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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The suspect in a Freeland stabbing is undergoing an evaluation at Whidbey General Hospital.
The suspect in the stabbing of a Freeland couple admitted attacking his parents, the Island County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Port of South Whidbey commissioners will hold a public hearing next week on the port’s preliminary budget for 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COUPEVILLE — The 2003 Christmastime murder of a Langley man is drawing the interest of producers from two prime time television programs.
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.
A candidate on November’s ballot for the Langley City Council is now also in the running for an appointed seat on the council.
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.
A candidate on November's ballot for the Langley City Council is now also in the running for an appointed seat on the council.
Retired doctor Doug Allderdice is stepping up once again to help the city of Langley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COUPEVILLE — An Island County Superior Court judge has agreed to release accused murderer and former beauty queen Peggy Sue Thomas out on bail.
Organizers of the third annual Uniquely South Whidbey Trade Fair announced today that the event has been indefinitely postponed.
Only one additional ballot has been counted in the three-way race for Position 4 on the Langley City Council.
The trial for accused killer James “Jim” Huden has been pushed back a month.
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.
Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale's campaign is off to a running start — in fundraising, at least.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Gill remains in first place in the three-way race for Position 4 for the Langley City Council.