Jessie Stensland

Man charged in assault at gravel pit

A transient man is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting a woman in a gravel pit because she refused to have sex, court documents… Continue reading

Don’t stop to smell the roses | Island Scanner

The following were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Wednesday, May 31 At 5:50 p.m., a caller reported that a man… Continue reading

Witness said man left police with no choice in shooting

A man who was shot by a police officer Tuesday in downtown Oak Harbor was armed and assaulting a woman, according to police. The Skagit… Continue reading

Man shot by officer in Oak Harbor was armed, police say

A man who was shot by a police officer today in downtown Oak Harbor was armed and had been assaulting a woman, according to police.… Continue reading

Two of Whidbey’s funeral homes closed

Two of the four funeral homes on Whidbey Island closed last Friday. Services Corporation International, which does business as Dignity Memorial, shuttered Burley Funeral Chapel… Continue reading

Indecent exposer sent to prison

An Oak Harbor man convicted of exposing himself to a teenager at a yard sale last summer was recently sent to prison. A jury found… Continue reading

Serial rapist from Oak Harbor making Tacoma his new home

A serial rapist who terrorized Oak Harbor in the early 1990s has moved to Tacoma. It appears doubtful that Paul Harell will return to Island… Continue reading

Council adopts amendment to spare oak tree

Oak Harbor council members passed an ordinance amendment last week to save a single oak tree from development. Council members decided, however, not to follow… Continue reading

Editorial: Life-saving Narcan should be available far and wide

It’s both alarming and sad that opioid overdoses are now such a problem on Whidbey Island that a variety of government employees carry Narcan, which… Continue reading

North Whidbey fire district sets meetings on Aug. 1 vote

A vote on a proposed levy lid lift for North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is less than a month away. In order to educate the… Continue reading

Runway at NAS Whidbey closed for repairs

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island reports that routine annual repairs to Runway 7/25 at Ault Field are scheduled from July 10 through Aug. 3o. During… Continue reading

Navy SAR rescues kayaker in Dugualla Bay Sunday

A Whidbey Island kayaker may owe his life to a sharp-eyed member of the Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The… Continue reading

North Whidbey Fire proposes levy lid lift

Officials with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue are asking voters in the district to increase property taxes in order to replace aging equipment, fix up… Continue reading

Video court planned for Island County inmates

A couple of years ago, the chief at Island County Jail received tips that five inmates hatched an escape plan. The scheme, he was told,… Continue reading

Bus route changes begin July 3

More runs, a newly designed route to businesses and doctors’ offices and improved connections to the ferries are among the changes coming from Island Transit.… Continue reading

County’s new fireworks rules in effect

The fireworks season — at least the legal one — begins next week in Oak Harbor, but those living in unincorporated areas will have to… Continue reading


What do you think about consumer fireworks?… Continue reading

  • Jun 27, 2017

Freeland driver charged in road-rage incident

A Freeland man got so mad at a tailgater that he pulled his pickup over while driving along State Highway 525, got out and allegedly… Continue reading

Man loses hat in fight | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Thursday, May 11 At 6:05 p.m., a Crosby Avenue resident reported… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man accused of assault with a bat

An Oak Harbor man is being held on $50,000 bail after allegedly beating another man with a baseball bat. Prosecutors charged Troy A. Housden, 30,… Continue reading