Jessie Stensland

Island County has high net wealth, low credit card debt

Island County residents are doing pretty well financially, according to reports from financial technology company SmartAsset. The county has one of the highest per capita… Continue reading

ELECTION RESULTS: Bailey leads race for senate; HPJ, Johnson for commissioners

The incumbent candidates in state and county races affecting Whidbey Island were ahead of challengers in the first count of ballots Tuesday night. As expected,… Continue reading

WEAN loses appeal of environmental regulations decision

A state board denied an environmental group’s request to reconsider parts of a recent decision regarding Island County’s environmental regulations. Still, the issue of whether… Continue reading

State Board of Health to consider COER complaint

The Washington State Board of Health will consider in a meeting today whether to investigate a complaint against two Island County Public Health employees. In… Continue reading

Beating heroin — Island County builds outreach team to combat rising South Whidbey drug problem

A trio of Island County employees from different disciplines will hit the streets next year in search of heroin users and pill takers. The Island… Continue reading

Navy will test wells on Whidbey for possibly hazardous contaminants

Wells near NAS Whidbey, OLF Coupeville to be tested for possibly hazardous chemical …

Mall shooting suspect appears in court, waives speedy trial

Suspect mall shooter waives right to a speedy trial as investigators continue to build case…

Bailey, Homola battle for key senate seat

A race for a state senate seat is one of the few contests that’s sparked any heat between candidates in local and state campaigns affecting Whidbey Island. It’s a particularly important race for state political parties and should also be a close one.

Rape charge dismissed against man, 35, in Freeland case

Prosecutors recently dismissed charges against a 35-year-old man accused of raping a woman in her Freeland home in August. The case may not be over, however. The charges were dismissed without prejudice so they can be refiled in the future if the evidence supports them, according to Island County Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme.

Tobacco thieves caught on tape at Shell Shack

Detectives with the Island County Sheriff’s Office are trying to identify three suspects who stole $10,000 worth of tobacco products from a Freeland gas station last month.

Island County Jail report outlines reforms needed in wake of death

Implementing an expert’s recommendations for improving the operations of the Island County jail will come with a high price tag.

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.

Second suspect arrested in Greenbank home invasion

A second young Coupeville man was arrested in connection with a July 27 burglary that left a resident paralyzed.

Whidbey man held for Cascade Mall slayings in Burlington

Days after five people were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, the Oak Harbor community is still reeling with the knowledge that the man who committed the inconceivable act of violence is one of their own.

Johnson vs. Homola: Differences are stark in District 2 race

The tension between the two candidates vying to represent Oak Harbor-area residents on the Board of Island County Commissioners started before either of them ran for public office.

Fire destroys Central Whidbey trailer

Nobody was injured when a mobile home on Race Road burned to the ground Sunday night. Chief Ed Hartin with Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue said the doublewide was vacant and was undergoing renovations. The owners were in Arizona.

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.

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.

Freeland escrow company accused of bilking investors

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.

Oak Harbor man dials up harassment, stalking charges

A 68-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of stalking a 911 dispatcher and threatening to kill a law enforcement officer and his family, court documents indicate.