Bainbridge blotter | Squatters on the Rock

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:44pm
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Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

SUNDAY, JAN. 29

9:13 p.m. A 19-year-old Seattle woman was arrested after it was discovered she possessed an active warrant in Lewis County.

The woman was found parked in a car in Pritchard Park after hours. A police officer on patrol approached the car, ascertained the woman’s identity and took her into custody.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28

9:49 a.m. A black car was impounded after having been apparently abandoned in the northbound lane of Sands Avenue NE for at least two days. As the car was blocking traffic, it was towed.

1:13 p.m. Police were notified of possible squatters in a vacant home on Moran Road.

Neighbors had seen a bicycle they did not recognize parked behind the home, police said, though it was not there when they arrived. The back door of the home was open, however, and police found a sleeping bag, backpack, groceries and other miscellaneous items that led them to believe somebody had been staying there.

The front door had a small section of damaged glass near the handle, suggesting somebody had broken the pane to gain entry.

The property owner was contacted and confirmed that nobody ought to be in the home and the door had earlier been undamaged. Police thought it likely that the intruder will continue to try to stay at the vacant home and intend to make contact with them.

FRIDAY, JAN. 27

4:06 p.m. Police were contacted by a 41-year-old Bainbridge Island man who reported two of his home’s windows had been broken by thrown rocks.

The first incident occurred in December, he said, following an especially heated meeting of his local homeowners’ association, on which he had previously held a position of authority.

Later that night, the man said, he’d heard a loud bang and went downstairs to find his window broken. He did not find a rock, and he was not sure what caused the damage.

The man and his family left town for a month and returned after the first of the year. A technician sent to replace the window arrived and asked the man, “Who threw a rock at your window?” It was then he discovered an apple-sized hole in the vinyl frame of the window at the corner and a rock in the gutter near the house.

The man told police he would only make his report by phone so as to not give the neighbors — who he believes are responsible — the satisfaction of knowing the vandalism was upsetting him.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25

2:41 p.m. A 31-year-old Bainbridge woman contacted police, fearing her brother, 25, intended to commit suicide.

The siblings share a residence, she said, and, after a heated argument earlier, she had kicked her brother out. He was now texting her, threatening to kill himself with alcohol and antidepressants. He had tried to do so twice before, she told police, once by driving his vehicle off the road and once by hanging himself.

Police attempted to locate the man by pinging his cell phone, but twice the attempt was fruitless. Then an officer observed the man’s vehicle traveling east on High School Road and pulled him over.

The driver was detained. When questioned, he admitted he’d sent his sister those texts, but only to make her feel bad for throwing him out. The man said he’d since gone to seek help to find work and a home. He produced literature, fliers and pamphlets from the library and Helpline House to support his claim.

After speaking by phone with a representative of Kitsap Mental Health and being found to not meet the criteria for an involuntary hold, the man was released.

10 p.m. A 78-year-old Bainbridge Island man driving a 2005 Toyota Prius drifted over the fog line, slid in the sand and struck a drain pipe near Wyatt Way and Eagle Harbor Drive.

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