few minutes. Johnson looks at your kid and starts cutting. (The paper.)

Call ahead: 780-9012.

6. Super Squash Scavenger Hunt

When: Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bloedel Reserve

  • This is your last weekend to take the kids to find the hidden squash. At some point the squash are simply going to disappear anyway by rotting away into the ground.
  • Kids under 13 get in free.

7. Book Sale

When: Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library
Why: Early and affordable holiday gift shopping?

Gazzam Map8. Trail Walk: Keep Gazzam Wild

When: Saturday, November 12, 12-1:15 p.m.
Where: Gazzam Lake Preserve, at Marshall Road

  • Take advantage of the lovely fall to experience this trail on 30 acres that Keep Gazzam Wild is trying to preserve.
  • It’s a beautiful trail, with a knockout view.

Contact Karen Molinari, molinari.karen@comcast.net. Wear hiking shoes.

9. Bainbridge Island Symphony: “New Beginnings”

When: Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m., & Sunday, November 13, 3 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Ave N

  • Kids (accompanied by paying adults) get in free.
  • Check out the orchestra’s new music director and conductor Wesley Schulz.

10. Site Tour of IslandWood

When: Sunday, November 13, 1-4 p.m.
Where: IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE
Why: It’s not every day that you get a chance to tour IslandWood for free.

Make a reservation at http://islandwoodtour111311.eventbrite.com/.

Schola Nova11. Women’s Schola Nova

When: Sunday, November 13, 6 p.m.
Where: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Why: Traditional plainsong, anthems, psalms, and chants to brighten the dark, short November days.


Photos courtesy of Jam on My Muffin, Karl Johnson, Keep Gazzam Wild, and Schola Nova.

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