Around The Island | Jan. 23

Islander arrested at Bangor protest

A Bainbridge Island man was one of four people arrested on Monday during a protest of the Bangor Naval Submarine Base.

Gilberto Perez is a Buddhist monk who lives at the Nipponzan Myohoji Dojo located off Lynwood Center Road.

He was arrested, along with three other members of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, after attempting to block the entrance to the naval base with a sign quoting Dr. Martin Luther King.

“To abolish nuclear weapons that might destroy the world is our highest goal as a Buddhist monks,” Perez said of the action after his release.

More than 50 activists attended the protest, which took place after an earlier peace gathering at the Kitsap Pavilion in Bremerton.

Perez’s hearing has yet to be scheduled.

– Sean Roach

Two island lawyers turn the page

Common wisdom says that any lawyer loves to spin a good yarn. So perhaps by coincidence, perhaps not, two Bainbridge attorneys have concurrently produced two very different literary efforts.

“Every lawyer had his favorite stories,” Dick Krutch said. “I started writing them down because my children appreciated hearing them, and I thought well, I’m retired, why don’t I do something to let them know what I did all those nights I wasn’t home?”

Krutch, who practiced law for 50 years, will join retired military attorney and Bainbridge novelist J. Byron Holcomb this Sunday afternoon at Eagle Harbor Book Co., where each will read from his latest work.

While Holcomb took the political crime thriller route with “Call of the Blue J,” Krutch covers the real-life, real-law angle with “Law Stories for Lawyers and Laymen: 50 Years of People and the Law,” a collection of 54 tales gathered from colleagues, friends and acquaintances statewide, all lawyers, over the years.

Some contributors wrote about the start of their careers or their first criminal trials. There are also stories about favorite teachers, judges and colleagues, as well as aviation law, fires and contested wills – the last far more dramatic than one might at first guess.

By turns, Krutch said, the stories convey integrity, bravery, and a large dose of humor.

“My admonition to the 25 contributors was no religion, no politics, and no self-aggrandizement. And they did it. They followed through,” Krutch said.

The reading, free and open to the public, is at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. See for more information.

– Lindsay Latimore

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