Jessie Stensland

Alcohol, driving, death, prison

Judge Alan Hancock sounded melancholy, almost apologetic, when he sentenced the man responsible for a wreck that killed one passenger and grievously injured another.

Woman’s nightclub dispute ends in assault

An argument that started inside an Oak Harbor nightclub ended with a serious assault in a park early Saturday morning.

Pickup rolls thrice, driver unscathed

A driver’s momentary distraction ended with a spectacular roll-over accident on Highway 20 near Libbey Road, Monday afternoon.

Spelling error corrected on 2,040 ballots

The Island County Auditor discovered a mistake on a ballot sent out early to 2,040 members of the military and their dependents.

Sheriff takes lead in sex offender issues

For Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, the state Department of Corrections’ plan to release a high-risk sex offender to roam Oak Harbor homeless last May was an eye opener.

Alleged thief targets diesel fuel

In what may be a sign of the times, a Clinton resident is accused of harboring 165 gallons of stolen diesel fuel at his home, court documents show.

Missing words anger candidate

A candidate for Island County commissioner is outraged that her statement in the voter’s pamphlet was truncated. And she’s not pleased with the remedy, either.

‘Heinous rape’ of child nets perpetrator 15 years

When he apologized for raping a 2-year-old girl, Jordon Baze didn’t turn around to face the small crowd that gathered in the courtroom to witness his sentencing

Oak Harbor pastor harassed by ‘KKK’

A prominent Oak Harbor pastor has been targeted by hoodlums purporting to represent the Ku Klux Klan.

Oak Harbor pastor harassed by ‘KKK’

A prominent Oak Harbor pastor has been targeted by hoodlums purporting to represent the Ku Klux Klan.Fannie Dean, long-time pastor of Unity Fellowship, said the… Continue reading

‘Heinous rape’ of 2-year-old child gets perpetrator 15 years

Jordon Baze didn't turn around to face the small crowd that gathered in the courtroom to witness his sentencing when he apologized for raping a… Continue reading

‘Mr. Hyde’ guilty of rape, assault

A man described as “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde” by the county prosecutor is going to prison for strangling and raping his ex-girlfriend last August.

A hot weekend in Oak Harbor

Last weekend was busy for the Oak Harbor Fire Department, with three fires to fight over three days.

Man sustains serious injuries in collision

The State Patrol hasn’t been able to positively identify a young man who sustained life-threatening injuries in a Highway 20 accident just before noon Tuesday.

Man sustains serious injuries in Highway 20 collision

The State Patrol hasn't been able to positively identify a young man who sustained life-threatening injuries in a Highway 20 accident just before noon Tuesday.Trooper… Continue reading

Whidbey candidates lament sign vandalism

The candidate signs posted on the highways and byways of Whidbey Island are an obvious indication that the political season has come. But it’s also the season of vandals.

Highway 20 bump shakes drivers, stirs complaints

The on-again, off-again road construction project on Highway 20 south of Oak Harbor hit another bump in the road. Actually, it was drivers who were hitting the bump.

Clinton man asks cellmates to kill wife, charges say

A 50-year-old Clinton resident who was being held in King County Jail is accused of trying to hire fellow inmates to kill his ex-wife, according to court documents.

A bad bump in the road concerns Whidbey drivers

The on-again, off-again road construction project on Highway 20 south of Oak Harbor has hit another bump in the road. Actually, it's drivers who are… Continue reading

Coupeville woman Shelton gets more than 7 years for vehicular homicide

Jean Gervais visited her daughter’s grave just prior to speaking at a sentencing hearing for the woman who got drunk and caused the fatal car wreck last year. “I just promised her I’d do everything in my power to make you understand the gravity of the situation,” the grieving mother said, addressing Coupeville resident Randi Shelton in Island County Superior Court Friday.