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Angus Leger

More Details Emerge in Case of Bainbridge Up-Skirt Voyeur

The 32-year-old Bainbridge man, Angus Andrew Leger, who was arrested for voyeurism Wednesday and who is now out on $250,000 bail, seemed to make a habit of using his lunch break from his job on the Island to scout for young skirted females to photograph. Scott Weiss, the detective who arrested Leger on March 6 outside of Rite Aid, said Leger frequented local businesses such as Safeway, Rite Aid, T & C, Subway, Great Clips, and the Aquatic Center, looking for victims.

When he saw an opportunity, Leger, who is over six feet tall, would quickly crouch down and position his camera under the victim’s skirt or dress for a photo or quick video. A moment or two later he would stand back up and walk away. The handful of victims identified so far are between the ages of 15 and 22.

After receiving a tip, the Bainbridge police set up surveillance outside Leger’s workplace. To catch the man in action, Weiss assembled a team consisting of Detective Mike Tovar, a detective from the Poulsbo Police Department, a detective from the Suquamish Police Department, and two Washington State Patrol officers. All put in time, according to their varied schedules, to make sure Leger was followed whenever he left his Island workplace for lunch or at the end of the day.

Weiss, who has served in a drug task force and has experience with plainclothes surveillance, said he only saw Leger actually eat lunch on his break one time. The rest of the week and a half he was under surveillance, he appeared to be looking for victims.

Local businesses, especially Safeway, were instrumental in the arrest. According to Weiss, Safeway employees would track Leger from the moment he entered the store until he left—the manager would call Weiss right away. Their surveillance footage documents an incident of the suspect filming under the skirt of a woman at the in-store Starbucks self-checkout aisle. Another younger man at a nearby checkout lane appears to be watching the filming. Weiss said he assumed the young man saw the whole thing, but he did nothing about it. Safeway is helping to identify that observer to find out if he might be willing to serve as a witness.

Leger’s last victim, who was probably a freshman or sophomore in high school, left Rite Aid before the police or the store manager could speak with her, as they were involved in the arrest. Weiss assumed she never knew. They are working with the high school to try to identify her from store surveillance video so she can be notified of the crime.

The voyeur, who is married, admitted to using the photos and videos for self-gratification, but he told detectives that he was lately getting more thrill from the act of taking the footage than from viewing it later. Leger had ten videos on his cell phone and six or seven on his computer.

For the moment, Weiss said they believe Leger’s alleged crimes fall in the category of voyeurism. A forensics lab in Seattle is analyzing his cell phone, a thumb drive, and his laptop to determine if other charges, such as child pornography, need to be filed against him as well. Weiss examined Leger’s work computer and found videos of women wearing tight-fitting clothes, but those didn’t necessarily violate the law.

Weiss was injured in Wednesday’s arrest of the man outside of Rite Aid. He and Officer Gary Koon tried to apprehend Leger, who struggled, and all three of them fell to the pavement on top of Weiss’s elbow. Weiss was taken to Harrison for evaluation. “Nothing’s broken,” he said, but he has to see another doctor on Monday for further assessment.

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Police Blotter 1/30/13: Pocket Ripped by Slowly Moving Car

January 28

Turned in Glock 27. A man came to the station to turn in his firearm in response to a provision in an order of release from the Bainbridge Municipal Court. He assured Officer Ben Sias that it was the only gun he possessed, The gun was a Glock 27 with no magazine. The firearm was placed into property for safekeeping.

Found Vodka and Meds. Officer Walt Berg contacted a Bainbridge resident in regards to found property. The woman told him that a man had dropped off a green nylon zip bag at the offices of the Bainbridge Island Ambulance on Saturday. Berg checked the bag and found nothing of value other than a pint bottle of vodka and a prescription medication with a name on it. He found the address of the person named on the medication and went to that address and made contact with woman who identified herself as the wife of the person who owned the medication. She identified the bag as belonging to her husband and confirmed that he had lost it. Berg left the bag in the woman’s care.

January 27

Parade Grounds Parking Problem Part 2. A Parade Grounds resident reported that on September 29 the car of a friend staying with him was keyed. After that his turn signal indicator and taillight were smashed on his own vehicle. After that the taillight of his mother’s car was smashed when she was visiting. On the 17th of January a tire on his car was slashed. On the afternoon he spoke with police, a second tire had been slashed. Damage was estimated at $450. All vehicles were parked on the street by his home.

Tipped Toilet. Someone tipped over the Sani-can at a construction site on Knechtel Way.

3/4 Pound of Pot. Narcotics canine training substances are being destroyed due to the retirement of the Bainbridge island Police Narcotics canine. These materials include 357 grams, or more than three-quarters of a pound, of marijuana and storage containers including a glass water bong, two wooden smoking devices, two steel smoking devices, a brass smoking device, and a glass smoking device. All the items were used by police for training after being gathered as evidence in arrests.

January 26

Branches Blocking Driveway, Intentionally. Officer Gary Koon contacted a Day Road resident regarding tree branches that had been piled up outside his gate blocking his driveway. The man told Koon that someone had piled up the branches sometime during the night or early morning.

Ferry Pay Boxes Theft. Officer Gary Koon was dispatched by Cencom to Olympic Drive for a theft in progress at the pay boxes. The suspects were described as two white males in their mid-20s. One suspect was wearing a blue hoodie and the other was wearing a red jacket. The suspects were using a coat hanger to pull money out of the pay boxes at the Diamond Lot. Koon arrived on scene and began patrolling the area. he didn’t see anyone so he began looking in the other parking areas but found no one matching the description given.

January 25

Theft from Home in Foreclosure. Officer Jeff Benkert reported to the station to meet with a woman who had reported a theft. The woman told him that on December 27 she had left her home on Tolo Road. She said the home is in foreclosure and she is no longer living there. She said she spends most of the year in Arizona but is currently staying at the Island Country Inn. She said she had left numerous items in the home in December. When she went back on January 24 to retrieve some items before it went up for auction, she was unable to locate some of the items. They included six glass drinking glasses, a vertical standing paper towel rack, a mini food processor, and a bottle of liquid organic laundry detergent. She said that she hadn’t been back to the home since the 27th of December but that representatives from the bank and insurance companies had been there. It was her belief that one of those people had removed the items.

Pocket Ripped by Slowly Moving Car. At approximately 6:47 in the evening, Cencom advised that a man had called 911 and then hung up. Cencom called back and the caller said to disregard the prior contact. He was speaking quickly and said that he had been hit by the mirror of a moving vehicle while at the Bainbridge ferry terminal. He said he had knocked on the driver’s window, the driver had exited the vehicle and become verbal with him, and then the driver had left in his vehicle. Cencom found a match to the license plate number given.

Officer Ben Sias called the reporting party, who was no longer on scene. He related the same story to Sias and demanded that a collision report be taken. He said he was not hurt.

Sias went to the address listed for the driver. No one was home, so he had Cencom locate a phone number. He left a voice message for the man, asking him to contact him to give his side of the story.

Sias called the reporting party again who continued to demand that a report be filed. Sias told him there was no injury and no damage and therefore no statutory requirement for a report. In addition, neither party had remained on scene to enable Sias to conduct an investigation. Sias told him he could file a report on the State Patrol website. The man said that it hadn’t happened on a state highway, and Sias told him that he was trying to give him the best service possible but objected to the man being demanding and telling him how to do his job.

The man said that when he returned home, his wife pointed out that his jacket was ripped. The man said that, when the vehicle struck him, it pushed his arm out of his pocket, causing the rip. He said he was going to the doctor to have his arm examined. Sias said he would call the next day.

On the 17th Sias called the man again, and he reported that his arm was fine. Sias told him he had still been unable to make contact with the other driver. Sias said he would do a case report but needed the man to complete a statement about the incident.

On the 18th the driver called Sias and said he had been out of town. He said that on the day in question he had been at the ferry terminal picking up his girlfriend. He said a man was in front of him and he stopped and allowed the man to move out of the way. As he left, the man walked along the side of his car. He said he heard a loud sound after he passed the man and discovered that the man had either hit or kicked the back of his car. He got out of his vehicle and exchanged words with him. He was adamant that he hadn’t touched the man, and he believed the man was acting irrationally. He said that he was the one who should have been upset since the man had intentionally struck his car.

On the 25th Sias received an e-mail document and photographs from the reporting party. Sias completed a report. He provided the man with a case number.

January 24 

Found Mail. Lieutenant Phil Hawkins contacted a theft victim at the police station. The victim said he had recently received a handwritten letter along with a few items of his old mail from someone who said they had found it on their driveway in Belfair. The letter had no return address or name and had been routed through Olympia.

He said the mail was some that he had placed in his mailbox on December 26 and was unaware that it had been stolen until he received the latter. He said none of the mail was missing.

January 23

Parade Grounds Parking Problem Part 1. Lieutenant Phil Hawkins made phone contact with a woman who reported that on January 18 her husband had left the house in the morning to discover that the front tire of their car parked at the curb in front of their home on Parade Ground Avenue had been slashed. She valued the damage at approximately $100. She said that their car had been keyed in the fall but they hadn’t reported it. She also said that the tailllight of her mother in law’s vehicle had been broken out when parked at the same location over the holidays. She agreed to report further incidents.

Father-Son Fight. At approximately 8:48 in the evening, Cencom advised Bainbridge units of a domestic verbal on Pierce Court. Initially there had been a hangup, but Cencom called back and spoke with a 19-year-old male who said he had been in a verbal dispute with his father.  His mother had also been present. He said there had been no weapons or intoxicants involved.

Officer Ben Sias and Lieutenant Chris Jensen arrived on scene. Jensen spoke with the father, and Sias spoke with the young man and his mother. The son said his father had stepped on his shoes near the back door. They got into an argument about the son being disrespectful of his father and house rules, and then the husband and wife argued further about it upstairs. The son got between them, and the father threatened to kick him out of the house and threatened to call 911. The father dialed 911 and hung up.

All three parties said there had been no physical altercation. Sias could see that the mother and son were tearful and the father was mad. Sias asked if the house was big enough for the three of them for the night, and they said it was. The wife said she had an alternate place in the house to spend the night and she felt safe as long as her son was there.

January 22

Two Arrests, Same Car. Officer Dale Johnson conducted a traffic stop and discovered that the passenger, who was the registered owner, had two misdemeanor warrants. He was taken into custody. Meanwhile, Officer Victor Cienega discovered that the driver had a suspended license. Cienega took him into custody. Left with no one to drive it, the vehicle was impounded.

Stolen Mail. Officer Victor Cienega responded to an address on Hemlock Street to speak with a woman who had found some mail in the bushes just off the dirt roadway. Cienega took the mail and found that all the items had the same Santa Clara Avenue address. He went to that address and met with a woman who said she was the mother of the resident owner. He showed her the mail, and she confirmed it belonged to the resident. Some of the mail had been opened. Cienega told her to make sure to check the bills and accounts to see if there were any items that should have been received but weren’t.

January 21

“Allowable” Diesel Fuel Spill. Cencom advised of a patrol check for a sheen in the water in front of a Hidden Cove residence. The reporting party said the sheen was about 125 feet in length northeast of the entrance to Manzanita Bay and directly across from the end of Sandy Hook Road.

Officer Walt Berg arived at the residence and made contact with the reporting party. She said that, just before seeing the sheen, she had seen a tribal fishing vessel in the area. She said the name of the vessel was Casino. Berg could see the sheen on the water from the yard. He could see that it had been caused either by gasoline or diesel fuel. The sheen was already beginning to break up and spread. It was not large enought to warrant a spill response. Berg called Officer Enget of the Suquamish Police to tell him of the spill and possible origin. He said he would get back to him.

A few minutes later, they spoke again. Enget said he had been in contact with a Tribal Fisheries Officer who said there was no shellfish harvesting going on or they would be out monitoring it. He said the Casino was a tribal research vessel doing sampling. He said that it is allowable for vessels to leak a certain amount of diesel fuel and that it is common. He said that vessel operators know to contact the Coast Guard if their vessels begin leaking a large quantity of diesel fuel.

 January 20

Revenge Behind a Restaurant. At approximately 8:30 in the evening, Officers Jeff Benkert and Gary Koon met a man behind the Isla Bonita on Winslow Way. He showed them the two large truck tires on his vehicle that had been slashed. He said he had driven into work and parked behind the restaurant. At some point he had come out and seen the tires completely deflated.  He suspected a customer whom he had told to leave earlier in the evening. On previous occasions he had had to ask that same customer to leave the restaurant. He provided the officers with the name of the customer.

January 19

Very Expensive Sidewalk. Lieutenant Chris Jensen met with a construction supervisor at Wyatt Way and Grow Avenue. The supervisor showed Jensen a new sidewalk that had not yet cured. He showed where someone had walked on it and where someone had carved initials. He said they had been directed to report the incident to support an insurance claim if it were needed. He said there was some concern that the damage would prevent the sidewalk passing inspection. The damage was estimated at $500-1000.

January 18

Mailbox, Hit for the Second Time, Dies. A mailbox on Crystal Springs was vandalized twice within a 10-day period. The first time the box was able to be repaired. The second time it seemed that a sledge hammer had been used on it. The box had been vandalized numerous times over the years.

Fight Over Internet Bill. At approximately 5:30 in the evening, Officers Gary Koon and Jeff Benkert arrived on scene on New Holland Court to back up Officers Ben Sias and Mark Crowthers for a verbal domestic call dispatched by Cencom. When Sias and Crowthers arrived, the officers rang the bell.

A male answered the door. They asked him if the female who had called 911 was there. He said yes. Koon asked if they could all come inside to talk, and he said yes. He seemed calm and did not show any signs of injury. Once the officers were inside, a female came out from a back room. She was crying when they arrived, and her eyes were red. She did not have any visible signs of injury.

Benkert and Koon spoke with the woman. She said everything was fine and she had made a mistake in dialing 11. Koon asked her if anyone had been injured, and she said no. He asked her if anything had been broken or if anyone had been assaulted, and she said no. He asked her if she had been prevented from calling 911, and she said no.

He asked her what had happened, and she said that she and the man were in the process of breaking up. They had gotten into a heated verbal argument about the Internet bill. At some point her boyfriend had grabbed her laptop computer off her lap while she was using it in order to prevent her from accessing the Internet because he was paying for it. She said he had pinned her against the couch when he pulled away the laptop. This was when she had become upset and felt things were getting out of control so she called 911. She said that as soon as she called things calmed down.

She said they were not married but had lived together for about six years and owned the home together. Sias and Crowthers interviewed the man who told a similar story. He said his girlfriend had hit him in the arm when he pulled away the laptop. The girlfriend denied hitting him.

The officers conferred and determined that the couple have a domestic relationship but that an arrest was not required. The man volunteered to leave the house for the night and return the next day at noon. They were both given domestic violence pamphlets.

The man acknowledged to Crowthers that there are firearms in the house and that they are all locked in a safe to which he alone has the combination.

T&C Keying. A woman came to the station to report that her vehicle had been keyed in the Town and Country parking lot. There were scratches on the passenger side door. She estimated the damage at $600.

January 17

Friends and Family in Myanmar Phone Plan. Lieutenant Phil Hawkins contacted the bookkeeper for McKenzie Associates. The office has its own phone lines. The bookkeeper had been going through the bills and noticed a series of international phone calls made on two different dates in December that were suspicious. One was made to a location in Granada on the 13th. Five others were made to Granada on December 22. Thirty-six other calls were made on that same date to a location in Myanmar. No one at the office knew where the calls had originated. The total cost was $530.19.

Wheelies on the Ballfields. The maintenance person for the Bainbridge Island Park District requested patrol checks at all of the parks with large fields and ball fields. After dark on the weekends someone has been doing 360s with a vehicle on the grass. The problem has been escalating. He said they would press charges if someone were caught.

 

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The Day the Bainbridge Police Took Me to Jail

1:56 p.m.

My first ridealong with the police happened in early November. Officer Carla Sias had me sign an agreement promising, among other things, that I would do what she said, buckle my seatbelt, and not engage with prisoners. I happily complied and then we set outside the station to her car, which was filled with traffic cones, baked goods for the senior center, and even toys to use when she had to interact with kids. Sias had to remove the items from the front seat before I could get in. She stuffed them in the trunk, which was already filled with other items and equipment.

Sias’s department-issued car is an older model squad car suffering from a defective battery problem. Sias explained that there is so much electronic equipment officers have to keep running off their batteries that it is to be expected that an older car would have trouble. The electronic equipment included a laptop computer, a radar detector, a radar-based speed checker, a printer (for printing out court dates and citations), and radio equipment. Somehow, Sias is expected to monitor some of these electronic items including a department-issued cell phone while driving. She said that police officers are excepted from the law prohibiting cell phone use while driving. This has not stopped people from pulling up alongside of her in traffic and miming various things along the lines of “I caught you; you’re not supposed to be doing that” and much ruder versions. This is why she tries to avoid using her cellphone if possible.

All the electronics usage combined with navigating a vehicle made me nervous at first until I saw that Sias was more than capable of handling it all as well as carrying on a conversation at the same time.

Officer SiasShe had a list of tasks she wanted to accomplish on her workday, which had just started about an hour earlier at 2 p.m. and would run until 10 that evening. The list included dropping off the baked goods she had made (Sias is well-known for her baking skills) at the senior center and checking in with people there and stopping by the high school to meet with one of the newspaper editors about a regular column in the paper that would help teens and police understand one another better.

But we didn’t get to a single item on her list because as soon as we pulled up in front of the senior center, she received a radio call requesting an officer at the Casino for an arrest. So we drove the speed limit (I had been hoping for a faster response) up 305 to the bridge and then pulled into the Casino parking lot where a Suquamish Police officer and a Bainbridge detective were standing by a police car containing a man they had arrested.

I waited in the car as the two officers briefed Sias on the situation. Then they took the arrested man out of the Suquamish vehicle and brought him over to the car I was in. Sias told me it was okay for me to get out. So I stood by and waited as they worked to get the man, who was quite tall, maybe 6 foot 4 and about 225 pounds, into the car, belted, and handcuffed.

The process of getting someone, even a smaller person, situated in the back of a police car is, as I found out, quite complicated. The seats are made of a molded plastic with arm grooves in the back and bottom, so the person can sit with his or her hands handcuffed behind. Two officers, one on each side of the car, had to assist the man in and then get him arranged so he could essentially lean back and sit on his hands and arms and then buckle the seatbelt around him. It doesn’t look at all comfortable. Maybe that’s why officers refer to the backseat as “the cage.”

I learned that the man had been arrested because another Bainbridge officer, driving to work past the Casino, had spotted him walking across the parking lot and radioed Detective Mike Tovar whom he knew had been looking for him.

The officers had collected the man’s possessions, which they inspected at the trunk of the car and sorted  into two piles, one he could keep and one that was confiscated as evidence. One of the items was a diamond tester, a machine that can evaluate whether a rock is indeed a diamond. The man also had a gem of some kind that he told officers was not real.

Sias told me that we were going to be escorting the man to the Kitsap County Jail. Suquamish Police are limited to tribal cases, and since this one did not fit into that category, Sias was tasked with the job. When we got back in the car, the man was already confirming what I had suspected, which is that the backseat is not at all comfortable. He requested that the cuffs be loosened. He said that he had suffered nerve damage from previous arrests. Sias immediately called out to Tovar who was about to leave. He returned to the car and the two of them made a lengthy adjustment to the man’s positioning. Because he was so large, he said he preferred to sit sideways to fit his legs in, and this made his positioning all the more complicated.

I got back in the car and, just then, a friend of mine happened to be walking out of the Casino with takeout food. She looked surprised (perhaps not quite enough) to see me in the car and asked if I had been arrested. I said no, and then she asked if we would be arresting someone, not realizing that had already happened. I gestured awkwardly toward the back seat, and my friend awkwardly waved and ran away.

Sias got back in the driver’s seat and asked the man in “the cage” what radio station he liked. He didn’t know, he said, since he was from California. But he said he liked country and classic rock. Sias turned the dial until she found something he liked and she switched the speakers to the backseat. The man thanked her several times and said that “Most officers aren’t that pleasant.”

Sias shut the window between front and back, and we began the long drive in rush hour traffic to the jail in Port Orchard. During the ride I pelted her with questions and found out that she doesn’t eat the baked goods she makes. But she knows people like them and they make people happy, so she likes baking them. Among many other things, I learned that she moved here from Portland and was hired by the BIPD about five years ago. I already knew that she was Employee of the Year in 2011, in part because of the big effort she puts out to run the Citizens Academy, a popular training program for citizens that teaches them about police work.

The arrested man in the back began to groan just about when we reached Bremerton. Sias checked in with him and opened his window a bit so he could get air. His hands had gone numb and he expressed discomfort. Sias apologized that she couldn’t stop because we were on the highway and asked him to hang on because we were getting close. Once she had shut the window again she said that sometimes people will feign discomfort as a strategy to try to get away. As a wrist pain sufferer myself, the man’s groans were affecting me.

The jail is situated on a hill in a residential neighborhood of Port Orchard. You would have no idea there was a jail there unless someone walked you up to the driveway and pointed in and told you. The building, part of which has been upgraded and expanded, is an ugly spread of masonry with small, high windows mostly hidden from the street behind trees. There is no clear entrance, and I was surprised when Sias wound around to the middle of the building and stopped in front of a small metal garage door under a roof. Sias identified herself via a speaker and said she had a prisoner and a ridealong.

The door opened and we drove in to a small parking garage. She had to back up the car beside an immense padded concrete post. Then she removed her weapon and left it in the car and we got out. The man had some trouble exiting the car and he expressed relief at being able to ease the pressure on his wrists. Sias escorted him through a set of glass doors into a narrow hallway. She instructed him to face the wall and then she patted him down for weapons. Then the three of us entered an elevator to the side. She told the man to face the back of the elevator. It occurred to me that an angry prisoner of that man’s size easily could have taken a good kick at either one of us and exacted some damage. But the man seemed quite docile and compliant.

When the elevator door opened we walked down another short hallway to a gated opening. The gate slid open and we walked into a windowless lobby, kind of like an ER admitting room. The gate slid shut behind us and an officer appeared. He removed the man’s handcuffs and asked him to take off his shoes and socks. The prisoner complied and then, as if he had done this many times before, he turned to face the wall and spread his legs and placed his arms wide on the wall. The officer began a quite thorough patdown, checking the man’s small, front jean’s pockets, even unrolling his sleeves to make sure there was nothing hidden there. The man had to remove his jacket and flannel shirt as well. When the search was completed, he was taken off to a windowless room. I heard the officer say he would get the man some food.

Sias had to complete extensive paperwork on the transfer of the man from her custody to that of the Kitsap County Jail. Then another officer showed me the strapped chair and padded room reserved for temporarily holding people who are out of control. I’ve never been so happy to leave a place and hear the door close with me on the outside.

 

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Police Blotter 10/15/12: Woman Crushed Between Two Dumpsters

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October 14

Man Wanted on 5 Warrants Arrested. At approximately 1:07 in the morning, Officer Ben Sias ran the license plate of a vehicle that passed him on Fir Acres. Fir Acres has been known of late to be a drug trafficking area. It was dark out, and he was unable to see who was driving, but the vehicle was registered to a man with a suspended license and multiple warrants.

He stopped the car in front of High School. He could see that the driver was a female and the passenger was a male. The passenger appeared to be the same age as the owner. He identified himself as such. Sias asked for a second unit and Officer Victor Cienega responded. Sias had Cencom confirm the warrants. There were five warrants confirmed on him. He had two driving with a suspended license warrants, a domestic violence/no contact order warrant, a domestic violence malicious mischief warrant, and a felony warrant for probation violation on a trafficking of stolen property charge.

Sias arrested him. The driver had a clear license, and the owner said she was allowed to drive away in the vehicle.

Found Dough. An office on foot patrol found paper money and placed it into property storage.

October 13

Smashed Truck Window. A man called to report malicious mischief. He said that one of the windows of his vehicle had been broken out. He said he had parked his vehicle in the driveway of his residence the day before at about 1 in the afternoon. He then entered his residence where he remained for the rest of the day. In the morning at 9 he was contacted by a neighbor who told him about the smashed window. He said no property was missing.

Officer Jeff Benkert arrived on scene at Windsong Loop to inspect the vehicle. He observed that the right rear window of the truck canopy was smashed. The glass had been scattered on the ground by the wind. He could not discern any impact point. A window screen remained in place and was undamaged. The screen was the only obstacle between the window and the contents of the truck, which included an air compressor and numerous finishing nail guns.

October 12

Backup Collision. The driver of Vehicle 2 was backing out of a parking spot at Safeway. A witness said he heard yelling from the driver of who was trying to avoid Vehicle 1, which was backing out as well. The witness said Vehicle 2 began to back out first. Vehicle 1 struck Vehicle 2. No citations were issued as the collision happened in a private parking lot. Both vehicles had been moved prior to the arrival of Officer Mo Stich. The driver of Vehicle 1 had an expired insurance card.

Check Fraud Attempt at Sterling Bank. At approximately 10:45 a.m. Officer Jeff Benkert received a call about fraud at the Sterling Bank on Winslow Way. He responded to the scene and was met by two witnesses. Benkert spoke with one witness, a teller at the bank. He said that at approximately 10:15 a young woman came into the bank and asked to have a check cashed. He asked the woman for multiple forms of identification and the check. The woman gave the teller a driver’s license, a Group Health card, and a Bank of America debit card. He recognized the name on the card as that of a person committing check fraud at another branch. He asked the woman for the check, and she handed it to him. The account had been flagged due to the theft of a large amount of checks for that account. All of its funds had been withdrawn.

The tellers called 911 and attempted to stall the woman to give police officers who were away from the station time to arrive. After a few moments, she began to appear nervous. She kept asking what was taking so long. The teller told her that transactions such as this sometimes take a long time to process. After more waiting, the woman fled the bank and got into a waiting car with an unknown male driver. The car sped away toward Ferncliff. The woman left behind all her identification and the check.

The teller gave these items to Benkert. He noticed that the name on the payee line was written in a different kind of ink than the rest of the check. He could see indications of check washing. A residue was left on the check wherever information had been altered. It appeared that the check had been rounded off to $736.

The account holder had filed an affidavit with the bank. These documents indicated that the account holder had had checks stolen from his mailbox. It appeared that the check had been filled out by the victim and then stolen when it was in the mailbox as outgoing mail. Benkert booked the items into evidence.

Warrant Confirmation. Cencom advised that Seattle Police had a Snohomish man in custody and they requested confirmation on his $25,000 disorderly warrant out of Bainbridge Municipal Court. BIPD confirmed the warrant.

Newspaper Deliverer with No License. At approximately 1:40 in the morning, Officer Ben Sias contacted a woman as she was delivering newspapers on Day Road. Her vehicle had an expired registration and he had spoken with her about it approximately one week before on a field interview. Sias checked her driver status and discovered that she was driving with a suspended license. She provided Sias with her information and told him she thought she had taken care of her ticket problem. He issued her a ticket for driving with a suspended license and told her she could not drive.

October 10

Credit Card Fraud. At about 1:10 in the afternoon, Lieutenant Chris Jensen contacted a woman at the station. She said that for at least three months someone had been using her credit card from Columbia Bank without her permission. She provided him with copies of her bank statements from August 6 to date. Numerous entries were charges made in Houston, Texas. She had been in Texas at the time the charges were made.

Crushed Between Two Dumpsters. Lieutenant Chris Jensen reported to Sage Manufacturing on Day Road on a report of an injury to an employee. A woman there told him that the injury had occurred on October 9 at the loading dock. She told Jensen that an employee had been in the area of the loading dock near the garbage and recycling Dumpsters. A UPS truck had started off a chain reaction that had led to the woman being injured by two Dumpsters. Her injuries required immediate medical treatment and follow-up visits for ongoing treatment.

Jensen spoke with a witness to the incident. The witness said that a UPS truck had parked at an angle at the loading dock. Then the driver attempted to back up to the loading dock. After backing up to the dock, the UPS driver decided to reposition the truck. As she pulled forward quickly, the back left corner of the truck struck the side of a Dumpster. The Dumpster moved and bumped another Dumpster, causing a chain reaction down the line of Dumpsters. The employee was standing between two of the Dumpsters. Before the employee could move out of the way, she was injured by two of the Dumpsters coming together. The report was forwarded to Washington State Labor and Industries for review.

October 8

Human Excrement in Yard. At about 12:19 in the afternoon, a man called 911 to request that an officer contact him at his residence on Old Mill. Officer Scott Weiss arrived and met the man in his driveway. The man explained that someone had defecated on the ground near the entrance to his garage. He led Weiss to a covered shed addition to his garage and pointed to what appeared to be human excrement. He said this was the second time in the last two or three days that this had occurred. He said that his daughter keeps company with some people that he thinks are of questionable character. Weiss looked around the driveway and noticed shoe prints that appeared to lead from the excrement. They showed the DC shoe brand mark and had a waffle pattern tread.

The man said he had seen no one in the area and that he does not know who came onto his property. He said that he had had issues last year with a friend of his daughter’s named Olaf. He had not see Olaf for two months. He said Olaf was a white male in his 20s with short hair.

More Than a Year to Repair a Truck? At about noon, a man called to report fraud or theft. He said it was a long story involving an auto repair shop. He told Officer Scott Weiss that he used to drive an auto parts delivery route that included Bainbridge Island. One of his stops was an automotive repair shop on Eagle Harbor Drive. Sometime in May or June of 2011, he said he had made arrangements with the owner to make repairs to his truck. He said he also made arrangements in June or July of 2012 for repairs to be made to a Honda. He said he gave the owner $4,000 for the two repairs. He said he had paid using his credit card and the owner had swiped it using the card machine. He said he had still not received either of his vehicles back and that he had sent the owner a letter in the spring about it. He said most their agreements were verbal and not written. He took some photos over the weekend that show that his vehicles are still there and not being worked on.

Weiss asked for copies of all documentation on the matter. He told the man it would likely be a civil issue and not a crime. The man e-mailed Weiss with a word document of a letter he said he had sent to the shop in April. He included some photos of vehicles on the property.

On October 2, Weiss sent the man an e-mail asking for additional documentation and additional information. He also left a message on voicemail. Later in the day, the man called back and spoke with Lieutenant Jensen about his issues with the repair shop. Jensen also told the man that he thought it was a civil issue.

On October 4, Weiss sent another e-mail to the man asking for additional information. Again he phoned him and left a voice mail message.

On October 8, at about 10:15 in the morning, Weiss met with the owner of the automotive shop who told Weiss that the Honda was currently at a transmission repair shop and that he had been having problems with the man because he wanted him basically to carry a loan or perform work without payment. He said that the man had just come into the shop on October 4 and that they had made further agreements on vehicle repairs. He told Weiss that he could give the man his truck along with the parts that had been purchased for it if that was what he wanted. He seemed a little confused because the man had just been in the shop. He said there were no written agreements.

Weiss never received a reply to his requests for more information from the man.

October 7

Driving While High. At about 2 a.m., Officer Ben Sias observed a vehicle turn from southbound 305 onto Miller Road. He pulled in behind the vehicle and noticed that its speed fluctuated between 45 mph and 25 mph in a 35 mph zone. The vehicle touched the center line at least twice and the fog line at least twice. At least twice it crossed into the oncoming lane. He turned on his emergency overhead lights as the vehicle approached the intersection of Miller and New Brooklyn. The vehicle continued for a short while and then pulled over. Sias contacted the driver and told him that his driving had been poor. He apologized and said he was trying to get to his friend’s home. He said the poor driving was because his passenger had been throwing up out the window. Sias did note the odor of intoxicants and vomit emanating from the car. The driver had red, bloodshot eyes. Sias asked for his license, registration, and proof of insurance. The man just sat there. Sias asked again and the man produced the documents.

Sias asked him how much he had had to drink. He said he had had one beer earlier. Sias asked if he’d be willing to provide a breath test. The man refused and said he was fine. Sias asked him if he’d be willing to provide field sobriety tests and he agreed.

Lieutenant Denise Giuntoli arrived on scene. She interviewed the passengers. She asked them if they knew how much the driver had had to drink. One passenger said he had had a beer at 11. It was now 2. The other passenger said he did not see the driver drinking so he didn’t know.

Sias began the testing. The man made some errors on the testing, including stumbling on a balance test. Sias arrested him for DUI.

Giuntoli helped the passengers, who were also impaired, get home. She also secured the vehicle. In the process, she observed a used glass marijuana bong in the door pocket. She pointed it out to Sias who noted that it smelled of burned marijuana. He collected the item and secured it in his patrol car.

When Giuntoli returned to the scene, she began to inventory the vehicle for impound. She found a plastic snapware container on the rear driver side seat that smelled of marijuana and contained a small residue of marijuana. She also found a small Mason jar with a small amount of marijuana inside. The jar was in the console of the vehicle. Also in the console were two small glass marijuana smoking pipes with residue. Officer Mo Stich did a presumptive test on the residue and confirmed it tested positive for marijuana. All the items were placed into evidence.

Sias drove the driver to the station and administered the BAC test. He provided two valid samples that measured .148 and .128. Sias cited him for DUI and for possession of drug paraphernalia. More drugs and paraphernalia were located in the car, which was impounded by Gateway. Officer Stich transported the man to the jail and booked him on $2500 bail.

Pregnant and Stoned. At about 1:52 in the afternoon, Cencom advised of a report of a female at the ferry terminal, near the taxi stand, smoking a marijuana pipe. She was described as being pregnant and wearing a striped dress. Officer Steve Cain arrived on scene at about 2:02 and approached the area on foot. He saw a black female wearing a striped dress, very pregnant, sitting on a concrete bench near the taxi stand. He approached her and told her that someone had called 911 reporting that she was smoking weed. She smiled at him and said, “Well, I was definitely doing that.” He asked if he could have her marijuana pipe, and she reached into her purse and handed him a purple and yellow glass smoking pipe with burnt residue in the bowl. It appeared and smelled like marijuana.

He asked her for her identification, and she handed him a Washington identification card. She asked if she could update her Facebook page to include this contact. Cain told her it could probably wait. Officer Scott Weiss arrived on scene to assist and ran the woman’s name. He discovered that she had a nonextraditable warrant for her arrest from the Kent Police Department for theft.

Weiss issued her a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. A fried arrived to pick her up and she left. Weiss entered the paraphernalia into the evidence system.

October 6

Roof Acrobatics at the Pavilion. At approximately 56 minutes after midnight, Officer Ben Sias was on foot patrol, having just parked his patrol car at the back of the Pavilion. He looked up at the roof of the building and saw 3 to 4 young males on the roof. At least one of them had his face covered with a bandana. They were dressed primarily in black and white and were assembled next to the drain pipe. One of them was grasping the pipe and preparing to descend. Sias aimed his flashlight beam at them and told them to come down, but they fled. He advised Cencom of the situation, and Lieutenant Denise Giuntoli responded. She contacted the building owner who also responded. A Suquamish Police officer also responded. Giuntoli remained on the ground while the other three entered the theater and accessed the roof through a hatch in the projection room. The men were gone but the upper balcony where Spice Route Restaurant is located can be accessed via the roof, and it appeared that the men had made it to the balcony and broken a potted plant next to a tree. It appeared that they used the tree to reach the ground. The officers checked businesses that could have been accessed via the roof but they found no one.

October 5

Mother Makes Threats to Daughter’s Ex-Boyfriend. At approximately 2:25 in the afternoon, Commander Sue Shultz was dispatched to contact a man by phone regarding threats. He told Shultz that he had just taken his son away from his ex-girlfriend. He said he was a petitioner in a protection order granting him custody of his son. He reported that after his ex was served with the papers, her mother called him and threatened him. Shultz asked what she said, and he said, “For your own health you better give **** her son back.” He said he wanted the threat documented for court purposes. Shultz contacted the ex-girlfriend by phone. She told Shultz she had no information about her mother calling her ex, but she said she wasn’t surprised. Shultz encouraged her to talk to her mother and tell her not to call her ex.

 

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Police Blotter 9/12/12: Car Full of Needles

8:15 p.m.

September 10

Harassing E-mail. At about 3:40 a man came to the station to report a possible violation of a served protection order. He showed Officer Steve Cain a copy of an e-mail that he had obtained from a woman that was written by the respondent in a protection order. The e-mail included two paragraphs specifically about him. He said that what the man wrote was untrue and in violation of the antiharassment order. He said that the judge had told him that the antiharassment order prevents the man from writing about him. The order, which he showed Cain, states that the “Respondent is restrained from making any attempts to contact petitioner directly or indirectly named in the table above, including but not limited to text, e-mail, phone or social media.” Cain told the man that he didn’t believe the e-mail was in direct violation of the clause in the order. However, it might be considered a form of harassment or slander if the things written were untrue. The man requested that a report be taken and forwarded to the prosecutor.

September 9

Boat on the Loose. At approximately 9:54 in the morning, Cencom dispatched Bainbridge units to a boat that had beached itself in front of a home on Pleasant Beach Drive. Cencom advised that the registered owner lived about three blocks away. Officer Dale Johnson went to the address of the owner but no one answered. He then contacted the caller and saw that he had already secured the boat on the beach. He advised that he would have an officer on day shift try to contact the owner.

September 8

Long Distance Child Care. Cencom advised at around 7:15 in the evening that a male was calling to report that his girlfriend was yelling at him and causing a scene. Cencom advised that they could hear a young child crying in the background. Officer Victor Cienega and Lieutenant Bob Day responded to the location and both subjects were gone. Cienega located them at the corner of Winslow Way and Ferncliff. The woman said she had been in a relationship with the man but that they are no longer a couple. Still the man watches their child during the day and she picks up the child at night after work. Today she arrived at his residence on Wing Point Way and she told him she wanted some money back that she had given him to watch the child. She said she had no money and could not afford to pay for child care. The man told Cienega that he had given her $10 back and that was all the money he had. He said she had continued to yell at him and he was tired of it. He agreed to walk back to his residence. Cienega told the woman she was not to return there. She was still upset about the money and told Cienega it was his responsibility to get it back. He told her he could not make the man give back any money she had given him. She walked toward the ferry to return to her residence in Des Moines.

September 7

Warrant for DUI. Bainbridge police confirmed a warrant for a man in custody with the Edmonds Police. The man was wanted for DUI and driving with a suspended license. The bail amount was $10,000.

September 6

Warrant for Reckless Driving. Cencom called at about 11:45 in the evening regarding a warrant on a juvenile. The suspect had turned himself into JV Intake and it was discovered then that he had a warrant for his arrest out of Bainbridge Island Municipal Court. An officer located the warrant, which was for reckless driving and hit and run with a bail of $5,000. JV Intake said they were booking him for a probation violation and that once he was released on that warrant he would be transferred to Kitsap County Jail on the BI warrant.

Warrant for Negligent Driving. At approximately 18 minutes after midnight, Cencom advised that Kitsap County had a man in custody and was requesting confirmation of a Bainbridge Island warrant on the subject. An officer located the warrant, which was for negligent driving for $5000. There was a driving with a suspended license warrant for $5000 as well.

September 5

Couple Adrift. At approximately 3:39 hours, Officer Ben Sias in the police boat was flagged down by a married couple whose boat had drifted to a dock near Keyport. They said their boat had broken a belt and was disabled. They had been unable to obtain commercial assistance. Sias and another officer took them in a side tow to the City of Poulsbo public dock. The vessel had previously been inspected and showed a 2012 State Parks decal.

Parking Lot Accident. Vehicle 1 had been parked, unoccupied, in the parking lot of 105 Winslow Way. When the owner returned to the vehicle, she discovered significant damage and white paint transfer to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Arrow-Shooting Rifle. A man reported the theft from a closet in his home on Manitou Beach a working prototype rifle that shoots arrows. He did not know who took it but was confident it was someone he knew since nothing else was missing.

Driver with Suspended License. Officer Scott Weiss observed a Ford Ranger pickup traveling westbound on High School Road. He ran the plates and saw that there was a report of sale for the vehicle with a date of July 9. He stopped the vehicle after the driver made a left turn onto Hildebrand. The driver continued through the parking lot and pulled into a parking space in front of Rite Aid. The driver said he had borrowed the truck from a co-worker at a local construction job site. The officer discovered that the man’s license was suspended in the third degree. He was cited and released. Weiss asked him to let the owner of the truck know that he needs to transfer the title and registration to his name.

September 4

Car Full of Needles. At about 10:52 in the morning, a man called to report that there was an unknown vehicle parked on his parents’ property on Carmella Lane. He added that there was drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Officer Aimee LaClaire attempted to contact the reporting party via the phone number he had provided as well as through other numbers. All numbers were either out of service or no longer valid for him. Upon arrival at the scene, LaClaire observed the vehicle. It had Utah plates and was registered to a Utah address. The doors of the vehicle appeared to be unlocked and the front passenger window was rolled down about a third of the way. There were an estimated 200 syringes in plain view scattered throughout the passenger compartment of the vehicle. She also observed a sharps container inside a brown bag full of syringes. Some of the syringes did not have protective caps on them.

LaClaire was advised that a woman had contacted the police department about the vehicle. LaClaire contacted her. She said she is the stepdaughter of the vehicle owner and the authorized driver. She said she lives in Suquamish and had just moved back to the area about two weeks earlier. She said she had just received a call from a friend who said that the car had died and he had abandoned it somewhere on the island the previous night. He also told her that there were syringes inside the trunk and that it was about to be towed. She said she was calling to find out what she could do to get her car back. LeClaire pointed out that the male friend had to be in the area observing the car.

She then altered her story to say he had called an hour earlier. She said she had loaned her car to a friend on September 3. He then gave the car to another friend who was to return it to her later that day. When she woke up on the 4th, she said she had several text messages from the second friend who said the vehicle had died and he was going to jumpstart it during his lunch break. During her conversation with LeClaire, the woman provided conflicting information and her story of events changed several times. She was laughing as she was talking and she cried on several occasions. At one point she said that both of the men were either her previous or current boyfriends and that they were both IV drug users. She provided phone numbers for both men.

LeClaire called the first man who said that the woman and the second man are in a relationship. They had picked him up in the vehicle in Kingston on the 3rd at about 2 in the afternoon. They dropped her off at her house and the two men went to a lake for the day. Then the second man dropped off the first at his home at about 8 p.m. and left in the vehicle. He said there was nothing of his in the vehicle when he was dropped off.

LeClaire spoke with the woman again and she attempted to reach the second man to have him call her. All attempts to reach the second man were unsuccessful. She said that there is a warrant out for the man’s arrest and that he told her that he is “fu**ed” and that his “drug addiction is ruining his life.” She said she believes he is working on Bainbridge on a roofing job through Four Seasons roofing. Attempts to contact the company were unsuccessful. She added that he sometimes lives with his foster mom in Suquamish.

Officer Weiss arrived on scene and said that he is familiar with some of the neighbors at that address. He contacted one of the neighbors who said they were receiving text messages from the second man regarding the vehicle and that he knew police were on scene. The neighbor said the man was walking toward Carmella Lane when police arrived. He appeared to have seen the police vehicle and quickly turned around to walk northbound into the wooded area from which he had come.

Detectives Tovar and Ziemba arrived on scene. They advised that Suquamish police were actively looking for a vehicle matching the description of the parked car that had possibly been involved in illegal activity. The detectives had told Suquamish police about the parked car. The officers attempted to make contact at the house on Carmella but no one answered. The house was partially boarded up and believed to be in foreclosure. Because of the potential danger of leaving the vehicle there as it contained needles, it was impounded.

Storage Unit Theft. A man came to the station to report a theft from a storage unit on New Brooklyn. One of his customers reported to him that her coat and keys had been stolen while she was working inside her storage unit. Officer Maurine Stitch said she could write a report about the theft but she would have to speak to the victim. He gave the officer the woman’s information. He also said he had reviewed the security video but had not seen anything.

Stitch called the victim who said that, on August 30 at around 11 in the morning, she had arrived at her storage unit. She had had to park at a slight distance due to another car being parked there. She placed her coat on the hood of the car and entered the unit, leaving her car unlocked. She worked for 20 to 30 minutes and then left to look for her keys. She found that her coat was gone and figured that her keys must have been in the pocket. She noticed a car followed her out without entering the security code. She said the coat was worth about $1,000. The keys were for her house and vehicle. The cost to rekey the car was $175.

Excessive Noise at Ferry Yard. At 9:29 in the morning, Officer Maurine Stitch went to Ward Street to investigate a report of excessive noise coming from the WSF maintenance yard. When she arrived at the address, she could hear sandblasting coming from a ramp across the water. She saw through binoculars that a large screen had been placed in front of the workers to dampen the noise. The complainant was angry and said that the screen was not adequate and that the noise was above the 80 decibel level. She produced a decibel reader from Radio Shack. Stitch told the woman to direct her complaint to the Dock Manager who controls the work. The woman said she was furious and was going to sue “them.” Stitch believed she was referring to the ferry yard. Then the woman left abruptly and went inside.

Stitch went to the ferry yard to meet with the Senior Port Engineer. He said he was aware of the complainant and said she calls all the time. He said there were contract workers on the ferry dock sandblasting. He contacted a worker who said they were within an hour of being finished and that they were going to switch to a quieter unit to dampen the noise. He said numerous tests have been done regarding the noise, and he said the noise had not reached excessive levels. He noted that a conversational tone can reach 175 decibels. Stitch called the woman back and left a message with the updated information.

September 3

Head Injury. A bicyclist was southbound on Pleasant Beach Drive , entering Fort Ward Park. The roadway contains speed bumps. The bicyclist approached a bump and misjudged it, cut the corner of the bump, and slipped off it, resulting in the bike going down and her being ejected from it. The rider sustained a head injury and was airlifted to Harborview.

Pay Box Theft. At about 11:45 in the morning Cencom dispatched Bainbridge units to a possible theft in progress at one of the pay parking lots at the ferry. The witness was observing a male picking money out of the pay boxes. Officers Weiss and Stitch responded to the area. Stitch was on her patrol bicycle, and Weiss was in his vehicle. Cencom advised that the suspect was leaving the area and heading away from downtown. Weiss drove southbound on Ferncliff near the Wing Point intersection. He observed a male matching the suspect description riding a bicycle northbound on Ferncliff from Winslow Way and the ferry terminal. He was not wearing a bicycle helmet as required by Bainbridge law.

Weiss turned around and accelerated to catch up to the bike. He rolled down his passenger window and yelled for the male to pull over and stop, which he did. Weiss exited the vehicle to speak with the man. Weiss recognized him as someone he knew from previous law enforcement contacts. Weiss told him why he was contacting him and asked him where he was coming from. Initially he said he was returning home from a friend’s house in the Wing Point area. He appeared nervous and was sweating. Weiss knew that the man lives in Suquamish and it would be quite a long bike ride home. Weiss could see what appeared to be a wad of U.S. currency in his left front pocket. Weiss questioned him further, and he admitted that he was coming from the ferry terminal. When Weiss told him that a witness had provided a description that matched him of a person taking money from the pay boxes, he admitted that it was him.

Weiss asked him which boxes he had taken money from. He said it was all from the same boxes at the smaller pay lot near the north end of the parking area. He said someone had been watching him so he had become scared and left. He said he was a heroin user and unemployed. He said he was getting money so he and his girlfriend could “get by.” Officer Stitch arrived on scene. The man was placed under arrest. The total amount of money found in his pockets was $86. He also had metal surgical scissors. He said he used those to pick the boxes.

Weiss went to speak with the witness. The witness said he had observed the man and had a brief confrontation with him. The suspect had told him he was having difficulty getting the money for his parking into the box. The suspect then quickly walked away and left the area. Weiss drove the witness to where the suspect was handcuffed. The witness recognized the man as the man he had seen. The witness is the lot attendant for the parking lot. The suspect was transported to the station but, due to staffing issues, after he was cited and given a court date, he was released from custody. The currency and scissors were placed into evidence.

 

 

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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 8/9/12: Ugly Breakup

4:45 p.m.

August 9

Ugly Breakup. Cencom received a confusing call from a third party calling for a friend. The caller originally stated that an assault was going on with the male taking a child. Officers rushed to the scene at Lynwood Center Road. The officer was familiar with the male because of driving offenses and fighting and alcoholism. The man was standing in the driveway with a laundry basket. He was leaning against a car. He said he was trying to move out and his girlfriend was going crazy so he called 911. The officer asked if there were any children involved, and he said no. The female was still inside the house. Dogs that appeared to be pitbulls were also visible in the house. The man said both had been out kayaking earlier in the day. His girlfriend had apparently been drinking all day, and he said he had stopped at 3 p.m. He had been worried that his girlfriend had not returned home. She had left the residence at 8:30 and returned about 15 minutes before the 911 call. He had become angry that she had not been answering her phone. He said she had climbed on him and begun biting him affectionately. He said he did not like getting bitten. He said he had a scratch from her fingernails. He showed the officers a faint scratch. He also showed his back but there appeared to be no injuries.

Another officer arrived, and the first officer went into the house to speak with the girlfriend. The officer noticed shards of a broken pot mixed with dirt. The officer asked for the woman to put away her dogs. She put them outside in a pen. The officer asked if there was a child involved and she said no. The officer could see the woman was upset. She said she had received text messages calling her a bitch and hoping her insurance was paid up. She said her boyfriend had gotten in her face. She had pushed him out of the way and he had pushed her back. He then gathered up his tools and broke a pot outside. She said he had her flat screen TV. The officer asked how long they had been together and she said a couple of months. They had dated in high school. She said it was over and she was afraid he was going to burn down her house. She said when she had arrived home she had found a pile of excrement on the front porch that she believed her boyfriend had produced. The officer noticed fresh excrement in the garden covered with dirt. There was toilet paper in the garden and a stain on a piece of carpet on the porch.

The officer returned to the boyfriend. She asked about the TV, and he said it was his and he did not want to talk about it. She asked if he had left the excrement and he said, “Why would I do something like that?” He had a slight smile on his face. Both the male and the female had appeared to embellish their stories. The male agreed to leave with his stepfather. The officer told him not to return  that evening and only to come back with a police escort. The officer told the girlfriend that she would need to prove the TV was hers. She said she would look for proof. The case was referred to the Prosecutor for charges.

Another officer spoke with the man. He said he and his girlfriend had been dating for 18 months. He said she had bitten him on the chest. He said it is a common occurrence in their relationship and that his girlfriend thinks it is playful. He lifted his shirt to show the bite marks. The officer saw no bite marks. He said he had isolated himself in his room. She had left the house. He began to get impatient after two and a half hours. He said he believed his girlfriend had been with another man given the amount of time she was gone. So he decided to pack and leave. When she returned he confronted her and they had an intense verbal argument. He said at some point she inflicted a fingernail scratch on his arm.

August 8

Angry at Being Wakened. At about fifty-seven minutes after midnight, an officer was dispatched to Carmella Lane on the report of a verbal domestic. Three officers arrived and spoke with both parties involved. Both parties appeared calm at the time of contact. One officer spoke with one of the people who said she had been sleeping when she was woken by the other party involved to tell her that she knew who had stolen her jewelry. The first woman was angry that she had been woken, and stuck her finger out toward the other woman’s face. Her finger accidentally poked the other woman in the eye. Another officer spoke with the other party who said the same thing. Police advised the first woman that she could file a police report  regarding her missing items. She was not clear then about when the items had been taken. An officer provided a courtesy ride for the second woman to her residence.

Unwanted E-mail Advances. An officer returned from patrol duty to check her in-box. She found an envelope containing a copy of an e-mail that a woman had received through her computer mail. The e-mail contained alarming sexual messages of a personal nature. She had been corresponding with the suspect, a Bainbridge man, through a dating site but had stopped when the messages became scary. The first contact had occurred over a year ago and the woman had soon stopped corresponding. He had not e-mailed again until now. The officer told her to block his e-mails and to ignore any that might leak through. She told her that replying just encourages the suspect.

August 7

Accident Caused by Cell Phone. Unit 1 was stopped in the roadway as traffic was backed up and was stop and go on 305 north of Hidden Cove. Unit 2 was behind Unit 1. The driver of Unit 2 told police that she looked down from the road for a minute to see her cell phone which was ringing, When she looked back up she saw that Unit 1 had stopped. She, however could not stop before colliding with Unit 1. The driver of Unit 1 complained of neck pain and was transported to a medical facility for treatment. The driver of Unit 2 could not provide a current insurance card. She was cited for inattention and failure to provide proof of insurance.

August 6

Bicyclist with Head Injury. An officer was dispatched to a bicycle collision at Fort Ward State Park, over 20 minutes after fire units were dispatched due to a dispatcher error. The victim was already in an ambulance being taken to the landing zone for airlift. Upon arrival at the landing zone, medics advised that they had found the victim in the entrance drive to the park, confused. He showed signs of concussion. He had been wearing a helmet, which showed slight deformation on the right front. He also had scrapes on chin, arms, and legs. The victim’s wife had responded to the collision scene and reclaimed the bicycle. A park employee had seen the victim enter the park. She came down the drive a few minutes later and saw the victim in the roadway trying to reattach the chain to his bike. She saw a small pool of blood in the roadway. The victim seemed confused and was very thirsty. Witnesses believed he may have been overheated and passed out. No cars had been seen entering or leaving the park that might have caused the accident. The victim could not tell what had happened to him. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation of a possible head injury.

Stolen Bikes. A citizen reported two bicycles stolen Saturday night from a garden shed. The reporting party said he had heard a car idling in his driveway and that he couldn’t determine what was going on before the car left. He did not notice the bicycles were missing until the morning. The shed door was wide open.

Egged, Twice. At approximately 11:57 a.m., an officer spoke with a person at the station regarding malicious mischief. The man said that on Friday (August 3) he had been gone from home from about 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Upon arrival, he saw that eggs had been thrown at his house windows on Diamond Place. He estimated the cost to clean the damage at about $100. On Sunday (August 5) at around 10:10 p.m. he heard noise outside his house. When he turned on the light and went outside, he saw that eggs had been thrown at his windows and car. His dog ran after the suspects but he did not see anyone. He estimated the damage to run about $150.

Gas Siphoning. A customer of a Miller Road auto repair shop had a vehicle towed into the shop Friday afternoon. It remained in the parking lot over the weekend. The customer returned on Saturday to retrieve items from the car and saw that the stereo had been tampered with and fuel from the tank had been siphoned out.

August 5

Theft by Roommate. At approximately 2:15 an officer met a Bainbridge Island resident in the parking lot of the police department. The man said that he had been out of town for a few days. He had left his residence on Tormey Lane on Thursday afternoon around 9 a.m. He said he had returned two days later around 5 p.m. only to discover that his guitar amp, Play Station 3, 350 CDs, and 5 Play Station games were missing, to a total of $2380. One of his roommates told him that their third roommate had taken the amp and pawned it in Tacoma. He also said that the Play Station had fallen off the dresser and broken so they had thrown it away. The roommate did not know about the other missing items. He said he had not seen the third roommate in the last two to three days. The officer located a marijuana possession warrant for the third roommate out of Kitsap County for $500. The man later called police to say that the third roommate had called him and said he would reimburse him for the missing items. He said he wanted to hold off on filing a theft report and just keep it on file for documentation. He said he would recontact the police if he decided to pursue charges.

Vehicle Abandoned in the Roadway. An officer responded at about 17 minutes after midnight to the area of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club on the report of a vehicle in the roadway. The officer found a gold pickup in the eastbound lane of New Brooklyn. The vehicle was unoccupied but warm to the touch. It was blocking most of the lane of traffic. There were no keys or items of value visible in the vehicle. The driver’s door was unlocked and the window partially down. The officer checked and found no warrants on the vehicle. The officer attempted to reach the registered owner without any luck so she requested a tow and the car was impounded.

Drunk Driver. At about 12:55 in the afternoon, an officer observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Winslow Way from 305. The officer was directly behind the vehicle and noticed that it swerved abruptly to the right. It then stopped at the stop sign on Madison. It did not use a turn signal when it turned north on Madison. It made another turn onto Wyatt without using a turn signal. The officer continued to follow and saw the the side tires cross the center lane for 3 to 5 seconds. The officer activated her overhead lights, and the vehicle slowed and briefly stopped in the street. Then the driver used a turn signal and pulled to the right, just east of Weaver on Wyatt, remaining fully in the lane of travel. The officer made contact with the driver and smelled a strong odor of alcohol. The driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. The officer asked for a driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. The driver provided the registration and proof of insurance but had trouble locating his license. He was looking at credit cards for several seconds each. He finally located his license in his back pocket. He first denied having consumed any alcohol but then said he had had two drinks but couldn’t say when. He agreed to perform voluntary field sobriety tests and did so unsatisfactorily. He was placed under arrest for DUI. At the Kitsap County Jail he blew 0.174 and 0.183 on two breath tests. He was issued a citation for DUI.

August 4

Sibling Rivalry. At about 4 in the morning, a man called 911 to report that there was a possible domestic situation in the area of Madison and Knechtel. He did not know if it was a verbal fight but said that it appeared that the male was the aggressor and that he was taunting the female. The man said that the female was sitting on the curb and that the male had walked east on Knechtel. An officer arrived on scene and spoke with the female. She said she had been at a a party with her brother. They left the party together and started walking home when her brother began to “verbally assault” her. She said that he told her she was worthless. She said she had consumed a lot of alcohol and was not exactly sure what had happened but that there was no physical violence between them. She said that somehow the contents of her purse had been thrown on the ground. The officer observed several items on the ground. She also observed a superficial laceration, about 1 to 2 inches in length on the outer part of the woman’s right arm. She said she had received the injury earlier in the evening when she had fallen into a bush. There were some abrasions and dried blood on her arm consistent with her explanation. Two other officers made contact with the male party near Hildebrand. He confirmed the story his sister had told. He added that his sister had had his cell phone and wallet in her purse and that she would not return the items to him. He said he had entered her purse to retrieve the items and then headed home. An officer provided the female with a courtesy transport to her home.

Another Biker with Head Injury. A bicyclist heading west on Hidden Cove Road struck a small pothole in the road. She lost control and fell down and was ejected from the bicycle, sustaining head trauma. She was airlifted to Harborview. A gouge was found on the roadway from the bicycle impact.

August 2

Stuck Kayakers. Three officers working Marine 8 responded to a rescue underneath the Manette Bridge in Bremerton. Two kayakers were stuck under a construction barge. Cencom called off the officers a minute later as the kayakers had emerged from the danger.

Illegal Sign Placement. An officer driving south on Lynwood Center Road saw a set of three political signs jutting out from a traffic sign that warned drivers of an upcoming stop sign. The officer removed the the signs from the traffic stop with a machete and transported them to the station for evidence.

Harassing Husband. A reporting party came to the station to say that her soon to be ex-husband had been harassing her. She said he is continually calling and texting her. He had recently begun posting things on Facebook. She said she had told him not to contact her unless it was about their daughter. She said that some of the messages were that she was a loser, that if she didn’t give him the kids he would take everything, and that she wasn’t getting anything from him. She said that her neighbors have seen the husband running by her residence even though it is a dead end. She said he calls or texts her right when she gets home as if he were watching her. She said she had been named custodial parent and that she plans to obtain a no contact order.

Mystery Barge. At approximately 2:48, a man called 911 to report that a concrete and timber float had appeared in front of his house at night several days earlier. He was concerned that if it got loose it would be a hazard to navigation. He said a neighbor had secured it with a line. Three officers on Marine 8 responded. The barge was well out of the water and seemed not to be an immediate hazard because it had been secured with the line. The incident was documented and forwarded to the Harbormaster.

Oddly Misplaced Keys. At 11:46 in the evening, a man called to report that he had found keys in the Columbia Bank depository. The keys were placed into evidence.

Stolen Campaign Signs. An officer met with a political candidate who was reporting that someone had taken several political signs from various locations on the island. The man provided a written statement. He said 14 signs had been taken. He valued them at $15 apiece.

More Gas Siphoning. An officer responded to a repair shop on Ferncliff and spoke with a man who said that it appeared someone had tried to siphon gas from two vehicles left in the business parking lot overnight. He said he had left the business at 5:30 the night before and returned around 7:30 the next morning.

August 1

Lurker. At approximately 11:30 a.m., an officer spoke with a man who said that he had been woken up by his dog at about 1 in the morning. He looked out his window and saw a man standing outside his window. He told the man that he had a gun and was calling the police. The man then walked away. He turned on all the exterior lights and listened out his window. He said he could hear another male whistling toward his house. He said that it did not appear as if the man had attempted to get inside his residence. He told the officer that he lives on High School. He had not called police when the event happened as he had not wanted to wake his parents. He provided police with a physical description.

July 31

Stolen Documents. An officer spoke with a man from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. The man said that, due to the hot weather, he’d been leaving his office window open the past few days. The window has a screen and locks, preventing it from being opened more than halfway. It is located on the ground floor of the church. Everyone left the church on Monday at around 4 p.m., and when the man arrived the next morning at 8:30 a.m., he noticed the window was open all the way, and the screen was gone. He noticed that a box of church documents was missing. Another box right next to it was still there. The estimate for repairing the window was $300. The box was a fire resistant box. It had a lock. It was locked and contained six church registers. The registers were described as containing information  about deaths, births, and marriages. The documents had no monetary value and contained nonconfidential information.

Daylight Car Prowl. A woman left her car near the corner of Lafayette and Washington. She met a friend to take a short walk with their dogs. She locked her car but left two windows slightly down. When she returned about 45 minutes later, she went to Winslow to run some errands and discovered that her purse and wallet were missing. The purse had contained her house, car, and work keys as well as her daughter’s checkbook.

Hit and Run. Bainbridge units were dispatched to a hit and run accident at Hidden Cove and Henderson. An officer pulled over the vehicle and ran a records check that showed that the driver’s license was suspended. The man was issued a criminal citation. He was driven to a hotel in Poulsbo.

Identity Theft. A man reported identity theft. A year ago an address appeared on his credit report that he had never lived in and knew nothing about. He discovered that someone had used his name and social security number to make purchases and sign contracts. The landlord of the unknown house was owed $8000 in fees and rent. The man had been advised to file a police report.

July 30

Stolen Purse/Suspicious Visitor. An officer returned a call to a woman regarding the theft of her wallet. The woman is the children’s ministry pastor at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. She had been assisting with the Vacation Bible School. She has an office inside the building and always leaves her purse in her unlocked office. On Thursday (July 26) between 11:15 a.m. and 12 p.m., she left her office to go outside and help with the children. She then went home and at around 12:30 p.m. discovered that her wallet was missing. The wallet had sentimental value and contained identification, credit cards, and photos. She told police about an unknown suspicious male who had come by the church that day and again on Sunday. She had an uneasy feeling about him, and he had been asking questions and wanting to meet the pastor. On Sunday she was in the downstairs area of the church. The male came downstairs between services and started asking questions having nothing to do with the children’s programs. There was no reason for him to be downstairs and she found it odd that he put money in the children’s offering plate, which is usually used only by the children. She provided the police with a physical description and the name she had heard him give to a child with whom he had been talking.

Garage Bong Gathering. An officer responded to Wyatt Way to investigate suspicious persons inside a parking garage. About 20 minutes earlier a man had called 911 to report that a silver van was parked there. He had hears several voices in the area of the garage of a closed business. The van left southbound on Wyatt. The officer did not find the van. She did see several vehicles that appeared to be traveling together on Wyatt. They turned onto Weaver and pulled into a driveway. The man made a second 911 call to report that he had seen several vehicles return to the garage area, parking oddly. He heard several voices and believed there was suspicious activity going on. The officer parked away from the building and walked there.

She walked around to the garage and saw four vehicles parked along the fence line. Two of the vehicles appeared to be the ones she had seen on Weaver. She also saw a silver van and a pickup. She could hear male and female voices inside the garage. She ran plates on the vehicles. Then she approached and found two males and two females sitting cross-legged around a green bong and three containers commonly used for marijuana usage. A fourth bottle appeared to be a prescription bottle. She told the people not to move their hands and asked if anyone had any weapons. One male said he did have a knife. She asked him to remove it slowly and to place it down and kick it to her with his foot. She asked for the people to provide ID, and the two males did. One female lived just east of the building, and she said her ID was at home. The other female said hers was in her car. The officer confiscated a black yin-yang grinder used to clean marijuana stems, a metal French candy tin, a black grinder, and a pill bottle, in addition to the bong. The pill bottle and candy tin contained marijuana. She asked how much they had smoked, and one of the men said a bowl.  The officer allowed them to leave. She asked them to remove their vehicles as soon as possible. All four were under 21, one was under 18. The case was referred to the prosecutor.

Harassment by Unknown Woman. An officer made contact with a woman at the police station in regards to harassment. She said that for the past several minutes, a female driving a white BMW SUV had been following her through town, at times getting very close to her bumper. She said there have been instances of harassment from the woman following her, but she does not know her by name. She gave a physical description of the woman. She said the woman is a friend of an occupant of one of the low-income housing units on Knechtel. She lives there as well. She said this started in April when a woman who used to live there was evicted by the Housing Resources Board. She said that the evicted woman was friends with another woman who lives there and that the woman who followed her was friends of both of those women. She said she had seen the woman taking pictures of her children in April. She said the woman had recently opened a business on Winslow Way and she has seen her parked there. Another officer approached and said that the woman who was the registered owner of the vehicle was someone they had dealt with before. The officer said she would go to the home of the registered owner and speak with her, warning her that her behavior was harassment and that it needed to stop. Police had spoken with the registered owner before over a trespass incident at the end of Lytle Road. During that contact the woman had been hostile and argumentative. Officers went to the home but nobody answered and there was no vehicle in the driveway. They tried calling but the phone rang once and then a message said that the voice mailbox had not been set up. The officer called the reporting party and said it looked as if the residence was vacant and urged her to seek an antiharassment order.

July 29

He Said, She Said. Two officers responded to a domestic situation on High School. They met with the reporting party and her 8-year-old son. She told one of the officers that she has been married for about ten years. She and her husband have a history of verbal domestic incidents. She said that he typically consumes alcohol on the the weekends, which causes some fights. They had just moved to Bainbridge three weeks earlier from Bremerton. Today he had asked her what her problem was and she had responded by throwing a bag of his recently consumed beer cans toward him while he lay on the couch. He stood up and headed for the bedroom, and she followed him and continued to yell at him about his drinking. She said she blocked his exit from the bedroom and he had used both his hands to push her in the chest to move her away. He then walked by her and used his forearm in her chest to push her out of the way to enter the living room. As he walked by she said she swung her arm toward him, in an attempt to hit him the arm, but she struck him in the back instead. He then disconnected the CPU from their computer and left the residence. He tossed the CPU into the dumpster. She called 911. She said things like this had happened before but she had not called police because she did not want her husband to be arrested. The officer spoke with the son who said he is the only child of the two. He said they had just moved to be closer to his dad’s work. He said his parents have argued before and once his dad threw a TV off the balcony. He had not seen the pushing or hitting but had heard the arguing. Both mother and son were visibly upset and had tears on their faces. The officers provided her with a domestic violence packet and advised her of Helpline House. She said she had tried to get him into therapy but that he would not attend. They told her to call 911 if he returned and she did not feel safe. They asked her to have him call 911 to report his story.

The officer received a voice message from the man on July 30. He said his wife had told him to call and that he did not do anything and did not touch her. He said he had thrown the computer away but it was on his property. The officer went to his house to speak with him. He said he had been sleeping on the couch when his wife had grabbed him by the face and said, “Don’t make me do what you know I can do. Don’t make me snap and kill you.” He said she had thrown a bag of empty beer cans at his face while he had been sleeping. She continued to yell at him and blocked his path. He had pushed her to the side and out of his way. He said that he had never hit or shoved her. He denied being injured or having any marks on his body from the incident. He said that he thinks his wife might be bipolar and that this situation has been going on for the past 10 years. He is contemplating divorce. The officer provided him with information about Helpline House and forwarded the case to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.

August 1

Mail Stolen from Reitan. Suquamish police gave a Bainbridge officer mail that had been found on Newton Street in Suquamish that belonged to Bainbridge Islanders. The officer returned all of the mail to the rightful owners, all on Reitan Road. Some of the envelopes had been opened and the contents were missing. The recipients were advised to contact their banks and credit card providers.

 

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Police Blotter: 3/21/12

March 20

• At approximately 2:09 p.m., Bainbridge units received a call that Adam Carter was on Madison Ave. Carter was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant, a Port Townsend warrant for failure to appear and use and delivery of paraphernalia, and a Bainbridge warrant for resisting arrest. An officer spotted him walking north on the west side of Madison. Carter fled into the Pavilion. The officer drove into the Pavilion parking lot and entered the building. Carter was nowhere to be found. A witness told  police that Carter was running west on Sheppard Way. A search of the area turned up nothing. Approximately 30 minutes later, Bainbridge units were advised that Carter had just exited Doc’s Marina and was westbound on Parfitt. An officer parked on Wood and approached on foot. He saw Carter crossing the street near the Winslow Arms. The officer entered the Winslow Arms parking lot and then saw Carter in the driveway that exits onto Madison. Carter ducked into a parking area beneath the office building. Carter saw the officer and ran behind a walled dumpster area. The officer stopped and called to him. He peered out and the officer called again. The officer told him not to run. Carter dashed ou,t running west up the driveway back toward the Winslow Arms. The officer chased him. Then Carter turned north and ran toward Finch. The officer lost sight of Carter. Carter spotted another officer coming toward him so he turned west, now heading toward Madison. Another officer stopped Carter in front of Roosters Cafe on Bjune at gunpoint. Officers drew their guns and held them in the low ready position until Carter was handcuffed. The officers found a hard object in his jacket pocket that turned out to be a package of fine unused hypodermic needles. Carter was transported to Kitsap County Jail.

March 18

• Officers responded to Northtown Drive to investigate a verbal disturbance. They found one of the males involved sitting outside in his vehicle. Another male was on the porch, and a female was inside the residence. An officer asked the male to exit the vehicle and patted him down. The officer also spoke to the man on the porch who had called police. That man told police that he and friends had gone to a local pub to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The friends included the man in the car. Then they all returned to the home, which is rented by the female inside. All three had been drinking. The man said that he and the female were having some wine when the other man became belligerent and inserted himself into their private time together. He said the man outside was jealous of their relationship. He had been living in the home as a roommate for about a month because he had lost his job and needed a place to stay. The woman had known him and his family for years. The man outside also helped out the woman by taking care of her three daughters. The woman told police that they had dated years ago but there was nothing romantic between them now. The man on the porch said that the other man had become more defiant and said he was going to tell the three girls that their mother was having an affair. This is when he had called 911. The man in the car does not pay rent. He works as a nanny for the woman in exchange for room and board. There is no written agreement and he does not receive his mail there. He told police that his family had loaned the woman money and that she still owed him and his family. He said that he had knocked on the woman’s bedroom door and found her in bed with a male friend. He told her that promiscuity would jeopardize her custody battle with her ex. The woman and the other man asked him to leave so he packed his suitcase. He said they told him he had fifteen minutes but really only gave him ten. The other man said that he threw his suitcase down the stairs, breaking a banister, but the man said that he had simply lost his grip on it. The woman said she didn’t think it was intentional but it had scared her. The man was too intoxicated to drive so an officer drove him to the Best Western. The three daughters were not home as they were staying at the Island Country Inn with their biological father who was in town on a visit. The man who was outside said that the other man had poked him in the chest with his finger and had threatened to “flatten him.” He said that he wanted to press charges. He agreed to leave until things calmed down and then make plans to get his belongings the next morning.

• An officer found a license plate on Bjune that had been reported stolen in Suquamish. The officer notified Suquamish police. He said that it could be disposed of because it had been replaced.

• An officer met with a man who had reported the theft of his mountain bike from Camellia Loop. He had left his bike parked outside for just a few minutes to fetch a key from inside. When he returned, the bike was gone. He said the bike is at least ten years old and has a torn seat. He said it was worth about $150. The officer searched the area and found nothing.

March 17

• Suquamish requested warrant confirmation for a Bainbridge man held in custody there. The warrant was issued from Bainbridge for a DUI. The man was booked into Kitsap County Jail.

March 16

• An officer observed a white Jeep with a nonfunctioning license plate light driving in the High School Road area. He ran the plate and learned that one of the registered owners is someone known from past contacts. The officer found out that the owner has several outstanding arrest warrants and a suspended driving status. The officer located the Jeep in the McDonald’s parking lot and recognized the passenger as the man with the outstanding warrants. He activated his emergency lights and contacted the man. Backup officers arrived. The man was placed under arrest. He was transported to Kitsap County Jail. Bail was set at $130,000 for three warrants from Poulsbo Municipal and one from Bainbridge Municipal.

• An officer saw a man with whom he has had prior contact getting out of a car at Safeway. The man has a no contact order with his parents. His mother was in the car with him. When the man walked into Safeway, the officer approached the mother. She told the officer that a recent warrant had been cleared on her son and that several officers had told her that she could contact her son but he couldn’t contact her. The officer told her that the order prohibits any contact. She said that her son is recovering and has no other resources. She was adamant that it was OK for her to contact her son. The woman was upset and ran after the officer. She was particularly upset that the officer told her if he found her son he would arrest him. He told the woman that she was putting the police in a difficult position by inviting contact with her son and that if she was going to have contact with him, she needed to petition to get the order dropped.

• The driver of Unit 1 at High School and Grow bent over to pick up something and when he looked back he was unable to stop and collided with Unit 2, pushing it into Unit 3. He was given an infraction for inattentive driving.

March 14

• Officers responded to an unknown injury accident on West Port Madison. Officers met with the property owner who explained that a young female had been visiting across the street and then had crashed her vehicle into his property causing substantial damage. He said he had helped the female out of the car and then she had left the scene and run back to the neighboring house without exchanging information or calling 911. He described her as 5’2″, white, with short brunette hair. He told police that a young male adult lives across the street and that his parents are currently out of town. The officers observed that a mailbox and post and wood fencing were all destroyed. Miscellaneous garden items were also destroyed, there were deep tire tracks in the lawn, and an entire wall of a garden shed had also been destroyed. The vehicle had come to rest on top of a raised garden. The keys were not in the vehicle. The officers went across the street. A young adult male answered the door. He smelled of alcohol and his eyes were red and watery. He was reluctant to have the female driver come to the door. An older man came to the door and stood behind the first. After officers spoke with him, the first went out of sight and returned with the female. The light-colored shirt she was wearing was dirtied around the waistband with mud. Officers asked her if she had been injured. She said she had not. She accompanied officers to the scene of the accident and gave a somewhat rambling and incoherent account of what had happened. She said she did not remember where the vehicle was but thought she had left it in the driveway. As she walked with officers, she stumbled and nearly fell a couple of times. Officers asked for her license, registration, and insurance. She clumsily retrieved the license from her wallet and said she could not find the registration or proof of insurance, but the officer could plainly see them in her hand. Officers asked again, and again she said she didn’t have them. The officer pointed to them in her hand and took them. She agreed to perform sobriety tests but refused the breath test. She said the vehicle was hers but was registered to her parents. She admitted to having damaged the neighbor’s property after consuming two beers. She admitted she had left the scene without calling 911 or exchanging information. She repeatedly told officers that they were in Suquamish. She was unable to complete the alphabet and had distinct nystagmus in both eyes. One of the officers arrested her and transported her to Kitsap County Jail. The other officer impounded the vehicle. Two breath samples taken from the suspect registered a .170 and a .172. Bail was set at $5,000. The other officer returned to the neighbor’s home to investigate an alcohol violation, providing a place for minors to drink. The young man said he had not provided any alcohol. The officer said that he was not accusing him of providing alcohol but of providing a place for minors to drink. The man said he did not know the age of the people in his home and that it did not seem right for him to know that. He asked the officer if he thought it was right for him to be expected to know the ages of the people in his home. The officer said that it seemed completely appropriate for someone to be responsible for what happened in a home for which they were responsible. The officer asked if there was anyone else in the home. The man would not answer but said that the officer could see them, meaning himself and the other man. The officer told the man he would be referring a report to the prosecutor’s office listing him as a suspect for providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

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Police Blotter: 1/25/12

Sorry we missed last week’s blotter due to the storm. Be advised there is some strong language in this week’s blotter.

January 24

• A resident turned in a black cell phone found along the road on Baker Hill. Even after charging, it was nonoperational. The phone was placed in the vault for safekeeping.

January 23

• A resident contacted the police about mail found on her property.  The resident told police she found mail in two piles along her driveway. The mail was not addressed to her. The mail was wet from the weather. The mail came from two different addresses on Arrow Point.

• A Suquamish Police officer stopped a subject at the Clearwater Casino. The subject had an outstanding warrant for domestic violence assault 4th degree on Bainbridge Island. The officer met a Bainbridge Island officer at the Agate Pass Park and Ride to make the transfer of the subject to Bainbridge police. The Bainbridge officer drove the subject to the Kitsap County Jail.

January 21

• A Kingston woman shopped for groceries at Safeway on Bainbridge. When she was loading her groceries into her car she noticed two teenage boys standing on the sidewalk next to her cart. She saw another teenage boy and a teenage girl walking toward her. They gathered with the other teenagers as she finished putting her groceries in her car. She drove away. When she stopped for gas, she didn’t have her purse. She remembered having it in the shopping cart on the top rack. She returned to Safeway and saw the cart on the sidewalk where she left it but the purse was not there. She and a store employee searched the area around the parking lot and did not find the purse. The employee told her that that particular area is not covered by surveillance cameras. The purse contained her wallet with driver’s license and credit card. It contained no cash.

• A South Bainbridge Water System employee reported damage done to several of the company’s outbuildings. The buildings are to the southeast of the intersection of Lynwood Center and Baker Hill. All the buildings had graffiti on them. The employee showed fresh graffiti on one of the buildings and showed where the lock had been broken off. Nothing was taken from the building except for the spray paint used to paint the graffiti which showed a marijuana leaf and the words “F*** the Gov’t.” The employee showed the officer another building that had fresh graffiti on the garage door. The lock had been broken off. Nothing had been taken, but toolboxes and electrical panels had been opened. The graffiti message was the same except this picture also had the word “legalize” below it. The third building also had graffiti. A piece of plywood covering a hole in the building had been pried off so that someone could reach through the hole to release the deadbolt. Nothing was missing but someone had gone through storage boxes. The graffiti was a marijuana leaf. The employee estimated damage at about $1,500 and said the damage occurred between midnight and 9:30 the next morning on the 21st.

• An officer stopped a vehicle at Madison and 305. The registered owner of the vehicle was from Poulsbo. He had a suspended license. The driver was the owner. He said he had received a ticket for no insurance and never paid it. The officer issued him a criminal citation and a traffic citation. He allowed the driver to park his car at the McDonalds so he could wait for a licensed driver to pick him up.

January 20

• Officers on patrol in Blakely Harbor noticed an odd object near the south shoreline. The officers discovered that it was two log tow boom sticks that were lashed together. Under these was another log, perpendicular to the others. They constituted a hazard to boaters, so the officers attached a line to them and towed them to the harbor and secured them to a piling. Officers notified the Harbormaster and planned to contact the Army Corps of Engineers for removal.

• Officers responded to the Island Health and Rehabilitation Center about an employee threatening a manager. The manager told officers that an employee was upset because he and the other employees did not receive their paychecks. The manager went into her office and saw a cardboard box on her desk with writing and cut marks all over it. She said that the angry employee was the only one who had access to her office. She questioned him and he admitted to cutting the box. She told him she was going to fire him for writing on and cutting the box. She said she had not received the paychecks because of the weather which prevented UPS from delivering them. The employee became upset and she had to walk him out of the building. She said that he threatened to come back and “kick her ass” and damage her vehicle. The manager asked if she could get a restraining order to prevent him from returning. An officer told her she would have to contact the court. She gave officers the address and phone number for the employee. Officers went to his home and questioned him. He admitted he had been upset but said he did not cut the box and did not threaten anyone. Officers told him he could not return to Island Health and Rehabilitation or he would be arrested for trespassing. He said he understood and would not return.

January 19

• A state trooper responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Sunrise Drive south of Brackenwood Lane. The trooper found the vehicle facing down an embankment. A Kitsap Tow truck was already on the scene. The trooper contacted the driver who said he had been traveling south on Sunrise when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow and ice. He said he was not injured. The vehicle struck a tree on the right front and also the driver side door. The driver identified two friends who had been traveling with him. They departed shortly after the collision, which had occurred at about 3:00 in the afternoon. The parent of one of the passengers contacted the trooper to say that his son and the other passenger had been drinking. The parent could not locate his son. Other officers assisted in trying to locate the passenger. The trooper evaluated the driver for alcohol use but could not develop penal code for minor DUI. The driver was released to his parents. The passenger who was missing was later located and released to his parent.

January 18

• At approximately 2:58 in the afternoon Bainbridge units were dispatched to a single motor vehicle collision at Eagle Harbor Drive and Taylor Avenue. A passerby had reported that a truck had gone off the north side of Eagle Harbor and struck a telephone junction box. The vehicle appeared to be stuck. Aid personnel arrived at the scene and reported there was no vehicle. An officer contacted the reporting party who said the vehicle was a large dark pickup truck and that there were four male juveniles on scene with the truck. The officer arrived on scene and found that the telephone junction box was knocked over and leaning at a 45-degree angle. Some of the wires had been pulled up from around the box. The officer encountered a man and woman who said that they had seen the truck that was stuck and noticed the junction box knocked over. They described the truck as white but agreed that there were four juveniles with the truck. They had also seen a red SUV with chains occupied by a male and female juvenile assisting at the scene. The officer was unable to confirm from witnesses the color and type of truck that had gone into the ditch.

January 17

• Officers were dispatched to an apartment building on Madrona Way. A man told officers that a neighbor had brought him a handwritten note left on her door after someone knocked and then ran off. When she took the note to her neighbor she found that he too had a handwritten note on his doorstep. Both neighbors suspected a transient man of having written the notes. The note left at the woman’s apartment was insulting and unrepeatable here. The note left at the man’s apartment was two pages long and rambling and said the man would have a “chance to explain himself at midnight.” The man recognized the handwriting as that of a local transient. Both notes appeared to have been written in the same hand and both seemed to have been torn from the same notebook. The man said that the transient man was hanging out periodically with a particular woman who was currently staying with him but was not home at the time. Both neighbors said they wanted no further contact with the transient man. Officers advised them about how to obtain an anti-harassment court order against the man. The neighbor told officers where the transient man spends some nights. The transient man has a Bainbridge Municipal arrest warrant for Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree. The officers looked for the transient man but could not find him.

January 16

• A Bainbridge resident reported that someone had made unauthorized charges to her credit card. She cancelled the card.

January 14

• A local business owner reported theft of the business’s services. On the 12th at 7:00 in the evening an employee had been behind the business where she saw two or three men dumping bags into the store dumpster and then driving away in a white pickup. She was unable to get a license plate. The employee went to see what had been thrown away and found that it was full to the top with large black plastic bags full of household garbage including an address label with a phone number which she gave to her boss, the reporting party. He gave the address label to police and said that the business pays over $40 to have it dumped twice a month. He said he had called the number on the address label and left a message saying that if they did not come to reclaim the garbage he would call police. Police contacted the person whose name was on the label. He said he had been staying in Seattle for the past week but that he had two roommates and he would ask them if they knew about the garbage. He offered to remove the garbage or pay to have the dumpster emptied. Officers contacted the business when it reopened. The reporting party accepted the man’s offer. The man had the dumpster emptied.

• At midnight on the 13th officers were searching near Capstan Road for suspects in a vehicle prowl when they saw three young males walking in the street in the Commodore West subdivision. An officer asked them what they were doing. They said they were playing “night games” and running through the neighborhood. One of the males appeared intoxicated. The officer asked them to identify themselves. Cencom advised there was no computer record of the names given by the males. Another officer arrived on scene and recognized the two younger males. The names they had given were not their real names. The officer asked the older, intoxicated male if he had any identification. He said he did not have any or a wallet. The officer could see a bulging wallet in his right rear pocket. He asked if he had ID in his wallet. The male removed the wallet and opened it. The officer could see an Idaho ID card and social security card. The male said he had been lying and gave his name. The male had a couple of warrants issued for his arrest. One was nonextraditable from Gray’s Harbor and the other was a DUI warrant from Bainbridge Island Municipal. The officer arrested him for the DUI warrant. He was transported to Kitsap County Jail.

January 13

• A Bainbridge citizen called to complain about the noise being made at The 122. Upon driving up and rolling down the vehicle window, the officer could hear loud noises coming from patrons talking and the bass from the live band inside the bar. The sound did not appear to be unreasonable. When the officer closed his windows he could not hear the sound. He met with three employees. They immediately lowered the sound from the band and placed sound-proof boards on the exterior walls to further quiet the sound. The officer advised them that the talking from the patio was louder than the band. They asked the patrons outside to lower their voices. The officer noticed that the sound is very loud when the doors are opened as patrons enter or exit. The officer contacted the complainant who said he could no longer hear noise from the bar.

• A Bainbridge resident told officers that when she logged onto her wireless account to find out why she had not received her monthly bill, she discovered that her address had been changed to an address in Texas. She called the cell phone company which told her that someone had logged onto her account using her password and changed her address. The person had then attempted to purchase an iPhone. The suspect was not successful in completing the purchase. The cell phone company employee gave the woman a phone number used by the person to make changes to the account. The officer called the number and it sounded as if it was picked up by a fax machine.

• At approximately 6:52 in the evening Cencom advised of a domestic and possible order violation on Winslow Way. A female was hiding and whispering into her phone with them saying that what she was hearing was happening in an apartment by the ferry. She was trying to locate an address. She was able to provide Cencom with the names of the parties involved. Police contacted the male and he gave the address where they were. An officer drove to the address and observed a female walking away. She appeared mad. The officer called out to her but she kept walking. He heard more yelling coming from the apartment and headed toward it. He found a female standing at the front door of the apartment. She said she was trying to talk to her husband who wouldn’t answer the door. She said they are separated and going through a divorce. The officer noticed that some decorative trim on the door was broken. He asked her if she had done it and she said “probably.” The officer asked her if there was anyone inside. The wife said that her husband was inside and that when she arrived she had discovered that her husband’s girlfriend was there as well.  She said that they had separated over his relationship with that woman. The officer knocked on the door, leaving the wife with another officer. The husband answered and said that he was now alone in the apartment. He told the officer that he had been having a drink at Casa Rojas when he saw the woman with whom he had had the affair but with whom he had broken things off. She was there with a woman unknown to him. He got to talking with them and they had come to his apartment with him. He said his wife had showed up. He invited her in and when she found the woman there she had begun arguing. He said she wouldn’t leave so he had had to push her out the door. She then stood outside pounding on the door. He said that the woman he had been seeing was the one who had called Cencom. He said that his wife did not damage anything in the apartment or assault anyone. He said the damage to the door was probably old. The other officer corroborated the husband’s story when speaking with the wife. The officers concluded there had been no assault and they couldn’t confirm that the wife had damaged the door. The husband told the officers he did not wish to speak to his wife that night and that she should leave. Officers told the wife that she had put herself in a position of being arrested and that she should think carefully before future contact with her husband under similar circumstances. She said she agreed and would leave.

• At approximately 2:45 in the afternoon, Cencom advised of a shoplifter in custody at Town and Country. An officer arrived and contacted the loss prevention officer. He said that the shoplifter had concealed a cod fillet in his coat pocket and then paid for two other items and attempted to leave. The loss prevention officer stopped him and took him to his office. The loss prevention officer said that he had stopped this same individual in 2010, and he was forbidden from entering the store for one year. He said that company policy requires the man to be prevented from ever returning after a second shoplifting incident. The man signed the paperwork to that effect and said he understood but that there aren’t many options for grocery shopping on the island.

January 12

• At approximately 10:51 a.m. an officer responded to Madrona Way regarding malicious mischief. A resident said that sometime during the night, probably after 2:00 a.m., the four tires on their vehicle were slashed. The house is in a trailer park and there are neighbors on all sides of the residence. The vehicle was parked in their driveway within a few feet of the front door. The resident estimated the damage to be about $500.

January 11

• Bainbridge officers responded to an intentional assault with a vehicle in front of Chase Bank on Winslow Way at about 10:30 in the morning. The victim was a construction worker wearing a neon reflective jacket and a hard hat. She said that she was assisting in the ongoing construction project on Winslow Way, helping to block off a parking stall in front of the bank so they could complete work on an open storm drain. She said that the other workers had momentarily left the stall to get materials, leaving the storm drain open. She was moving orange cones to the head of the parking space to prevent anyone from parking there. She had just placed the cones and was standing between them when a silver BMW that had been waiting at the crosswalk tried to enter the space. She waved to the driver and yelled that she couldn’t park there and pointed to the storm drain. The driver continued to inch forward so she picked up the cones and shuffled backwards  and sat them down again, waving her hands and yelling at the driver. She said the driver began yelling at her and calling her a f****** bitch and saying, “You’re taking over this town!” The driver bumped up against her shins with the bumper of her car. She shouted, “You hit me!” The driver then squealed her tires in her attempt to back out, pulled forward on Winslow Way, and took another parking spot just a few spots away. The woman got out of her car and went into the bookstore. While officers were gathering a statement from the construction worker, another worker called out that the woman had returned to her car and was driving away. The officer caught up with her and pulled her over. She agreed to return to the scene where another officer began to interview her. Meanwhile the construction worker that she had not been injured by the contact with the bumper. Another worker confirmed her colleague’s story but hadn’t been able to see if the car actually made contact with her shins. The driver when interviewed said that she had been waiting for a car to leave the spot and then tried to pull in but a construction worker had stood in her way, pointing to the storm drain. The woman said she got out of her car to see if there was enough room to park and that she then backed up and drove to another spot. When she walked past, she said she heard the woman tell her that she had hit her. That was the first time she had heard the woman say that to her. She denied yelling or cursing. She said it was possible that she had muttered something under her breath while in her car. She said it was possible she had hit the woman, but she didn’t think so. Then she changed her mind and said it was not possible. She said she might have hit the cones. A report was submitted to the prosecutor for review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Police Blotter 8/9/11

August 8

• An officer contacted the Wing Point Golf Course Manager in regards to suspicious activity in and about the club pool. An unknown subject gained entry in this area and threw the pool furniture into the pool.

August 6

• An officer on patrol noted that a street sign and mailbox had been vandalized on Grow Ave. No leads or suspects.

• Bainbridge police contacted the homeowner of a High School Rd. address after the homeowner discovered that someone had spray painted his motorcycle sometime during the night. The homeowner advised of a possible suspect but the suspect denied any knowledge of the act.

August 5

• A Kitsap County Deputy arrested a suspect from Bremerton with a Bainbridge Island warrant. The warrant was confirmed and faxed to the jail. The suspect was arrested and transported.

• A Bucsit Lane resident reported the theft of a temporary handicapped placard from her vehicle while it was parked at the Town & Country Market. Nothing else was taken from the vehicle.

• The maintenance supervisor of a local apartment complex on Camelia Loop reported finding a pool of blood in the driveway of the complex. Alongside the blood were two 32 oz. bottles of beer, one unopened and the other partially consumed. Officers responded and checked the area and were unable to locate anybody. It was unclear when this may have occurred but was at least several hours prior to police being contacted.

• A Bainbridge Island resident was arrested and cited during a traffic stop at High School and Madison when officers discovered that the driver had warrants for his arrest and a suspended license.

• An officer stopped a vehicle for equipment violation at Ihland Way and Madison Ave. A white light was shining to the rear. The driver was contacted and checked through the Department of Licensing. The driver was determined to have a warrant for assault 4 domestic violence. The driver was arrested and transported to the Kitsap County Jail.

August 4

• A Rose Loop resident filed a police report on behalf of her neighbors who were out of town and for whom she was picking up mail. The previous night her family was awakened by a very loud noise. They did not find the source of the sound at the time. The next morning she noticed that her neighbor’s mailbox had been vandalized. The box was knocked askew, the flag was severely bent, and there was black duct tape wrapped around the box. In the afternoon, she went to the mailbox to retrieve the mail and she found the inside of the box charred and a burned beer can. She notified her neighbors and they asked her to fill out a police report.

• A local business on Ericksen Ave. reported that two parking signs were stolen.

• A male suspect from Bainbridge Island attempted to start a fight with victims from Indianola by harassing them and blocking their way on Hildebrand Lane. As the victims were driving away from the Hildebrand location on their motorcycle, the suspect attempted to grab them. The victims went to the McDonald’s at High School Rd. and contacted law enforcement. The suspect followed the victims to the McDonald’s parking lot and walked away when ordered to stop by police.

• A Bainbridge Island resident reported that someone shot out the front porch light on their home during the night on Esperione Lane. No suspect information was given.

• A Dolphin Dr. resident reported being the victim of a hit and run driver the previous afternoon. She had been driving east on Winslow Way, just past Bjune Dr., when an older male driving a large white SUV backed from a parking space into the passenger front door of her vehicle. The male driver, in his late 60s to early 70s, got out of the vehicle. The victim told him that she was going to park out of the roadway and come back. When she got back to where the collision had occurred, the suspect was driving away. The victim did not get a license number for the suspect vehicle.

August 3

• Property stolen from a Bainbridge Island business on Coppertop Loop was recovered by Suquamish Police and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office. The two Poulsbo residents in possession of the property, both of whom work on the Island, admitted they took it without permission and they intended to sell it. The property was returned to the business it had been stolen from.

• After enjoying a hike, a Poulsbo woman, her husband, and her dog arrived in the Safeway shopping center parking lot to their white 2000 Chevy Cavalier. Approaching the car, the woman noticed that her iPod Touch, which she thought she had been carrying, was not in either of her pockets. While her husband was shopping in Safeway, she returned to the car with her dog and attempted to unlock the door on the passenger’s side. She was unable to do so. Her husband and she then retraced their hiking route via car but failed to locate the device. The following day, her husband tried to unlock the door on the passenger’s side. Not being able to do so, he examined the lock and and noticed that the lock had been broken from the outside. The woman’s husband is convinced that someone broke into their car and that her iPod Touch was stolen. They both were very tired beginning their hike, so the woman is uncertain as to whether she had the device on her or in the car. She greatly appreciates the police department’s attention and time concerning this possible incident.

August 2

• A citizen had her wallet stolen from inside her car while she was parked at the Post Office on Winslow Way.

• A woman was cited at Charles Place and Lovgreen Rd. for driving on a suspended license.

• An employee of a construction company doing work on the Winslow Way street project reported the theft of several of their temporary street signs. Some of the thefts occurred over the weekend. Another occurred overnight. There is no suspect information.

• An employee of the Bainbridge Island School District reported damage to a window of the 600 building on High School Rd. that had occurred overnight. An unknown suspect or suspects had taken a large piece of driftwood and used it to break out a number of small panes of glass to a window facing the Bainbridge Island Teen Center. Enough of the small panes of glass that make up the larger window were broken that the entire window will have to be replaced. The damage was estimated at approximately $1500.

August 1

• A woman reported that her neighbor on Agate Point Rd. has been doing various thing to her property such as using weed killer on her bushes and cutting down a bird feeder. Another officer just recently took a similar report if not the same. The caller wanted it documented again.

• A man on Sunrise Drive advised that his wife stole his prescription drugs which were locked in a box. The box had been tampered with but not opened and the pills were all accounted for.

July 29

• Bainbridge Island officers were dispatched to a suspicious situation. A female came to a residence on Potlatch Ave. where she offered to buy a vehicle and trailer from the elderly male who lives there. The elderly male agreed on a price to the sale, collected cash, and signed the titles of both vehicles over to the female. The female then invited herself over for dinner and to stay the night with the elderly male. The son of the elderly male wanted to file a report to document the incident. The female did not return for dinner or stay the night after leaving with both vehicles.

• A citizen on Mandus Olsen called 911 to report that she had replied with personal information to an e-mail that was ostensibly from her bank. Her bank contacted her, telling her the e-mail wasn’t from them, and advised that she needed to call police and file a report to protect her in case of future fraud or ID theft.

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