Jessie Stensland

Couple accused of getting fraudulent life insurance policy on terminally ill boy

A Whidbey Island couple is accused of trying to fraudulently obtain a life insurance policy on a child after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer… Continue reading

Motorcyclists injured in crash

Two motorcyclists were seriously injured when their Harley Davidson was struck by a pickup on State Highway 20 south of Coupeville on Memorial Day. The… Continue reading

Distressed rabbit| Island Scanner

The following items were chosen from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, May 16 At 1:53 a.m., a Humphrey Road resident reported… Continue reading

Suspect on the run enters house without permission

A 22-year-old man on the run from the law went into a house without permission and stashed his drugs, according to court documents. A deputy… Continue reading

Invading furniture | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Wednesday, May 8 At 7:25 a.m., a resident reported finding a… Continue reading

Navy investigation exposes rationale behind ‘sky penis’

The “sky penis” gave Naval Air Station Whidbey Island unwanted national and even international exposure again this month. The Navy News published a story based… Continue reading

Embezzlement had far-reaching consequences

A woman’s crimes brought a once-thriving business to the brink of bankruptcy, cost people their livelihoods and hurt her family. Shannon Brown’s decision to embezzle… Continue reading

Traveling bear | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, May 2 At 1:24 a.m., a Teronda Drive resident reported… Continue reading

Bookkeeper guilty of stealing $250,000

A former bookkeeper accused of stealing more than $250,000 from a Langley business over the course of three years is going to prison, according to… Continue reading

Candidate filing week starts with surprises

Candidate filing week began with some unexpected names. But as of Tuesday morning, no seats are contested. The filing period runs through Friday. Thomas Gill… Continue reading

Owner of preschool in OH accused of molesting children

A man who owns an Oak Harbor daycare with his wife is accused of raping and molesting three young girls, according to court documents. Coy… Continue reading

Suspected bank robber wanted on $500k warrant

A man who allegedly robbed an Oak Harbor bank is wanted on a $500,000 arrest warrant while his accomplice is being held in jail on… Continue reading

Police say intruder lived in home, stole appliances, did drugs

A couple returned home after being gone a couple of weeks to find an uninvited man sitting inside their South Whidbey home May 7. The… Continue reading

Smith leads effort to fix mental health system

Rep. Norma Smith employed her good-natured tenacity, in-depth knowledge of state government and bipartisan spirit to help lead an effort lawmakers hope will transform the… Continue reading

Tips help identify bank robber, accomplice

Oak Harbor police identified a suspect and an accomplice in an April 30 bank robbery, but they aren’t naming the men yet. Chief Kevin Dresker… Continue reading

State budget has money for Whidbey

Boys & Girls Clubs in Oak Harbor and Coupeville are among the winners in the state’s recently approved capital budget. Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, said… Continue reading

Day for Prayer

Pastor Rick Karjalainen, who’s also the chaplain for the Island County Sheriff’s Office, gives the benediction at the National Day of Prayer Rally outside the… Continue reading

One found alive, another dead in water off Whidbey

One man was recovered alive and another man was found dead in the water west of North Whidbey on Thursday. It’s unclear why the men… Continue reading

Group suing Navy for not producing Growler documents

An environmental group is suing the Navy in federal court for refusing to adequately fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests regarding EA-18G Growlers from Naval… Continue reading

Man back in jail after latest arrest

A man who led police on a slow-speed chase around Oak Harbor parking lots April 3 is back in jail, according to court documents. On… Continue reading