Jessie Stensland

Man guilty of selling fake items on eBay

A former Oak Harbor man recently pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally importing more than $2 million in counterfeit exercise machines, blenders and other items, then selling them on eBay.

Radio talk show host Daniel Miller hosts a show on KWDB every Friday night.

D.J. mixes politics with music

Oak Harbor’s newest talk show can best be described as “eclectic.” Daniel Miller, a former Friday Harbor resident, moved to Whidbey from California to host his own radio talk show on KWDB 1110 AM. But “Politics Today,” every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., is about far more than politics.

Radio talk show host Daniel Miller hosts a show on KWDB every Friday night.

Vehicular assault charged in accident

A 48-year-old Langley woman was driving in a reckless manner and caused a head-on collision on Cultus Bay Road Oct. 3, 2008, according to documents filed in Island County Superior Court. Prosecutors charged Patricia Sylvester Feb. 10 with vehicular assault. If convicted, she could face from six months to a year in jail under the standard sentencing range.

County finds banks wary

At the heart of Island County’s latest $1 million budget hole crisis is Treasurer Linda Riffe’s inability to find banks willing to deal with the county, mainly because of a 1969 state law that few people were aware of before the economic crisis.

Budget crisis cuts county office hours

Beginning in March, anyone going to the administration building of the Island County campus in Coupeville won’t be able to get in the door of four offices before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Judge sends stalker to jail

A judge sent a stalker to jail last week. Jermaine Flores, a 22-year-old Oak Harbor man, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court to stalking in violation of a no-contact order and violating a no-contact order.

Ace Harris

Sheriff warns of homeless sex offender

A Level 2 sex offender with a lengthy criminal history will be living homeless in the Oak Harbor area.

Ace Harris

Alleged child rapist makes calls from jail

A man accused of raping a child violated court orders by calling the alleged victim’s mother from the Island County jail, court documents indicate. Prosecutors charged 36-year-old David Smith of Oak Harbor Jan. 22 with second-degree rape of a child, two counts of child molestation in the second degree and the violation of a no-contact order.

Military exemption increases local taxes

The property tax rate in Oak Harbor will increase by nearly 3 percent this year, due in large part to the Washington State Legislature’s decision to exempt private companies that own military housing on government land from paying the tax, according to the Island County Assessor’s Office.

Woman sentenced for stabbing husband back

A former employee of Island County Juvenile Court Services was sentenced to jail Tuesday for stabbing her husband in the leg last October, according to the Prosecutor’s Office. Oak Harbor resident Rachel Irvin pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court to assault in the third degree, according to Chief Criminal Prosecutor Colleen Kenimond.

Suspect in Oak Harbor Cinema theft strikes plea deal

One of the three young men accused of faking an armed robbery at Oak Harbor Plaza Cinema 3 last fall in order to steal money has made a plea bargain, according to court documents. Daniel Nichols, a 19-year-old Oak Harbor resident, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court to theft in the first degree.

30-day tax appeal limit restored

Island County Assessor Dave Mattens said his goal this year is to send out change of property value notices by June 1, which would be the earliest they’ve been distributed in many years — possibly ever. But property owners who don’t agree with the assessed values need to be aware of a rule change.

Island County health head is likely interim planning director

Island County commissioners didn’t have to look far to find someone willing and able to fill in as interim planning director. Keith Higman, the director of the Island County Health Department, volunteered to take on the dual role of leading the two departments. It was an offer the county commissioners couldn’t refuse.

Watcher charged with stalking

A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man admitted that he violated a no-contact order by calling his ex-girlfriend ten times in a day and watching her apartment from a nearby location, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Jermaine Flores in Island County Superior Court Jan. 16 with stalking in violation of a protection order and a violation of a protection order.

Navy accident zone reopening sought

A North Whidbey resident wants Island County to revisit a controversial measure that limited land use around Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Becky Spraitzar asked county commissioners at their regular meeting Monday morning to rescind the accident potential zones, or APZs, and restart the process with new rounds of public hearings.

Navy extends training plan comment deadline

The Navy has decided to extend the comment period on a complex document that the will guide the way the Navy trains in the Pacific Northwest. But the military's decision to give the public an extra week, until Feb. 18, to digest and comment on the lengthy plan falls short of the Island County Commissioners' request.

More layoffs ahead as Island County faces a $1 million deficit

Island County is facing an additional $1 million budget shortfall, even after cutting 31 jobs to plug a $2 million hole during budget sessions late last year. More layoffs are nearly inevitable, county Budget Director Elaine Marlow said.

Kyle Gonzales and Jessica Staley get off a bus at a stop in rural North Whidbey. They are in favor of a bill that would clarify state law to allow buses to stop at unmarked places in rural areas. Gonzales said he ended up walking six miles in the countryside outside Burlington because the bus wouldn’t stop where he asked.

Bill clarifies flag bus stops as legal

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen sponsored a bill she hopes will make public transportation more user-friendly for people who live in rural areas. The Democratic state senator, who represents the district that includes Whidbey, wants to clarify state law so that buses can stop at unmarked places in rural areas. In other words, it allows people to flag down a bus in the boondocks or ask to be let out of a bus near their home, even if there’s not a bus stop in the vicinity.

Kyle Gonzales and Jessica Staley get off a bus at a stop in rural North Whidbey. They are in favor of a bill that would clarify state law to allow buses to stop at unmarked places in rural areas. Gonzales said he ended up walking six miles in the countryside outside Burlington because the bus wouldn’t stop where he asked.

Brass knuckles used in fight

A 21-year-old Oak Harbor man struck another man with brass knuckles and kicked him when he was down during a fight outside an Oak Harbor bar Nov. 1, 2008, court documents indicate. Prosecutor charged Deante Lawson in Island County Superior Court Jan. 12 with second-degree assault with aggravating factors. He could face from three to nine months in jail under the standard sentencing range if convicted.

Property rights advocate quits

Change keeps coming to Island County planning. There will soon be three new members of the county’s planning commission and a new planning director, though it remains unclear how this will affect land-use policy.