Jessie Stensland

Appeals Court reverses conviction in freedom of speech case

In a case testing free speech restrictions, the state Court of Appeals recently reversed the convictions of a man accused of trying to intimidate two… Continue reading

Medical issue caused rollover crash, police say

A 65-year-old woman suffered only minor injuries in a dramatic rollover crash on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor Saturday afternoon. Surveillance video of the incident… Continue reading

A sad bear, angry deer and Tom Cruise make year memorable

It was an interesting year on Whidbey Island, as it is every year. The top story of the year was an April Fools joke from… Continue reading

2019 was a typical year for earthquakes on Whidbey

At least 27 earthquakes with a magnitude of 1.0 or more had epicenters on Whidbey Island or the surrounding waters this year, according to the… Continue reading

Rotted meat to go | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Wednesday, Dec. 4 At 7:19 a.m., there was a report of… Continue reading

Man pleads guilty to child molestation, possession of child porn

A Clinton made is facing a minimum of eight years in prison after admitting to committing sex crimes against children, according to court documents. Jeffrey… Continue reading

Student’s comment about school shooting caused panic, but he will not be charged

A 19-year-old Oak Harbor High School student who made comments about a school shooting on a messaging app will not be charged with a crime.… Continue reading

Dogs alert resident to possible nudist | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Nov. 29 At 2:28 p.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Whidbey schools have high vaccine compliance rates

The true student vaccination rate in Washington state isn’t known because of gaps in the records kept by schools, the state Auditor’s Office reported in… Continue reading

In our opinion: Justices’ rebuke of lawmakers is democracy in action

The framers of the Constitution would be proud to see that the separation of powers doctrine has flourished in the state named after the nation’s… Continue reading

‘Bait’ package leads to arrest of suspected thief

Police and federal agents stopped an alleged Oak Harbor Grinch who was trying to steal Christmas from a few families this week. The U.S. Postal… Continue reading

Assisted living resident accused of sexual assault

A resident at an assisted living facility in Oak Harbor was arrested on Dec. 9 for the alleged sexual assault of a fellow resident who… Continue reading

Congress may require real-time Growler noise monitoring

Congress wants the Navy to measure the sound of military jets on Whidbey Island in the real world instead of relying on computer models. The… Continue reading

Council approves move to hearing examiner system

Oak Harbor City Council approved a preliminary plat and planned residential development during its last quasi-judicial hearing on development issues. The council unanimously passed measures… Continue reading

Man pleads guilty to molesting child

A Greenbank man who molested a child a year ago and blamed it on marijuana edibles will likely be spending a year in jail. Randall… Continue reading

Three accused in residential burglary on Lone Lake Road

Three men were arrested in connection with a foiled burglary on South Whidbey Dec. 2, according to court documents. Deputies and a neighbor responded to… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man enters guilty plea to domestic violence charges

An Oak Harbor man who savagely beat his wife and attempted to sexually assault her in front of her young children agreed to a plea… Continue reading

4-year-old twins called heroes after fatal crash

Two 4-year-old girls are being heralded across the nation as heroes for climbing a steep, wooded embankment in the dark after a car crash on… Continue reading

North Whidbey woman accused of arson

A woman on North Whidbey was arrested on suspicion of arson Friday afternoon. Coincidentally, the case was reported just hours after another house on North… Continue reading

Man charged with beating, choking, biting, burning wife

An 23-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of beating, biting, strangling and burning his wife early in the morning of Nov. 23, according to court… Continue reading