Jessie Stensland

OHHS scare Thursday may be linked to other bomb threats

Oak Harbor High School was one of a number of schools across the nation hit with hoax bomb threats Thursday, according to the Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man gets 18 years for child rape

An Oak Harbor man pleaded guilty to raping three young girls but continues to deny that he’s responsible, according to court documents. As part of… Continue reading

Appeals court reverses dismissal of noise-disclosure lawsuit

A lawsuit over the alleged inadequacy of jet-noise disclosures from Whidbey real estate companies is back. A state court of appeals this week reversed a… Continue reading

Animal mutilations terrifying Whidbey Island family

A North Whidbey family is feeling terrorized by a prowler they believe injured livestock on their small farm over the last month. John Wallace, who… Continue reading

State report finds link between Growlers, health problems

A Washington State Department of Health report that analyzes existing studies contradicts the Navy’s claim that there is no link between military jet noise and… Continue reading

Claim against Island County Sheriff’s Office settled for $1.5 million

The risk pool representing Island County recently settled a claim against the sheriff’s office over events that occurred in the 1990s. The case was settled… Continue reading

Detectives await DNA results in possible Oak Harbor vehicular homicide

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate an unusual North Whidbey death as a possible case of vehicular homicide. DNA tests, which may… Continue reading

Clinton man sentenced in federal court for child porn

A former Clinton resident was sentenced in federal court this week for possession of a large amount of child pornography, including images he made with… Continue reading

Freeland father, daughter plead ‘guilty’ in escrow case

A Freeland woman who ran an escrow company with her father is facing a year of jail time for bilking investors out of tens of… Continue reading

Supreme Court denies commissioners’ request to reconsider

The state Supreme Court last week denied the Island County commissioners’ request to reconsider an opinion about the legality and constitutionality of the commissioners’ hiring… Continue reading

I-COM receives finding in audit

The state Auditor’s Office found that I-COM dispatch center had inadequate controls over financial statements. The financial statement audit released this month identified one finding… Continue reading

Commissioners deny grant, calling Coupeville anti-Navy

Firing a shot across the bow of any communities that decide to voice jet noise concerns, two Island County commissioners last week denied Coupeville economic… Continue reading

Skagit County inmate recovering after suicide attempt at Island County jail

An inmate at the Island County jail who tried to killed himself Friday is recovering in the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center ICU, according to jail chief… Continue reading

Langley woman accused of power-tool assault

A Langley woman is accused of attacking her estranged husband with a circular saw, breaking his arm and cutting his face last month, according to… Continue reading

Audit shows Island Transit is on right path

More than two years down the road from financial havoc, Island Transit received clean financial and accountability audits from the state auditor. In fact, auditors… Continue reading

Trump decisions touch Whidbey Island

For better or worse, President Donald Trump’s actions have already touched Whidbey Island, though most local government officials are in a wait-and-see mode in regard… Continue reading

Investigators are looking for witnesses to pedestrian fatality

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help with an investigation of a pedestrian fatality. A vehicle struck and killed a 55-year-old… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man allegedly prevented woman from calling 911

A 39-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing charges for allegedly violating a court’s no-contact order by assaulting his ex-girlfriend and preventing her from calling 911,… Continue reading

Whidbey cited as popular ‘small town’ rental destination

Whidbey Island is a small town, entire of itself. At least that’s what the island is considered in a recent but somewhat misinformed analysis of… Continue reading

Cascade Mall shooter charged with five counts of aggravated murder

Oak Harbor resident and accused Cascade Mall shooter Arcan Cetin was charged last week. Skagit County Prosecutor Richard Weyrich, however, hasn’t yet decided whether to… Continue reading