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November 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office says yesterday’s shooting at the East Bremerton Fred Meyer stemmed from the alleged gunman surreptitiously videotaping the victim and his girlfriend.
The victim, 35, is homeless and lives in his vehicle with his girlfriend, the Sheriff’s Office said. The couple had gone to the store yesterday and as they were walking out they noticed that a man was in a parked van and videotaping them with some sort of recording device, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim approached the man to ask why he was videotaping him. However, he told deputies the man in the van pulled out a gun and shot him in the neck, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The victim later told deputies that the man never said anything to him but appeared to be angry.
After being shot, the victim ran and the second man left his vehicle and fired at him twice more, striking him in his arm. The man then returned to his van where he was arrested by responding deputies, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The victim was treated for wounds to his neck and arm at Tacoma General Hospital and released last night.
The suspect, a 40-year-old Bremerton man, has refused to make a statement to investigators and has been booked into the Kitsap County Jail investigation of first-degree assault, the Sheriff’s office said. Deputies also seized a handgun.
It’s unclear why the alleged gunman was videotaping the homeless couple, but deputies said they appear to be strangers.
November 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM
A man was shot this afternoon during a fight in a grocery store parking lot in East Bremerton, according to police.
Bremerton police said two men got into an argument in the parking lot outside the Fred Meyer store near Northeast Riddell Road and Wheaton Way at about 2:30 p.m.. A 35-year-old Bremerton man was armed with a knife and the other had a gun, police said.
Witnesses said they heard several shots being fired from the area, which the man with the knife ran away from after sustaining gunshot wounds to his neck and arm, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
The gunshot-wound victim was found behind a fuel station and taken to Tacoma General Hospital with what Sheriff’s Office said were non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspected gunman was arrested and booked into Kitsap County jail on investigation of first-degree assault, the Sheriff’s Office said. He’s being held on $500,000 bail.
Sheriff’s Office detectives are reviewing surveillance camera footage and applying for search warrants for vehicles associated with both the suspect and victim to find out more about what motivated the fight. They ask that anyone with additional information about the shooting call them at 360-337-7101.
October 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM
A 24-year-old Kitsap County man was arrested on Wednesday in the robbery of a Bremerton bank — the same bank and same teller he was convicted of robbing three years ago, according to Bremerton police.
“One month after getting out of prison, he robs the same bank,” said Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan. “You simply cannot make this stuff up.”
According to police, Joshua James Driskell robbed the Key Bank branch on Wheaton Way and Sylvan Road in East Bremerton at 1:16 p.m. Wednesday by giving the teller a note demanding money and implying he had a firearm. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
However, surveillance cameras captured images of his face and a bright blue Suzuki Forenza police say was used in the getaway.
Police said officers located the car at an apartment in Bremerton and found Driskell hiding in a back room in his apartment.
Investigators discovered that Driskell had been convicted of robbing the same bank on Sept. 24, 2010. In that case, he took a cab to the area, committed the robbery and was arrested a short time later, police said.
Driskell was convicted of second-degree robbery and sentenced to just over four years in prison, police said.
He served about three years with good time and was released from prison last month, police said. A warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to report to his state Department of Corrections probation officer.
“While it may seem funny, it was deadly serious to the victims at the bank,” said Strachan, “and our officers did a great job getting this felon off the streets within just a few hours.”
September 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM
BREMERTON — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard says it’s hiring more than 1,000 helper trainees in all trades.
The Kitsap Sun says starting pay is $15.11 an hour.
Shipyard spokeswoman Mary Ann Mascianica says the new helpers will boost the workforce to more than 11,500.
Major projects are under way on the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky and fast attack subs USS Jimmy Carter and USS Connecticut.
The newspaper says helpers work full time at the shipyard and can attend classes on their own time to get ahead.
August 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Guardians of a 13-year-old Bremerton boy were arrested for investigation of unlawful imprisonment, assault and criminal mistreatment after the boy told police they beat and tortured him this summer, according to a news release from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.
The boy told police his 27-year-old brother and his brother’s 34-year-old wife tortured him in repeated “sessions” in the garage, basement and bedroom of their home in the 1000 block of Northwest Cloninger Court, according to the release.
In these sessions, he said, they would tape or tie him to a chair and then beat him with a baseball bat or metal bar, hit him and drive nails through his hand with a hammer, hang him from a rafter by his hands, cut him with a hot knife and staple his hands with a staple gun, the news release says. He said he lost consciousness at times during the torture.
He also told police he was forced to strip and was imprisoned inside a locked dog kennel for up to three days without food or water, the release says. His sister-in-law would spray his open wounds with alcohol, he said.
During the last session, the release says he told police, his feet and mouth were taped shut and he was hit with a baseball bat. He was able to chew through the tape, force the cellar door open and run away, he said.
Bremerton police officers found the boy Friday night, about two weeks later. He was sleeping on a park bench with injuries that “required immediate medical attention,” according to the Sheriff’s Office news release.
After a search of the house, the two guardians were arrested Saturday morning and booked into jail on suspicion of numerous charges. Their bail has been set at $500,000 apiece, the release says.
August 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM
The Associated Press
The Pierce County sheriff’s office says there are no reports of damage from a 3.6 magnitude earthquake that shook the Gig Harbor area.
Spokesman Ed Troyer says dispatchers had a half-dozen calls from people who felt it.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded the quake at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday. It was shallow — just 3 miles deep — and centered 13 miles south of Port Orchard and 23 miles north of Olympia.
The seismic network website indicated the quake was felt on the Key Peninsula, parts of Kitsap County and in the Olympia area.
More information is available at http://www.pnsn.org/earthquakes/recent.
July 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM
BREMERTON (AP) — When a property owner wouldn’t give Bremerton firefighters access to his land, they had to use buckets to dip water out of a stream to douse flames that had spread from an illegal campfire in the city’s watershed.
Lt. Dana Normandy told the Kitsap Sun firefighters had to walk through woods Monday evening with buckets because a neighbor would not give the fire department access from his property.
Firefighters finished in the dark, using flashlights to extinguish the fire that had spread into tree roots.
July 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM
A Port Orchard man was arrested last night following a drive-by shooting in Bremerton, police said.
The victim said he was driving next to the another vehicle on Naval Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when he exchanged words with the occupants of the second vehicle, police said. Someone in the second vehicle fired a gun out of the passenger window and struck the driver’s door of the victim’s vehicle.
The victim, a 31-year-old Bremerton man, was not injured.
Police pulled over the suspect vehicle on Rainier Avenue at 6th Street. As the officer was getting out of his patrol car, a male passenger got out of the front seat of the suspect car. The officer then heard a gunshot come from the suspect vehicle, police said. The passenger dropped to the ground and then immediately got up and took off running, police said.
The driver of the car, a 40-year-old woman, and a second passenger, a 28-year-old man, were taken into custody for questioning.
The fleeing suspect was caught several minutes later after a lengthy chase. Police said he had dropped a gun about 150 feet from the suspect vehicle as he fled from officers.
No officers were injured.
The 29-year-old suspect was booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of drive-by shooting, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Bremerton police say the suspect and victim appear to know each other.
June 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM
The Associated Press
BREMERTON – A dog-walker who smelled natural gas Friday morning might have saved a Bremerton woman’s life.
The man called Cascade Natural Gas and a utility worker found a high level of gas at a house and shut it off.
KIRO-FM reports there was enough gas inside the 73-year-old woman’s home to cause an explosion.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue treated the woman at the scene. Investigators found all four burners on her gas stove turned to high. She said she must have left them on accidentally after cleaning.
May 31, 2013 at 7:08 AM
Sex store thief got only half of it. A Bainbridge Island man is behind bars after he reportedly tried to make off with a mannequin from an adult entertainment store in Bremerton, according KOMO-TV. Trouble is, when the man tried to walk away with the mannequin, the bottom half fell off. What’s more, he came back to the store late that night and, wearing the mannequin’s wig, broke a window and grabbed some sex toys and lingerie, according to police. He was caught riding away on a bicycle, leaving a trail of stolen items behind him.
Warming up: Mostly in the 60s this weekend, but by Monday we’ll be edging up toward the 70s and there are reports it could reach 80 degrees next week. Heavenly.
Another train trip added going north: Amtrak Cascades starts a third daily round-trip train between Seattle and Bellingham to help those of us affected by the collapse of a section of an Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. Have you ever taken that train?
We like our high-calorie, artery-clogging fast food, don’t we? A poll we ran yesterday asked folks what they would be willing to pay if a jump in fast-food worker wages drove up the price of a Big Mac Meal. Nearly 20 percent said they’d pay $9-10 for that burger with the special sauce. You want fries with that? Oops, they’re included in the meal. If you’d still like to cast your vote, click here.
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