Jessie Stensland

Murderer continues filing lawsuits from prison

A litigious murderer is once again suing Island County and various officials. From his prison cell, Joshua Lambert filed a complaint in U.S. District Court… Continue reading


Family searching for missing service dog

A Whidbey family is asking the public for help in trying to find a missing service dog. The black lab named Tank disappeared at a… Continue reading


I-976 may impact buses, ferries on Whidbey

Whidbey is an island where many people rely on ferry and bus service. As a result, a lot of people on Whidbey may feel the… Continue reading


Man charged in police chase

An Oak Harbor man who allegedly has a history of leading police on car chases was charged with a felony in connection with the latest… Continue reading

Food-throwing incident leads to felony charge

A report of a food-throwing incident at an Oak Harbor restaurant turned into a felony investigation Nov. 1, court documents state. Police responded to a… Continue reading

Nurse assaulted in ER, man arrested near hospital

Violence in hospital emergency rooms is a stark and growing problem nationwide, often linked to patients with mental health or drug addictions, according to the… Continue reading

Hitchhiker in red spotted | Island Scanner

The following were calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Oct. 24 At 5:10 a.m., a resident reported cows were running in the… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man sent to prison for child porn

An Oak Harbor man who was investigated by Homeland Security for possessing child pornography was recently sent to prison. Under a plea bargain, 52-year-old Paul… Continue reading

Sixth lawsuit in a year filed against hospital

An advanced registered practice nurse who formerly worked at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center filed a lawsuit against the hospital district this week, claiming wrongful termination, discrimination… Continue reading

Incumbents, street repair tax sail to approval

Incumbents on North Whidbey did well in Tuesday’s election, as did a sales tax measure that will fund street repair in Oak Harbor. During the… Continue reading

Incumbents, street repair measure ahead in ballot count

Oak Harbor’s incumbent mayor and council member are doing well in the first count of ballots in Tuesday’s election. Mayor Bob Severns has a healthy… Continue reading

Veterans Day is commemorated across Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is serious about Veterans Day. The community is invited to the annual Community Veterans Day Program at the Oak Harbor High School. This… Continue reading

Bacon adds sizzle to commissioner race

The 2020 race for the next Island County commissioner to represent southern and central areas of Whidbey Island is heating up even before this year’s… Continue reading

County might increase septage treatment rate

The cost of getting a septic tank pumped on Whidbey Island may increase significantly. Joantha Guthrie, manager of Island County’s solid waste division, said a… Continue reading

Al Koetje remembered as city leader, Navy supporter, loyal friend

The former mayor and businessman who helped guide the city of Oak Harbor during a time of growth and aspirations passed away Oct. 28. Al… Continue reading

Confidential informant used in cocaine investigation

A member of the Navy who admitted using cocaine agreed to be a confidential informant for law enforcement and was involved in a series of… Continue reading

Burglar captured on video sneaking into Oak Harbor dentist office

A 21-year-old man was captured on surveillance video when he entered an Oak Harbor dentist’s office on the evening of Oct. 24, according to court… Continue reading

National salmonella outbreak from backyard poultry reaches county

Don’t kiss your chicken, health officials caution. Island County is one of four counties in the state where someone contracted salmonella from backyard poultry last… Continue reading

South Whidbey girl faces felony for alleged school bus assault

A 14-year-old student at South Whidbey Middle / High School is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting another student on a school bus Oct.… Continue reading

Bank robber sentenced to prison

A man who robbed an Oak Harbor bank April 30 and terrorized two employees was sent to prison last week. Duane Payne, a 20-year-old Oak… Continue reading