Jessie Stensland

Jessie posted 441 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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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.

  • Apr 22nd, 2014 9:16pm

Deep Sea crab boat owner will face September trial

The owner of the Deep Sea crab boat that caught fire and sank to the bottom of Penn Cove will go to trial on a misdemeanor charge this September.

  • Apr 21st, 2014 5:53pm

CADA’ s director says adieu

Margie Porter sees a side of the Whidbey Island community that is hidden from most residents.

  • Apr 10th, 2014 2:00pm

Oak Harbor attorney accused of stealing from WAIF donor

Alleged theft and money laundering by a former Oak Harbor attorney resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars for Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, according to the president of the nonprofit group’s board.

  • Mar 28th, 2014 10:15pm

Feds OK Snohomish PUD underwater turbine pilot

Plans to install the first tidal turbines in the sea floor off Whidbey Island passed an important regulatory hurdle this week.

  • Mar 24th, 2014 3:51pm

Accused Clinton loader thief charged

A 50-year-old Sedro-Woolley man is accused of stealing a large piece of machinery from a friend and selling it for scrap in 2012, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Marty J. Conard in Island County Superior Court March 7 with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree and theft in the second degree.

  • Mar 12th, 2014 5:29pm

Langley man faces felony harassment charges

A Langley man accused of domestic abuse refused to speak with a deputy about the allegations because of her gender, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Franklin Smith, 46, in Island County Superior Court on March 6 with felony harassment, malicious mischief and two counts of fourth-degree assault. The assault and malicious mischief charges were filed as domestic violence-related counts.

  • Mar 12th, 2014 5:20pm

Tribes challenge PUD tidal turbine proposal

The Island County hearing examiner will listen for two days to arguments regarding permits for a proposed tidal turbine pilot project in waters off Whidbey Island.

  • Mar 7th, 2014 4:23pm

Police nab Eagles Aerie burglar with tip from suspect’s son

A 54-year-old South Whidbey man who allegedly tried to burglarize the Eagles Aerie was turned in by his own son, according to court documents.

  • Mar 1st, 2014 2:00pm

Sheriff talks about Whidbey Island burglaries at meeting

Crowd expresses frustration, anger over ongoing crime in Island County.

  • Feb 23rd, 2014 10:47pm

Langley man wanted for suspected child rape

A 23-year-old Langley man accused of child rape is wanted on a $300,000 arrest warrant, court documents state.

  • Feb 21st, 2014 11:52pm

Polygraph results land hopeful police officer in court

A man applying to be a reserve police officer in Langley lied on a polygraph exam, but ended up admitting to having child pornography on his home computer, according to court records.

  • Feb 12th, 2014 9:57pm

State court turns down South Whidbey murderer’s appeal

A judge did not err in giving a South Whidbey High School graduate and convicted murderer more than double the standard-range sentence because his victim was wearing a seatbelt and had “an unsuspecting mindset” when he was shot, the Washington State Appeals Court ruled this week.

  • Feb 11th, 2014 2:00pm

South Whidbey parks ranger finds body on beach

An employee with State Parks discovered a body on the beach outside of his state-owned housing near Possession Point State Park on South Whidbey Thursday afternoon.

  • Feb 9th, 2014 5:34pm

Tests show driver in Halloween crash that killed OH twins was ‘clean’

The man accused of causing the accident that killed twin sisters from Oak Harbor last Halloween was not driving while intoxicated, according to his attorney.

  • Jan 28th, 2014 6:00pm

Freeland woman, claiming to be ‘chancellor in Christ of Cosmic Light Creations,’ takes county to federal court

A federal lawsuit against Island County has stalled over a bounced check.

  • Jan 27th, 2014 4:23pm

Deputy nabs Langley motorcycle suspect with ‘tase’ threat

A 34-year-old Langley motorcyclist was caught by a deputy after a short chase ended in deep gravel earlier this month, court documents state.

  • Jan 21st, 2014 6:00pm

Clinton man gets three months for April stabbing

A Clinton man who slashed his friend’s throat and stabbed him twice last year was sentenced under a plea bargain this week.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 11:39pm

Hayes pursues speeding lawmakers

The Washington State Patrol’s policy of forgiving state lawmakers for speeding during session is simply not fair, according to Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano, said.

  • Jan 10th, 2014 11:48pm

Law enforcement fate up to Coupeville Town Council

The future of the Coupeville Marshal’s Office will be decided in the New Year.

  • Jan 2nd, 2014 6:30pm

Whidbey couple confirm UFO sighting was not Santa

A perfectly reasonable couple saw a Christmastime UFO in the skies over Whidbey Island last week.

  • Jan 1st, 2014 8:53pm

Island County cited for unlawful labor practices

A hearing examiner with the state Public Employment Relations Commission ruled this week that Island County officials violated state law by withholding budget documents and other records sought by the deputy sheriff’s labor union.

  • Dec 17th, 2013 11:50pm

Freeland, Langley among possible new pot-shop spots

So far, 19 applications have been made to the state for recreational marijuana licenses for proposed businesses in Island County.

  • Dec 13th, 2013 4:52pm

Clinton woman faces attempting to elude, harassment charges

A 39-year-old Clinton woman is facing charges in connection with a series of crimes she allegedly committed on South Whidbey on Nov. 9 while under the influence of drugs, court documents indicate.

  • Nov 19th, 2013 10:31pm

Memorial today for Oak Harbor twins killed in Halloween car crash

The community is invited to a memorial service today, Nov. 16, at Oak Harbor High School for the Goheen twins. Janesah Danae Goheen, 17, passed away Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She succumbed to injuries sustained in a Oct. 31 car crash in Skagit County.

  • Nov 15th, 2013 11:29pm

Injuries claim second twin from Oak Harbor crash

A 53-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of causing an accident that killed teenage twin sisters and injured another girl turned himself in on an arrest warrant last week, according to a detective with the Washington State Patrol.

  • Nov 12th, 2013 10:56pm

Deceased candidate wins Whidbey Island cemetery election

Oak Harbor resident David McNeely passed away Aug. 10 at the age of 71. That didn’t stop him from winning a seat on the cemetery district board.

  • Nov 8th, 2013 11:46pm

Victim’s family files civil suit against convicted murderer Baker

Robert “Al” Baker is in prison for brutally murdering his wife last year.

  • Nov 1st, 2013 5:00pm

Whidbey Banking Company merges with off-island bank | UPDATE

Whidbey Island Bank will no longer be headquartered in Oak Harbor following a merger with Olympia-based Heritage Financial Corporation.

  • Oct 28th, 2013 4:20am

Famous author breaks hip in Freeland; book signing scrubbed

Ann Rule’s book signing event in Freeland this past Sunday was cancelled after the famous true-crime author fell and broke her hip.

  • Oct 25th, 2013 4:32pm

Oak Harbor motorcyclist dies following deer collision

An Oak Harbor man was killed early Thursday morning after his motorcycle was struck by a deer near Freeland, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper Mark Francis said 54-year-old Mark Albright, Sr. was with a group of five motorcyclists who were riding home after working at Boeing just after midnight.

  • Oct 20th, 2013 4:01pm

Accused Greenbank murderer takes the stand

Shocking many in the courtroom, Robert “Al” Baker took the stand Thursday afternoon in his own defense and claimed his wife’s death is a mystery to him. The 62-year-old Antarctic physicist and restaurant owner is accused of brutally murdering Kathie Baker in the days before his girlfriend came to visit the couple’s Greenbank home last June.

  • Oct 14th, 2013 6:15pm

Alleged Greenbank murderer goes to trial

A “secret obsession” with a female friend from Antarctica compelled Robert “Al” Baker to brutally murder his wife at their Greenbank home last summer, prosecutors claim.

  • Oct 6th, 2013 8:44pm

Strained labor talks spark debate over Island County budget

The Island County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild claims that county officials don’t understand their own budget and demands that they retain an outside budget expert before any labor negotiations continue.

  • Oct 3rd, 2013 3:27pm

Clinton driver faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing wreck

A Clinton man accused of driving away from the scene of a May 15 accident on South Whidbey is facing several charges in Island County Superior Court.

  • Oct 1st, 2013 9:42pm

Accused Clinton child molestor could serve six years

A 61-year-old Clinton man accused of molesting a young girl three years ago may face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted of the charge against him, court documents indicate.

  • Oct 1st, 2013 9:41pm

Judge denies new venue | Pizza man will be tried in Island County

Robert “Al” Baker will go on trial for murder in Island County Superior Court despite publicity surrounding a case involving a pizza parlor and an Antarctic romance gone horribly wrong.

  • Sep 23rd, 2013 12:29am

2011 Coupeville collision goes to court

A Coupeville man is accused of causing a collision with a motorcyclist and driving away without stopping.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 10:32pm

Freeland man charged with assaulting three outside restaurant

A 39-year-old Freeland man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting two women and threatening to kill people outside of the Hong Kong Gardens in Clinton last month, according to court documents.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 10:30pm

Widow disputes Island County Coroner’s ruling

The wife of a man who died on South Whidbey two years ago wants a judge or jury to overrule the coroner’s determination that he committed suicide.

  • Sep 2nd, 2013 5:00pm

Lambert sentenced to 100 years for two murders

Joshua Lambert is a “walking time bomb” and a meth-abusing, anti-social narcissist who should never be free again.

  • Aug 28th, 2013 8:24pm

Island County commissioners call off Nov. law, justice measure

One commissioner’s recognition of the county’s recuperating finances has led the board to pull the law-and-justice levy from the November ballot.

  • Aug 26th, 2013 7:39pm

Commissioner dispute lands L&J tax issue with county auditor

Wrangling over who gets to write statements about Island County’s law-and-justice levy for the online voters’ pamphlet has led commissioners to ask the County Auditor to make the decision. Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson was upset earlier this month when fellow Commissioner Jill Johnson declined during a work session to name the individuals who will write “pro and con” statements about the levy.

  • Aug 26th, 2013 7:38pm

Commissioners take sides in OLF dispute

An ardent supporter of all things Navy raised a ruckus at the Island County commissioners’ meeting Monday during a discussion about the ongoing controversy over jet noise.

  • Aug 17th, 2013 12:15am

More UFOs spotted over Whidbey Island skies

An Oak Harbor couple watched an object they could not identify in the night sky above Puget Sound two weeks ago.

  • Aug 16th, 2013 11:14pm

Prosecutor agrees to delay Baker trial

Robert “Al” Baker’s trial will be delayed after all.

  • Aug 6th, 2013 9:56pm

Suspect in Coupeville tractor chase pleads not guilty

A man accused of getting drunk, stealing a John Deere tractor and a shotgun then leading police on a slow-speed chase through Coupeville appeared in court last week.

  • Aug 6th, 2013 9:49pm

Jury returns with verdict of ‘guilty’ in Lambert murder trial

Joshua David Lambert will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars as a convicted double murderer.

  • Jul 27th, 2013 4:00pm

Baker trial to enter court in August

The pizza man and Antarctic scientist accused of killing his wife in Greenbank last year will go to trial Aug. 13.

  • Jul 23rd, 2013 9:38pm

Cop impersonator arrested in Oak Harbor

A member of the department’s Explorer program stole a patrol car, a badge and a Taser and masqueraded as an officer on the Navy base in May, according to Oak Harbor Police Chief Ed Green.

  • Jul 23rd, 2013 9:23pm