Jessie Stensland

Ex-Navy man suing county, deputies

The man is suing for $20 million in damages because of a police-involved shooting three years ago.


After 15 years on lam, sailor is back in the news

James Tait Praefke vanished from the brig at Navy Base Kitsap Bangor 15 years ago.


Island County gathers materials in response to court order

A federal court issued the subpoena for information related to jet noise from NAS Whidbey.

Man accused of assaulting homeless man, police officers

An Oak Harbor man is charged with assaulting a homeless man with a leash and biting a police officer.

OB/GYN alleges discrimination in lawsuit against WhidbeyHealth

Dr. Melissa Chin alleges discrimination based on her gender and national origin.

Pandemic yields plethora of UFO sightings

Perhaps people are staying up later at night because of the pandemic. Perhaps they are drinking more or taking more mind-expanding drugs. Or maybe the… Continue reading

Accused murderer bails out, turns himself in to Helena, Mont., police

An Oak Harbor man accused of committing a 2011 murder in Montana posted a $500,000 bail bond last week and was released from Island County… Continue reading

DNA ties suspect to hit-and-run, burglary

A man from Kansas is accused of crashing a stolen vehicle on South Whidbey, running from the scene of the accident and burglarizing a nearby… Continue reading

Dingy thief drives away from Cornet Bay | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Aug. 7 At 6:22 p.m., a hospital employee reported that… Continue reading

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