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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.
The former commanding officer of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is likely the next executive director of Island Transit.
Island County has once again prevailed in litigation involving Kelly Emerson, a former county commissioner, but the long saga is still not over.
Christopher Malaga is guilty of shooting his friend in the face and killing him over a petty beef in October of 2014.
Island Transit’s board of directors has selected three finalists to become the transportation agency’s next director, but in doing so it may have violated Washington’s sunshine laws.
The credit rating on Whidbey General Hospital’s $50-million general obligation bonds to fund the expansion of the Coupeville facility was recently upgraded as the hospital’s new administration focuses on financial health.
At least two Democratic candidates are mounting grassroots campaigns to unseat the 10th District state senator.
The Island County prosecutor is asking the state Supreme Court to allow his lawsuit against a private attorney to bypass the court of appeals.
The Coupeville ferry dock will be closed for a weekend next fall to make it safer in the event of the Big One.
A well-known Coupeville resident and former Island County commissioner candidate died at his home Jan. 23.
Two Freeland men are accused of shooting at a deer from a car window at night this past October.
A judge in Skagit County Superior Court agreed with the Island County commissioners and threw out a lawsuit the Island County prosecutor filed to stop them from using an outside land-use attorney without his consent.
An FBI agent and an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice are touring the Island County Jail today.
Officials at Island Transit formally decided to keep a tractor and two gazebos that were improperly purchased with grant money that had to be paid back to the federal government.
A former Oak Harbor attorney who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients got out of prison early and jumped back into litigation — only now he’s just representing himself.
The first person from Island County to be civilly committed under Washington state’s 25-year-old Sexually Violent Predator Act wants to be released to live in a home next to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Hearings in Island County Superior Court on Monday foreshadowed the likely complications with trying four defendants together for an Oak Harbor murder last year.
A Clinton couple recently filed a lawsuit against neighbors whose pit bull killed their small dog this past June.
A defense attorney and prosecutor offered vividly conflicting descriptions of a man accused of conspiring to murder an Oak Harbor teenager last month.
A Clinton man is facing criminal charges in federal court after agents found 13,400 images and videos of alleged child pornography on his computer, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court last month. Among the images and videos of young girls are some that the man surreptitiously took at his home and in a hotel over a period of at least five years, according to a report by a detective with the Bellingham Police Department.
The Island Transit board of directors adopted a $15 million budget this week that is significantly healthier than last year, when officials were forced to borrow money, lay off staff and cut routes to make ends meet.
A 58-year-old Freeland resident is facing a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping, according to court documents.
Two South Whidbey men are facing felony charges related to an incident this summer in which a Langley police officer was hit with a laser in the face and the police chief hurt his middle finger, court documents indicate.
One of the suspects in the Nov. 10 shooting of an Oak Harbor teenager allegedly borrowed a gun from a friend the day before.
Jose Briones plans to bring what he’s learned about dealing with mentally ill inmates at the state’s second-largest prison to the Island County jail.
A Freeland father and daughter, both principal officers in an escrow company, are accused of conspiring to steal and commit Securities Act violations, according to court documents.
Two young men, one young woman and a high school student were charged Wednesday in the shooting death of an Oak Harbor teenager.
Investigators and many in the Oak Harbor community are struggling to understand how and why four young people could have been involved in the murder of a teenage boy last week.
An Oak Harbor police captain filed a $1.5-million tort claim against Island County this week over a “Brady cop” document the prosecutor wrote describing an incident of alleged dishonesty.
A Greenbank man and former pizza business owner who was convicted of murdering his wife and throwing her tarp-wrapped body in a ravine behind their house will be returning to an Island County courtroom.
A Poulsbo man is facing charges for allegedly stealing crab pots and violating Fish and Wildlife rules while crabbing off of South Whidbey late last year.
The state Attorney General’s Office argues that an Island County District Court judge committed “three fundamental errors of law” in awarding reimbursement of legal fees to a hospital administrator acquitted of assault.
An Oak Harbor man who murdered both of his grandfathers has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the former chief of the Island County jail. Joshua Lambert, who’s serving a life sentence, alleges that he was improperly held in solitary confinement, his legal paperwork confiscated, he didn’t receive medication to control the voices in his head and he was punished in retaliation for assaulting people.
People across Whidbey Island are sharing their memories this week about Larry Cort — planner, leader, public servant, communicator, world traveler, Renaissance man.
A Greenbank man is accused of attacking a deputy with a kitchen knife after walking into a neighbor’s bedroom while the residents were sleeping Oct. 12, according to court documents.
A judge in Skagit County Superior Court denied the Island County prosecutor’s request for a preliminary injunction last Thursday in an unusual case that may end up in the state Supreme Court. The attorney representing Prosecutor Greg Banks asked for a preliminary injunction that would have barred a land-use attorney hired by the Island County Board of Commissioners from continuing her work for the county. The judge denied the request, ruling that Banks was unable to show reasons that it should be granted and that the outside attorney’s work benefits both the county and the prosecutor’s office, according to a statement from the commissioners.
Implementing an expert’s recommendations for improving the operations of the Island County jail will come with a high price tag.
Following revelations about a DUI case, Island Transit’s interim director told board members Friday that he doesn’t want to become the permanent head of the agency.
It’s not official yet, but the interim director for Island Transit admits it’s a near certainty that the famously fare-free buses will soon have fare boxes, at least on some routes.
A South Whidbey woman discovered she had been raped while unconscious at a party after viewing a video that her sister’s boyfriend shot as he assaulted her, according to court documents.
Complicated litigation that’s pitting the Island County prosecutor and the board of commissioners against each other has become even more complicated.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has filed an appeal of a judge’s decision regarding reimbursement of attorney’s fees in a criminal case against an administrator at Whidbey General Hospital.
Officials are not surprised that Whidbey Island is subsidizing Island Transit bus service on Camano Island, which they say is a result of the sales-tax model for funding government services and won’t impact the allocation of service.
A South Whidbey man who admitted to having child pornography on his computer during a polygraph exam will likely go to prison.