Jessie Stensland

Write-in jumps into auditor’s race in Island County

Oak Harbor City Councilman Jim Palmer's name will likely appear on the general election ballot as a candidate for Island County auditor.As of the Aug.… Continue reading

Four-way race for Island County commissioner is too close to call

Judge Churchill is ahead; Coupeville library bond passing

Auditor write-in campaign underway

With the primary election closing in, some Oak Harbor residents have apparently started a last-minute effort to get an Oak Harbor councilman on the ballot as a write-in candidate for Island County auditor.

Ballot, pamphlet reprints each total 40,000

The Island County Auditor’s Office had to reprint more than 40,000 ballots and 40,000 voter’s pamphlets for the Aug. 19 primary election.

Whidbey Island unemployment soars

A state labor economist characterized an 1.5 increase in unemployment in Island County over the last year as “a large jump,” but he said it’s just a local reflection of the national economy.

Charges combine for 7 months in jail

An 18-year-old Oak Harbor man who assaulted his girlfriend and threatened to take her child will be spending some time in jail.John Elliott, Jr., pleaded… Continue reading

Plea deal nixed, judge levels max

Judge Vickie Churchill handed out an unusual sentence to a man convicted of mistreating a toddler a couple of years ago.In Island County Superior Court… Continue reading

Memory stick leads to one year in prison

An Oak Harbor man who admitted to dropping a memory stick filled with child pornography at a city park apologized in court Monday.Anthony Harrold said… Continue reading

Robert Yates

Oak Harbor’s serial killer gets another chance to live

On Sept. 11, the justices of the state Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for Oak Harbor High School graduate Robert Yates, who also happens to be one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers.

Robert Yates
Fire destroyed a mobile home in Wagon Wheel mobile home park Friday. Firefighters ripped out insulation to reach the heat.

Cats lost, birds saved in Heller Road trailer fire

A mobile home fire killed two cats early Friday morning, but the resident managed to save her pet birds.

Fire destroyed a mobile home in Wagon Wheel mobile home park Friday. Firefighters ripped out insulation to reach the heat.

Island County deputies push for more help

The budget process for the Island County commissioners began this week, but one group of employees has already made a bold move in an attempt to influence the process.

Second cousin charged with child rape

A 37-year-old Oregon man is accused of impregnating his teenaged, second cousin on a couch at his grandmother’s Oak Harbor home in 2006, according to court documents.

Skateboards wielded in self defense

A homeless man has been charged in connection with a running fight involving a knife and skateboards wielded as weapons, court documents show.

Nathan Martinez

Plea keeps kids from testifying

In court Wednesday, Nathan Martinez seemed to be at peace about his decision to accept a deal that will send him away for at least 20 years.

Nathan Martinez
Nathan Martinez of Oak Harbor appears in court Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to nine counts of sex crimes involving children.

Oak Harbor child molester’s plea keeps victims safe from testifying

In court Wednesday, Nathan Martinez seemed to be at peace about his decision to accept a deal that will send him away for at least 20 years.

Nathan Martinez of Oak Harbor appears in court Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to nine counts of sex crimes involving children.

Rape charge prompts not guilty plea

Prosecutors charged 29-year-old Robert McIntyre in Island County Superior Court Aug. 12 with rape of a child in the second degree. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 25.

The mother of abuse victims holds a written statement read at a press conference.

Mother of victims says molester needs help

The mother of children allegedly molested by a man they met at an Oak Harbor church held a small press conference at the Island County courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

The mother of abuse victims holds a written statement read at a press conference.

Accused molester agrees to plea bargain

An Oak Harbor man accused of molesting children while he was babysitting them has agreed to a plea bargain, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.

Accused molester agrees to plea bargain

An Oak Harbor man accused of molesting children while he was babysitting them has agreed to a plea bargain, according to the Island County Prosecutor's… Continue reading

Family treatment court coming soon

Officials in Island County Superior Court hope to put their share of money from the county’s Mental Health Sales Tax Initiative to work soon.Court Administrator… Continue reading