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A trail of complaints

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

Even before federal regulators filed suit against his companies this week, Znetix/Health Maintenance Center principal Kevin Lawrence was the target of ongoing civil complaints and liens. Under threat of eviction, the company agreed last week to vacate leased space on the second floor of the Pavilion building, across the street from the main HMC/HPC gym.

Feds: HMC/Znetix ‘a $74 million fraud’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

Lacking proper financial records – some of them allegedly burned by the CEO’s wife – and even a marketable product, principals in a Bainbridge health club defrauded investors nationwide through $74 million in stock sales, federal regulators charge. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday filed suit against Znetix, Inc., Health Maintenance Centers, Inc., founder and CEO Kevin L. Lawrence, principal Donovan C. Claflin and several others. Investigators allege that Lawrence used investor funds to lead a “grossly lavish lifestyle,” spending millions of dollars on cars, boats and property.

A trio of island treasures

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

For work that furthers peace and compassion, Dr. Frank Y. Kitamoto and Kim and Ela Esterberg will receive the 2002 Island Treasure Awards. Honoring a champion of minority history and agents of international friendship seemed particularly appropriate in light of Sept. 11’s tragic events, organizers said.

Burglary spree suspect arrested in Bremerton

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at her Bremerton apartment Friday afternoon in connection with an island burglary spree and car chase early last week.

Break-ins lead to chase

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

A burglary suspect remained at large Friday, after a break-in spree and high-speed chase through Winslow Tuesday afternoon.

Feds sue HMC/Znetix to halt '$74 million securities fraud'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday filed suit against Znetix, Inc., Health Maintenance Centers, Inc., and principals Kevin L. Lawrence and Donovan C. Claflin and others, to stop what it called “an ongoing $74 million securities fraud scheme.” Federal District Judge John C. Coughenour issued a temporary order freezing the assets of the various defendants and preventing any further sale of stock in HMC or Znetix, pending further proceedings. The action, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, was taken “in order to protect existing and future investors from additional harm,” said Michele Wein Layne of the SEC’s Pacific Regional Office in Los Angeles. Deborah Bortner, chief of the securities division of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, called the case “the biggest home-grown securities fraud we’ve ever seen in Washington.” The state DFI has been working with the SEC in the year-long investigation, Bortner said. Other agencies involved were the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to an SEC news release Wednesday. A spokeswoman for HMC said Wednesday evening that she had not seen the complaint, and declined to comment. Attorneys representing the defendants would comment Thursday, she said. (MORE)

Churches affirm ‘openness’ for gays

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

Two Bainbridge Island churches voted overwhelmingly Sunday to extend formal welcomes to sexual minorities, including homosexual, bisexual and trans-gendered persons.

Burglary spree suspect arrested in Bremerton

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at her Bremerton apartment Friday afternoon in connection with an island burglary spree and car chase early last week.

A trio of island treasures

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

For work that furthers peace and compassion, Dr. Frank Y. Kitamoto and Kim and Ela Esterberg will receive the 2002 Island Treasure Awards.

Wyckoff deadline looms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

If Bainbridge Island wants federal dollars to help buy the Wyckoff Superfund property, it needs to get its application in line by mid-March. And making that deadline is going to require some intensive work over the next two months, said city council member Christine Nasser, chair of the city’s committee to acquire the property.

Charter backers resign

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

Two leaders of a committee backing the proposed Kitsap County charter resigned this week, amid controversy over an organized letter-writing campaign. Matt Ryan of Brownsville and committee chairman Jim Martin of South Kitsap – both among the 21 freeholders who drafted the charter – announced their resignation from the Citizens for Better Representation group Thursday.

Group organizes to defeat park levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

Decrying the “embarrassing” state of island ball fields, a parent group has formed to oppose the upcoming Bainbridge Park District levy. In so doing, a spokesman says, Bainbridge Parents for Better Parks hopes to force the district to dedicate more money to park maintenance – or perhaps run a higher levy.

She helped, one kid at a time

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

If Connie Mueller received a “thank you” note from every young person she has helped over the past six years, she might be buried by a paper avalanche. Mueller retires as managing director of Bainbridge Youth Services this week.

Writer, historian Katy Warner dies at age 84

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

She grew up when the ferries went to Blakely Harbor, and bowlers practiced at a six-lane alley at Fort Ward. And having lived Bainbridge history, she chronicled it with a book that’s still in print. “Old Bainbridge” lost one of its most colorful figures Jan. 12, with the death of Katherine “Katy” Warner at Island Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 84.

Fare hike gets first OK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

The Tariff Policy Committee will “go public” with its recommendation to decrease ferry fares for daily commuters while increasing the fares for others, with public meetings in February and March.

Tough session ahead, local legislators say

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

On one side are commuters and business interests demanding fixes for the state’s transportation system. On the other, anti-tax fervor fanned by conservative talk-show hosts and initiative mongers.

An eternal flame of hope

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

The Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist temple has reflective surfaces that make the well-lit space seem even brighter. Brocade cascades down five tiers of the altar like a metallic waterfall, while 1,000 gold and silver origami cranes circle, suspended on string. Across the altar’s highest tier, six golden bodhisattvas dance on massive tree trunks.

Simple problem, radical solution?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

In a debate that seemed unlikely to change many minds, opponents of the proposed Kitsap County charter argued Thursday night that the document is a prescription for bad government, while supporters claimed it is the county’s chance to free itself from the shackles of a uniform, century-old system.

BI history to take root in Winslow

  • Jan 12, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:09PM

History marches on, this time from Strawberry Hill into the heart of Winslow. Bainbridge Island Historical Society board members and city officials signed a lease agreement Tuesday, formalizing a plan to move the historical museum to Ericksen Avenue and the so-called “Three Tree Park.”

City council seeks to redefine role

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

The incoming Bainbridge Island city council wants to function as a free-standing legislature – an independent branch of city government. To do so, though, it wants things like office space, dedicated staff and equipment, all of which cost money.

Scientist finds oceans of faith

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

When a personal crisis led Gary Lagerloef to reconsider spirituality, he had to reconcile his profession with his profession of faith. Lagerloef, an oceanographer, works for Earth and Space Research, a nonprofit research organization that conducts studies related to oceans and climate. He uses satellite data to study ocean currents and “El Nino.”

Diversity shifts in wake of Sept. 11

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

Sept. 11 has reframed the national dialogue about diversity, Hubert G. Locke says. “Diversity has been a polite topic for about a decade, but 9-11 raised the discussion of diversity to a new level,” Locke said. “I think we are at the beginning of a whole different kind of diversity challenge.”

Is the charter really smarter?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

To its backers, the proposed Kitsap County charter will make county government more responsive to the people, reduce costs and improve performance. To its opponents, the charter will exacerbate division within the county, increase costs and potentially paralyze government operations.

Thorne gets warm welcome

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

Mike Thorne should peel off his Pendleton sweater and try a Walla Walla sweet onion, to bond with politicians east of the mountains. That was one suggestion for the new director of Washington State Ferries, as he was introduced to public and press Monday afternoon at the Bremerton Transit Center.

Hate-mail suspect tied to BI crimes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

A Sammamish man arrested in Seattle for an anthrax hoax is also responsible for several anti-Semitic hate-crime mailings on Bainbridge Island, according to island police. The suspect, identified as 45-year-old Donald B. McAninch, may be responsible for hundreds of harassing letters in the Puget Sound area in recent years, police said.

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