Jessie Stensland

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                                Convicted murderer Robert “Al” Baker lost his personal restrain petition with the state Court of Appeals.

Former Freeland pizzaman loses appeal of murder conviction

A man who once worked in the Antarctic and owned a Freeland pizza joint will remain in prison for killing his wife. This week a… Continue reading

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                                Convicted murderer Robert “Al” Baker lost his personal restrain petition with the state Court of Appeals.

Hearing set on green ordinance

Residents will get the chance to weigh in on proposed ordinance that’s meant to promote environmentally friendly practices. Langley’s Planning Advisory Board is holding a… Continue reading

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                                Langley resident Stefany Cornett appears in court Friday with her attorney. She accused of hitting a man on the head with a frying pan.

Man, woman accused of assaulting one another

A Whidbey Island man and a woman are facing felony assault charges after they assaulted each other and caused serious injuries, according to court documents.… Continue reading

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                                Langley resident Stefany Cornett appears in court Friday with her attorney. She accused of hitting a man on the head with a frying pan.

New program in jail to treat opioid addiction

Nowhere in the county is the scope of the opioid abuse problem more evident than in the Island County jail. Medical professionals who work there… Continue reading

Felici running for Island County Sheriff in November 2018 election

The second-in-command at the Island County Sheriff’s Office wants to wear the sheriff’s badge next year. Chief Criminal Deputy Rick Felici threw his hat in… Continue reading

Man who burned down two homes pleads guilty to lesser charge

A man who started a fire that burned down two homes on South Whidbey this past summer was released from jail Wednesday. Blake Fountain, 49,… Continue reading

Van driver accused of ramming pickup truck

The driver of a van is accused of chasing down a car and ramming it multiple times in the Oak Harbor area, according to court… Continue reading

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                                A evidence photo taken by police shows a deputy’s AR-15 rifle that was involved in a police-related shooting on North Whidbey in September.

Review: Deputy justified in fatal shooting

A deputy was justified in fatally shooting Navy sailor Nicholas K. Perkins during a police standoff on North Whidbey Sept. 17, 2017, the Island County… Continue reading

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                                A evidence photo taken by police shows a deputy’s AR-15 rifle that was involved in a police-related shooting on North Whidbey in September.
The Admiraly Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park will have some major renovation work done, the majority of it being to its exterior. 2017 File Photo/Whidbey News-Times

Admiralty Head Lighthouse to get facelift sometime in 2019

One of the most famous buildings on Whidbey Island is going to get fixed up pretty, if everything goes as planned. Alex McMurry, historic preservation… Continue reading

The Admiraly Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park will have some major renovation work done, the majority of it being to its exterior. 2017 File Photo/Whidbey News-Times
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                                John Bagley, left, makes a preliminary appearance in Island County Superior Court Monday. He’s accused of pawning a telescope stolen from a robotics club.

Man arrested for pawning robotics club’s telescope

A man faces a felony charge after getting caught pawning a telescope that had been stolen from a children’s underwater robotics club on South Whidbey.… Continue reading

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                                John Bagley, left, makes a preliminary appearance in Island County Superior Court Monday. He’s accused of pawning a telescope stolen from a robotics club.

Dumping, trespassing suspect acts out in court

A South Whidbey man who made headlines years ago was back in court Thursday and causing trouble. Curtis Leonard made a preliminary appearance in Island… Continue reading

Lawmakers should pass Sasquatch bills

Orcas, eagles and bears. Oh my. These Western Washington animals — and many more — are recognized and protected in a plethora of ways. Meanwhile,… Continue reading

Accused burglar claims ‘Hobo Law’

A South Whidbey woman who was living at a Lone Lake vacation home without permission told people she was allowed to stay there under “Hobo… Continue reading

Langley icon, Richard Clyde, dies at 92

Richard Clyde was an honest man, well known in Langley for running a garage and being a pillar of the community. He was also an… Continue reading

Data shows Island County’s economy is strong

A consistent decrease in the unemployment rate suggests that Island County has emerged from the Great Recession with a steadily growing economy, according to an… Continue reading

Human remains, strangers in a vacation home and mail in a tree | SHERIFF’S REPORT

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Wednesday, Dec. 27 At 1:18 p.m., a break-in was reported at… Continue reading

Report casts doubts on Whidbey arsonist’s sanity, mental capacity

A forensic mental health examination of a man accused of burning down two houses on South Whidbey in July casts doubt on his sanity and… Continue reading

Nurses needed for WhidbeyHealth’s SANE program

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center is looking for candidates willing to be trained to provide sexual assault nurse exams. The SANE program involves highly trained nurse practitioners… Continue reading

Lambert returns to Island County Superior Court, pleads not guilty

Friday, Joshua Lambert appeared in Island County Superior Court for the first time since he was sentenced to 100 years in prison four years ago… Continue reading

Man accused of putting gun to woman’s head in Clinton

A 33-year-old man is accused of putting a gun to a Clinton woman’s head and pulling the trigger, according to court documents. The gun did… Continue reading