Posted on 09 August 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.