Jessie Stensland

Homeless man claims assault, settles for $90K

Homeless man claims assault, settles for $90K

Sailor hurt in shooting files complaint for $20 million

A Navy man injured during an unusual 2017 police standoff that ended in the fatal shooting of another sailor filed a $20-million tort claim against… Continue reading

Oak Harbor police getting body cameras

Someday soon, people’s interactions with officers from the Oak Harbor Police Department may be recorded and subject to public disclosure. The Oak Harbor City Council… Continue reading

Hank Nydam

Parks director parks lawnmower after 37 years

Being in charge of city parks may seem like a sunshiny job dedicated to mowing lawns, planting flowers and caring for sports fields. But during… Continue reading

Hank Nydam

Editorial: Police body cams aren’t perfect, but are vital technology

A body-worn video camera is not a perfect tool for police officers, but it is an essential one. With approval from the City Council, Oak… Continue reading

Judge declines to revoke accused child rapist’s bail

A judge declined to revoke bail for a man charged with child rape who is accused of violating court orders by being in contact with… Continue reading

Man accused of homicide in overdose death

An Oak Harbor man is accused of providing a pill containing the drug fentanyl to a man who overdosed and died June 3, according to… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man charged in grisly Montana murder

A 66-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of murdering a resident of Montana over an access road dispute nine years ago is being held in Island… Continue reading

Positive COVID-19 test at jail turns out to be false

The Island County Jail had a COVID-19 scare late last week, but it turned out to be a false positive. Jose Briones, the jail chief,… Continue reading

Editorial: Navy’s fight for freedom should include freedom of information

Regardless of how you feel about the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve and its stance on jet noise, the group’s victory in a Freedom of Information… Continue reading

COER, Navy settle FOIA lawsuit

A group known for protesting jet noise at the Navy airfield near Coupeville settled a federal, public-records lawsuit against the Navy this week. Citizens of… Continue reading

Truck theft leads to unusual chase

A deputy was able to return a stolen truck to a Freeland man after a short pursuit that was partly in reverse on Goss Lake… Continue reading

Vacuum, dog stolen in burglary | Island Scanner

Thursday, July 23 At 7:29 p.m., a resident reported that two sailboats were harassing a pod of orcas in Penn Cove. Friday, July 24 At… Continue reading

Rapist Joseph Blue files, loses a tangle of motions

A man who raped and assaulted his former girlfriend during a night of savagery 13 years ago was sent back to prison after his motions… Continue reading

Woman accused of threatening to kill, eat dog

A South Whidbey woman is accused of threatening to harm a teenager, licking blood from her fingers in a menacing manner, displaying a knife and… Continue reading

Two Democrats ahead in one commissioner race, two Republicans in the other

Voters in Island County may choose between two Democrats for one county commissioner position and two Republicans for another in the November general election. One… Continue reading

Planning director quits, assessor hired to serve in interim

The Island County planning director submitted her letter of resignation last week and will be temporarily replaced by county Assessor Mary Engle. Jessica Carpenter had… Continue reading

Two dead, including Oak Harbor man, in wrong-way collision

Two people are dead after a 76-year-old Oak Harbor man drove the wrong way on Highway 20 in Skagit County and struck another car head-on… Continue reading

Report: Claims of assault at political event may be untrue, exaggerated

A report by detectives with the Bellingham police about a Fourth of July incident in Oak Harbor casts doubts on a videographer’s allegations that he… Continue reading

SATURDAY, JULY 18 At 5:01 p.m., a caller reported finding a bone in the Double Bluff area. At 5:22 p.m., a resident reported that a… Continue reading