Jessie Stensland

Retail sales grew in Island County, Langley

New numbers released by the state Department of Revenue show that Island County experienced a healthy growth in all taxable retail sales from the year… Continue reading

1 killed, 1 injured in crashes

A motorcyclist was killed and a bicyclist injured in separate accidents Monday on Whidbey. Joshua Bybee, 30, of Freeland, died in a motorcycle accident. The… Continue reading

Bicyclist injured in accident in Langley

A bicyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Langley Tuesday evening. The Washington State Patrol reported that Peter Oakley, 56, of Langley… Continue reading

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                                Convicted murderer Joshua Lambert appears bored during a hearing last Friday on a series of his motions. He is acting as his own attorney.

Murderer clogs online system with motions

A murderer being held in Island County jail is making the most of the legal system. Joshua Lambert, 36, is acting as his own attorney… Continue reading

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                                Convicted murderer Joshua Lambert appears bored during a hearing last Friday on a series of his motions. He is acting as his own attorney.
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                                Florida resident Dale Mickler appears in Island County Superior Court Monday with attorney Morgan Gierhart, a public defender with Island Defense.

Woman, 64, accused of attempted kidnapping

A 64-year-old woman is accused of grabbing a child and running away with her at a Deception Pass campground June 9. Dale E. Mickler made… Continue reading

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                                Florida resident Dale Mickler appears in Island County Superior Court Monday with attorney Morgan Gierhart, a public defender with Island Defense.

Road will keep island traversable if highway is blocked

Island County commissioners’ decision to spend $4 million to build a short road off the beaten track on Central Whidbey was a wise investment. That… Continue reading

Motorcyclist killed in accident on South Whidbey

A 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident on Highway 525 on South Whidbey Monday night. The Washington State Patrol reported that Joshua Bybee of… Continue reading

White blobs bob along | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Monday, May 7 At 1:24 a.m., a caller reported finding a… Continue reading

Storage unit skull deemed Native American

A human skull that was found along with a jumble of stolen goods in a Whidbey Island storage unit was Native American, according to the… Continue reading

Chief Marks can no longer lead the department

Langley Police Chief David Marks has lost the ability to effectively lead his department. Details of Marks’ alleged excessive use of force against a handcuffed,… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor resident Lewis Cox, at right, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to a child pornography charge. He appeared with attorney Steve McKay.

OH child porn suspect was employed at behavorial health agency

An Oak Harbor man accused of possessing child pornography worked as an administrator for Compass Health, according to the nonprofit organization. Lewis Cox, 49, pleaded… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor resident Lewis Cox, at right, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to a child pornography charge. He appeared with attorney Steve McKay.

Thomas hangs herself in jail

A former Clinton woman who traveled to California to kill her sister hanged herself in jail, the Associated Press reported. Linda Thomas was found Monday… Continue reading

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                                Tom Hellinger stands next to a halibut he caught in Puget Sound.

Freeland man hooks ‘fish of a lifetime’

Tom Hellinger didn’t know he had hooked into a monster until the bottom feeder rose to the surface. “I knew it was a nice fish,”… Continue reading

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                                Tom Hellinger stands next to a halibut he caught in Puget Sound.

Date set on Nichols appeal

Two sides in a case involving a fatal collision on South Whidbey will be argued before the state Court of Appeals July 18, according to… Continue reading

Editorial: Battling opioid addiction takes innovative approaches

Drug court is a perfect example of how government should take a creative, multifaceted approach to dealing with drug and alcohol abuse in the community.… Continue reading

Linda Thomas

Elderly Clinton woman guilty of killing sister

Two years ago, an elderly Clinton woman shot her sister in the head with a .38 Special Ladysmith revolver and then fought ferociously with her… Continue reading

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Langley Police Chief David Marks

Prosecutor declines to charge chief

The Island County prosecutor declined to charge Langley Police Chief David Marks with a crime in connection with a use-of-force incident that occurred last November.… Continue reading

Langley Police Chief David Marks

Loose goats found, owner wanted

A South Whidbey woman is trying to find the owner of a couple of wayward goats she came across in her neighborhood. Eric Kelly said… Continue reading

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                                South Whidbey resident Jonathan “Lexzi” Zupan appears in Island County Superior Court with attorney Margot Carter Monday for a sentencing hearing.

Gas station robber pleads guilty, sentenced to prison

A woman who committed two armed robberies of a gas station in Clinton last year was sent to prison Monday. Jonathan “Lexzi” Zupan, 24, pleaded… Continue reading

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                                South Whidbey resident Jonathan “Lexzi” Zupan appears in Island County Superior Court with attorney Margot Carter Monday for a sentencing hearing.

Mysterious grave | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, April 26 At 11:11 a.m., a clerk at a convenience… Continue reading