Jessie Stensland

Baby hides loot at Wal-Mart

A 19-year-old woman accused of hiding stolen loot under her baby and punching a Wal-Mart security employee is wanted on a $10,000 bench warrant, court records show.

Larsen opts for Obama, not Clinton

Second District Rep. Rick Larsen announced Thursday that he’s giving throwing his support as a superdelegate to Sen. Barack Obama.

Kenmore Air runs a commercial air service from Oak Harbor Airport while lawsuits run their course in court.

Airport destined for sale by auction

The future of the Oak Harbor Airport is still up in the air as two dueling auctions are scheduled for the property.

Kenmore Air runs a commercial air service from Oak Harbor Airport while lawsuits run their course in court.

County road shop thief sentenced

A former employee at the county road shop who stole thousands of dollars from the Island County Public Works Union may end up serving a sentence at his home in Utah.

Richard Maxwell of Coupeville signs for a purchase Friday at the Oak Harbor Ace Hardware

Whidbey retailers look for sales boost

All combined, Oak Harbor residents will receive an estimated $10.2 million from the federal government in economic stimulus checks this spring.

Richard Maxwell of Coupeville signs for a purchase Friday at the Oak Harbor Ace Hardware

Student diver feared lost

The Coast Guard suspended a search Monday night for a missing diver at Rosario Beach.

City growth effort loses round

A three-year effort that could have ultimately led to 105 acres of the Fakkema Farm coming into the city of Oak Harbor has fallen back a couple of steps this week.

Child porn on a stick left at park

A 25-year-old Oak Harbor man who works with youth on the Navy base was caught with child pornography after he apparently dropped a memory stick at Fort Nugent Park, court records state.

Accused leg stabber could go to jail

A 28-year-old Oak Harbor man accusing of stabbing a woman in the leg is being held on $200,000 bail.

Man admits raping 2-year-old girl

An Oak Harbor man admitted that he raped a 2-year-old girl, an assault that injured her so badly she had to have surgery at Children’s… Continue reading

Cops keep tabs on teen in underwear

Escape proves to be brief

Oak Harbor man agrees to 15 years to life for rape of 2 year old

An Oak Harbor man admitted that he raped a 2-year-old girl, an assault that injured her so badly she had to have surgery at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office. Jordon Baze, 26, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Thursday to child rape in the first degree. As part of the plea bargain, he has agreed with the prosecutor’s sentence recommendation of 15 years to life in prison, which is years beyond the standard sentencing range.

Cops keep tabs on Coupeville teenager in underwear

A sock-footed teenager wearing only underwear ran through Coupeville Tuesday afternoon after escaping from a Law and Justice Center courtroom. A 17-year-old Oak Harbor boy was pursued by Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, Coupeville Marshal Dave Penrod, several deputies, staff of the juvenile detention center, a corrections deputy and even members of the county Public Works Department.

HWY 20 wreck prompts haz-mat response

An unusual accident led to a full-scale hazardous materials response in Oak Harbor Tuesday afternoon. State Trooper Joshua Lancaster said 87-year-old Frances Schultz of Oak Harbor was driving a 1998 Mercury Marquis southbound on Highway 20 and turned right onto Ault Field Road. She ran over grease tubes that had fallen out of another vehicle and had been smashed by cars.

Oak Harbor vehicle assault suspect balks at guilty plea

A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of vehicular assault in an alcohol-related accident will not be pleading guilty after all, according to court documents. Reysan Reyes was scheduled to accept a plea bargain at a hearing in Island County Superior Court May 27, but instead he asked for a new attorney.

Accidental shooting outside nightclub sends Oak Harbor sailor to jail

The sailor who accidentally shot himself and a woman in a parking lot scuffle outside of Oak Harbor's Element Nightclub is going to jail for 30 days. Vincent Harrison, a 26-year-old Oak Harbor resident, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to attempted assault in the second degree. Under a plea bargain, a second charge of third-degree assault was dismissed.

Sailor pleads guilty in shooting

The sailor who accidentally shot himself and a woman in a parking lot scuffle outside of Oak Harbor’s Element Nightclub is going to jail for 30 days.

Rossi appearance violates Navy policy

In the wake of a policy-breaking appearance by Dino Rossi, officials at the Whidbey Naval Air Station’s CPO Club will be more vigilant in the future about who rents space in the military-owned facility, according to a base spokesperson.

Whidbey Island Bank, Frontier merger broken up by feds

Oak Harbor-based Whidbey Island Bank will not become Frontier Bank.Washington Banking Company, the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, notified Everett-based Frontier Financial Corporation this… Continue reading

The owner of the historic Sam Crockett house on Wanamaker Road has applied for a demolition permit

Clerical error to blame for Whidbey ‘McMansion’

A paperwork snafu led to a building permit being issued prematurely for a giant home in Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve. The mishap has caused consternation in Coupeville, where preservation of the rural working heritage of the land is taken very seriously.

The owner of the historic Sam Crockett house on Wanamaker Road has applied for a demolition permit