Jessie Stensland

Former Oak Harbor man faces new child molesting charges

A former Navy man who was the defendant in a long and complicated child sexual abuse case from a decade ago is facing a new… Continue reading

Navy conducting housing study

The Navy is conducting a study of housing in the area of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, according to Navy officials. At the same time,… Continue reading

SAR helps rescue crash survivor

A search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island helped rescue the survivor of a plane crash in the Olympic Mountains Saturday, the… Continue reading

Council to consider Wright’s Crossing resolution

Supporters of a proposed large-scale, affordable housing development south of Oak Harbor may get some good news next week. During its Oct. 3 regular meeting,… Continue reading

Ferrets, flutes and fakes | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Saturday, Sept. 9 At 4:13 p.m., a Northwest Crosby Avenue resident… Continue reading

Oak Harbor officer justified in shooting, prosecutor finds

Officer Michael Brown was “entirely justified” in shooting a kidnapping suspect in downtown Oak Harbor July 11, Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks found. Banks reviewed… Continue reading

Motorcyclists crash while racing in Central Whidbey

Two motorcyclists were injured after they both lost control while racing on Central Whidbey Saturday evening, according to the State Patrol. Robert Durham, 53, of… Continue reading

Planning commission sidelines proposed development

Island County Planning Commission dealt a blow Monday to a developer’s plans to build a large housing development outside of Oak Harbor. Whether the blow… Continue reading

State auditor issues finding against Island County

The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued an audit finding against Island County for the second year in a row. Auditors found “significant deficiencies in internal… Continue reading

Deputy fired multiple shots in fatal confrontation

A man in a confrontation with police on North Whidbey Sunday night died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, the Island County coroner reported.… Continue reading

Navy delays release of EIS on Growlers

The Navy is delaying a decision on aircraft practice on Whidbey Island as officials consider potential changes that may significantly reduce the number of flights… Continue reading

Navy wants comments on hedgerow plan for OLF Coupeville

The Navy will plant a hedgerow and disseminate a report on the history of Outlying Field Coupeville under a proposed agreement with two history-minded agencies.… Continue reading

Yacht burns, sinks off Whidbey

A man made it to safety after a yacht caught fire off the west side of Whidbey Island Thursday night, according to the Coast Guard.… Continue reading

Deputy shoots, kills armed man on North Whidbey | Updated

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed an armed man during a struggle on North Whidbey Sunday night, according to the… Continue reading

Island Scanner: Caller reports two men in underwear yelling at cars driving by

The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Wednesday, Aug. 30 At 9:46 a.m., a Northwest Dory Street resident… Continue reading


North Whidbey Park and Recreation’s levy brings in more than half of its budget. A measure to continue the levy will be on the ballot.… Continue reading

  • Sep 18, 2017

Burglary leads to streaking

A man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly broke into a vacant home and partied with other people there last month, according to… Continue reading

Council may weigh in on Wrights Crossing

Members of the Oak Harbor City Council may soon get a chance to formally express their views on a large affordable-housing development proposed south of… Continue reading

Final jail review documents ‘impressive’ change

A hired consultant released a final report this month on his “Organization and Operations Review” of the 58-bed Island County Jail. Island County Sheriff Mark… Continue reading

Judge orders burglary suspect to get mental health evaluation

A homeless Oak Harbor man claiming to be a “sovereign” with diplomatic immunity was ordered by a judge to undergo a mental health evaluation. Charles… Continue reading