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Island County faulted for lax oversight on Freeland sewer bills

  • Sep 28, 2011 at 1:57PM

Island County has done a poor job of monitoring the spending of the Freeland Water and Sewer District on its $40 million sewer project, state officials said in a recently released audit of Island County.

Whidbey Island skin doctor on the lam after jumping bail

  • Sep 30, 2011 at 3:30PM

A 51-year-old Whidbey Island dermatologist accused of choking his girlfriend is wanted on a $100,000 arrest warrant after he didn’t appear at a court hearing this week. In addition, a deputy prosecutor filed a motion to hold Dr. Donald “Russell” Johnson in jail without bail because he alleged violated a court order by sending an email to his girlfriend, according to court documents.

Murder suspect gets judge's OK for five-state road trip

  • Oct 5, 2011 at 2:00PM

A Superior Court judge has given Peggy Sue Thomas permission to take a five-state, two-week road trip before the former Langley resident faces arraignment later this month for first-degree murder.

Stabbing victim remains in serious condition | UPDATE

  • Oct 10, 2011 at 10:01AM

Norma Demerchant remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Monday morning.

Suspect in Freeland stabbing admits attacking his parents | UPDATE

  • Oct 10, 2011 at 10:50AM

The suspect in the stabbing of a Freeland couple admitted attacking his parents, the Island County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Stabbing suspect undergoing evaluation at WGH | UPDATE

  • Oct 10, 2011 at 1:07PM

The suspect in a Freeland stabbing is undergoing an evaluation at Whidbey General Hospital.

Lauderdale still leads in campaign donations for Island County commissioner race

  • Oct 11, 2011 at 8:14AM

Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale continues to outpace Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson in fundraising for their 2012 campaigns for the District 1 seat on the county board of commissioners.

Freeland stabbing suspect to make first court appearance today

  • Oct 11, 2011 at 11:55AM

A Freeland man told police he stabbed his parents after he became upset with them "and things got out of control," according to papers filed in Island County Superior Court.

Chetzemoka leaves Coupeville

  • Oct 12, 2011 at 9:00AM

With the start of winter, reduced service has returned to the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route along with several vessel changes in the coming weeks. The Chetzemoka, the first of three 64-car ferries recently built by Washington State Ferries, was pulled from service Tuesday for a three-week maintenance period. After that it will go into service on the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route, replacing the Rhododendron.

Wreck slows traffic on Highway 20

  • Oct 11, 2011 at 2:55PM

A lane of Highway 20 near San de Fuca was closed to traffic for nearly an hour Monday following a two-car collision that sent one person to the hospital. The accident occurred at about 12:10 p.m. just north of Arnold Road. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Merwin, British Columbia resident Artur Pasternak, 40, was northbound on Highway 20 when his vehicle was struck from behind.

Experts fault commissioner’s wetland study

  • Oct 11, 2011 at 2:59PM

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband lost their lawsuit against the county and no longer want to build a sunroom on their Camano Island home, but the controversy surrounding the project built without a permit lives on. Scientists from the county planning department, the Department of Ecology and Oregon State University identified what they described as numerous and significant flaws in the rambling 130-page wetland report that the Emersons submitted in July, more than nine months after they were ordered to do so by the code enforcement officer.

Island County commissioners agree to help retire Trillium debt

  • Oct 12, 2011 at 9:25AM

Island County commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to approve a request from the Whidbey Camano Land Trust for $310,000 in Conservation Futures funding to retire the debt on Trillium Community Forest.

Island County Democrats announce endorsements

  • Oct 13, 2011 at 12:14PM

Island County Democrats announced the endorsement of five Democratic candidates after its regular quarterly meeting Wednesday in Oak Harbor.

Larsen banks more than $620,000 in new donations

  • Oct 14, 2011 at 1:37PM

Congressman Rick Larsen raised $164,621 in donations for his re-election campaign during the latest reporting cycle, his campaign announced Friday.

Island County judge allows accused grandfather killer to represent himself

  • Oct 18, 2011 at 1:00PM updated at 3:48PM

The 30-year-old Oak Harbor man suspected of killing both his grandfathers insisted on acting as his own attorney, despite a judge’s repeated warnings against the idea. Joshua Lambert appeared in Island County Superior Court Monday afternoon for his arraignment. He pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.

Rash of daytime burglaries breaks out on North Whidbey

  • Oct 21, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 1:33PM

The Island County Sheriff's Office is warning North Whidbey residents about a rash of daytime burglaries. Sheriff Mark Brown sent out an "e-lert" to citizens Friday morning, echoing a warning from the Oak Harbor Police Department last month. Both agencies have seen an increase in daytime burglaries and in the amount of jewelry being stolen, which detectives believe may be related to the high price of gold and silver.

One whooping cough case reported: Get vaccinated now

  • Oct 24, 2011 at 10:00AM

Washington state has seen more than 430 cases of pertussis, also called whooping cough, this year, in comparison to 378 at this time last year, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Whidbey Island has confirmed just one case, said Island County Public Health Officer Roger Case. “This is a little bit below normal for the disease but we shouldn’t let our guard down,” Case said last week.

Federal dollars bankroll Island Transit expansion

  • Oct 22, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 8:05PM

Once a construction project is complete, Island Transit’s headquarters will be more than eight times larger than its current home. Island Transit, widely known for its free bus service, was recently awarded $17.92 million in federal funding to help pay for a 51,000-square-foot transit center on Central Whidbey Island that will include new administrative offices, maintenance bays for its fleet and a refueling facility.

Freeland man accused in knife attack on parents enters pleas of not guilty

  • Oct 24, 2011 at 4:02PM

COUPEVILLE — A Freeland man accused of stabbing his parents in their Bush Point Terrace home earlier this month entered two pleas of not guilty on first-degree assault charges at his arraignment Monday in Island County Superior Court.

South Whidbey port may help Oak Harbor land boat builder

  • Oct 28, 2011 at 1:00PM

Freeland’s Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is finding plenty of friends this year as yet another public agency is expressing interest in helping the private boatbuilder expand its operations to Oak Harbor. At the Oak Harbor City Council’s regular Tuesday meeting last week, Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert proposed a radical new idea in which the port would become the primary lessee of the Seaplane Base property sought by Nichols Brothers.

Sleuth uncovers public beaches — Island County joins the effort by hiring researcher

  • Oct 26, 2011 at 10:00AM

Mike McVay begins his investigations by hopping into his little pickup and maneuvering through a maze of rural county roads, finding what he calls the “hidden nooks and crannies” of South and Central Whidbey. He stops when he gets to the water. McVay, a semi-retired chainsaw artist, has a unusual skill for finding little — and sometimes rather large — pieces of beach, tideland and even bluffs that belong to the public, but whose ownership may have been lost, forgotten or fogged up over the years.

Feds provide money for county road

  • Oct 28, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Oct 29, 2011 at 5:11AM

Island County officials have been trying to find money to build a new road on Central Whidbey for more than a decade. This fall they had some modest success. Public Works Director Bill Oakes said the county received a $790,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration for design work, permitting and to purchase some right-of-way property for a new road that would link Houston and Race roads.

Arraignment postponed for alleged Greenbank shooter

  • Oct 27, 2011 at 7:53AM

A judge refused to accept a guilty plea from a Greenbank man charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in Island County Superior Court Monday, and said she wanted more information on the man’s mental state before accepting his plea.

Broken pole prompts power outage

  • Oct 27, 2011 at 8:21AM

Whidbey residents awoke to flashing alarm clocks Wednesday morning thanks to a brief power outage overnight. A Puget Sound Energy spokesperson said at a crossarm on a power pole broke near March Point in Skagit County causing the power on Whidbey to go out for only a few seconds.

Camano killer dies in prison

  • Oct 29, 2011 at 10:00AM

An elderly Camano Island resident who was convicted of killing his best friend six years ago died in prison over the weekend.

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