Topic: Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
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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.
September 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM
If you get a phone call from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office that you’ve missed jury duty, heads-up: It’s a scam.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a warning that several county residents had received a call from a someone who says they’re a “major” with the Sheriff’s Office. This “major” tells people that they’ve failed to appear for jury service and that a warrant has been or will be issued for their arrest. When people reply that they hadn’t received a jury-service notice, the scammer tells them they must still pay a sum of money to have the warrant lifted.
One resident was duped into paying the impersonator $2,000.
The department’s advisory included the following information:
• The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has no role in jury administration. Court services and jury administration are under the sole purview of the county clerk.
• All communications regarding jury duty are sent to county residents in writing.
• Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the county clerk’s office (or any department of county government) will initiate telephone communication with residents about jury duty, nor threaten anyone about missing jury duty. Warrants of arrest are not issued for failure to appear for jury duty.
• Questions about jury service should be addressed to the Office of the Kitsap County Clerk, jury administration, at: 360-337-7166, #6.
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.
December 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM
Rumors that something violent would happen at Kingston High School Friday, a week after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, have prompted the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office to step up its presence at three school districts.
The Sheriff’s Office started investigating a possible threat after an alert from Kingston High School’s vice principal that there were rumors about planned violence. Deputies are taking the matter seriously, though detectives have not been able to substantiate any credible danger.
“You have kids talking trash and smack. Then it gets tweeted and spreads like wildfire,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilson.
Some parents have been getting auto-calls from schools about a possible threat, and they tweeted about it Thursday afternoon.
There are usually a minimum of nine deputies making rounds at the North Kitsap, Central Kitsap and South Kitsap school districts, but on Friday there will be an additional six. They’ll visit high schools and middle schools first, then try to get to as many elementary schools as possible, Wilson said.
November 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM
A 40-year-old Bremerton woman was killed in a crash early this morning in Silverdale.
Sheriff’s deputies in Kitsap County have identified the woman as Lori Lynn Johnson, 40.
Johnson was the passenger in a Nissan car that was struck by a Lincoln sedan traveling at a high rate of speed, said sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson.
The 28-year-old woman who was driving the sedan — her identity has not been released — ran a red light and struck the Nissan Versa as it was heading east on Bucklin Hill Road, Wilson said. The force of the collision caused the Nissan to rotate several times before finally stopping about 100-feet away. After hitting the Nissan, the Lincoln sedan struck a galvanized steel street light pole at the northeast corner of the intersection, shearing the pole at the base, Wilson said.
Johnson died at the scene. The Nissan driver, a 40-year-old man from Matlock, Mason County, suffered serious injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wilson said.
The Lincoln driver was briefly hospitalized before being booked into the Kitsap County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. The Lincoln driver is also being held on a felony warrant out of California for a parole violation stemming from a burglary conviction.
She is being held at the Kitsap County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
A blood draw was taken from the suspect to test for drugs and or alcohol after this morning’s crash. Results have not been released.
Both occupants of the Nissan were wearing seat belts. The driver of the Lincoln was not, Wilson said.
March 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Two “highly intoxicated men” were questioned by sheriff’s deputies after one of them, a 37 year-old Bremerton man, started firing a handgun, randomly it seemed, in the parking lot of a Silverdale bowling alley, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
Nobody was injured.
The man with the gun was taken into custody and booked into Kitsap County Jail on investigation of reckless endangerment and malicious mischief, while his 34-year-old friend, also from Bremerton, was released, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2700 block of Northwest Myhre Road, the All Star Lanes bowling center, about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, established a perimeter around the shooter and began locking down the business, according to sheriff spokesman Scott Wilson. Once deputies began talking with the gunman, he did what he was told and was taken into custody without incident, Wilson said.
Investigators determined that the man with the handgun fired two shots into the pavement and one shot into a parked vehicle. They are trying to determine why he fired the gun.
February 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Kitsap County prosecutors today charged a 43-year-old man for allegedly helping Joshua Jearl Blake, 28, in the hours after he killed State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu last week.
Steven M. Banks is the sixth person to be charged with rendering criminal assistance in the wake of the trooper’s death early Thursday morning. All six are being held in Kitsap County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
According to the certification of probable cause, Banks lived at the residence on Scofield Road where Blake and his ex-girlfriend, Jessi L. Foster, hid as they attempted to find a ride for Blake from the area.
Banks told investigators that he had not invited Blake or Foster to his home and that he suspected Blake was wanted by police, court documents say. However, prosecutors say he placed over 30 calls during the approximately four hours Blake was there. Banks allegedly told investigators he just “wanted them gone,” according to the documents.
Blake shot himself in the head as SWAT teams surrounded the home. He died at a Tacoma hospital several hours later.
Radulesco was fatally shot after he pulled Blake over on Highway 16 near Gorst shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say Blake told his 18-year-old passenger, Megan Mollet, to roll down the window and turn her head before he shot Radulescu.
A procession and memorial service for Radulesco will be held Thursday. For details about the procession route, click here.
February 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM
A 35-year-old man who is alleged to have caused the traffic collision that killed a state park ranger in Kitsap County on Friday has been released pending additional investigation.
At a hearing in Kitsap County District Court on Monday, prosecutors said they had to wait for the results of a blood toxicology test before deciding whether charges should be filed.
The Central Kitsap man had been arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide after police say he caused a car crash that killed 44-year-old Ed Johanson. Johanson, who had been a ranger at Kitsap Memorial State Park for much of his 20-year career, was killed around 8 p.m. as he was driving to his home near Seabeck, said Kitsap County sheriff’s investigators.
Investigators said the man’s car crossed the centerline on Holly Road and hit Johanson’s car head-on.
February 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office late Friday night announced it has arrested four more people on suspicion of helping Joshua Jearl Blake kill Trooper Tony Radulescu earlier this week.
The four people — two men, aged 30 and 37 and two women, aged 18 and 26 –were booked into Kitsap County Jail and charged with “rendering criminal assistance,” according to a new release.
That’s the same charge that Blake’s ex-girlfriend, Jesse L. Foster, is facing. She was arrested Thursday.
Bail has been set for $500,000 for all five, according to the release.
The 18-year-old woman, like Foster, is believed to have been with Blake at the time he apparently killed Radulescu.
The investigation is continuing, officials said.
Read more about the arrests here.
February 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting last night involving three Poulsbo police officers at a Les Schwab Tire Center.
Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said that that Poulsbo police were called to the Les Schwab store around 6 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun. Wilson said that it’s unclear what transpired next. The armed man, described as being in his 20s, was fatally shot and died at the scene.
The Kitsap Sun reports that witnesses said they had seen a man yelling and acting strangely outside the store at 424 N.W. Edvard St.
The three officers who responded have all been placed on adminstrative leave. It’s unclear which of the three, if not all three, opened fire, Wilson said.
Kitsap County sheriff’s’ deputies are investigating the case because the incident involved a nearby police agency. Deputies are still speaking with witnesses and searching for possible business surveillance videos that captured the shooting.
“The question is who shot and how many times,” Wilson said.
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