Jessie Stensland

Oak Harbor council to look at proposed fee hikes for marina

The harbormaster of the Oak Harbor marina has floated a proposal to raise moorage fees. During an Oak Harbor City Council workshop last week, Chris… Continue reading

Woman arrested after wrestling in the mud with police officers

Oak Harbor police officers did some mud wrestling in the dark recently. Two officers who were trying to help a woman ended up arresting her… Continue reading

Oak Harbor police use civil process to seize guns from mentally troubled man

Oak Harbor police recently used a civil legal process to temporarily take away guns from a man who was going through a mental health crisis.… Continue reading

Oak Harbor suspect accused of pointing gun at another man’s forehead

An Oak Harbor man is facing a felony charge for allegedly holding a gun to another man’s forehead outside the man’s home Nov. 6, according… Continue reading

Student charged in high school incident

A 17-year-old boy is facing a sex-crime charge for an after-school incident at Oak Harbor High School Feb. 21, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged… Continue reading

Meeting to outline upcoming traffic projects

State engineers are planning two major projects on Whidbey Island this construction season, but the daytime traffic impacts should be confined to the month of… Continue reading

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                                A still from an officer’s dashcam video shows the moments before Richard Jackson is shot. Deputy Shawn Engert is at left and Officer Patrick Horn can be partially seen at the right.

Officer-involved shooting was justified, prosecutor concludes

A lengthy investigation into a police-involved shooting that left an Oak Harbor man dead Sept. 23 offers few clues as to what caused him to… Continue reading

Police photo
                                A still from an officer’s dashcam video shows the moments before Richard Jackson is shot. Deputy Shawn Engert is at left and Officer Patrick Horn can be partially seen at the right.

Whidbey’s lonely elk in another tangle

A popular resident of a North Whidbey community is tangled up in blue. A blue tarp, that is. Bruiser, the sole elk inhabitant of Whidbey… Continue reading

Gambling tax increases may be in the cards for Oak Harbor

Odds are that Oak Harbor will start taxing a wider variety of gambling activities and increase the tax rate on pull tabs. Oak Harbor City… Continue reading

NAS Whidbey conducting housing conditions survey following Reuters report

Leaders at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island want to hear about concerns military families in base housing may have about their homes and the response… Continue reading

Homeless offender held on $50k bail

A homeless sex offender is accused of raping a woman at a group home in Coupeville for people with mental health challenges, according to the… Continue reading

Years after fatal crash, driver sent to prison

Four years after her husband, Timothy Keil, was killed by a drunk driver on Whidbey, Mary Jo Keil quietly wept in court. Following a protracted… Continue reading

Mental wellness conference planned for first responders

Imagine a day in which you help a couple whose baby died of SIDS, chase after a man who beat his wife and mediate a… Continue reading

Accused rapist may have his bail revoked for alleged witness tampering

An accused rapist may have his bail revoked after he allegedly tampered with a witness, court documents state. Maurice Bandy, 49, of Freeland is accused… Continue reading

Man says edibles led him to molest girl, 11

A Greenbank man allegedly admitted to sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl and blamed marijuana edibles for his crime, according to court documents Prosecutors charged Randall… Continue reading

Suspect accused of raping, beating woman

A Freeland man is accused of beating a 23-year-old woman with a piece of firewood, cutting her with a knife and trying to rape her… Continue reading

Sheriff will enforce new gun law

Rick Felici is not among the sheriffs in the state who are refusing to enforce a controversial new law on gun control. It’s not that… Continue reading

Court reverses dismissal of records suit

The state appeals court reversed a summary judgment that dismissed a public records lawsuit against the city of Langley. The Court of Appeals ruled that… Continue reading

Stolen guns recovered during man’s eviction from Oak Harbor residence

Deputies discovered stolen guns during an eviction on North Whidbey Jan. 18, according to court papers. They arrested Bryan R. Seiler, 33, of Oak Harbor,… Continue reading

Man faces felonies for allegedly stealing earbuds from store

A Mount Vernon man is being held in jail on $10,000 bail after stealing a $15 pair of earbuds from the Walgreens store in Oak… Continue reading