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Dramatic exchanges that occurred during the Navy’s public information meetings last week illustrated rising tensions over jet noise. Within the first hour of the first scoping meeting in Coupeville, two men traded heated words that led to one of them being ejected by town marshals. During the second meeting, held in Oak Harbor, community leaders on both sides of the debate made unscheduled presentations to Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Community Events, December 2013
A man wearing a black ski mask, camouflage jacket and pants stormed the Bayview Valero gas station Wednesday night and forced the store’s clerk to hand him $500. The clerk was not seriously injured by the armed robber, though the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect jabbed the victim with the barrel of the weapon, leaving an impression in her skin that matches the diameter of a shotgun barrel. “Endangering somebody’s life for anything doesn’t make any sense for anything,” said detective Ed Wallace.
An Oak Harbor man is accused of choking his wife and restraining her from leaving after fighting about whether he should drink while watching Ultimate Fighting Championship, court documents show. Erik Selvidge, 25, was ordered held in Island County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill ruled at a Nov. 18 hearing that there was probable cause to hold him on suspicion of kidnapping and assault.
Carrying a tuba around every day can take a toll on the triceps. But what felt like a struggle a year ago seems a little less laborious these days for Jordan George. He’s gotten stronger, and so has his tuba playing. George, an eighth grader at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor, recently was selected to participate in the Washington Music Educators Association Junior All-State band Feb. 15 in Yakima.
Wayne Killebrew admits he’s a little embarrassed by the state of his neighborhood. Tucked away just north of Oak Harbor, the mobile home park once called Thunderbird is filled with 59 ancient, moss-covered, single- and double-wide trailers. Many are in various states of disrepair, with tarps and other makeshift patches covering holes in thin walls. Some yards are littered with junk.