Jessie Stensland

Jessie posted 452 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Prosecutors charge alleged Greenbank burglar

A Coupeville resident accused of breaking a homeowner’s back during a July 27 burglary and then fleeing to Canada was charged recently, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Paul Schmakeit, 20, in Island County Superior Court with burglary in the first-degree and assault in the first degree.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 9:37pm

Police nab second brother in suspected bat assault in Clinton

The second of two brothers suspected in a baseball bat-related assault and burglary on South Whidbey Aug. 8 faces felony charges in Island County Superior Court. Detectives with the Island County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for 31-year-old Shawn Poolman, a Freeland resident, since the Aug. 8 home-invasion burglary at a Clinton house. He was taken into custody in Port Townsend this past week.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 9:36pm

Island County Undersheriff Kelly Mauck announces resignation

The man who has helped the Island County Sheriff run the department since taking office in 2007 is leaving.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 9:30pm

Island County salary study reveals pay disparities

A new salary study by Island County’s human resource director shows that employees in professional positions like attorneys and engineers are generally underpaid.

  • Aug 18th, 2015 10:17pm

Clinton burglary, home-invasion suspect charged

One of two brothers allegedly involved in a home-invasion burglary in which residents were beat with clubs and baseball bats is facing charges Island County Superior Court.

  • Aug 14th, 2015 10:33pm

Greenbank man left paralyzed after burglary, assault

Detectives with the Island County Sheriff’s Office traveled to the border Thursday to pick up a suspect in a July 27 burglary and assault that left a Greenbank man paralyzed, according to Detective Ed Wallace.

  • Aug 7th, 2015 11:44pm

Judge hears Whidbey OLF noise complaint against Navy

The U.S. Department of Justice and an attorney representing a group of Central Whidbey residents squared off in federal court last week in a battle over jet noise.

  • Jul 21st, 2015 10:03pm

FBI to review details of inmate’s death at Island County jail

The FBI is reviewing the investigation into an inmate’s dehydration death at the Island County jail.

  • Jul 8th, 2015 5:00pm

In wake of Island County jail inmate’s death, sheriff announces jail reforms

In response to a report on an inmate’s death, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown announced that he instituted immediate reforms to ensure the safety and health of people in the Island County jail.

  • Jul 4th, 2015 2:00am

Commuters brace as Deception Pass bridge closure begins soon

Deception Pass bridge will close to traffic for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, July 12, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

  • Jul 2nd, 2015 11:32pm

Whidbey General Hospital coughs up cash for cleared nurse’s legal fees

Whidbey General Hospital paid its chief nursing officer’s legal fees in defending against a gross-misdemeanor criminal charge of which she was found not guilty.

  • Jul 1st, 2015 2:00pm

Pair survives small plane crash near Oak Harbor airport

Two people are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a skydiving plane crashed near the Oak Harbor airport Monday night, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 10:49pm

Farris’ death was the third at Island County Jail in under 10 years; authorities say circumstances were not the same

Keaton Farris was the second person to die in the Island County Jail in 18 months and the third in nine years.

  • Jun 24th, 2015 2:00pm

Sunday protestors surround Island County Jail, crowd chants for sheriff’s resignation

More than 250 people in black shirts, many holding signs, quietly marched through Coupeville on Sunday to the Island County Jail, where they held hands and formed a human chain encircling the facility.

  • Jun 24th, 2015 2:00am

Negligence a role in Island County Jail inmate’s death, investigation concludes

“Catastrophic systemic failures” at the Island County Jail led to a 25-year-old man’s death from dehydration April 8, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said.

  • Jun 20th, 2015 2:00pm

Negligence a role in inmate’s death, according to Island County Sheriff’s investigation

"Catastrophic systemic failures" at the Island County Jail led to a 25-year-old man's death from dehydration April 8, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said. An exhaustive investigation by Detective Ed Wallace offers an unblinking look at how negligence and errors by both corrections deputies and jail administration contributed to Keaton Farris' tragic death. The report was released today.

  • Jun 19th, 2015 12:46am

WSDOT to study fares for Whidbey buses

It’s unlikely that Island Transit will be able to abandon its fare-free model anytime soon, according to board members.

  • Jun 12th, 2015 10:58pm

9-1-1 dispatch chief proposes fix for Island Transit radio botch

The director of the I-COM emergency dispatch center has a proposal that may finally fix a communication problem that has dogged Island Transit buses for years.

  • Jun 12th, 2015 10:55pm

Whidbey hunter busted for illegal firearm possession

A deer hunter ran into trouble with the law last Halloween after deputies discovered he wasn’t supposed to be armed, court records state. Michael Ferren, a 45-year-old Langley resident, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court June 1 to a count of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.

  • Jun 9th, 2015 10:30pm

Study ranks Island County tax burden among the lowest in state, country

Island County has the 10th lowest tax burden in the state and a comparatively low tax burden in the nation, according to a new study by SmartAsset.

  • Jun 8th, 2015 4:28pm

Burglar pleads guilty, sentenced to 5 years

A man who was once named as a “person of interest” in an unresolved bank robbery was sent to prison for stealing cigarettes and lottery tickets.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015 9:37pm

Detective educates Whidbey students on Internet, digital do’s, don’ts following school incidents

Earlier this year, a 15-year-old boy at South Whidbey High School was caught allegedly taking photos up girls’ skirts with a cell phone.

  • May 16th, 2015 4:00pm

Owner of vessel that sank in Penn Cove sued for $2.79 million

Rory Westmoreland is out of jail after serving 75 days earlier this year, but his troubles are far from over.

  • May 15th, 2015 11:16pm

Attorney squabble may lead to High Court showdown

The Island County prosecutor, county commissioners and a land-use attorney may be headed for a constitutional showdown. In addition, the deputy prosecutor’s union is exploring the possibility of filing a grievance against the board.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 3:33pm

Oops, federal funding may not cover Island Transit gazebo bills

For critics of Island Transit, two gazebos have become a symbol of a boondoggle. The two picturesque but seldom-used structures are reminders of the lavish spending on the new transit facility near Coupeville. Over-spending on the project was connected to a financial scandal that resulted in employee layoffs, route cuts and the ouster of the director last year.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 3:33pm

Legal challenge to Island County coroner dropped

A widow has dropped a legal challenge to the Island County coroner’s determination in the manner of her husband’s death.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 9:37pm

Gipson found innocent: Jury acquits Whidbey General Hospital’s chief nurse

Linda Gipson is not guilty of assaulting a patient at Whidbey General Hospital. The jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before returning the verdict in Island County District Court Friday afternoon.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 2:00pm

Island County inmate death sparks review

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown placed two corrections deputies on paid administrative leave following the death of an inmate this week.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 10:47pm

Ledgewood homeowners sue Island County

Residents of a Central Whidbey neighborhood struck by a massive landslide two years ago have filed lawsuits against Island County.

  • Apr 9th, 2015 3:05pm

Chief nursing officer trial begins in Island County

The prosecution and defense laid out their arguments Thursday afternoon in the criminal case against a Whidbey General Hospital administrator accused of assaulting a patient last summer.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 1:48pm

Island County prosecutor, commissioners argue over outside hire

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said he may file a lawsuit if the county commissioners hire an outside attorney without his approval.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 9:58pm

Bank heist suspect looks for love from behind bars

Bank heist suspect Christian Shorey is looking for potential romantic partners via Craigslist.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 9:54pm

Hospital nurse case will proceed to trial, court decides: Judge rebukes prosecutor for talking to newspaper

The prosecutor’s case against the chief nursing officer at Whidbey General Hospital is moving forward to a trial on April 2.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 10:37pm

Prosecutor objects to county’s plan to hire outside counsel

A squabble among Island County officials over the hiring of a consulting land-use attorney echoes of a 15-year-old controversy.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 4:00pm

Island Transit: Agency faces a long road ahead, director says

The challenges facing Island Transit go beyond the financial mess that came to light last summer.

  • Mar 5th, 2015 2:57pm

ACLU claims Whidbey hospital violates abortion law

Whidbey General Hospital is violating the law by not providing abortion services, the American Civil Liberties Union claims.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 12:02am

Mug shot rule change proposed following Freeland crime

A suspected South Whidbey burglar has inspired a bill in Olympia that would make jail mug shots available for disclosure to the public.

  • Feb 26th, 2015 4:19pm

Whidbey General Hospital helps fund employee’s criminal defense

Whidbey General Hospital taxpayers are helping fund the criminal defense of a hospital employee, and it has county prosecutors scratching their heads.

  • Feb 21st, 2015 4:00pm

Langley’s Jim Sundberg now last of old Island Transit Guard

Jackie Henderson’s first meeting on the Island Transit board was an eventful marathon session in which the board adopted new routes, purchased new buses and rejected a headhunting proposal.

  • Feb 20th, 2015 11:23pm

Alleged South Whidbey stabber violates court orders

A South Whidbey man accused of stabbing another man in the leg during a robbery Jan. 1 managed to get himself into more trouble while in jail, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.

  • Feb 17th, 2015 10:49pm

Island County prosecutor refutes TV error

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks claims he did not steal money from a dead woman’s purse, contrary to what a regional TV news station reported. “I categorically deny it,” he said. Colleagues in Banks’ office have been ribbing him since a story on the KIRO website inadvertently mixed up the prosecutor and the defendant in a story about Doug Saar, a former Oak Harbor attorney who was sentenced to prison earlier this month for stealing from clients.

  • Feb 17th, 2015 10:36pm

Former commissioner Emerson’s lawsuit moves to trial

A portion of a lawsuit brought against Island County by a former commissioner and her husband is moving toward a jury trial.

  • Feb 4th, 2015 8:00pm

Sheriff’s office slapped with $10 million suit

Attorneys representing five women who say they were sexually assaulted by a swim coach for the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District in the 1990s have filed a tort against the Island County Sheriff’s Office, demanding $10 million to $20 million in damages.

  • Feb 4th, 2015 2:00am

Whidbey Recipes food columnist fools burglar

An 82-year-old recipe columnist for the South Whidbey Record tricked a burglar into incriminating himself last year.

  • Jan 31st, 2015 12:50am

Crab boat owner gets 75 days for 2010 sinking, spill in Penn Cove

The owner of the Deep Sea crab boat that caught fire, sank and spilled oil into Penn Cove is going to jail and is being sued for $1.2 million.

  • Jan 23rd, 2015 11:50pm

Island Transit board sees new leadership

Island Transit is changing gears for 2015. After a year marked by controversy and trouble, the transportation agency’s staff and board of directors are going full speed ahead with what may turn out to be some major changes later this year.

  • Jan 20th, 2015 10:15pm

Island County cops arrest three for felony domestic violence

Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated three allegations of felony-level domestic assaults on South Whidbey in a three-week period.

  • Jan 17th, 2015 12:06am

Whidbey General Hospital included in state audit report

Whidbey General Hospital officials failed to file complete financial reports with the Washington State Auditor’s Office for three years in a row, a violation of state law.

  • Jan 13th, 2015 10:23pm

Whidbey hospital CEO grilled in court, prosecutor questions testimony

Two administrators at Whidbey General Hospital gave conflicting testimony under oath during a court hearing Tuesday over how they handled an assault allegation against a fellow administrator.

  • Jan 11th, 2015 4:56pm

IT board sees new members appointed

The leadership of Island Transit is going to be very different in the new year. The majority of board members have been replaced and will be working with a new interim director.

  • Dec 26th, 2014 5:08pm