Jessie Stensland

National salmonella outbreak from backyard poultry reaches county

Don’t kiss your chicken, health officials caution. Island County is one of four counties in the state where someone contracted salmonella from backyard poultry last… Continue reading

South Whidbey girl faces felony for alleged school bus assault

A 14-year-old student at South Whidbey Middle / High School is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting another student on a school bus Oct.… Continue reading

Bank robber sentenced to prison

A man who robbed an Oak Harbor bank April 30 and terrorized two employees was sent to prison last week. Duane Payne, a 20-year-old Oak… Continue reading

Driver of stolen car crashes into parked cars, theater building

The driver of a stolen car struck two parked vehicles, a garage, a cop car and the Whidbey Playhouse during a brief chase in Oak… Continue reading

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                                An undercover agent purchased 50 pounds of methamphetamine from suspects in Oak Harbor.

Feds bust alleged meth smugglers in Oak Harbor

City, county, tribal and federal law enforcement took part in a drug bust in Oak Harbor Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of 50 pounds… Continue reading

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                                An undercover agent purchased 50 pounds of methamphetamine from suspects in Oak Harbor.

Man charged with vehicular assault

A man who drove a car off the road and caused a collision that seriously injured a passenger on North Whidbey last December is facing… Continue reading

Candidates’ ties to developer raises eyebrows

Two men seeking separate Oak Harbor City Council positions have garnered scrutiny for running uniquely interconnected campaigns supported by a high-profile developer. Their opponents, on… Continue reading

Coroner identifies skull found in woods

A hunter walking through a Greenbank woods Oct. 12 discovered the skull of a Freeland man who had been missing nearly 19 years, the Island… Continue reading

Housewarming party results in hospitalizations, arrest

A housewarming party in Oak Harbor Oct. 12 ended with two women in the hospital and one woman in jail, according to court documents. A… Continue reading

Attorney, client at odds over WhidbeyHealth settlement

WhidbeyHealth Public Hospital District settled an age discrimination lawsuit in August, but the plaintiff and his attorney are still arguing over money. Seattle attorney Gregory… Continue reading

Man files another public records lawsuit against Langley

A South Whidbey man has filed another lawsuit against the city of Langley, claiming a violation of the state’s Public Records Act. Eric Hood, acting… Continue reading

If approved by voters, Initiative 976 would cut Island Transit funding

If passed, Initiative 976 has the potential to significantly diminish bus and paratransit service in Island County. To discuss the impacts, Island Transit Executive Director… Continue reading

Commissioner won’t vote on appointment of Senate replacement

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson won’t vote on a state senate appointment, but the county won’t lose a vote in choosing a candidate. Commissioners… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man sentenced to jail in knife incident

A man who menaced his wife with a knife May 18 at Navy housing in Oak Harbor was recently sentenced to jail. Tyler A. McLellan,… Continue reading

Suspicious duffle-bag carrier eyed | Island Scanner

The following were taken from calls made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Tuesday, Oct. 1 At 1:59 p.m., a caller asked the police to… Continue reading

Suspects plucked in guitar case

A man with a pilfered guitar was arrested in a low-key sting operation by the Island County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday, according to court documents.… Continue reading

GOP picks candidates for Bailey Senate seat

A North Whidbey entrepreneurial farmer is the top choice to replace state Sen. Barbara Bailey. Ron Muzzall topped the list of three candidates chosen by… Continue reading

Uber ends operations in Oak Harbor — for now

Uber isn’t currently operating in Oak Harbor, but that should change soon. Nick Greven has been driving for the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft in… Continue reading

Accomplice in Oak Harbor bank robbery sentenced

Three days before being discharged from the Navy, an Oak Harbor man helped a friend rob a bank by acting as a lookout. Five months… Continue reading

Whidbey car chase leads over septic tank

When a driver being chased by a deputy came to a dead end on a Central Whidbey road, he didn’t stop. Instead, he drove into… Continue reading