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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.
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.
The man who has helped the Island County Sheriff run the department since taking office in 2007 is leaving.
A new salary study by Island County’s human resource director shows that employees in professional positions like attorneys and engineers are generally underpaid.
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.
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.
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.
The FBI is reviewing the investigation into an inmate’s dehydration death at the Island County jail.
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.
Deception Pass bridge will close to traffic for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, July 12, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
"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.
It’s unlikely that Island Transit will be able to abandon its fare-free model anytime soon, according to board members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rory Westmoreland is out of jail after serving 75 days earlier this year, but his troubles are far from over.
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.
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.
A widow has dropped a legal challenge to the Island County coroner’s determination in the manner of her husband’s death.
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.
Island County Sheriff Mark Brown placed two corrections deputies on paid administrative leave following the death of an inmate this week.
Residents of a Central Whidbey neighborhood struck by a massive landslide two years ago have filed lawsuits against 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.
Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said he may file a lawsuit if the county commissioners hire an outside attorney without his approval.
Bank heist suspect Christian Shorey is looking for potential romantic partners via Craigslist.
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.
A squabble among Island County officials over the hiring of a consulting land-use attorney echoes of a 15-year-old controversy.
The challenges facing Island Transit go beyond the financial mess that came to light last summer.
Whidbey General Hospital is violating the law by not providing abortion services, the American Civil Liberties Union claims.
A suspected South Whidbey burglar has inspired a bill in Olympia that would make jail mug shots available for disclosure to the public.
Whidbey General Hospital taxpayers are helping fund the criminal defense of a hospital employee, and it has county prosecutors scratching their heads.
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.
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.
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.
A portion of a lawsuit brought against Island County by a former commissioner and her husband is moving toward a jury trial.
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.
An 82-year-old recipe columnist for the South Whidbey Record tricked a burglar into incriminating himself last year.
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.
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.
Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated three allegations of felony-level domestic assaults on South Whidbey in a three-week period.
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.
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.
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.