Jessie Stensland

Navy extends comment period on special ops training

The area where the Navy conducts special operations training may be expanded to include Whidbey Island. In addition, the number of training operations conducted each… Continue reading

Poll

What do you think of students walking out of school to protest gun violence?… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2018

Port gets $500k for parking lot in Mukilteo

Curt Gordon’s decade-long mission to build a parking lot is finally getting somewhere. State lawmakers included a $500,000 appropriation in the capital budget for the… Continue reading

Many incumbents seeking re-election

It’s a big election year for Island County with many county positions on the November ballot. In addition, state representatives will also be asking for… Continue reading

OH man accused of exposing himself, biting police officer

A man is accused of exposing himself, biting a police officer and using a racial slur in downtown Oak Harbor early in the morning of… Continue reading

Teleconferencing will speed up jail evaluations

Mental health professionals will soon be evaluating inmates at Island County Jail via videoconferencing. The jail is one of four in the state that were… Continue reading

Jacob Gonzales is a person of interest in the murder of a woman found on Camano Island.

‘Person of interest’ ID’ed in Camano decapitation murder

Investigators identified a “person of interest” in a murder in which the victim’s body was found near a hillside bunker on Camano Island Saturday. The… Continue reading

Jacob Gonzales is a person of interest in the murder of a woman found on Camano Island.

Student arrested after bomb threat

A South Whidbey middle school student was arrested last week for allegedly making a bomb threat, according to police. Every indication is that the student… Continue reading

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                                Convicted murderer Robert “Al” Baker lost his personal restrain petition with the state Court of Appeals.

Former Freeland pizzaman loses appeal of murder conviction

A man who once worked in the Antarctic and owned a Freeland pizza joint will remain in prison for killing his wife. This week a… Continue reading

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                                Convicted murderer Robert “Al” Baker lost his personal restrain petition with the state Court of Appeals.

Hearing set on green ordinance

Residents will get the chance to weigh in on proposed ordinance that’s meant to promote environmentally friendly practices. Langley’s Planning Advisory Board is holding a… Continue reading

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                                Langley resident Stefany Cornett appears in court Friday with her attorney. She accused of hitting a man on the head with a frying pan.

Man, woman accused of assaulting one another

A Whidbey Island man and a woman are facing felony assault charges after they assaulted each other and caused serious injuries, according to court documents.… Continue reading

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                                Langley resident Stefany Cornett appears in court Friday with her attorney. She accused of hitting a man on the head with a frying pan.

New program in jail to treat opioid addiction

Nowhere in the county is the scope of the opioid abuse problem more evident than in the Island County jail. Medical professionals who work there… Continue reading

Felici running for Island County Sheriff in November 2018 election

The second-in-command at the Island County Sheriff’s Office wants to wear the sheriff’s badge next year. Chief Criminal Deputy Rick Felici threw his hat in… Continue reading

Man who burned down two homes pleads guilty to lesser charge

A man who started a fire that burned down two homes on South Whidbey this past summer was released from jail Wednesday. Blake Fountain, 49,… Continue reading

Van driver accused of ramming pickup truck

The driver of a van is accused of chasing down a car and ramming it multiple times in the Oak Harbor area, according to court… Continue reading

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                                A evidence photo taken by police shows a deputy’s AR-15 rifle that was involved in a police-related shooting on North Whidbey in September.

Review: Deputy justified in fatal shooting

A deputy was justified in fatally shooting Navy sailor Nicholas K. Perkins during a police standoff on North Whidbey Sept. 17, 2017, the Island County… Continue reading

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                                A evidence photo taken by police shows a deputy’s AR-15 rifle that was involved in a police-related shooting on North Whidbey in September.
The Admiraly Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park will have some major renovation work done, the majority of it being to its exterior. 2017 File Photo/Whidbey News-Times

Admiralty Head Lighthouse to get facelift sometime in 2019

One of the most famous buildings on Whidbey Island is going to get fixed up pretty, if everything goes as planned. Alex McMurry, historic preservation… Continue reading

The Admiraly Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park will have some major renovation work done, the majority of it being to its exterior. 2017 File Photo/Whidbey News-Times
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                                John Bagley, left, makes a preliminary appearance in Island County Superior Court Monday. He’s accused of pawning a telescope stolen from a robotics club.

Man arrested for pawning robotics club’s telescope

A man faces a felony charge after getting caught pawning a telescope that had been stolen from a children’s underwater robotics club on South Whidbey.… Continue reading

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                                John Bagley, left, makes a preliminary appearance in Island County Superior Court Monday. He’s accused of pawning a telescope stolen from a robotics club.

Dumping, trespassing suspect acts out in court

A South Whidbey man who made headlines years ago was back in court Thursday and causing trouble. Curtis Leonard made a preliminary appearance in Island… Continue reading

Lawmakers should pass Sasquatch bills

Orcas, eagles and bears. Oh my. These Western Washington animals — and many more — are recognized and protected in a plethora of ways. Meanwhile,… Continue reading