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DATELINE: KITSAP | What's Up in the Local Headlines
Poulsbo's pervasive bank robberies, Eagle Harbor's stinky shoreline, lone sailors and amateur painters in this week's headlines.
Bank robbers strike again
POULSBO — As of press time Thursday afternoon, Poulsbo Police were still looking for a man who robbed Kitsap Credit Union on State Route 305 in Poulsbo. According to police, a white male in his mid-30s “with a noticably pock-marked face” went into the Kitsap Credit Union and handed a bank teller a note asking for cash. The teller gave the man an undetermined amount of money.
This is the fourth bank robbery in Poulsbo this year and the second time this KCU branch has been robbed.
American Marine Bank was the third Poulsbo bank to be robbed in the last two months. On April 13, the Kitsap Credit Union on State Route 305 was robbed by a man wearing a pants suit. A man wearing a cowboy hat robbed Westsound Bank on Viking Avenue April 7. He was later arrested.
Raw sewage spills into Sound
BAINBRIDGE — A corroded sewer main has spilled more than 100,000 gallons of raw sewage into Eagle Harbor.
By the time the pipes were fixed on Tuesday, roughly 140,000 gallons of raw sewage had spilled into Eagle Harbor, according to estimates by the city’s Public Works Department. The Kitsap County Health District has issued a 10-day, no-contact advisory for all waters in and around Eagle Harbor, beginning June 1, because of the continued leaching of contaminants.
A temporary patch had been used to keep most solids inside the broken pipe, but sewage was still escaping at over 1,400 gallons an hour.
Lone Sailor statue saluted
BREMERTON — Hundreds of sailors, dignitaries, Navy officials and guests gathered at the Bremerton Marina for a Lone Sailor statue dedication ceremony Saturday, May 23.
The 7-foot, 620-pound statue honors the dedication and sacrifice of military personnel and veterans in the sea services. It is the 11th Lone Sailor statue in the country. The Navy League’s Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula council led a two-year fundraising drive for the bronze statue and raised more than $260,000. The sculpture was created by Stanley Bleifeld for the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“This statue that represents all the lone sailors whose feet have come down the brow and hit the pier of Bremerton looking just like that, thank you for your service,” said Rear Adm. James Symonds, commander, Navy Region Northwest.
Planning to ‘paint the town’
PORT ORCHARD — Port Orchard’s collective imagination has been sparked by the idea of a town-wide paint party. As suggested by mayor Lary Coppola, the downtown area could be closed for a weekend during which a group of volunteers would re-do the Bay Street facade in bright, new colors.
But the logistics of the bright idea are being debated.
Concerns include cost of materials, preparation time, detail work and insurance costs.