Jessie Stensland

Defense attorney wants mistrial after juror’s ‘shenanigans’

A defense attorney is asking for a mistrial after some odd behavior by a juror involving a zombie-related sign and dried insects. Oak Harbor resident… Continue reading

Board vetoes transit fares

Island Transit will not charge riders fares on its buses, with the exception of one Camano Island route. Members of the Island Transit board voted… Continue reading

Time for big pharma to address problem they created

Pharmaceutical companies continue to make astonishing amounts of money selling pills that can turn some people into addicts. These companies are accused of misleading the… Continue reading

Fed agency study lowers risk level for firefighting foam

Navy officials need to review a new study on chemicals found in some firefighting foam that contaminated well water on Whidbey before deciding if further… Continue reading

Judge disgusted by killer’s ‘lack of remorse’

Joshua Lambert will spend the rest of his life in prison. The 37-year-old murderer was re-sentenced in Island County Superior Court June 15 to 80… Continue reading

Motorcyclist killed, bicyclist injured in Whidbey accidents

A motorcyclist was killed and a bicyclist injured in separate accidents Monday on Whidbey. Joshua Bybee, 30, of Freeland, died in a motorcycle accident. The… Continue reading

Lions car show no-go for this year

For the first time in 34 years, North Whidbey Lions Club won’t be putting on a car show this summer. Terry Beatty, chairman of the… Continue reading

Despondent man jumps from car, leaps off bridge

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol and a ranger with State Parks were unable to stop a man from jumping off Deception Pass Bridge… Continue reading

Sailor shoots man during party, turns gun on self

A Navy man shot another man and then himself in Oak Harbor early in the morning of June 9, police report. Thomas Heintzman, 34, was… Continue reading

Motorcyclist killed in accident on South Whidbey

A 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident on Highway 525 on South Whidbey Monday night. The Washington State Patrol reported that Joshua Bybee of… Continue reading

County grows in retail sales

New numbers released by the state Department of Revenue shows that Island County experienced a healthy growth in all taxable retail sales from the year… Continue reading

Sheep and llamas let loose | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Sunday, May 6 At 7:53 a.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News Group.
                                Convicted murderer Joshua Lambert appears bored during a hearing last Friday on a series of his motions. He is acting as his own attorney.

Murderer clogs online system with motions

A murderer being held in Island County jail is making the most of the legal system. Joshua Lambert, 36, is acting as his own attorney… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News Group.
                                Convicted murderer Joshua Lambert appears bored during a hearing last Friday on a series of his motions. He is acting as his own attorney.

Woman accused of grabbing girl at Deception Pass park

A 64-year-old woman is accused of grabbing a child and running away with her at a Deception Pass campground June 9. Dale E. Mickler made… Continue reading

Oak Harbor cracks down on ‘nuisance’ shopping carts

Abandoned shopping carts are now officially public nuisances in the city of Oak Harbor. The city council adopted an ordinance this week aimed at reducing… Continue reading

Storage unit skull ID’ed as Native American

A human skull found along with a jumble of stolen goods in a Whidbey Island storage unit was Native American, according to the Island County… Continue reading

Thomas hangs herself in jail

An elderly Clinton woman who traveled to California to kill her sister hanged herself in jail, the Associated Press reported. Linda Thomas, 74, was found… Continue reading

Road will keep island traversable if highway is blocked

Island County commissioners’ decision to spend $4 million to build a short road off the beaten track on Central Whidbey was a wise investment. That… Continue reading

Elderly woman killed in crash with Skagit County deputy

A deputy with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a collision on Fidalgo Island Monday afternoon that claimed the life of a 95-year-old… Continue reading

Paraglider hits ground hard, airlifted Sunday

A man was seriously injured in a paragliding accident at Fort Ebey State Park Sunday morning, according to Chief Mark Kirko with North Whidbey Fire… Continue reading