Jessie Stensland

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Clinton man accused of hitting pedestrian with car

A Clinton man is accused of purposely hitting a pedestrian with a car and then driving off, court documents state. Prosecutors charged 31-year-old Christopher L. Locken with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and hit and run.

  • Dec 16th, 2014 10:34pm

Whidbey General Hospital contests Island County prosecutor’s subpoena in chief nurse assault case

Whidbey General Hospital is fighting a subpoena from the Island County prosecutor seeking an internal investigation report into allegations that the chief nursing officer assaulted a restrained patient.

  • Dec 13th, 2014 4:00pm

Judge declines to step down from hospital assault case: Island County Prosecutor asked for the recusal

Island County District Court Judge Bill Hawkins refused to recuse himself from a criminal case involving his wife’s boss, even though the prosecutor asked him to voluntarily step down. Hawkins explained that the prosecutor’s motion contained many factual errors about his wife’s employment.

  • Dec 5th, 2014 11:40pm

Suspected bank robber caught across the highway

Oak Harbor police caught a suspected bank robber who wasn’t in a hurry to get away from the scene of the crime Friday.

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 11:55pm

Sheriff’s guild, county finally hammer out contract: Deputies to receive up to $20,000 checks by end of year for back pay

After six long years, deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office are finally working under a contract. In a last-minute push, both sides in the negotiations were able to come to the table and compromise on issues of pay and benefits, according to Deputy Darren Crownover, president of the Island County Deputy Sheriff’s guild.

  • Nov 26th, 2014 12:00am

Island Transit hires Graska as interim chief

Island Transit’s interim director will begin his six-month stint no later than Dec. 15.

  • Nov 25th, 2014 6:11pm

Transit board eyes interim chief with bumpy career

Mired in controversy, Island Transit officials are looking at a new interim director with a controversial history all his own.

  • Nov 18th, 2014 10:27pm

Jacks makes comeback in latest Island County ballot count

The Island County commissioner race will likely require a recount. If that happens, appointed Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan will get to spend a little extra time on the board.

  • Nov 7th, 2014 11:50pm

Republicans lead on election night; Hannold, Grone and Crider all ahead

It appears from the first count of ballots Tuesday night that the Republican momentum nationwide was felt in Island County. Republican candidates are ahead in all but one of the contested local and legislative races affecting Island County. The bid for the Island County commissioner district 3 seat, however, is still too close to call.

  • Nov 5th, 2014 5:32am

Prosecutor, police to investigate former Island Transit chief

The Washington State Patrol agreed to conduct a criminal investigation into “certain conduct” described in an audit report of Island Transit, Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said Monday. Banks said the investigation will look into “irregularities in compensation” described in the recently released report from the state Auditor’s Office. He said he didn’t want to be too specific because the investigation may be larger in scope.

  • Nov 4th, 2014 11:38pm

Accused murderer pleads not guilty in Oak Harbor slaying

The man accused of shooting and killing Oak Harbor resident Adam Garcia appeared in court for the second time Monday afternoon. Christopher Malaga, 23, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

  • Nov 4th, 2014 10:23pm

Island County Community Health keeping tabs on travelers

Some Island County residents are currently in West Africa and will return under scrutiny for possible Ebola exposure, according to Keith Higman, the county’s public health director.

  • Nov 4th, 2014 10:20pm

Cops apprehend suspected Clinton burglar after chase

On Feb. 28, a Freeland resident reported that he returned home from surgery and found his house had been broken into. Guns, a large amount of jewelry, silver, gold, computers and a TV were stolen.

  • Oct 31st, 2014 9:54pm

Oak Harbor mayor rallies for resignation of transit directors

Scott Dudley is taking his show on the road. Oak Harbor’s fired-up mayor is bringing his criticism of Island Transit’s board of directors to other elected officials across the island, though his message may not be well received. Dudley, who may be seeking re-election next year, is making Island Transit his personal crusade.

  • Oct 30th, 2014 5:35pm

Transit board member quits, urges others to follow suit

Jim Campbell resigned from the embattled Island Transit board last week and urged his colleagues to follow suit.

  • Oct 28th, 2014 11:03pm

Former Island Transit chief gave herself raises, audit revealed

Reports by the Washington State Auditor’s Office lays the blame for financial problems at Island Transit squarely at the feet of the five-member board.

  • Oct 27th, 2014 6:30pm

Oak Harbor rocked by murder: Police apprehend suspect in Bellingham

Chris Baker’s home in Rolling Hills was filled with both tears and laughter Monday night. Family and friends sat round the dining table and shared memories of Baker’s grandson, Adam Garcia. The 21-year-old Oak Harbor man was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning in the city.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014 5:38pm

Vaughan backs out of Island Transit director application

Island County Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan announced at the Island Transit meeting last week he would seek the organization’s top job, but he appears to have had a change of heart over the weekend.

  • Oct 17th, 2014 10:59pm

Sheriff cans Island County detective following sexual harassment charges

The deputies’ guild is seeking arbitration on the Island County sheriff’s decision to fire a detective accused of sexual harassment.

  • Oct 10th, 2014 10:59pm

Hospital patient files suit

The woman who was allegedly assaulted by the head nurse at Whidbey General Hospital has filed a lawsuit against the hospital district.

  • Oct 7th, 2014 10:18pm

Late audit may result in Island Transit finding

Island Transit was late with paperwork related to an audit, which is likely to have findings showing the misappropriation of federal funds, according to Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley.

  • Oct 3rd, 2014 11:08pm

Oak Harbor mayor, transit board spar at tense meeting

The leadership of Island Transit continued down a bumpy road this week. The embattled board of directors held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss a leadership transition after Executive Director Martha Rose quit last Friday.

  • Sep 26th, 2014 10:34pm

Island Transit chief ‘retires’

The embattled executive director of Island Transit quit Friday after a tense meeting with the board of directors and an hour-long executive session.

  • Sep 20th, 2014 2:00pm

County to pay $30,000 in fairground repairs, annual event was held despite dangerous conditions

The county will fork out nearly $30,000 to repair “potentially” dangerous electrical problems at the Island County Fairgrounds. Facilities Director Larry Van Horn asked the Board of Commissioners for the emergency funding at Wednesday’s work session because “violations of this magnitude” needed to be repaired right away.

  • Sep 19th, 2014 10:43pm

Dog bites North Whidbey 3-year-old’s face, 15 stitches needed

A 3-year-old Oak Harbor girl is healing after a she was bitten in the face by a pit bull last week.

  • Sep 17th, 2014 6:00pm

Transit leaders vow to re-examine free-fare service

Island Transit will hire an outside consultant to conduct a study on whether it makes sense to charge fares on buses.

  • Sep 12th, 2014 10:38pm

Paratransit service cuts run deep on South End, meeting planned

Multiple sclerosis is a maddeningly mysterious autoimmune disease that leaves each of its victims with a unique progression of symptoms.

  • Sep 9th, 2014 9:56pm

Retired dentist dies in unexplained fire

A former Coupeville dentist was killed in a fire at his Central Whidbey Island home early Saturday morning.

  • Sep 10th, 2014 7:35pm

Cops ban Facebook user in hiding

A former South Whidbey man hiding out from the long arm of the law in China was recently banned from the Island County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for his trollish activities, according to Detective Ed Wallace.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 10:29pm

Whidbey grower develops claimed cure-all strain

Mathew Gordon experimented on himself to perfect what he claims is a medicine that can cure everything from hepatitis C to bee stings.

  • Sep 2nd, 2014 9:07pm

Alleged bank robber from Whidbey caught

A former Whidbey Island resident made a name for himself this summer. They call him the Alabama Band Bandit.

  • Aug 29th, 2014 9:50pm

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Island Transit

The estate of a woman who passed away in 2011 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Transit last week.

  • Aug 5th, 2014 9:27pm

Legal troubles mount for Loetterle following bungled buzz-bomb theft

South End man allegedly pulled knife on Ace Hardware employees when confronted

  • Aug 5th, 2014 9:26pm

‘Ferocious’ North Whidbey nudist runs for county sheriff

When you watch too much Jon Stewart, you run the risk of ending up like 87-year-old Dave Olinger. At least that’s what his wife says anyway. The North Whidbey resident is running as a write-in candidate for Island County sheriff in an effort that’s both serious and symbolic, but also intentionally provocative and a bit tongue-in-cheek.

  • Aug 3rd, 2014 2:00am

State to audit transit books

Financial experts at the Washington State Auditor’s Office will be going through books at Island Transit in the next couple of weeks to figure out what went wrong, according to the spokesman for the agency.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 10:53pm

Langley cop’s ‘arch nemesis’ accused of pooch trafficking

A 23-year-old homeless man who recently led South Whidbey cops on a foot chase through Langley may end up behind bars in a state prison for trying to sell a poodle that belonged to someone else, court documents allege.

  • Jul 30th, 2014 2:00pm

Shoddy accounting results in transit staff cuts, service reduction

A total of 24 employees will be laid off, Saturday bus service is being cancelled and five routes will be eliminated or changed due to financial problems uncovered at Island Transit.

  • Jul 26th, 2014 2:30pm

Four to face off in primary for state office

Two candidates who have the support of their respective parties are being challenged by party outsiders in the race for state representative, position 2 in the state’s 10th Legislative District.

  • Jul 22nd, 2014 9:54pm

Alleged Freeland hand slicer lands in court

A 46-year-old Freeland man is accused of slicing another man on the hand with a knife during an argument about video surveillance, court documents state.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 11:03pm

Whidbey General Hospital CEO to hang up hat

Whidbey General Hospital commissioners are putting together a list of criteria to help them find the perfect chief executive officer, according to Commissioner Ron Wallin.

  • Jul 20th, 2014 8:49pm

WGH nursing chief charged with assault

Prosecutors charged the chief nursing officer at Whidbey General Hospital last week with assaulting a patient.

  • Jul 9th, 2014 10:19pm

Freeland man injured in rollover crash

Three people were transported to the hospital and one man was seriously injured in two separate rollover accidents on the highway south of Coupeville Thursday evening.

  • Jun 27th, 2014 10:45pm

Candidate’s blackface parody comes under fire

The head of the Island County Democrats is denouncing a candidate for a state representative seat who put on “blackface” to impersonate President Obama in an internet video. Oak Harbor resident David Sponheim, 54, is one of three candidates running against state Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island.

  • Jun 21st, 2014 4:00pm

Accused Coupeville cop was “tricked,” judge says

There’s nothing unusual about the police using a ruse against a criminal suspect. Such trickery can be “legal and appropriate,” said Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock.

  • Jun 18th, 2014 10:00pm

North Whidbey man accused of kidnapping, brutal rape

North Whidbey resident Darcy Zook got the scare of a lifetime when police caught a suspect in a brutal rape and kidnapping case hiding in an orchard just outside her doors Saturday.

  • Jun 17th, 2014 9:59pm

Two Navy men die in kayaking accident near Libbey Beach

Two active-duty Navy men were killed over the weekend in a kayaking accident on the west side of Whidbey Island, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014 9:55pm

Whidbey General Hospital nurse accused of patient assault

A nursing administrator at Whidbey General Hospital is being investigated for allegedly assaulting a patient in restraints last week, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

  • May 23rd, 2014 10:44pm

Losing job no surprise, treasurer candidate says

Wanda Grone wasn’t surprised when she was fired last week. Grone, a Coupeville resident, had been the chief deputy treasurer in Island County for more than three years. Last Monday, she filed to run against her boss in this fall’s election.

  • May 20th, 2014 9:40pm

Former Island County Commissioner Emerson seeks Kitsap auditor seat

Kelly Emerson hasn’t left politics behind. Emerson surprised many by resigning her position as Island County commissioner earlier this month. She is a Republican and represented District 3.

  • May 23rd, 2014 3:26pm

Filing week yields several surprises in Island County

The election season turned a little ugly even before filing week was over.

  • May 16th, 2014 10:45pm