BI 2nd safest

Bainbridge Island is the second-safest midsize city in the state, a new report says.

released its newest report on the “Safest Cities in Washington.” From our research, we discovered that Bainbridge Island is the #2 safest midsize city in Washington.

The AdvisorSmith study analyzed violent and property crimes from 25 large cities, 61 midsize cities and 94 small cities.

Bainbridge Island: had a crime score of 14.9, well below the average of 48.9 for midsize cities between 10,000 and 100,000 residents; had a violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 residents, compared with an average of 9.6; and had a property crime rate was nine per 1,000 residents. Statewide, the average was 26.8 per 1,000.

Camas ranked No. 1 in that category. Sammammish was the top large city and Colville the best small city for a lack of crime.

Race equity vacancies

The Race Equity Advisory Committee has two openings as the former task force is now expanding from seven to nine members.

Current members ask people to apply who have “a passion for racial equity and who want to help move it forward on Bainbridge Island.” Their goal is to Have “an open and welcome community for all.”

The committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., currently by Zoom due to COVID-19. The committee advises the City Council on race equity issues.

Anyone 18 and older can apply before 4 p.m. Feb. 26. Go to .

Wyatt Way

The Wyatt Way Reconstruction project continued to make progress over the last two weeks.

The contractor removed asphalt at the intersection of Wyatt and Madison for the roundabout island, and completed the concrete footing for a retaining wall along Wyatt that will facilitate a new sidewalk.

Over the next two weeks, the contractor is expected to begin the stormwater and water line installation on the east side of the Wyatt/Madison intersection that will eventually tie in with the city’s planned drainage work farther east on Wyatt.

Once that work is completed, the contractor will begin the remaining concrete curb and sidewalk work.

The existing detours will remain in place through the remainder of the major construction work, which is expected to be wrapping up in March.

Theft arrest

Taylor Musolf was extradited from San Francisco, CA and booked into Kitsap County jail Feb. 8.

Bainbridge Island police were seeking the Tacoma woman for mail and identity theft. Detectives investigated her for six such crimes, but she’s been charged with two counts of ID theft in the 2nd degree.

In one case, she reportedly used a stolen credit card from BI to make $3,800 in charges. Court papers say she spent more than $100 at a Cheesecake Factory and took out cash for an iPhone. She even used a stolen card to put more than $100 each on jail commissary accounts for two male acquaintenances.

“She’s defrauded people who are self-employed, on social security, fixed incomes,” BI police detective Erik Peffer said.

Honor rolls

Gonzaga: Bainbridge Island, Skye Clark, Julia Jakubik, Ian Matthews, Alisa Ndoci, Sofia Trail, Russell Whealdon

Whitworth: Bainbridge Island, Ethan Schulte

Northeastern University: Bainbridge Island, Dylan Quinn, Hannah Brubeck, Elisabeth Leung.

Elon University: Rolling Bay, Julia Edwards

University of Minnesota Crookston: Bainbridge Island, Grace Filek