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Charter, levy to be decided Tuesday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Charter backers and opponents won’t predict an outcome of Tuesday’s vote on the government reform, but both sides think it’ll be close. Kitsap County Auditor’s Office officials, however, made one prediction: Only half of the county’s voters will return the ballots that were mailed out Jan. 16.

Boom went bust in 2001

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Mirroring the national recession, building activity on Bainbridge Island dropped sharply in 2001 from the previous year. Only 166 permits were issued for single-family homes last year, a 22 percent drop from the 213 issued in 2000 and the lowest level since 1996. “No question about it, there has been a precipitous drop in the amount of single-family work,” said architect Sean Parker, who said his office had eight to 10 single-family jobs in 2000, but only two or three in 2001.

Family loses home in blaze

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Years ago, when her parents remodeled her bedroom, Erica Jacobson left her mark for posterity. Before the walls were covered with paneling, she painted: “The home of Joyce, Jon, Erica, Jon Jr. and Randi Jacobson.” Sadly, the message was uncovered as the home itself was lost – flames laid bare the wall Tuesday evening, in a blaze that left the Jacobson family homeless.

Island drivers slowing down, police say

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Most egregious moving violation: 96 mph on the highway. Worst offense by a young driver: a high school girl with a carload of friends, cited for going 75 mph in a 35 zone on Sunrise Drive. Most unusual offender: probably the garbage truck driver nicked at 53 mph – 18 over the limit – also on Sunrise.

Wetland wasn’t, court rules

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Declaring that a “wetland” created by illegal dumping is not protected by law, a Kitsap County Superior Court Judge has ruled that the city of Bainbridge Island was wrong when it required the owner to get a special permit to build a home.

Council reopens debate on 2002 budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Driven by its new members, the Bainbridge Island City Council is considering a significant restructuring of the 2002 budget to trim some $2.6 million in spending, mostly from public works.

What's next for HMC health club?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

As financial problems mounted, Human Performance Center officials tried to enforce secrecy among employees even while failing to pay them, two former gym employees said last week. And what was once a substantial organization with more than 20 employees – many with advanced degrees – was left a skeleton crew, they and current club members say. “They were so paranoid, they were always making you sign forms promising not to talk to anybody about anything,” said Chris Tucker, a professional trainer who was lured away from the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers to be what he calls “the point man” for the club’s sports medicine effort. HPC and the related Health Maintenance Centers business appeared to be an ideal employer, Tucker said, paying very generous salaries. Another employee recalled a travel perk – a three-day Las Vegas outing last April. “We flew to Las Vegas on a Friday morning, spouses included, and stayed at the Four Seasons,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified on advice of counsel. The employee sat with HMC founder Kevin Lawrence at a dinner event that weekend, and heard a two-hour discussion of the company’s prospects, and “they made it sound like a great program.” But Tucker was laid off in January, “because they didn’t have enough money to pay me,” he said. He has filed a lawsuit against HMC for unpaid wages. Company officials did not return calls to the Review seeking comment. (MORE)

Girls find strength in numbers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

Girl times three equalled victory for the Bainbridge High School Math Club, at a statewide competition last week in Spokane. The all-girl sophomore team of Ari Clark, Rebecca Ferrell and Allana Pritchard led the club to first place in state, beating other sophomore teams at the first-ever “Trimathalon” competition.

Jury can’t agree on Leonard verdict

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

Jurors were unable to decide whether former Eagle Harbor liveaboard Ralph Leonard was legally responsible for firing a shotgun blast that grazed a Bainbridge Police officer 1998.

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.

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