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EDITOR'S COLUMN | Lots of Fourth of July fun to be had on South Whidbey

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 6:00AM

From where I’m sitting, there’s no better place in the world to celebrate Independence Day than right here on South Whidbey. Truly, between Celebrate America in Freeland and the Maxwelton Independence Day Parade, events that offer everything from great food, awesome music and an outstanding fireworks display to a glimpse of days gone by and good ole fashion fun, who could ask for more?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Legislature also to blame in Whidbey inmate’s death

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, Shocking and deeply disturbing are my first reactions after reading the article about Keaton Farris’s death in the Coupeville jail. The death was attributed to dehydration, with the lack of adequate nutrition as a compounding factor. If the facts, as they have been presented, withstand further scrutiny, then everyone in the Island County’s justice system shares some responsibility for this tragedy, along with the officials we elected to oversee this system.

VIEWPOINT | Prosecutor vows thorough review of jailhouse death

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 6:00AM

I am conducting a complete review of the circumstances and actions that led to the death of Keaton Farris in the Island County Jail on April 8, 2015. The purpose of my review is to determine whether any crimes have been committed by any persons connected to his care. Many have been calling for me to quickly bring criminal charges against jail staff and others based only on the investigative report prepared by Detective Ed Wallace. To do so now would violate the principles of our criminal justice system, which require a careful and comprehensive review in a case such as this. Decisions to prosecute must be made based upon the admissible evidence and a thorough analysis of the law and procedures that govern our criminal courts.

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