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Man admits raping 2-year-old girl

An Oak Harbor man admitted that he raped a 2-year-old girl, an assault that injured her so badly she had to have surgery at Children’s… Continue reading

Cops keep tabs on teen in underwear

Escape proves to be brief

Oak Harbor man agrees to 15 years to life for rape of 2 year old

An Oak Harbor man admitted that he raped a 2-year-old girl, an assault that injured her so badly she had to have surgery at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office. Jordon Baze, 26, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Thursday to child rape in the first degree. As part of the plea bargain, he has agreed with the prosecutor’s sentence recommendation of 15 years to life in prison, which is years beyond the standard sentencing range.

Cops keep tabs on Coupeville teenager in underwear

A sock-footed teenager wearing only underwear ran through Coupeville Tuesday afternoon after escaping from a Law and Justice Center courtroom. A 17-year-old Oak Harbor boy was pursued by Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, Coupeville Marshal Dave Penrod, several deputies, staff of the juvenile detention center, a corrections deputy and even members of the county Public Works Department.

HWY 20 wreck prompts haz-mat response

An unusual accident led to a full-scale hazardous materials response in Oak Harbor Tuesday afternoon. State Trooper Joshua Lancaster said 87-year-old Frances Schultz of Oak Harbor was driving a 1998 Mercury Marquis southbound on Highway 20 and turned right onto Ault Field Road. She ran over grease tubes that had fallen out of another vehicle and had been smashed by cars.

Oak Harbor vehicle assault suspect balks at guilty plea

A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of vehicular assault in an alcohol-related accident will not be pleading guilty after all, according to court documents. Reysan Reyes was scheduled to accept a plea bargain at a hearing in Island County Superior Court May 27, but instead he asked for a new attorney.

Accidental shooting outside nightclub sends Oak Harbor sailor to jail

The sailor who accidentally shot himself and a woman in a parking lot scuffle outside of Oak Harbor's Element Nightclub is going to jail for 30 days. Vincent Harrison, a 26-year-old Oak Harbor resident, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to attempted assault in the second degree. Under a plea bargain, a second charge of third-degree assault was dismissed.

Sailor pleads guilty in shooting

The sailor who accidentally shot himself and a woman in a parking lot scuffle outside of Oak Harbor’s Element Nightclub is going to jail for 30 days.

Rossi appearance violates Navy policy

In the wake of a policy-breaking appearance by Dino Rossi, officials at the Whidbey Naval Air Station’s CPO Club will be more vigilant in the future about who rents space in the military-owned facility, according to a base spokesperson.

Whidbey Island Bank, Frontier merger broken up by feds

Oak Harbor-based Whidbey Island Bank will not become Frontier Bank.Washington Banking Company, the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, notified Everett-based Frontier Financial Corporation this… Continue reading

Clerical error to blame for Whidbey ‘McMansion’

A paperwork snafu led to a building permit being issued prematurely for a giant home in Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve. The mishap has caused consternation in Coupeville, where preservation of the rural working heritage of the land is taken very seriously.

Whidbey Island Bank merger fails

Oak Harbor-based Whidbey Island Bank will not become Frontier Bank.

Coupeville driver who struck building now facing drug charge

A 40-year-old Coupeville man who fell asleep in his SUV after striking a building is facing a drug charge. Prosecutors charged Nolan Brown in Island County Superior Court May 21 with possession of cocaine.

Warrant out for Oak Harbor sex offender

A sex offender who was supposed to be living in Oak Harbor is wanted on a $20,000 bench warrant. Prosecutors charged William Lucio, 25, in Island County Superior Court May 19 with failure to register as a sex offender (failure to notify of move).

Oak Harbor City Council hikes utility rates 7 percent

Oak Harbor residents will soon be paying 7 percent more on their city utility bills. City Council members unanimously approved the increase in water and storm drain rates during the Tuesday night meeting. Finance Director Doug Merriman explained that the hike was needed largely because of the cost of necessary construction projects, as well as growth in the cost of water purchased from the city of Anacortes.

Platt seeks to unseat Judge Churchill

The big surprise in candidate filings last week is that longtime Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill has a rival.

Fire leaves family homeless

A family of four was left homeless after a fire on North Whidbey Sunday.

Airplane accident zone comes under fire

Island County’s new “accident potential zones” faced two challenges filed with the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.

Oak Harbor man who wielded gun guilty on multiple charges

A man who held a gun to the head of another man at an Oak Harbor party last August will likely be doing some hard time. Wednesday, a jury found 31-year-old Willie Rainey of Oak Harbor guilty of first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon enhancement, assault in the second degree and two counts of assault in violation of a no-contact order.

Oak Harbor interim police chief gets mayor’s nod for top cop spot

Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik will recommend his pick for the next police chief at a special City Council meeting Monday night. For anyone who knows him, Rick Wallace was the obvious choice to head the department of 43 employees with an annual budget of $4.7 million. He’s the interim chief, he was the long-time second-in-command, he’s the go-to guy with the institutional knowledge and the backbone of the respected department.