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Man accused of chasing woman in car with hammer

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect, later identified as Peter Clark, hiding in bushes, armed with two hammers.

Man accused in child porn case

Prosecutors charged Sean A. Gaffney, 32, with looking at, possessing and sending child pornography.

Auditor issues finding against district

The Washington State Auditor’s Office found Coupeville School District committed an accounting error.

Freeland woman hurt in I-5 crash

A South Whidbey woman and three others were injured in a four-car accident on Interstate 5.

Insurance provider dropped for hospital walk-in, primary clinics

WhidbeyHealth will no longer accept Amerigroup Washington insurance at some clinics as of July 1.

Sentence in vehicular homicide reduced after drug law voided

Jeromy K. Ladwig, 40, appeared in Island County Superior Court telephonically from prison to be resentenced. His sentence was cut from 12 years to five years and a month.

No primary election will be held on Whidbey Island

The positions with no candidates are seats on the boards for the Port of Coupeville and South Whidbey Fire/EMS, as well as various water and sewer districts.

Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.

Freeland Taproom to open barn doors May 27

The new venture is a collaboration between Penn Cove Brewing Company and South Whidbey resident Randy Urquhart.

Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.

Candidates for school board to be narrowed in primary

Nine candidates are seeking three positions on the South Whidbey School Board.

Upchurch

Retired Navy officer named assessor

Douglas “Bernie” Upchurch is the new Island County assessor and will serve at least until the end of the year.

Upchurch

Cause of death still pending for diver recovered from Pass

The body of an experienced diver was found May 4.

Jail inmate death apparent suicide

The Skagit County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating the death.

Candidates start to fill in races for local office

Candidate filing week runs May 17-21.

Investigation clears superintendent of bias, retaliation

An attorney’s investigation into the Coupeville school superintendent for alleged bias and retaliation largely exonerated him, according to the report on the inquiry.

Car crashes into building, boat during police chase

The car went through a building, struck a “Zodiac type boat” and came to rest against the far wall, the deputy’s report states.

North Whidbey man jailed for car insurance fraud

Arnold F. Bodner, 58, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court April 16 to a single count of insurance false claim, which was a felony charge because the amount of the claim exceeded $1,500.

Maple Leaf Cemetery groundskeeper William West, at left, and caretaker Michael Dougliss plant the first tree that is part of a new remembrance project. (Photo provided)

Cemetery offers trees as way to memorialize their loved ones

People can have a tree planted in memory of a loved one, who doesn’t have to be buried in the cemetery, for a donation of $100.

Maple Leaf Cemetery groundskeeper William West, at left, and caretaker Michael Dougliss plant the first tree that is part of a new remembrance project. (Photo provided)

Amid good news on COVID, a troubling drop in vaccine demand

The wrinkle in the good news for Whidbey Island and the nation is that demand for vaccinations is decreasing, which is very bad news for public health and businesses.

EOD to conduct explosive training May 24

The training is needed as part of the unit’s certification for deployment and is in accordance with established military training and readiness requirements.