Brian Kelly

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Arraignment postponed for alleged Greenbank shooter

A judge refused to accept a guilty plea from a Greenbank man charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in Island County Superior Court Monday, and said she wanted more information on the man’s mental state before accepting his plea.

  • Oct 27th, 2011 2:53pm

Utility rates eclipse all at Langley voters’ forum

LANGLEY — Candidates hoping to get the nod from Langley voters tugged at the thorn that’s long troubled both businesses and residents alike — the city’s water and sewer rates — at a forum Monday evening.

  • Oct 26th, 2011 6:06pm

Freeland man accused in knife attack on parents enters pleas of not guilty

COUPEVILLE — A Freeland man accused of stabbing his parents in their Bush Point Terrace home earlier this month entered two pleas of not guilty on first-degree assault charges at his arraignment Monday in Island County Superior Court.

  • Oct 24th, 2011 11:04pm

Family happy that ‘Snappy’ makes it home

She ran away from home, changed her name and was looking forward to a life in show business. Whidbey the turtle’s brief shot at the spotlight has come to an end, however.

  • Oct 24th, 2011 4:04pm

No surprise: Freeland race goes straight to the sewer

Jim Short figures he’s got a lot to offer if voters return him to a seat on the board of commissioners for the Freeland Water & Sewer District. Trouble is, he thinks he’s fighting a losing battle and his chances for election are slim.

  • Oct 22nd, 2011 4:58pm

Two vie for coveted seat on Langley City Council

Two eager candidates — but somewhat reluctant campaigners — are hoping to win over voters in the race for Position 4 on the Langley City Council. Neither Thomas Gill nor R. Bruce Allen have ever served in elected office before, but both say they would bring a fresh perspective to the city council.

  • Oct 20th, 2011 3:31pm

Travel plan for suspected murderer is short on details

Turns out, the “complete itinerary” is not-so-complete. Accused murderer Peggy Sue Thomas left Whidbey Island on Friday on a six-state road trip to visit family and run some personal errands in her former home states of Nevada and New Mexico before she faces arraignment later this month in Island County Superior Court.

  • Oct 19th, 2011 4:02pm

Langley council candidates stress their top priorities

LANGLEY — From ambitious goals to admittedly more modest ones, the two candidates for Position 3 on the Langley City Council have pondered the possibilities — and the priorities — they’ll set if elected to the seat come November. Robin Adams and Jim Sundberg are both seeking to win the seat now held by Councilwoman Fran Abel, an appointee who chose not to run to retain her place on the council.

  • Oct 17th, 2011 4:13pm

Man accused in attack was evaluated, released on day of stabbing

A Freeland man who allegedly stabbed his parents had been evaluated earlier in the day at Whidbey General Hospital and released just hours before he attacked his mother and father in their Bush Point Terrace home Sunday.

  • Oct 16th, 2011 7:16pm

Freeland residents seek halt to spending on sewer project

Stop throwing money down the “rat hole” of a $40 million sewer project that’s opposed by most people who live in the Freeland area, residents told the board of the Freeland Water and Sewer District Monday.

  • Oct 13th, 2011 6:45pm

Blessings for all creatures great and small at St. Augustine’s

Dozens of people brought their four-legged friends and family members to the annual Blessing of the Animals in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Augustine in-the-Woods Episcopal Church Sunday.

  • Oct 12th, 2011 6:34pm

Bail set at $500,000 for Freeland man accused of knife attack on parents

COUPEVILLE — A Freeland man accused of stabbing his mother and father after breaking into their Bush Point Terrace-area home was ordered held in the Island County jail on $500,000 bond Tuesday.

  • Oct 12th, 2011 3:06pm

Freeland sewer officials consider rewriting agreement with county

Officials with the Freeland Water and Sewer District said they are working resolve the problems that led to a recent audit from the state Auditor’s Office that called into question the district’s expenditures on its $40 million sewer project.

  • Oct 12th, 2011 3:01pm

Freeland stabbing suspect to make first court appearance today

A Freeland man told police he stabbed his parents after he became upset with them "and things got out of control," according to papers filed in Island County Superior Court.

  • Oct 11th, 2011 6:55pm

Stabbing suspect undergoing evaluation at WGH | UPDATE

The suspect in a Freeland stabbing is undergoing an evaluation at Whidbey General Hospital.

  • Oct 10th, 2011 8:07pm

Suspect in Freeland stabbing admits attacking his parents | UPDATE

The suspect in the stabbing of a Freeland couple admitted attacking his parents, the Island County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

  • Oct 10th, 2011 5:57pm

South Whidbey port looks at 2012 budget

Port of South Whidbey commissioners will hold a public hearing next week on the port’s preliminary budget for 2012.

  • Oct 9th, 2011 7:15pm

Langley asks port to rethink marina project

With city officials and others obviously underwhelmed with the Port of South Whidbey’s latest plan for upgrading the Langley Marina, the city council met with port commissioners for two hours this week to gently suggest that the project lacks wow power and needs to be changed.

  • Oct 8th, 2011 9:21pm

Oh, snap! Exotic turtle discovered in South Whidbey ditch

Veterinarian David Parent never got a delivery like this before. Just before noon on a recent Tuesday, a Sunlight Shores-area woman walked into Parent’s office in Freeland with a plastic laundry basket.

  • Oct 6th, 2011 4:11pm

Murder suspect gets judge’s OK for five-state road trip

A Superior Court judge has given Peggy Sue Thomas permission to take a five-state, two-week road trip before the former Langley resident faces arraignment later this month for first-degree murder.

  • Oct 5th, 2011 8:27pm

South Enders scramble to find homes for rescued pets

The search is on for feline foster homes — or maybe something a bit more permanent — for more than a dozen cats that were recently rescued from a north end property that was nearly overrun with animals.

  • Oct 2nd, 2011 4:50pm

Island County faulted for lax oversight on Freeland sewer bills

Island County has done a poor job of monitoring the spending of the Freeland Water and Sewer District on its $40 million sewer project, state officials said in a recently released audit of Island County.

  • Sep 28th, 2011 8:57pm

Death of potential witness not related to Douglas murder

A sibling to Peggy Sue Thomas and a potential witness in her first-degree murder trial was found dead in her Marysville home late last week.

  • Sep 27th, 2011 8:23pm

Arraignment date pushed back for Thomas on first-degree murder charge

COUPEVILLE — The arraignment of Peggy Sue Thomas on a charge of first-degree murder was pushed back by four weeks Monday at the request of her laywer.

  • Sep 26th, 2011 9:58pm

Defense attorney asks to see emails on murder case

The attorney defending accused killer James “Jim” Huden is asking a Superior Court judge to order Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks to hand over internal emails in which Banks bickered with the county sheriff over what Banks called a flawed investigation into the 2003 murder of Russel Douglas.

  • Sep 22nd, 2011 3:38pm

Allderdice is city’s pick to fill empty council seat

Experience may have been the edge. The Langley City Council unanimously picked Doug Allderdice as the city’s newest councilman at the council meeting Monday evening.

  • Sep 21st, 2011 4:41pm

Langley to hire hearing examiner to review new development projects

LANGLEY — The Langley City Council approved a three-year agreement Monday night to hire a hearing examiner to review major development permits and other land-use actions.

  • Sep 22nd, 2011 2:26pm

Langley council picks Allderdice as new councilman

The Langley City Council unanimously picked Doug Allderdice as the city's newest councilman at the council meeting Monday evening. Allderdice, a former city councilman who stepped down in 2006, rejoined the council this week in council Position 5.

  • Sep 20th, 2011 1:18am

Council to review three-year contract for new hearing examiner

The Langley City Council is expected to finalize a three-year agreement tonight to hire a hearing examiner to review major developing permits and other land-use actions.

  • Sep 19th, 2011 6:29pm

‘Dateline,’ ‘48 Hours’ looking at murder case

COUPEVILLE — The 2003 Christmastime murder of a Langley man is drawing the interest of producers from two prime time television programs.

  • Sep 19th, 2011 4:00pm

Langley to increase sewer, permit fees

The base monthly rate for Langley sewer customers will go up $2.49 per month under a fee increase proposal now before the city council.

  • Sep 15th, 2011 6:53pm

Langley council vacancy draws two hopefuls | UPDATE

A candidate on November’s ballot for the Langley City Council is now also in the running for an appointed seat on the council.

  • Sep 14th, 2011 4:03pm

Proposal for new congressional district will push Larsen out | UPDATE

Island County would become part of a new Congressional district under a proposed plan unveiled Tuesday by former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton of the Washington State Redistricting Commission.

  • Sep 13th, 2011 9:41pm

Allen seeks appointment to Langley council

A candidate on November's ballot for the Langley City Council is now also in the running for an appointed seat on the council.

  • Sep 12th, 2011 8:13pm

Allderdice seeks seat on Langley Council

Retired doctor Doug Allderdice is stepping up once again to help the city of Langley.

  • Sep 12th, 2011 5:41pm

Documents show victim’s wife is suspect in murder

The wife of the Langley man who was murdered on the day after Christmas 2003 has been a suspect in the killing for more than six years.

  • Sep 11th, 2011 6:00pm

Key witness in Douglas murder has criminal past

Jean Huden, a key witness in the upcoming trials for the pair accused of the murder of Russel Douglas — and also the woman who led to the arrest of the suspected triggerman in the killing — is a convicted felon with a long history of drug possession and other crimes.

  • Sep 8th, 2011 2:27pm

Freeland sewer opponents raise alarm about voters missing from rolls

FREELAND — Opponents of the plan for a $40 million sewer system for Freeland are amazed — and alarmed — after discovering that as many as half of the voters who live within the boundaries of the Freeland Water & Sewer District aren’t on the county’s roll of voters.

  • Sep 7th, 2011 4:52pm

Officials stay mum on third suspect in Douglas murder: Documents show county has had more than two suspects since 2005

Though only two people have been arrested in the 2003 murder of Russel Douglas, Island County law enforcement officials have long suspected that three people were involved in the Christmastime killing of the former Langley resident.

  • Sep 4th, 2011 5:27pm

Price Johnson to seek reelection as Island County commissioner | UPDATED

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson will run for reelection. Price Johnson said she was running for a second term because she wanted to see follow-up work completed on a number of issues.

  • Sep 3rd, 2011 4:11pm

Thomas to be released today on bail

COUPEVILLE — An Island County Superior Court judge has agreed to release accused murderer and former beauty queen Peggy Sue Thomas out on bail.

  • Sep 2nd, 2011 6:47pm

Uniquely South Whidbey Trade Fair canceled

Organizers of the third annual Uniquely South Whidbey Trade Fair announced today that the event has been indefinitely postponed.

  • Sep 1st, 2011 5:18pm

Allen picks up one more vote in Langley council race

Only one additional ballot has been counted in the three-way race for Position 4 on the Langley City Council.

  • Aug 31st, 2011 10:36pm

Start of Huden trial is delayed

The trial for accused killer James “Jim” Huden has been pushed back a month.

  • Aug 31st, 2011 9:57pm

South Whidbey parks officials plan to interview commissioner candidates in secret

Officials of the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District plan to meet this week in a closed-door session to interview candidates to replace outgoing board member Linda Kast.

  • Aug 30th, 2011 5:56pm

Money raising for Lauderdale’s county commissioner campaign off to a brisk start

Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale's campaign is off to a running start — in fundraising, at least.

  • Aug 29th, 2011 4:38pm

ONE WOMAN ­— TWO STORIES: Thomas goes from devoted mom to accused murderer

Devoted mom. Caring community member. Exemplary employee. Or calculating chameleon, and accomplice to first-degree murder. Two starkly different pictures of Peggy Sue Thomas began to emerge this week as Island County authorities prepare to arraign the former hairdresser and beauty queen in the Christmastime murder of Russel Douglas.

  • Aug 28th, 2011 6:09pm

Whidbey winner in modeling contest brings crew to island for photo shoot

Karla Gilbert attracted a few curious stares Thursday while standing near the end of the Coupeville Wharf. She's going to get a lot more interested looks in the months to come, though.

  • Aug 25th, 2011 8:02pm

Bail dropped to $500,000 from $5 million for beauty queen murder suspect

The bail for the former beautician and beauty queen charged in the first-degree murder of a Langley man was cut from $5 million to $500,000 at her bail hearing Tuesday in Island County Superior Court.

  • Aug 23rd, 2011 10:01pm

Gill and Allen still lead in Langley council race

Thomas Gill remains in first place in the three-way race for Position 4 for the Langley City Council.

  • Aug 19th, 2011 12:35am