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Prosecutors recently dismissed charges against a 35-year-old man accused of raping a woman in her Freeland home in August. The case may not be over, however. The charges were dismissed without prejudice so they can be refiled in the future if the evidence supports them, according to Island County Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme.
A race for a state senate seat is one of the few contests that’s sparked any heat between candidates in local and state campaigns affecting Whidbey Island. It’s a particularly important race for state political parties and should also be a close one.
Island County Sheriff Mark Brown and his wife were inside the women’s Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington when a man opened fire and killed five people Sept. 23. Brown said he was unarmed at the time so he chose not to go after the shooter. Instead, he got his wife out of the store and did what he could to help from the parking lot.
For 111 years, a law that allows county commissioners to hire private attorneys has gone unchallenged.
Two Oak Harbor residents with very different backgrounds and personalities are vying for a seat on the Island County Board of Commissioners.
A trial that is supposed to decide the ownership of a sliver of waterfront property in Greenbank is now delayed.
Arcan Cetin did not fall through the cracks. Cetin’s struggle with mental-health problems are well documented, as are the efforts made by the law-and-justice system, treatment providers and his family to get him help, court documents and mental-health records show.
The day after catching a suspected mass murderer and making international news, Lt. Mike Hawley was back at work on North Whidbey, investigating a burglary in which a suspect left behind a prescription bottle with her name on it.
Days after five people were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, the Oak Harbor community is still reeling with the knowledge that the man who committed the inconceivable act of violence is one of their own.
Shenanigans with lasers earned a Freeland man a jail sentence and more than $100,000 in fines.
A convicted murderer was resentenced in Island County Superior Court last week after his conviction was appealed without his knowledge or consent.
Island County commissioners this week settled two lawsuits brought by Central Whidbey homeowners affected by a massive 2013 landslide. The more than 65 plaintiffs in the lawsuits will split $1.5 million, which will be paid by the Washington Counties Risk Pool. The county also agrees to rebuild the portion of Driftwood Way, destroyed in the Ledgewood Beach landslide, unless there’s unforeseen geological problems or the county can’t secure easements.
Two elected officials want to put the “task” back in task force. Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson and Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns decided that the dire need for affordable housing on North Whidbey is well documented and people have had plenty of discussions about the topic.
The new member of WhidbeyHealth’s board of commissioners has performed countless surgeries and regularly prescribes medicine, but he doesn’t have a medical degree. At least not to practice on humans.
The star witness for the prosecution in an Oak Harbor murder trial earlier this year is accused of shooting up a Clinton house Aug. 5 as revenge for being ripped off in a drug deal, court documents indicate. In March, Oak Harbor resident Bryce Hill, 19, testified in Island County Superior Court against his former friend, Christopher Malaga, who was ultimately convicted of the first-degree murder of Oak Harbor resident Adam Garcia. The motive for the Oct. 18, 2014 shooting wasn’t related to drugs, but occurred when Hill was selling cocaine to a fourth man at the scene.
Just as one of the parties in a highly publicized murder case was released from prison, yet another TV crime series recounted the sordid story of a 2003 murder on Whidbey Island.
A 35-year-old man is being held in Island County jail on $250,000 bail after he allegedly raped a Freeland woman in her home Aug. 20, according to court documents.
Montgomery wins again: Skagit County judge nixes summary judgment bid for second time, case heads to trial
A dispute over public beach access in Greenback will likely go to trial in October. Skagit County Superior Court Judge Laura Riquelme denied Island County’s motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against Greenbank residents Bruce and Joanne Montgomery. County officials asked the judge to end the three years of litigation and find that a disputed beach property at the end of Wonn Road belongs to the public.
Don’t be surprised if the new leader of Island Transit takes a seat next to you on the bus. Mike Nortier, the director, has been riding bus routes to help him get a feel for both the system and the riders.
Two teens with a drone and sheriff’s deputies thwarted South Whidbey boat bandits out for a joyride Wednesday. The unusual case, complete with a happy ending, made regional and even national TV news this week.
The only person fired in connection with a young man’s death inside the Island County jail has returned to work.
The Navy is asking members of the public what they think about plans for removing any potentially explosive materials from an off-limits wetlands on Central Whidbey Island. The 423-acre former Lake Hancock Target Range is now a pristine, brackish lagoon surrounded by freshwater marsh and uplands. It’s located across the highway from Greenbank Farm.
A judge in Skagit County Superior Court is expected to make an important ruling in the near future about Greenbank’s famed disputed access — the end of Wonn Road. Attorneys representing Island County, advocacy group Island Beach Access, Greenbank residents Bruce and Joanne Montgomery, and neighbors to the Montgomerys argued at length over motions before the court last week Thursday.
A 26-year-old Oak Harbor man sustained serious injuries from rolling his pickup truck after dragging a deputy and then leading him on a car chase, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. The deputy responded to a report of a disorderly man at a parking lot on Goldie Road just outside Oak Harbor at 8:52 p.m. Thursday.
A judge may make a decision this summer on the ownership of a small piece of beachfront property in Greenbank that’s been in litigation for three years.
The state Supreme Court accepted on direct review the Island County prosecutor’s lawsuit regarding the county commissioners’ use of outside attorneys. Direct review means that the case will jump past the appeals court and go straight to the high court. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said it’s rare for that to happen. The question the justices will settle is whether the commissioners have the right to hire private attorneys for legal work the county prosecutor says he is willing and able to do.
There will be races for Island County commissioner after all. Just hours before press time, Gary Wray, a Coupeville Republican and business owner, filed against incumbent Helen Price Johnson, a Clinton Democrat representing District 1 — South and Central Whidbey. Also, two previously undeclared candidates filed this week to run against Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, a Republican who is seeking her second term. The seat represents District 2, which is roughly the city of Oak Harbor.
No surprise local candidates appeared during Filing Week as of noon on Tuesday.
There’s keen interest in the May 24 presidential primary election among Island County voters, even though the results are unlikely to affect the race.
In the past three years, the amount of stuff from septic tanks and sewage treatment plants making its way to Island County’s treatment facility has doubled in volume. Since the plant was at capacity, county officials have decided it is time to expand. While officials in the city of Oak Harbor are building a $100-million or so sewage treatment plant in the middle of the city, county officials are quietly moving ahead with plans to enlarge a smaller sewage treatment plant that most people don’t even know exists. The project is estimated to cost $2.3 million.
Insisting that he was wrongfully convicted, a Whidbey Island man convicted of child rape remained defiant at his sentencing hearing Thursday. Jonathan Sage, 33, gave a long, rambling speech in Island County Superior Court that blamed investigators, a prosecutor, the judge and jury for an outcome he described as unjust, but he also delved into his grievances at the county jail and a short-lived hunger strike.
In many ways, Sprite is a typical “teenager.” Sometimes she doesn’t want to hug her mommy — especially if someone else is watching — or do what she’s told. She’s sassy and can be rude to others in the household. She watches TV, eats Doritos and would rather hang out with friends than be cooped up in the house.
An 18-year-old Coupeville woman injured in a possible DUI-related accident Monday morning later died that day at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the Washington State Patrol reported. She was identified as Keesha M. Harden.
A burglar who robbed a South Whidbey couple of sentimental treasures and a sense of security was sent to prison this week.
Anyone planning to drive onto the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry in May should make reservations as soon as possible, a Washington State Ferries spokesman warns.
A spate of serious crimes has been expensive for Island County. Elaine Marlow, the county’s budget director, recently warned the commissioners about mounting defense costs for two murder cases. At the same time, detectives in the sheriff’s office have a backlog of lower-priority cases as they deal with a murder and other serious cases.
A solid waste collector with the city of Oak Harbor saved a garbage truck last Wednesday afternoon by dumping trash on the side of Highway 20. Dave Zylstra said he was hauling a load of garbage to the transfer center in Coupeville when he started smelling smoke. He looked out his rearview mirror and saw that the smoke was coming from the back of his truck.
They’re a small group on Whidbey Island but they are dedicated.
Members of the Island Transit board unanimously approved a contract today that the agency’s attorney, Matt Hendricks, negotiated with Nortier. Nortier retired in January after serving as the commanding officer of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. He has more than 20 years of experience as a Navy officer. The transit board members unanimously chose Nortier from among three finalists following closed-door interviews last month. The board members directed Hendricks to negotiate a contract with him.
For the first time in Island Transit’s 29-year history, the agency will begin charging fees this summer — but only on one route. Island Transit board members unanimously voted Monday to reestablish the 412 route and to charge a $2 fare; riders 8 years old and younger will ride free. The 412 route, which is part of the Everett connector, runs from Camano Island to Everett. It was cut in 2014 after state funding for the route dried up, but the funding was reestablished for the current biennium.
Prosecutors and detectives hope that guilty verdicts in a child rape trial Monday will help bring closure for two boys who survived devastating abuse, neglect and rejection.
A former Langley man who ran a public relations firm on South Whidbey is slated to go to trial on child rape charges on April 5.