Topic: Port Orchard
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November 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD — A Port Orchard man who was arrested for a 13th time on suspicion of drunken driving was charged Thursday in Kitsap County District Court with felony DUI and attempting to elude police.
The Kitsap Sun reports Charles Thomas Sorensen is jailed with bail set at $1 million after Deputy Prosecutor Lael Carlson called him an extreme danger to the community.
The Washington State Patrol says he had an open beer and vodka bottle in his truck when he was stopped Wednesday night after crashing in a ditch.
October 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD — A Port Orchard resident saw smoke coming from a neighbor’s house Wednesday night, ran inside and rescued a man with severe burns.
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Lt. Rick Christenson told the Kitsap Sun arriving firefighters found the 63-year-old man in the yard.
He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with second- and third-degree burns to his back and the back of his legs.
August 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM
The South Kitsap School District and the South Kitsap Education Association have come to a tentative agreement that, if ratified by both the school board and the union, will avert a teachers strike, according to a news release from the school district.
Details of the agreement were not released.
The release said the board expects Superintendent Michelle Reid to focus on “rebuilding the district’s reserves and fiscal stability” and implement recommendations from the recent independent fiscal review.
May 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM
The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD – Hidden Creek Elementary School in Port Orchard is telling parents not to let children walk to or from school while a big bear may be in nearby woods.
South Kitsap School District spokeswoman Lisa Kirkemo says parents should drive their children, if they don’t take the bus.
The school went into a modified lockdown Thursday after a staff member reported seeing a “very large bear” and three coyotes behind the school near some woods. No students are allowed on the playgrounds or outside without an adult.
Kirkemo says state Fish and Wildlife agents responded but didn’t find the bear. She says they may return with a trap.
It’s apparently a coincidence that the coyotes were seen with the bear. She says “Critters are just out there.”
March 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM
PORT ORCHARD– A 15-year-old Port Orchard boy accused of bringing a handgun to his junior high school has been arrested.
Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson says the teen was arrested Thursday for investigation of possessing a dangerous weapon on school property. The gun was not loaded.
Wilson says a deputy went to the school after a child told a parent about seeing the gun and the parent called 911. The deputy found the teen at lunch and asked whether he had anything in his backpack. Wilson says the student told the deputy about the semi-automatic handgun.
Wilson says it appears that the boy never threatened anyone although multiple students at John Sedgwick Junior High saw the gun.
March 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM
An 18-year-old woman who was in the truck when Joshua Jearl Blake reached around her and fatally shot Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu on Feb. 23 has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Megan Mollet already faced a charge of rendering criminal assistance for allegedly lying to police about her knowledge of the shooting during the massive manhunt for Blake in the wake of the trooper’s slaying.
In court documents filed on Friday, investigators say that a search of Mollet’s home yielded items common in the manufacturing of methamphetatime.
Further, a cellmate of Mollet’s at Kitsap County Jail told detectives that Mollet told her Blake killed the officer because she and he had just “popped a batch,” which means, court documents allege, that they had just made a batch of meth.
Mollet was one of six people charged with rendering criminal assistance to Blake as he attempted to flee police.
She and two others had court appearances on Friday. Daniel Lee Carter, 37, is accused of getting a car and a ride for Blake from one Port Orchard home to another, and his ex-girlfriend, Jessi Leigh Foster, 32, is alleged to have made numerous calls trying to arrange a ride out of the area altogether.
All three pleaded not guilty during their arraignments in Kitsap County Superior Court.
Blake, a 28-year-old convicted felon with a history of drug abuse, killed himself as police surrounded his rural Port Orchard hiding place hours after Radulescu was killed.
February 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM
A procession to honor slain trooper Tony Radulescu and also escort his body to a memorial service Thursday will have well over 100 cars and travel through three counties, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The procession could tie up traffic on its way to the ShoWare Center in Kent. Read on for more details on the planned route.
The procession will begin with a relatively small number of vehicles, led by Radulescu’s colleagues and including other local law-enforcement and emergency-services staff, at 7:30 a.m. in Kitsap County. Those vehicles will travel through Port Orchard, where Radulescu worked and lived.
That procession will then meet up with more law-enforcement personnel and a family procession carrying Radulescu’s body. Together, the groups will proceed to Kent.
The Washington State Patrol released details of the procession route for Radulescu this week.
Thousands are expected at the public memorial at Kent’s ShoWare Center, which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
The initial route is listed as follows, according to the release:
- Exit Kitsap Mall to SR 3
- Southbound SR 3 to Gorst/SR 16 Interchange
- Exit to Bay Street (SR 166) just south of Gorst
- Travel through the City of Port Orchard along Bay Street
- Turn left on Port Orchard Boulevard
- Right onto Tremont Street West and back onto SR 16
The procession will continue on SR 16 eastbound to I-5 and south to SR 512 and meet up with additional law enforcement and the family off 112th St. on Joint Base Lewis McChord property.
After all three groups meet up, the procession will head to ShoWare Center via SR 512 East, and the route will continue as follows:
- To SR 167 North
- Exit onto SR 516 to West Willis Street
- Left onto 4th Ave. south
- Left onto West James Street
- Arrive at front of ShoWare Center on West James Street
Here’s a map of the route:
View the Trooper Tony Radulescu procession in a larger map
There will be no procession following the service. The State Patrol has asked people not to stop on I-5, SR 512 or SR 167 during the procession and to take alternate routes Thursday to avoid traffic.
Here’s another release with commuter information from the WSDOT.
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 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM
About 10 gallons of oil were spilled into Puget Sound outside Port Orchard Yacht Club after a 39-foot wooden boat sank and later exploded during efforts to salvage it.
Crews from the Washington State Department of Ecology are working to manage the spill, according to a news release.
Earlier Monday, five people were injured during efforts to salvage the boat, which sank Sunday.
A Kitsap Fire and Rescue official tells KOMO News that the boat had just been raised by salvage crews when its owner tried to hook up a bilge pump and a spark ignited nearby gas cans Monday afternoon.
Two of the victims had serious but non-life-threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
The explosion caused minor damage to the boat house and nearby boats. The Department of Ecology warned those living nearby that they may smell odors as a result of the spill.
February 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM
A candlelight vigil in honor of slain Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Christian Life Center in Port Orchard, according to State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill.
Another memorial service for the trooper is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, at 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center arena in Kent, according to State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins.
Radulescu was shot and killed last week near Gorst in Kitsap County when he made a traffic stop on Highway 16. Police tracked his suspected killer to a trailer home several miles away. The suspect shot himself and later died in the hospital.
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