Jessie Stensland

Wrong-way driver faces prison sentence

An Oak Harbor man who allegedly drove the wrong way on the highway while high on methamphetamine was wanted on a $25,000 arrest warrant. Prosecutors… Continue reading

Therapy cats go missing | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Jan. 10 At 3:54 p.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Mentally ill man sentenced in sword incident

A judge acknowledged that a Whidbey man suffered from serious mental illness, but she handed him a lengthy prison sentence in order to protect the… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Fire Department’s ladder truck to undergo repairs

The Oak Harbor Fire Department’s ladder truck will be heading to the Midwest for some TLC. During a city council workshop Wednesday, Fire Chief Ray… Continue reading

Men who led police chases are found and charged

Oak Harbor police caught two men who led police in high-speed chases in stolen cars this month, according to court documents. Zachary M. Pederson, 23,… Continue reading

Victim’s family denied change of name

Her family members will forever know her as Kathie Ann Hill, but they also want that to be her legal name. Hill’s niece is appealing… Continue reading

Island County family settles DSHS suit for $3 million

The state Department of Social and Health Services settled a lawsuit brought by an Island County family for $3 million, according to documents filed in… Continue reading

Man accused of raping his stepdaughter

An Oak Harbor man is accused of raping his stepdaughter over a period of years and locking her into a crawlspace to intimidate her from… Continue reading

Car thief threatens judge

A car thief who threatened a judge in court was recently sent to prison by another judge. Under a complicated plea bargain, Oak Harbor resident… Continue reading

New year, sheriff, off to busy start

With a murder and plane crash within the first two weeks of taking office, Rick Felici is off to a busy start as the new… Continue reading

Boy, 12, brings BB gun, knives to school

A 12-year-old boy could face a criminal charge for bringing a BB gun and knives to school Jan. 10, according to court documents. An administrator… Continue reading

Unclothed in Langley | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: FRIDAY, DEC. 21 At 12:47 a.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Man kills his ex-girlfriend, calls to tell her mother, then shoots self

Editor’s advisory: The following article contains details that could be disturbing for some readers. After shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend, a Whidbey Island man called… Continue reading

Larsen supports bill that would unfreeze Growler process

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen recently voted in support of a wide-ranging appropriations bill that would help move along the Navy’s process of finalizing details on… Continue reading

City hit with sanction in lawsuit alleging gender bias

The city of Oak Harbor must pay nearly $10,000 for a discovery violation in a lawsuit brought by a former police captain who alleges gender… Continue reading

Victim, suspect identified in Freeland murder-suicide

The Island County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect and victim in a Jan. 11 murder and suicide near Freeland. The victim is 31-year-old Natasha Blouin… Continue reading

City plan to close jail hits obstacle

Oak Harbor officials’ plans to close the city jail and enter into a contract with Island County for jail services has hit a snag. But… Continue reading

Suspected car thief arrested after chase

Oak Harbor police officers pursued stolen cars three times in the last two weeks, the latest of which ended with an arrest. Oak Harbor Police… Continue reading

Support is great, but WAIF still has its critics

Debating risks vs. benefit of ‘enriching’ dogs’ lives

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                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey Island on New Year’s Eve.

Skull found on North Whidbey

Investigation underway to determine origin, coroner says

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                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey Island on New Year’s Eve.