Jessie Stensland

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deputies will take back prescription drugs

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whidbey murder suspects trade trial dates

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.