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Woman killed walking across Highway 20 in Coupeville

  • Nov 18, 2011 at 7:00AM updated at 3:23PM

A pedestrian was killed on Highway 20 Thursday evening at an accident-prone intersection near the Coupeville traffic light. The Washington State Patrol has identified the woman as Coupeville resident Toni Chapman, 61. She was struck by two vehicles at about 5:52 p.m. and died at the scene. Her next of kin were notified by the Island County coroner.

Island County hikes taxes by 1 percent

  • Nov 19, 2011 at 10:00AM

Island County commissioners increased county current expense fund, county roads and Conservation Futures levies by 1 percent Monday. Budget Director Elaine Marlow gave the commissioners a PowerPoint presentation about the budget just prior to the vote. She explained that the budget the commissioners adopted in October assumed the 1 percent increase and would have to be modified if the increases weren’t adopted. Without the modest hike, she said further cuts may have to be made to programs or the workforce.

Homola announces re-election bid in Island County.

  • Nov 21, 2011 at 7:14AM

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola will run for re-election.

'Barefoot Bandit' returns to Island County Dec. 16

  • Nov 21, 2011 at 5:15PM

The date for the so-called Barefoot Bandit to appear in Island County Superior Court has finally been set. Colton Harris-Moore is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Dec. 16 to enter guilty pleas to crimes he allegedly committed in the state. Harris-Moore, a 20-year-old Camano Island resident, has already pleaded guilty to seven federal criminal charges in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Barefoot Bandit makes tracks for Island County

  • Nov 26, 2011 at 10:00AM

The date for the so-called Barefoot Bandit to appear in Island County Superior Court has finally been set. Colton Harris-Moore, a 20-year-old Camano Island resident, is scheduled to appear in court Friday, Dec. 16, to enter 30 guilty pleas for crimes he allegedly committed in three counties.

Some Island County citizens defend Emerson after ‘snub’

  • Nov 26, 2011 at 10:00AM

A disagreement about who should be chairperson of the Island County Board of Commissioners escalated Monday after citizens complained about the perceived snub to Commissioner Kelly Emerson. Commissioner Angie Homola, the current chairwoman, struggled to maintain control of the meeting at one point, exclaiming that she didn’t have her gavel, as her fellow commissioners interrupted and talked over each other.

Teen driver enters not-guilty plea on vehicular homicide charges

  • Nov 28, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Nov 29, 2011 at 2:25PM

The teenager who was behind the wheel in a tragic car accident that killed three young men earlier this month near Clinton entered a not-guilty plea during her arraignment on charges of vehicular homicide in Island County Superior Court Monday.

State says Homola has not registered for her re-election run

  • Nov 29, 2011 at 12:14PM

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola has not filed to run for re-election in 2012. That's the view of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, the state agency that serves as a watchdog on campaigns.

Police search for 31-year-old Oak Harbor woman

  • Nov 30, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Dec 2, 2011 at 12:17PM

Oak Harbor police are asking for the public's help in finding a 31-year-old woman who disappeared Nov. 25. Detective Sgt. Teri Gardner said Melissa Christine Ellis left her Oak Harbor home sometime between 10 and 11 o'clock on Friday morning. She first told family members that she was headed to Coupeville and then said she was going to the beach.

Homola now registered as a candidate for re-election

  • Dec 1, 2011 at 9:47AM

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola is now an official candidate in the 2012 Election.

Oak Harbor councilman Campbell challenges Island County commissioner Homola

  • Dec 8, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 2:36PM

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola, a Democrat, will seek reelection in 2012 but her bid for the District 2 seat will not go uncontested. On Monday, just two weeks after she declared her candidacy, Oak Harbor City Councilman Jim Campbell announced his intention to challenge Homola for the position as a leading Republican candidate.

Airplane crashes near Ebey's Landing

  • Dec 8, 2011 at 4:15PM

A small airplane has crashed into a bluff near Ebey's Landing.

Pilot killed as airplane crashes on Ebey’s Bluff; Pilot identified

  • Dec 8, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Dec 9, 2011 at 3:19PM

A man was killed Thursday when the small aircraft he was piloting crashed into a bluff on Whidbey Island. Authorities identified the pilot late Friday as Michael Heaton Sr., 59, a six-month resident of Whidbey Island.

Attorney’s victims and their animals evicted from Whidbey home

  • Dec 13, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Dec 14, 2011 at 2:16PM

A Central Whidbey couple who say they were swindled out of tens of thousands of dollars by a Freeland attorney was evicted from their home last Friday, along with six dogs and a small herd of horses. They are now turning to the community for help so they can continue to care for their family of misfit, aging and disabled animals.

Discover Pass change proposed

  • Dec 16, 2011 at 2:00PM

In response to complaints from state park users, the Legislature is considering bills that would allow a Discover Pass to be used with two vehicles.

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.

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