Jessie Stensland

Jessie posted 449 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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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

Man charged with arson in series of Langley incidents

A 28-year-old man suspected in a series of arsons in a neighborhood near Langley was allegedly caught in the act by a deputy on a late-night stakeout, according to court records.

  • Nov 6th, 2012 10:17pm

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.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012 8:57pm

Law enforcement collects, disposes of unused medication

Law enforcement agencies on Whidbey Island are again teaming up to collect drugs. The Island County Sheriff’s Office, the Oak Harbor Police Department and the Coupeville Marshal’s Office are holding the regular Drug Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29.

  • Sep 25th, 2012 9:43pm

Body of missing woman found in wilderness

The remains believed to be those of a 27-year-old woman last seen a year ago in Freeland were discovered in a wilderness area near Winthrop Sept. 18.

  • Sep 21st, 2012 11:01pm

Fake $100 bills circulate on South End

Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office received two reports in three days of people passing phony $100 bills on South Whidbey, but the cases don’t appear to be related.

  • Sep 18th, 2012 10:29pm

News-Times letter to the editor leads to criminal investigation

Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the harassment of an elderly Coupeville woman who wrote a letter to the editor that spawned a controversy.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 9:34pm

Greenbank man’s crime spree nets at least 16 years

A 23-year-old Greenbank man who kidnapped and raped his estranged girlfriend will likely be going away for more than 16 years. George Downey was dressed in jail orange and wearing his usual odd grin in Island County Superior Court Monday.

  • Aug 28th, 2012 8:00pm

Ciscoe Morris woos Freeland Ace

Washington’s wackiest gardener recently visited Freeland Ace. Ciscoe Morris was in town for a couple of hours for a book signing and gardening tips. Freeland Ace won the visit through a KIRO radio raffle drawing.

  • Aug 24th, 2012 10:35pm

Accused Greenbank wife killer pleads not guilty

Accused murderer Robert “Al” Baker pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering his wife.

  • Aug 21st, 2012 9:42pm

After 9 years, justice served as Huden gets 80 years

The man who planned and carried out a murder on a secluded South Whidbey road at Christmastime nine years ago finally faced justice in a courtroom Tuesday morning.

  • Aug 21st, 2012 9:32pm

Suspected wife killer’s arraignment fails again

The Greenbank man and pizza joint owner accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in a tarp is having trouble retaining an attorney.

  • Aug 15th, 2012 4:00pm

Haugen’s opponent disowns mailers

A state senator and her opponent in this year’s campaign are both upset about a series of mailers that criticize the incumbent and distort some of the facts.

  • Aug 13th, 2012 5:00pm

Whidbey voters slow in returning election ballots early

With the earliest primary in state history, some people involved in political campaigns in Island County are concerned about voter participation for the Aug. 7 primary election.

  • Aug 3rd, 2012 10:11pm

Freeland man who stabbed his parents pleads guilty

A Freeland man who stabbed both of his parents at their Bush Point Terrace home last October has entered guilty pleas in connection with a plea bargain.

  • Aug 3rd, 2012 10:08pm

Two men face rape charges with South End girl

Two 27-year-old men are facing child rape charges for having sex with the same underage South Whidbey girl, court documents indicate.

  • Jul 31st, 2012 9:19pm

Law & justice tax refusal sparks turmoil among Island County leaders

The strained relationship between key law-and-justice figures and the Island County commissioners was evident at a charged meeting this past Wednesday that culminated when an administrative assistant was cut off while reading Commissioner Angie Homola’s letter to the board.

  • Jul 31st, 2012 8:51pm

Greenbank blogger criticizes Whidbey EMS levy

A Greenbank attorney is waging a one-man battle against a renewal of a popular levy that funds ambulances and other emergency medical services on Whidbey Island.

  • Jul 27th, 2012 10:58pm

Woman with guns runs into trouble on South End

Deputies arrested a 48-year-old Langley woman Monday who was chasing a hallucination around her neighbor’s yard while high on various drugs and armed with a handgun, court documents indicate.

  • Jul 27th, 2012 10:57pm

Notorious South end murder case goes to trial

One of two people charged in a South Whidbey murder case that’s received national attention will go on trial next week. James Huden, 55, is accused of first-degree murder in the 2003 Christmastime shooting death of Russel Douglas, a 31-year-old father of two. The trial is set to start with jury selection on Tuesday, July 10.

  • Jul 6th, 2012 9:32pm

Prosecutor charges Baker with first-degree murder | UPDATE

The Island County Prosecutor’s Office charged 61-year-old Greenbank resident Robert “Al” Baker Wednesday with first-degree murder, a domestic-violence crime with a deadly weapon enhancement and an aggravating factor.

  • Jun 15th, 2012 9:35pm

Murder of pizza shop co-owner shocks Freeland

Greenbank resident Kathie Baker was hit in the head, possibly with a ball-peen hammer, and strangled with a ligature before her body was wrapped in a tarp and dumped in a ravine, according to court records.

  • Jun 12th, 2012 9:46pm

Citizens, cops want sales tax for Island County police

A group of citizens, government officials and cops is recommending that Island County commissioners ask voters to increase the sales tax to fund extra deputies, extra police cars and other needs within the law and justice community.

  • Jun 8th, 2012 10:47pm

Honeymoon Lake goose-nappers grab gaggle before executioners can

A gaggle of geese marked for death was goose-napped in a clandestine operation on Honeymoon Lake on Wednesday night.

  • Jun 1st, 2012 9:43pm

Freeland man violates order, faces prison

A 27-year-old Freeland man will go to prison after his seventh conviction for violating a court order that bars him from contacting a teenage girl. Joshua Kolbet pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court May 21 to a felony violation of a no-contact order, a domestic violence crime.

  • May 29th, 2012 9:24pm

Cable, plants may trip up Admiralty Inlet turbine project

The proximity of rare plants and an international communications cable may present obstacles for a plan to locate tidal turbines in Admiralty Inlet. The Snohomish County Public Utility District submitted a final license application in March to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a permit to install two energy-producing turbines in Admiralty Inlet. The proposed location is one kilometer west of Central Whidbey’s Keystone Harbor.

  • Jun 8th, 2012 10:57pm

Effort mounts to save geese on Honeymoon Lake

Plans to kill a few geese and goslings that annoy some residents of a Greenbank lake community have upset fans of the waterfowl and spawned an online petition drive to save them. Board members of the Honeymoon Lake Community recently signed a contract with a federal agency to euthanize the four adult geese and three goslings that took up residence on the lake this spring. The board caused a stir last summer by bringing in federal agents to kill 19 honkers that lived there at that time and upset some residents by pooping on lawns.

  • May 29th, 2012 9:14pm

Clinton woman takes plea in shotgun murder case

A 41-year-old Clinton woman accused of being an accomplice in the shotgun murder of her boyfriend's wife pleaded guilty to a lesser charge today in Whatcom County Superior Court. Kara Jo Buchanan confessed in a phone message to shooting the Bellingham resident last July. She attempted to kill herself by slitting her wrists, but deputies found her wandering the beach at Double Bluff on Whidbey. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

  • May 16th, 2012 11:36pm

Violent history of alleged Greenbank kidnapper, rapist revealed

Documents from a protection order hearing allege that 22-year-old Greenbank resident George Downey perpetrated a pattern of domestic and sexual violence long before he kidnapped and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and their 4-year-old son on March 16.

  • May 11th, 2012 10:06pm

Goof almost puts Emerson out of elected office

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson nearly forfeited her office by accident last week, but was saved by the county’s auditor.

  • May 4th, 2012 10:55pm

Deputies will take back prescription drugs

Law enforcement officials on Whidbey Island are once again working together to take drugs.

  • Apr 24th, 2012 9:06pm

Crime rise concerns Island County Sheriff’s Office

In one week in March, deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to 411 calls for service. Among the long list of incidents they had to deal with were 19 car accidents, 12 burglaries, 11 thefts, nine assaults and three sex offenses.

  • Apr 13th, 2012 3:00pm

South End play director imprisoned for violating court order

A well-known member of the South Whidbey performing arts community was sentenced to 15 months in prison this week for repeatedly violating a court order.

  • Apr 6th, 2012 10:56pm

Rascally Freeland rabbit found in time for Easter Sunday

They call him Rat. He chases balls like a dog and uses a litter box like a cat. He demands attention like a toddler and sometimes seems to think he’s a person.

  • Apr 6th, 2012 10:49pm

Judge keeps Freeland kidnapping suspect in jail

A 22-year-old Greenbank man accused of kidnapping and rape likely won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon.

  • Apr 3rd, 2012 9:18pm

Whidbey teen gets maximum sentence of five years, eight months

A deep sense of sorrow permeated a crowded courtroom in Coupeville Friday afternoon as a young woman who killed three of her best friends in a drinking-and-driving accident learned her fate.

  • Apr 2nd, 2012 4:52pm

Whidbey murder suspects trade trial dates

Two men accused of murder have swapped trial dates in Island County Superior Court.

  • Mar 30th, 2012 11:21pm

Victim’s sister petitions court for DUI talks

The sister of one of the three young men killed in a drinking-and-driving crash on South Whidbey last year wants the 18-year-old driver to give impact presentations aimed at preventing more victims in the future.

  • Mar 28th, 2012 6:00pm

Former attorney Moote pleads guilty, assets go to victims

A former Freeland attorney pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to embezzling more than $1 million from his clients through a mail fraud scheme.

  • Mar 27th, 2012 9:33pm

Man charged with abducting Freeland woman, child

A 22-year-old man accused of abducting a South Whidbey woman and her child from their home last week has been charged with a long list of crimes, including kidnapping and rape.

  • Mar 23rd, 2012 9:11pm

Army buddies in Iraq cause trouble on South End

Two buddies who served in the Army together in Iraq moved to South Whidbey intending to help the grandmother of one of the men save her farm.

  • Mar 23rd, 2012 9:07pm

Teen driver who killed three to plead guilty Monday

COUPEVILLE — The teenaged girl who was behind the wheel in a car accident that killed three young men on South Whidbey last November is pleading guilty to the charges against her, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.

  • Mar 16th, 2012 11:11pm