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Media circus follows Barefoot Bandit to Whidbey

  • Dec 14, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 12:31PM

People who are curious about the Barefoot Bandit should stay away from Coupeville Friday and instead go online to catch live action from the courtroom, law enforcement officials are begging. Colton Harris-Moore, the world-famous burglar and airplane thief, will be in Island County Superior Court Friday to enter 30 guilty pleas for crimes he allegedly committed in three counties. A media circus is coming to town. Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the expected onslaught of TV cameras and reporters. He said the major TV networks will all be at the hearing, including NBC’s Dateline and possibly CBS’s 48 Hours.

New website set up for Barefoot Bandit hearing

  • Dec 15, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Dec 16, 2011 at 8:58AM

Island County officials are warning that the county's website might crash if a mass of curious folks log on to watch the Barefoot Bandit's sentencing hearing in Coupeville Friday. As a result, the company that runs the county's video streaming service is encouraging people to go directly to the firm's website, It has a link to the live stream of the Colton Harris-Moore hearing, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Mob missing on bandit's big day

  • Dec 16, 2011 at 3:11PM

Colton Harris-Moore appeared in Island County Superior Court for sentencing Friday but the Barefoot Bandit's entourage, expected to number in the hundreds or more, never showed.

Oak Harbor’s Planned Parenthood to close

  • Dec 21, 2011 at 10:00AM

After 26 years of service, Whidbey Island’s only Planned Parenthood clinic will close Dec. 31. The clinic is located at 3159 N. Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. Clinics in Forks and Silverdale will also close as the organization copes with state and federal funding losses.

Jan Holmes, beloved Beach Watcher and community volunteer, dies at 61

  • Dec 20, 2011 at 2:48PM

Jan Holmes, a longtime WSU/Island County Beach Watcher who was honored in 2010 with a KIRO/Cox Conserves Heroes award, passed away Dec. 15 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 61.

Missing ferry traveler is identified as Seattle man

  • Dec 21, 2011 at 8:39AM

A 58-year-old Seattle man with family in Oak Harbor has been tentatively identified as the person who jumped off the ferry M/V Cathlamet as the ship was approaching Whidbey Island on Dec. 11.

County prevails in lawsuit from former sheriff candidate

  • Dec 21, 2011 at 1:00PM

Jay Wallace won’t be getting his badge back. A federal court judge has ruled against the former deputy sheriff and said Island County was justified in firing Wallace after he shirked his duty in responding to 911 calls in Freeland where a woman was being held hostage and assaulted in early 2006.

ALERT: Manhunt under way on Whidbey for burglary suspect

  • Dec 21, 2011 at 11:46AM

Police are presently searching for a man who is believed to have broken into a house off Smugglers Cove Road this morning and then assaulted the homeowner. According to Island County Undersheriff Kelly Mauck, the incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on the 200 block of Kolia Place, about one and half miles south of Lagoon Point Road.

Homeowner recounts catching burglar inside his South Whidbey home

  • Dec 23, 2011 at 8:24AM

Glenn Perkins said it was hard to tell who was more surprised: The burglar who was caught red-handed, or Perkins, who discovered the intruder who slipped into his South Whidbey home Wednesday and interrupted his morning coffee.

Greenbank Farm easement talks to continue next month

  • Dec 26, 2011 at 10:00AM

The incoming commissioner for the Port of Coupeville asked without success that work to add further protections for the Greenbank Farm be suspended for several weeks.

Island County parks plan goes nontraditional

  • Dec 23, 2011 at 1:28PM

A bundle of paper known as the Island County parks plan could have a wide impact on how Whidbey Islanders recreate in the future. Among the highlights of the plan is a policy to phase out the county’s investment in traditional recreation facilities, such as ball parks, and encourage hiking, bicycling and other low-impact activities. The policy guide suggests that hunting should be allowed in three large parks, but the areas should be closed to non-hunters during the season.

Community reacts to death of Zippy Leonard; counseling sessions set up for classmates of beloved 9-year-old | UPDATE

  • Dec 26, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Dec 27, 2011 at 9:43AM

South Whidbey is beset with immeasurable shock and sadness over the tragic Christmas Day death of a precious 9-year-old girl in a freak accident Sunday.

Island County Sheriff's Office releases sketch of burglar

  • Dec 27, 2011 at 11:37AM

The Island County Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of the man who broke into a home on Kolia Place and assaulted a homeowner during a burglary last week.

Whidbey man shot in leg; Everett police puzzled

  • Dec 27, 2011 at 1:37PM

Everett police are investigating an early morning shooting incident that occurred Saturday and involved a Whidbey Island man. According to Everett Police Department Sgt. Robert Goetz, shortly before 4 a.m., patrol officers responded to multiple 911 calls at a location on the 1800 block of 18th street.

Courtesy equals cash at Whidbey General

  • Dec 29, 2011 at 2:00PM

It won’t be long until patient surveys will have a financial impact on critical access hospitals like Whidbey General Hospital, according to Teresa Fulton, director of quality and patient safety at the hospital. This inevitability has pushed hospital officials to give even more emphasis to an ongoing effort aimed at teaching personnel to communicate effectively and courteously with patients and their families.

New map for revised 2nd District includes Whidbey Island

  • Dec 28, 2011 at 12:47PM

Whidbey Island will remain in Washington's 2nd Congressional District, according to the latest draft map presented to Washington State Redistricting Commission.

Island County building permit fees increased for the new year

  • Jan 5, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 2:55PM

Building permit fees in Island County in 2012 are now pegged to a standardized format used by many jurisdictions in the state and across the nation. The change, however, results in an increase in building permit fees that will have to be paid by anyone building a new house or adding on to an existing home in the county.

Whidbey's first baby of 2012 born at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor

  • Jan 3, 2012 at 2:00PM updated Jan 4, 2012 at 1:03PM

Claire Marie Lastinger arrives Jan. 2 at 2:20 a.m. to become the first baby born on Whidbey Island for2012. First-time dad and mom, Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Cameron and Bethany Lastinger,both of Lusby, Md., agreed they could not have asked for a better delivery at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.Claire weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 19 inches. Cameron works with the VP-40 FightingMarlins’ Maintenance Department.

Rollover accident snarls Central Whidbey traffic

  • Jan 4, 2012 at 11:05AM

One lane of traffic on Highway 20 was closed Wednesday morning as the result of a single vehicle rollover accident next to the Navy’s Outlying Field south of Coupeville. A woman was driving a Ford F-150 pickup south on Highway 20 when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the northbound lane and ended up upside down in the ditch north of the intersection with Pleasant Acres Lane.

Motorcycle accident claims Coupeville man

  • Jan 8, 2012 at 7:00PM updated Jan 9, 2012 at 8:18AM

A Coupeville man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Central Whidbey Sunday. The Washington State Patrol is reporting that 68-year-old Gale W Tappe died at the scene and his wife, 55-year-old Joan M Tappe, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Whidbey legislators face a ‘horrible challenge’

  • Jan 10, 2012 at 1:36PM

Whidbey Island’s three state legislators are gearing up for a new session starting this week that likely includes more program cuts.

Doctor quits Whidbey General Hospital over web furor

  • Jan 11, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 12:20PM

Whidbey General Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino is mad as heck and he’s not going to take it anymore.

Schools close, traffic crawls as snow storm blankets Whidbey Island

  • Jan 17, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 2:15PM

Whidbey public schools closed Tuesday and the Puget Sound region is bracing for more snow that is expected to fall this week. Parts of Whidbey were snowed under this week, including Oak Harbor and Clinton, though most areas in between were clear. But it started coming down hard Monday morning, school superintendents announced closures Tuesday, and several inches or more of the white stuff covered the island. It wasn’t unusual to see cars stuck in ditches or unable to make it up hills.

Island Transit cancels bus service today

  • Jan 17, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 1:58PM

The Tuesday morning snow storm blowing through Whidbey Island prompted Island Transit officials to cancel all bus routes until further notice. Several inches of snow fell Tuesday morning on Whidbey Island and between five and 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall tomorrow. If the conditions continue to worsen, it’s likely buses won’t be traveling on Wednesday.

Sen. Haugen says she'll vote for same-sex marriage law

  • Jan 23, 2012 at 12:17PM

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen announced today she will support a proposed law allowing same-sex marriage.

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