Jessie Stensland

Jessie posted 441 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Judge scolds double murder suspect Lambert

The strange trial of an accused killer took even more unusual turns Monday in Island County Superior Court.

  • Jul 26th, 2013 3:13pm

Freeland man, 28, drowns in Anacortes

The body of a Freeland man was recovered from the bottom of an Anacortes lake Wednesday.

  • Jun 28th, 2013 9:46pm

Island County considers cop tax proposal

A resolution recommending a ballot proposition for law-and-justice funding is finally on its way to Island County Board of Commissioners.

  • Jun 7th, 2013 7:48pm

Whose god? Question quashes Island County prayer proposal

Meetings of the Island County commissioners will not begin with a prayer. At least not anytime soon.

  • Jun 7th, 2013 7:44pm

Greenbank beach access dispute goes to Skagit County

A Skagit County judge will decide if Island County legally owns a disputed piece of Greenbank beach property.

  • May 24th, 2013 9:10pm

Fishing rod gives away South Whidbey burglary suspects

Three people are suspected in an April 23 laundromat burglary and a car prowl in Langley.

  • May 14th, 2013 8:37pm

County’s decision to limit Oak Harbor growth stands

Island County prevailed once again in litigation over the City of Oak Harbor’s efforts to expand its western boundaries.

  • May 7th, 2013 3:00pm

Sheriff seeks suspected burglar on South Whidbey

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is asking for the community’s help in locating a man suspected in a South Whidbey burglary.

  • Apr 26th, 2013 10:26pm

Bellingham man leaps from Deception Pass

A 28-year-old Bellingham man committed suicide Thursday morning by leaping from Deception Pass Bridge, according to Island County Coroner Robert Bishop.

  • Apr 26th, 2013 10:11pm

Authorities take back pills again

Law enforcement officials on Whidbey Island are once again asking residents to turn in their unwanted medication.

  • Apr 23rd, 2013 8:49pm

Clinton stabbing suspect out of jail on $50,000 bail

A 21-year-old Clinton man who slashed his friend’s throat and stabbed him twice was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond, according to Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Apr 21st, 2013 5:16pm

Angry man pulls gun on Clinton ferry dock

A 55-year-old Coupeville man is accused of pointing a handgun at a fellow passenger’s chest while waiting in line at the Clinton ferry dock, according to court documents.

  • Apr 21st, 2013 4:23pm

Martial arts fighter exonerated in Oak Harbor man’s death

The Island County prosecutor said Thursday that no charges will be filed in connection with the Nov. 17, 2012 death of Christopher Cooper in downtown Oak Harbor.

  • Apr 18th, 2013 3:38pm

Heavy alcohol use linked to Freeland collision

A 34-year-old Federal Way woman’s blood-alcohol level was at more than three times the legal limit when she caused an accident on South Whidbey last December that seriously injured three people, court documents state.

  • Mar 20th, 2013 12:04am

Island County to celebrate Judge Pitt’s life today

Former Island County Superior Court Judge Richard Pitt died March 1 at his home in Langley. He was 85 years old. A celebration of life will be held today in Oak Harbor.

  • Mar 16th, 2013 6:01pm

Warrant issued for alleged embezzler, former Island County economic development assistant

The former assistant director of the Island County Economic Development Council accused of embezzling is wanted on a $10,000 arrest warrant.

  • Mar 13th, 2013 12:40am

Attorney forced out of Oak Harbor law firm

An Oak Harbor attorney was forced to withdraw from his law firm after he was accused of improperly depositing money from a client’s trust account into his personal banking account, according to Island County Superior Court documents.

  • Mar 6th, 2013 5:23pm

Assessor uses instincts to get her goat

Saving a life is all in a day’s work for Island County Assessor Mary Engle.

  • Mar 6th, 2013 5:11pm

Victim’s relatives puzzled by suspect’s Antarctica stint

The niece of Greenbank murder victim Kathie Baker says her aunt had no idea that her husband is a convicted sex offender.

  • Mar 6th, 2013 5:00pm

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.

  • Mar 6th, 2013 4:29pm

Island County institution prepares to leave bench

Peter Strow will take off his judge’s robe at the end of March and may never put it back on again. Strow surprised many in legal circles when he announced earlier this year that he would be retiring in the middle of his four-year term. He is the elected judge for Island County District Court and also acts as the municipal judge for Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Langley. He adjudicates misdemeanor crimes and civil matters. With his gravelly voice and gruff manner, Strow has become an institution on Whidbey Island during his 16 years on the bench. As he points out, no other elected official has as much interaction with the public as he does.

  • Mar 3rd, 2013 9:01pm

Clinton man charged in highway crash

An 83-year-old Clinton man is facing possible jail time for causing an accident that seriously injured another driver Dec. 26, 2012, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Oran G. Downs in Island County Superior Court Feb. 25 with vehicle assault. He could face from one to nine months in jail if convicted.

  • Mar 1st, 2013 11:50pm

Former EDC assistant accused of embezzling over $30,000

The former assistant director of the Island County Economic Development Council is accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from the agency, court documents state.

  • Feb 26th, 2013 11:00pm

Thomas gets 4 years for helping Douglas’ killer

A dramatic scene unfolded inside Island County Superior Court Monday morning at the sentencing hearing of a former beauty queen who became a celebrity after being suspected of murder.

  • Feb 16th, 2013 3:00pm

Thomas trial draws national news coverage

Peggy Sue Thomas will be sentenced Friday morning for her role in a 2003 murder on South Whidbey.

  • Feb 15th, 2013 6:38pm

Kwarsick banned forever from office

It’s official. Former Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick is disqualified from ever holding public office in the state again.

  • Feb 8th, 2013 11:33pm

Alleged Greenbank wife killer exposed as sex offender

A 62-year-old pizza man and Antarctic scientist accused of killing his wife and dumping her tarp-wrapped body behind their Greenbank home will remain in jail on $5 million bail after the prosecution exposed him as a sex offender.

  • Feb 5th, 2013 11:28pm

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.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 11:50pm

Sheriff sees spike in gun permits in Island County

The growing number of gun permits requested countywide became a topic of discussion at an Oak Harbor City Council meeting last week.

  • Jan 29th, 2013 10:22pm

Whidbey Island volunteers improve abused horse’s life

A gentle giant that goes by the name Thunder has a predilection for treats. He sniffs them out and rummages through coat pockets with his nimble equine lips until he gets what he’s after.

  • Jan 26th, 2013 12:15am

Thomas faces 4 years for role in Douglas murder

A former beauty queen pleaded guilty to a plea-bargained charge Thursday, less than a week before she was scheduled to go on trial for first-degree murder.

  • Jan 25th, 2013 11:47pm

Unexpected twist in court leaves lover/murderer’s testimony in doubt

During a very unusual hearing Friday, two suspected murderers and former lovers came face to face in court for the first time since their arrests.

  • Jan 16th, 2013 3:00pm

Owner of dogs who closed Fort Ebey State Park nabbed

Island County’s animal control officer tracked down a man who abandoned two aggressive dogs that attacked hikers at Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey.

  • Dec 28th, 2012 11:03pm

Ebey Bowl suspect spared burglary charge

A 34-year-old Oak Harbor man suspected of burglarizing the Ebey Bowl in Coupeville with his girlfriend was recently sentenced to jail.

  • Dec 26th, 2012 8:20pm

Arson suspect pleads to ‘reckless burning’ in Langley

A 28-year-old man suspected in a series of arson fires in a neighborhood near Langley pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday as a part of a plea bargain.

  • Dec 26th, 2012 8:19pm

Details emerge on Oak Harbor man who killed grandfathers

Suspected double-murderer Joshua Lambert led detective to a hidden shotgun for $50 and offered to write a confession for another $50 and a cup of coffee.

  • Dec 24th, 2012 7:52pm

Judge sends Langley mayor to jail for 15 days

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick will have to spend more than two weeks in jail and will likely resign from office after pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge for falsifying a city record. The Langley City Council is holding a special meeting today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the situation.

  • Dec 18th, 2012 8:00pm

Diver helps retrieve car after Keystone pond plunge

A diver had to swim down about 35 to 45 feet Monday morning to get to a car that had plunged to the bottom of a Central Whidbey pond over the weekend.

  • Dec 15th, 2012 12:02am

Meeting called on sex offender in Coupeville

The Island County Sheriff’s Office will hold a public meeting Thursday, Dec. 20, to discuss a Level 3 sex offender who’s moving back to the community.

  • Dec 14th, 2012 11:44pm

Langley Mayor Kwarsick faces criminal charge | UPDATE

The mayor of Langley has been charged with a crime that may spell the end of his career in politics.

  • Dec 17th, 2012 9:49pm

Langley mayor charged with falsifying document, may be forced to quit

The mayor of Langley has been charged with a crime that may spell the end of his career in politics. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks filed one count of "false report by a public officer" against Mayor Larry Kwarsick in Island County Superior Court today.

  • Dec 14th, 2012 1:59am

Girlfriend retrieval effort ends in felony charge for Langley man

A 29-year-old Langley man is facing a felony charge for allegedly entering a man’s home without permission to retrieve his ex-girlfriend, according to court documents.

  • Dec 11th, 2012 10:53pm

Island County deputies’ guild goes to court, twice

The Island County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild has filed a second lawsuit against the county, this time over workers’ compensation and sick pay.

  • Dec 5th, 2012 9:00am

Bank robber hits Clinton Wells Fargo | UPDATE

The Island County Sheriff’s Office released images of the masked man who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in Clinton last Wednesday afternoon.

  • Dec 1st, 2012 4:11pm

Masked man robs Clinton bank, may have called in 911 ruse

Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Clinton that occurred just before closing today.

  • Nov 29th, 2012 5:44pm

Murder trials inaugurate new year in county

Three high-profile murder cases are scheduled to be held in Island County Superior Court during the first three months of 2013. Joshua D. Lambert, a 31-year-old homeless Oak Harbor resident, succeeded in getting his double-murder trial moved to March 13.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012 10:28pm

Whidbey will miss Haugen’s clout in Olympia

Outgoing state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen becomes emotional when she talks about her worries for the district she’s represented in Olympia over the last 30 years.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012 3:00pm

Langley man faces potpourri of charges

A 42-year-old Langley man is facing a series of criminal charges for allegedly violating a no-contact order repeatedly and then getting into a hit-and-run accident, court documents show.

  • Nov 17th, 2012 12:06am

Island County takes initiative to stop prosecuting pot users

The day when adults old enough to drink alcohol and smoke pot without fear of handcuffs may be close at hand, or already here.

  • Nov 9th, 2012 10:49pm

Langley man charged in assault of football coach

A 30-year-old Langley man was charged this week in an assault that left a well-known Oak Harbor youth football coach with a serious brain injury.

  • Nov 9th, 2012 10:47pm