Jessie Stensland

Paraglider hits ground hard, airlifted Sunday

A man was seriously injured in a paragliding accident at Fort Ebey State Park Sunday morning, according to Chief Mark Kirko with North Whidbey Fire… Continue reading

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                                Tom Hellinger stands next to a halibut he caught in Puget Sound.

Whidbey Island man reels in the ‘fish of a lifetime’

Tom Hellinger didn’t know he had hooked into a monster until the bottom feeder rose to the surface. “I knew it was a nice fish,”… Continue reading

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                                Tom Hellinger stands next to a halibut he caught in Puget Sound.

Woman charged after leading odd car chase

A woman who drove away from a traffic stop and led deputies on a high-speed chase in April is facing a felony charge, according to… Continue reading

Missing sailor’s car found in lot near Deception Pass bridge

More than a week after a 28-year-old sailor went missing, the Burlington Police Department isn’t releasing any additional information about the case. The police department… Continue reading

Battling opioid addiction takes innovative approaches

Drug court is a perfect example of how government should take a creative, multifaceted approach to dealing with drug and alcohol abuse in the community.… Continue reading

Date set at appeals court in vehicular homicide case

Two sides in a case involving a fatal collision on South Whidbey will be argued before the state Court of Appeals July 18, according to… Continue reading

Man threatened officers’ families, police claim

An Oak Harbor man is accused of threatening the lives of officers and their families after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute… Continue reading

OH child porn suspect was employed at behavorial health agency

An Oak Harbor man accused of possessing child pornography worked as an administrator for Compass Health, according to the nonprofit organization. Lewis Cox, 49, pleaded… Continue reading

Fire destroys recreational vehicle, Rolling Hills shop

Firefighters put out a blaze on North Whidbey Tuesday that took out a recreational vehicle and shop behind a home. A plume of black smoke… Continue reading

Linda Thomas

Island woman guilty of killing sister in California

Two years ago, an elderly Clinton woman shot her sister in the head with a .38 Special Ladysmith revolver and then fought ferociously with her… Continue reading

Linda Thomas

Oak Harbor council OKs temporary hire

Oak Harbor council members approved the mayor’s request to hire a temporary employee to help oversee the city’s sewage treatment plant project. The decision, however,… Continue reading

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                                Roderick Balos appears in Island County Superior Court Monday on a charge of possessing child pornography.

Oak Harbor man accused of sending child porn through Facebook

A 37-year-old Oak Harbor man allegedly sent child pornography to a stranger through Facebook, according to court documents. Roderick R. Balos pleaded not guilty in… Continue reading

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                                Roderick Balos appears in Island County Superior Court Monday on a charge of possessing child pornography.

Prosecutor declines to charge Langley police chief with crime

The Island County prosecutor won’t charge Langley Police Chief David Marks with a crime in connection with a use-of-force incident last November. Prosecutor Greg Banks… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Council creates taxing district to fund roadwork

Oak Harbor City Council adopted an ordinance that should help the city fund road maintenance and other improvements. In a 5-1 vote, the council approved… Continue reading

Garage becomes a part of newspaper’s history, future

The Garage of Blessings outgrew its space seven times in the last six years. But founder Kristiina Miller said she’s found a new home with… Continue reading

Island Transit should start charging bus fares

Island Transit doesn’t really have much of a choice when it comes to charging fares. State lawmakers and state Department of Transportation officials have said… Continue reading

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                                Jonathan “Lexzi” Zupan appears in Superior Court with attorney Margot Carter Monday for a sentencing hearing.

Three years in prison for gas station robber

A woman who committed two armed robberies of a gas station in Clinton last year was sent to prison Monday. Jonathan “Lexzi” Zupan, 24, pleaded… Continue reading

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                                Jonathan “Lexzi” Zupan appears in Superior Court with attorney Margot Carter Monday for a sentencing hearing.

Oak Harbor man, 22, killed in motorcycle accident

A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Whatcom County May 13. Washington State Patrol reported that Fernando Gutierrez was riding… Continue reading

Bill would increase funding for Impact Aid, Growler research

Oak Harbor School District may get increased Impact Aid and Navy may get more money to research ways to make EA-18G Growlers quieter in the… Continue reading

Street performer threatened | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, April 26 At 11:11 a.m., a clerk at a convenience… Continue reading