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Suspected thieves nabbed

Bainbridge Police have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third who is wanted in the burglaries of two homes on Agate Point Road last week, which included two vehicle thefts.

The owners of both residences were out of town when the burglaries occurred, Bainbridge Police Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan said.

At one home thieves apparently kicked in a door to a mother-in-law apartment to gain access to its garage, and made off with a Lincoln Town Car.

The car was recovered in Suquamish on April 8 with a punched-out window and damaged ignition switch.

A blue horse blanket was found in the back seat.

The resident had been storing the Town Car for her sister, who lives in Tacoma.

Signs of burglary were discovered at a second residence on April 9, by a woman who was caring for the owner’s pet rabbit. A window to the house had been broken out and the interior was in disarray.

Drawers and cupboards were hanging open and items were strewn about the home.

A side door to the garage had been broken open, and a gray, four-door BMW 525 Series was missing from inside.

Duncan said Suquamish police saw the BMW driving through Suquamish several times last week before the vehicle had been listed as stolen. The driver did not violate any traffic laws and was not stopped.

Police are still searching for the BMW, and Duncan said they have leads on its location.

Duncan said police executed search warrants in Bremerton on Saturday and recovered property taken from the homes, including a 56-inch television. Two suspects were arrested and booked into Kitsap County Jail the same day.

– Tad Sooter

The fashion hit of the season

The emails have started circulating:

“Anyone want to get a group together to go to the fashion show?”

For the fifth year running, island models will strut down the runway to benefit St. Cecilia Catholic School.

This year’s event, following the theme “Models’ Masquerade,” will be held at 6:45 p.m. April 26 at St. Cecilia’s Conger Hall.

It’s a local affair; the models, most likely your friends and neighbors, will sport duds from Adam & Eve, Cake, Sweet Deal, Kennedy & Kate, Rancho Winslow, Zia, Lillies, Belleza Dolce, Lollipops and Sweet Deal Kids. Make-up has also been donated by Ambrosia, Stellar Skin at Moda and Chanel at Adam & Eve.

As always, organizers want to remind spouses of the male variety not to let the words “fashion show” dissuade them; almost as many men as women come to the event, which at last count drew over 300 people.

Tickets, $35 or $50 for a front row seat, are available in advance at Sweet Deal, Zia and Lollipops, or by phone at (206) 965-0042. Admission includes a seat at the show along with a sampling of food from Bainbridge Island restaurants and entry to the after-party with tunes by DJ Brant Butte. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40.

Second CAO meeting slated

City planners will host a second meeting on amendments to the island’s Critical Areas Ordinance, which will extend its protections to nearshore habitat. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 17 in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Planners will present the science and regulatory framework that will be used to craft the regulation changes in the upcoming months. They will also share shoreline protection strategies being used by other Puget Sound communities.

Changes to the CAO are needed to bring the ordinance into compliance with state law, after it was determined that nearshore protections provided by the Shoreline Management Master Program were insufficient.

State scientists consider many nearshore areas around the island to be key habitat for shellfish, spawning forage fish and juvenile chinook salmon.

An initial public meeting on the updating process was held Feb. 19, and the city gathered public comment through March 14.

Possible changes discussed included expanded shoreline riparian buffers and added regulation of docks, bulkheads and vegetation removal.

Planners hope to present a draft of the amendment to the City Council this summer. Any change to the CAO will be incorporated into the SMMP.

For more information contact planner Steve Morse at 842-2552 or email pcd@ci.bainbridge-isl.

Help identify local priorities

The city is set to launch a community priorities survey in the upcoming week that will be used to help guide capital project and budget planning efforts this year.

The survey will be accessible through a link on the city’s Web site.

The online survey is a followup to a scientific telephone survey conducted in March by PRR, Inc., which sampled 400 Bainbridge households. The results of that survey will be presented at the City Council’s capital facilities workshop April 30.

The survey will enable more detailed comments from respondents on city services, and the city hopes it will reach a wider audience. The City Council will use the survey results to help identify community priorities for the 2009-2014 capital facilities plan, and measure the value of city services and corresponding expenditures for 2009-2010 biennial budget planning.

The council will also use the survey to guide upcoming discussions with citizens and the city and gauge how community values have evolved since the most recent comprehensive community surveys in 1994 and 2000.

The survey will be available at

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